March 17, 2009

Hey, I know them!

A little bit of fame for the whanau…

My was-Auckland-now-Brisbane brother and family are on Location, Location, Location this coming Sunday night…

But will it sell the house?

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March 11, 2009

Feel the seasons change…

As I write this, the trees outside my window are being buffeted by the first decently cold southerly of the year… I am aware of the seasons changing from summer to autumn and am reminded of the cyclic nature of so much in our world.  There are seasons in which things are born, seasons in which things die.  Seasons of planting and seasons of harvesting.

I am in the process of writing a newsletter that talks about a couple of new(er) baptist churches.  One is a new church that has been established in a place where an old church faltered and died over a number of years. 

I pray quick and easy establishment of people who have moved to this new soil, i pray eyes to see what God is up to, so that can be where the new leaders put their energies.

I pray good friends and companions and wise-heads.

May a season of fruitfulness come soon.

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March 04, 2009

Learning from discomfort

I shared this at our church craft group last week…

I had something uncomfortable happen to me recently.  A fairly painful something that left me feeling pretty battered and bruised of heart…

 

And because I’m always VERY keen to learn from such experiences (partly to decrease the likelihood of them repeating and partly because I know growth and change can come through pain) I have done some reflecting on what can be learned and how I can grow.

 

What did I learn?

·    I don’t need to carry other people’s prejudices.  I need to shed stuff that doesn’t belong.

·    I learnt what most hurts me, and in identifying that I can both be aware when that particular button of mine gets pushed, and I can also do some work to diminish the effect of that on my life

·    Friendly people are good: reassuring noises are necessary… (but we need to remember that they are sometimes biased towards you, so you need to be aware of that and still leave room to grow.)

·    Praying people are good

·    Accepting support from people you usually support is good.  We need to be receivers as well as givers.  I saw someone I have been helping come out of themselves to help me, and I believe that is not only good for me, but it is also good for them.  So we need to give others the gift of allowing them to help us.

·    Being kind to oneself is good: pretty unproductive day work-wise, really needed menial tasks to do… but I didn’t beat myself up over that.  i could have taken a “mental health day” but opted instead to have a slow day.

·    Wise people are good: need to ask ourselves if we have sufficient wise, non-biased, safe people in our lives.

·    Keeping your ears and eyes open is good… there is learning to be made!

 

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.  That is why we call it the present. (Kung Fu Panda)

 

“Don’t worry bout a thing, cos every little thing is gonna be alright” (Bob Marley)

 

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6, The Message)

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