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@RichardDawkins

I’m always on the lookout for new people to follow on twitter and quite regularly pop over to their page of suggested people for me to follow.  Today I was rather surprised to find @RichardDawkins suggested on the list.

I have nothing against Mr. Dawkins.  We’re all entitled to our own opinions and views on the world and the fact that Twitter thought I should follow him interested me enough to make me click over to his site.  As I was reading through a few articles and statements there was one thought that continually struck me…

Athiests seem to spend a lot of time talking about a God they state doesn’t exist and discussing religions they don’t believe in.

It’s a little weird, right?

On top of this they seem to have created organizations where they discuss and affirm one another in their own beliefs.  Kind of a hold each other up scenario if you will.  Sounds an awful lot like church to me.

As the saying goes, no matter how things change they remain the same…

Random Ramblings…

I’ve been drafted for duty and am now working on Easter Sunday.  This looks to be a rather busy week.  Still not exactly sure what I’m going to say but I would bet it will have something to do with the Resurrection.  Seems fitting.
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Dinosaur Train has taken over my life.  I read books about dinosaurs.  I watch an episode daily with my son.  We roar like T-Rexes.  I’m loving it.  I love being the mother of a boy.  This is allowing me to delve into the realm of dinosaurs at my age without anyone {besides you guys of course} knowing my fascination with them.  There are so many more dinosaurs now then when I was young.

Here’s a particularly entertaining song from the series:

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There have been some abstract, vague thoughts floating around in my head about beginning a worship gathering separate from the usual Sunday experience.  I’m not ready to commit yet but I’m thinking about it.  It may never happen but the thoughts are in there.
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Fringe is new tonight.  Watch it.  Love it.  I do.

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What do Words with Friends, blogging, surfing the web, Bejeweled, and Pawn Stars all have in common?  They are perfect tools for procrastinating.  I need to unplug my PVR, disconnect my modem and get to work.  I’m completely undisciplined today.  I’d better get back to work…
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Random Thought Thursday: February 16th Edition

  1. I received a lovely orchid from my husband for Valentine’s Day.  This now means I have two living plants in my home.  This is a momentous occasion.
  2. The CBC Radio App has changed my life.  No longer do I have to drag my little beat up cd/radio player with a broken antenna all over the house trying to find a signal.  Now I can carry my iPad with me and it’s crystal clear radio coverage all day.  I feel like an adult again as I’m able to listen to current events and my favorite show ‘Q’.
  3. My husband is in love with Jeremy Lin.  “Linsanity” has taken over our lives.  It’s kind of like Tim Tebow all over again.  I’ll write more on this later…
  4. Thomas the Tank Engine has taken over my life.  There are stuffed trains, metal trains, wooden trains, colouring books, stickers and more moving in slowly and infiltrating everything.  My son loves him.
  5. I may have given in and joined Pinterest this week.  I’m not obsessed with it but I do look at the boards a little each day and seek inspiration.  I don’t think it will become an addiction and I’m glad about that but I am enjoying it.

Random Thought Thursday: February 9th Edition

  1. I have big plans for this weekend that include applesauce and peanut butter cookies.  Usually this means we relax do almost nothing but a girl can dream!
  2. X. has two teeth left to come in.  Once they arrive I’m throwing a party.  It’s been difficult for X. in the last little while and I look forward to happier days for him.  I hope it happens soon!
  3. I wonder if Gisele’s comments about the Patriots receivers will be the Yoko Ono moment of Tom Brady’s career.  Is it all downhill from here?  Time will tell.  I’m so glad I don’t have people following me around with cameras to catch all the stupid things I say.  Celebrity isn’t a good thing all the time.
  4. I haven’t gotten into Pinterest.  Everyone else seems to love it and spend loads of time pinning things.  I’m not really sure if it’s a good idea. Do I need another way to waste time on the internet?  Is it really as good as everyone says?
  5. It’s getting close to Lent.  I’ve got my pancakes lined up and am ready for the pancake party but am trying to figure out what to do for Lent itself. Should I have a blog meditation series? Should we do the Daniel fast then? Should I pick a book and read it?  I want to do something to prepare for Easter and am just tossing around a few ideas.  If you have any suggestions let me know.  I’d love to hear what you’re doing or would like to do {alone or as a community}

The lonely place

With a determined step I ducked into a side aisle, empty of people and shook my head as my son cried out in frustration at my seeming lack of direction.  I tried to speak with him and assure him that things would get better and we would leave the store soon.  He didn’t have patience and I don’t blame him.  He was tired.  His teething was wearing out his body as sleep and structure had been affected.  The only thing I wanted to do was find one last thing and then we’d leave the store.

My cart heavy with snacks and goodies for the Superbowl was weighing on my mind.  What happens if anyone sees this cart?  What happens if people think this is what I eat?  As I turned that last corner, almost ready to leave it happened.  I ran into someone from a local Church.  Wonderful and kind they wanted to know about my life.  They asked about my son. Then they launched into their story, they wanted me to hear it.  As I stood in the aisle with a squirmy, complaining toddler and a cart full of junk I listened to their testimony.  I heard their story.  And this wasn’t the end.  She wasn’t the only one I would see. There were more people, more stories.  As I worked my way back up to the front of this seemingly endless big box store I found people who wanted to express.  I found people who wanted to engage.

Finding people on a day when you don’t want to be found can be one of the hardest things about ministry.  That day when you can barely hold your temper as like your son you’re tired and you both just want to get home.  Finding people who want to share about their lives, who proudly tell their friend that you ministered to them at some point in their life can be difficult.  Finding these people makes me realize one thing about myself.  I can be extraordinarily selfish.   Instead of wanting to engage, I wanted to run.  Instead of wanting to minister, I wanted to go home and sleep.

I came home feeling guilty.  I came home feeling ashamed.  I came home upset and remembered something important.  Something significant to my situation.  “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” {Luke 5:16 NIV}.  Jesus withdrew.  Jesus recharged.  Jesus took time away.   In the last weeks and months I have not been withdrawing.  I plunge head first into work, life and activities.  I fail to take the time needed to recharge and reconnect.  How can I expect to be able to support others if I don’t take time to get God’s support?  How can I expect to continue going without seeking direction and guidance from the one who got me going in the first place?

Jesus went into the lonely places and prayed.  It’s time for me to find a lonely place.  It’s time for me to meet God once again.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

This year has been an interesting year in blogging for me.  I’ve discovered new recipes, debated theology and practice in our Church and shared some random thoughts with you.   As I wrap up the year I thought I would look at what the most popular posts were to see what people are interested in.  I was rather surprised.  Here are my top 5 posts of 2011:

  1. The 2011 Advent Project
  2. Another Healthy Sunday Dinner
  3. “Are you for us or for our enemies”?
  4. Homemade trail mix
  5. 5 ways to use stewed Rhubarb

It would seem that many of you are interested in healthy eating!  Stay tuned in 2012 for many more recipes, thoughts and discoveries about health and wellness in my life.

I don’t expect too much to change in 2012.  I will still muse about life, faith and food.  I will continue to watch my son grow and change.  I want to enjoy life as much as possible and as you know, I will blog about all of it here.  I look forward to the surprises and challenges that await!

May you be blessed with joy and love throughout the coming year.  Thanks for a great year.  I’ll see you all in 2012!