So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Growing older

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Many of you have read my views on ageing and my own minding not to give into it. And getting freaked out when things do change. Well, I read a lovely book recently, by Adam Houge, Quiet times with Jesus, which uniquely is written in the first person of Jesus speaking straight to you. I don’t agree with all there, the voice at times doesn’t seem the Jesus I know, BUT  here I found a whole new way of thinking about it. Look on life as a pilgrimage to Jesus, finding your way to him through all the seasons of life. I began to see that growing older, which I’ve seen so negatively as illness and mental deterioration doesn’t have to be so. It can be a time of peacefulness and acceptance without the terrors of teenage and the exhaustion of being  a Mum. It’s a way to a perfect goal.

Life has to be seen from both sides, if its to be a full experience. I can live with these ideas, and will ponder on! Thank you Adam!


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Is your phone on?

My thanks to James Goll for this!

This share really struck home to me. I’ve been whingeing and whining about our future here and why doesn’t he answer our long term prayers!  Of course, Jesus is the word, and the word of God is in the Bible and the word is spirit.

So I decided to take another tack. Rather than sitting at the desk with a notebook or anxiously praying for a revelation, I was going to take the Gospels and read them, and keep reading. Letting the Word and Spirit sink into me, not questioning, not analyzing, almost reading it like a novel. Let it pour into me. And so I have been doing. I have seen things and the Holy Spirit has shown me things which I have had to make note of, but the biggest effect is just the word filling the part of my brain that reads leading it into my spirit.

Any changes or answers yet? No but a re-kindling of a closeness, something coming alive in me again. Doesn’t mean that I’m still not frustrated and angry and a bit desperate about our long term future here, but underlying is the deeper calm.  I’ve to stop clutching at straws, trying to imagine how God will resolve this, I’ve had so many false hopes here and I will not accept them any more. I cannot see how the situation will be resolved, but I’m stopping trying to manipulate.  Just let him fulfill the already answered prayer, and with the authority of the Risen Christ within me, I command change! Watch this space!


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Game of Life – Book review

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I know loads of people are hooked on the Game of Thrones books and TV series, but I’ve never got into serial dynastic punch-ups, I even got a bit bogged down with The Lord of the Rings. But I have found a similar book which I’m surprised  hasn’t been made into a TV series, and I’ve read it several times. Sweet start which quickly descends into chaos, storms and floods, inter kingdom punch ups and even some genocide – not really my thing. However, what links this all together is the story of a search for one man that goes down the generations,  a very wibbly wobbly timey wimey thing.  Each time you think the character is the one, he blows it in some way. There’s loads of supernatural symbols and tales and stories and great special effects, so hippies and tekky freaks are happy.   Finally, right at the end, the right guy gets found (as in all good plots), and he gets a cult following, until the climax when everyone turns on him and he gets murdered in a most vicious way.  But like many of these characters, he comes back again and the book ends on one of these catalytic warning stories but which is also a great tale of hope,  leading into a sequel, as the book shows he’s still around, never in fact left.

Do I need to tell you which book I mean?


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Time out -power time

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How often after Jesus had been alone did he go and do great things? As I have already written, after the death of John the Baptist is one example. Now after he has healed the Mother In Law, he’s off on mission to all over Galilee

Andrew Wommack and Joyce Meyer both talk about the necessity of a quiet time, be it two minutes in the loo avoiding the kids or a couple of hours with the door shut. It’s taken me a long time to get  to this and I will not have it turned into a law  if it’s missed, I’m not going to beat myself up about it, and I will not have a clock in there either. I can talk to God anytime, anyplace.After all, God doesn’t respond to how long I spend with him, but the quality and the openness I receive him. And maybe, one day I will burst out of that room, full of power, enabled and ready for my mission!

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.


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Puzzling Parables

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One of the things I’ve struggled with in the Bible is the use of parables. Yes, they are great, as Jesus well knew to illustrate and explain a point. But as in the Isaiah quote below, it seems God had deliberately blocked them from understanding. In the big crowds Jesus tells the story of the soils and even the Disciples don’t get it. So what was the point?

It does seem that at the time (Still under the Old Testament Law)  when the people and the religious bods, deliberately broke his law or overdid it  and sinned, that one of the effects was that God then hardened their hearts not to understand. Again, what was the point? Surely he desired that they turned back to him? Or is this an Old Testament thing where God laid out the punishment as there was yet no reconciliation?  Or maybe, if they had repented and turned, then they would not have plotted and schemed for Jesus death, which had to take place in the culture of the time.

Joyce Meyer says people always enjoy her teaching more when she talks about her own life, so maybe in those days people really enjoyed hearing stories that relate to them – about the land and agriculture around them.  Verse 34 says Jesus used parables all the time, but did they get it?  I’m still flummoxed on this one!

How often did Jesus preach from a boat or on a mountain? He showed all the skills of basic crowd control, maybe some could say that the crowd backed him into the water, but they stopped and listened. Have you ever thought how did they all hear in such acoustics?  God’s voice!

The Parable of the Sower

1Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,

“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”


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Sleeping on duty?

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Jesus so often took to a boat, maybe as an early from of crowd control, or maybe like a taxi of today. In this case he’s been preaching, and it seems he wants to leave the crowd behind, go across the lake and find some quiet. It seems a flotilla goes with him – who must have later turned into another crowd of witnesses.  I like the expression,they took him along with them just as he was. Well what does that mean? Without a lifebelt? Or is it a remainder of oral tradition? He must have been tired as  he falls asleep in the boat which can’t have been easy. Then the squall blows up and I always thought by nature they could be sudden and short lived. So at first well, I thought that it wasn’t such a dramatic event. The the other versions talk about it being a furious storm (Matthew  8, 23 -7), so it must have been an unusual one – something demonic?  So the effect must have been dramatic when it dropped so suddenly. It must have been from fury to calm water in a second.  I’m not surprise it scared the living daylights out of them!

Mark Four ;Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”