I recently delivered a gift and meal to a family with a new baby; one of my favorite things to do in ministry at St. Luke’s. I was surprised to see their address, because they live just a block from the house my parents owned when they lived in Oklahoma City. After the visit, I couldn’t help but drive by the old house.
There are many exciting things that happen in the Fall; the trees begin to turn and beautiful fall colors emerge, pumpkin spice returns to flavor everyone’s coffee, cool weather returns after a long summer, and football returns to the gridiron.
Monday through Friday at 4:10am my alarm goes off! Some mornings are easier than others, and some mornings I am already awake. This is my time for me! I know that no one else in the house is up, and I get up change the dog’s water, put out mine and Jeff’s pills and vitamins, do my stretching and leave for the gym. I usually arrive there at 4:57am, and they open at 5:00am. There is a small group of us that are always there at that time, die hard exercisers, or maybe a little crazy. I know all the people who work there, and they all know me too.
I love chocolate. I find that a small bite of chocolate can put a big smile on my face. I also love being kind. I find that being nice to others has a way of putting on a smile on my face as well. When I read the story about Bob Williams, “The Candy Bar Man,” I could not help but smile.
I entreat Eu-o’dia and I entreat Syn’tyche to agree in the Lord. And I ask you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” – 1 John 3:1-3
I will never forget my first medical mission trip. Our team was serving at the United Methodist clinic in Rio Bravo, Mexico. I really struggled on this trip because I had no medical expertise offer. My Spanish was limited. I did whatever I could to help, but often wrestled with whether or not I was making any difference. I did whatever jobs were available. The trip was wonderful. We served several hundred people who would most like not have received medical care without the help of the clinic.
I enjoy meeting new people. The awkward moment where you are not sure how they think or feel about meeting you, I enjoy that! The curiosity you have about their opinions and beliefs is totally fascinating to me. I like to look at everyone around me as a potential friend, I realize that this is not possible, but I try anyways.
Recently, I was challenged by our administrative team to read the book, “The No Complaining Rule.” In the book, the author talks about the hazards of negativity in the workplace and in our personal lives
Over the past few months, I have heard a lot about mindfulness. Mindfulness in everyday life – being mindful of the world around you. Spiritual Mindfulness – being mindful of God in the world around us, and in us each day. There has been a lot of influence to take time each day, or several times a day, to just relax your body and be mindful of the moment. Be mindful of what you hear, smell, feel, or how you hear God speaking to you.