Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Sharing - What Can I Do For You?

Hemphill Bald Trail - GSMNP 
October, 2008

Hope you are enjoying my pictures even though they aren't current.  With a brand new computer and a huge hard drive, I'm transferring a lot of my pics back to the computer from CD's and it has opened up a whole new world of memories.  The hike on this day was 12.8 miles, a new record for me at that time, and is still one of the most memorable because of the beauty.  Hemphill Bald trail is on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so not as easily accessible to us.   We were spending Mr. B's fall break in a cabin in Maggie Valley with some friends.  This is a point-to-point hike meaning the finishing point is 12.8 miles from the starting point requiring either a vehicle at both ends or someone to drop you off at your starting point.  Mr. B does NOT hike that distance, but he did agree to get up very early and take us to the drop-off point.  Everything fell into place perfectly and was a hike I'll never forget.  The best part of all is that when we finished, we were only about ten minutes from the cabin (translate hot shower and jacuzzi) and dinner was waiting when we walked in the door.  Can't get much better than that!

We've all experienced doing something that you thought was for someone else, but it ended up being just as meaningful for you, if not more so, than it could have possibly been for the recipients.  That's the way I feel about last Sunday's, "What Can I Do For You?" post.  I didn't know what to expect, but it was something I really wanted to do in response to your kindness to me over the past few weeks.  I just want you to know that printing out those comments and posting them above my coffee pot has been such a delight to me every morning this week.  I have talked to you, I have prayed for you, I have told you what I think you should do (I really should see a doctor about these conversations going on in my head! lol!), and I have rejoiced with you when the news was good.

So guess what?  Let's do it again.  Let's make it a Sunday regular.  I may change up the questions a tad or add something, but the core will always be to please tell me in a comment how I can support you this week during my morning quiet time.  Well, I actually learned that it goes far beyond my morning quiet time.  In my house, you go through the kitchen to get to or from anywhere else, so the "list" is ever present.  For those who might not have read last week's post,  I will print this weeks comments/requests and post them above my coffee pot where I promise to read them every morning between 6 and 6:30 a.m. and say a prayer specifically for you and ask that you find courage and strength to meet this week's challenges.  Your requests do not need  to be related to weight loss.  It should be whatever is coming during the next seven days that has you anxious.

Here goes.........What specific thing is happening in your life or is a struggle this week through which I can support you with my thoughts and prayers?  What do you need?

For me, I am emotionally exhausted from the last couple of posts, but feel I'm making progress.  There are no planned social events this week, but I anticipate one or two opportunities where I can use my newly discovered ability to either say, "no" or "could we do this instead?"  Wish for me the courage to do just that.

Have a good Sunday.  If you do not attend church and are interested, here's the link to my church, First Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee.  Our 11 a.m. service is webcast live and if nothing else, you can try and find me in the choir!!

Come back tomorrow for a report on the "Come To Jesus" meeting with Mr. B!!


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  2. Thank you so much for supporting me in prayer last week. I am delighted to report that I got that paper off my desk and back to the student who wrote it for one last round of changes before we submit it! This week I need prayer about church. I have joined a small group and I even like most of them. However, yesterday there were three -- THREE -- things at church and today in addition to regular church, there is another event. While I am starting to feel comfortable going to church itself, I am not sure how much I am willing to commit to going 24-7. I need to come to a place where I feel comfortable with whatever decisions I make if that makes sense.

  3. You have already done a lot for me this week. Our recent exchange really got me thinking and I still am! BTW - one of my best friends lives in Knoxville! Too bad when she and I get together ever couple of years that we always go somewhere else to do it.

  4. I just need prayer for strength, good judgement, and patience. I have a terminally ill best friend (cancer) and a close family member going through a nasty domestic situation. They both rely on me for strength and I am trying to find it.

  5. Thank you Sharon. When I first clicked on your site, it came up as always but all of the text was in some weird computer-speak script. I really wanted to read what you said (and to see where the picture of the day is from--DON'T worry about older pix, we love them all!). I even thought about trying to use my weak de-coding skills to try to decipher what you were saying. Fortunately, a power off, power on move did the trick. In answer to your question, my email is ticia_romaAThotmailDOTcom I'd love to hear from you.

    You are so nice to undertake praying for us all. I would still appreciate prayer about my fall schedule. I'm taking the BSF class on Wed mornings (with daily homework), and I'm considering a Praise Moves class (basically Christian yoga, where the focus is on scripture rather than on Zen) which is offered three times a week, but I would be able to go as I was able. I don't want to overfill my plate, but I'm very tempted by this class. Some of my friends go and I like the concept. I need to keep my running, gym & biking in my schedule, there's BSF & daily homework, and, of course, I have the grand babies 3X a week, so doing the Praise Moves might involve getting up an hour or two earlier. Or maybe I should not do it this term. I need some wisdom from above. Thanks.

  6. I go to a Baptist church as well. :-)
    I've been struggling a lot with being 31 and still single. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would still be unmarried at this age, I wouldn't have believed it. I know God has his reasons for wanting me single, but it's hard not to focus on what I don't have, rather than what I do have. I moved to a bigger area close to my brother and sister-in-law (in hopes of having a greater chance of meeting someone), and am trying to go through the whole new process of making new friends again. It's hard not be acutely aware of my insecurities and the fact that I'm still single. I've been on a roll of eating healthier and exercising for a few weeks now, which has helped, but there are still moments where it kind of hits me and I want to have a binge on junk food.

  7. Thank you for being so generous again this week.

    My issue is still the same, getting past this stuck place with my weight. I'll have a few more challenges as J-boy and I start facilitating two groups this week. Please pray for the success of the groups.

    I will pray for you as you pray for others.

  8. You can always show me pictures of the Smokies!

    I asked the same question in my blog last week, "Can I pray for any specific intentions?" Folks asked me for four requests and it gave me an anchor in my prayer for the week. I think I have a challenging work week ahead and would appreciate any support. I will keep you in my prayers this week and wish you a blessed week ahead.

  9. Thank you so much for your prayers. I am amazed at how different it feels from a few days ago, to today. This thing with my husbands job... we have been able to have wisdom in what to say and not to say. And we are trying to have an open mind about the outcome, and that God had a plan that we haven't been privy to yet. But that it will all work out.

    So, the fear is decreasing, the trust is increasing, and the expectation for a good outcome is starting to tingle with possibilities. :-)

    As we navigate the continuing circumstances and decisions, we just need continuing wisdom.

    Thank you,

  10. :) what a great post! Love the pic!