Happy Mother’s Day 2015!

Occasionally I have moments of brilliance. Even less occasionally I have inspired moments. Yesterday’s suggestion to son #2 that we have an ‘early Mother’s Day Lunch’ together was clearly one of those inspired moments. (I can’t quite bring myself to say prophetic moments but it has that feel about it!)

Lunch itself was passable. I’ve had superior vegie burgers elsewhere but lunch was courtesy of a Christmas Gift Voucher, so I’ll chalk this one up to experience and visit a different cafe when it’s me paying! The best part of the EMD lunch was playing chess with the kid, something we’ve started to do this year which is proving to be a nice distraction from all the technology in our lives. (Except that at cafe we played chess on my iPhone.)

After lunch I grabbed mulch for the gardenias and petrol for the mower. This was my first mistake. Second mistake was being enthusiastic about getting out to do the mowing myself when I have a sixteen year old. In my haste to dress appropriately I lost my balance and fell. The rest of the story may be gleaned from the visual supplied!

  
Mother’s Day will extend  for a few more weeks this year. After all, it’s hard to do household chores on crutches. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s almost time for my real Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. 

2015 Carpe Diem!

We don’t get to Cooranbong all that often and usually when we do the list of places to go and people to see is so long I usually skip the college cemetery. This morning, however, I slipped quietly away from our friends’ house and spent some time visiting mum’s grave and wandering around looking at others. Two things struck me. Firstly, I was stunned at how many of my childhood classmates have buried a parent in the last few years. Secondly, I found myself pondering the varied messages on the head stones and the different ways that people express grief and faith at the same time. Many of these were succinct summaries of lives well lived for God and others! Great reminders to grab the opportunities that a new year brings!

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

I’m feeling a little guilty that I haven’t sought out many of my friends to see how their Christmas and New Years Celebrations panned out.

Well, not really….I’ve been too busy lying by the pool reading and sleeping!

But it’s awkward isn’t it, taking that step and asking…..Mainly, I think, because people tend to get excited and want to tell you about their New Year resolution. And we’ve heard it all before and it’s hard to act interested and sincere when you know they’re telling lies …..because you know with certainty that they WILL eat chocolate again and depending on whether they’re Baptist, Presbyterian or Pentecostal they’ll wash it down with a beer, a merlot or diet coke…and we have that sneaking suspicion that the local Anytime Fitness Centre actually haven’t got a clue who they are (How many times did you say you’ve been to the gym since Christmas?).

But it’s tradition, isn’t it? It’s what we do at the end of another year when we grimace with horror at things we’ve done or said and we look forward with good intentions and plans to the clean slate that awaits

And I have to say that the worst thing about being in my 52nd year is that there’s a hell of a lot of grimacing backing up and not as many new years clean slates available to provide absolution and a platform for reform

The encouraging thing is that if you made a new year resolution recently, it indicates that you are experiencing growth and self awareness. Which in turn indicates that the prayers of your mother or spouse are finally being answered.

For lots of people the resolution is about what they can achieve through their own strength and will power whereas for a believer, our resolutions should focus on how we can please our God:

6 With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

And this ‘once a year’ new year resolution gig is probably the only thing we can cheat on as christians. We can ignore the constraints of the resolution-making time frame because we believe and we are confident that God’s mercies and forgiveness are new every every day.

And so I give you today’s resolution:

Do justly
Love mercy
Walk humbly with your God

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Hello 2015!

Well, I may be a few days late but as they say, “Better late than Never”. I recently spent time with some excellent friends who encouraged me to stop procrastinating and start writing. So, this blog is both a response to their encouragement and an experiment. New Years exude that wonderful aroma of promise…that things will be better, that people will be nicer, that the tyranny of the urgent will not engulf us quite as much this year as it may have done in the past. They also bring change and for our family, 2015 is significant – one kid is about to fly out of the nest and start his tertiary education, the other is starting senior school and basking (with a huge grin on his face) in the light he sees brightly shining from the end of that proverbial tunnel. All of these changes make this mum both nostalgic and proud! So hello 2015! May you be filled with love and laughs and deep joy.