I'm throwing a party!
A blog party!
A Summer blog party!
And you're all invited! *throws confetti*
It should be up and running sometime soon, so keep your lovely eye-balls on the lookout!
I'm having such fun planning it- it's not going to be your everyday, "answer-these-questions" type blog party: it will involve some hands-on, brain-powered fun.
And I can't wait!
Anyway, today can't decide what it's like or what it wants to be.
It's so frustratingly close to being one of these days...
...but just cool and breezy enough to make you want to take your book inside and opt for a cup of tea on the couch instead of lemonade in the grass.
I so wanted it to be a glorious, warm day (it is June eighth, after all!), but found myself just disappointed enough to be slightly miserable.
Top this with the fact that my body decided that maybe today would be a good day to become an ice cube (Think freezing cold. Think blue-tinged hands and feet. Think a cold that feels like a very rottenness emanating from your bones, accompanied by the sensation of thick custard running through your veins. It sends you shivering into extra layers of clothing, a blanket, and to a pot of hot tea. It puts you in a bathtub of hot water, the temperature of which normally makes you sweat buckets but now only warms you up to a pleasant cozy. That's what "ice cube" feels like).
These bouts of cold don't come every day, but they do come, and they make me absolutely miserable.
Luckily enough for me, when the sensation began to hit- it begins in your fingers, toes, feet, hands- I was already embarking on a four mile walk, so the sun was just hot enough and my pace just brisk enough to ward off any fear of frost-bite, and left instead only a lingering chill.
There I go again: complaining about myself and my difficulties!
I've been working very hard lately on praying for others when I find my mind completely settled on myself.
Our pastor's sermon on Sunday- which was marvelous- was on a similar topic. Ironically enough, it's something I've been thinking about for a couple of weeks or so.
He said "Depression, despair, desertion and defeat is going on all around us, and unless we are striving to reach out, we don't know about it." Which was followed by "We get so caught up in our own drama and troubles that we forget to see the drama and troubles in the lives of everyone else. We are all struggling, and even though we would like to help or even are helping in a way, we cannot fix others or expect someone else to fix us.
"God is the only One who can-and will-do the fixing."
Oh, how this cut my conscience!
I can get so caught up in my battles and problems- anorexia, physical health, the daily battle, and life- that I quickly become selfish and blind to anything that is happening around me.
When I recently complained about my struggles, a friend kindly yet firmly turned my eyes to the Cross and said "next time you're losing sleep or struggling, take yourself to the altar and pray for someone else. Plenty of others are struggling too, some with even greater problems."
This has been the best advice I've heard in a long time.
So I've been compiling a prayer list of people I know who are struggling with anything, be it health, emotional, or otherwise, and every time I find myself focusing on me and my problems, I rapidly switch gears and start praying for the first name that comes to mind.
Most of the people on this list attend my church, although some of them are friends or just prayer requests I've heard in passing. However, I want to widen my horizons.
I want to pray for you.
What prayer requests do you have in your life right now?
How can I pray for you?
I know it seems a little strange (I promise I'm not a blog stalker, creeper, or serial killer), but if there is anything in your life that you would like prayer for- no matter how small it may seem- let me know and I will add it to the list.
I'd be so very grateful if you did!
What helps you helps me- the longer my list, the more I pray, the less I can think about myself.
I won't ask you to leave your prayer requests via comment if you don't want to. If it's private or if you'd just rather it be between the two of us (Well, plus God it's the three of us), then email me.
I hope to see my 'lil old inbox full of your prayer needs and requests!
In the mean time, it's time to put tonight's shepherd's pie together, and finish making the button for the upcoming bloggy-party.
Cheerio, me luvlies, and keep smiling!