Waving farewell to another month, I rejoice in a glance back at my October Occasions joining Heather Gerwing as she hosts a monthly feature called, Share Four Somethings, where writers share the fourth Saturday of each month something in each of four categories from the previous month.
Many readers notice I choose a theme for each month, which often reflects lessons or themes from my personal life. This month’s theme is “occasions”, which looks to happenings both pleasant and challenging. My occasions this month involve learning to trust God’s goodness in both the pleasant and challenging.
Each month the four categories remain the same: something loved something gleaned, something braved (or saved), and something achieved.
The premise delights me; the new categories falling right in line with my one-word 2022 journey with Resilience! Looking back over the previous month through these four categories helps me linger with God’s goodness and ignites my gratitude.
My 64th birthday on October 4th kicks off my October Occasions with delightful time with my daughter and granddaughter and fun activities with my husband. My little granddaughter Grace made me a lovely autumn canvas which she painted with broccoli!!
We attended another fund raiser for Schreiber Pediatric in a neighboring town, which they hold every year, called The Chocolate Walk.
For a specified donation you enjoy walking through this quaint town and shops, while picking up complimentary chocolate offerings of every type imaginable!
Enjoying a long weekend away for the first time in 3 years, we visited a favorite from long ago in our early married days: New Hope, PA. Several quaint towns, antique shops, fabulous restaurants, a juried art show featuring local artists at an historic grist mill, and a little-known local theater mystery production provide a few highlights.
Of course, Halloween has not yet occurred, but my little granddaughter Grace enjoyed dressing up at Dutch Wonderland in her Goofy costume for fall fun. For the past two years she wanted a Goofy costume which was nowhere to be found, so she is super thrilled with this year’s costume!!
Stumbling upon a brief but powerful gem in “The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times”, I found solid biblical advice on moving from fear to faith in trials. The book’s author, Robert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee.
Based solely on the story of the Israelite crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus 14, Morgan shares ten practical principles gleaned from the story during his own difficult trial through which he saw no way out.
The tagline says it all, “The same God who led you in, will lead you out”, or remember God has not abandoned you.
Far from earth shattering, the ten “rules” offer nothing new to the seasoned pilgrim, but taken as a whole, they strengthen, encourage, and breathe hope into even the most hopeless situations, by equipping you to walk by faith not fear.
One of my more challenging October Occasions came in the form of a new laptop upgrade from work at the same time Epic, the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) underwent a major overhaul, changing all my systems which I use daily.
Epic is the largest EMR used nationwide by hospital systems and physician offices; its complexity as an EMR is formidable and facing another two eight-hour days of new training, was distasteful at best.
Neither the laptop transfer nor the new Epic implementation went smoothly, which created stress in the outpatient scheduling, chart documentation and a dozen other little functions I readily take for granted.
Even something as mundane as having to log into over a dozen websites with new credentials and two-factor authentication became wearisome after several endeavors at getting the laptop up and running.
Happily, the worst is now over, and except for stumbling through a few new processes, Epic and I are back on speaking terms.
Rounding out my October Occasions: Share Four Somethings, is a category, dedicated to things achieved. For goal setting geeks, this category offers an opportunity to shine. But even if goal setting makes you squeamish, right here is the place for celebrating even baby steps towards getting things done.
Celebrating the occasion of completing my newest devotional, “The Grace of Gratitude: A 21 Day Journey Through Grace to Gratitude”. An e-book offering, the devotional is another in a long line of FREE resources I offer through my website.
Born out of my own struggle for deeper gratitude in my relationship with God, this transformational journey is designed to transform your perspective on gratitude through scripture, prayer, unique activities, and journaling.
Stay tuned for its debut on October 31st, just in time for November gratitude seekers, though appropriate for anytime of the year.
october occasions: share four somethings
Thank you for taking a leisurely walk back through my October Occasions with me! I am grateful to Heather for creating such a creative way to review the moments of our days which often slip by so quickly. Sharing Four Somethings is a way to savor one more time those things we loved, gleaned, braved, and achieved!
But you don’t have to be a writer or blogger to enjoy this practice. Why not take a few moments and think back over YOUR October Occasions and share four somethings with me in the comments! Meet me back here at the end of November for more joyful somethings!