Update Friday, Jun 8 2007 

Life is going along with a few bumps and grinds. As I was pulling weeds at the church today I was thinking about how weeds are like sin in our life. If we ignore them they grow big and take over the good stuff in our lives. But if we pull them out by the root when they are small and if we do this consistently, the good shrubs and growth around us grows with vigor and with health. As we liken this to our lives we need to keep short accounts of the junk in our lives and make sure we get to the root of it so it won’t grow again. If we just cut off the top the root grows again and we have to deal with it all over again. My lesson today from pulling weeds by the roots. I also keep thinking and singing about “This is my Father’s World” and we have a responsibility to keep it in good health and to keep it healthy and green. Just some of my thoughts from today.

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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!

“The arms of the Father are open wide and all are welcome to come in” Thursday, Dec 7 2006 

As I have met with different people this week, I again realize that life isn’t always easy and people experience so much hurt and pain in their lives…but what is always so amazing and is so encouraging is how even in the pain and hurt of these experiences they have experienced the all consuming and sustaining love of our all loving Heavenly Father.

“The arms of the Father are open wide and all are welcome to come in”

Happy New Year to all! Wednesday, Jan 1 2003 

The first day of 2003! A day spent quietly reading and in contemplation of the coming year. I have many thoughts running through my mind as I think of the year ahead. I am not really a “goals” person, but I am a person of direction. How will my life be directed in the next 12 months? In what ways do I want to grow? I believe I need more solitude and quietness in my life. The busyness of life draws me away from the core of my being. What do I desire to be reflected in my life? These are some of the questions I have been asking myself.All my life I have been a learner. My father was a learner and has been my greatest inspiration. I love passionate dialogue and the exchange of ideas – new ideas. Over the past 4 years at Lakeview Church, Jordon Cooper has been a great catalyst for new thought for me personally. I have to admit that since he has left the staff at Lakeview, there is a great “hole” in the whole area of provocative and engaging conversation – whether it be theology, football, hockey, relationships, the “institution” of the church, change, postmodernism, spirituality, team based ministry – and the list could go on. However, saying that, I still have opportunity to connect with Jordon. Jordon and Wendy’s Christmas gifts to Jerry and I were books. Here are some that we will be reading and working our way through:

The Ingenuity Gap by Thomas Homer-Dixon
Emergence by Steven Johnson
Seizing Your Divine Moment by Erwin McManus “Dare to Live a Life of Adventure”
A Better Hope by Stanley Hauerwas “Resources for a Church confromting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity

Some other I will endeavour to read are:

Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
The Family by Jack O. Balswick & Judith K. Balswick
Intimate Allies by Allender Longman (These last two are for a course I am taking on “Discipling Your Family” taught by Martin Sanders at Lakeview Church in November 2002)
I am also taking a “Wesleyan Theology” class this weekend which requires the reading of two books with book reviews on each.

For me this means a big chunk of time – I would love to take a year’s sabbatical just to read. However, Jerry, my husband, says rather than just reading I need to put into practice just 1/100th of what I read and I would be an absolutely “awesome” person!!!! Sometimes practical people irritate me!!!!!

Reading through the Bible in 2003 is at the top of the list.

The New Year will bring changes in our household. Our daughter Tamara will be leaving for Taiwan on January 14th for at least a year. I am not sure I am ready for that. She has been at home for the past 4 months and we have thoroughly enjoyed having her here. However, she is 25 and has been on her own for quite awhile, attending the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College in Calgary for 4 years. Life is constant change.

Happy New Year to all!

Reading Sunday, Dec 29 2002 

It has been a snowy, lazy Sunday. Had a chance to read one of my Christmas books. Tom gave me the book entitled “Abraham” – A journey to the Heart of Three Faiths written by Bruce Feiler, New York Times Bestselling Author of Walking the Bible.

“At a moment when the world is asking ‘Can the religions get along?’ Abraham stands as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims. He holds the key to our deepest fears — and our possible reconciliation.”

It has been a very interesting read so far. Am looking forward to a continued good read.

Christmas Season is over. It was wonderful while it lasted. Christmas Eve came with a surprise visit by Santa. Made for some great excitement in the Reimer household. Christmas Day was great as we spent the day with some pretty special people in our lives, Jordon, Wendy and Mark Cooper. Great time of exchanging gifts and good conversation over some great coffee!! You never want for conversation with Jordon and Wendy around. Darren, Sherryl Friesen and their three children joined us for our Christmas meal. It was a wonderful day all-round. I drank a little too much coffee and ended up cleaning the house until about 3:00 am. At least I had nothing to do the next day.

Spent Friday, December 27th, in Prince Albert visiting my sister Doris and her husband Lorne. Tom, Tamara and Berke Buchko came as well. Berke connected with Brooke and Kelly. Great day! We had given my brother-in-law the book “Young Evangelicals” by Robert Webber. We had some great conversation regarding it. Lorne is a Traditionalist/Pragmatist which made the conversation very lively. Lorne has influenced many people with the giftedness he has in teaching the Scriptures. He is a great guy – even if I don’t always agree with him.

Brooke and Kelly Graham are coming over for the whole day tomorrow. Am looking forward to hearing all their experiences over the past three months while in the Dominican Republic.