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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dreamer



A simple photo, a few online tools, a bit of creativity, and I made my own poster. How cool is that! The quote is completely mine. "Yeah for me." However, my butterflies are not moving, I will need to work on making them bling.

Pax Robin

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I AM - Mark Schultz

For Jennifer

Jennifer I had never heard this song before, thanks for asking if I had.

with love
Robin




Monday, June 22, 2009

I AM


“The Seven ‘I Am’ Statements”

I am the bread of life (Jn. 6:35,38)

I am the light of the world (Jn. 8:12, 9:5).

I am the door (Jn. 10:7,9).

I am the good shepherd (Jn. 10:11,14).

I am the resurrection and life (Jn. 11:25).

I am the way, truth and life (Jn. 14:6).

"I Am The True Vine" (Jn.15:1).


Today, I needed to remember who Jesus says He is.

Love Robin



Sunday, June 21, 2009

Entering In


It is late, and as usual this is my favorite time to write. Last week I shared with you a video of my husband catching his first fish of the season. We have been trying to spend time with each other throughout our week. I enjoy joining him in what he likes to do, even if I do not fish! I usually read or write or sleep, last week I took a video. I simply like being in his presence.

Yesterday, Murray surprised me by doing something I enjoy. Near our city, close to the South Saskatchewan river is a barn that has been turned into an eatery, with green houses, and a Saskatoon berry orchard. The Berry Barn has a unique menu, which includes the famous Saskatoon berry pie.

Murray had never been there, we both had a simple supper, which was mushroom soup in a bread bowl. Followed with a berry dessert: My choice was cheesecake with Saskatoon berries, his was a berry surprise crumble. It is great when we can choose to be part of what another enjoys without complaining.

Last week during a staff planning time at my church, it was decided that as a group we would do a group activity each month over the next year. In the fall, as a group we will go to a spa for a pedicure, and we will go paint balling. I believe it is courageous of the men on staff to join the women in some pampering, and the women to get bold and learn to be shot with color.

What a great way to build community! It is amazing how we can become intimate (real) with others by enjoying what they enjoy. It is vital to our marriages, and to our communities to get involved in what others embrace as fun and enjoyment.

In what ways have you been challenged by trying something new that another person enjoys, without complaining? Where in your life have you entered into another persons life by just being there?


This picture was taken out at the Berry Barn, and it was perfect for this post! As I was walking through the green house I noticed this copper couple, the herbs where in front so I moved them out of the way, and the sun was directly upon them casting love on them. At the time I thought it was silly to take a picture of this copper couple! I am thankful I was brave and moved the herbs finding this treasure.

Love joins us together as we share our life with another.


Love from Robin

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Open Wide Your Heart


I really do not have time to write on my blog today, but writing is important and so is the blogging community in which I belong. Over the last few month’s I have been slowly going through Henri Nouwen’s book, Home Tonight, this book is a guide to finding our spiritual home in Christ.

In the third chapter, a quote from Oriah’s book, The Invitation, inspired me to write. Her genre or label is under spiritual teachings, which could mean anything that goes (new age), but from a Christian view point her poem touched my heart and has lead me into deep reflection of what I ache for in my life.
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
Oriah

I have the same convictions in my daily life when I am around people. I long to hear what they are passionate about, what they long for in their life, and what core ache goes unmet. When I am visiting my friends who are retired the topic of what they did for a living rarely enters the conversation. When I talk with people from my own generation usually the first thing that is asked in conversation is what do I do for a living, I cringe every time. What we do for living is not who we are at the core of our being.

My own ache is to know Jesus more intimately, to know the impulses of His love to the core of my soul. I desire to love like He loved, and to follow closely in his ways. Another longing I have is to communicate well God’s love through the written word, and speaking. Out of my ache comes forth what I do for a living.

What are you passionate about? What ache goes unmet in your life? What are you doing right now in your life to fulfilling the ache in your heart? Are you following what the Holy Spirit is saying to Your heart?

In closing, today I was reading from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, it is worth reading through from the beginning to the end. Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians that now is the time of God’s favor and help, and all the hardships he had endured and blessings he embraced. What stood out is in verses 11-13, concerning how Paul spoke to the Corinthians about their hard and closed hearts towards the gospel message and God's love.

We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

Are you willing to open wide your heart to what God desires for your life?

I have titled the above picture "Dreamer." The picture was take at the Butchart Gardens, Victora, BC. The bronze horse is named Annabelle, she greets all who will enter the new Children's Pavilion, read more on the Butchart Garden website. This garden was not open when I was there, but Annabelle brings out the child-like dreamer within me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

First Fish of the Season and out of Rhythm!

video

Over the last few weeks my life has been rather full. On Saturday, my husband Murray and I finally had an afternoon alone, the result was we went fishing. After the long cold spring, it was refreshing to have a warm sunny day in Saskatchewan with no wind. The video I am posting makes me laugh, I sound goofy, but I am going to share the adventure anyway.

After Murray caught the first fish of the season, he caught one more, then the motor on our boat decided not start. Our next option was we had to row back to the fishing dock. I have never paddled/rowed the boat with my husband, and we were completely out of rhythm with each other. He told me he was totally embarrassed of how he paddled one way and I another, and that I seemed to be totally oblivious to it all. I was.

Well, all that work for two small fish. When we arrived at the dock we ended up giving our catch away to a elderly lady who was happy to receive the gift. I did enjoy the beauty and peace that surrounded us, even if I couldn't row a boat.

How can you be married for 27 years, and not be in rhythm with your partner? I believe we need to start rowing our boat together more! I am serious.

If you have a fishing tale to tell I would love to hear it!

Blessings,
Robin