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Five Minute Friday: Fill

It's Five Minute Friday when we set our timers and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: FILL.


As I consider the word fill, much comes to my mind. I tend to fill my life with many things. In this age of technology:

  • I can fill my time shopping without leaving my home. 
  • I can look at beautiful images on Pinterest and dream of places I long to visit and things I long to buy.
  • I can fill my time listening to music.
  • I can exercise while reading my Kindle.
  • I can fill my time keeping up with my friends and family on Facebook.
I'm amazed at how much time elapses as I fill my mind and life with so many things. Not all of these things are bad. Many of these things are good. But when I consider what truly satisfies me, it's not in shopping or dreaming.

I recall a quote I read by Blaise Pascal:
There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man that cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.

That's what I want to be filled with; Jesus. I want to saturate myself in His Word. I want to be filled to overflowing with His love. And then I want to go out into the world filled with His love to share with others.

How about you? What are filling yourself with? Is it satisfying?


I'm linking up with Kate Motaung who is now hosting Five Minute Friday.

Blessings and love,


How to Survive 10 Weeks of Summer Camp

I survived and thrived ten weeks of summer camp. I worked 10-11 hour days with no break. The camp counselors and I ate all our meals with the campers. We were constantly engaged with them. No rest for the weary!

So how does a woman of 61 have the energy to keep up? So glad you asked!

  • Every morning I woke up very early anticipating the day. I set my alarm clock for 5 am as a backup but I never had to wait as I always awakened earlier. 
  • I thanked the Lord for the day. I committed to not read or engage on social media until after my quiet time. I have YouVersion one year Bible downloaded on my Kindle. I prayed and asked for safety for the campers and strength for the day.
  • When my dad visited a few months ago, he shared something that had given him lots of energy. He is 85 years old with many heart issues but continues to be energetic with such a positive outlook on life. He was taking All Day Energy Greens; a green powder. He adds one scoop to a drink each morning. So I tried it. I don't know if it's the power of suggestion or what but ...I've had much more energy. And by the way, I'm not an affiliate promoter of this product.  But I do think my dad should be. :)
  • I enjoyed the moments watching the campers have fun. As the site leader, I was in charge of the day to day operations. But I made a decision to also enjoy the children. Seeing their faces filled with excitement the first time they met Ozzie our camp mascot was priceless! 
  • I captured many of these precious moments with my camera. I took about 2,000 photos during our 10 week camp. I posted many of them to our Rancho Solano Summer Camps Facebook page. 
  • I went to bed early each night. In fact, I pretty much crashed by 8:30 or 9 according to my husband. 

I've forfeited much writing and reading time this summer. However, I'm anxious to get back to blogging regularly and visiting your blogs. I have one week off before starting back to work full time again.

I just want to add that I feel so blessed to have been entrusted with the role of Site Leader for our summer camp. It has been an adventure and a privilege to get to meet new people and spend time with the campers.

Blessings and love,

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