Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday Stuff

I spent some time observing Sunday School classes today. The little guys were obsessed with cheese, so that was interesting, and rather silly. The others were a bit more normal. It looks like my teachers and their helpers are doing a good job. I'll spend some time next week with them as well, just keeping an eye on things. Then I'll go back to being a regular student in the adult class. It's a good life.

I had a few days off this week. I haven't done much of anything exciting: lunch with a friend, supper with other friends, a bit of shopping (books and shoes), and some relaxing (watching movies and reading). It's been nice, and I'm feeling pretty unstressed now. I have a couple more days before I go back to work. I'm hoping I can hold the unstressed feeling even when life gets crazy again. It's not about what's happening, but about how I respond to the craziness of life; that's what I've been learning in the past few months.

Sleep is still hit-and-miss. I have more good nights than bad nights, so that's nice. I usually fall asleep fairly quickly; it's just staying asleep that's a challenge.

Overall, life is good.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday Notes

I'm pretty tired today, and there's not a lot to say. Church was good. The only problem is that Pastor James preached a "part 1" sermon, and now he's off for a couple weeks, so Pastor Mike is preaching. I like Mike and his preaching, but leave us with a cliff hanger for a few weeks? That's just mean!

I can share my friend's son's joke with you. He send it to me for my birthday:

What do you do when you can't find any socks?
You run around with stinky feet all day!

He's six.

My birthday was nice. There was cake, and friends to share the cake with, so it was very good.

Here's a song for you....

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sunday Notes

Today in Sunday School, Pastor Mike taught about the parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22:1-14). I'm pretty sure we were supposed to learn about how the Israelites (and especially their leaders) rejected Christ and refused to repent, and so the kingdom of God went to the others (that would be us), and maybe about evangelism. What I learned is that it's very bad manners to kill someone who invites you for dinner. I think this will be useful information.

That's pretty much all I have for you today. Work was crazy this week, and there were some very long days. I'm feeling better now, and next week will be more regular. The following week is better: Monday is Thanksgiving, Tuesday I work, and Wednesday I start vacation days. I have a week off, and I'm considering spending it doing nothing important (except the few things that I should do). I may explore parts of Edmonton that I don't know yet, and I'll probably read a lot. I also have the entire series of The Sarah Jane Adventures from the library, and I plan to watch them that week.

Enjoy a song....

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

To Think About

"It has often been observed that the Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon. But even those metaphors fail to adequately express reality. The Christian life could better be described as an obstacle course of marathon length. Think of a race course just over twenty-six miles in length. Add to it walls to climb over, streams to forge, hedges to jump across, and an endless variety of other unexpected obstacles. That is the Christian life."

Trusting God, Jerry Bridges, NavPress, 2008, page 186 (emphasis in the original).

Sunday, 24 September 2017

In Which Change Does Not Bother Me

This was the first Sunday in 8 years that Sunday School has been taught and I have been at church and not involved in any way. There were, of course, summers off, vacations, and days when instead of teaching, I was observing other classes or having meetings about Sunday School. There was also the occasional Sunday when we were having a conference and there was only one class so the teachers could also attend.

Today was different. Today I not only did not teach, I attended the adult class as a student. Not only that, I plan to keep doing this. There will be weeks when I'm in the other classes, observing how things are going. For the most part though, this year I will be in the adult class and I will be a student.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but it was very, very good. I loved being in a class, and I didn't miss teaching. The best part was during the service, when I was relaxed and not thinking about Sunday School and the other responsibilities I have on a Sunday morning. Junior Church is no longer my domain (we put the 4 year olds with the 3 year olds and called "preschool nursery"). The library runs itself without me when I need it to. And now Sunday School is going and I can relax about it.

Until I slowed down, I didn't realize how tired I was and how much I needed a break. I didn't realize that I was sitting in church every Sunday, trying to focus but with so much going through my head. I didn't realize how much I was missing of the service and how burdened I always felt. Today was so different from previous years. I think this was a very good idea, and I should have slowed down a year ago.

Also, I really, really enjoyed the adult class. I have been listening to Pastor Mike teach Sunday School for at least a year on-line, but being in class is so much better. Not only is it easier to focus, I can hear what everyone else says (when I listen on-line, there are gaps (some of them long) when other people are talking).

So, despite my dislike of change, this one, I think, will make me very happy.

Friday, 22 September 2017

A Story For You

It started with the joke of the week from work:

Question: How do you get a baby alien to sleep?
Answer: You rocket!

I texted it to a friend (just the question, not the answer). She said that her small son (who is not quite 6) thinks you give it a teddy bear. Also, he was considering (and seriously thinking) that I had a baby alien at home.

Where some people hear a riddle to solve, others hear a request for parenting advice.

What I like best is that he completely accepted that I might have a baby alien.

I told her the answer. She and the older son were amused. The little guy didn't get it, so she tried to explain the rock it/rocket idea, but that was a mistake. He became fixated on the rocked and started asking her all about it. She said that conversation went on for too long.

I may have to send her all my jokes so she can try explaining them the her small son.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Notes

Sunday School started. Last Sunday we had 55 students enrolled. With the last minute enrollments this week, we now have 67 students, ranging from preschool - grade 6. It's a lot of students. I taught the grade 2/3 class; it was fun. I'm looking forward to sitting in the adult class next week, though; I've been teaching for 8 years and have been really looking forward to this break. There will be weeks when I'll be observing the other classes, but for now I'm going to let them get settled and enjoy the adult class.

By the end of Sunday School time, I was exhausted. The service was good, but in all honesty, I didn't focus all that well. I was developing a headache, I still had a dozen things running through my head about Sunday School, and I was tired. I'm hoping that next week I will be more relaxed and able to be part of the worship.

Bible Study starts tonight. Women's study starts on Wednesday. Then everything will be started and routine can start and life will be busy but organized. Right?

I'm so tired right now. Here's a song for you. I didn't check to see if I'd posted it recently. It's a good song anyway.