Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Living Slow and Urgent

This week I read a blog post on a blog I follow quite regularly called, The Art of Simple.  It was a bit surreal, and even Ken thought so too, that the story of the girl was reading was so similar to my own.  You can read it here. Both she and I have journeyed through saying yes to everything, living a frantic life and making ourselves ill in the process - all while still in our twenties.  We've both come out of the other side with a vow to learn to slow down, simplify, and say no to some stuff so we can purposefully plan in space in our lives rather than planning every moment of every day of every week.  We've also both been impacted to read the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp during this season - and I know I mention it a lot but even now, re-reading it, there's some life lessons in there that I don't want to forget.  I blogged a while ago on a section that stuck out to me (you can find that post here), and it's mentioned in this girls blog post too and was a good reminder to me so I wanted to share it with you and hope it's a lesson for you today too...

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Joy of Spring!

I love Spring! There's little lambs in the fields and the first flowers of the season are in full colour.  It's always a reminder of New Life to me, seeing everything blossom again.  Pretty significant that this year there's new life on it's way in a whole other way for me too!  With baby being officially due in a week's time, and Easter being around the corner too I've been thinking about the kind of New Life we remember at Easter. The New Life of Jesus.  I know for a long time, I didn't really "get it" - the Christian life was more about a get into heaven ticket and following the rules to be a good person between now and then.  Not much more to it than that.  Over the last few years though, I'm learning more and more what it means to actually enjoy this New Life now, day in day out.  The gift of Easter is so much more than just a pass into heaven one day.  It's the joy of the here and now.  The peace of knowing the One Who's in control day in day out.  And, most recently I'm realising the hope found in living with purpose right where we are.  There's a lot of hope in that.  Food for thought...

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17