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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Unhurryup!™ into Easter

Easter seems to sneak up on me most years. 
Suddenly the shops are full of plastic eggs and stuffed rabbits, pastel colours and fake grass
Outside the trees are showing blossoms and the spring flowers are showing their colours

All of creation seems to point towards the most amazing thing that God has done for us

On the 3rd day He rose again from the grave! 

Oh glorious day!!!!

In the time leading up to Easter, I want to walk with intention. 
I want to ponder the amazingness of God's love and the sacrifice for our sins. 

I am excited to join in the 
Unhurryup!™ into Easter Lenten Pilgrimage
which Paula Gamble, my boss, has put together.

Last year, about 300 people from all over the world joined in this pilgrimage together.
You can read their responses and more about the email or pdf versions of this pilgrimage at

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Ordinary Time

In the churches that follow the traditional church calendar.. The time between Christmas Time and the time of Lent is called Ordinary Time. 

I find this interesting... so I have done some looking into it...

Wikipedia states: "In this context, the English name "Ordinary" translates the Latin termordinalis and is used because the weeks are numbered in a series"

Ordinary Time is celebrated in two segments: 

From the Monday following the Baptism of Our Lord (about January 12th) up to Ash Wednesday (March 5th this year); 
From Pentecost Monday (early June) to the First Sunday of Advent (Nov 30th this year).

The thing is... there is nothing ordinary about life when we are following Jesus Christ. 

I love the distinct seasons to reflect, remember and ponder the amazing gift it was for God the Father to send His only Son to earth to experience the life of a human being and to die for our sins on the cross thereby ending the need for animal sacrifices and securing our ability to spend eternity in heaven. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

common sense

I am listening/watching the breaking news about the snow in Oregon right now. A phrase that is said over and over is to "use common sense". 

The problem with common sense is when it is not common. 

Common Sense for one person varies from Common Sense for another person 
based on their culture and experience.

Common Sense tells me that our bodies are not made to 
go, go, go, go, go, go, go... 
but that rather we need to stop and rest from time to time. 

God created a Sabbath day for us because we need to rest. 
We need to stop in the going and just be for a time. 

I guess there is a difference between having common sense and using common sense.... 

How often do you use common sense?