Weeding… Sunday, Jun 24 2007 

It has been another lovely sunny day here in Saskatoon and I had the joy of making sure all the weeds are removed from the flower beds before they get too big. My good friend Jacqueline has never gardened before this year and it has been fun to listen to her stories. When we looked at her garden a little over a week ago, it was fun to see all the different vegetables that were coming up, but the nasty part was that there were also those lovely weeds called “portulaca” that were coming up in huge bunches over alot of her garden. I proceeded to tell her that you needed to pull these weeds out by their roots or they would grow again. What I forgot to tell her is that you need to pull the weeds and put them into a pail and literally take them out of the garden because if you leave them pulled out on the ground they will grow again! She pulled the weeds out by the roots, like I said, but left them on the ground, and guess what, they grew again. I did some profuse apologizing when she told me what happened!

I am thinking that this is a little like our lives isn’t it. We know the things we should pull out by the roots as they are causing trouble in our lives, but we don’t remove them from the soil of our lives…we keep them around thinking that it won’t matter if we don’t get rid of them. Guess what happens, that habit or thought or action creeps back into our lives and begins to grow again and take root. Often it is about the “shoulds” in our live, but we never do anything about these “shoulds”. So what are the weeds in my life that I need to pull out by the root and get rid of?

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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 Thursday, Jan 23 2003 

Tamara emailed and called tonight. She is having an awesome time in Thailand. It is absolutely beautiful and the weather is just right. The food is “out of this world” delicious and her and Renee are having a great time together. It was so good to hear her voice. She loves new experiences. There is no doubt we are proud of her. She has accomplished much in her 25 years of living.

-40C here this morning with the windchill. Not a nice day at all. Snowing and blowing – good day to stay at home in front of the fireplace with a good book. Jerry has had to work some really long hours because of guys being off sick, so Don Pogoda and Greg Plett went to see Jerry this morning at work and took him some ice cream. Now if you know Jerry, you know that his most favorite thing in the world is ice cream. What awesome guys! There is no doubt they are in his “good books”.

I have been reflecting on the whole idea of learning. For me so much of my learning come from new ideas, books and theories and not so much the practical. My son Matt has been challenging me a bit, in that, learning is not just new ideas mom. You can learn in more than one way. So I am learning new things every day from all the different experiences I have throughout the day. I am not naturally an experiential learner, hands on, or learning from what my feelings and emotions are all about, so Matt, I am trying to intentionally learn in new ways. As I visited a friend in the hospital tonight, I experienced such compassion as I sat on the bed beside him. He looked like a fragile little bird, laying so quiet. Yes, God is teaching me and changing me, as there was a time when I could hardly walk into a hospital, let alone minister to those who were ill. Yes I am learning, even if I didn’t get a chance to read the second chapter of The Ingenuity Gap.

-30 Below Wednesday, Jan 22 2003 

Cold day today, something like -30C. Crazy – my poor car barely moved this morning. Busy day at work – lots of people stuff. Have to go back tonight to meet with someone. That is part of being a Pastor. Still have not heard from our girl, Tamara. Not much learning taking place in this head – too busy doing. If you want to learn something, connect to www.jordoncooper.com Sometimes I actually like the guy even if I don’t agree with everything he says!

Cold Tuesday, Jan 21 2003 

Horrendously cold here in Saskatoon. Feels good to be inside. Still have not heard from our daughter in Thailand. Jesika’s birthday today. She is 22!! Happy Birthday Jesika! Hope you have an awesome day! We have Small Group at our house tonight. We are studying the Beatitudes talking about “A Challenging Lifestyle”. There are 11 of us that meet every Tuesday evening. We started as an Alpha Small Group one year ago and have just kept meeting together every week. Good stuff! Wonderful friendships being built.