Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Holidays

I haven't been here in a while. I hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas! Both of my children were home and it was so great! I had missed them both soooo much! DS flew in on the 19th and DD and SIL got here the next day. DD is VERY pregnant. It was fun to watch her tummy move around and I must admit we spent a very large amount of time doing just that. She is struggling with carpel tunnel syndrome and has to wear a wrist brace on both wrists. She gave me a beautiful mother/daughter necklace that was so special. It has two charms on it, one is mother of pearl and has Chinese symbols for mother and daughter and the other is silver and has it written in English. I love it and it meant so much for her to give it to me. DS gave me a docking station for the ipod he had given me for Mother's day. It was just what I wanted! The best thing of all was the time we got to spend together. It was so hard to see them off. DS was flying to Minneapolis and had to sit in the plane for half an hour waiting for them to clear the snow so they could get to the gate. [Here it was in the 50's and 60's.]

I have done absolutely NO stitching! I have been reading like crazy though. I plan to spend time tonight on my VOHRH - finally. I hope my SAL group hasn't kicked me out! I promise to catch up!

I am going to go now an catch up on reading all of your blogs and find out about your holidays! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Five Finger Prayer

I had never heard this before. This is beautiful - and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives.

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger - the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.