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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The Weekend Funnies – Calvin and Hobbes: low self-esteem

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One of the things I like about Bill Waterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes is his incredible witty insight into human nature. Today’s comic is funny… because it’s so true! Is this a sad commentary on the world we’re living in today or what? And… do you know anyone like this?

Calvin & Hobbes - low self esteem and immediate gratification

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2014 Bill Waterson.

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The Weekend Funnies – It’s a Magical World

Seemed especially appropriate since we are experiencing -7 with wind chill at -35 here in Central Indiana. Not used to this Canadian weather! LOL

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We’ve been enjoying -40 to sometimes -50 degree weather here in the southern Manitoba, Canada… Someone even noted that it’s been colder here than at the North Pole!

But one of the wonderful things about snow is the spiritual lesson it can teach us. Like Hobbes says, “The world looks brand new!” And Calvin says, “A New Year… a fresh, clean start!”

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).

Calvin & Hobbes - snow and new year

It’s a magical world… let’s go exploring!

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Life lessons from a classic Christmas cartoon

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a popular children’s story by Dr. Seuss. Published in 1957 it then became an animated short film originally airing on CBS on December 18, 1966. It is one of the very few Christmas specials from the 1960’s to still be shown regularly on television.

Surprisingly, the show continues to be popular in ratings, with its 2010 airing (the last of many times it had aired that year) winning its time slot among the 18 to 49-year-old crowd and finishing second in overall viewers. Not too shabby for an old cartoon!

It’s a classic tale of Good vs. Evil.

The Grinch, with a heart “two sizes too small”, has hated Christmas for 53 years. Weary of the Whos joyful celebrations he schemes to ruin Christmas by stealing all their stuff.

With the help of his lovable and laughable dog Max he pulls a Christmas Eve heist. Before dropping the…

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My ongoing issue with Christmas cards

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I first posted this blog entry a year ago and it’s still one of the things that bugs me about how we celebrate Christmas and amazes me about God’s love for us!
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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Scrooge about all things Christmas and I very much appreciate the sentiment behind sending Christmas cards. But I do have one particular issue with a certain type of card.

Why is Jesus’ birth often depicted with images that are neat and clean and even royal?

Jesus was born in a manger; i.e. – a place where animals were kept, likely a cave in the side of a hill. It was dirty, stinky and anything but royal. Certainly not how I would have made my entrance were I the King of Kings!

Why would God send Jesus into the world in such a lowly manner?

Consider the usual trappings of an…

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Shame-free faces

It's a God thing...

“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth,”
reads Psalm 34:1 (NKJV).

Lord, today I choose to ‘bless’ your name – to praise you for all that you are. I often forget you, and complaints slip out more easily than praise. But I choose to find a way. A way back to the practice of gratitude. Help me to focus on you as the source of all joy, and remember the amazing things you’ve done.

“My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together,”
the Psalm continues.

Praise is even better in groups, Lord. Help me to talk about you with others, and lift your name high with people who love you like I do. We have so much to…

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I want to be acclimatised

It's a God thing...

Even on a hot day, jumping into a cold swimming pool can prove a shock to the system. Likewise it takes time for our bodies to adjust to a hot bath. We must become acclimatised before we enjoy the water.
When it comes to accepting the love of God, it can be a similar process. We might know in our heads that He loves us, but it can take a while to relax into this truth. To accept it wholeheartedly. Realising just how deep His passion for us goes, and that He has such amazing plans for us within this loving relationship, changes everything.

Lord, take me deeper so that I understand your life-altering love even more. May it continue to transform my heart and my actions towards others. May I wake up each morning knowing that nothing I do will make you love me more, and nothing I do…

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