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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Reaction Thoughts

I've been thinking a lot this week about circumstances that are beyond our control. As a control freak, I tend to hate those!

However, things constantly come up that are out of our control, and the way we react to those situations (or people) can, I think, be important for a couple of reasons. I think learning to control your reactions can help you in your own spiritual development, but it can also be a good example for both other Christians as well as non-believers.

I have a friend who's facing some challenging circumstances to summer plans. She said she believes Satan is behind this, and that could very well be the case. However, when we meet obstacles or challenges (often in our jobs, it seems), I think that can also be God working to take us to a deeper level of faith.

I don't necessarily know how to tell the difference sometimes, but I don't think that's always important, strange as it might sound. Again, I think it's just so important that in these challenging times we turn to God, lean on Him and trust that He will move us in the right directions.

I hope this posting hasn't turned into a sermon; this has just been something that's been on my mind for a couple of weeks now.

Moving on...I'm really enjoying The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Interesting piece of non-fiction.

Also, this weekend is Mother's Day. I'm missing my mother terribly, so if yours is still around, do me a favor and give her a call, a hug, flowers, any gesture of appreciation!

And, last but far from least, my husband is officially through with his bachelor's degree. It's been a long time coming, but I'm so proud of his dedication, perseverance and creativity.

Please do pray for us as we move on to the next phase of life, and I'll be sure to keep you posted on any future plans!

Summer stuff

Can't remember what all I've posted here, but there are several professional development events for librarians this summer. I'm hoping to check them out!

The Alabama Instructional Media Association will have its annual day-long workshop on June 26 at Spain Park High School in Hoover.

Also...the library town meetings are starting soon. The first one is coming up June 3 in Daphne.

Meanwhile...we have officially wrapped up our Spring Book Fair! I think all went well, and I'm already looking forward to planning another one in the Fall.

Next on the blog agenda: content-driven libraries.

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