Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits

1. Everything seems to be in proper working order now in our "necessary" (as they referred to it in the days of long ago!). And I am very thankful that this did not happen during the three weeks I was without a washing machine!

2. I was horrified yet amused at the way that seemingly innocent fall blog quiz backfired. I certainly hope it's wrong about those of you it pegged as soon-to-die!

3. Thanks to all of you who provided information about how care needs are met at your church. I had a great meeting with our new pastor Monday and am excited about the possibilities of refining and expanding our care ministry.

4. Speaking of care, remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I would advise you to get a mammogram if you are over 40 and haven't had one in the last year. And be diligent about those self-checks.

5. A month ago I was minding my own business, so to speak. Then God intervened, and now my kids are each apparently going on mission trips in other countries next year, one over spring break and the other in the summer. Exciting times. (Expensive times!)

6. Due to #5, we are in the process of getting passports for them. Have you ever gotten a passport for one of your kids?! First of all, the application has to be submitted in person, not via mail. And both parents have to show up as well, or else you have to bring a boatload of notarized documents and vials of blood or court orders proving that the other parent gives permission for said child to obtain passport. (The only part I'm kidding about is the blood!) And then in our city, the passport facilities (located at post offices) require appointments. Between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Which, even with documentation from this official governmental agency, the school does not recognize it as an excused absence. Finally, one woman took pity on me at about the third post office I called and told me about ONE that took appointments on Saturdays. So I don't care if the swine flu or any other disaster befalls us, we will be at that appointment this Saturday!

7. We've been studying Romans a few verses at a time the last however-many-months in our Sunday morning Bible study classes. Such rich doctrine throughout this incredible book, and now that we are in chapter 12, it builds on that doctrine with some down-to-earth, practical advice for living the Christian life. And tucked in the end of chapter 11 is a doxology of praise that contains some of my favorite verses:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments,
and His paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay Him?"
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:33-36


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quilly said...

Passports are good. Everyone should get one as soon as they're old enough.

They're ALL taking mission trips? To where? And with what goal in mind (beyond sharing the gospel. of course).

Cathy said...

2 on mission trips to 2 different countries! How awesome is that! Those verses in Romans are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

My ADHD Me said...

I haven't been blog hopping in a while.....had the swine flu (OK, it was a cold but it still felt yucky!).

I love that quote about Autumn being the season that is immediately followed by looking forward to spring. lol. How true!

#2. I just took the quiz. I thought "Beautiful but often forgotten" was a pretty lucky answer considering some of the others! haha

#4. Thanks for the reminder. I'm past due!

#5. How exciting for them! How nerve racking for you!!

#6. I don't even have a passport of my own.

Have a great day!!

Robin Lambright said...

We had to get passports several years ago. It was a tedious process. I was blown away at how expensive it was. Plus we got ours just after all the new travel requirement were put in place and there was a huge back log of applications. Our application was submitted in plenty of time (so they said), but it got delayed and I even paid the extra $$$ to expedite them and they were still late. I had to cancel plans for a trip to Germany because they did not get my passport to me in time. It was a HUGE disappointment not to mention enough to send me over the edge and into a major tizzy!

Totally understand about the mission trips. My husband has been the team leader for several trips to Mexico with my son and now with my daughter. I think they both have their sights set on Honduras or Costa Rico, but God is always faithful to provide faithful supporters. Last year the hubs went off to Mexico with the threat of swine flu and some political/drug issues going on in the region. Thankfully the DD was not able to accompany him on this trip. I was a bit nervous sending him off on that trip!!!

Have a great week!

Kelly said...

Lots going on with you! I didn't answer your church questions, as I don't know for sure how my church does it!

I had my mammogram last week! You can read my blog post on it from yesterday.

Happy Fall!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Oh I love that doxology! Love Romans, and I hope I'm not to die soon either! That quiz was interesting!!!!

Lisa Spence said...

#4--done, my first one ever, a couple of weeks ago. Had to go back for an enhanced view but (thankfully) all is normal.