How to help the grieving… link to post

I know I have been ‘tardy’ in writing these days. I found an amazing  blog post, that explains a lot of what grieving people go through. (And I am in the early stages of coming to terms with my ‘new’ life.)

I am also so busy trying to ‘de-clutter’. It’s not that I am trying to purge my husband out of my life… I am continuing what we planned we would do when we returned from our trip last year.

Still, life has twists we don’t know about, and for me, that was good.

prayingI am so pleased that I know and trust God.

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Thank you,

Susan

Here’s a link to the blog post. Hope you find it helpful 🙂

http://www.onefitwidow.com/how-to-help-the-grieving/

(Not everything in it is what I experience… but each person grieves in their own way.)

 

 

Leaven

Recently, curiosity drove me to find out about making a ‘starter dough’.

leavening

Why?

Because, when I was much younger and read the story of the Exodus, it puzzled me where the people obtained ‘yeast’ after the Days of Unleavened Bread were over.

Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. Exodus 13: 7

Old-fashioned bread making

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So, to a young Scots person, whose family purchased lovely, (old-fashioned) bread from the bakery, this was a complete mystery.

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If they had no yeast – or leaven, when they left Egypt, how could they get it again? There were no bakeries in the wilderness.

It was one of those puzzles that I put ‘on the back-burner’… and in this case forgot about. Occasionally, over the years, I would hear something about it in a sermon, but basically remained mystified.

Recently, it came to mind again – perhaps because of the time of year. So, I went searching.

The number of results on an internet search surprised me. I learned that there is something called ‘wild yeast’, and that it lives everywhere.wild yeast

In the time of the Israelites leaving Egypt, just as there were no local bakeries, there was no commercially produced yeast. Logical, but I had never thought of it before. From what I read, bread made with ‘wild yeast’ is vastly superior to bread made with commercial yeast.

Wow… surely that must be complicated!

No, not really…

To make a batch of leavened bread all I would need is some flour, water, and time. I discovered that if I mix together ordinary flour (unleavened) and water, after a few days bubbles will start to form. The next bit is what I found interesting. It has to be ‘fed’ with more flour and water over several days.

Do you know what this made me think of?

Sin.

Like the ‘wild yeast’, sin is all around us.

What would happen if we didn’t feed it? What if we prayed about it instead?

sinsSin comes in many forms… simple examples could be gossip (that certainly is easily fed), petty theft – taking pens or notebooks from work – a common practice in some parts of the world. Then there are the various ‘lust’ sins… I could go on, but all of us can ‘fill in the blanks’.

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Food for thought, but not for leaven,

Susan

Hold the Faith cover image

Hold the Faith, another 5 star review

Hold the Faith review, excited

I appreciate this review, many thanks…

Susan

5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine! Experience! Live! Early Christian Life trials and tribulations., April 4, 2014
This review is from: Hold the Faith (The Apostle John Series) (Kindle Edition)
“Hold the Faith” is an interesting story of Christian life as it may have been in biblical times. Although the characters are fictional, they are vividly described in detail and the reader can easily imagine the experiences of their lives: the joys, the hatred and cruelty of others towards Christians.
The descriptive scenes of this era are depicted as though they were realistic to what I would have imagined that it may have been like to live in those tumultuous times. The story draws you in to want to know more.
Readers of all ages may find this interesting for book group discussions and religion class projects as well.
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Due to Mrs. Preston’s take on the story, I can see this book turned into a movie because of the story line and it’s take on Christianity and religion. Its uniqueness has added more to the story than what we’ve previously have been taught and it has created curiosity for me wonder what surprises a sequel will hold.
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Book 2 – Grow in Grace is available on Kindle and at Smashwords where there is the choice of several formats.
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A word about the person who reviewed this…
Sheena Smith is a Trafford Gold  Seal Recipient for Literary  Excellence’ for her book “Life Simply Put”. Check it out here… http://lifesimplyput.com/book/
Life simply put

Branding…?

As some regular readers know, I have been working as a volunteer once a week for the company where my daughter is a manager. Generally, in the morning, I work in the refreshments area, and after that shift is over, do some admin work.

One of the things that the manager identified as a need, was improved communication with the volunteers. So, one of my
newsletter guide ‘projects’ was to produce a newsletter for the volunteers. Microsoft Publisher seemed the best option for this. I tried some of the Microsoft templates, but it did not meet the needs of this project. So, I started with a blank page and set a number of text boxes, colouring them in the company colours.

This is not a ‘how to’ guide on making a newsletter in Publisher. Suffice it to say that the project was completed and forwarded to the manager, who was delighted with it.

A week or so later, I asked if it had been distributed to the volunteers.

No. It had been sent to the company’s marketing department for approval. The company is very careful of its branding, she told me.

It set me thinking.

How careful am I with my ‘branding’ as a Christian?

What do people see when they observe my behaviour?

There have been some tough trials in my life recently, what witness have I made?

What has my attitude been? This is usually the first thing that someone notices about another…

Angry, happy, thankful, sulking…or any of the emotions in between?

Attitudes

A ‘famous’ sulker comes to mind… it’s in the story of Cain and Abel.

So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Gen 4: 5 b

There are so many ways of feeling about this story, but often the answer to ‘difficult’ passages is in the previous or following verses.

In this case God, Himself, spoke to Cain…

“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (Genesis 4:7).

How did Cain perceive this? Criticism? Encouragement?

In view of what follows, it seems he sulked, became angry… didn’t want to take the gentle correction.

On the other ‘side of the coin’, King David was corrected by Nathan, a prophet of God over his sin. First Nathan tells him a story, then when David reacts indignantly, Nathan responds…

Nathan tells David“You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.’ ” 2 Samuel 12: 7

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What was David’s response?

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord…” 2 Samuel 12: 13 a

David took the correction, Cain did not.

It’s all in our attitude.

There will be trials for us to overcome, we are told that in a number of places…

“… and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Acts 14: 22 b

And not forgetting that our Saviour warned us…

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33 (New Living Translation)

So if we want to take our ‘branding’ seriously, we must look to our attitude in ALL things.

I see what they mean about ‘high calling’.  (Phil 3: 14). But if a business chooses to be careful about its branding, should I not do the same at least?

Pondering

Susan