Last week I was battling a bad head cold, so I’ve had a little more down time lately. Now that I’m starting to get my spunk back, here are few of the things that have filling up my time.
As always, reading is top on my list! I finished Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner at the end of November. It was a good book, but I don’t think Lauren would like me very much. She’s very ivy league and I can tell by the way she writes, she’s very smart. The book was her journey to Christianity. She was raised Jewish and converted to Orthodox Judaism before meeting Jesus. It was very interested to see how she reconciled her Jewish history with her new relationship with the triune God. I’m glad I read it, but it took a little more brain power than I had expected. After finishing this book, I decided I wasn’t done with my “fluffy” reading phase, so I started The Hunger Games series again. It takes me no time to get through those books, so now I’m on to the Love Comes Softly series. I know I’ve read all these books before, but there is something comforting about a familiar story. So I think I might make December a month of novels as well. Nothing wrong with that right?
This last week, I had a long waited item arrive in the mail – my One Thousand Gifts DVD study! I’m so excited! I’ve watched 4 out of the 5 sessions and they are so good! Ann Voskamp has a way of bringing me to tears. I can tell this is going to be a great study. I hope to lead a Growth Group (our church’s small group format) in February to go through this material. It’s changed my life so much that I can’t help but want to share it’s goodness with those around me! A good book or study is life giving! I am thankful for the life that it has given me.
It’s now December so at church things turn their focus to the nativity and baby Jesus. I’m excited to do a Christmas lesson tonight and then move into a Gingerbread house decorating contest. It’s going to be great. I bought two pre-built houses so they girls will just have to add their creative decorating skills! I’ve never done this before with my class, so it’s nice to break out of the mold and do something new. I promise to have pictures tomorrow! As a snack for tonight, I made a gingerbread cake to go with theme. The cake is buried under a thick layer of frosting and green and red sugar crystals! I love getting into the holiday spirit!
With my head cold fading, I’ve been able to be out and about a bit more. This week as been a social week as I’ve had dinner or lunch plans almost everyday of the week! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with some of my favorite mentors who love me and who are a great encouragement to me. My sister came over for lunch today and we just sat around talking. Tonight is dinner with a student and tomorrow will be a dinner with our Bethel seniors groups. All this socialness is starting to tire this little introvert out, so I’m looking forward a low-key Friday spent at home!
So that’s how I’ve been filling my time. Good stuff! I can’t wait to fill you in the gingerbread house contest and the fun weekend ahead with our All Star Kidz choir performance. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!