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The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, When 24 hours in a day is not enough; remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and start to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded With an unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively f

Depression Solutions - Eat Well & Exercise

As much as I don't want to write about this subject I know that I should. I don't want to write about it because I like to leave the past behind me and not dig up things that can be difficult to talk about. On the other hand I know that so many people are struggling silently out there and it would be plain selfish if I didn't share my journey. So from time to time I am going to post some thoughts on this as well as my struggle with suicide, insecurity & other similar subjects. If you or someone you know struggles in these areas and have questions or thoughts or suggestions please leave a comment in the comment box below. Before I get into this I do want to make it clear that when I offer solutions they are purely what worked for me and are not going to work for everyone and my views are definitely not medical views at all. My first real experience with depression as about 10 years ago when I was 26 years old. I may have suffered a bit as a teenager but that's

Daniel & Amy Dancing

I couldn't resist sharing this! It's so cute - Daniel & Amy having a little dance in our living room :) and yes you can spot me in the corner in my pyjamas ha ha! I tried to get them to dance in the middle so I wasn't caught on camera but... oh well now you know what I look like on a pyjama day!

Busy Bee Week

I have nothing interesting to blog this week as I have had the busiest week of my LIFE! There is lots of great & exciting news, some difficult situations we had to deal with & lots of driving around, visiting & caring. It's amazing to see what is doing through our church & if I wasn't so tired I would write a really long post to tell you all about it - but I am way too tired! So how about you, why don't you tell me about your week so I can read all about it rather than write to you this week :) What is God doing in your life?

Stepford Wives

When Eric brought this movie home for us to watch I was really nervous about watching it - I really thought it was going to be rubbish. Usually Eric has excellent taste in movies so put this bad choice down to the fact that he was a bit ill! Well as the old saying goes - don't judge a book by it's cover. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, it was not at all what I expected based on the "cover". A very entertaining movie with a great message at the end - we don't need to be perfect. Funnily enough this even fit the theme of our day ha ha, I was having one of those days when I just didn't feel good enough as a wife. All the things the wives did in the movie is exactly what most men would like their wives to be like & what we as wives would like to be like. Never-the-less our husbands love us even though we are not perfect all the time. Now Eric & I have a nice personal joke between us - he says to me; "You don't need to be a Stepford wife"

An Attitude of Gratitude

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble ." James 4:6 Recently I have noticed something and it has changed my life. The scripture above says that God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. This is always a good thing to keep in mind as I really don't want God to resist me! My eldest daughter, Lorah, has helped me understand this principle. As I have watched her and learned from her I have seen more and more of how important it is to be grateful. This is not directly humble but I do believe being grateful is a part of a humble nature. By nature, Lorah is always grateful. She never demands or expects anything and this attitude actually makes you want to give more to her. If we are out shopping and she asks for something I don't want to say no to her. The way she humbly asks is so lovely that I just want to give her WHATEVER she asks for. Most people are attracted to Lorah - she is so lovely to

The Tongue

This Sunday I preached the second part of BATTLE OF THE MINDS. I had a long, hard look at the tongue! It's quite something to see how evil our tongue is - yuck! At least we have the Holy Spirit to help us tame out tongue & the mind of Christ to help us know what to speak :) Let's all help each other to speak in a way that pleases God & if one of us fails in any way gently encourage that person to try again. If you are in a situation where there is gossip - get out - by any means necessary! If you are feeling down don't speak it out but speak words of life into your own life. Most importantly read your Bible, get to know God's will for your life & speak it into you life and those around you. Let's speak our life better! Well that's me done with preaching for a bit - I hope I managed to give Eric a nice little break & I hope that I managed to speak the Word of God to our Church. It's such an honour to be allowed to preach at Church, I know

Marriage Tip #7 - Work on Your Marriage

I know this may sound simple & obvious but recently I have been surprised at how few people actually intentionally work on their marriage! At church we are running a couples evening called The Love Dare , based on the book by the same name. We are working through one dare a week over a lovely meal. It has been so amazing & such an eye opener. When Eric & I started this I thought that our marriage was just fine. I went thinking we were just there to lead & help other couples. Much to our surprise we realised how many things we need to work at. The Love Dare is an awesome book & so is the Fireproof movie that this book is based on. As we have begun highlighting areas in our marriage we have seen how essential it is to take time to work on our marriage. I have realised that if we don't intentionally build our marriage we may actually be breaking it. You end up getting familiar, tolerating mediocrity & generally slacking at the things that used to be i