Greatest day in history!

It’s Easter, it’s a holiday but more important is the reason behind it.  Jesus died; for you, for me and all humanity. He died with sin on His shoulders. Our sin. He suffered and bled in our place and He rose again. He left in His place the greatest companion, a comforter and friend.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the eggs, chocolate, chicks and bunnies.

I know it might not be your “thing” but even if it isn’t have listen to the song below. And if it is your thing take time to marvel at His greatness and mercy.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope it’s a good one full of love, family and chocolate!

Tuesday truth…more capable than?

I don’t know about you but when I think about my children one of the first things I think of is how much potential they have (I know I might be biased but I don’t think so!). There is no limit to what they can do with their lives. Every day I’m amazing at some new skill they’re just learned and how quickly they pick up new things.

I think about what I can show/teach them next, what area’s I want to encouraging them in and what lesson’s I would like to organise for them to take part in to gain new skills.

I have total confidence in their ability to try to practice and then master new skills.  Why then don’t I have that same confidence in myself in trying and practicing and mastering new skills.  When did I stop learning and trying new things.  When did I stop encouraging ourselves to go out and start something new. When did we/I start putting myself at the bottom of the list when it comes to doing extra curricular lessons or activities and finding time to try new things!

For me it was having kids and the chaos and lack of time that goes with it, I think it is for a lot of people.

There are so many new things I have found myself capable of doing in the last year.  From getting out the sewing machine and actually using it, to starting a blog, to doing a talk, making some hand-made Christmas trinkets and somehow managing to wrangle 3 young kids into some sort of routine and life!

Looking back over the past year has made me realise how much more capable I am than I thought. It makes me want to go out and try new things and pick up some old things that I dropped years ago!

The truth I’ve realised this week is that God sees all the potential within us and knows we are capable of great things.  That He wants us to go out and try new things and step out in confidence.

Life is so much more exciting when we take chances! Sometimes the chances pay off and we actually succeed.  But the fun’s in the trying and finding out!

What chances are you wanting to take… new things, old things or just random things I’d love to hear about them!!

blessed to blessings

Being rudely awoken at about 4:30am this morning by a silly little girl falling out of her bed. On getting back into bed I took a while to fall back to sleep.

Lying there I getting a bit annoyed at having been up for the second time that night and I was once again struck by how lucky I am to be woken up at night.  How blessed am I to have children to be woken up by – as unhappy about it as I may be!

We are so hugely blessed in SOOOO many ways! So many of us are when we really think about it.

Later that afternoon when browsing through Facebook someones status was “To be a blessing we need to know that we’re blessed ourselves”. It’s so true it’s when we contemplate the many gifts that God has given us we feel compelled to pass them on.  It may be money, a beautiful big house, a talent, car, business etc.

So often I find myself focusing on what I want to be blessed with and not what has already been given to me.

As the saying goes lets “count our blessings”!! And then lets multiply those blessings by using them to bless others. It’s kinda like the moving ‘Pass it forward’.  Lets start a revolution of blessings, a culture of blessing.  Lets teach our children the way to bless others.

Who has any clever ideas of ways to bless others.

What a full day

So yesterday was a bit of a hectic day! A lovely day but a hectic day!

We started off having a cuppa with some lovely friends – which in itself is a bit hectic with 10 children belonging to 4 mom’s and a gate crasher dad! It was just a great time catching up with some beautiful friends and some lovely special news!

Off home we trundled for lunch and nap time which didn’t really happen as the kids had naps in the car on the way home instead – boo to no time off for me! Oh well! Martin who is currently on 2 weeks of leave at the moment organised to play a game or 2 or 3 of top golf. At about this time our neighbour asked if she could take me up on my offer to look after her 4 and 3-year-old for a couple of hours whilst they finish some decorating.

So off went my husband and in came 2 more children, I decided to borrow a friends 9-year-old for some moral support and to try even out the numbers!

Got to love 9-year-old baby sitters – obstacle courses made, trampoline games organised, paper airplane races run and picture drawing supervised! I really think I should get me one of these!

Next granny and paul arrived with dinner in anticipation of some baby sitting! Next Aunty Lee Lee and Dave arrived for dinner with load of lovely pressies from her South African trip over the summer holidays!

Some gorgeous dinner was consumed (cottage pie, stuffed marrows, cauliflower cheese, sweet potatoes, spinach and peppers – WOW) – thanks Paul!

Then it was time to put 2 little ones to bed before we hurried out the door for life group!

And this is the point of the whole post… I got to life group and started explaining how hectic my day had felt. But during the course of the evening in just spending time with God, I started to think of how lucky I was.

My day wasn’t hectic, it was FULL. Full of friends and family and beautiful children and great food. How blessed am I to be able to fill my day with these special moments and times.

I’m going to choose to think of my day this way as FULL and NOT hectic.

How about you?

Challenge for the week…Pray

Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with the text. I would make an absolute law of this — always obey such impulse.      Martyn Lloyd-Jones

If we all did this all the time what would happen, how different would our lives be and our impact on other be!

As much as I wish I had hours to spend doing this it generally happens in short little one line bursts! I wish I had the discipline to “pray constantly or pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17, for now though I will pray as often as I can, an pray for discipline to pray more!

So take your opportunities where you can, a CD in the car, a verse on the toilet door or just a one liner when the Spirit prompts you! Prayer can change lives! It can change mine, and it can change yours so lets see what God has in store for us when we learn to obey His prompting and impulse!

Here’s my challenge, what’s yours?