Hello again!

It has been a month of travel which is super challenging now that teams back at Concordia have to be set up in advance and the ultimate test of systems…..do they work without the organizer!  This morning I will be back in the office for a bit and will begin to check on this.

My travel was to talk about the ministry in Mexico to group of women and also to attend training for the international directors of our ministry headquarters that support the work of Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones.  So, it was Canada and then North Dakota and then St. Louis for 11 days and finally our convention in Omaha, Nebraska for another 5 days.

You can see some of the fun and craziness on our ministry blog at http://www.cptlnmexico.wordpress.com

I came back a little sick (well, more than a little) so I took a couple of days to truly disconnect. It did my body and spirit good.  Amazing how a little reflection time gives good perspective.  I enjoyed reading Pastor Schmidt’s blog this week as he was feeling the rhythms of life and marking seasons and transitions. (check it out HERE)

I need to jump back into plans for our preschool anniversary and our fall launch of groups.  Getting back into my lists and Concordia “hat” has me excited to think about what this new season will bring.  I am praying it will bring a whole new group of people who will want to delve into and discover the treasures of a life learning about the God of all seasons, the God of heaven and earth, power and might, love and mercy……….the God of grace.  Amen!

Thanks for check in with me.  Pray for me. Pray for the Concordia ministry. Consider being one of our “one minute a day” prayer partners as we move into the first fall of our launch.  Let me know via email mgsalomon@gmail.com or via a comment here if you would like to join us in prayer.

Random….

I try to share life lessons…..transcendent things…..prompts for deeper thinking….ways to live your best life….etc because I really love helping others (people I know and love and people I am beginning to know and total strangers) connect with their best self.  I have been sharing lots of those ideas with our preschool staff via a google group.

Things like this:

What does grace and safety look like in your environment….? “Most people know an environment of grace when they see it. They simply point to the results: people feel safe, they grow up, they trust each other, they live authentically, they celebrate each other, they laugh a lot, they produce better.”…and more from THIS blog.

or this:

On how leaders use influence and power. “Leaders must strike a balance. “The sole purpose of power,” as the great 17th century Jesuit philosopher Baltasar Gracián wrote, “is to do good.” That is as an effective approach because it gets to the nature of what leaders must do: achieve positive results for the organization.” …..and more from THIS blog. (I really dig the Harvard Business Review Blog!)

BUT TODAY……I feel like sharing random things……maybe that’s my creative brain taking a break from extended focus!

1.  Feeling of share contentment when the photo of a newborn pops up on my iphone!

2.  Organizing drawers and cabinets make me happy

3.  Looking at art work of when my children were little warms my heart.

4.  Listening…..just listening….to a stressed out loved one just pour it all out makes me feel like I am doing something important without me “doing” anything.  (I am the silence on the other end of the phone)

5.  Dreaming about a scrapbook layout using bakers red and white string inspired me!  That twine has inspired me since we went to visit the Cake Boss’s bakery in New Jersey and saw them use that red and white bakers string liberally.  Yeah…random, I know. I warned you.

6.  Discovering a new healthy treat.  Mixed thawed cherries with Danonino vanilla yogurt (this yogurt is so creamy and delicious)

7.  Feeling like I’m being productive, when I am really procrastinating cleaning and organizing the REST of the drawers and cabinets by blogging!

Ok, ok…..I’m going back to work.  Enjoy your week.  Be transcendent…..or be random. It’s all good!