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!
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.
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.