Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hiking to Victory and Blessed to Be a Blessing!

Sometimes it seems I dont have much to say but the last ten days have been so full of life and light. Im not even sure I can put it into words! As I drove into the Rocky Mountains, Mount Meeker and Longs Peak stood before me and God's awesome creation seemed even more unbelievable. Just one big masterpiece; no dividing line at all! Being from the Midwest it took awhile to get used to the elevation etc! But on Monday, I braved it and took a chance. I went hiking with 28 other people. I found myself pushing myself. IT was a 2.8 mile hike in and a 2.8 mile hike back. I was visiting with my companions, getting to know them, etc but at a point, I hit a wall and didnt think I could finish but I found myself continuing to just keep walking... to keep putting one foot in front of the other. My new friends where there with me and kept cheering me on. I honestly dont think I could have done it with out them! I finally made it back and realized what I had done. I couldnt think of my mom and how she has lived her whole life with a mental illness. She just keeps pushing through. What an example she is for me! I am proud I finished the hike and was reminded by my new friends that it was no little task and I should be proud! Wow! What a journey! Along the way I found myself saying IM NOT GOING TO CRY...and I didnt! I just kept moving!

These last ten days will sustain me for awhile! I am sometimes surprised by how God blesses me with wonderful new people in my life. I was so suprised and blessed by each of them. Last night one of the presenters asked the people who have attended who of the new people surprised them the most etc. He said my name and told the speaker about the wonderful conversations we had. I wasnt sure how to respond. God has blessed me to be a blessing and I am so thankful for that gift!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blogging from the Rockies

Hi friends! Sorry I havent blogged for awhile. I am currently attending a continuing education event in Rocky Mountain National Park. Its been great. No cell service, Internet, etc so nice to be disconnected for a change. Im currently in town at a local coffee shop using their wi fi! I am hear until next Thursday. Enjoying the Rocky Mountain Air. Havent seen any animals YET but am hoping Ill get to see some Elk, or Bear, or something! Well I thought Id make this short. Hope you all are well!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Fiving It!

Jan writes, I am currently reading a book entitled Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Life by Michael Lipson. His premise is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "I shall mount to paradise by the stairway of surprise." Lipson's book is about practicing or developing six inner functions--thinking, doing, feeling, loving, opening, and thanking.

So these categories of attention are a jumping off point for today's Friday Five:

Pick five of the six actions and write about how you are practicing them today or recently. For a bonus, write about the sixth one you originally didn't choose!

What or how are you

1. thinking? Spending time at a continuing education event.

2. doing? Im doing pretty good. Loving my life. Trying to spend some time writing etc. Reading on my Kindle. Taking care of myself!

3. feeling? Excited, Happy, Etc! I leave for a little continuing education event on Sunday after church. I'm headed to Colorado for the Lutheran Academy of the Rockies. Should be a good time. Looking forward to also making a few stops and catching up with some seminary friends as well.

4. loving? My family....but STILL waiting to find my Mr. Right. Im loving the summer weather.

5. opening? my mind to new ideas!

6. thanking? Trying to verbally thank my friends, family, etc when they do something extra special for me etc!

I should be getting ready for my trip but Im procrastinating instead!!! Im leaving after church for Colorado on Sunday and will be gone for 10+ days. Looking forward to getting away, seeing good friends, etc.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"How Beautiful Are the Feet...."

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News!"

Awhile back, I blogged about this and today it hit me again. Recently many of my Diaconal Ministry friends and I have been having a conversation about how we would like to help educate churches, bishops, etc better about who we are etc.

I think this quote popped into my head again because as DMs we are called to pick up our basins and towels to serve all God's people. As you my faithful readers know, I felt a strong call to Diaconal Ministry because I saw how others treated my mom because she lives with a mental illnesss. God truly calls me/us to reach out to all God's people. We can wash anyone's feet whether it be in a prison cell, at a nursing home, at church, on a mission trip, etc etc etc!

For me, "Living Lutheran" means that I am called to show God's love, grace, and acceptance as a Diaconal Minister by bridging the gap between the church and the world. "Living Lutheran" for me means that I am also called to bring the needs of the world before all God's people. Also "Living Lutheran" means that I am called forth from Word and Sacrament to be freed in Christ to Serve. "Living Lutheran" means that it is important for me to live out my identity through "diakonia."
How else do you see DM "Living Lutheran"?

Friday, June 03, 2011

Re-Runs Friday Five

Today has been a GREAT day! I did my annual volunteering for Special Olympics ND. I will do it again tomorrow. I run their souvenirs for them during their state summer games. I love it but I always end up spending money because they have new stuff from the last time I was there. After volunteering, I took a nap because I had a pounding headache! :( But its gone now! :)So Im going to play the Friday Five!

Songbird writes, "It's that time of year when the only new things on television are music/dance competitions (the 21st century answer to variety shows?). Yes, it's the season of reruns.

This week the clock turned back to last fall and the Glee kids went back to school and still got "slushied," and Michael hired his nephew on The Office, which was not something even he would be likely to repeat.

In honor of this annual Time Warp, please share five things worth a repeat. These could be books, movies, CDs, recipes, vacations, or even TV shows."

1. I always catch something that I didnt catch the first time!

2. Because it is my fave movie/tv show/cd/etc and I could watch it over and over again. It makes me feel good....a good pick-me up!

3. vacations where I get to spend them with people I love and would love to go back and see those friends/family again.

4.For a good laugh, or cry

5. Reminds me of my childhood days! Like watching reruns of "Full House" etc. I can usually quote episodes "word for word"