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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Time Out For Women - Seattle, WA 2011 - DeAnne Flynne

    DeAnne was a great speaker who had some great stories.  Once again, you'll have to forgive me if my notes don't make a whole lot of sense because I don't remember a lot of the stories.  She spoke a lot about how we can try to do these grand, large things and hope that they are the things people remember the most.  She countered that with the idea that it's the small things that make the greatest impact.  Remember the old widow who cast in 2 mites into the treasury?  (See Mark 12: 42-44)  
"And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing."
    There were many rich men who had brought a large chunk of change, but this woman, who cast in only 2 mites, had put in more than anyone else who cast into the treasury.
43  "....this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 "For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."
    Here she was with nothing left, except 2 little mites, and she gave that up.  "The Lord will provide if we give our all."  I wonder what happened to the woman.  Did she find solace in her sacrifice?   Did she continue giving service to the Lord, as well as all those around her, giving all that she could through her actions and deeds?  Did she suffer the rest of her earthly days only to receive a greater reward in the next life?  I'm confident that a woman of her faith must have done all these things and was greatly blessed because of it.

    Mother's Mites:  Small acts by Mother's that are treasured.

    It's fitting that this post should be on Mother's Day.  I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful examples of what a mother is and should be from so many accomplished women.  My own mother has never given up on me becoming the person I am, even when there were times I could have proven her wrong.  She's loved me, buoyed me up, strengthened me through her own sacrifices.  I'm still in awe of the woman who married a man and moved so far away from her family and home country to live in the middle of Nowheresville, Washington, the land flowing with dirt and tumbleweeds (okay we at least have a algae infested lake), not knowing the language very well.  My momma "overlooked" that, though I believe she still misses the luscious color of green from the overwhelming amount of trees she was so used to.  Though many will tell me they love her accent, all I hear is a women speaking English, with the occasional German conversation with family or friends.  She is one of the kindest, friendliest, compassionate women you'll ever give yourself the pleasure of knowing.  Her 2 mites are given every day when she wakes up and takes care that one more person is feeling their greatest.  LOVE YOU MOM!

    (Okay, back to my notes)  How can we make a difference in others' lives?

  1. Be More Aware:
     Paying attention costs nothing, but the dividends are priceless.
     Try to notice something different about them.  Listen, pay attention to the spirit.

     2.   Eliminate plates.  Declutter your life.

     Make yourself at home every single day.  Like remodeling yourself.
     It's much trickier to be your best self at home around those you are most familiar.

    She shared the scripture Titus 2:5.  Here Paul is telling the men and women of Titus what they should do to live righteously.  To the women in this verse he says, "To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."  Now I know there are going to be in an upheaval saying, "I can go to work if I want," and so on and so forth.  This isn't saying that you can't.  However, as the matriarchs of our home, we, whether we like it or not, set the tone for our homes.  It's because of this we have such a great duty to our families.  

"By small and simple acts we can accomplish great things."

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