It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

Merry Christmas! I hope whatever you are doing over the next few days brings great joy to your hearts.

It’s seems to be the time of the year when people either love Christmas or hate it. And a lot of that, I guess, has to do with what their previous experiences have been and how this year has unfolded.

Which leads me to this quote I love from Ann Voskamp ‘I want a Christmas that whispers Jesus’.

I’d tweak it to say “shouts” but that’s maybe because the world is SO noisy it’s hard to hear anything of value sometimes.

It’s so easy at this time of the year to be caught up in buying the perfect gift, cooking perfect meals and wanting perfect weather but while these things aren’t wrong in themselves; they are of lesser importance and dare I say no or little lasting value in the vastness of your decades of living.

So this year, as Christmas rolls into full swing remember that it’s a time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The start of His journey on earth that would eventually lead to His death and resurrection. And the restoration which is available to all of us if we choose to enter into relationship with God.

So, look up from the myriad of tasks, wants and desires and instead love on someone who is doing it tough. Show interest is someone who may be difficult to connect with in a real conversation. Remember, that Christmas is better when it’s shared, and more fun when it includes others beyond our immediate network.

My favorite memories growing up included having others join us for Christmas, friends not traveling to family or tourists picking fruit as they traveled around Australia which we’d met at church. Sharing a meal and buying them pressies was fun. But laughing together, telling stories and enjoying getting to know each-other is the lasting memory.

Whatever Christmas brings you, I pray it is fun, joyful; and full of love and celebration for the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Until January sometime ……Happy Pondering

Love ya XX

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the plan

It’s that time of the year again. When we all talk about how quickly the year has gone, that we can’t believe it’s Christmas, that we either love, hate or are indifferent to Christmas carols. It’s like those conversations are on a loop. And often so it the next one… what is next year going to look like for you? What’s your plan. 
Argh- plan. What? I should have a plan. Haha, I often think I have a plan and it turns out I don’t even have a vague idea of what I’m wanting to achieve. So this is my challenge for the next week weeks, before Christmas and New Year roll on by and 2018 is in full swing. 


So here’s the challenge 😉 to write down three things to achieve in 2018. One crazy massive, one slightly challenging and one obtainable. 

Then from there a step by step breakdown of what needs to be done in reality to achieve them. What training is required, are resources needing to be purchased and is there room in the budget? Who are the people you need to be visited and their wisdom and no how picked. What needs to be done  in order to see the dream not only be ink on paper or a note on my phone but an actual achievement. 
And simply work at it. 
Whether it all happens or not, at least you’ve seriously thought about your goals. Who knows it may actually be easier than you think. Or more challenging. Whatever unfolds at least you’ve given 2018 the best you’ve got. 
Until next week, I’m off to ponder my 2018 xx

go slow…..


Ok- who stole June, July, August, September and October for that matter. Any clues?

Me neither, I cannot believe we are in December. It’s like chunks of time just disappeared this year. I had to laugh, last Saturday I had a young shop assistant explain to me that her Mum always said time gets faster and how that she’s 23 she can’t believe how fast it flies. I laugh because I used to think the same thing and now that I’m in the ‘Decade No. 4’ I think ….umm that was super slow in comparison. 

For those who’ve I’ve chatted with before, you’ll know I’ve mentioned the busy haze. We’ve all experienced it. And all to often it starts to suck the enjoyment out of life, as we find ourselves on a merry-go-round.

So, as I move into 2018, I’m trying to be more intentional about being in the moment. Slowing to enjoy and setting myself up for success in actually loving each day to the full. 

So, with that in mind I decided to start to read a chapter of a book each day- not more. Just one. (I’m already behind, just as well I’m only in practice mode 😉) and to allow it to sink in. Not rush to the next point or adventure, but sit and carefully read each word, mull and enjoy. 

In the few days I’ve managed to pull it off, I’ve noticed how relaxed I feel and that I feel I accomplished something. I’m not sure, but I recon the heart rate drops, the brain slows down and the joy factor increases. 
There’s so much to achieve in life, but why do it all at 1000miles a hour and not enjoy the process. So there’s more to add to the to-do list for loving life, but I’m trying to create time so I can remember it without needing a Facebook memory to remind me.
 After all, we where created with an amazing brain that has far greater potential for joy, connection, memory recall and enjoyment than any social media platform will ever will be able to provide. 

Until next time, happy Pondering