"If you had to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?"

"Brevity isn't my strong suit."

– A question posted on a Facebook page and one of the responses

I don't spend nearly as much time on Facebook as I used to but I'm glad I've saved some gems (like the one above) over the years. They provide a good chuckle or smile now and then.

Brevity isn't my strong suit either, as most of you know, although my friend Paola has twice described my writing as "concise." (Thank you, my dear!) I'm a verbal processor (a term I adopted from the same Paola) so I can be wordy when I'm speaking but I have learned how to edit myself when writing. 

In a few days and for the next few weeks I'll be doing just that as I write and share reports of our mission work in Armenia. As much as I'd love to give a minute-by-minute account of our visits and experiences, that just isn't possible, so I'll pull out highlights to share. For those of you who are interested, you can either follow our progress on our Facebook page (Joseph Hovsepian Ministries) or on our website's blog

Many, many thanks to the many, many people who have backed this mission trip with prayer, financial support, and encouragement. As I said to one of my elderly friends at church today, my family could do none of this without the people behind and around us. As we say in Armenian, shnorhagalyem. Actually, we usually just say merci, but that doesn't sound quite as exotic (at least not to those of us in Quebec!) ;)

No photo description available.Don't stumble over something behind you. 

The first time I posted this quote on Facebook, about two years ago, I also wrote this commentary, and it still applies: 

I love this quote. Over the last several months, I’ve gained a significant amount of clarity over my past and how different circumstances – whether the result of my own choices or those of others – have brought me to where I am today. Some of it is hard to swallow while some of it is liberating. All of it is useful for making better choices moving forward. As long as I turn around and leave the past in the past. Sometimes I forget and I stumble over something behind me. Oops.

Last week I shared the quote again and added these thoughts:

In her memoir Feeding My Mother, one of the most suprisingly beautiful books I read this year, Canadian singer Jann Arden says she doesn't understand people who say they have no regrets because she has a lot of regrets about the past.

I feel the same way. There are so many things I wish I hadn’t done or, especially, said. There are so many things I wish I had done or, especially, said. Regretting past wrongs is a good and human thing to do. What we shouldn’t do is become so fixated on past wrongs that we stumble over them and keep ourselves from moving forward. If you’ve asked for and received forgiveness and tried to make amends as best you can, move on.

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:12-14).

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I hate to tell you this, but there are only 89 days left until Christmas! It's not too early to whip up some of my "famous" tree ornaments to use as decorations or give as gifts. I made a bunch of new ones last year using felted wool and they're super cute. I may show pictures of them later. Have fun with this one! 

This one is not a tutorial . . . unless you happen to have a flock of ewes hanging around. It's just a sweet story about a sheep farmer's version of sky writing. 

At the ladies' meeting at my church earlier this month, I made reference to this short but powerful drama by The Skit Guys. "When God chisels the dead weight out of our lives it can be quite painful. Tommy and Eddie give a very creative look at a typical Christian having to go through the process of discipline."


(adj) given to eating, voracious, devouring

Today we’ll either fix our eyes adoringly on Jesus, selfishly on ourselves, or critically on others. Let’s choose wisely!

– Scotty Smith

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