Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Monday, 17 July 2017
We have one life and one life time to live it in.
This is our now it has never been before and will never come again.
Each of the moments that we live build upon the previous moment.
They are more valuable than the whole of a lifetime.
It is the moments of this life that will be remembered not the whole.
Be mindful of and how you're spending your moments
of the legacy each moment you are leaving behind.
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Faith that God’s unconditional love abundantly given as evidenced through the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, is all we need to live life through joy “… going out with Joy”.
Joyfully looking in each conscious moment for the seeds God has planted in us to spread peace, justice and hope in our world, “… led forth with peace.”
Our faith is the soil in which God has abundantly and freely scattered his seed of unconditional love, joy and peace and in any one day our faithfulness will be good soil, hard barren soil and soil chocked with weeds where no seeds of joy can grow.
The lectionary reading offer that when we live through the desires of our human bodies we present God with faith that is barren, choked with things other than God. When we live in the spirit we are good soil where God’s seeds grow and spread and the type of soil we present God in the moment is totally within our control.
The parables of the sower and the seeds are not about other people, none Christians it is about us and how we live each day. It is about both the big decisions we make and the small ones as well. What TV shows we decide to watch, the music we listen too, the clothing we purchase, the books we read, the internet sites we look at the people we pass by on the street without speaking or smiling at, how we spend our money and so on.
You are God’s representative today in the space that you occupy right now, how open is your faith, the ground God has to work with, to the seeds he needs to plant to bring peace, joy, comfort, unconditional love into this world?
Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Friday, 14 July 2017
What to do!? What to do?
What do you make on a hot and humid Saturday when you forgot you had to bring a dessert to a BBQ – you make Black Forest Fool.
All you have to do is make a quick trip to the grocery store and purchase 1 quart of whipping cream, 1 or 2 cans cherry pie filling, 1 chocolate loaf cake and have time to refrigerate your fool for at least an hour.
- 1 chocolate loaf cake
- 1 quart whipping cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 or 2 cans cherry pie filling the number depends on you and the size of your container
- Cut the chocolate loaf cake into bite size squares holding back ½ cup which you will crumble for the top of your fool
- Whip the whip cream adding the sugar until peaks form
- In your glass serving bowl add a layer of cake, whipping cream, cherry and repeat until the dish is full
- End with a layer of cherries
- Using a pastry bag pipe a decoration on the top of the fool with the remaining whip cream and sprinkle the crumbled cake on top to finish
- Refrigerate at least an hour over overnight
Note: we have made this recipe dairy free and gluten free by whipping coconut cream and purchasing gluten free chocolate loaf cake. The cherry pie filling that we use is gluten free.
From Our Table to Yours
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Who knew that a consequence for not being truthful would end up in an evening of laughing and building life long memories.
Yesterday evening our youngest granddaughter found herself in a difficult situation and the consequence was the removal of all screens – Yep no iPad, tablets or TV.
What we expected was an evening of whining, pleading and deal making in an attempt to get back on her screens, however instead there was silence for about 30 minutes then cupboard doors started opening and closing and “Grandpa let’s play a game.”
It only took Ruth 30 minutes realize there is an entire life of fun lay outside of the internet and TV.
She had so much fun last night that this evening she turned off the screens herself and is playing Connect Four with her Grandfather at the kitchen table as I write this post.
Watching them play brings back memories of playing buttons with my Grandmother at the dinner room table or crokinole with my Grandfather on a card-table set up in front of his chair for just that purpose.
The draw of human connection, of playing together spans the generations and continues to have a place in today’s modern age.
Do you still have a games cupboard?
What games continue to draw your family to the kitchen table to play?
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