From My Pen...

I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Simple Pleasures

'In my pursuit of contentment in 2016 I find I have been making the effort to slow down long enough to notice the little things again. The things I've always called life's simple pleasures. These are the things that make me smile, laugh out loud or simply sigh in utter contentment. It's good. I like the feeling. In my effort to practice the discipline of contentment I am choosing to keep a record of the simple pleasures that captivate me over each month of this year. I will share them here each month as a way to revisit those delicious moments in time; to remind myself that true contentment doesn't come from having it all but from realizing all that I do have. 

January's Simple Pleasures...

1. New Year - New Calendar




2. Discovering Cherry Blossom from David's Tea

3. Traditional Newfoundland Favorite


4. Successful New Recipe


5. Shared Devotional Time


6. Playing hooky with hubby on a crisp clear winters day...


7. A picture is worth a thousand words...

8. The gift of a new plant for my office...


9. Some time for seaside crafting...


10. Road trip with my BFF!

11. Surprising my son and his family with an unexpected visit and getting lots of hugs and kisses.

12. Baby shower and nursey set up with my expectant daughter...



Thursday, 4 February 2016

BE A NAG!

Sometimes, jokingly (well, maybe half jokingly) I tell Hubby he is teaching me to be a nag. I remind him that a woman isn't necessarily born a nag but grows into that monster known a a “nagging wife” because husbands who “forget” to do the things they were asked get asked again and again (and again) until the “old nag” gets on their nerves and they do it to shut her up. Boys, this is NOT a lesson you want your wife to learn - “If I keep on he will do it” or “the only way to get things done is to keep on (nag).” If that's what you train her to, guys, you deserve to be married to a nag - just sayin'! My question is “ Men, what does that make you?” LADIES, BE NICE! - I know some of you gals just thought of a biblically descriptive word for hubby of the King James variety. Not going there!
Now that I have your attention may I duly note that God in His Word encourages us to nag. A more apt word might be persevere but you can't help but think “nag” when you read about the persistent widow. That woman kept on - she nagged - the judge for justice. Here's what he said. Men, you are in good company. Actually, he wasn't good company so you might not want to sign on to his theory too quickly! “ I don't fear God or care about people but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice because she's wearing me out with her constant requests.” (Luke18:4b-5) The unjust judge tried to ignore this missus but gave her justice because she kept on at him until he did. A stubborn husband will turn a deaf ear to his missus but he will give in - eventually - if she nags long enough. It's sad really when you think about it.
I figure Jesus really knows how to get our attention by talking about stuff we can relate to so he can teach us tremendously valuable lessons. In verse 6 Jesus gives us the lesson from this one. I am paraphrasing, of course! “Nag, keep on, be persistent, persevere in prayer, don't give up, keep asking - day and night - and God will surely grant justice.” It's a lesson Jesus seems determined to drive home. Can you remember the friend who wanted to borrow bread at midnight. (Luke 11:5-8) I'm paraphrasing again. “Come back in the morning, man! Don't you know what time it is!” the guy yells out the window to his friend. Jesus said if he keep knocking long enough he'll get the bread and not out of friendship but because he wore the guy down with “shameless persistence” - nagged until he gave in. The lesson in that parable came through loud and clear in verses 9-10. “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
So, is Jesus like many other men, teaching the fine art of nagging? I think (now this is just me) Jesus knew we all - men and women - would understand the concept of nagging; from differing standpoints, of course, but we would definitely get the message. If you want it bad enough you won't give up. So, don't give up! Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking. Keep praying. Persist. Persevere. Don't quit your nagging! (Ah, fellas, I had to throw that one in for fun!) Jesus wanted us to get the picture in a way that we would understand - in a way that would stick - persistent prayer pays off.
James reinforces the concept. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman) avail much.” (5:16) is there anyone or anything more fervent and, quite often, effectual as a nagging woman? Just throwing that out there! If Jesus figured you'd get the imagery I'm going with it. Anyway, lest you accuse me of nagging you in the interest of driving home my point I want to wrap it up here. Paul does that well in Galatians 6:9. By the way, guys, he never married and had little to no experience with a nagging missus and yet he says: “Lets not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.”
Keep doing good. Prayer is one of those good things we shouldn't get tired or give up on. It will produce results. There are many other good things that we need to persevere in for the sake of harvesting but let's leave it there for today. 
So, that burden you carry; keep telling God about it - nag if you must. He will recognize your earnestness. He is a just judge and a good Father who will grant justice and give good gifts to His children. Persistent seekers will find, persistent knockers will gain an open door. Fervent prayers will be availing prayers and untiring labourers will reap a blessed harvest.