Just some thoughts Thursday, Jan 25 2007 

Over the past while I have been doing some soul searching on what lies ahead for me.  I turned 59 in December which means I am now in my 60th year and I am reflecting on what the next 10 years could hold for me. Who do I want to become? Where am I  heading?  Who am I at my core and what do I want to show forth from my life?  I am thinking I am going to need some silence and solitude to do some deep reflecting on who I am right now and where I sense God wanting to lead me and ultimately change me.  I am not sure what that looks like, but I am contemplating what the next few months could look and feel like.  As I have said to Jerry, and some other close friends, I feel my shallowness and I don’t want to stay there.  I want my relationship with God to move forward and I have a discontent within my core that I believe is leading me to something new.  I am afraid and I am excited.  I just read an excerpt from a book by Allan Hirsch “The Forgotten Ways:Reactivating the missional church”…lots of food for thought. 

The words that have been resonating in my innermost being are “Be still and know that I am God” and “…in quietness and confidence shall be your strength”.  The words that particularly draw me are “be still” and “in quietness”.  There is always so much activity; things to do; places to go; people to talk with; causes to be fight; the words “still” and “quiet” do not come up in those activities.  Holy Spirit guide me is my prayer.

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Pictures of Darren’s Birthday Party Tuesday, Jan 23 2007 

If you are interested in seeing some pictures of the party, go to www.jordoncooper.com Wendy was busy with her camera that evening!

Darren Friesen’s 40th Birthday Tuesday, Jan 23 2007 

Saturday evening was an amazing evening with our friend Darren’s 40th birthday. I always enjoy having groups of people over and we must have had close to 30 adults. It was a “surprise” so it was fun waiting for him to arrive. The hit of the evening was the “chocolate” fountain brought by Nancy Yee and all the other wonderful appetizers and desserts brought by friends. It was a great evening and enjoyed by all.

Snow and more snow… Monday, Jan 15 2007 

Last week saw us experiencing a snowstorm like none other since 1955. Now having grown up in southern Manitoba where snowstorms happen often with large dumps of snow, it was like going back in time. I love the atmosphere that comes with not being able to go anywhere and just to huddle inside for a couple of days. That only works well if the electricity is on, your furnace is working and you have enough food to eat in the house. We were fortunate to have all three, so the days were spent in reading and reflection.

Now it was a little different story for Jerry! Kristy, upon going out in the morning and having to drive to work in the blowing snow, called Jerry and he ended up driving her to work. Needless to say, by the middle of the afternoon he was unable to get her and she had to stay overnight in a hotel with her District Manager! Great experiences! The shovelling that came with four to five feet in our driveway gave Jerry a whole day of work. The snow was a little too deep for his snowblower so he had to shovel first and then blow the snow. It was brutally cold, so that part was not nice, but the driveway and sidewalks look great! We are now in the deep freeze with temperatures down to -35C with windchills of even lower temperatures!

With that extra time I was able to finish three of the books I have been reading…Velvet Elvis…Harry Potter…Struggling with Scripture. I really enjoyed all of them. I am doing a book study with Megan Barbour with the Velvet Elvis book…great discussion this morning. Kristy has the 6th book of the Harry Potter series, so will have to give that a go. I really enjoyed the 5th book!

It is difficult to put down in writing all the thoughts going around in my head. I always struggle with my depression this time of the year and that doesn’t help my thought patterns! Maybe I just need to relax and let my thoughts chase each other around my head. Lots of questions…some doubts…few answers…lots of mystery! Just life!

Learning continues Monday, Jan 8 2007 

I have been reading a number of different books, which leads me to reflecting and rethinking different issues in my life…the books I am in the process of reading are:

The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren;

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Struggling with Scripture by Walter Brueggemann, William C. Placher & Brian K. Blount

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Romans by Paul the Apostle

Lots of different perspectives and great variety of ideas…

New site Monday, Jan 8 2007 

This is my first post on my new site…am not sure how it all works…but will keep working at it for the next little while. We had a great holiday season with Christmas at Panarama with Matt and Jesika and Jesika’s parents. Lots of relaxation, snow, fun and eating. New Year’s was quiet celebrated at home with Kristy…watching movies, sipping good wine and snacking away the evening. I was back to work last week and it seems like we were never away. Well, so is life!