#BigRead13: Day 40: Happiness

#BigRead13 Thoughts Similarly to the other day when we were told ‘there is no other stream’ – Mere Christianity echoes that … we are taught so much in our culture to ‘pursue happiness’, the ‘happiness index’ .. although it does seem that the emphasis is (having to) change from happiness being equated to how much money, and seeking other more ‘whole life’ perspectives… That is why it is just no good asking God to make us Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 39: Worry

Today on #lentphotos we’re looking for #strength … this one appealed as though it may be rusty (as our faith can be // am I trying too hard for analogies?) it’s still strong & supportive – whatever we worry about! #BigRead13 Thoughts I really enjoyed reading The Screwtape Letters – with the perspective of the devil talking – how does he try and wheedle his way in and mess our lives up – including taking Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 38: Blood

Today’s #lentphotos is on waiting… I liked this one from @seedresources which highlights a little boy waiting for his train to come in … quite cheerfully I think. We’re often so impatient when we’re waiting… #BigRead13 Thoughts I’ve just checked out The Message translation of today’s verses (Hebrews 9:13-15): He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all.If Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 37: Adventure

Today’s #lentphotos is #renewal – and there were options for new life in spring, urban renewal, but the biggest form of renewal that I never seem to get enough of is sleep so…: #BigRead13 Thoughts Source: believehopedream.typepad.com viaLakeia on Pinterest   See also ‘adventures‘, and ‘no growth‘.Today’s reading – where the disciples leave what they are doing and follow Jesus is always a big challenge – how much are we caught up in what we Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 36: Stream

Today’s #lentphotos is #moretemptation .. I thought this image from @seedresources was interesting – often when we talk about Jesus in the desert is about the Devil tempting Jesus… here he’s tempted to ask for the burden to be taken away … often have that debate about “oh, he was God so he didn’t really suffer as he knew what was after”, but he was ‘fully human’ and went through it all… #BigRead13 Thoughts We’ve Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 35: Recognition

Today’s #lentphotos is Jesus – this is quite a striking one from @seedresources #BigRead13 Thoughts New Living Translation (©2007)So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (John 1:14) The other day Brian Draper encouraged us to ‘look for God in the ordinary’ – and today we are encouraged to Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 34: Beginnings

Today’s #lentphotos is “Spirit” – so I went over to Seed Resources, and found this pic I’d taken on the Scilly Isles – decided that was my choice for today: #BigRead13 Thoughts I just love this thought – though God starts his transformative work with us when we agree to let him in – he doesn’t force us to change – we remain imperfect humans, and he walks alongside us as “the cure has begun”. Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 33: Attitude

#BigRead13 Thoughts how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life — namely myself. from Mere Christianity – an interesting one in which C.S.Lewis indicates that we continue to love ourselves despite what we do – reminds me of ‘speck in brothers eye’ … but also makes me wonder as I often Continue Reading →