11 August 2014

Our August Foci - Returning, Reorienting, Preparing

Courtesy of Microsoft.

The flower for August is the gladiolus, and am I "glad" to be here with you all!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a beautiful July and early August.  Everything here was gorgeous, as usual, except for being a bit hotter than I expected.  The time was one of facing and overcoming a new challenge.  The time was also one of realization.  I absolutely must make some changes, but I cannot see how to effect those changes. Please keep my family and me in your prayers.

Our August Foci include the following:
  1. Returning to a regular schedule of prayer and Bible reading. Due to the erratic schedule we temporarily moved away from praying and reading from the Bible twice a day.  We continued to pray and to read the Bible together, but not in the regular way that is our custom.  I grew up with the adage, "No Bible, no breakfast; no Bible, no bed."  Just a few minutes a day spent in God's word orients us to the way He wants us to live.
  2. Returning to our regular schedule of events.  I need to be on a schedule.  The schedule does not need to be rigid, but I do need some structure.
  3. Reorienting ourselves to schooling.  We don't follow the September - June school schedule.  This year,  however, with everything that went on in July and early August, our schooling went a bit off track.
  4. Preparing for a major life change that looms down the road a piece.  I don't mean to sound cryptic; I simply cannot write publicly about recent occurrences.
  5. Reorienting to living all of the FW teachings to the best of my ability.  I would give myself a score of 78 out of 100 in living FW right now.  However, I am used to living FW in the 90s and everyone feels so much happier when I do.
Agape always,
Cynthia


03 July 2014

Our Plans for a Quiet Independence Day

Courtesy of Microsoft.


Due to the extreme drought here, our town cancelled its usual fireworks display and discourages home fireworks, which are forbidden where we live.  A few of us have decided to club together for a picnic and a little parade in our back parking lot.  I'm taking a fruit salad with marshmallow fluff and cream cheese "dressing."  Usually the dressing is more popular than the fruit.  To keep the dressing from turning I place it in a small bowl and then place the small bowl in a larger bowl of ice. Waxed paper covers all.

Sometimes I feel annoyed with the grief that goes on in our government, but I am grateful for the sacrifices that people made for the first Independence Day so long ago.  

Stay safe!

Agape always,
Cynthia

Fascinating Womanhood Class?

Seaside Promenade - M. Ancher - Public Domain


Greetings, All!

I would love to walk along the seashore in the company of friends today, wouldn't you?  We could even bring our parasols!  

I am writing because a dear lady from overseas wrote to ask if I continued to teach Fascinating Womanhood classes, and the answer is a resounding "Yes!"  My most recent live, online Basic FW Class commenced in March and ended a few weeks ago.  I will have another live, online Basic FW Class commencing later this year--August or September most likely.  I continue to offer the Advanced Class, too, but I am not taking any new students until August.  

The Recorded Basic Fascinating Womanhood Class remains available and may be commenced at any time.  If I were taking a class, I would choose a recorded class.  The recorded class features everything the live classes do, and students save $10.00.

Hugs and smiles!

Agape always,
Cynthia

30 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Thirty...

Call to Arms - Edmund Blair Leighton - Public Domain


My last suggestion is a lifetime project:  Live the Sweet Promise by fulfilling your role as a homemaker at an excellent level.  

As you care for the family and keep the home organized and clean, your husband will observe that if by some tragedy you are left on your own to head the family, you will have the skills necessary to provide for the family or to make whatever inheritance your husband is able to leave you stretch as far as possible.

I hope that all of my little "woman-to-woman" ideas helped you and that the 2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge blessed you.

Agape always,
Cynthia

29 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Nine...

Courtesy of Microsoft.

Are you hanging on to an old bit of betrayal or injustice?  Why not forgive and be free?  Forgiving does not mean that whatever happened was or is permissible; forgiving may mean setting yourself free from being stuck in a bad memory loop forever. 

Recently a friend called me and delivered a rant, detailing the various and very real misdeeds of her deceased mother.  Mom died some thirty years ago, and my friend still rehearsed on a daily basis her mother's nasty behavior.  When she took a breath, I replied, "That load of hate for your mother must be heavy.  How would it feel if you gave that load to God and let Him handle it?"

My friend was annoyed with me, but the words stuck.  A few days later, I received an e-mail from my friend, which I opened with trepidation.  Four words greeted my eyes: "It feels pretty good."


Today's suggestion is to let go of an old resentment. It probably isn't harming the other person, after all, but the resentment you are carrying around may be harming you or someone you love.

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia 

28 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Eight

The Accolade - Edmund Blair Leighton - Public Domain

As I ask and answer in class: Is chivalry dead?  No, but it may be on life support.  I don't know who originated the quote, but I have used it in my FW Classes since 2004.  

To do our part to support chivalry, today's suggested activity is to graciously thank men who hold open doors, offer their seats on public transportation, carry groceries, or help in any way.  All we have to do is say, "Thank you" and the chivalrous activity will be positively reinforced.

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia

27 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Seven...

Courtesy of Microsoft.

Today's suggestion is to give up competing with men in their areas of expertise. If you truly love a more traditionally masculine hobby or recreation, do it in a feminine way. For example, I love to shoot, but when I do, I always wear a pretty denim skirt with a feminine top; in addition, I avoid competing with men.  If you relish competition in the field, then compete only with other women.

Enjoy the audio of Ethel Merman and, I believe, Howard Kiel.

Agape always,
Cynthia 



 
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