Friday, February 21, 2014

What's Happening?

It’s Friday again…time for another Peek at My Week post.


1.      What was a highlight of my week?

Our Lord’s Supper Service last Sunday! My husband brought back Olive Wood communion cups from Israel, which we used during last Sunday’s communion. And each parishioner got to keep his/her cup.

This is my husband’s reflection of the experience. He posted these words on facebook:

We celebrated the Lord’s Supper this morning. We served the juice in cups made of olive wood that had been made in Bethlehem. I had bought the cups on my recent trip to Israel with the intent that after using them each partaker could take the cup home with them as a souvenir. It was a different experience with observations worthy of notice. We had filled the cups before the Sunday School hour. By the time we served the cup at the end of the worship time two and one-half hours had lapsed. When I stepped down from the platform to serve the Lord’s Supper I noticed that the olive wood cups had absorbed some of the juice. In fact a few of the cups had completely absorbed all the juice that had been poured into them. It occurred to me that as God’s chosen vessels we are to absorb Christ becoming more and more like Him each day. When we drank from the cup it tasted bitter. The fruit of the vine had taken on the flavor of olive wood. It reminded me of the bitter cup Christ had to drink in bearing our sin on the cross. From a different angle I thought of how the presence of Christ changes the flavor of our lives and how His love and mercy and grace and peace can change the flavor of the world. I thought of how Christ drank a bitter cup in order that the world might taste a sweeter cup. The folks took the now empty and juice saturated cups home with them. I took mine as well and sat it on my desk to dry. When it had dried it was left with a reddish stain. The stain reminds me of Christ’s mark upon our lives. For when we truly absorb Christ we are not the same. We have been changed. We are different. His mark is upon us. That mark is left to remind us of who we are. It is left to cause those whom we encounter to inquire about who we are.

Here are some pictures…

2.      What lesson/s did I learn this week?

Keep your phone charged! Thursday evening, right after supper our electricity went out. Not a big deal. My husband and I both have flash light apps on our iphones. However, he was down to 30% charge and I was down to just under 40% charge. Oops!

3.      What did I make this week?

In February and March our church has a Monday morning activity time followed by a luncheon every week. This week, Brock was home from work on Monday due to the holiday, so I wanted to take something I knew he’d enjoy to eat, since he had to go with us. Among other things, I made a Turtle Cake – and it was a hit. When we came home, we only had 5 pieces left, which is good. It didn’t tempt me for very long.

4.      What have I enjoyed doing this week?

I enjoyed the morning commute! Brock’s bus picks him up at the house for work. He and I usually sit on the porch and wait for the bus. He swings. I rock. I refer to this time as “Our Morning Commute.” The past few weeks have been so bitter cold that we haven’t been able to do that. But the weather warmed up enough for us to swing/rock once again.

5.      If I could change one thing about this week, what would it be?

I would work faster. LOL! My To Do List is longer than the hours in my day.

6.      What did I do for this week’s 30-Minute Challenge?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? It will vary from week to week, but basically, I am going to choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I will set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

I spent 30 minutes putting away things in my Cubbyhole. It is still a disaster, but I’m slowly making progress.

7.      What are my plans for the upcoming weekend?

Laundry! Laundry! And more Laundry!!! Oh, and Sunday night we’re having our Love Banquet at church – it was postponed from two weeks ago due to the weather. The feast is Italian. YUM!

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

 It was a GREAT week! I'm giving it two thumbs up!

My goals for the coming week…

1.      I will finish reading “Our Iceberg Is Melting” (OOPS! That was one of my goals for last week, but I didn’t get it finished.)

2.      I will eat at Chipotle! (I am going to be gone Thursday – Saturday for a Leadership Team Retreat and there’s a Chipotle on my way there. YAY!

3.      I will try a new recipe. I’m bored with cooking/eating right now. I want to try something new!

Because I am doing the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge, I also have a card to show you today. I'm not very happy with the way it turned out, but that's okay.

This is the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’d love to hear what’s been happening in your life this week, too, so feel free to leave me a comment and tell me about it. 

Scripture: Our Daily Bread Footprints
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Sage Shadow
Designer Paper: K & Co. Actopus to Zelephant Paper Pad
Embellishments: CTMH Pearls


MiamiKel said...

What a sweet card - love those waves and reminds me of my treasured beach and sandcastles!
Sounds like a fun week/end ahead ~ enjoy! ♥

Carol W said...

Ohhhhh. I love this post...and I love your card. You are way too hard on yourself. I love that you shared your DH thoughts on the olive glasses...wish I would have been there for the whole service...awesome. Thanks so much for sharing...♥

Unknown said...

There isn't a thing wrong with this project. It is well balanced and the paper reflects the verse. I enjoyed reading your spouses post about the Lord's Supper too.

Marcy said...

Beautiful card! Love the sentiment and the colors you used are very pretty! Hope you have a wonderful wekeend!:)

Unknown said...

Your card is too beautiful. Seriously. I love the soft colors and the layout. I must CASE this!

kiwimeskreations said...

Love your card Jeanette - the wave paper echoes the sentiment, and I love the piece behind the psalm too.

Barb said...

I really like the card Jeanette--but I love your story about the communion cups better!