Friday, September 15, 2006


The kitchen as it was on the left, is no longer! We are in the midst of renovations of this cheery, busy part of Linwood House and it feels strange to be surrounded by the chaos of it all, not quite sure how it will all look in the end.

But those who have been working hard on the designs and the installations know what it should look like so hopefully next week we will but up and running and experimenting in our new, changed but still cheery, busy inviting heart of the home! Posted by Picasa


Thursday, September 07, 2006

With Open Hands

The weekly Experiencing God study continues to take us deeper into listening for, and hearing God speak. One of the chapters speaks of surrender and giving up what we hold so closely, and how to live with open hands. In order to receive our assignments from God, and God sized ones at that, it can only be accomplished if we are willing to let go of what we hold most tightly to. Jesus says "Simply put, if you're not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can't be my disciple." (Luke 14:33 The Message)

There are times when we feel that if we let go we will become lost as a person, have no identity and no purpose - for that which we have clung to has been our false identity and purpose.

The words of Jesus are in fact a kind of dichotomy; one must hold their hands open to let go while waiting with them open to receive what God will choose to place in them thereby bringing us into an encounter with Him. Unclenching our fists may well mean letting go of fear and exchanging it for freedom.

Dear God,
I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?
Please help me to gradually open my hands
and to discover that I am not what I own,
but what you want to give me.
And what you want to give me is love -unconditional, everlasting love.

from With Open Hands

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