The Cycle of Life

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Struggle … caterpillar … earth bound  

 Darkness … cocoon … transformation

  New birth … butterfly … flight

   New life … colour … beauty … 

    Sudden death – one life for another

     All too soon. 

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Slow

Slow

Driving

Talking

Eating

Walking

Thinking

Listening

Loving

Go Slow

 

[Written for fellow A.D.D., busy, task-addicted, adrenaline junkies like myself]Read the rest

Silence and Solitude

Silence2Day started well … a walk, silence, conversation, coffee. 

Serenity invaded by noise.  
Walking away now …

… Slow down

An invitation … to silence … 
Just to BE.  
Sit down … stay awhile

No rush … no hurry 
Still 
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Prophets

ProphetProphets are poets
Wordsmiths and craftsmen
Musicians who muse

Prophets are seers
Artists and artisans 
Visionaries who venture

Ears always open
Listening to hear
Waiting for words 
Attentive to sound

Eyes always open 
Looking to see
Watching for pictures
Observant to images

Bushes still burn 
God waits to see
Most pass on by
Few stop to look

God's heart, God's mind 
Pathos and ethos then logos 
Words with power 
To change and transform

Where are the prophets?Read the rest

A Very Different World

NyCars replace donkeys
The pub over the synagogue
Image over character
Looks trump who you are
Crowded yet lonely
Advanced yet stunted
Welcome to our world

Yet people are still the same
Hungry and thirsty
For meaning and friendship
God is still the same too
Speaking through burning bushes
When people take time to look

Busy, busy, always in a hurry
Faster than ever before 
Distraction, obsession, boredom 
Attention deficit disorder 
Quickly moving on to what's next
Hardly noticing … no time

Packed but empty lives
More turns out to be less 
Slow is actually fast 
And less is really more 
Simplicity calls 
To love and be loved 
That's all …

A very different world.Read the rest

My Poetry

PoetryRhythm more than rhyme
Feelings over form
Words over whatever

No thunder
No lightning
Just a whisper

Listen then write
Read then listen
Inspired circle

Express the heart
Tease the mind
Stir the spirit

Articulate life
Words have power
Shape your world

Never the same
See the change
Transformation

[Mark Conner – January 23rd, 2014]

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Remember Being Loved

Because your steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,

and my mouth praises you with joyful lips (Psalm 63:3-5).Read the rest

Inner Peace from God’s Love

[I]

created you …

[I] formed you …

Do not fear,

for I have redeemed you;

I have called you

by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and through the rivers,

they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Goal of Preaching (by Rick Warren)

PreachIf God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character (to feel like Jesus), and Christlike conduct (to act like Jesus). Every other objective of preaching is secondary.… Read the rest

The 18th Camel

CamelA little wisdom goes a long way.

When you give you will always get it back. A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The Will of the father stated that the eldest son should get half of 17 camels while the middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third).… Read the rest

The Power of 1% (by James Clear)

Bradley_Wiggins,_2012_Tour_de_France,_Stage_19This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here's What Happened

In 2010, Dave Brailsford faced a tough job. No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, but as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain's professional cycling team), that's what Brailsford was asked to do.… Read the rest

Sabbath – time to STOP

SabbA few thoughts on Sabbath by Wayne Muller …

"Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report.Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Conclusion)

NYWe've just spent the last series of BLOG posts doing some Planning for the New Year exercises. Over this time we have looked at six steps for leading your own life. Each of these six simple steps can also be applied to your church, your ministry, your organisation or business, your family, as well as your career.… Read the rest

Planning for the New Year (Pt.13)

NYOur final step in Planning for thre New Year is …

STEP 6 – Evaluate.

Effective life leadership requires that we take time to evaluate our lives and our progress. Every Christian needs to periodically take a spiritual “stocktake”. We need to bring ourselves to account, to see how we are really doing.… Read the rest