Faith Intersects Life

5 Things I Learned This Summer

Our first snow storm is on the horizon and summer fun has long since passed.  November 19 does seems kind of early for a significant snow fall, but it is upstate New York and we live in the lake effect snow belt. This post has been in my draft folder for a long time, so time to get it written before the snow flies. For reasons too numerous to count here, I have been trying to live life more intentionally. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, and 2018 is almost here. Intentional living for me has caused me to stop waiting for Friday, for the next big event or the next holiday. Without sounding too cliche', life is way too short to play it safe, to complain about the weather, or not take the time to sit with friends over coffee. A plus, is that I've got to spend great time with Lauren shopping or having coffee. So, let's begin with the list of 10 5 things I enjoy or learned this summer/fall.
  1. There are some great coffee cafe's here in central New York. If you're local, try out Peaks Coffee Co. outside of Cazenovia. The owners are friendly and the guy who roasts the coffee definitely knows his coffee science.
  2. Yes, roasting coffee is a science as I found out. I ordered green coffee beans and tried roasting them at home in my cast iron skillet. The beans roasted well, but it does take time and science to determine just the right roast. I think I'll leave it it to the professionals.
  3. I've learned it's ok, really, it's ok, to slow down and not feel every second has to be filled with activity. I think if I were to use one word for this year, it would be sabbath. My body, soul and spirit needs to worship and rest.  I read Shelly Miller's Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World.  "Sabbath helps me take account of where Jesus has been afoot in my days and notice the details with heightened awareness." Her book isn't so much of the "how to" of sabbath  or making it look like what she does to worship and rest has to be done her way. It is one of the best books on the subject of 'why', and I highly recommend it.
"And don't we all need to detox our soul, mind, and body from busyness? Sabbath is a weekly boot camp for rescuing a tormented life."
4. I recently began listening to podcasts. My daughter Hannah introduced me to journeywomen.   What is a journeywoman? I'll let Hunter speak for herself
A journeywoman is seeking to glorify God each step of her journey. She’s asking things like, “How can I glorify God through opening my home? How can I glorify God by memorizing scripture? How can I glorify God using my gifts, like teaching, writing, or serving? How can I glorify God in my season of waiting, singleness, transition, depression, etc?”
5.  I learned this summer, well maybe re-learned. I'd like to think I already had mastered this, but some lessons need to be repeated. I have learned to be content with where I'm at in this season of life. Contentment, I confess, has not always come easy, many times looking in the rearview mirror, or worse, waiting for the next big event, the next holiday to celebrate, waiting for Friday(first paragraph). I am loving my age, where I live, who I live with, and who may be added to our family around Christmas. No,  not another grandchild, but a dog of our own, a chocolate lab. That will be something new for 2018, I'll keep you posted. 

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