These Little Women.

Have you seen the Little Women movie?

I just love going to movies but I don’t take time to go as much as I would like.  Yesterday was a great treat to meet my friend, Michelle, to see Little Women at Wolf Theatres in Greensburg.

I’ve never read the book and really didn’t know much about the story.  But this movie was awesome.  I loved every part of it.  I think if I had to choose my character, I am most like Jo.  She was the writer and the caretaker; the second oldest and enjoyed free-spirit fun.

I think I could see a little bit of my personality in each of the girls and of course in Marmee as well.  These women faced every kind of emotion known to women.

I loved that they prayed and talked about God.  There was no cursing, no sexual content, no violence.

My friend and I transferred into our “little women” selves, grabbed some popcorn and a drink, and enjoyed an afternoon with Louisa May Alcott and her Little Women.  Certainly a great day in my Year of 55.  🙂

Harvesting Kindness.

“The Lord bless him,” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law.  “He has not stopped showing kindness…”  Ruth 2:20

Kindness.

That word is a positive word.  It makes me smile just looking at it.  I love reading about random acts of kindness, researching new ways to show kindness and then following through by actually doing kind acts.

In the story of Ruth in the Bible, we see many acts of kindness.  Naomi was married to Elimelech and they had two sons, Mahlon and Kilion.   The sons married Moabite women and their names were Orpah and Ruth.

Naomi’s husband and both sons died and she left to go the land of Judah.  Ruth was determined to go with her because she loved her and wanted to show kindness to her to take care of her.

We see later in the story that Ruth meets Boaz who was an upstanding man and wealthy landowner.  Ruth begins gleaning the fields after the harvesters have finished harvesting and Boaz sees her.

He finds out from the harvesters her story and he instructs them to not embarrass her but to pull out some stalks for her and leave them for her to pick up so she gets additional food from her gleaning.   He continues to show kindness to Ruth and also to her mother-in-law.  And we see that he ends up marrying Ruth and taking care of her and Naomi.

This is a true act of kindness – over and over again.  We need to use this as an example.  And although situations are different today from Bible days, the word of God never changes.   The principles of showing love and kindness to others never changes.

I am on a journey to send cards this year.  Fifty-five to be exact on my Year of 55.  Today I am stretching outside of the walls of the ones I would normally send a card to and asking God to show me who could use a little encouragement today.

What can you do to show kindness to someone who may need a little encouragement?

Eating a Banana in the Dark.

Today I found myself sitting in the kitchen with a dim light on eating a banana and relaxing.

That’s unusual on work days.

I am usually running around trying to fit in everything I want to get done before I run out the door to arrive at work right at 8:00 a.m. (or sometimes a few minutes after).  🙂

I usually get up around 5:30 and walk on the treadmill, read my Bible, shower and get ready for work.  Then I run around like a chicken with my head cut off throwing laundry in,  putting dinner in the crockpot, making the bed and grabbing a banana or yogurt for an eat-on-the-run breakfast.

I thought this morning would be different.   I was more organized and prepared.

I set my alarm for 5:30 to get the “planned” day started.  But when my internal clock woke me up, I looked at my alarm clock and it was after 6:00 a.m.!!  I had set my alarm for 5:30 PM.  Gee whiz!

Treadmill can wait.  Bible study can’t.

Even though I woke up late, I found that I was actually ready a few minutes earlier than expected.  So I grabbed a banana and sat down to eat.

What I found was that when I sat down in the quiet, dim kitchen, I noticed my travel wall.  I have pictures of the different places we have traveled over the years.   I’ve had that wall decorated for several years and although I see it every day, I forget to enjoy it.

So I sat.  Looking at every picture. Remembering the trips.  And thanking God for blessings to be able to do those trips.

Although today wasn’t a big “do something” day, it included my purpose of the Year of 55…..relax and find joy in every special moment.

What are you overlooking today that if you just take a few minutes can bring a newfound joy into your day?

The Year of 55!

Twas the start of the New Year
And all through the house
All the Christmas decorations were down.
It was quiet as a mouse.

The goals were written
In my journal to come alive.
As I begin JOY IN THE JOURNEY
For the Year of Fifty-Five!

Yes, I’m going to be 55 in a few weeks.

And yes, I am a goal setter.  Sometimes I meet them and sometimes I fall short. But this year I’m doing things a little different.

If you followed my Christmas journey on Facebook, you know that I set out to do something intentional each day from Thanksgiving to Christmas to relax and be in the moment; to learn to enjoy life and find joy in each day.

With all the troubles in the world and our own personal lives, I wanted to be intentional to not lose the joy and hope I love during the Christmas season.  And for me, it was successful.  I did big things and I did simple things.

I took my nephews to a train display.  We made a gingerbread house.
I played Christmas carols on the piano all by myself in my living room.
I enjoyed the experience of a spa day with friends as an alternative for gift exchange.
I made fudge and enjoyed Christmas lights and shopping.
I was present each day in all of the season; all of life’s activities.

I found hope.
I found joy.
I found peace.

And I want that to continue.

So I created intentional goals for the next year to keep those feelings alive.

My year of 55 is going to include several things:
*55 significant acts of kindness
*55 greeting cards
*55 things that I have always wanted to do or that I enjoy doing.

I can’t wait to share some of my journey with you and pray that God will use all of us to bring joy and peace to the world in this new year!