…. greater love

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There I did it – I just used Wikipedia as my guide to history –please forgive me!  This week as we approached ANZAC DAY in Australia we remember the massive sacrifices which were made for us to live in the freedom we do – we are a very blessed nation, As a foodie, the famous biscuit crossed my mind.  You see them everywhere at this time of year, but we don’t always stop to ask why.
So here’s my Wikipedia bit….
Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I. It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_biscuit).
I wanted to give you a little insight into the Famous ANZAC biscuit and prompt you to maybe bake a batch between now and next Tuesday and remember the sacrifice that the generations that have gone before have brought us.
‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:13
And by generations I don’t just mean the last few, but the countless generations who have been before us.  We live in a time of untold gratitude towards those who paved the way for the good, no great things, we have in our lives.  No matter where we live, no matter whether you had loved ones who went to war or not, we all know people who have make sacrifices for big and small for others, for us.  There the ones I feel prompted to say thanks too, along with being filled with gratitude for those made the ultimate sacrifices for freedom (this always reminded me of Jesus too – now amazing His sacrifice of love)
fresh vegetables on wooden tableOh, before I go, here’s a link to a ANZAC recipe (I prefer them on the chewy side, or straight from the freezer..yummm delicious!) http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/anzac-biscuits/cc4e2031-8b63-48e7-8eff-b2637f472180
Next week we have a guest blogger, who’ll be joining us.  I’m so looking forward to it…….
Until then, Happy Pondering x

 

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the greatest love…..

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A few years ago my pa passed away at this time of the year. As we prepared for the funeral around Christmas celebrations I remember this strange juxtaposition of sorrow, joy, happy memories, laughs, tales from the years past, mixed with thankfulness for the goodness of God and a tinge of nervousness. 

I’d been asked to say a few words at the funeral, I remember thinking, ‘what do I say that will honour my pa and be what he’d want said’.  I’d heard from my cousins that my pa had told them to ‘choose your love and love your choice‘, while I’d never been fortunate enough to hear this advice from my pa directly (that’s what happens when you don’t take a love home to meet the man) its rings true, even to this day.

He’d have wanted his family and friends to know that Jesus was his first and greatest love. Sounds strange and even a little offensive to those who have different belief systems, but because of this love for Jesus, he was able to love my nana, his tribe of 7, their spouses and tribes and their tribes with a great love. It wasn’t sourced in his own strength, but it overflowed from love Himself – GOD. My pa would sit and listen and then into the conversation drop wisdom; calmly, consistently and lovinglywhat a sweet memory.

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As we approach another Christmas, it is with fond memories that I dedicate this post to my pa – a man who taught me a lot about great character and doing life well and to hunger after the things of God.  And like him I say ‘Choose your love‘, let it be Jesus.  As we celebrate Christmas it’s easy to be swallowed up by busy schedules, finding perfect gifts, function galore and food (we also swallow a lot of food at Christmas 🙂 ). But remember that this is a time to celebrate the greatest love story ever told, and one that is still unfolding to this day. It’s a time to remember that Jesus was born, to live and die as the ultimate loving gift to all humanity, throughout all time.  It’s put so well here. 

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” John 3:16 The Message 

If you have chosen to love Jesus (fabulous, that delights my heart!); love your choice this Christmas.  Love Him, thanks Him, praise Him and make Him the number 1 priority in all that will happen around your Christmas. And from that place shower love on all you encounter.  


I wish you all a very joyful and loving Christmas, filled to overflowing with the goodness of God. 

Merry Christmas xx