What Kids Say!

Kids! They really can take you by surprise.

I regularly help out with the Kids Church and love it! They are all adorable – even with the unstoppable questions and the unquenchable energy.

Spending time with them is a learning process. It can be quite challenging trying to talk and retain the attention of a group of 15-20 kids with ages ranging from 4-15.

Seriously, say the Noah’s ark story in an animated manner and the older ones look offended.

“Puhleeze! That is so childish!” is the look I get.

Go the other way and make the story less animated and more conversational so the older ones can discuss the situation, and the younger ones throw you a disgusted look.

“What in the world are you talking about?”

Finding the right balance has been tricky but quite educational and fun. Fun, because, I can never predict what they are going to say next.

I’ve been witness to conversations like:

“Of course I know what Christmas is. That’s the day Jesus was born to Joses and Moses.” – and this with an offended look.

“Auntie S, after talking about Faith can we talk about Amy? I don’t get her at all.” – and this when we were starting a lesson on faith… in God.

Hilarious and yet educational!

Many of these kids and their families are new Christians. All of us volunteering there understand the responsibility resting with us and we wouldn’t give it up for anything. But we are also grateful that we get to have fun and laugh even as we tell these kids of their heavenly Father’s amazing love.

 

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A Klutz and Proud Of It!

“THUD!”

Yeah, don’t bother looking around. That noise you heard was probably me landing on my behind or my knee forcefully meeting a stationary object.

It’s not like I’m a klutz – well, not really. It’s just that when I am in a room full of people, I am so busy looking around and noticing them, I forget to look at where I am going. (At least that’s what I tell those who, after laughing, still have the breath to ask me what happened, and I’m sticking to that story. So there!) 🙂

The incident may have added another bruise but it also got my creative juices flowing. It got me thinking about the times I was so busy with what the world was throwing at me that I took the eye off the goal – Jesus.

Does it feel to you that the world is suddenly resounding with the latest songs, movies, games and TV shows, not that I don’t enjoy them – especially the sci-fi and mystery ones (remind me to talk to you about all the reasons why I like Dr Who, Fringe, Sherlock, etc) – but somehow, if you aren’t careful, they also get you to move your eye away from the Father.

You may still see me walking into lamp posts and tripping over the sidewalk, but I am okay with that as long as my spiritual eye is on my Father and my spiritual walk is a smooth stroll.

The Gardening Experience

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

In the last few months I’ve suddenly found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I have never had the opportunity or time to garden before. I didn’t even know if it was something I liked. I had just moved to a new country and I had to now acclimatize myself to the new flora around me. But, I was in a new place, a new hobby couldn’t hurt, right? Yeah, right! I managed to acquire the seeds to some flowering plants. But when to plant them? Do they require a sunny spot or the shade? Did they like to be drenched or was watering too much harmful? So many questions – but Google and some well-meaning friends came through for me.

It’s been 2 weeks since the planting. My garden now has tiny little plants poking through. That’s 14 days of patiently watering and hoping I wasn’t killing them with my ignorant handling. Ah, the relief, the first time I saw signs of life!

I was suddenly struck by the comparison of sowing in my prayer life. How many times have we prayed over something in our lives – not sure what our Father’s decision will be – but still pushing through? I saw those prayers as seeds we planted – not knowing if those prayers would be answered. But patiently waiting to see the result.

Those seeds in my garden didn’t know me or my worry but they knew their purpose. Similarly, our prayers know their purpose – to rest at the feet of God. And when the time is right, the Lord will give us His answer.

Have you been praying hard for something? Is it time for your harvest or have the seeds only just been sown? Just remember to ‘rejoice always and pray without ceasing,’ – everything is in His safe hands.

 

 

 

Shake up our faith, Lord!

Prayer for Spiritual Revival

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

— Sir Francis Drake (1540 – 1596)

 

I read this poem quite recently and it spoke vehemently to me. How often in the recent past had I asked Him to “disturb me”, to push me out my comfort zone so I would lose all sense of self-worth and rely only on His grace? When did I last revel in my problems knowing that His power was made perfect in that moment of my weakness?

The poem strongly reminds me of the analogy of ‘stepping out of the boat’ that Peter experienced in Matthew 14:29. A moment of ABSOLUTE trust in the Father – where he had no hope of relying on any of his own talents/skills, where Peter was so out of his depth he could do nothing but cling tight to Him as his lifeline.

What bliss to be shaken from our comfort and to see our faith and our very souls stretched under His expert guidance; to know we go beyond anything we could ever have achieved under our own steam. So, ‘Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,/ To venture on wider seas/ Where storms will show your mastery…’

The First Words

Hi, blessed people! How often have you felt like something awesome is just around the corner? You can feel it in your bones – that tingling, that yearning, that indefinable something that gives you the hope you need to face the day. Quite recently, I’ve been on my toes looking for that miracle to turn the corner. But, meanwhile, I write.

It was suggested that I write as I wait for His plans for me to come to fruition, but the question rises again and again, rearing its ugly head, what do I write about? I have thoughts rattling around in my head like snakes, hissing angrily at being captured or disturbed. But what do I do? I have no way of pulling them out and making sense of them. Can you imagine the pain and the fuss involved in pulling out a snake from a drain and making it uncoil and remain still long enough to understand or learn about it? (Okay, why you would want to do something as weird as that is beyond me but as comparisons go, this works.) That’s how complicated this process is.

And yet, I write. I start my process here. As I start to make sense of His plans for me, I write the first words in faith – My Lord’s Will Be Done.