Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pamela's Daybook: December 6th

Around our home:  Christmas is slowly making an appearance. RB got me one poinsettia and a friend another. Both red and beautiful. My Christmas cactus is in bloom. The Christmas dishes are in the cupboard, and an undecorated tree in place. The dining room table is resplendent with red and green.

Today: One of the necessary "perks" of RB's job is a hotel stay when he's teaching far away. He's been teaching a class in Louisville and these nights have been good for my soul. I leave my computer at home (read withdrawal) and take my Bible, journal, and books. The respite covers my heart and mind with peace. We stay until the last checkout moment possible. 

Advent reading: I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

At my writing desk: I need another 10 hours in my day for writing. But then I'd just want another 10! There's a deadline for the 30th of December. I'm on track to meet it, but no room for "fun" writing," I think. 

Praying for:  My daughter, Melanie. Both my girls inherited RB's back issues. Melanie sneezed last week and put her back out. She's in so much pain, but is in the midst of daily final rehearsals for The Christmas Carol, then has five performances Thursday through Sunday. Please help me pray for her. As a mother, I'd love to take her pain.
I'm reading: Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-centered living in a self-centered world. I highly recommend this book. I'm working my way through it with prayer.

Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World by [Ehman, Karen]Blurb from Amazon:
Our culture is self-obsessed – in our schedules, relationships, and especially online. (Can you say selfie?) But in this near-narcissism, people are less content than in decades past. Why? Because we forgot the joy that comes from putting others first. Doing so requires us to live alert, listening for “heart drops,” hints from those in our lives who need a helping hand or a generous dose of encouragement.

Favorite Quote:  Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him. C. S. Lewis

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Pamela's Daybook: October 8th

This week: My not-so-busy week turned into a busy one but much of the busy was fun. 
  • I had lunch with my friend, Eleanor, which is always good for my soul. 
  • RB taught in Indianapolis which translates into five Barnes and Noble hours. When we arrived, we realized my computer case was still at home. I panicked at first, then realized God knew my mind needed a rest. 
  • The four grands came for an oh-so-fun lunch yesterday. They love sloppy joes on homemade rolls. I keep waiting for them to get tired of them, but that's what they continue to ask for. 
At my writing desk: I'm writing/editing the Parables of Jesus this week and next. 

Praying for:  RB had a 28-year-old student die in his sleep with a heart attack. We are praying for his family. 

Standing on the promises: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

Thankful for: Emily's on spring break next week!

Postmark Fun: Working on this week's list. I was blessed with a fun envelope of goodies from a friend this week -- things she made herself and, my favorite, Scripture cards. 

I'm reading: My Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers. I rarely read a devotional book like it was intended. I'm always too excited to read the next one.  

Part of Eleanor's gift for my birthday was a gift certificate for Books and a special bookmark from Hawaii from their cruise. 

Favorite Quote:  Free grace can go into the gutter and pull out a jewel. Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Pamela's Daybook: October 4th

Today: Nothing too exciting happening here today -- which is exciting in itself. 

On the weekend: RB and I had a date on Saturday. Ivanhoes -- home of 100 different milkshakes and 100 different sundaes. Then on to Taylor University for an evening of "Antigone" by the drama department. 

At my writing desk: I have two projects I am working on. Carving time out to work on both of them this week.

Praying for:  My Aunt Posie and Aunt Jean.

Standing on the promises: "Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4).

Thankful for: Francine Rivers! Her book Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature is released today. This is her first nonfiction. I've had it pre-ordered for a long time. I had 4 classes with her at a writer's conference, and she's lovely -- a true lady.

Postmark Fun: I'm caught up! 20 pieces of mail ready to go out today. We've started postmarking shelter to veterans this week. If you have a veteran who needs encouragement or just a "thank you," send a private message to me on Facebook (Pamela Cessna Kuhn).

I'm reading: Designed to Pray: Creative Ways to Engage with God by Kelly O'Dell Stanley. Another book I've pre-ordered is Ann Voscamp's The Broken Way: A Daring Path to the Abundant Life.

Favorite Quote: God is an artist, and the earth and the universe are his canvas. Francine Rivers

Friday, 30 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: October 1st

Today: Up early to write. And that's about all I did except for supper. Oh, and cookies--that, too. Which wasn't much since they were the three-ingredient peanut butter ones. Made RB happy. 

At my writing desk: I may (or not) have happy danced all over my house. At least my heart was happy dancing. Deadline reached. Feel free to join my happy dance. 

Praying for:  The needs on my Postmark list. So many...

Standing on the promises: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:1).

Thankful for: My computer. Can you imagine how hard it was to write on a typewriter. Every time I made a mistake I'd have to stick that little white corrector thing in. And lining it up to fix mistakes after it was out of the machine was nearly impossible.

Around the House: The dust bunnies have been having a party around here. I have plans for those fluffy things that have been multiplying.
Postmark Fun: I sat tonight and worked on cards. This week we are starting to shelter some veterans -- those who have fought to keep our country free. 

I'm reading: My reading club assignment for October is to read a book from the bottom of my to-read stack. For me that means the last one on my Kindle carousel -- Abandoned by Warren Craig Shan. I think I got the book free. (I hope I did!) I downloaded it last December. At first I thought there were mistakes in the book, but as I got into it, I realized it was supposed to be a Scottish accent -- except it wasn't consistent. There's a lot of telling instead of showing.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through, so we'll see how it ends. 

Favorite Quote: God takes us down paths we never want to travel and roads we never want to see, to get us to a place we never want to leave. Oswald Chambers


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 27th

Today: Anyone else feel hung over today? Too much angst over the great debate, I guess. The best part of the debate was the texting circle with my daddy, brother and sister. Daddy sent us a picture of all his snacks for during the debate, and I have two things to say -- I wish I had been there, and I want his kind of diabetes. My strawberries were delicious, though. RB was teaching in Portland, so I missed having someone to boo and hiss with me.  

At my writing desk: I'm on track to meet my deadline. May all my family and friends hold their emergencies until after Friday. 

Praying for:  Protection for traveling family. And a big answer to prayer for a friend's son. 

Standing on the promisesYou shall serve the Lord your God only; then I will bless you with food and with water, and I will take away sickness from among you" (Exodus 23:25).

Thankful for: Texts that keep me in touch with my children. My daughters hate the phone as much as I do. Texting doesn't demand an immediate answer. We can connect even when we are busy. These girls-of-mine are funn-eee. Sometimes it's a prayer call. There's nobody I'd rather have pray for me than my family -- including my grandchildren. Both girls send pictures of their daily lives. 

Around the House: I was making rolls for supper, and decided to make half the recipe into pecan rolls for RB. I put the tray on top of the pan to turn it -- and it slipped. Not only the rolls got on the stove, but the sticky brown sugar/karo and rolls. It was a mess, but I was thankful for my flat top. (And RB who cleaned up the mess.) They still tasted good!

I'm reading: The Power of a Praying Grandparent.  I've been waiting for it to be released, and thought I had it pre-ordered. When it didn't come, I checked -- nope, it was released August 30th. 

"Grandchildren are a gift from God to you. And your prayers are a gift to them that can touch them for a lifetime -- even after you are no longer around to see all the good results."

Favorite blessing: Dear Grandson, May you be more than a conqueror, an overcomer, a soldier in the army of the true God. May you stand firm in the face of the enemy and the presence of your peers. May you delight in the sword  of the Lord, always ready to wield it to defeat Satan. You are valued, prayed for, and loved. Mawmaw

Monday, 26 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 26

Today: Master Camron came to my house this morning. He keeps us laughing. I was reading about Moses today, and Camron told me, "Moses led the people, and God led Moses." 

At my writing desk: I met my writing goals last week by the skin of my teeth. After the end of the week, I won't be so pressed. Even with pressure, I love what I do. I find myself writing away with a goofy grin on my face. 

Praying for:  A pregnant friend of one of RB's students. An ex-husband shot her twice in the back and once in her stomach. (then killed himself). They were able to save her baby, but they need a lot of prayer. 

Standing on the promises“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).

Thankful for: A fun date with our friends, Kevin and Linda Jones, on Saturday night. There is nothing like being with friends who share your love of God and ministry.

Around the House: Nothing much going on around the house. I promised RB that if I got through this week, I'd do some deep-cleaning next week. Thank the Lord for fall candles. They make me forget the dust!

I'm reading:  I bought two books with the gift certificate Jonathon and Emily gifted me for my birthday. 

Everyday Grace: It's a beautiful book -- one I'll probably buy a couple for gifts.  

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal: It spoke my name when I saw the page, "God will shelter you."

Postmarking: For the first time, I am behind in my cards. I hope to catch up tonight. And one came back without a stamp. (Insert frowny face.) I have a boy with autism who loves Christmas on our list this week. We're sending Christmas cards in September! So fun. I'll be happy to share the address if I or one of the team knows you.

Favorite quote: Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. Dale Evans

Friday, 23 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 22

Today: Today is the first day for me to teach my grandson, Camron, kindergarten. Those who follow me will remember three years ago when I had a part in Morgan's kindergarten journey. Camron's Nana gets a day, and Melanie does the rest. 

At my writing desk: I had some lessons that a writer didn't complete. I've really enjoyed working on them. Usually I'm editing or rewriting -- I enjoyed starting from "scratch." I hope to write my daybook more often, but life seems extra busy (not to mention the age thing that seems to be making everything take longer than it used to.)

Praying for:  Beth -- A family from the school where she teaches had a collision with a school bus. The father, baby and 4th-grade daughter died and the mom is in critical condition. The 2nd-grader was injured. They had two teens who weren't involved. Please help me pray for Beth. Her own daddy was killed in an automobile accident, so it's extra hard for her.

Standing on the promisesThe Lord is a strong fortress. The godly run to him and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).
Thankful for: Time with our friends, Ben and Sue Colburn. RB taught in Louisville Tuesday night. The university provided a room at the Holiday Inn Express.Wednesday we met Ben and Sue for a long lunch.

Around the House: My son-in-law, Jonathon, took two personal days to help me with a project to surprise RB while he was at his annual faculty retreat. We surprised him! 

I'm reading: Emily gave me a gift certificate for my birthday. So many choices!  I'll be at Barnes and Noble for 6-7 hours tonight so that should help me decide!  

Here's a couple I've been looking at on Amazon:

Creating A Ripple: The Guide to Serving Millions with Mercy & Compassion through Hospitality (Kindle)

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul (not yet released)

Postmarking: We have sent over 3,000 encouragement cards this year. Almost every day I hear from people who have been touched by this ministry. 

Favorite quote: Let God’s promises shine on your problems. Corrie Ten Boom