September 2012 Newsletter

Scripture of the Month: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 The Message
Quote of the Month: “Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

We are entering my favorite season – autumn. Brilliant lemony days of sunshine are bookended by crisp mornings and chilly evenings. Frost webs the deep green shoots of grass, and spiders spin several story townhouses against the porch rails. Hay bales and fat orange pumpkins dot the landscape.
The school routine is settled in, and after my week of requisite mourning (I always miss my blessings during the day), I am enchanted.
It’s time to begin baking season: cinnamon rolls, 1930s applesauce cake, pumpkin squares & caramel corn mix. It’s the season of fireplaces, cozy evenings and winding leaf-gazing drives.
In the midst of this, I’ve just returned from speaking in Alabama. Two-thirds of the way through the retreat, Carrie, a spunky, godly African American woman led us on a prayer walk. At each station, we were given something to pray for. Then we were to continue praying on the way to the next stop.
Periodically, she would look back at us and softly admonish: “Don’t forget to pray whilst you’re walkin’.” Don’t forget to pray whilst you’re walkin’. I loved this! It was a gentle, powerful reminder that I could take with me. We can pray while we’re walking through the airport, the school halls, the mall shops, the grocery store aisles. We can pray while we drive, while we wait. When our hearts are full of song, and when they are so heavy it seems our very souls are bowed low.
I have always taken “pray walks” to accomplish my daily lists, but this was a lovely reminder to “pray without ceasing,” to dwell in it, to be bathed in and soothed by conversation with my Maker.
I invite you to add your own conversation with a Father who loves you more than life! I pray this finds you doing life well. Truly well. I am praying for you, and don’t forget to pray whilst you’re walkin’ today!

Fast Facts:
There are 25 colors of M & M’s, the most popular candy (by sales) in the United States.
You need 2 vacations per year to lessen stress. Even long weekends count, according to a study in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. [All You, September, 2012]
New Year, New You
It takes 10 minutes of exercise to START burning fat.
5% of your body weight (if you are carrying extra pounds) is what it takes to reduce the estrogen fluctuations that can lead to breast cancer.
1 pound of body weight is equal to 3,500 calories. So to lose a pound a week, cut 500 calories per day from your diet. [All You, September, 2012]
Flossing is one of THE most important things you can do for your health. Bacteria left by brushing alone can form a gateway for all kinds of other infections.

WIN THIS!!

A book with art, love and World War II intrigue! What’s not to love? Written by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, this tale of adventure is set in Switzerland and Paris, two agents try to save one of the greatest works of art from the hands of the Nazis. Simply write a comment on the website, www.cindydagnan.com and a winner will be drawn at random!

On Our Table
Our oldest daughter, Eden, and precious 3 month old grandson have been home for a long visit. Ahhh! I take him for daily walks in his stroller and we treasure this time together. For family night, Eden made this dip that she tweaked from Pinterest.
Cake Batter Dip
1 box Funfetti cake mix
1 ½ cups plain yogurt
2 cups non-fat Cool Whip
Mix together thoroughly. Serve with Nilla Wafers, Teddy Grahams & fresh fruit. Delicious!

I will be speaking October 5 & 6 at the Tennessee Prairie Friends Church in Galena, Kansas – The Showdown: How God Fights for Us in the Battles of Our Life! Would love to see you there. As always, I treasure your prayers.
September is International Women’s Friendship Month! Call up a girlfriend and tell them how much you appreciate them. Better yet, meet for a cup of hot cocoa and some catching up.

6 Responses to September 2012 Newsletter

  • Any -Bella Xavier Varela says:

    I was reading recently the story of a homeless man
    -dirty, without shoes, smelling bad, digging through the
    garbage for a crumb to eat.

    Yet there was always a big smile on his face.

    “What’s there to be happy about ? “someone asked him.
    “I woke up, and that’s enough for me to be happy about !” he replied.

    Just as we open our eyes every morning, our first words
    should be :
    “Good morning, Lord ! I am alive and well, great is Your
    faithfulness !!!”
    And we should get out of bed with a big smile
    and a love song for our loving Father.
    And, from there, as we hold His precious hand, we can talk with Him
    and make sure we take time to listen for His reply.

    “And He walks with me
    And He talks with me
    And He tells me I am His own….”

    There is fullness of joy in His Presence!
    Let’s include the Lord in our daily activities -even my food tastes better
    when I asked for His blessing while I cook !

    “Pour out your heart to God,
    for He is our refuge !”

    “Jesus will walk with me, He will talk with me, He will be with me
    In joy or in sorrow, today and tomorrow
    I know He will walk with me….”

    Let’s make sure we follow in His steps, keeping
    close to Him, listening to His voice.
    Remaining in Him.
    Trusting and obeying !
    “For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus,
    But to trust and obey.”

    “Those who listen to Him
    with the intent of obeying
    will have the privilege to hear God speak.”

    “Speak, Lord, for Your servant listen.”

    Let’s not do all the talking -let us “crave “God’s Word
    as newborn babies, so we can grow in our salvation.
    Because we tasted that “The Lord is good .”
    All the time !

  • Hayley says:

    Just finished “Who Got Peanut Butter on My Daily Planner?”.
    Loved it! Thank you!!!

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  • Susan K says:

    Thank you for your site, verse and quote. Thank you also for the opportunity to win “Chasing Mona Lisa” – sounds like a great book. Something I can do to relax this Christmas season as I learn to LET IT GO! :)

  • Kathy Miller says:

    looks like a fun book

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