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

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 13th

Today: Today is my mother's birthday. I wonder how they celebrate birthdays in Heaven. 

Last week: Celebrating Bee-utiful Corrinna Joy 

At my writing desk: Last week I used my mother's chair for my writing desk. I stayed a week with my daddy and was pleased to meet every day's goal. I have fallen in love with the book of Esther again. Sometimes I think I know everything there is to know about a Bible book. Then in studying it, new truths pop up everywhere. I loved researching about the times and customs, and about the God unmentioned.

Praying for:  My prayer list grows with the cares and burdens. I sometimes feel like a failure in keeping up with the needs. And then I get reports of prayers answered and my heart is filled with joy. Today I focused on a dear friend of mine. I've never met her, yet she's a sister of my heart. So I was honored to offer prayers for her and her family to my Heavenly Father through the name of His son, Jesus Christ.

Thankful for: Dentists, Jersey Mike's, the License Branch, my chauffeur RB, and the promised prayers of Melanie and Emily. 

Around the House: You can smell the fall candle, and from where I am sitting I can see the flowers Emily brought me in memory of her grandma -- purples with a big yellow sunflower. "Healthy colors because that's what Grandma would have chosen." 

I'm reading: I just received Marilyn Feinberg's "Flourish" in the mail. The cover is amazing. It's a 52-week devotional with coloring pages. My friend, Sue, shared Marilyn Feinberg with me, and I've become an avid follower. This is the book I would have gifted to my mother for her birthday.

Postmarking: We've been encouraging pastor's wives the last few weeks. If your pastor's wife needs encouraged, drop me her name and address in my Facebook message box: Pamela Cessna Kuhn. (We don't want their addresses floating around.)

Favorite quote: We flourish when we pursue the life God intends. Marilyn Feinberg