Happy Leap Year February 29th!
I was awake particularly early and came downstairs to find Dominic asleep on the couch, meaning that the best place to write is now the kitchen. So here I sit with a huge mug of hot chocolate.
Believe it or not I have a hard time jumping directly to coffee, so my first hot drink of the day is usually hot chocolate. It also makes me sleepy (or perhaps brings out unfulfilled sleepiness) so here’s hoping Liz doesn’t come downstairs in an hour or two to find me face down on the laptop! 😉
Let me tell you about the week before asking a question that came up in my reading this week.
G’Bye Over & Above!
Monday I said goodbye to my time in the country. Here’s a photo of Over & Above just before the sun crested the hill and then another mid-afternoon.
Does it give you a sense of why I love it there?
Monday was a long day. Not only do I normally have a 2h drive to be onsite in Angers by 9am, but this week I also had to pack up my stuff (the owner was returning home that afternoon) and tend to all the animals… I also had an extra 30min drive back into town.
Balance of week…
Week one of school vacation has meant only minimal movement from the house. Everyone’s pretty much enjoying the break (after Angers on Monday – the University has been on break as well).
The boys have helped me with some puttering in the yard and Soph finished up a video project for our home church, but they’ve been good about including study & university application time as well. All in all they’ve struck a healthy balance.
Yesterday, Timo made pizza dough, meaning that supper was a delicious feast of 4-cheese, garlic & olive, chicken & cheese pizza. Liz & Soph also made some waffle batter & that will likely take shape later today.
Liz has perhaps been the busiest of us five. She had a home bible study on Monday and, balance of week, has been finishing up a translation editing project that she’s been working on for Liane Grant & The King’s Translators. She’ll send off the final revision later today.
Two last things quickly before I get to my question:
Today’s feature picture shows you what’s in bloom at the moment… daffodils and flowering quince. They came from Over & Above and brought a bit of colour to church on Sunday morning.
COFFEE: I saw this this week on someone’s Instagram feed… isn’t it cool? Not only does it give me one more reason to like coffee, but now, when I drink it, it’ll be one more reminder about why we’re in France.
“Christ Offers Forgiveness For Everyone Everywhere”
As to my question, it comes from a book I’m reading by Brian Kinsey, “The Dancing Father“.
Regardless of our religious (or not) background, just about everyone has a mental image of how they primarily see God… what they perceive him to be like (Judge, Disciplinarian, Loving Father, etc). Kinsey asks us to get input on the following question:
How do you know God loves you?
Sometimes we can give pat answers, depending on the context we’re in… but have you ever stopped to think about it?
“How do you know God loves you?”
- Do we go back to the old Sunday School song:
“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…”?
- Do we look to current circumstances, people in our lives, etc.?
If you’re able to express it in a few short lines (& if you’re comfortable expressing it in this format), I’d be interested in knowing what you think in the comments below.
Don’t feel you have to do it right away… think about it if you need to, but I’d be interested in your feedback.
That’s it for today…
Thank you for stopping by & God bless you this week!
Of course, God has taken me through some tight spots, but I have always felt His presence, since I was a child. I knew He loved me . .because I felt it. I have just known Him since my earliest years. I was brought up in Church and my family prayed, but truthfully, feeling Him was a truth seemed born in me.
Thank you Michele… the peace that comes from knowing Him also comes across in your writing.
thank you for such kind words. They cheer me and encourage me.