2021 At the Vicarage Week #2

Jan. 8th- Today we took ‘Lella home and she got to meet her sister Abigail!

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The Franklin family is once again reunited!!!

James was so excited to have ‘Lella home he met us half way down the stairs. What a great dad he is!

Jan. 9th- ‘Lella no sooner got home than the Vicarage got busy with ministry work. Saturday was a full day of answering e-mails and Facebooks and getting my powerpoint ready for Sunday morning sermon. I will be preaching a message entitled “Manifest the Mission”.

Jan. 10th- Preaching day. I had forgotten how preaching tuckers me out. It’s time for my Pentecostal nap.

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Jan. 11th- Today I did a video on what it means to do life together with other people. Then I took my friend Grace to the bank, the grocery store and the pharmacy.

You can find the video and comments HERE.

Jan. 12th- Today Wendy our church receptionist and I went to help Grace again. Today we were working through some stacks of old mail that were causing some consternation in Grace’s life. It’s not hard to do life together. Sometimes it just takes time and a couple of garbage bags.

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Later in the afternoon I went to practice music with Patrick a member of our worship team.

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Jan. 13th- It always amazes me how much ministry can dispell an otherwise quiet life. Needs arise and opportunities abound. It is never a question of what to do. More often it is a question of what not to do. Tonight I taught The Wall Prayer meeting. I used the passage from Ephesians Chapter 4: 1-15.

You can find the video HERE

Jan. 14th- Music lessons today and worship theory. I began looking into Green Energy sources today. Had a conversation with a company called Energy something or other. They said our roof is not suitable for panels. I will get a second opinion, but something tells me they are probably right….Maybe we should look at wind power.

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Reaching

Yesterday was a very busy DLT day. If you don’t know what a DLT day is you can discover it by clicking HERE.

Our church has entered day 4 of it season of fasting and prayer. God has given us a very concrete direction for prayer. This week we are focusing on:

DAY 1- KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN

DAY 2- DOING LIFE TOGETHER

DAY 3- REACHING THE LOST

DAY 4- SENDING THE FOUND

DAY 5- DISCOVERING OUR GIFTS

DAY 6- CHANGING THE WORLD

Here is yesterday’s video post on Reaching the Lost.

What the Lord has shown us is that Reaching the lost in our community is going to be done through Doing Life Together with people who have not yet made a connection with Jesus. That is: breaking bread together, sharing Scripture with, praying with, and mutually meeting needs with folks who have not yet made a decision to trust Jesus Christ as God.

2021 At the Vicarage Week #1

Here are some daily highlights from the first week of 2021!

Jan. 1st- Well I did not make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve. I never do. I started rousing around 4:30 A.M. and finally got rolling around 7:30. I walked the dogs and then made a breakfast of stuffed French toast and bacon.

Daniella will be with us until little Abigail finally puts in an appearance, but that is OK because we are working into a good rhythm:Morning chores and then morning ride, followed by lunch afternoon nap (in which I get afternoon chores one), and then some afternoon activity, followed by supper making and eating, and then wind down time which usually includes a Disney movie, a call to Mom and Dad, and a few stories before bed time.

An afternoon of throwing pine cones in the brook

Jan. 2-Baby Abigail is still a no show, but Daniella is taking it in stride. We seem to have discovered a pretty good rhythm for our days.

I started drawing again thanks to a drawing prompt journal given me by some artists friends at Christmas. Thanks Ken and Betty. Note I was a little daunted by the concept of Angel’s wings…I opted to try a feather.

Jan. 3rd- Church Day! First church service of January!

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Jan. 4th- We played in the snow.

January 5th-

My book is finished! I heard from my publisher last night. She is releasing me from contract so I can be free to pursue other publication possibilities. I am not discouraged though. I was pretty sure that this was going to be the outcome since I have been so long in completing this work. I am very excited about the forward momentum I am sensing now!

Jan. 6th- And the world welcomes Abigail Yvaine Franklin!

Born 7:45 P.M. 8 lbs 12 oz. 19.5 inches long

Jan. 7th- The last few days Daniella has kept us really busy. Now that Abigail is born tonight is the night we prepare for Daniella’s return home after 11 days with us. That means laundry and tubby!

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It has been a fun, busy, and memorable week here at The Vicarage.

HOW WAS YOUR FIRST WEEK OF 2021.

This Day At the Vicarage 12-1-30

I have been spending a lot of time in prayer over this holiday weekend…even more than usual. It is not because I feel insecure about things in the world. I don’t. That is not to say that things in the world aren’t troubling. It is to say that I feel secure in the knowledge of Him who loves me. Things are going to turn out just as He has said they would.

I’ve been spending time in His presence because I love to spend time in His presence. It has been my birthday present to myself.

We watched a documentary on the Lennon Sisters this weekend and one of their songs really expressed how I feel about the prayer place….

The prayer space is where all the magic happens for me. It is where I discover Who He really is.I am pretty sure it is not that way for everyone. I am also pretty sure it’s not meant to be. I know not everyone is wired like I am. God has lots of purposes and only on of them is to go up to the mountain and listen for the Voice. But it is one purpose and I am glad it is mine!

This Day At the Vicarage 11-27-20

Well another Thanksgiving and another birthday has come and gone at the Vicarage. This year my 53rd birthday fell on Thanksgiving day! With pandemic we observed it quietly…just the four of us and the 3 dogs and the cat.

I was up at four as usual and had some time to pray, read and work on the final edits of my book before launching into food prep for the day. I made stuffed french toast and bacon for breakfast. cream cheese and nectarine jam for the ladies and cream cheese and real mince meat for mine. YES REAL MINCE MEAT MADE WITH DEER MEAT!!! YUMMY!!! ( a parishioner made me some for my birthday)

Mom Amanda and Brenda watched the modified Macy’s Day parade while I got dinner ready. Since we were a smaller group this year I cooked a three pound turkey breast and made it into a turkey stew which we served with stuffing, cranberry sauce and baking powder biscuits. I made pumpkin pie and apple turnovers and mincemeat turnovers for dessert and another parishioner dropped off a pumpkin roll for my birthday as well. So there was plenty to eat.

Somewhere along the way on the day before I managed to pull some muscles in my stomach so after lunch I really needed the rest of the day to rest. Fortunately that is what Thanksgiving is really about. It is a day to sit back, rest, take stock and give thanks.

Be blessed as you look forward to the Christmas holiday just around the corner.