Lent – the first few days

One of my Lenten disciplines this year is to give up TV. Or more accurately, to give up watching endless box sets, which means Netflix! I spend far too much time in front of moving pictures. It’s always been a weakness for me which is why it’s taken me 10 years to buy a TV for my living room. I have a slightly addictive personality, so when I start something, I usually have to finish it, and will find imaginative ways to reach the end. A familiar position is sat with iPad or laptop on knee with a program on in the background. I choose to watch programs rather then go outside and be sociable. And other favourite hobbies fall by the wayside. So sorry Netflix, you have to go. Dvds, you’ll stay on the shelf. And TV, you can be unplugged (until the Youth Group come round, the only exception).

So in this first week, a book has been read, a hood and gloves have been crocheted, and a new set of paints bought. It’s amazing what you can get done when your attention is not divided!

The first book I’ve finished this Lent is ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey. It’s been sitting on the coffee table for a few weeks. A story of Maud, in her 80’s who is struggling with her memory. Extremely well written and a totally compelling story. Elizabeth is missing, but it turns out she is not the only one. She slips between the modern day ‘old’ Maud, and a much younger Maud who is looking for her missing sister. Maud even in her forgetful state is astute and articulate. She knows that she forgets things and can’t remember events, and as the tale unfolds, her distress and anguish increases.

This is a book I would highly recommend. It’s poignant, funny, sad, frustrating and intriguing and you’ll be taken through an emotional roller coaster as you travel with Maud’s in her search for answers.

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Jesus says ‘‘fear not – it is the father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom of Heaven’.

Jesus says ‘‘fear not – it is the father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom of Heaven’.

God wants to give us the very best things in life. The greatest thing which we should be searching and longing for. But do we have the time? Do we give God the space in our lives? Do we give Him the time? Does it fit into our busy lives?

God wants to give us his kingdom, that place where joy, happiness, peace, freedom, kindness exists continually. But do we make the time to accept this gift? And if not, why not?

A Story of Priorities
A man had some sand, which represented those small trivial things in life, some pebbles which represented those more important things, and then some rocks, which represented those most important, those crucial things in life.

He got a jar, and started by putting all those insignificant small things in, the sand, then he put those more important things in, the pebbles, and finally topped it off with the rocks, but found that the rocks didn’t fit. These was no room for those most important things.

He took a second jar, and started off by putting in the rocks, starting off with those most important things, secondly the pebbles, and finally the sand the trivial. By prioritising he was able to fit everything in, but when we get things in the wrong order, we miss out on the best.

The Kingdom is ours, but do we have time to receive it? Do we keep our lives so full and busy in the trivial things, that we miss out on what counts, we have no time to sit, and be still before our God, we don’t have time to pray,or read the scriptures, we don’t have time to be a part of the church,the body of Christ?

Are we too busy?
Do we miss out on the most important things in life?
Do we truly know the love, joy and peace in our friendships?
Do we pray?
Do we read the scriptures regularly?
Do we find time to meet with members of the one body?

If not, do we have our priorities right?