The science of happiness

I had to share thus with you, dear followers because it is just beautiful. I hope it brightens your day as it did mine… And may you find someone to try it out on 🙂

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Photo’s and Thanks 11_09_2013

I had a very helpful advice from Instant Apostle today, having had a rejection letter for my book yesterday. They pointed out that it sounded like a blog post or a preach – which when I thought about it wasn’t at all surprising as those are the two things I have most practice at when it comes to communicating to a lot of people at once.

Of course I was disappointed, but i have decided to learn from it… and do what I know best.  So starting tomorrow, I shall be serialising my “preach” here on my blog – the intro and first bit of “The Zedonk Christian”.

I am thankful to Instant Apostle for taking the time to write back to me – they didn’t have to! I’m also thankful today for the time to catch up with my dad, do the shopping and go to the cinema with R this evening. In the meantime, the park was as beautiful as ever, autumn is creeping on, and a quote I read today has been rattling around my brain:

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Photos and thanks 31_08 to 06_09_2013

I have been away with work the last week, and half my thanks is to do with that. It was a really encouraging week which has given me a good start to my job. I was particularly thankful to see young people coming to faith. I am also thankful to God for:

  • R getting a company car until we manage to move house
  • My dad not piercing his lung when he fell onto a brick wall and cracked is ribs
  • Time this weekend to go and see R’s family
  • Winning a free book by Peter Rollin from  Hodder Faith via facebook
  • Dear friends not forgetting us and sending nice things in the post

I am hoping the book will be a real place of learning for me. It is called “The Idolatry Of God – Breaking the addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction”  I am already on this journey, what with the difficulty of our house move – I have learnt to be content even through we have no clue what will happen or when. In the end I think life is a process of handing over ourselves to God, until all of it is truly his, the evidence being true contentment or peace, regardless of circumstance.

I managed to take a few photos while I was away, so they count as my photos of the day, and some of they beauty I saw, the rest being in the actions and words of the people I now work with and the young people I met this last week .

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Photos and thanks 30_08_2013

Today I am thankful for the time to sit in a little slice of heaven, share it with the dog, and have time to think, pray and learn:

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How is it that all the things I have been learning of late have been staring me right in the face? Ah well, better late than never.

We are trying to move house, and I find it all very unsettling. I would love to put roots down, and having moved 15 times in the last 20 years, it’s all a bit much.

It got me thinking. If home is where the heart is, what do I love? Well that’s easy, my husband, family, the garden, the dog, green spaces, books creativity and the work I do as a youth worker… and all this as an expression of my love for God.

But that’s a lot to move house with. I mean, I would just love to see the third year of my garden…

It was so much easier when I was a student, a poster on the wall, my duvet on the bed and I was home.
And there is the answer, right in front of my nose.

If I have less stuff, I will make home quicker. And then it won’t matter how long I am anywhere.

So the plants are staying in pots, the books are being culled and all the stuff I never use is going. And I am going to spend better time on the people I love. What about you…?
Where is your heart?

what is home for you?

Do you need to cull anything or spend more time on something?

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Photos and thanks

I start my new job tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it, even though my first week is just planning at home. It is the beginning of a new chapter and I am excited to see what God will do.

I am planning to record the rest of the year, starting tomorrow, each day with photos and thanks. Why don’t you join me and post links to yours? If people join in, I will post their links at the end of each week. If not, may the rest of your year be blessed anyway 🙂

photo every day