June 27, 2007

Movie questions

One of the things I am involved with at Opawa is our monthly movie night.
We show a “family” movie, and give out a discussion guide that provides questions for individuals to think about/families to discuss together.

Today (for something related) I needed to define why i asked questions, and decided:
When I write questions for the movie nights, I am looking for questions that help people to think about themselves, their relationships and God. So questions that highlight how the movie could affect us as peopleĀ… rather than questions that go deeper into the plot, or help provide information … i look for questions that may change me, may make me into a better, more whole, person.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 03:30 PM

June 20, 2007

Are you planning on going to church?

Just came across this research,
I am familiar with the church attendance frequency data, but hadn’t seen the other question which reads, “Do you intend to go to church at all during the Easter holiday this year?”
28% said Yes
7% said No
2% Don’t Know

I was particularly interested in the Don’t Know figure. It was very low. The survey was done 8-11 days before Easter, and people have decided whether or not they are going to church.

Not sure what this means, but i am processing a sense of surprise…

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 02:47 PM

Detox 4/40

Sleep is my friend.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 02:41 PM

June 19, 2007

Detox 3/40

(these days don’t need to be consecutive, do they?)

3/40 in Peter Graystone’s Detox your spiritual life in 40 days is titled Recover.

The chapter talks about God being found in the ordinary, the everyday. About God taking care of people’s practical needs with practical things.
It reminds me that “God doesn’t call us to be successful in everything we do; he calls us to be obedient”.

There are huge number of enormously worthwhile things i could be doing with my time. Sometimes it is very overwhelming. Much of the work from one of my jobs is generated by people asking questions of me. I juggle deadlines and try to get everything to the people who need it when they require it, whilst still starting the other things that need to be started as they require input from other people.

I sometimes long to be able to segment my life… and i think working from home makes the multiple layering more challenging, as it all happens here, in this very spot. My working, our accounts, travel booking, emails, ETC…

But for now I shall sit down with a cup of tea.
Listening for that, “I am with you” voice.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 01:45 PM

June 14, 2007

Detox 2/40

2/40 in Peter Graystone’s Detox your spiritual life in 40 days

I love this quote from Vincent de Paul (1580-1660)
“Be careful to preserve your health. It is the trick of the devil, which he employs to deceive good souls, to incite them to do more than they are able, in order that they may no longer be able to do anything”.

Today’s chapter is titled, “Have a health check”
and it reminds me that i do enjoy fresh air and walks as i pick up the girls from school.
It encourages me to celebrate that quiet walking time as time to quietly walk! Occasionally insights come en route, but generally they are the insights that pop into a resting mind, rather than forced, nutted out insights.

I reflect on the fact that when i pick up the kids after walking from one job, i tend to be more stressed than when i pick them up walking from my other job.
Partly cos i tend to be later with one than the other, but i think also that my church-school route is not as deliberately enjoyed as my home-school route. So i must change that. There is a lovely maple tree on the way that still holds its gorgeous leaves: i must gaze at it some more. And breathe deeper.

Less caffiene, yes that would be good. I have discovered (should i admit it?) hot water with milk, and replace some of my cups of tea with that (inspired when steve was away last and i counted up the teabags abandoned on the bench, knowing they were mine, all mine!).

More water. yes.

More exercise. Darn cold time of year to be planning that, but yes, walking the long way to school, and perhaps even a jog? (with calf muscle stretches next time though)…

Relaxation? Continue to enjoy the bite sized bits. More time at home doing nothing with the children. Find sunny spots and read…

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 01:41 PM

June 13, 2007

Detox 1/40

I have just started Peter Graystone’s Detox your spiritual life in 40 days

40 chapters on various areas of life and spirituality.

The first chapter is on food, and i very nearly didn’t start until tomorrow as i am going out for dinner tonight. But decided that would be silly…

I ate my lunch of soup and toast
and smiled (as i read of lentils and dahl) at the fact that i had considered making lentil soup yesterday,
but decided it wasn’t worth it.
Instead i had cup-a-soup soup, and i feel gluggy and salty.

So i consider making the commitment to always having delicious wholesome crock-pot made soup handy in the freezer.
It isn’t hard after all.
And why eat an unhealthy gluggy version of something that should be healthy?

Perhaps i could (bravely) pray
that my body would learn to respond to food in terms of it’s health value rather than its quick-fix-taste.
Perhaps it is, and that is why i feel gluggy and salty.

I shall go drink one of the eight glasses of water we are meant to have each day.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 02:20 PM

June 06, 2007

Hear the children crying

We (bravely) tackled a question about Revelation last night.

I was on the ending (worship/rapping up), and used U2’s “11 o’clock tick tock” (which was their first single, written in a we are nearing the end of the world sort of way).
Too often people rub their hands together with glee over revelation,
“look at all the ghastly things that are happening in the world… goodie gumdrops Jesus will come back soon”

I was keen to take a moment to pray for the people living in these situations that SOME consider herald the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus…

So i played the track, gave out the lyrics and invited people to write (coloured) prayers for the children on their paper…

mine follows…


Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:58 PM

never argue with a woman who reads

This email is worth sharing…
tickled my fancy…

One morning, the husband returns the boat to their lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and begins to read her book. The peace and solitude are magnificent.

Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”

“Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”)
“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.
“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”
“Yes, but I see you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.

“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says
the woman.
“But I haven’t even touched you,” says the Game Warden.
“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you
could start at any moment.”

“Have a nice day ma’am,” and he left.

MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It’s likely she can also think.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:52 PM