Sunday, December 27, 2009

Peace

Today for the Spiritual Sunday post, I am posting one of the Real Simple email thoughts that arrived today in my in-box. I believe, this thought by Mother Teresa was appropriate for this weekend.


“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”―Mother Teresa

Now that Christmas is over we need to remember we need each other and one more thought that arrived this week:


"Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others."- Abraham Maslow

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

With love and peace,
Robin

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Learning to Love Self

Since the middle of September, I have been focused on: What does it means to really love God, myself, and others. In Mark 12:29-30, when asked what are the great commandments Jesus states it is to love God and others as yourself.

Okay, this sounds great and easy, but to actually walk it out in daily life can be a daunting task. I asked God to take me through this life long journey of learning to truly love Him with all of myself, and to love others deeply, as He is teaching me to love myself.

So...What does it mean to love self well?

I have been hanging out in the letter of 1 John for the last 19 days, with the desire that God will reveal to my heart what needs to be transformed and acknowledged, concerning the way of love. In 1 John 3:16-24 John is clear on a few points of what love is. As far as he is concerned, it all points to Christ sacrifice of his life for us and that we too need to live with the same attitude towards others.

In verses 18-20, John writes that by practicing the way of love we stop the poison of self-criticism. Okay, the question now becomes what role does self criticism play in my life? And what is the connection between freedom from self-criticism and loving others well?

I have become aware of how debilitating my self-talk can be and it truly can place my heart, mind, soul, and strength into invisible chains that stop me from being open to the way of love. I like the way the Mark 12:29-30 passage is written in the Message.

Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these."

Have you ever noticed that when your self-talk becomes full of self-criticism that it is hard to have passion towards God and His word, entering prayer is impossible, your brain becomes blurred, and energy is slow in coming. I usually need to stop everything and sit in silence until my heart can realign with God's truth. Sometimes I simply need to sleep! Wow, imagine that, our self-criticism can totally drain us, and I have personally experienced this.

These are my rambling thoughts for Decembers journey, it would be great to read your thoughts concerning self-criticism. Christmas seems to be a time when this invisible chain of negative self-talk likes to be unleashed. Thank goodness through Christ's sacrificial love we have a way to be free.

Love and Peace,
Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Control



Yesterday I was browsing through health websites when I found myself on the Canadian Johnson and Johnson web page. They were asking a question which I found intriguing so I answered it. Following is the question and my response:

How do you keep from blowing your top and damaging relationships?

I believe through daily spiritual rhythms and practices I have set the foundation and safe guard towards not blowing my top and leaving behind me damaged relationships.

The first step, is to take time to be alone with God, asking him to guide and direct me through out the day. My love relationship with him is vital in maintaining my cool in the heat of conflict. Knowing how much he loves me makes a difference in how I respond to others.

Second, is to let the Bible (his word), change my heart by not demanding my own way, but taking time to listen well, hold my tongue, and stop anger immediately through praying breathe prayers. Not blowing my top and keeping control of my tongue, is a step towards learning to love others well.

Our words and choice of actions can bring life to a relationship or they can totally end all forms of communication. It is my daily choice to choose life not death concerning the relationships I have in my life. Growing in grace is a life long journey.

How do you keep from blowing your top and damaging relationships?

Over the last several weeks my husband and I have been extremely ill, yes we did have H1N1 and my husband had Salmonella poisoning. I apologize for not posting or letting anyone know. Energy has been a possession I hoarded, while my strength slowly has returned.

Please pray I will get caught up with writing my papers that are all due at the end of this month. I have a knack of falling behind! My youngest son will be home on December 16th, he has been in Quebec since September. It will be wonderful to have him home.

Pax Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Quotes to Reflect Upon

I thought for my spiritual Sunday post I would share a few email quotes that I found worth reflecting upon.


It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J.K. Rowling
(Copyright © 2009 Time Inc. Lifestyle Group Simple Life Magazine.)


Today is your day to paint life in bold colors, set today's rhythm with your heart-drum, walk today's march with courage, create today as your celebration of life. -Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. -Cherie Carter Scott
(Copyright © 2009 Time Inc. Lifestyle Group Simple Life Magazine.)


From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16
Pax Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Past, Present, and Future



Always
wrapped in color
creator draws me
closer to center

with hope
all prayers
will be answered
in peace

no matter
what has
taken place,
is happening,
or what will be
in future days

my trust
is placed in
all power
of His Name
and Word.


Mediation from Philippians 1:3-11

Love to all,
Robin


Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Friday, October 30, 2009

hope



even when life
comes to a finish
there is still beauty
to be found

in endings

it is here

rhythms of hope
come alive
and new life begins

in under-ground
darkness of winter

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Soul Worships

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy Hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, Thy pow'r throughout The universe displayed;


When through the woods and forest glades I wander I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;


Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art!


And when I think that God, His Son not sparing sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died o take away my sin.


When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, "My God, how great Thou art!"


Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Love to all,
Robin


Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Pictures from our drive to B.C. and the lyrics I posted are the original words to the hymn written by: Carl Boberg, 1859 - 1940English Translation ~ Stuart K. Hine.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Potpourri of Thoughts


I usually post a thought for Spiritual Sundays early Saturday morning. However, this week I had a class in another city in my province, and did not have time to post before I left yesterday. My thoughts tonight are still focused on Church History. The class was totally satisfying for my faith and inquisitive mind.

All the way home, I was reflecting upon faith and reason and how it threads through church history. For those who enjoy history here is an interesting thought from Plato titled Plato's Cave on youtube. This video had me contemplating deeply what Plato was trying to say. If you would like to post thoughts on this video, I would enjoy reading comments.

Tonight, I have decided to post a link to Psalm 138 from Bible-gate-way. This Psalm spoke healing and hope into my life as I read through it this week. It is incrediable how God's word comes alive when I least expect it, and also brings transformation in my attitude. A complete mystery!

My musings on three verses in this Psalm that encouraged me this week:

Verse 3, when I, as the psalmist did, called out to God he answered and deepened my faith and trust in Him.

Verse 7, brought hope. No matter what I might encounter in this life, God is with me and will shelter me in His love.

And verse 8, I can trust God will finish in my life what He has begun even if I have no idea what that might be! I simply will trust and have faith. I guess faith and reason works into my musings this week.

And all is wrapped together with God's love that will endure forever, no matter what.

Here is a link for a youtube video on psalm 138 to contemplate upon.

As you read scripture how does or has God spoken to you?

The above picture was taken near Kamloops B.C. a few weeks ago. As I was driving home tonight from Regina to Saskatoon, there was a beautiful breath-taking scene of golden bails of hay on flat prairie with an amazing sunset that filled the sky. As usual, I did not have my camera. Lesson learned: Always take your camera.

Love to all,
Robin


Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Buttery Sweet


Today was one of those, you know, when your mind, body, soul, and strength are all in balance. Out of ten it was a nine kind of day. I enjoyed every moment of feeling like I was in balance with life. Totally refreshing! Most days I feel out of balance or something.

Tomorrow is my turn to prepare coffee for our Wednesday morning church staff meeting. I woke up today thinking about making muffins for tomorrow. I believe I was inspired by the movie Julie and Julia to put my baking skills to work. There is something soothing for the soul about baking delicious, buttery sweet, no good for your body baking, while listening to soft Jazz!

I have added a few pictures of my muffins: a while cooling picture, and ready to take in the morning picture. It is enjoyable to share my moment of baking homemade fresh blueberry strudel and apple strudel muffins with all of you. I know why there is a book titled the Joy of Baking…it is good for your soul.

My home smells sweet and I am content! I was thinking, (another inspiration from the J & J movie) it would be great to work through a cookbook, but a healthy one! I know how to make all of the not so good for your heart items. It would be encouraging to learn some new healthy recipes. Oh, in case you are thinking about watching the J & J movie, there are words in the content that they could have left out. The story line was slow but interesting and left me with a few ideas to ponder.

Love to all
Robin

P.S. I had tea today with a 92 year old lady today who went to this movie on her birthday last week, how cool is that. We talked about Julia Child and how she wore pearls. Pearls are old school, but still very stylish and classic. I would love to hear what you think about wearing pearls.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thoughts from Philippians 1:3-11



Blogger is losing my words today! It is good to be back into routine, however it was good to get away from the daily demands. I am posting a few points from the sermon I will be giving tomorrow night at a seniors service in my community. The title of my sermon is "Thanksgiving and Prayer"--It is Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada.

Philippians 1:3-5 Point One:Paul viewed the past with a thankful heart to God.

In this passage, Paul demonstrates how to view the past by having a thankful heart towards God for all that he has been given. He was able to be content because when he looked at the past he did so with a thankful heart. He recognized that in Christ he was able to do all things and the key was to be thankful for God’s direction and the encouragement he received from other believers.

Philippians 1:6-8 Point Two: Paul viewed the present with confidence in what God is doing.

As Paul remembers and thinks about the Christians in Philippi, he was flooded with emotions for them. He longed for them with all of his heart, and he loved them with a love that is found in Christ. Paul had confidence in these believers and confidence that God would continue to lead them no matter what they faced on their journey.

Philippians 1: 9-11
Point Three: Paul’s outlook on the future is prepared with prayer to God for the Philippians.

For each of us to face the future and all that we might experience with the same confidence that these Christians from Philippi had, we too must live each day close to God. Thanking Him daily for all that he has done in our life.

What will your reactions and choices be concerning the circumstances you will experience in life? Will you look at the past with doubt or thanksgiving? Will you look at the present with fearfulness or confidence? Will you look at the future with anxiety or push forward with prayer? Will you rely on your own strength, or will you rely on the strength Christ freely gives as you look to Him? What will be true in your life story?

Father God, guide each person who reads these thoughts to turn to you seeking direction from your Spirit. Direct us into your love and help us Lord to persevere in Christ no matter what we might experience in this life. I pray we will learn to be thankful in all situations as Paul did. Christ in your name there is power to do the will of our Father. Amen.

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

P.S Snow arrived in Saskatoon this week and the trees where not ready! Amazing that the picture above was taken only seven days before the snow hit Canada.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Impact of a Single Event


On Saturday September 26, before leaving for our journey to B.C, Canada, I decided to purchase a novel to read while on this current road trip. My first choice was, The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. As I wondered the aisles in Chapter's Indigo, I found another book titled, The Impact of a Single Event, by R.L. Prendergast. I had never heard of this book until I picked it up in the book store.

What caught my imagination was the fact that the book is both historical and a personal story that takes place in different cities across Canada, then off to India, and back to the Canadian Rockies. Since, I was traveling through the Rockies, across three Provinces, and sent my son off East to Quebec yesterday, this book interested my inquistive mind, and adventurous spirit.

For the first two hours of our trip I read the bible, and a prayer book then decided to enter into the pages of my new book. I hard time putting the novel down. I read the whole book before we arrived in Vanderhoof. Traveling for 13 hours (1,356 km), allows for uninterrupted time to delve into the pages of a good novel. I do not regret purchasing this book, it has been added to my favorites, and has me seriously reflecting on my life.

R.L. Prendergast is a Canadian Author from Edmonton, Alberta (located on Highway 16), which is the road we traveled on to get to Vanderhoof. The book spans three centuries, and begins with the main characters Richard and Sonia helping a couple who are in a serious car accident. From there the story unfolds within the pages of a 140-year-old journal, and the entries of six different people.

As I write this review, I am still pondering all the wisdom found within the pages of this novel. One thing that rang true for this reader was that I need to take time for reflection, to appreciate moment by moment the life story I have been given, and the choices I make. This book also has to do with restoring a damaged relationship through the process of honestly looking at heart issues.

I believe, I now have been given the old journal, and the question is what will I do with it? Who will I pass it on to? And what life changes will I consider making? And if I was to make an entry into the journal what would it say about my journey?

It was amazing to read about the Canadian Rockies as we drove through them. Now it is time for sleep, tomorrow will bring more traveling, and perhaps another review. It was good for my soul to read for a long period of time, and go on a trip alone with my husband. In Indigo's this book was on the shelve next to the Shack, both are written by Canadians from the Western Provinces.

Pax Robin

My prayer book is titled, The Path of Celtic Prayer - An Ancient Way of Everyday Joy, By Dr. Calvin Miller. This is another amazing book full of adventure, now with the Celts! I would still like to read the Red Tent, before my break from routine is over.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

On the Road Again!


It is Saturday night, and I am still trying to catch up on all that needs to be completed before my husband and I leave for a week trip into the mountains. I had good intentions to write a devotional for Spiritual Sunday before leaving, but it just is not going to happen.

We are traveling on business to the interior of British Columbia. Instead of a devotional here is another quote from Joyce Rupp to ponder:
"Without some quiet reflection, some solitude and stillness, our inner eyes will eventually be too blurred and weary to discover God in the rushing of our demanding days."

This quote sums up the theme for the last week of my life, in what I read, and experienced!

Please pray for my youngest son Mike, who arrived safely in St. Jean, Quebec today to start a 13 week training program in the Canadian Armed Forces. And for this mother who has had waves of emotions as she releases her baby. My prayer is that Mike will preserve when it gets tough and that he will make lasting friendships.

Pax
Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Honesty

The last month has been full, and hectic at times, but in all good for my soul. I have a fragile system and when I am going to fast my world will crumble in with emotions.

Well, today I had a day full of emotions. When I arrived home, full of self pity and woes, I watched this video (Blessed be Your Name) and realized life really is not that terrible.

I am learning to say "Blessed be your name." Even through the emotions. I totally cried after watching the video.

My prayer and heart cry is in all I experience in life God will be glorified and I will bless His name.

Love to all,

Robin

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

No Excuses


I was reading, Prayer, by Joyce Rupp and this paragraph stood out:

False justifications for not praying fall away when we perceive the priceless value of our union with God. If we have time to shop, we have time to pray. If we have enough minutes to read the daily newspaper or work a crossword puzzle, we have enough minutes to pray. If we have space in our schedule to watch television or browse the Internet, we have space to pray. All rationalizations and excuses for being unable to pray are left behind once we allow God to claim our heart.


I can honestly say I have done all of these things, and know God is drawing me into prayer, but resist the pull. I really have no excuses not to pray.

My prayer for all who read this quote is that we will allow God to direct our hearts into His love today through prayer.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Words we say

News paper articles about your ministry make you humble. I have had a hard time reading through the post from Saturdays Star Phoenix, a local news paper in my city. The title for the article is "Seniors Discover Role in Ministry," written by Darlene Polachic.

I am having a issues with Sloboda said! Today, I was extremely aware of how our words influence others. I thought it would be the picture that I would cringe at...but today it was my words. When they are in print you are accountable.

If you would like to check this article out click on the title. Please pray for the seniors conference being held on Thursday September 24, 2009.

I am learning to cast my anxious thoughts on Christ...this sounds like a scripture verse.

Nothing like the article being past around at church when you are cringing at the words you have said. Humbling.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7

Pax
Robin

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Listen and Follow


Reading through Acts, the story of Philip meeting the Ethiopian has had me reflecting and contemplating how God speaks and works in my life. A few thoughts that stood out from this New Testament story found in Acts 8:26-40:

God spoke to Philip with clear instructions to follow.
He was told to go out into desert territory alone.
He obeyed without questioning or stalling with the “what if’s.”
The Holy Spirit continued to speak and direct Philip.
In the middle of nowhere Philip shared the message of Christ.
He was bold in sharing the gospel message.
Philip and the Ethiopian official traveled together on the desert road.
With the time spent together Philip taught the Ethiopian about Christ.
In the desert they came upon water and the eunuch was baptized.
Then God simply took Philip out of this relationship.
What was shared left the Ethiopian rejoicing in the Lord.

How cool is that…

This is a great illustration on how to share the gospel message!

Definitely this whole event was a divine appointment. Totally arranged by God and providentially every detail was worked out through His Spirit.

The questions I have been asking myself are:

Have I been listening to God when He is speaking to me? Would I be willing to go out into a lonely dusty place not knowing why I was going? Would I be willing to go without questioning or asking all the “what if’s” that would enter my mind? Would I be willing to share my faith with an official from another country or even one from my own country? (The last reflection is my fear!)

Through Philips obedience, God was able to draw the Ethiopian close to His heart revealing truth concerning His word. God’s way of leading others towards Himself is not difficult when His Spirit is leading.

My heart prayer is that when God speaks to me I will listen and obey and I will not enter the “what if’s” or the "fear" that will certainly come. I pray, I will walk in confidence that God is always directing, and I will speak with boldness to others no matter who they are, all in the name of Jesus.

How has God been speaking to you? What opportunities to share the message of Christ have you missed, because of your hesitation or questioning? Do you believe God is in control of all situations you might find yourself in when I am following His Spirit?

Check out the prayer on feeding a hungry soul.

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hidden Places

Father,


I long to come out and dance

but I have forgotten how.


All I know in this moment

is how to hide

under waves

of must do’s,


one is completed,

another arrives,

luring my soul

farther away

from your presence.


Will you hear my faint whispers

that are hard to voice

from hidden places

under deep covers of activity?


My soul longs for silence.

My soul longs to be heard.


Teach me how to let go

of lists that bind.


Teach my soul God

how to dance again with you

in silence and solitude


even when demands of life are present.


With Love

Robin


P.S Blogger has decided this is the way the words are going to be arranged!



I am not sure why but for the last few weeks AVG has not let me view others blogs. My time is limited on the internet and with the slow connection I have been getting frustrated. I am sorry for not commenting on others blogs...I will try and figure out my dilemma.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Curious Ones


These little one's were born two days before my grandson on June 27, 2009.

My husband and I have not had pets in over fifteen years, but some how these little ones caught our hearts. We took the leap of faith, and adopted them. They are curious about everything! Over the last week they have brought joy into my home, and lots of scratches.

A quote to ponder by Ruth Haley Barton: "In solitude we must stop believing our own press."

Love Robin

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Spiritual Sunday -- “I Will” not be Afraid!


Last week, after I posted the “I will” statements from Psalm 118, an online friend (Yvette) suggested that each of the statements would make interesting devotionals. For Spiritual Sunday this week and the next several weeks, I will post a few thoughts on each of the “I will” proclamations from this Psalm.

Psalm 118 is an interesting Psalm to mediate upon. As you read through it is apparent that an individual worshiper is coming before God in prayer representing the people of Israel. All of Israel had experienced God’s goodness and magnificent display’s of His unconditional love that was constantly sustaining them.

Originally the worship leader would have been a king or priest, but today anyone can come before God reciting His acts of goodness and mercy before God’s people. God desires that we bless him with our heart felt responses of gratitude through our prayers.

The Psalmist knew that no matter what they were facing in life God was always with them. Today, God through his Holy Spirit brings comfort to us in the midst of hardship, and as he did with Israel he will give us the right perspective for the future.

When we live in obedience to God’s will and commands the “I will” statements will come easily. In the midst of difficult circumstances we need to remember God is with us, and we do not have to be afraid. As the Psalmist reminds us if God is with us what can man do to us?

How has God’s goodness and mercy been shown to you personally this week? Will you share your experience with others?

Father God, thank you for your love that endures forever, and for sending your son to walk among us, Immanuel, “God with us.” In whatever circumstances we might be in today, let us remember that you are with us and will give us the right perspective for the future.

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

In Christ


The month of September is extremely full concerning ministry. Tuesday mornings I lead the devotional time over at Caleb Manor (a seniors retirement home.) I have made a commitment to write my own devotionals this next year, which takes hours of study and writing.

There is a Fall BBQ on Saturday, a Fall conference for seniors on September 24, other groups beginning within this ministry, which require numerous meetings. And these are not really what I am called to do! My main ministry is to visit and care for the seniors within my church.

I woke up early today having onerous thoughts rush through my mind that I was not going to make it. Then before these burdensome thoughts of defeat could take root thoughts of who I am in Christ covered the negative. Absolutely amazing!

In Christ I am able.

In Christ I have victory.

In Christ I am free.

In Christ I am connected to heaven.

In Christ I can stand firm.

In Christ my joy is complete.

What I find interesting is how these statements flowed over the negative thoughts before they could cause me to enter an extreme panic attack. With being in God's word daily and prayer I had the power of Christ ready to help me stand firm in truth.

How has scripture helped you to overcome the negative self-talk that comes quickly to bring defeat?

Father thank you for your word that is powerful and able to break all negativity that enters our heart, mind, and soul enabling us to abide in Love. To abide fully in Christ. In Jesus name we have the power to stand free! Amen.

With love Robin

Note: I took the picture above yesterday as my husband and walked through a local civic garden. The beginning of fall is my favorite time of year.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The six "I will" statements from Psalm 118



1. vs 6 "I will not be afraid."

2. vs 7 "I will look in triumph on my enemies."

3. vs 17 "I will not die but live."

4. vs 17 "I will proclaim what the Lord has done."

5. vs 19 "I will enter and give thanks to the Lord."

6. vs 21 "I will give Him thanks."

When a spiritual battle is raging around us, we need to remember who is with us. We need to keep our eyes focused on Christ. God is always with us, he is our helper when conflict and spiritual warfare is upon us. When we are steadfast in our faith, and focused completely on Jesus we will be able to say as the Psalmist has written, "I will..."

In the name of the Lord, we will have victory over our enemies in this world, as we remember to say "I will..."

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Speak to us--Spiritual Sunday



This week the staff at my church gathered for a two-day fall retreat. It was rejuvenating for my soul and the worship was wonderful. It is amazing when we seek God’s presence together through prayer and song. Our worship pastor open the worship time with a new song, Speak to us, it was beautiful.

I would like to share the lyrics with you for this Spiritual Sunday post. I am sorry that I could not find the song on-line to share the audio with you. The words written speak cries of the heart for each of us identify with. Following the worship song, are a few thoughts from Scripture on hearing from God.

Speak to us

What do you want from our lives? We need to know
O Lord, speak to us
Where would you want us to go for your glory?
O Lord, speak to us

For the lost and lonely people we meet each day
O Lord, speak to us
Give us the words to say, and help us listen
O Lord, speak to us

We hear the sounds of a thousands voices
The world calling our name
Remind us that you came to redeem us
O Lord, speak to us

So when we kneel before you to seek your will
O Lord, speak to us
And make our hearts still—in your presence
O Lord, speak to us

What do you want from our lives? We need to know
O Lord, speak to us
Where would you have us go for your glory?
O Lord, speak to us
O Lord, speak to us

For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it. (Job 33:13)

The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. (Psalm 50:1)

"Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God. (Psalm 50:7)

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kingdom Dream Keepers

After supper tonight, I crashed! I usually do not come home from work tried, but today from having an all day staff retreat, the release from having a paper to write, and being free for the next seven weeks, I fell asleep. It was good for my soul!

I sent my last paper off yesterday to my professor. I am posting a few thoughts from my paper titled, Ethical Issues Concerning Privacy in Care Homes. One is a quote, and the other is a short thought from a book I am currently reading.

I enjoy comments!

“Our society must make it right and possible
for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them,
for the test of civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”

Pearl Buck, My Several Worlds

"God calls his people to be keepers of the kingdom," as Albert Haase writes in his book, “Living the Lord’s Prayer.” To be a keeper of the kingdom, we need to be people who keep the dream of God alive even when memories are slipping into hidden places of the mind.

As a minister of the Gospel it is my call/ministry to remind those to whom I minister, about the love God. Kingdom keepers pray the kingdom of God to come, into places like care homes, and as they enter they are to plant seeds of peace, love, and justice.

God’s people are called to be constantly aware of his love, loving others no matter what situation they are in or lifestyle they choose, and they are to be totally surrendered to the present, walking in peace and love.

These are characteristics of kingdom dream keepers. One more thing...I really like the thought of being a kingdom dream keeper! I need to write more on this topic.

Pax Robin

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Overdrive or Simiplicity


“They swarmed around me like bees,
but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off.”
Psalm 118:12

Today in our world daily life seems to be on overdrive. I am sure almost everyone who reads this post will totally agree and understand. When I decided to take up Cliff’s invitation to add a short devotional to Spiritual Sundays, I did not consider it would cause me to enter into another spiritual warfare with a swarm of bees. I seem to enter this place often! I know, I am still learning how to say, "No."

Life a few days ago was full, but manageable. However, today numerous pulls of busyness came at me like a swarm of nettlesome bees. What I need to remember is to remain in Christ when the bees of spiritual warfare surround me.

Spending time in God’s word and prayer is a daily commitment I must keep for health and peace. By being constant in my spiritual life and focused on Christ, I am able to still and silence the daily demands that bring arduous thoughts of confusion to my mind and anxious fear to my heart. Simplicity has been a goal this summer and I am learning to enter it, moment by moment.

When overdrive takes rule in my life, my focus needs to be: "Remain in Christ." A promise Jesus spoke forth in John 15:4 that I have claimed: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” Also, the writer from Psalm 118 reminds us that in the name of Christ we have the authority to silence all of the bees in this world. When I remain focused on Christ it is easier to say, "No."

What are the bees (demands) in your life that are taking away your focus on Christ and sending you into a life that is on overdrive? Will you choose today simplicity in Christ or overdrive with the bees?

Father, thank you that when I remain in your word, and seek your direction through prayer I am able to silence the anxious feelings and thoughts that swarm around me from the numerous demands in my life. Thank for teaching me to remain in Christ no matter what may come my way in a day. Jesus it is in your name we pray. Amen.

Thank you Cliff and Charlotte
for the invitation to write a spiritual thought for Sunday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

We Belong to You



Lately, I have been trying not to post others words, however, today I changed my mind!

I was longing to enter into worship and to know my God in a deeper way. The first thought I had was to go and listen to music at Spirit and Song. In my journey of listening to various worship songs, I found this song "We Belong to You" by Trevor Thompson.

I must say this song pours forth my heart desire: That as a community of people who follow Christ we will awake each day saying, "Lord God, Father in Heaven, we/I belong to you." These words are going into my journal.

I have attached the link please do listen and perhaps as I did you will join in and sing letting these words become your own.

We Belong to You
Lyrics

Refrain
We belong to you, O Lord of our longing,
We belong to you.
In our daily living, dying and rising
We belong to you.

1. In the waters of your mercy,
When the old becomes the new,
Souls united in the myst'ry:
We belong to you.

2. Filled with gifts and filled with goodness,
Spirit breathing life into
All who seek to find their purpose:
We belong to you.

3. When we share the bread you’ve broken
With the many and the few,
We are blessed and we are broken;
We belong to you.

4. We are called to share your word, Lord,
In all we say and all we do.
As our journey moves us onward,
We belong to you.

Love to all
Robin

Monday, August 17, 2009

Rainbow

I am not sure if I prefer a rainy summer or a summer of drought. This year on/in the Northern Prairies rain has been abundantly released! It has rained non-stop for the last three days, craziness.

The bonus:

My flowers are huge! However, because of the wet weather they are just starting to bloom and it is August.


And there has been some amazing declarations of God's goodness towards us displayed in the heavens. Following are a few pictures (which are not the greatest, but will show the awesomeness of God's greatness) and verses on what God's word has to say about rainbows:

Genesis 9:13--"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth."

Genesis 9:16--"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

Ezekiel 1:28--"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking."

Revelation 4:3--"And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne."

Revelation 10:1--"Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars."

I am back from my week at the lake, which was incredible! My husband and I have been married 27 years, and this is the first time we had no children with us, or a mission. All we had to do was enjoy the sun, which by the way lasted right until we came home on Friday.

We were truly blessed by the warm weather, finding rest in God, and being in each others company.

I now enter fall mode...and summer still has not fully arrived on the Prairies...go figure!

With Love
Robin

P.S. Life without internet is/was wonderful!

However, unlike the television it won't be a habit I can forget or get rid of completely. Moderation is the key!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Choices


Over the last three years, my youngest son has been contemplating enlisting into the Royal Canadian Army. He is now twenty, and decided this summer it was time. We just received a call today that he will be starting his training at the end of September. This means he will be going to Ontario and leaving home for about three years.

As a mom, I am trying to be brave (not showing to much emotion) and encouraging (not saying to much concerning how I really feel.) My husband is being strong and encouraging with his counsel. It is terribly hard sometimes to let your children make choices for their lives that are contrary to what you want for them. I believe, God is in control of my son's life, and this decision will be for God's glory.

One more thought in closing: Over the last few years I have felt a need to either write prayers in a book to share with others or to start a prayer blog. I am not alone in this heart passion. I personally had kept a hard prayer journal for 12 years. I have added a link to my new blog dedicated to prayer and God's word (Feeding a Hungry Soul.) On that site there are other links to friends blogs who have a similar heart call. If you have a prayer blog please let me know and I will add it to the link.

Love Robin


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Whale or Mermaid



I have never posted one of those emails that come from friends into my in box, but this one is too good to not post. I do not know who wrote it, but they must have been middle aged. I am not a mermaid and never will be, so I will be happy being a whale! The world does have a pull that tells us to be loved we need to be skinny. NOT! My God and my husband love me just the way I am. If I do become slimmer it will be for health not for image.

I have been blessed with many wonderful experiences in life, and I am grateful for each one. Tonight, I visited my now five week old grandson, he is beautiful and a treasure! With his birth I have a new weekly appointment, my goal is to visit him weekly.

I would enjoy reading comments.



Recently, in large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It read:

THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?

A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern;

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life; they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don't have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me; I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, “Good gosh, look how smart I am.”

Monday, August 03, 2009

A Brain Vacation


July was an extremely crazy, out of control month in my world. With the arrival of a new grandbaby, company, visiting patients in the hospital, deadlines both at work, and academically, I hit a period of needing to pull back. I was asked in a comment last week, “Where are you.” Well, I was hiding. Thank you Sojourner for asking.

My brain decided to take a holiday from the numerous stressors that had build up before, and within the month of July. With this vacation of the brain, the creative process that I needed to write on the blog went completely on hold. Even reading has been an interesting experience, I just could not comprehend what I was trying to understand. Try reading a 600 page Theological book when you are in this place of numbness. I told my husband yesterday, my brain just does not want to click into motion to catch the creative sparrows that flutter around within my mind.

Yesterday, while writing I felt like the imaginative thoughts were flying so fast, yet I just could not catch them to make sense of what needed to be written. With my brain vacation experience, I had the chance to reevaluate what is important and what things need to be completed or released in my life.

I have come to one conclusion: Christ needs to come first, which means more time in God’s word and prayer. If I am feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities, I than need to remember this is a signal it is time to reevaluate my commitments. In the fall, all new ministries and responsibilities will need to be in alignment with bringing balance (time with Christ) not craziness. Changes are coming to my fall schedule.

Blogging for me has been a joy, and brings balance. It is wonderful to meet people from all over the world and to touch others by sharing our life journeys. I am here, just quiet and learning by spending more time at the feet of Jesus. Simplicity is my desire.

I have been writing three daily hard copy pages in my journal, so there are great thoughts to go back to when the time is right. Oh, I need to say that some pages are full with, "How will I ever write three pages?" or "God help me, I have nothing to write."

I will be slow at writing on the blog over the next few weeks, I am still completing over due papers, then Murray and I will be going north to hide from all responsibilities for a week. We both need to turn off the noise.

I have a confession: I seem to be addicted to the craziness of life, and making life simpler is not easy.

Has your life felt overwhelming with responsibilities? How have you taken a break this summer and in what ways are you making life simpler?

Heart Prayer: Jesus you call us to come, follow you, and to experience life the way you desire for us to live. For each person who is reading this post help them to draw near to you and to experience rest for their soul by spending time with you. Thank you that your way is easy and light. Reveal to us what needs to be completed or released from our life. Thank you for these thoughts and the ability to write them down. Jesus I love you and in your name I pray. Amen.

Matthew 11:28
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Love to all, Robin

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Life is a Gift


It is now 5:30 a.m. I have been up for an hour. I believe the reason could be the change of life thing kicking in, I am sure! My solution was not to waste an hour laying in bed, but to write. Here is my unedited poem from an early morning attempt to pen some poetry, and pray, until sleep arrives taking me back to bed.

Life is a gift
or so I have heard it said
yet often like other gifts
it is disregarded,
taken for granted, abused,
not embraced or cherished.

Each life is unique,
full of colors and textures,
to create a beautiful portrait
that fits into a larger frame
marked by grace.

When pictures fall
or fade away
into darkness
colors are washed away
and textures
become broken and dull

only loves
unconditional color
can bring back light
to reveal a present
worth a second chance
to open and explore
numerous new possibilities.

Life is a gift
to hold,
and explore
questions to ask are:
how has your portrait been painted?
who has painted it?
what color is your world?

Pax
Robin
(who is now going back to bed!)
I guess the poem was ready to be birth.

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Winds are Blowing


A dream or rather a desire I have had for years, since 1999 to be exact, was to go to Kansas City and visited the 24/7 House of Prayer. Over the last ten years numerous 24/7 houses of prayer have appeared around the world. I still have not had an opportunity to be part of 24/7 prayer room. On Tuesday July 7, 2009, the WindFarm Prayer Room was launched. I now can participate in a 24/7 prayer room whenever I am able. I do not need to leave my home to pray with community, and the bonus, I can listen while at my office or out on my deck.

Brian Hardin from the Daily Audio Bible, had a vision for the DAB community coming together in prayer, his vision has come to fruition. And as he mentions often it is only going to grown from here. I have been listening to the WindFarm Radio for several weeks. It is amazing to hear worship music, mixed with prayers prayed by listeners for the DAB community and heart prayers for the world.

If you have not checked out the DAB (Daily Audio Bible) community or the WindFarm Prayer Room they both are worth checking out. You can also listen to Brian read the Daily Audio Proverb.

I believe God is raising up an army of prayer warriors just for a time like this!

If you have been listening the Daily Audio Bible or the Windfarm Radio, it would be great to hear how your life has changed by listening. For myself, I am more constant in my listening/reading of God's word, first by listening to Brian, and then my own study. The WindFarm has added a whole new dimension to my prayer life. It is powerful. I feel like I am part of something BIG. Listening to the DAB and the WindFarm adds power to my own prayer life.

Oh, if you listen to the WindFarm, you might just hear me (Robin from Saskatchewan) lead in prayer! A few funny stories from this journey to date: On Sunday as I was preparing my heart to lead my own church in community prayer, I was listening to the WindFarm. As I was praying, my prayer came over the station, how cool is that! On Tuesday, after the launching of the WindFarm, a friend mentioned that she heard my prayer. If you are inspired by the Holy Spirit, you too can lead the world in prayer. Brian has all the information on the DAB community website.

God is calling us to a deeper relationship with him through prayer. His Spirit is moving around the world, calling His people to prayer. New winds are blowing.

Love to All,
Robin

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Transforming Hearts


Yesterday (June 29) at 9:21 p.m. I became a grandmother to a little chap (6lbs-12oz) who's name is Damian Edward. Life is such a wonderful and amazing gift. Mom and baby had a hard time through delivery, and now my son is recovering from stress, and mom and baby are fine.

My assignment from God as grandma to Damian, is found in Psalm 78:4.

"Telling to the generation to come the praises of Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works He has done."
Two weeks ago, I started a prayer journal for Damian. Through this process what I have learned is: Interceding on the behalf another lines up my heart with an unconditional love that comes only from Jesus.

I found two interesting thoughts for today that moved my heart completely, which I would like to share. The first one made me sob from the depths of my soul (I believe because I am a grandma.) The second one I am in total agreement with, and just finished writing a paper on a similar topic.

Get out the Kleenex before you watch this video, titled 99 Balloons. I pray God will help me to be positive through my own tough stuff, with a grateful heart no matter what the situation.

As for your heart, the post 5 Stipulations: What It Takes to Be a Bible Student, on Fallen and Flawed, by Demain Farnworth (Managing Editor for Joyce Meyer Ministries) is worth reading. What stood out as I read is that life is not about what we do it is all about what Christ has done for us.

I just finished writing a paper on the transformation of Christ likeness in the church. The article on Fallen and Flawed is right on. We can not change ourselves. Change only comes by faith in the work of Christ on the cross, and God's grace given by His Spirit bringing forth transformation of the heart. It does not take place by what we do, but what Christ has done.

When you read God's word are you building up only knowledge, or is it transforming your heart to be more Christ like?

Pax Robin

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Prayer Rumination

Over on my other blog for seniors in my church, titled Emmanuel's Senior Journal, I have been trying to dedicated Thursday's as a day to post a prayer thought, or prayer concerns for the week.

I have titled this regular post, "Thursday Prayer Rumination." This week, my heart has been heavy as I have mentioned earlier today for seniors who are going through life changes. If you are interested check out the blog, another post to check out on that blog is Robin leading a morning "Wake up, Shake up" at the adult retreat (totally hilarious.)

Pax Robin

In His Presence

Over the last week my heart has been extremely heavy for all the seniors in my church who are ill, going through change, and who are battling cancer. Also my heart is heavy for my four children and their mates who are not following Christ, and the papers I am still finishing.

The burdens were way to heavy yesterday, so I decided to drive out to my favorite hiding place. About 11km outside of my city there is a prayer wall, prayer path, and prayer labyrinth.

I usually go out to walk the prayer labyrinth, but yesterday I did not get past the prayer wall. I just sat and reflected on the heaviness within my heart for all who are dear to me. I was there for about three hours.

Communication with God when the heaviness is too much to carry is like a body message for the soul.

Jesus to you I pray

Your beams of love fall around
Even when I can not see

Hold each burden
Hear each prayer
Help my soul to release

Knowing deep within
you hear my prayers.


I am a person who loves symbols. The rocks were great for holding, reflecting upon, and for releasing the ache. I had my Holy Spirit journal with me, a camera, a cup of Tim's coffee, and the presence of God was all around healing my soul. If I had a blanket with me, I probably would have gone to sleep under the trees. No not just probably I would have!

"Bling" as I called it yesterday is invisible yet always present, and constantly being poured out from above.

In what ways have you experienced God's presence in your life today? Are there needs in your life that need to be bought before God in prayer? When was the last time you had a good deep conversation with God?

Psalm 61:1-4
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Selah

Now I am crying. God is good.

Pax Robin

P.S. I am thankful for the camera Murray gave me last month. I can bring my journey's back home with me to share with others.