No, this isn’t another irritation-filled, self-righteous hipster post about Christmas and commercialism. There is no condemnation and no judgement here at all, hopefully ever, and certainly not intentionally. These are my ‘convictions’ and thoughts only, they don’t need to be yours.Read More
As I was loading my washing machine full of clothes over the weekend,I became very grateful that I had the privilege and convenience of a machine rather than having to hand wash my clothes, or worse still, hand wash them down by a river.
But as I thought more about the river washing, my mind filled with an amazing vision of a buzzing community, women of all ages (yes, I know, I’m being sexist. Sorry. Now please get over it and keep reading) laughing, chatting and sharing advice as they cleaned their dirty clothes together. The older women telling life stories, and the younger women soaking up the wisdom being dispensed.Read More
My six year old daughter has a habit of asking permission before she uses our en-suite toilet.
I’ve seriously lost count of the times we have assured and reassured her that while it is very sweet that she is being respectful of our ‘parental domain’ and privacy, she is more than welcome to use it and doesn’t need to ask our permission beforehand.
Yet, she continues to ask. It almost hurts my feelings.
I understand that she is asking from a place of respect and I admire her for that, but I also get frustrated because she is our child, not a house guest that has limited access to our living quarters.
I’m sure that God feels the same way about how we approach Him with some of our prayer requests.Read More
I love social media and the way it allows us to connect.
Here’s an example; through a friend commenting on one of his friend’s statuses, the quote below, popped up in my Facebook newsfeed and practically slapped me in the face…. In a good way.
The original post is by Pastor Paul DeWildt, and through my ultra smooth, super sleuth/stalking skills (Facebook makes stalking super easy, and not at all creepy…), I managed to contact Paul to request permission that his post be used here. He generously agreed.
Warning: If you’re easily offended, please brace yourself for a shock factor….
I often hear Christian leaders urging their congregations to look forward to a certain event or guest speaker with an ‘expectancy’.
We are urged to come with expectant hearts in preparation for what The Holy Spirit wants to do.
Expectancy seems to be a bit of a buzz word thrown around in Christians circles. And please, don’t get me wrong, the intentions of those using the word are pure and generated by genuine excitement and desire to see God move.
My issue with the term is that it’s said so often and without further direction, that I don’t think a lot of us have grasped what it actually means.
I certainly hadn’t, not to its full extent. It was only as I was pondering expectancy that I came to the conclusion that expectancy is an ACTION, not just an anticipated feeling of excitement toward an upcoming event.