Monday, April 20, 2009

Wondering...

Spring is somewhat just around the corner, and with spring comes new growth in the garden, new life, the hummingbirds, and a definite wardrobe change.
It is still quite chilly in the mornings and I struggle to decide whether to be cold and then just right in the afternoons or toasty in the mornings and too hot later in the day.
Today as I look out the window I see the hummingbirds do the dance of democracy or turn taking whatever it is, the alders have leaves, the garden is springing up, and I rejoice in God's incredible creations.

We live in a beautiful nation, province and home, nothing can compare to the beauty we see each day as we look outside. My concern is that I don't miss the work in each creation and its purpose.
Can you imagine God's thought process and how He decided to create the heavens and the earth. Wow that was more than a few day's work. Funny how we take for granted the little details of all that God has created....
Today as I drive off to Cumberland to go to work, I pray I can see the beauty of each little creation and bask in the wonder and awe, that He created it for.
My goal for the week to not just wait for spring but watch for spring and revel in the excitement of new!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday to Easter Sunday

Good Friday is a time to reflect the incredible sacrifice that God made as he sent His son to die for us. A time to remember Christ's suffering. I wanted to see what was on line for people that may be inquiring. I will post a link for a you tube video...I can't watch, it breaks me.. although it is only 3 minutes, I can't fathom or imagine the reality of those that watched. Jesus suffered much longer than minutes. I love the resurrection party of history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhdibdlpDsg&feature=player_embedded


I found this on internet...
http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/theresurrection.htm

Points of Interest from the Story:
• There are at least 12 different appearances of Christ in the resurrection accounts, beginning with Mary and ending with Paul. They were physical, tangible experiences with Christ eating, speaking and allowing himself to be touched.

• Jesus' resurrected body was different from his physical body. It was no longer subject to the same laws of nature. He could transcend locked doors, and yet he could still be touched and he could eat.

• Before Jesus ascended into heaven he gave the Great Commission, telling his followers to go and make disciples of all nations.

• The stone was not rolled away from the tomb so Jesus could get out. He was able to walk through walls (John 20:19) in his resurrected body. The stone was rolled away so that everyone could see that he was risen.

1 Peter 1:3 (The Message)

A New Life
3-5What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life healed and whole.

AMEN! Blessing to you all, C

Monday, April 6, 2009

happy Birthday Jussi

Yesterday was Jussi's birthday, and although he is another year older he never seems to catch up to me. It was a great day at church, the sun was so nice and warm and we got some things done outside and inside. We have been challenged lately in the area of time. It seems that priorities for us vs priorities for the kingdom, vs priorities for work, vs time for family. Some days we just go and go, and never really stop and think about the allotments we have subconsciously made.

Of course we all know there are only 24 hours in a day and we chose to sleep a good part of them LOL, but are we using the waking hours how we should?
Or rephrased are we saving any hours for the kingdom.

We struggle with time here at home. In Haiti we lived in an event centered culture so we took off our watches when we arrived and put them back on only a few months ago, when we realized we needed them here to keep track of committments.

I like the no watch thing. In Haiti walking from home to work, you would encounter several people who stop to talk, and share, and sometimes ask for help. We would have time for prayer because working for the Lord, was all about relationship, so if we were a few minutes late because we listened to some persons burden "pa gen pwoblm". Not a problem. Living in NA society we need to work to survive, and work does dictate a huge portion of our day. So how can we make more time. I go to work early so I am able to share about Haiti and re connect with people I have not seen in awhile. It is a perfect avenue. I am not suggesting leaving the country so you have something to talk about....but again time spent with people, opens doors for sharing. I think the adage of time well spent will never clearly be defined, but I am glad the Holy Spirit prompts us to remember we were created to share with others, listen to others, be a friend.

So if the next time we meet I am rushing around doing errands, remind me that I still work for God...and He is not interested in the amounts completed or produced but in the process of getting the job done. Errands without a kind word misses opportunities to share with a bunch of new people and friends.

Better run off to work, I know some old friends are there, Have a super day! Gotta luve the sun!