Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Romance of Writing

There is something truly beautiful and wondrous about taking a pen in hand and having it drift over a page to write. Not everyone gets this sentiment...

...until they are on the receiving end.

Apparently with the advent of email, postal services are suffering. Recently I received some cards in the mail and it was the loveliest thing to see words written in the hand of people I love. I could see that person instantly, and their kind words let me know I was valued. It's the beauty of posted mail.

I encourage you, and I challenge you today to pick up a pen, find some paper or a card and write an actual letter to someone. Choose a name from the top of your head and go for it. Allow God to use your encouragement and kind words. I guarantee you'll bless their socks off at the other end because nobody actually writes anymore.

And your postie will love you for it.

Last night I wrote two letters and will write another two today (only one of these people has email, and she's on the other side of the world so email would be faster, but hey... do you always want to read in front of the pc?? Letters are a beautiful act). They are always lovely to open when you recognise the hand of someone you miss.

With love,

MV  xx

I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1v3

Je dis à mon Dieu ma reconnaissance de tout le souvenir que j’ai de vous.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Life's Like That

Sheesh. All I wanted to do was leave a couple of tweets and thank new followers for being so kind as to add me to their list and maybe actually read my tweets once in a while (because dang, they are SO worth reading, right?).

Whatever's going on inside the Twitter realm I shall never know, but I get a pop-up every time lately telling me that running a certain script may cause my computer to slow down or become unresponsive. This means I cannot leave a single solitary tweet or thank anyone or even leave a reply! I have to get out and away via the good old faithful CTRL+ALT+DEL method. It's just plain wrong.

How will my adoring following of 235 ever know how much I appreciate them with my ongoing amazing tweets of wisdom??? How will the world live without me?? Hmmm. I guess God will have to make a way, but here's the lowdown in case anyone was wondering (even if you weren't really wondering...), I did have some good things to share. After all, isn't that why we tweet?

*sigh*  -  it's not all about me, you know.  ;)

Today I came home with A Way To See In The Dark, a new album by Jason Gray (who is not on Twitter either and probably doesn't have to use C+A+D method to escape bad windows). This album I highly recommend for anyone who desires to rise above life in general and find strength in weakness. His testimony is quite amazing and encouraging as he overcomes - by the grace of God - a significant stutter. His voice is one we are blessed not to have to live without. Sometimes we truly need God to remind us who we are.

Also, I recently finished reading Di Morrissey's The Plantation and loved it. She's got a few titles up her sleeve but this is the first of hers I've read. It's been almost a year since our family vacay to Borneo and so I read it to bring back a flood of happy memories (which it did). I guess the bottom line is, would I pick up another of her books? The answer is yes, but seeing as how there are a massive cache of them (like, 20 or something), I would again choose the one closest to my interests because my unread book pile stands about 3 feet tall...

So, there you have it. That was what I wanted to say. And a big thank you to the kind live ones out there who opted to follow lil' ol' me. I appreciate the clicks. When Providence dictates a turn of events, I may even be able to follow you back instead of having to C+A+D my way out as fast as possible or be deadlocked forever.

Darn you script!!  Time to phone a friend...

Q: What do you do when life locks you in??

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phlippians 2v3-4

Ne faites rien par esprit de rivalité ou par désir d’une gloire sans valeur, mais avec humilité considérez les autres comme supérieurs à vous-mêmes. Que chacun de vous, au lieu de regarder à ses propres intérêts, regarde aussi à ceux des autres.

Monday, 3 September 2012

The Cost of Living

When was the last time you felt relieved. I mean like really relieved—freed from a great burden and struggle for success? I’m not talking about running a billion dollar enterprise, but everyday life.

As I sat in my quiet spot after my morning read and felt refreshed over the things I prayed about and what God might be saying to me, my eyes drifted to all the book titles beside me on the shelf and it dawned on me almost all of them were about what I could do to make life work or to get success in some area.

Damn. There goes the light feeling of refreshment...

It’s times like this I feel good about writing fiction, about contributing to a world and genre that some openly consider to be a frivolous enterprise. Fiction is a necessary escape in a world that simply has to “do” or die trying. If you think work is part of the curse placed on man since the garden of Eden, think again. God made man to rule, to be fruitful, to increase, to work and to care (Gen 1-2 NIV). All these are verbs. Work was reality before the fall of man. The fall only made it harder, more laborious.

I have nothing against work yet when everything feels like an effort, one must force himself to stop and take stock, or very quickly be forced to stop and take stock. Over the last six weeks I’ve had an unforseen rough trot with my health thanks to a medical infusion that was supposed to help. Life came crashing down and we didn’t know why. I needed to stop, to give myself permission to rest, and only one verse gave me any relief when all else seemed like work.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

I hope today, that amid life’s must-do’s and must-achieve’s and must-be’s you will find some rest in knowing Jesus doesn’t want your doing as much as your resting.

Jesus is saying here (Luke 10v20), “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Don’t get so caught up in what the world would tell you is a formula for life that you forget or neglect the enjoyment and reality of your one Relationship that keeps everything else alive.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11v28-30

Venez à moi, vous tous qui êtes fatigués et courbés sous un fardeau, et je vous donnerai du repos. Acceptez mes exigences et laissez-vous instruire par moi, car je suis doux et humble de cœur, et vous trouverez le repos pour votre âme. En effet, mes exigences sont bonnes et mon fardeau léger.