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Five Minute Friday ~ Belong

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with The Gypsy Mama.  We receive a word each week and then we get to write for five minutes flat.  Our word for today is BELONG.


Where do I belong?  As a seven year old girl, I longed to run and play with other children.  But a heart defect kept me on the sidelines.  As a teenager, I longed for fun during my high school years.  I had lots of friends.  I was captain of the twirlers.  Those were good times with many good memories.  Off I went to nursing school once again eager to belong.  How thankful I was for the friendships that developed as we studied but still had fun.  Every place I worked over the years, I loved the friendships that grew.  Even now as I returned to work in a new field, it's the people I get to work with that I treasure.  And the little children who greet me each morning with lots of love and hugs bring a smile to my face.

I'm a wife to Greg.  I love children and family and blogging and photography and cooking and home and travel.  And my mom always used to tell me I'm in love with love.  So where do I belong?

I realize the true place where I belong is in my relationship with Jesus. He is the only One who can give me joy.  He accepts me as I am and is always with me. He guides me and leads me when I listen and obey.  I belong to Him.


Blessings and love,


Working Together

Working with preschool children can be challenging. Everything in their world seems to rotate around ...them.  Trying to teach them to share and play together has its moments.

I love when the children get to experience doing something together and having it turn out better than if they did it alone.

Sometimes I have to chuckle to myself.  Many adults have that same independent attitude and 'don't play well with others'.

I love how God creates each one of us individually.  No two of us are exactly alike.  To one He may give a talent for organization.  To another a gift of hospitality. To another He may give a gift of leadership or a desire to help others. Instead of being jealous of someone else's talent, why not appreciate the gift He has given you and use it to glorify Him?  Maybe we can learn like children?  After all, the project just might work out better if we each use our gifts working toward a common goal.

In the meantime, we can still express our individuality in many different ways.  How about these awesome pink and white nails?

I continue to count my every day blessings.

#864 Another visit to The Simple Farm to see and appreciate how Michael and Lylah are using their talents to grow fruits and vegetables and make the most amazing goat cheese
#865 Wonderful conversation with other believers
#866 Teaching kindergarten through 5th grade children about 'money' for two days and helping them to differentiate between a need and a desire
#867 Watching them use their 'money' to make purchases while not forgetting to record each one so as not to overspend
#868 Playing along with the preschoolers when they hid behind the cubbies when they saw me through the window and then jumped out when I wondered where they were
#869 My car that is holding up well despite being 13 years old
#870 My body is starting to respond to the exercise I've been consistently doing for the past five weeks each day
#871 For the conversations I have on the phone with my dad in Florida
#872 That my dad is willing to go on Facebook and learn despite being 84 years old

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

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