TIME OUT WITH LOIS: Finding a new, not-so-worn-out word: ‘Glorious’

The last two weeks you have been reading some of my thoughts on words. We have to explore one more before we leave that subject and take off for some traveling. 

LOIS OLMSTEAD

The word is “glorious.” “Awesome,” “special” and “blessed” have been used too much. I wanted a new, not-so-worn-out word to use. I shopped around. “Glorious” is my pick. Its definition is a combination of delightful and wonderful, and since the root word is glory, which is often used in the Bible, I like it! It fit my need perfectly.

OK, got your hat? Your suitcase? Camera? You will need your running shoes because you have to catch up with me. We have already been to Hardin for Ladies Ag Night and Wilsall for the Happy Homemakers. I spoke at the Park County Genealogy Society. And debuted our new 2016 “Jump-start Your Attitude” seminar in Livingston.

Next was speaking at Shields Valley Methodist for their Sunday service. I wish you could have been there with me. It was glorious. Then it was back to Hardin, Montana to do the keynote for their Chamber of Commerce awards banquet. That was fun! 

Most of you were catching up with me by then, since I raved about my time at Malmstrom Air Force Base for the Leadership Symposium there. It was one of the highlights of my life (especially passing all the security tests!) and being with those who are serving our country with such professionalism! It was a glorious experience!

Last week I traveled east to Columbus (Montana, not Ohio) to do a fun evening with a theme of “My Cup Overflows” for the Columbus Evangelical Church Ladies Ministry. I love doing small-town events where busy women make it a priority to get together and have fun when they do so! Oh, how we laughed and got serious, too, along the way as I spoke on their theme. 

As a special gift they had a craft time set up where each gal got to make a personalized coffee/tea cup to take home. Then we went into the fellowship hall where men of the church served tea and cake at beautifully decorated tables. I must tell you about the cake. There were two choices of triple layer cake, either white or dark chocolate, with fresh raspberries scattered across the cake on each plate! It looked and tasted — yes, glorious!

I drove back home that night talking to God, thanking him for the ladies who prayed giving their lives to Jesus, and asking Him to keep the deer off the road ahead. I needed to be home so I could officiate at a funeral the next morning. 

It is always a special honor to be asked to be a part of a celebration of the life of a loved one. Gool Counts had such a full life and a large family who dearly loved him. He had 17 siblings and lived to be 91 years old. He was well-known in our area for his blue-grass music, helping others, and holding weekly packed-out jam sessions in his home. It was glorious, sincerely, to be at the Old Chico cemetery where the family chose to have a horse-drawn wagon, accompanied by outriders, carry the casket the last mile where the huge circle of family and friends gathered. White fluffy clouds floated in the sky above the snowed-capped mountains at whose base we stood. Like the pioneers, of which Gool was one, we read the 23rd Psalm, said a prayer and let our voices rise across the Big Sky country singing “Amazing Grace.”

See why I needed a word like “glorious”? It is springtime in the Rockies, and I have been delightfully wonderfully blessed, enjoying the journey. Keep your bag packed — we are headed to Idaho next.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Lois Olmstead is an inspirational speaker and author. She lives with her husband, Robert, in the Shields Valley. Email her at loiso@wispwest.net or visit www.timeoutwithlois.com.

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