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Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday's Fave Five - Fighting a Headache

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It's been quite a while since my last Friday's Fave Five entry, so here goes!

1. Blooming Trees
Yesterday the cool afternoon breeze was just strong enough to pull lots of little petals off the trees and give a strange April-snow effect. It was beautiful!

2. Coffee
I gave up coffee for lent, and since Easter I have been loving it! I gave it up because I had become too reliant upon it, and I wanted to make a commitment that you would communicate to God that He is my strength, not my morning coffee. It was difficult, but it really was a good experience. Every time [literally] I would smell that fresh aroma, I would be reminded, "God is my strength. I don't need coffee; I just need Jesus!" Now God is still my strength, but I sure do love my coffee!

3. My youth in Kratie
Pagna, Vandy, Chanta, Sophol, Zanda, Nary, Piset, Rachana, Rado, Ki, Titus, Limang...
Many of these are some of my students from the Cambodian province of Kratie. I have had a chance to talk to 5 of them since I left in June, in addition to Pastors Vandy and Titus [black tshirts in front row.] This is a picture of them gathered at the youth conference last week in Phnom Penh. I miss them so much!!

4. Napping
I've been fighting a nauseating headache off-and-on since Wednesday afternoon. Yuck yuck yuck. I plan on getting at least an hour nap this afternoon, hoping that will kick it so I can be productive and have some fun this evening.

5. Passport to Culture
Tonight on campus there's an event that highlights different cultural groups that are either represented by IWU students, or are heart cultures of the students, or are just an interest of some students. Different students, staff, or local families volunteer to hosts booth in the Commons area and there is food, live entertainment, free give-a-ways and more. It's pretty sweet. If I kick this headache and I'm able to attend, I'll post pictures sometime soon.

10 comments:

Beth said...

Oh I have had a headache since Wednesday, too! I am home sick with it!

Cambodia..wow! Great photo of your group..I bet you do miss them

Shelle said...

blooming trees, coffee, & nappying all sound good to me. great photos on your sidebar, my hubby gets to go on all the missions, i get to stay home & take care of the kids:)

Missy said...

Love the photo of the tree! I had a little photo shoot with one of the trees near me. You should check it out on my blog! Hope to see you around there soon.
miss

Laura said...

Oh, I hope that headache is gone and you get to attend the Passport to Culture. Sounds so neat.

The tree is beautiful!

Hope next week is as great for you.

Karyn said...

How great that you were able to talk to some of your friends in Cambodia!

Love the tree....what kind is it?

I like the sidebar illustrating Isa 61. Great photos.

Hope you are feeling better very soon!

Jewel said...

Thank you ladies. I am feeling better this morning. Was able to walk through Passport to Culture once, but just relaxed the rest of the night.

Warren Baldwin said...

Linked here from 2 Thinks to Share.

Good post. Giving up coffee ... now that would be tough. Appreciate your interest in missions.

Susanne said...

Hi, welcome back! :v)

Hope your headache has totally disappeared by now. I hate being layed up by a hanging on headache!

That tree is absolutely gorgeous! I can hardly wait for the crab apple trees to start blooming around here. They get beautiful blossoms like that too.

Love the photo of your students. They look like a great group.

Applauding you for being able to give up coffee and the reasons that you did it. That is awesome.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I brought home some pretty yummy Costa Rican coffee.

Willow said...

Hi Jewel, Welcome back to FFF! Coffee is my friend, too! Love it! I think I could give it up for Lent (but I wouldn't want to!) I did give up Cola for Lent two different years and finally got it out of my diet completely! God was my strength :)

I hope your headache went away and you were able to join the festivities last night!