Archive for February, 2014

The Next Right Thing

I’ve been asking myself the question – “What is the next right thing for me?  For us?”, since doing the “SEVEN Experiment” by Jen Hatmaker.  I haven’t figured it out yet, but I can feel that God is stirring and I am trying to keep my eyes & ears wide open.  As I shared on our last evening together at bible study, “SEVEN” has changed me.  How?  In what ways?  I haven’t fully realized or figured it out yet.  My awareness is most certainly heightened on numerous levels.

What I do know is that I desire not to fall back in a spirit of complacency – leaving behind the naggings, the promptings, the call.  I’m actually a bit scared to pray about what that “right next thing” could be.  What will He require of me?  What will become of my comfortable surroundings?  Do I really want to go there – wherever or whatever “there” is?!

I am being convicted by Tim Hughes song “God of Justice”.  It is such a powerful & moving piece.  I encourage you to truly listen to the words of the following video & to allow God to speak through it to you.  Let’s not let go of what we have been challenged with in this past bible study.  May you be inspired to do what Micah 6:8 so beautifully tells us:

“…the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nnqOI4mVKc

Blessings to you today!
Val

February 25, 2014 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

The SEVEN Experiment: Week 9: Wrap Up

It’s been a journey and we have reached our “wrap up”.  Just how, though, do we (or shall we) “wrap up” something like this?  As mentioned in the video portion this week, “SEVEN” is the training for what is to come – it’s the preparation.  I must confess, when I heard that, my thoughts went “Oh boy!  What are we in for?”.

As with any fast, it is not permanent, but some of the results are.  How has God been working in you these past 9 weeks?  Will some of this “stick”?    What is your next step(s)?

We are really excited about our finale next week!  Dave from Sage Garden Herbs will be coming to inspire us about gardening & seeds.  Dave owns an awesome greenhouse and if you get the chance, you should definitely check it out!  Here’s his website for even more info: http://www.herbs.mb.ca/.  Dave will also be bringing some raffle packages, so you won’t want to miss!

And Rachel Twigg Boyce from House Blend Ministries will be coming to share with us about some of the ways they do some of these things we’ve been learning & “experimenting” with in “SEVEN”.  House Blend is a local ministry right here in our city of Winnipeg.; an intentional community that seeks to develop rhythms of life that make loving God, loving each other, and loving their neighbours sustainable.  There are many ways you can get involved with House Blend – here are just a few:

  1. Prayer
  2. People willing to consider joining them on this adventure
  3. People who are willing to invest financially

In addition, they would also be ever so grateful for:

  • Airmiles (to be turned into Rona Gift cards)
  • Canadian Tire Money (to buy practical things like lightbulbs, furnace filters, etc.)
  • Ground Decaf Fair-Trade Coffee (for their weekly potlucks)
  • Coffee Shop Gift Cards (Thom Bargen, Stellas, The Nook, or Starbucks)

Please consider how you may get involved and if nudged, to bring these “items” with you to our finale next week (or contact Rachel at House Blend).  Their website is: http://houseblendministries.com/.

I also want to highlight a really awesome looking workshop that is happening this Saturday, February 15th @ Canadian Mennonite University (500 Shaftesbury Blvd) called “Winnipeg Seedy Saturday” from 10am to 3pm.  From farmers, to gardeners, to interested residents – everyone is welcome!  Visit their site for more info: http://winnipegseedysaturday.wordpress.com/.

If you have other ideas of how we may spur one another on to continue implementing some of what we have learned from “The SEVEN Experiment” please leave a comment below.  We’d love to hear about it!

May I encourage you with this verse from Hebrews 12:1 (NIV):  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.

Val

February 14, 2014 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

The SEVEN Experiment: Week 8: Stress

Where shall I even begin on this week?!?  I have to admit – I’m looking forward to this week.  The thought of being told to take a rest…take a breath… doesn’t that sound wonderful??  But wait a moment… didn’t God tell us that long ago?!

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God.  On that day no one in your household may do any work.”
Exodus 20:8-10a (NLT)

“Understand that the Lord has given you the Sabbath”
Exodus 16:29 (HSCB)

“Keep my Sabbath days of rest, and show reverence toward my sanctuary.  I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:30 (NLT)

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.  Even God rested on the seventh day.  Genesis 2:2-3 says, “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”

I found it interesting that Jen focused much this week on the Sabbath.  A sacred pause that refreshes.  A rhythm of the week.  A day of rest.

Are you being obedient in honouring the Sabbath?  If not, what would it take to do so?  Take this opportunity to rest.  Really rest!  Rest in obedience & worship to God!  You won’t regret it!

Val

February 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment


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