May: learnings

Joining Emily P. Freeman and friends today, sharing things we learned in May. 

photo credit to LHE

photo by LHE

1. I learned how to make these paper pinwheels while decorating for a wedding reception. Real people taught me how, but, if you want to find out online, I can google that for you.

2. I learned that in the New Testament, the word for “servant,” “bondservant,” or “slave” is the Greek word “doulos,” which looks like this in Greek characters: δοῦλος. I think this is something that I’d heard before — minus the Greek characters — but I had it from a few different sources this month, and now it’s going to stick — minus again, perhaps, the Greek characters.

3. I learned that Elizabeth Goudge’s novel The Scent of Water is a book I like. I wanted to read a novel, and chose that over a few others because it had an epigraph from the book of Job:
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;  Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
The epigraph mentions hope, and the book itself is about hope, in hard ways. I could share any number of pithy quotes, but here’s just one: “I had not known before that love is obedience . . . love is not some marvelous thing that you feel but some hard thing that you do. And this in a way is easier because with God’s help you can command your will when you can’t command your feelings. With us, feelings seem to be important, but He doesn’t appear to agree with us.”

4. I learned that being glad to see my students is one of the Important Things I can do on the way to being a good teacher. Because it’s much pleasanter to go to class to teacher who is glad to see you, even if the subject isn’t your favorite. (And because, in the words of one of my students, “it is not fun to sit in a class with a teacher who has a bad day every day.”) Being glad to see them is a matter of obedient love, and the beautiful thing about it is that God seems to allow the feelings to follow the obedience. (I AM glad!)

5. I learned that my first brother’s GPS likes to go straight through cities, instead of around them on the highway bypasses. Thanks to this, I got to see different parts of St. Louis and Indianapolis, and learned about

6. Reversible lanes, “in which traffic may travel in either direction, depending on certain conditions.” I thought they were neat, but I like the fact that I don’t have to drive on them usually.

7. I learned that my baby brother is going to get married, because he proposed to his girlfriend this month. But it wasn’t a surprise to me, since I decided several years ago — when she was fourteen or so? — that she would be right for said brother. (But it also was a surprise to me, because, how often do the things I decide would be right happen?)

8. I learned this song from my Bible study friends, and have been singing it for the last week or more: “What an amazing mystery / That your grace has come to me.” (Also, I love it when there are free piano score for the songs I look up!)

It’s been a month of grace, tasted often through the obedience, grace which helps me to obey. I learned many more things than made this list.

What did you learn in May?

©2014 by Stacy Nott

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