Inspiration

April 22, 2009

I needed to be inspired. I felt lost, as dull and dreary as the weather has been.

This morning I picked up a book that I had started to read – The Bible Jesus Knew by Philip Yancey.

We hear people say, “I like the New Testament but I don’t like the Old Testament”. I used to feel that way. However, I took a course given at our church called Crossways. It teaches all the books of the Bible – yes even the Old Testament. It opened my eyes to see something of what God’s people had learned and it showed me that indeed there was an importance to the Old Testament. There was a plan, a plan fulfilled. Much of the OT points us to Jesus.

Now, in reading Philip Yancey’s book I see a more important part – the fact that Jesus heard this as a child, then read and studied it. Yancey says, “The more we comprehend the Old Testament, the more we comprehend Jesus.”

I love this. In my studying this year I am using a one year Bible. I find it fascinating as I read daily from the Old Testament including Psalms and Proverbs, and a passage from the new Testament as well.

This fact has inspired me this morning. As I read the Old Testament I am learning more about Jesus. That is wonderful and powerful.

The song Shine Jesus Shine inspired me years ago and still does. Here it is sung by Graham Kendrick.

Shine Jesus Shine

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Our Town on Television

April 1, 2009

There was excitement in town yesterday as Huntley Street broadcast a segment about our little village of Haliburton. In February, Magdalene McCalla-John, from Crossroads brought a video crew to town to talk to the 4Cs – Christian Community Concern Centre – about how this group looks after the needy in our community.

My husband, is the chair of the Board of Directors, and I think he did an amazing job (of course I am biased!) of explaining how this group operates.

If you would like to see the segment click on the Huntley Street link. View Huntley Street.

Renewal

March 24, 2009

For the past two weeks I have been painting and refurbishing a home for my daughter and her fiance. Although it was physically demanding it gave me time to just “be”.

In the usual flurry of normal daily activities I don’t always have that solitary time. Even when I read my Bible, journal and pray, it is only an hour or so at a time. These past two weeks have been full of just being me. There was some interaction with others but most of the time was working alone, scrubbing, sanding or painting.

It was a glorious refreshing change. I feel renewed.

I read in the Bible this morning that Jesus would go away on His own to pray. He left the busyness of life and found fellowship with the Father. I think that is what this week was like. Being away – from phones, from mail, from activities.

Luke 5: 16 “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Connections

March 4, 2009

christmascardsAfter Christmas I had read somewhere about praying for the people who had sent me Christmas cards. Armed with the stack of cards, each morning I have read over the card, remembered the sender(s) and prayed for them. I then have recorded their names in the back of my journal. It has been a wonderful experience.

I don’t know about you but when Christmas cards arrive here it is  in the flurry of Christmas preparations. I open them and read them and then place them in front of my husband’s dining chair. That way I know that he will see them. But, it is a quick look and if there are notes, we try to find time to read them. Sometimes there are little newsy notes; sometimes long tomes.

This time each card gets a special read – a quiet time to really think about the person who sent it. I have liked the experience so much that I am contemplating about going through the cards a second time.

How do you keep a connection with your friends and family? Do you have a way of remembering them to God?

Psalm 54:2
Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Conferences

February 23, 2009

Now is the time to check out conferences that are available this spring.

Check out Women Alive. There are many conferences across Canada.

For writers and editors who are Christian, there is Write! Canada in Guelph, Ontario, run by The Word Guild.

In western Canada there is a conference called Inscribe’s Fall Conference.

If you know of more – please contact me and I will be pleased to link them here.

Watercolour

February 19, 2009

I have been busy since I last wrote here. I have been practicing my watercolour. I belong to a little group in our town called “The Village Painters”. We meet once a week to encourage each other in our endeavours. I have not been faithful to this group over the last two years. This winter, however, I promised myself that nothing would take me away from my Thursday morning outing. So far, except when they cancelled, I have been there. And, you know what? My painting has improved. I also have felt more relaxed painting – waiting for God to lead me in what to paint.
I now have a goal as well. Having written a children’s book I have decided to try to do the illustrations myself. Or most of them. It has been a labour of love. It has been fun! It has been frustrating! It has been stretching!
I have made another page where I will show you some of my paintings. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

The Scripture below says it all. I must trust in Him in all I do. I fear not the opinions of others – but like them when they are good ones 🙂

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Canadian Inspirational Anthology Continues to Break New Ground

February 7, 2009

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What a great cuddle up and read book! Check out the Youtube video from Crossroads. Check out the link below to find out more.

Canadian Inspirational Anthology Continues to Break New Ground

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Memorizing

February 2, 2009

I was at a Sunday School workshop yesterday. One thing I have always struggled with is memorizing scripture. We were told that the older we get the harder it is to memorize. So the best time to learn it is a young age. I became a kid again yesterday.

What I really liked is the way they showed us how to memorize. The one Scripture they did as an example is still in my mind. That excites me. It was Romans 1:16. But, the leader said: Romans, chapter one, versus 16. Then she repeated the scripture while we looked at a chart with the words. Then she repeated Romans, chapter one, versus 16.

The scripture itself is “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

She had given a little story about being embarrassed at the beginning. To work on the scripture she had us stand up and do an action – she would say freeze and then we would all read the scripture.  She showed us many games and fun ways to repeat the scripture. (at least 7 times)

The bottom line is I remembered it. And I am old. So the kids will really remember it.

I now will attempt again to memorize scripture. But, this time I am assured of success.

How do you do at memorizing scripture? Did you learn it as a child? Or do you try now to once again “extend those dendrites”. (See my post called “All this technical stuff”.)

All this technical stuff

January 28, 2009

I have spent a great amount of time just setting up this blog. The learning curve has been high. Thanks to a great friend, Joanna, I have added some interesting icons at the side. I find the map of the world very interesting. I can actually see where people live who look at this blog. Fascinating.

I have added a subscription feed. If you feel inclined see if you can subscribe to this. I don’t even know how it works yet. Maybe we can learn together.

I spent this morning working at the Pregnancy Care Centre in town. Once again I had to work my dendrites. I was trying to remember how to make labels using Word, Excel and mail merge. I also had to delete some of the names. For some people this is an every day occurrence. For me – not so – I do this for Christmas letters and when I am asked to make a database.

I first heard about the term “dendrites” when taking an art course at our college. We were learning to teach art. The instructor used this word “dendrites” often and told us she was going to expand our brains that week. She did!

“When learning occurs, neurons in the hippocampus change, and much attention has focused on how learning changes synapses-the contact points where neurons connect. Synapses connect the axon end of one neuron to the dendrites of another. During learning, synapses go through molecular and physical changes that help information flow more easily between affected neurons, like widening a bridge allows more cars to travel across.” from College of Natural Sciences.

“Challenge is important because learning takes place when we are outside of our comfort zone.” from Brain Gardening.

So to anyone out there who is trying something new, remember it is good for you. Even when we think we will never get it – something is happening in our brains to bring about learning.

One way I have tried to extend my learning is to memorize scripture verses. I am not very good at it. But, for the ones I have learned I been blessed being able to recall the scripture with ease.

It is about time for me to add some new scriptures to my small repetoire.

I will start with this one today from Micah 6:8,

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

I have always loved that verse. So today I am going to learn it.

What are you going to learn today?

Learning

January 25, 2009

I have started another blog at Word Press called Spirit-Filled Canada. You can find it here.

Learning something new is a passion for a scanner. In a previous blog I discussed the notion that I cannot be happy to find one thing and be passionate about that. I am definitely a scanner as detailed in Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher. I love to learn how to do something. However, once I have learned that skill, I have to move on to another one.

When we owned our business I was the technology person. I learned a whole new set of ideas. Once I had learned them, though, I was happy to train someone how to work on the new system. I continue to live this way.

The good thing about a sport such as curling is that one never gets it perfect. It can’t get boring as every game is different. How you feel that day can affect your play. The ice conditions are never the same.

But, one thing in life never changes and that is God. Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God is unchangeable. I am thankful for that.

But, learning about Him is never boring. He is too big to ever fathom so I can go on learning each day and never get stuck in a rut. 1 Kings 8:27

“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!”

I continue to learn, to scan, and to listen to His Voice.