Monday, November 30, 2009

Dear God

I was in the mood for a movie last night and found one titled ‘Dear God’. Now I was not sure of what to make of the information provided for the movie, but I did decide to watch it for about twenty minutes. At the end of the movie I was left with two questions. Can God use ordinary people to do extraordinary things? And should we literally play God? Now the answer to the first question is found all over the bible and the answer to the questions ‘Can God use ordinary people to do extraordinary things? Is yes, if you don’t believe me take a look at Esther, Gideon and the twelve disciples to see just how much God uses ordinary people. The Second question ‘Should we literally play God?’ is also a yes and is again in the bible (2 Corinthians 5:20) states that God can make his appeal through you.

‘Dear God ‘ (1996) is about a con man named Tom Turner (Greg Kinnear) who to get out of jail needs to work for a year, Tom gets a job at the post office and ends up in the dead letter area; which is where curiosity gets the better of him and he opens a Dear God letter. Tom accidently helps someone and suddenly he find himself viewed as the leader for a group of people who want to help the people who write the Dear God letters. Dear God is a comedy movie, and the only film clip I could find shows funny scenes. It is a good movie well worth watching

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just Relax

You deserve a break! When was the last time you put your feet up and just relaxed? During the lead up to Christmas we tend to be in a mad rush organizing presents and going to multiple Christmas functions; we end up so rushed off our feet that Christmas can seem like an event we just want over. For some of us Christmas day brings the added tension of how we spend it as a family. Which grandparent gets to see their grandchildren on this day and which ones miss out? The lead up to this one day in a year can be very stressful and the real purpose of the day seems like a distant memory. So again I say “You deserve a break.”

Get yourself a drink, put on your favorite music and just relax. Read your latest book for a day. Just play with the kids and forget the housework. Spend time doing something you enjoy – even if it is messy. Life is too short to look back upon not to enjoy the small moments, it is not just me who believes that you should enjoy life but also God. In this season that is now known as the silly season take a break and just relax. Read your bible. Don’t worry about presents; you make get some new and better ideas while you are relaxing. Don’t be afraid to have fun. Spend one day this season relaxing. Go on you deserve it. May God Bless You.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Three steps to choosing a bible.

Don’t be fooled there is more than one bible in the world. The bible industry has grown since I was a child and there is a massive range of bibles to choose from today. So don't let the massive range of bibles confuse you - the right bible is there for everyone.

Step 1 – understand who you are buying the bible for.

How old are they?

Where will they be using the bible?

Step 2 – Physically look at the bibles.

I have brought bible over the internet for my children, but the one I got for my six year old recently was not what I would have brought if I held it in my hands and looked at it with my own eyes.

Make sure the bible is suitable for the age you are looking for.

Read the cover slip and check out the sample bible that is there to look at.

Keep in mind who you are buying the bible for.

Step 3 – Remember what you want them to get out of the bible.

My own personal bible is a study bible. I wanted a bible that was quick to look up scripture for my prayer time. For my children I wanted them to each have bibles that they could grow up with. My son is now on his second bible which is aimed a teenage boys, my daughter have bibles aimed at 6-10 year olds. My oldest daughter loves the extra questions and thinking points in her bible. I have given my nieces bibles for Christmas one year aimed at their ages with questions for them to think about.

Happy bible hunting - remember that bibles can make a great Christmas present.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

An Interesting Quick Read

I grabbed the latest Christian book catalogue and instantly my eyes went straight to the book displayed on the cover ‘Have a New Husband by Friday’ and laughed it was Wednesday and interestingly enough I didn’t believe my husband could change that much in two days. Now I will admit that I have not read the book, but it did bring up a question – Do I need to change my husband?

Now when I showed my husband the title of the book he just laughed also. Maybe I do need to change my husband also. But if I think that I need to change my husband, does he think I need to be changed. The last book I read about changing my husband was the ‘Five Love Languages’ and in the first chapter of that book it said I have to change me and then my husband will follow . Now I love the ‘Five Love Languages’ book as I have discovered my personal love language and my husbands love language. For me personally it was a great discovery as I am physical touch and I have grown up much to the shock of friends and family hugging people and after reading this book am aware that there is nothing wrong with that.

For an interesting quick read I do recommend the ‘Five Love Languages.’

To check out 'Have a New Husband by Friday'

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gabriel at your door

What would you do if the angel Gabriel came to your door? Would you answer it? Now the reason I ask you these questions is quite simple. Gabriel is mentioned as telling both Mary and the couple Zechariah and Elizabeth that they were to have a baby in impossible circumstances. Now most of us know the Nativity story – the birth of Jesus. But before Gabriel went to Mary he was sent by God to Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. Now I asked this question to some friends as we looked at Jesus birth and what was happening around the time of his birth. What would you do if the angel Gabriel came to your door? Would you answer it? My friends are like me and have husbands and children; a couple of them even have up to seven children. The agreed method to deal with Gabriel was to shut the door in his face and hide. Now if we did not have any children we would gratefully accept him into our houses and praise the Lord that he wanted to bless us so much.

What else that is interesting when you read up about Gabriel in the bible (Luke 1) is the difference in the way the women responded to Gabriel to their male partners. Mary and Elizabeth understood this was the working of God and happily took on the role God wanted them to do; even if Mary was a little bit afraid and unsure at first. Zechariah did not believe Gabriel about his wife Elizabeth coming pregnancy and ended up not being able to tell anyone what had occurred until John was born. Joseph a righteous man had to have an angel appear to him in a dream to marry Mary; before the dream he was trying to figure out a way to not marry her (Matthew 1:18-24).

God definitely works in mysterious ways. So I ask you again - What would you do if the angel Gabriel came to your door? Would you answer it?

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Days of destiny

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. These words were written a long time ago, long before I was born yet today these words are meant for me also. So the question is – Who is really in charge of my life? I have just finished watching an episode of Flash Forward were they are struggling with why some people have had visions of six months in the future and others don’t. Know I realize that this is only a story, but it is an interesting concept.

When we move away from the show these words are still here - All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. I have argued with someone over these words; some people believe and accept them while others believe that they mean nothing. Can someone know about our existence before we were even born? How powerful is the idea of that. Why would anyone care about me that much? Often in my day to day struggles I forget that I am on a journey that has the capability of going anywhere. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. I have grown to love these words and I have heard how people have over the years when they have allowed these words to entre their souls have found themselves a completely different person to the person they were before.

Do we have a destiny? All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. If you believe this word then we do. Where do these words come from? You will find these words in the bible in Psalm 139 – well worth a read.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Who is your hero?

As a child heroes were often people of the bible who did extraordinary things in extraordinary times. Today if you asked someone to name their hero you would often get a sporting hero but here in Australia many a sporting hero has fallen due to bad behavior, sparking much anger from parents and media. So who really is our Hero’s of today?

Last Friday night my husband was a hero. He did not do anything brave, he did not save anyone’s life, but last Friday night my husband was a hero for my kids when they went to their schools annual Hero’s night. Now my husband may not deserve the title of Hero in some people’s eyes, but my kids are my defiantly proud of him and believe that he is well worthy of the title. Can our children’s dad be heroes? Who do we really want our children to look up to? My children’s school thinks that the dad’s are important. Hero’s night at my kid’s school is a time where the kids get to show their dads who may not spend that much time around their kid’s schools what they are doing and have a fun evening together. To a lot of the kids my children’s age their dads are their heroes.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

The art of gaming consoles.

My son’s teacher did a quick survey of the class to find out how many families have gaming consoles at their house and which ones they have. Every family had one if not two. Now considering that we personally own two gaming consoles I was not really that surprised with the results. I personally have been around gaming consoles since I was around ten years old and have enjoyed them immensely.

Today’s versions of games and the graphics have come along way since the simple game of a dot moving over a television screen being hit in turn by two vertical lines. You only have to look and read Facebook to find out how many families are enjoying using their gaming consoles. The diversity of the games out there is so huge that you are able to find a game to suit any person no matter what age they are. It is easy to get lost in the games as you can loss yourself in the different worlds they have created and not realize the time that is slipping away. Game designers are so talented that they have even brought the real world into your home; many a sport is played out inside one’s home.

But still nothing beats playing a real game in fresh air. Today I played a real game of tennis with a friend, we may not be the most talented tennis players in the world – proven by how many balls we missed, but we had fun and we certainly knew we were exercising. Gaming consoles may be here to stay, but it is important to simply get outside and attempt the real sports even if it is just for fun.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Discovering God’s designs.

I was sitting on the beach when my son discovered an unusually object by the piles of seaweed, I watched him examine it. On discovering no answers my son decided to break the object apart to discover what was inside. He spent 5 minutes trying to break it apart and on finally succeeding discovered that the object was rotten and we all had to leave the beach to get away from the horrible smell. The smell had not stayed at the beach but was now fully on my son. Inside the beach shack he had to shower and much to his disgust wash his hair. His clothes stank and needed instant washing. My mother –in –law was completely disgusted.

Apart from the smell I was amused. I had seen the object my son had found and thought it had been harmless and apart from the smell it still was. Take my son away from the city and his gaming machines like the Xbox 360 and in a short period of time he starts to discover the environment again, his natural curiosity comes into play and he begins to discover how God made things to work. I personally believe this to be a good thing, and often you will discover that many designs are first noticed by people who have explored the world God created and have adapted God’s designs into the modern world.

Have we discovered all there is to discover of what God has designed yet and the uses for these designs? I personally don’t believe we have yet. Will the children today who look to discover God’s designs today be unlocking the keys to mysteries today? Or will they be building great architectural designs of their times. Only the future will tell.

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