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Saturday Morning Guests

Saturday morning, we had some unexpected visitors drop by.

I happened to look out the kitchen window while making breakfast for Anabelle and myself and saw this:

So I called for Sam and grabbed Anabelle and we headed out to greet our guests, Anabelle LOVED it!

They’re obviously pet rabbits and had made their way into our overgrown garden to munch away on the dandelions. There are a few gaps under our back fence they squeezed through – we still have no idea who they belong to, but its awesome to have “pets” that we don’t have to look after ūüėČ

These guests are welcome anytime, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for them ūüôā

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Hope vs Wishing – are we confused?

dandelionI was having a conversation the other day about the way (I think) we misuse the word “hope” in our society. It seems to me that we confuse the word “hope” with “wish” when speaking about things we’d like to happen or not happen.

In my opinion “wish” is usually self-focused, its about wanting something to work out the way we want it to, to suit us and our perception of how things should be. “Hope” on the other hand is based on things that are usually out of our control yet based in truth and that more than likely will come to pass.

I wanted to know what the definition of each word is, so I surfed over to Dictionary.com and found the following:

Wish:
1. to want; desire; long for (usually followed by an infinitive or a clause): I wish to travel. I wish that it were morning.

2. to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified): to wish the problem settled.

Hope:
1. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.

2. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best

I think the biggest difference I see is that “hope” brings with it a confidence that¬†something will happen and this is usually based on a proven track record or a known truth while “wish” is really based on nothing other than a want or desire or a whimsical notion of¬† “if only… then”.¬†

For example¬†I may want a great¬†result in an exam. Hoping for that great result is within reason when its based on the truth that I’ve paid attention in class, studied hard and prepared for the exam. If¬†I haven’t done the above then the best I can do is¬†“wish” for a good result because, lets face it,¬†the odds are against me. I¬†know this is far from definitive and I’m no language expert believe me, but I raise this difference because I believe that it’s affecting our ability to effectively share the Gospel.¬†

The Gospel is all about “Hope”, Jesus came to give us hope and that hope is based in the truth of who God is and the promises¬†He has given to us. If “hope” is confused¬†with “wish”¬†as¬†I suggest, doesn’t that mean there’s a greater risk of people misunderstanding the Gospel message? Does it also mean that we can be lazy, not prepare (study God’s Word, seek His will, serve Him and others)¬†and just hope (more like wish) that God will work things out in our lives? Could that be why so many “christians” are missing the point of serving God? It’s an interesting idea I think, and something I’d like to throw out there for comment.

What do you think? Do we confuse “hope” with “wish” today and can/does this effect how people relate to the Gospel message and God?

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Birthday Reflections

CakeToday is my birthday!! I’ve officially¬†been alive for three decades (that’s 30 years), for some of you that’s a long way away for others it’s been a long time ūüėČ

I find that birthdays are a great time for me to sit and reflect on my life, to look back at all the things I’ve experienced and think about how they have shaped the person I am today. I find this time extremely valuable, it helps me¬†keep things in perspective and most of all it reminds me to be thankful to God for His work in my life.

My relationship with God is the most valuable thing¬†I have in this world. I have the opportunity to speak with, learn from and connect with the Creator of the universe. A God who loves me more than I could ever comprehend, who takes me as I am but loves me too much to leave me that way. A God who has a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11), who longs for me to realise that His ways are the best ways. A God who spared nothing to restore my broken relationship with Him. A God¬†who is patient, loving and gracious, forgiving of my stuff ups and has a gentle hand of correction. God who is the beginning and the end of all things, incomprehensible yet can be know personally… what an amazing God!

As I look back on my life I can see¬†God at work.¬†Sure I have regrets, I’ve done some stupid things and I have lived with the consequences, but I can testify that God does work all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

Today I want to publicly declare that God is good! That I am so thankful to Him for all the things he has brought into my life to teach, guide and lead me in His service. All the good, all the bad and all the in-between He has used to shape me into the man I am today, and for that I thank Him.

God isn’t finished with me yet and I will serve and follow Him until the day I take my last breath. Here’s to another 30 years of following my Lord and Saviour!

Thank you God for Your loving kindness, your endless mercy and amazing grace! Teach me to be a faithful follower of You, my life belongs to You, now and forever. Amen

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What the…?

Ok… so¬†I found this in my can of soup¬†I had for lunch on Monday. The bottom part is actually potato but what is the stalk like thing, and HOW did it end up in my soup can!

Yes it is attached and yes you could pick it up by the ‘stalk’… No¬†I didn’t eat it,¬†I ate the rest of the soup though…¬†I was hungry!! :o)

(sorry about the blurry pics, courtesy of the camera on my phone…)

Ok lemme have it, what’s your best guess (serious or not) as to what this is?

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