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  • Writer's pictureChristina

Week 25: Feb 1-8

"And a soul well-spent will be one who lives Best Yes answers.” – Lisa Terkeurst, The Best Yes

“’If you want people to use such great words to describe you, think about the decisions you are making. How are they leading people to describe you?’” – Lisa Terkeurst, The Best Yes

When I don’t know what to do to move my dreams down the road. I usually just try to figure out what the next step is and then do that…It seems like there must be more to it. But there isn’t. For most of us, the next step is as easy as picking up the phone, sending an e-mail, writing a letter, buying a plane ticket, or just showing up. After that, things start happening. “ - Bob Geoff, Love Does

“This world can make you think that love can be picked up at a garage sale or enveloped in a Hallmark card. But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It’s a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright. - Bob Geoff, Love Does

Heart – I got on the porch and drank tea and spent time with doggies every day. Chocolate too. Enjoyed Korean dramas (Extraordinary You) and used the heat pack. I loved baking cheesy crackers and carrot cupcakes, soup with grilled cheese, Café with Kiana, and Chai tea in the rain. I had baths twice and read a book in bath. I also got a hair cut, hair washing, and shopping for dishes. I like that.

Soul – Worship on Sunday night kept songs in my heart through the week. I loved being there with Greg in his yellow shirt and thinking how 15 years ago we sang the same hymns to guitar and I would worry that I thought too much about him, wonder if he would hold my hand. I prayed a bit in the monrnings, when stretching out of bed or starting on the porch sipping tea. Mrs. Msosa told me some heaviness and so we prayed together in my office on Tuesday and Thursday. I only read my Bible about half the days, I want to make that more of a first-thing in the morning kind of thing.

Strength- I ran four days this week. Twisted my ankle. Keeping up with Ishmael was tiring and exhilarating. I did ab workouts twice and stretched half the days. I drank water with my tea, and ate fruit most days. Woke up early a few days, so averaged 5:38 up. 10:34 to sleep because of Korean drama mostly, so 6:53 per night with 11 mins awake. Average steps 8,128 which is a bit down.

Mind – I read Best Yes. Working on a lot of things for work. Want to read more.

Neighbor – A delightful evening of tea, bread, and chocolate with Isa and Jacob. Visited Anna at her house on Tuesday for our meeting. Called Conk which was so much fun. Lunch with Helen. Had Msosa and Nyathipa’s daughters over for tea on Sunday, so much fun – they played with stickers and picked flowers afterward. We are working with chaplains to have a better way of helping people. Good time with Ishmael.

Husband – have discovered head massage and stepping on back and back massage while watching Korean drama. Fun sitting on porch together, eathing together. Really enjoying lunch breaks, taking a full hour.

Mentor – spent a lot of time with the Dundee girls. Their projects are fun and meaningful. I’m actually glad they didn’t get approval because I think they can do more this way. But exhausted working with Neil their supervisor. Excited about Selina, but Contra Costa annoys me, trying to find time to talk. Then the residents – Patrick’s wife is sick and Amos is not doing well on his rotations, we don’t know why. Excited for LLU kiddos to come.

Boundaries – Not always great at no work after-hours, especially disappointing on Saturday but Sunday wasn’t too bad. God lunch breaks 4/5 days and got home the other. Did not leave work on time except Monday but limited working hours two days. Total work hours logged: 53. Friday was particularly late talking to Salvador about leadership options. Wondering if re-defining my role will make things harder. Probably. But maybe more solidified authority will help me know my role and keep others accountable.

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