Saturday, 20 January 2018

Be Open To New Opportunities

Before Christmas coming down with shingles meant that handmade gifts would never be completed and hobbies that relaxed and brought joy were not unavailable.

Pain, frustration and depression quickly took over until out of desperation instead of looking back, turning to the future was the only path available. 

The with joy being open to new opportunities and a new way to relax, a new hobby presents.

Junk Journaling 

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 20, 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018

Gluten Free Pork and Sauerkraut Casserole

Tonight's Foodie Friday offering is one of  our most popular recipes from 2014

GF condensed cream of mushroom soup I recommend the recipe from Salad in a Jar 

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 19, 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Good Boundaries and Safe Spaces

While you are able to be busy, there will never be enough time to get everything you want to do done or to meet all of the demands that other people will put on you.

When you are no longer physically or mentally able to be busy any more there will be too much time sitting alone with your thoughts and most worrisome with your regrets.

This mornings inspirational reading challenged me to set good boundaries by creating safe spaces within my day, week, month, etc. for me to be still, to calm the cacophony of demands both internal and external, to be present within my body, and spirit, to listen for that still small voice that waits with unconditional love within each of us.

Setting good boundaries first and foremost means creating a safe space for yourself everyday.  Then going to that place and residing there until once again connected to your spiritual self, you emerge back into the world secure in the knowledge of who you are and that you are loved.

 The safety industry understands that importance of looking out for #1, on airplanes parents with children are told to put their oxygen mask on first so that they can look after their children.  

Yet too often care givers of all makes and descriptions put their needs last, and too soon burn out, become ill themselves or worse yet become impatient and frustrated and take out their feeling on the persons they are giving care too.

Safe spaces have to be deliberate and do not necessarily have to be private.  It is a place where you can calm the noise in your mind, and relax back into your own body, for a friend it is 30 minutes spent at her favourite coffee shop, sitting at a table facing the park with a hot up of coffee. 

For my Grandmother it was working in her garden, where she would on her knees, pull weeds, pray for her family and listen to her Lord.

Find your safe place and spend time there everyday because you are worth it.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

Today post was inspired by the January 18, 2018 Pray as you go inspirational audit podcast.

January 18, 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Experiencing yourself through others.

The juxtaposition between the ‘I’ that we know and the person that others experience always comes a shock.

Today at a team retreat we advanced our knowledge of each other by exploring the four personality colours.  We started the exercise from the ‘I’ position, we looked at four individual pictures one picture for each colour and we picked the picture we thought best represented our internal perception of self -  the picture that best aligned with our internal narrative.

The next exercise was to evaluate a series of words again in order of their relevance to our internal narratives and from here we were directed to a colour that the test results said best represented our internal narrative.

The final exercise was to be open to how we are experienced by others.

We live our lives with an internal narrative about who we are and we live in relationship with other people who develop their own narrative about us.

Which is the true narrative?

How I know myself or how others know me?

It is both.

Aristotle says that knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.

To know myself I must first understand how I impact the world around me.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls  

January 16, 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018


Make the change now that will set you on the path.

‘No one puts new wine into old wine skin lest the wine skin burst’ Mark2:21-22 destroying both the skin and the wine and yet we do this over and over again. 
A conversation took place today that brought this saying to mind.  A young woman was romanticizing the day she would retire. 

“When I retire I am going to learn to play the piano, I’m going to downsize my life, I’m going to play cards and I’m going to lose weight!” 
A good-natured poke was made at her retirement plans 

“Do you do any of that now do you even own a piano?” “No when I retire I’ll have all the time I need and to buy new piano” and with that everyone laughed and moved on with their day.

Dreams are important to have and if we want to live without being consumed by disillusionment when dreams do not come true, we need to be prepared to make changes.  To be free to let go of habits, personal possessions and to be open to gathering new habits and possession so we can realize our dreams at some future date.

Far too often we set goals based on an unrealistic view of a future, on a future that cannot be created unless we are prepared to embrace change now.

How will we learn to play the piano if we never own a piano? 

How will realize living with less when we continue to collect and gather items to us?


Be healthy at the point of retire without paying attention to in now?

No amount of time will at the point of retirement will ensure dreams will be fulfilled if we do not embrace change now.

Too often we expect our future dreams to fit into our current way of life we attempt to put new wine in old wine skins when we can put new wine in a new wine skin and enjoy the fulfillment of dreams.

Begin today to make small changes that will ensure future dreams are positioned for success.

This is the challenge and I have for myself as I prepare to retire and for my children and grandchildren as they set the paths that they will take through their lives.

Grandma Snyder


January 15, 2018

Sunday, 14 January 2018

You know all about me

Paul works very hard in both his preaching and writing to get people of his day to look and see Jesus a new.  

Jesus like many people today was being defined by where he lived, ‘“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46 and Paul asked people to look beyond their prejudice to see Jesus, to be openly curious and learn about Jesus.  To get to know Jesus through shared experiences, to build an understanding of ourselves and the world around us with Jesus.  

Paul asks us to stop making assumptions about Jesus, to come, see and make Jesus and his message apart of our knowledge our community.

Paul’s message resonates just as strongly today as it did then.  People today are defined by where they were born, there are counties whose population are not welcome to cross our boarders, ‘can anything good come out of (fill in the blank). 

We stop being curious about individual people from these places, we stop listening to their stories, we withhold our compassion, becoming prejudicial and we spread oppression in our wake.

Paul calls us to come and see Jesus, to be joyfully curious fully engaged in getting to know both Jesus and his message for the world.  

Jesus then asks us to look beyond the worlds prejudices to see individual people, to know all humanity as beloved by God, that they hold value in the creation of peace today.  

Jesus call us to know him and his message of love, then to go out and spread our knowledge not through fear and violence, through unconditional love and joyful curiosity.

Before people will be curious about our experience of Jesus we must first ‘look and see’ them, hear their stories and with them create new ways of understanding ourselves and our world.

To hear the voice of God in each story, and know God to be speaking to us through them.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

This blog was inspired by Juanita Laverty's sermon today.

Lectionary readings To enhance your experience, we have included links to each reading 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139: 1-6, 13- 18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Be Open To New Opportunities

Before Christmas coming down with shingles meant that handmade gifts would never be completed and hobbies that relaxed and brought joy ...