By Colleen C. Mitchell
So, now that you’ve met me, I want to tell you little fact about myself. I adore lists. My planner is one of my favorite possessions. But I love my shared iCalendar just as much. I make grocery lists and to-do lists daily. I keep lists of the books I’ve read in a year, divided by fiction, nonfiction, spiritual reading, and poetry. I make lists of the Scripture verses I want to memorize. I keep a list of all the places I have traveled to. The only kind of lists I avoid making are bucket lists. Especially seasonal ones, like the summer bucket lists that pop up all over social media this time of year.
Way too much pressure to create perfect, precious memories. Also, there are no seasons where I live. It’s either hot or raining or both. Plus, my life IS kind of a bucket list in and of itself. But since I am always up for a new adventure, I thought I’d make my first ever bucket list.
A WINE Summer Book Club bucket list.
Here are twelve experiences I hope we all have while reading through Who Does He Say You Are? together this summer.
- Find encouragement and affirmation in being women in pursuit of a personal, intimate relationship with the Lord.
- Be reminded that the internet can be a lovely place that unites us rather than divides us.
- Read by the pool or the sea with a frozen beverage in hand.
- Feel seen, known and loved by Christ, our Biblical sisters, and our WINE sisters.
- Delight in being delighted in by our Savior.
- Eat lots of ice cream and other cool, creamy treats.
- Find our brave and join an in-person study group of the book or jump into the comments section and share our thoughts and reflections.
- Open our Bibles daily, read with new imaginations, pray with new fervor, see Jesus in a new light.
- Wear our swim suits in public because our bellies and our thighs are created by and loved by a God with a sense of humor.
- Walk with heads held high like the prophetesses and proclaimers of the resurrection that we are, and find contentment in our place at Jesus’s feet, beside, not before or behind our sisters in Christ.
- Finish the study with a firm conviction that being a woman whose identity is in Christ is a gift that transforms us and gives us purpose that fills us with passion.
- Invite some sisters over for wine and cheese or milk and cookies or a vacuum-my-house party and use that time to remind them how deeply they are loved by their God, just as they are, who they are, right here and right now.
I will be praying daily for all of us to check these bucket list items off with great joy. And I’ll be here in the comments watching and waiting for your brave and honest and funny and true stories and thoughts and reflections. I can’t wait to spend the summer with you all. The bucket list is waiting! Let’s get going. No pressure, though.
About the Author
Colleen Mitchell is a wife to Greg, bringer-upper of five boys, foreign missionary, and writer, speaker and encourager and wanna-be saint. She lives in Costa Rica where she and her family carry out the work of their missionary non-profit, St. Bryce Missions and run the St. Francis Emmaus Center pregnancy and medical hostel for indigenous women. She is the author of Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels and blogs at Blessed Are the Feet
It’s here! It’s here! Tell me one thing you are looking forward to about book club and one fun summer treat you can’t wait to indulge in!
I am looking forward to sharing faith with some of my colleagues through this book. I look forward to a Rainbow Cone every summer, a local, Southside Chicago tradition.
Welcome Eileen!! That is wonderful you have found colleagues to journey with!! We are happy to have you with us online as well!! Ooh and YUM a Rainbow Cone – that sounds phenomenal and very summer!
With your colleagues! That’s great. In New Orleans, where I grew up, sno-balls are the summer treat! Yum.
What are the boxes with channel for?
Also read the introduction and it was like a punch to the gut. I lost my first 3 children in miscarrages.
Welcome Cheryl, so glad to have you along this summer. It always amazes me how much we share in common with our sisters in Christ, I lost my middle 2 through miscarriage as well. Colleen’s story is so compelling – what they did with the grief is inspiring!!
The Box is the Schedule of Reflections to come. Ch = Chapters 😉 and those are the dates you can find them posted on the blog!! Sorry for the confusion!
Cheryl, I hope by recognizing your grief, you’ll find even greater hope in the book’s contents. Thank you for joining us.
Selfishingly I can’t wait to see how God transforms me !! Summer Treat … ice cold Gluten Free Beer with Summer BBQ (yum!)
Hi, how will this work? Will I receive an email or should I be watching for Facebook posts?
Carla, first welcome! In Lent we realized that there were people eager to connect that were not on Facebook, so we choose to conduct two conversations. One HERE on WINE and the other on the WINE Book Club FB group. You are welcome to join BOTH!! That is what I do because I love getting as much sisterhood as I can in my life. There will be a daily email – and daily posts on FB; so hopefully we’ve provided a way that you won’t miss a thing!!
I’m looking fotward to joining other “sisters” in the Lord to learn about how God sees me compared to how the world sees me. I’m looking foward to indulging in ice cream floats. Nice way to cool off on a hot summer day.
Welcome Debbie. OH I love ice cream floats. When I was a kid my uncle owned an A & W Rootbeer Stand!! YUM!!
I love how you put that, “how God sees me compared to how the world sees me” I think it will KNOCK YOUR Socks off!
Welcome, Debbie! So happy you are here and we will definitely connect here through the summer! And floats, yum!
I am looking forward to reading the book, making online friends, participating in discussions, praying and reflecting to discover who Jesus says I am.
I love the thought of making time for summer indulgences. Steel City Pops are known for fancy popsicles … think small batch with local ingredients. I’ve not had one yet … but plan to have several this summer!
Well LET Me be your first friend!! It is a pleasure to meet you Maureen!
Oh those pops sound fantastic! I saw there are wine ice-pops out there, I am on a quest to find them this Summer!
I love new friends and am glad you are here!
Going to be a great summer journey and a privilege. Not only do we get to reflect upon Sacred Scripture but also see these passages through the eyes of women in both the Bible and in our WINE community. Thanks Colleen for your inspirational testimony! Looking forward to it!
Thank you, Karen, for being part of this community as we reflect together. Can’t wait to read your reflection.
This promises to be a great experience…..if I can ever get all the ducks in a row!!! :-)) Lots of options to figure out as a newbie, but the book looks wonderful!
Welcome Kathryne it does promise to be a summer to remember! Don’t worry about figuring it out – just dive in, we’ll figure it out together!
Leave the ducks to run Willy Nilly and just come have fun with us!
I am so excited to be joining the WINE book club this summer with 10 other women from my parish! Our group will be meeting for the first time this Friday the 23rd! I look forward to the blog posts and digging deeper into this book and our faith with all of you! As for a summer treat, I can’t wait for fresh peaches…with ice cream! 🙂 Blessings!
Carrie that is a great number for a small group!! I can not wait to read what you discover as you and your group read Colleen’s amazing book!!
This is my first online book club. I am so excited to participate and desire to grow in my faith as we journey through the summer together. As for a summer treat, I so look forward to homemade, fresh blackberry pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Welcome Elizabeth. I am so glad you choose to take this journey with us! Do you know, I HAVE Never had blackberry pie, that sounds so yummy!
First, forget the ice cream….try a sangria slushie: Rioja wine mixed with lemon water ice (preferably Rita’s).
Second, I, too lost a child to miscarriage. He/she would have been # 3 and I lost him/her a week before my father-in -law died. It has been 31 years but we never forget. Fortunately, we have been blessed with 4 living children and our second grandchild ( a girl) should arrive in the middle of this book club so excuse me if miss some of the “meetings” in the middle of July. We will be watching our grandson while our son and daughter-in-law welcome the newest member of our family
I am really looking forward to the book.( I love the title.) I was looking for something to renew and refresh my relationship with Jesus this summer.
OH our Applebees has Watermelon Sangria — although it flares my eczema (makes me itchier than a dog with fleas lol) I still can’t help myself!! YES They are that good. OH I hope you share pictures of your new grandbaby when they arrive!! How exciting.
We remember our 2 Saints (although not baptized I trust them to the Mercy of the Lord as the Church teaches and have all confidence they are my very own intercessors!!) at Christmas with a very special ornament. We pray for them – and we ask them to pray for us. This belief not only brings me great comfort but I see as one of the sweetest gifts God gives to heal our broken hearts!
I’m really looking forward to being a part of the summer book club. It will be great to read and discuss this book with other people! Thank you for this!
Welcome Kate – we are looking forward to having you part of this Summer’s discussion!
This is my first book club as well. I just ordered the book so as soon as it arrives, i will catch up. I love the title of the book! Oftentimes when i’m praying or just talking to God, i ask Him to help me be the person He created me to be, so this book really spoke to me! I look forward to meeting my new WINE friends and join in discussions each week. For my treat, i love enjoying the warm summer evenings on my patio swing sipping a glass of wine…:)
This is my first book club also. I’m really looking forward to sharing and learning with my 5 of my parish sisters about who Jesus says we are in Him, and leaving behind the worlds ideas. Just got the books and am taking mine with me on the road to FL to assist my daughter’s move. We will be starting July 11th. My favorite summer treat is a glass of red sangria with friends or my beloved spouse. Bonefish Grill has an awesome blackberry one!
Welcome Mary!! So excited that you are not only sharing this journey with your 5 ‘parish sisters’ (love that) but also extending that experience with us here!
Just got my book in and read the introduction. Awesome! I’m looking forward to sharing with all of you lovely sisters in the Lord! I read the daily readings and attend mass almost every morning. It is such an awesome privilege. Since I’m on a diet, maybe not too much ice cream, but maybe once or twice! It’s nice and hot here in Louisiana so an occasional ice cream would be nice lol.
Welcome Deidra! I am right there with you on the diet – though after 30+ years of dieting, I am trying to finally look at it like HOW I AM suppose to eat all the time; and that includes ice cream once or twice a summer 😉 Looking forward to reading your insights!!