8 Things I Learned in February

I started following a blog recently by Emily Freeman, who at the end of each month shares what she learned that month. And, she links up with a bunch of other bloggers who share their lists. It’s everything from silly to sacred. I thought it might be a fun exercise.

So, here is what I learned in February.

1. God heals. The best way to see God’s healing power is to ask for it and to expect it. I went to a learning community with Pastor Dave, Claudia, Kathryn and Mary and we heard a speaker remind us over and over that healing is possible and happens and we need to pray for it. I need to ask God and expect God’s healing power. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. Mark 6:56

2. I really like warm days in the middle of winter. We hit 70 degrees earlier this month. I like that. I don’t mind the snow and cold as long as we have warm, sunny days interspersed.

3. I like reading fiction. I started a book club with the women who live on my cul-de-sac. It’s been a great opportunity to connect with my neighbors, build community and have an excuse to read novels. So far we’ve read: The Book Thief and The Red Tent and now we’re reading, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Good stuff.

4. I can give up too easily. The prophet Isaiah says that “those who wait upon God get fresh strength” (Isaiah 40:31 The Msg) I can hold the stretch, the pose, the prayer, the wait for just a little while longer and God is there. I can!

5. You can make blondies without flour or butter by using chickpeas. Healthy and super yum! Recipe here

6. I learned that when a friend or neighbor is going through a difficult time, I shouldn’t ask “What can I do?” I should just do something.

7. I learned that weather can cancel things I think are really important. I can prepare and get ready for an event and it can be cancelled without any respect of my time. But staying home and reading (see #3) or cooking (see #5) are worthwhile pursuits too. The joy of a “snow day” is something we never outgrow.

8. Following Jesus means being open to listening to what God might be saying. Jesus stopped to pray often. When I’m open to listening to God when I hit a speed bump in life, I can live a lifestyle of learning as a disciple of Christ. I can recognize these moments as opportunities for growth. And, I need community to help me process them. (from Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen and the 3dm Team, page 57)

What have you learned this month? Sometimes life goes by way too fast, it’s good to build regular rhythms of reflection.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as we gather to worship, praise and thank our God and to learn together. And, please make a point to attend the GGCC Annual Gathering & Celebration at 11:30 a.m. We’ll remember where God was with us in 2014 so that we might look forward with anticipation for what God will be doing in 2015.

Grace and peace,

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