Quarters and Quarterlies

I'm looking forward to the next "quarter" of studies in our Sunday School class.
Though our church has changed the term "Sunday School" to "Small Churches",
I cling to the former because I value the concept of a group studying the Bible
in a systematic way
and growing together in knowledge of and faith in Jesus.
Yes, we still use a "quarterly" in our "class".
And just look at the Bible books we'll be studying!
I suppose I'm showing my age in clinging to this particular tradition --
Sunday School complete with quarterlies.
This is one I cannot easily walk away from; nor do I apologize for valuing it.

A Remarkable Season

Too beautiful to waste the unexpected sunshine of these February days.
So we walk.
The three of us.
Thankful for nature's supply of Vitamin D.
Sometimes we sit.
To catch our breath.
To take in the view of quiet, Amish countryside.
This is a remarkable season.
I am so thankful for it.

Backseat Rider

Here's the gift of gratitude: In order to feel it, your ego has to take a backseat.
What shows up in its place is greater compassion and understanding. 
Instead of being frustrated, you choose appreciation. 
And the more grateful you become, the more you have to be grateful for.
(Oprah Winfrey)

It's easy to be a backseat driver.
It's even easier to be a backseat driver
when you're not even in the same car.  (Rick McCallum)

For me, self-gratification eventually took a backseat
to trying to do something collaborative with other people,
to trying to make something new. (Ariel Pink)

It was funny to just take a backseat and be like,
“Wow, I might be in this crazy place,
but maybe I don’t need to understand everything,
maybe I don’t need to be else.”  (Zach Condon)

As you can see, I frequently ride in the backseat these days.
Since Father came to live with us, 
he sits in the front seat with my husband, our driver.
It was strange at first, but now I kind of like it.
Along with Zach (above), I've come to realize
"Maybe I DON'T need to understand everything...
maybe I don't need to be else!"

Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)