Sunday, 20 August 2017

First Lines

I'm tired. The summer schedule at work is always brutal, in part because the days are long, and in part because there are always people around. I also didn't sleep well last night, so I'm counting down the hours until I can try sleeping again (there's no point in going to bed too early as that always makes for a broken night's sleep).

So...this is the best I can do for you right now.

"The roar of thunder was deafening."

"'Well, if there be any truth in the old adage, young Herman Brudenell will have a prosperous life; for really this is a lovely day for the middle of April -- the sky is just as sunny and the air as warm as if it were June,' said Hannah Worth, looking out from the door of her hut upon a scene as beautiful as ever shone beneath the splendid radiance of an early spring morning."

"Any Christian who is feeling down or discouraged about anything should study Paul's great letter to the Philippians."

"Wendy and I stepped out of a creaky, multicolored boat onto the dust-packed bank of the Tungabhadra River."

Monday, 14 August 2017

At the Start of Another Week

There are 3 weeks before school goes back in my area. Some of the outlying school districts start back the week before, but my kids go back the day after Labour Day. I know most people don't count down to the end of summer, but I'm ready for a break. During the summer, we have students in the centre all day (10-2, 4-8, and sometimes 2:30-4:00 as well). I like the kids and I love teaching, but there is paperwork that never seems to get done, and having people around all the time is really, really tiring. So I'm looking forward to having quiet days again.

Also, summer means longer days at work most of the week, so I'm looking forward to more regular work hours. I don't get as much done in the summer because I'm at work a lot; also, the heat drains me. From most to least, I like spring, fall, winter, and summer. I'm not a fan of extreme cold or hot, but I function better with cold. It's possible to bundle up enough to avoid the cold. Last night had some fabulous thunderstorms. This morning is nice and cool, and it's not supposed to get very hot today, so I'm happy.

This week will be crazy-busy. There's a lot going on at work and away from work. We need to plan Sunday School for the fall, and I'm babysitting on my day off. And I know that 2 things don't seem like a lot, but the Sunday School stuff will take a lot of time. It always does at this stage of preparation.

And that's my life right now.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sunday Update

Today has been a pretty low-key Sunday, which I like. There was the light issue at church. The lights at the front weren't working properly; at one point during the singing, they were jumping between colours (which was interesting to watch, but probably disconcerting for the guy leading the singing and anyone prone to seizures or migraines). Mike preached in odd lighting, where we could see the shadow of his head on his chest as he preached. It was distracting at first, but quickly became normal.

Today's sermon was good. We finished Ephesians 4, talking about how to live as new men and women in Christ. Mike showed that it's not enough to stop sinning, but we also have to do good for each other.

The past week has been crazy busy. I had family in town for a couple nights, so the apartment was full. We had a blast at Telus World of Science on Tuesday (it was too wet to visit the zoo). We were there for 7 hours; I think we say everything!

Friday evening my Bible study group and another group were at the associate pastor's for a BBQ. Mike had put up the tarp because it was supposed to rain, so of course it didn't rain. I had a chance to inspect his books, and his sons' books (although the 5 year old's books weren't that exciting, but I admired them when I went to see his brother's books). It was just a nice evening.

It was a very social week. I'm ready for a break from people; good thing tomorrow's a holiday.

We sang this hymn today; it's one that I'm not familiar with. Enjoy!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunday Notes (on Sunday for a Change)

Today we finally got the church library organized. We sorted through the piles of stuff that hadn't been catalogued for whatever reason, and the ones that had been catalogued, but never stamped or shelved. And we got the youth fiction sorted, pulling out all the non-fiction that had been mixed up in it and alphabetizing the fiction. It looks a lot better now, and it only took about half a year.

Mike preached about who we already are in Christ. The old person is gone, and we are new people, knowing and belonging to Christ.

Tomorrow evening I have some family coming: my dad and sister, and my sister's youngest 2 children (who are getting pretty big now; sweet niece is 14 and small nephew is 11). They're in for a couple nights. The plan is to go to the zoo on Tuesday if the weather holds.

For your listening pleasure:

Monday, 24 July 2017

Monday Notes!

I feel a bit bad about not posting on time two weeks in a row (but not really bad). I'm pretty sure my memory is going as I get older.

Yesterday was a pretty normal Sunday. The sermon was good (it always is, really). We spent some time getting more books and videos catalogued, stamped or labelled, categorized, and shelved. We still have a mess of stuff to go through (anonymous donations, things that have been left in the library that don't belong there, and forgotten items), but that is next week's task. I think some of the shelves still need to be organized. I wonder if we can get the kids to do it.

The afternoon was mostly down time, and I didn't do much. This week is crazy busy at work, so I'm glad for a quiet afternoon before it started.

This is not a hymn, but I like it anyway. It's my song for tough times. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Sunday Notes (on Monday again)

I have no excuse for not posting yesterday; it just slipped my mind. I think I was enjoying not being hot for a change. I know a lot of people love the heat; I love that it was rainy and cool yesterday (and windy and cool today)!

Yesterday was a pretty normal Sunday. Mike preached. I loved his sermon title: "Unity Through Diversity: Or How the Body of Christ is Built Up & Grows Towards Unity Through People with a Diversity of Functions & Gifts". That is an awesome title. The sermon was also very good. It was from Ephesians 4:11-16, and he talked about how we all have gifts to use in the service and building up of the church.

The rest of the day was quiet. I baked muffins (because it was finally cool enough to turn on the oven) and made strawberry syrup (it's great for making strawberry milk). I finished a book of short stories/essays by knitters and started a biography of a Muslim who became a Christian. In the evening, I went for a walk and watched the ducks and geese swimming with their babies.

This week's hymn is one of my favourites. I was reading up on the writer (Thomas Chisholm). He was a regular guy who led an uneventful life. Great is Thy Faithfulness celebrates the regular works of God's faithfulness in our lives, and His daily provisions. It also reminds us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and we can trust Him to care for us.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Stuff

It's hot. It has been so very, very hot lately, and even with the fan, I have not been sleeping well. The good news is, the A/C at the church had been fixed; last week it was broken, and had it still been broken today, we may have all roasted. On the other hand, there is a severe thunderstorm watch. I like thunderstorms.

After the service, I was up in the library, getting some of the new books shelved. There were a couple small children running through the library, shrieking (they all seemed to be in a very shrieky mood today). After telling them to stop and chasing them out once, I decided to return a couple of them to their parents. The one small guy ran from me...right to his mom to tell her that Miss Dorothy was coming. He doesn't quite realize yet that her response is to ask why Miss Dorothy is coming. That worked out well, especially since his dad came from the other direction (I think he had been up in the balcony, which is just off the library, and had seen/heard what was happening), and had him tell me that he was sorry for running and screaming. He agreed not to run or scream in the library again.