Friday, July 14, 2017

Earning My Wings

It was a trip that we anticipated for some time and the day had finally arrived for us to leave.  We were flying out of Philadelphia with a stopover in Dallas, then on to Honolulu, Hawaii our dream vacation.  All total we’d be on the plane for twelve long hours. 

Once on the plane in the First Class section we were directed to our seats, with hubby on the aisle and me next to the window.  After we reached cruising altitude, the flight attendant handed us our ice tea and we stretched out comfortably in those roomy seats.   

We were having a little chit chat when we noticed an arm coming over the top of the seat tapping hubby on his left shoulder.  A man’s voice from behind us muttered, “Excuse me, may I ask a favor?”   

Looking back to see who it was Hubby said, “Sure how can I help you?” 

“Hi, I’m Don Moen and I was wondering since we are going to be up here for a while, would you mind listening to a new song that I have been working on and help me work out a few kinks?” 

Wouldn’t That Be Great?

Wow, getting to hear Mr. Worship Leader one-on-one. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if that really happened? 
 
It didn’t, read on…   

The flight to Dallas was on a plane that once seated felt like we were sardines stuffed in a mini-can.  I sat next to the window, hubby positioned himself the best he could squished in the middle, with another man seated in the aisle seat.  

My broad shouldered husband tried not to squirm by folding his hands uncomfortably in his lap like a second grader that had been scolded by his teacher.  His goal was not to encroach on the other chap and that almost worked. 

As we were served breakfast decorum flew out the window.  The third party in this newly formed relationship suddenly became an octopus with his lengthy arms waving around the place. Hubby’s cheeks were filling up like a blowfish and his eyes led me to believe that he was counting the minutes until he could dislodge himself from his “neighbor.” 

Once we landed at Dallas Fort Worth airport, we scrambled to make our connecting flight in less than thirty minutes.  The flight was leaving from the last loading platform for that particular airline located at the far end of the terminal.   We had to “boogie” but thankfully made it with about five minutes to spare.   

Things to Do on an Airplane 

Inside the aircraft it was bright and spacious with all the “sardines” packed in some other plane. The flight attendant pointed to our seats (middle and window seats for real) but stated that the aisle seat would be empty so we were to “feel free to stretch out and use all three seats”.  It was then that hubby jumped to his feet singing the Hallelujah Chorus!  Not really, I just wanted to see if you were still reading, but he did move to the aisle seat. 

It was upward and onward jetting to Honolulu with gorgeous sights to behold.  Anyway, we were ecstatic with the breathing room for this nine hour leg of our journey. 

So what do you do for nine hours on an airplane? 
 
I’ve compiled a short list: 

1.  Look out your window.

2.  Eat peanuts, drink soda.

3.  Watch an in-flight movie.

4.  Read.

5.  Watch someone else read.

6.  Eat a meal … (doubled as a game of “name that item”).

7.  Go to the bathroom … lots of times.

8.  Look out someone else’s window (Yep, more clouds).

9.  Eat more peanuts.

10. Finally try to doze off without being a bobble head. 

Hubby wasn’t really successful with the last one.  On the other hand, I was prepped for action having taken Dramamine for motion sickness while in Dallas.  It wouldn’t be long before it kicked in making me drowsy. 

While I Was Sleeping 

Raising the arm rests I moved to the middle seat. Positioning the airline pillow on hubby’s leg, I laid on my side with tucked feet under me stretching across the seat next to the window.  Covering up with a blanket I went out like a light. 

Wide-eyed hubby nudged me, “Honey, honey, we’re about to land.  You have to get ready.”  

Still groggy I sat up in the seat and saw my husband wearing a silly grin and smiling.  While I was sleeping the flight attendant pinned a set of plastic wings from the airline on my blouse. 
 
Evidently she thought that I was a young girl and gave me wings as part of a “good behavior” gift pack, which included mini playing cards.   The stinker went on letting her think that the entire trip.  

Around the World Tour 

It had been a long time since I thought of that story, but it came to mind when I started compiling the information I’ve gathered here on Daily Favor.  The total mileage from that particular trip was 5,086 miles (from Philadelphia to Dallas to Honolulu) and took a little over twelve hours to complete. 

I’ve been able to take a much longer voyage than the flight to Hawaii.  This was an around the world tour that didn’t come with airplane “wings”.  

No, not in eighty days like the book depicts, but it has taken five years to trek virtually around the world across the internet with you by my side. 

At the equator the earth is 24,874 miles, but I’d have to circle the globe many times to actually visit the thousands of cities of the people who have faithfully followed this blog. 
 
It would take a lifetime to fulfill that task.  This is one of the reasons why I acknowledge those who visit faithfully or are new to DFB each time I post.  

Because of You 

I cannot express how truly grateful I am for your love, support, faithfulness and prayers over the years.  With that I’d like to applaud and commend you for sharing Daily Favor to your friends and in reality, the world. 

Jesus commanded believers to “go, tell and share” the gospel (good news) of salvation and the benefits that accompany it.  Daily Favor Blog is foundational seed that is supplied through God using the internet. Every time you share this on social media or tell someone about the message of this blog, you unashamedly openly publish the good news and fulfill the command of God.  

“And He (Jesus) said to them, Go into all the world and preach
and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature
(of the whole human race). (Mark 16:15 AMPC) 

It’s because of you that nation upon nation logs on each week to read what the Lord is doing for His children.  Obedience like that gets the attention of God and He looks favorably on those who willingly follow His plan.  It shows that we want a relationship with the Master and desire for others to learn of His abiding love, unending grace and unmerited favor. 

I smiled a lot because of you.  Take a look …
 
This happened because of your gracious heart!  Thank you!
 

Top Ten Visiting Countries
In order from most to least visits over the past 5 years.
 

United States

Russia

France

Germany

Ukraine

United Kingdom

India

Canada

Philippines

Turkey

This is the actual visitation list of countries/areas over 5 years.   

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan  

Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belgrade
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burundi  

Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Caribbean Netherlands
Cayman Islands
Czech Republic
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Cuba
Curacao
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic/Czechia 

Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DR Congo  

Ecuador 
Egypt
El Salvador
England
Estonia
Ethiopia
Equatorial Guinea 

Fiji
Finland
France 

Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana 

Haiti
Honduras
Hungary 

Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Ireland 
Italy  

Jamaica
Japan
Jordan  

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea
Kuwait 

Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Lithuania 

Macedonia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Montenegro
Monaco
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar  

Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
North Korea
Oman 

Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico 

Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda 

Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Samoa
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Scotland
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Spain
State of Palestine
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria  

Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos 

Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Uzbekistan 

Wales
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen    

Zambia
Zimbabwe  

There are currently 195 countries listed (Taiwan is not listed as an actual country) and we’ve reached a great deal of them. However, our work isn’t complete.   

You can help us reach even more people by letting others know about what’s going on here at Daily Favor.  Relay the news that Lord willing, we’re about to start a new series on relationships soon.  Invite them along for the journey to God’s favor. 

I’m almost positive these countries/places haven’t visited, but if I’m wrong please let me know. 

Andorra
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Comoro
Cabo Verde
Chad
Eritrea
Guinea-Bissau
Holy See (*Note below)
Kiribati
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Micronesia
Nauru
Palau
Sao Tome and Principe
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Suriname
Tajikistan
Togo
Turkmenistan (take this off; they visited this week)
Tuvalu
Vanuatu  

Note: Holy Chair referred to as the See of Rome, a jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome.

So each week when you see this at the beginning of each post:  

Welcome new friends this week from:
See if your city/state/country made the list. 

New on DFB – Is this you? 

USA Or is this where you live?
… please know that with all my heart you are appreciated, loved and very much welcome to join us on the next Daily Favor journey. 
 
Until next time, share God’s saving favor around the world! 
 P.S. You could say this IS a challenge I hope each of you take!


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