93576226 Wednesday, Apr 30 2003 

The following quotes are from the book authored by michael yaconelli entitled “messy spirituality” God’s annoying love for imperfect people.

“Spiritual growth does not happen by running faster. What keeps many of us from growing is not sin but speed. It’s not sinning too much that’s killing our souls, it’s our schedule that’s annihilating us. We come home staggering tired, worn out, exhausted and drained because we live too fast. Speeding through life endangers our relationships and our souls.

Too many of us are running as fast as we can, and an alarming number of us are running much faster than we can sustain. Speed damages our souls because living fast consumes every ounce of our energy. Spiritual growth happens when we slow our activity down. If we want to stay on the road of faith, we have to hit the brakes, pull over to a rest area, and stop. Christianity is not about inviting Jesus to speed through life with us; it’s about noticing Jesus sitting at the rest stop.

Burnout is slang for an inner tirednes, a fatigue of our souls. We know we are ready for God to work in our lives when we’re tired. The ugly truth, however, is that many of us do not know how to rest!

Rest is a decision we make. Rest is choosing to do nothing when we have too much to do, slowing down when we feel pressure to go faster, stopping instead of starting. Rest is listening to our weariness and responding to our tiredness, not to what is making us tired. Rest is what happens when we say one simple word: “No!” Rest is the ultimate humiliation because in order to rest, we must admit we are not necessary, that the world can get along without us, that God’s work does not depend on us. Once we understand how unnecessary we are, only then might we find the right reasons to say yes. Only then might we find the right reasons to decide to be with Jesus instead of working for him. Only then might we have the courage to take a nap with Jesus.”

I think I’ll take a nap! How about you?

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93447088 Tuesday, Apr 29 2003 

Just some quotes I have come across:

“You can reform the church without reforming your own soul. You can dictate the course of history, and yet not do the Father’s will or glorify the Son.”

“Only if you keep your own soul pure can you impact the world for the truly lasting eternal purposes of God.”

“You can only do His work when you are doing it with Him, not just for Him.”

“If I had spent as much time seeking to know Him as I did seeking to know about Him in order to impress others with my knowledge…”

“Never seek influence for yourself.”

93446740 Monday, Apr 28 2003 

I haven’t blogged for a while, so thought I would bring things up to date.

Tom arrived in Taiwan with all his luggage intact. He even arrived early and had to wait for Tamara to pick him up.

I had a busy weekend. Did preparation all day Saturday for “The Gathering” on Sunday evening at Lakeview. We presented the journey of the two disciples on their way to Emmaus and how they encountered Jesus on the way, but did not recognize him, until he broke bread with them. We then had a time of “Breaking Bread” together. It was very personal and very meaningful. My good friend, Donna, is always such an inspiration to me and such an encourager. She lifts me up! I hope that I do the same for her. She is a wonderful example to me of what a great friend is. She is a very important part of my life. She makes me cry and she makes me laugh! And sends me “chicken” encouragement cards!!! Thanks Donna, you are the best!

After “The Gathering” we headed out to the Worship:Freehouse. It was held in the Jazz Basement on 2nd Avenue. Some of the younger generation, like, Jordon and Wendy , Mike, Todd, Dale, John, Leighton, Cathy, Jeb, created a Worship setting for the evening. It was great! Multi-media, set up on 5 to 7 different TVs (some quite ancient – which made for Ancient/Future Faith a reality), liturgy, and great music. Great atmosphere! What an inspiration to see these youngin’s dreaming and creating what they believe “reaching out” is. What makes this so special, is that I know the hearts of these young men and women. They are wanting to share with others what Christ is doing in their lives and the difference he has made in their lives. Let them do it their way! It may not be just the way we would do it, but its okay, its just different!

Our friend Berkeley Buchko was here for the weekend. He just finished his year of university at Acadia University and is on his way home to Meadow Lake. What a great kid! He lived with us one winter and has become a part of our family. He is a really good friend of our son Matt. His life has been about change this passed year as well. It is amazing what God can do in our lives when we let him. He is so good!

93206961 Thursday, Apr 24 2003 

Lots of things happening. Matt and Jesika went back to Canmore; Kathy got a job; Tom left for Taiwan this morning to see Tamara together with a huge suitcase packed full of stuff for her; and I have a cold with eyes that are swollen and bloodshot. The weather has been awesome. Jerry cleaned up the grass yesterday and hopefully it is going to rain over the weekend. It looks like Spring and Summer are on the way.

93028485 Tuesday, Apr 22 2003 

The Easter weekend was wonderful. Spending it with Matt and Jesika was great. I did miss Tamara, our dinner table did not feel complete without her there. We had a full house here on Easter Sunday – Matt and Jesika, Kathy, Jordon, Wendy and Mark, Todd Peters, Steve and Jacqui, Tom and ourselves. All of these people hold a special place in our heart. It is so good to be able to share our lives with others around us. Life is about relationships not about stuff. We can have all the stuff and experiences in the world, but if we do not have somebody to share them with, life is worth nothing. Let’s make sure we make time for building relationships and not let circumstances and time stand in our way.

We had a great time watching Mark hunt down all the chocolate Easter eggs hidden all over the house. If you are interested, there are pictures on Jordon or Wendy’s blogs.

Reflecting on the death and resurrection of Christ causes many different emotions to flow through my being. Conversations with Matt and Jesika always give me lots of food for thought. Matt is working through many thoughts and ideas regarding Christianity and the person of Jesus Christ. Good questions and doubts that will lead to a faith filled life. It is good to see young people grapple with the claims of Christianity and working through their doubts. We are so often afraid to articulate our fears and doubts. I don’t believe God is intimidated with our doubts and questions. He created us with the ability to think and question.

92872535 Friday, Apr 18 2003 

Good Friday is coming to an end. This has been a wonderful day. Lots of bright sunshine and warm weather. Our Good Friday service led by Lee Barbour was such a meaningful service. Taking time to identify with the cross and what Christ accomplished for each of us that day. Celebrating the sacrament of communion and experiencing the work of God the Holy Spirit is an experience that cannot be described in words. As we look towards Easter Sunday and the hope that comes with the resurrection of Christ, I am overwhelmed. This season is a great time to take time to reflect on who Christ is and how His death and resurrection affects each of our lives personally. “Christ is Risen” “He is Risen indeed”.

92759997 Wednesday, Apr 16 2003 

Matt and Jesika arrived home last night. It is just great to have our kids around. We are just going to hang out this Easter weekend and enjoy each others company. On Easter Sunday Jordon, Wendy and Mark Cooper; Tom Elash; Kathy Macey; and maybe Steve and Jacqui Acree; will join us for our Easter meal. We will need to hide some Easter eggs for the “kids” to find. Should be fun!

This will be the first time that our daughter Tamara will not be celebrating Easter with us. She is off in Taiwan. Tamara is just too funny. This is what she wrote her mother in one of her recent emails “love you lots and gloria stop crying i am 25 years old and won’t be at home all the time!!!!” What our children don’t understand is that we can miss them and cry for them, but that doesn’t mean we would want them to be anywhere else than where they are. It is a “both and” – we miss them, but we are also glad that they are willing to take risks and go to new places and have new experiences – but they are still always our “kids” and will always be a part of us and we do miss them.

92595578 Monday, Apr 14 2003 

Performance
“Performance is where we try to make an impression rather than just be what we are. The element of performance would be absent in the Trinitarian gathering, as would constant solicitude concerning “How did the service go?” God is the primary agent in the gathering. The truth is, from the only point of view that matters–God’s–it is very likely no human knows how the service went; and in any case that cannot be judged by reading overt responses of the attendees.”
simon pointed out this quote from dallas willard. I got this quote from Jeremiah Smith’s blog. How true! Enough said!

92568400 Monday, Apr 14 2003 

I am back. Getting my feet under me a bit. Have spent a goodly amount of time tending to my inner life and am feeling on the upswing.

We had a neat Worship Service tonight at Lakeview. Darren Friesen led it and we worshipped through the art of drawing and creative art. For those of you who know me, I do not have a creative cell in my body. Big sheets of paper had been put up on the side walls of our sanctuary and while the service was going on we were free to go and paint or draw on these sheets. Our theme was “The Vine and the Branches” John 15. Well, I did go and draw along with some real artists. But as I was drawing I thought of my good friend Brooke, who loves to draw, and knew that if she had been there with us, she would have been completely captivated by being able to use her creative gifts in such a creative way. We also had tables set up where people could draw, make cards, create collages (?), or just colour pictures. In closing the evening we were encouraged to go and see what people had created. It was absolutely amazing. People made sculptures out of playdoh and it was amazing the pictures some people created. I am always so amazed by the creativity of others. Even though I can’t draw worth anything, as I was drawing there was such a freedom to engage in the worship and listen to the words of John 15 being read. I think I even sang a few words!!! These Sunday evening “Gatherings” have been a very neat experience. I am glad I can be a part of them.

Been reading some good stuff on “rest” something I am not good at. I talk it but have a hard time living it. We keep so busy working “for” Jesus that we forget to be “with” Jesus. We neglect to keep the Sabbath in our lives believing that we don’t have time to Keep the Sabbath. Speaking about rest, I think I better head out and get some rest.

92175571 Monday, Apr 7 2003 

I’m still tired! Life is too hectic with not enough time to rest. I need to simplify. Easier said than done.

Happy 50th Birthday to my sister Joanne. She hits the half century mark today. She is the baby of the family, so you can just imagine the age of the rest of us. She certainly does not look 50 and definitely does not act 50!! Have a great day Joanne.

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