When the angel first appears to Mary her first reaction is not joy! In fact, one version of the account in Luke says she was “greatly troubled” and another says she was “thoroughly shaken.”
The angel has to reassure her and tell her “not to be afraid.”
In fact, the reaction from Mary followed this pattern: fear, questions, and then acceptance.
Continue reading “In the Waiting: Find strength in joy”
The birth of Jesus is not the end of the story. Yes, it is the advent, the arrival that we celebrate at Christmas. But this baby still had to live, he had to grow and learn, he had to start his ministry, he had to gather his disciples, he had to teach, he had to suffer and he had to die.
And there was persecution and challenges right from the start. The second chapter of Matthew details the jealous vendetta of King Herod against this newborn child.
Continue reading “In the Waiting: Hold on to Hope”
My eldest has a new turn of phrase that she loves to use, “life hack.”
My week can often be about the things I need to get done, and there are days when I don’t get a chance to do some of the things I would love to do, like read, write, and listen to podcasts.
I have been mulling over this phrase life hack, and I realised I have some life hacks of my own that I use to snatch time in my week. Continue reading “Three life hacks I use to snatch time in my week”
As another day dawns
way too early
with bouncy kids
and too little sleep.
You’re doing just fine mumma.
Continue reading “You’re doing just fine mumma”
We are heading into the latter part of the year which contains end of year functions, Christmas, and other attendant busyness that the last few months of 2018 will bring. The end of the year can be dominated by getting things done, but it is also important to focus on the little moments that bring light and laughter into our lives.
In the spirit of focusing on finding joy in the ordinary, I thought I start a new blog series for this new season. And it is based on this quote:
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
Kurt Vonnegut Junior
Continue reading “Five things giving me ordinary joy this Friday”
We had our air conditioner fixed recently. The next day I received a feedback survey by email. The job wasn’t finished, we needed parts. But still the survey came through.
The next day I went to a local store. They scanned my loyalty card and before I knew it I received another survey request.
Continue reading “ordinary joy”