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My Flying casserole during Therapy
June 6, 2011
Just got home from Chicago last night (after many hours of flight delays!!!) and feeling a little overwhelmed with everything. However, still thinking__ therapy and "casseroles". The Vision Therapy for intermediate and new doctor's and therapist seminar was wonderful and gave me more "confidence" that I can be an effective new therapist. I look forward to using some new procedures and systems this week for my patients. However, my flying casserole_.that's another story:)
Since this was a pretty intense conference I didn't have an opportunity to "taste" Chicago this time, but did get a taste of something better; Lt. Col Tony and Penny Monetti's new book, "A Call to Serve". Staying at the Hyatt Regency was a huge treat_spoiled with the room-service, quiet time, and the HUGE ROOM. And since I didn't have my family with me, I actually finished an entire book called, "A Call to Serve" Encouragement, Support and Inspiration for Military Families. This book truly inspired me to be a better person in every aspect. If you are retired, activity duty, served, or a family member who has served at home (front-lines) or even know a military family_ this is a MUST read. I want to share the entire story, but that wouldn't be fair, you'll have to go and get a copy! Lol I'll just share some of my favorite moments that spoke to my heartJ. Another great element to this book is, Penny and Tony tagged team writing each chapter sharing their personal experiences and convictions on what God was teaching them doing "Life" in the military.
Part 1: Fear: This chapter delivered a message about bed rest and casseroles_.this is where the casserole thinking came in:) lol (great combo Penny!)
Coping with the Unknown. I love this part of the book because it underscores trusting God with our futures. Obviously, this is about Penny trusting God during a challenging time when she was expecting and had to be placed on bed rest.---------The title name was quite fitting too, but what I really liked about each part of this book is the prayer at the end. This one prayer for this chapter really spoke to me: "Dear Lord, I don't what the future holds, but you do. Thank you for going out before me to assure that I am cared for no matter what the circumstance. Please put the individuals meeting your care in my path so that I can display your love through my "casseroles"."
Part 12: EOS No More:
Preparing for Change: This part written by Tony recalls Brigadier General Risner, an Air Force Hero who survived torture and captive for seven years in Vietnam. After his release from his captivity he prepared to return home. As he left the hospital to board the bus it began to rain, others ran but he walked into the middle of the street and cried tears of joy as the rain hit his face. He longed for freedom and waited for the rain on his face. "Whenever life rains challenge on me, I think of Robbie Risner raising his face toward the heavens in the rain and that thought keeps my life in perspective. My passion has evolved from not only flying jets, but also encouraging others. As a motivational speaker, I use the acronym FLY to remind people to always look Forward, Love life and live it fully and to say yes to new opportunities. â€˜ pg 87
Part 31: It's Not ALL about you:
Why We Serve: I appreciate this part because I can truly identify with this..my husband and I both served eight years in the Air Force and learned quickly that the overall mission isn't about us and what we want...its about something greater than us:)
So, I really admire what Tony wrote: "Why do American servicemen and women voluntarily serve in the military? What gives us the COURAGE to potentially lay down our lives for our nation? After twenty-three years of service with our joint force, I know why. We serve because we believe that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We sacrifice because we share an ideal of service over self and an unshakable belief in America and her values" pg 212
So here it is_. pieces of what I'm calling MY flying casserole....clear as mud:) lol. On much serious note; this book also provides scriptures, LOTS of resources, TONS of encouragement, Hope and definitely that we are ALL called to serve in some capacity of our lives----- for something bigger than ourselves. GET THIS BOOK!!! Go to their website to check out more about this book and their mission