Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Desert Song

Recently a friend played for me Hillsong's "The Desert Song" for the first time and I was floored. The lyrics apply so well to every season of our lives.

In the desert:
When the stream dries up,
When the ground feels chalky,
When you've been begging for just one drop of water.

In the fire:
When the foundation is scorching,
When the flames can't be escaped,
When you've been praying for relief.

In the battle:
When the odds are overwhelming,
When nothing feels secure,
When you've come to the end of yourself.

In the harvest:
When the food is plentiful,
When the blessings are abound,
When you feel completely satisfied.

If you haven't heard the song yet, do yourself a favour and listen to it below. It's definitely an anthem we can all get behind.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Yesterday a friend and I went to Iroquois Falls to take in PaperFest. It's a music festival they have every year and while in previous years I never really was too keen on wanting to go, this year was a different story.

While the Timmins area is known for being the hometown of Shania Twain, we don't often attract big artists for shows, but Iroquois Falls managed to book Terri Clark for the festival. That was an opportunity I wasn't about to pass up :)

While I always thought she had a great voice, live it sounded even more impressive. Add to that she really knows how to get the crowd going and it all made for a great evening.
Here's one shot from the night:

So what's the best concert you've been to lately?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

When The Mom's Away, The Kid's Will...

In my case, cook.

I wanted to try out some recipes while our "master chef" was gone, so I did. This is what I attempted today- Pizza Spaghetti Style. It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself:

Here's the recipe:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Follow Me

Being a follower of Jesus means that we are willing to follow wherever He leads. While we've attached expectations and conditions to that, the truth is the only two words Jesus ever said were "follow me". Not "follow me and start a worldwide ministry" or "follow me and all your problems disappear" or "follow me and you'll get a recording contract", but just "follow me". Detritich Bonfoeffer described discipleship like this:

"And what does that text inform us about the content of discipleship? Follow me, run along behind me! That is all. To follow in His steps is something which is void of all content. It gives us no intelligible programme for a way of life, no goal or ideal to strive after. It is not a cause which human calculation might deem worth of our devotion, even the devotion of ourselves. What happens? At the call, Levi leaves all that he has- but not simply because he thinks that he might be doing something worthwhile, but simply for the sake of the call. Otherwise, he cannot follow in the footsteps of Jesus." (The Cost of Discipleship, p. 58)

Do me a favor and read those last two sentences again. Levi (known to many of us as Matthew) left all he had, not for some spiritual promotion or dream destiny, but simply for the sake of the call.

Are you willing to follow for the sake of the call? Big question with far-reaching implications.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Reminder Of A Promise

I saw this rainbow on the drive home from the cottage and my friend and I pulled over, just to take it in. While looking at it's beauty, I was reminded of this promise:
God continued, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I'm putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I'll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I'll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth." (Genesis 9:12-16, The Message)

Friday, July 03, 2009

Worth While Read

I don't often re-post stuff from other blogs on this page, but after coming across this post I couldn't not pass it on.

If you're looking for some challenging words, you'll enjoy this post. You can read it by clicking here.