Monday, October 28, 2013

Standin' in the Need of Prayer (or The Holy Spirit and The English Channel)

Yesterday, I received a facebook post from our friend, Joy, in England.

"The big storm is a-brewing and my husband and my friends need to get the ferry across the Irish Sea at 9:15 pm. Could you whisper a prayer for them?"

I love the quickness that a prayer need can go around the world via social media. As a giant storm was over the UK, friends were praying. (They are all now safely home.)

After I prayed for God's protection on their ferry crossing the Irish sea, I remembered our families frightening ferry crossing over the English Channel. It was long before you could alert your friends over the internet to ... please pray

Two of the things that I fear are

     *being stuck in a tent during a
      massive thunderstorm (Oh, the stories
         I could tell.) 

     *being stuck on a large body of
      water during a massive thunderstorm 

It was one of our earlier summers on Royal Servants. We were tent camping with a bunch of American high school students (that we were discipling) in Canterbury, England.

We had set up camp for the night, served dinner and were about to settle in for a good nights sleep (nothing like the fresh air of tent camping), when the camp owners came to warn us that a huge storm was barreling our way.

We decided to get the students up, tear down camp and load our coach. We would head to the ferry to cross the English Channel and then drive the rest of the night to Germany. (We figured we would be safer in our coach and our tents would not be torn apart in the wind.) 

I think we made the right choice. It was a massive storm that even caused several deaths on the continent.

Personally, I was feeling rather happy about not enduring a long night in a tent during a thunderstorm. As we were driving away from our campground, it suddenly occurred to me (duh!) ... the same storm would be over the English Channel. 

What is a mom to do as she carries her sleeping kids onto the ferry? I had no choice but to get on board while praying like crazy for spiritual, physical and emotional protection.

It was one of the smoothest ferry crossings I had ever experienced. But, I did not know why until we got home in the fall and I had lunch with my good friend, Kae.

After we had caught up on our summers (hers in Spokane and mine in Europe), Kae took a piece of paper out of her purse, as she told me this story ...

"I had an unusual experience this summer... it was  a strong prompting from the Holy Spirit to pray for you, Dave, Christy, Jenny and your team. I knew I was to pray for your safety. It lasted about 2 hours.  I wrote the date and time down, and I was wondering if you could figure out what was going on at that exact time?"

I pulled out my journal and we figured out the time change between Spokane and England.

You have already guessed where this is going ... yes, the time she was praying for our families safety was the exact time the P&O ferry was taking our team from Dover, England to Calais, France.

I thanked God for his prompting for Kae to pray. And, I thanked Kae for following through so quickly and so faithfully. (made me glad I had brought her a fun present from Europe.)

My sister, Sue, and I were talking over the weekend, about how both of us are working on listening to the Holy Spirit promptings and obeying quickly.

     *drop a sick friend a card

     *invite a lonely friend to lunch

     *send cash to fill a need

     *offer to babysit your neighbor's
      kids, so they can go on a date

     *pray for the Childers family as they
      cross the English Channel in a massive
      storm (thanks, Kae) 

What is the Holy Spirit prompting you to do? Are you listening? Are you following through?

If you do, you will be a huge blessing to others and you will find much joy. I would love to hear some of your stories.
Linking with Jen.      

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cozy Fall Reading

My house is messy this morning. My good friend, Anne, was just here from Seattle for a lovely visit. She and I love to do house projects together.

We spent one morning working on Dave's office ... moving heavy book cases, coke collection and piles of dust. So, I have a huge stack of things that need sorted and to find a new home.

But, instead of working on that, I am continuing my huge reading jag. At the end of summer I was reading biographies from the library ~

     *Valerie Harper
     *Diane Keaton

     *Steve Martin

But now that fall is here and so beautiful, I am re.reading a wonderful series of books that I love. When the girls were little and Dave traveled, I used to read this series when he was away, because it gave me joy.

Jan Karon is the New York Times Bestselling author of the beloved Mitford Series. I love everything about these books and they actually make me want to be a better person.

I love Father Tim ... his heart, his generosity, his faithfulness to God and his congregation.

I love Cynthia his wife ... her spirit of fun and adventure and her creative love of her husband and his congregation.

And a whole lot of other great characters.

I woke up early this morning and finished the 4th book in the series and tonight I will be on to the next ... or maybe this afternoon.

What are you reading?

PS. A little Steve Martin trivia ... guess who his first girlfriend was? (Stormie Omartian)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Everything Is Coming Up ... Pumpkins

I have always enjoyed decorating our home for the seasons. And fall is one of my favorites. I like using the same decorations each year, but I often use them in different ways.

Here is my favorite decoration from this year. I brought some pots in from the back porch and instead of planting mums ... I filled them with pumpkins. Super easy and cute, eh?

At our house right now, everything is coming up ... pumpkins.

 Happy Autumn.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Little Goat

When I first met my friend Bonnie, food blogger at From a Writer's Kitchen, one of the many questions I asked her was, "where do you guys like to eat in Chicago?"

She told me then about Little Goat. I do not know why I kept forgetting about it, because you already know that Dave and I like to explore and enjoy fun eating establishments. 

Last week, Bonnie mentioned it again on facebook right when Dave was taking Thursday off. Bingo ... just the time to go. We had breakfast there this morning and loved it. (Thanks, Bonnie.)

Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard, began Little Goat and its fancier version, The Girl and the Goat.
As you can see, it was a beautiful fall morning in Chicago ... and a lovely diner.

We loved it. It is crazy, as everything was delicious (including Stumptown coffee), but my favorite thing was the toast. Seriously, the best toast.

We ordered off the rather traditional Early Goat menu. Our very cute and smiley server was glad we enjoyed our breakfast and sweetly suggested we try something a little more adventurous next time. 

(It must have been my subtle influence on Mr. Adventure.)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I Married Adventure

I love fall. Along with the pumpkins, warm beverages and leaf garlands with twinkle lights ... I also get in the mood to "eliminate and concentrate."

My husband is not particularly fond of my joy of downsizing and throwing things away. While he is super organized and tidy, he comes from a long line of pack rats.

Dave gets a little nervous, but long ago, I promised him I would never throw anything of his away ... without his permission. I have (mostly) kept that promise.

Right now, I am going through my books... tossing some that I know I will never read again, and rereading old favorites.


Last week, I picked up (and could not put down) Luci Swindoll's, I Married Adventure. Even though I have read it at least four times ... I was enthralled once again with her great big love of life. 

The first time I saw this book, I said to a friend, "I should have written a book with the title I Married Adventure." Because I really did. Adventures name is Dave.

My tendency is always to do the routine, safe, boring thing. But because of Dave, I have done wild and crazy things, like drag our young kids all over Europe, living in a tent. (If you add up all of our summers in Europe, I have lived in a tent for over 4 years.)

I love being married to Mr. Adventure. Now, if I could just convince him of the thrill of ... downsizing.

Standing in the light and linking with Jen

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New Title ... Same Glenda

I thought about blogging for a long while before I actually began. I knew I loved to write and share ideas, but it was my fear of technology that held me back.

When a WorldVenture co-worker came to visit us at the lake house, it was her strong and persistent pep talk that made me believe, even I could learn to turn on the computer.

In January of 2010, Dave and I were heading down to Cannon Beach, Oregon. While Dave was teaching at Ecola Bible School, I was drinking coffee, taking walks on the beach and reading my newly purchased copy of Blogging for Dummies.

On January 13, 2010, I wrote my first post on my new blog, Gg: Notes on the Journey.

I had really wanted my blog to be called Gg, like my original newsletter. Easy to remember, easy to pass along to someone, and very me. But that name was already taken. (bummer) So ... it was Gg: Notes on the Journey.

Until yesterday ... 468 posts later, I am changing my blog title to Fondly, Glenda.

You will still find

     *the same content (a practical blog with stories, pictures, lessons
          and recipes from my life as a Christian woman)

     *bullet points (which I love)

     *pictures of my family (which I adore)

     *and lots of these ...

Just a new title. What do you think?

ps. You can still access my blog under either name. And you can still call me Gg.  
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