Sunday, July 31, 2011
1) What does it mean to you that Jesus needed to die to free you from the power of sin?
2) What does it mean to you that Jesus gladly did this?
3) What difference does this make in your daily life?
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Ben was speaking in church today, continuing the series on Philippians, looking at the bit about imitating Christ. As part of his talk he asked 3 people to answer the questions above. I was one of the three. He asked us ahead of time so we could prepare and he said he wanted short, sound-bytish replies.
I pondered for a long time and sought the opinions of others. I know what the expected answers are or what they should be but they don't sit easily with me. I finally came up with these answers:
1) Love isn't fair, thank God.
2) I don't think he went gladly but obediently. This tells me that God's way isn't always the easiest but it's the best. This says to me that I still have such a lot to learn and change.
3) Not enough. I want to really want to change. (I could have added another 'to want' in there because I don't yet want it enough to act.)
Not the most brilliant of answers but I hope they're honest.
But this brings me on to my next point: do I take too much pride in being humble?
I'm a well-educated middle class woman from a church that encourages counselling and therapy, that recommends learning to love yourself and to self-analyse. I've had my share of therapy and thus I find myself analysing my motives and finding them lacking.
I know what Blossum from God's Squad would say: don't be so stupid! Forget the navel-gazing and be who you are, who God created you to be. And let him worry about your flaws.
It's very Catch 22-ish: you're supposed to be humble but if you think you're being humble you're probably not.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
For Katney's Odd Shots.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
It started off as a sandcastle but GrandDaughter added the stones and it became a sandbug from outer space.
Sidmouth and its sea front and cliffs form part of Devonshire's Jurassic coast.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
To fill a space in the garden I scattered a pack of mixed annual seeds but I think I scattered them too closely together. There are supposed to be four different flowers in this patch but the cornflowers and one of the others - I only recall the name of the cornflower - seem to be doing best and overpowering the rest. I did try to thin them out but felt like a murderer.
This is one of the three plums on our Victoria plum tree that I planted two years ago. The tree is flourishing as you can see so, maybe, next year well get a better crop. That solitary one is quite low down so I live in dread of George discovering it. He already devours raspberries straight from the bush before we get a chance to enjoy them.
Earlier in the year I ordered from the gardening catalogue their bargain offer of 66 geranium plants. Trouble is I was a bit late ordering them and they were very little when they arrived so they're only just starting to flower but at least now I can walk past the shop displays that advertise one geranium for £1.99 and say, 'See how much I saved us!'
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Apparently some escaped during filming at Shepperton Studios and have now become naturalised in the wilds of suburban England.