Learning through Life

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I love how our day-to-day life can teach us lessons to help us understand our past, challenge our today, and inspire our future. We can learn through experiences, situations, conversations, songs, books, nature ... the list is endless! Live with eyes ready to see, ears ready to hear and a heart ready to be touched.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The one with the catching up

Sadly, it has been quite a while since I last blogged something fresh.  I have tidied up a few blogs, and written a few guest posts, but nothing new has come this way.  The silence does not represent apathy, but rather a busyness of life outside of the blogosphere.  Nothing much has changed either and I suspect the balance is still going to lean heavily on the side of 'real' life for a while.  This will eventually pass ... and I will be back to more regular posting (and reading) again soon.

But in the meantime, here's a little insight into the current life of Jo ...

Blood:Water Mission
Forty Days of Water 

Just before the Lenten period started, I received an email from a friend.  It said:
'Jo, if you did this, you could provide a lake!!'  Attached was a flyer from Blood:Water Mission about their Lent challenge to drink only tap water for 40 days.  The money saved by not buying drinks is donated to help provide clean water in Uganda.  The statistics were shocking - donating the cost of a latte each day -  $3 (it's an American charity) will provide a family of 6 with clean water for between 15 and 20 years!  That can't be ignored can it?  I had to take up the challenge.

I used to drink A LOT of tea, at least ten mugs a day, (hence the joke about me providing a lake).  I have now only had tap water for eleven days!  Yes, it has been difficult.  My head hurt a lot during the first week and I walked around in a bit of a fog, unable to wake up properly.  But a week in, and both the fog and the pain lifted.  Whooop.  I can do this!

Drinking tap water only has made me appreciate how blessed I am.  Not only do I have a range of drinks to choose from, but I am also able to turn the tap on and safely drink the water.  So many don't have this luxury, that I have always taken for granted.  I am thankful. 

Email Clean up

Ok, this isn't the most exciting thing to be sharing with you!  But, I am amazed at how many email subscriptions I had picked up along the way.  The emails came in thick and fast and had began to clog up my inbox.  Their density also meant that I occasionally missed important, or interesting mails.  It was time for a clean up!  Over the last two weeks I have been clicking away at 'unsubscribe'.  Finally, they are slowing down, and my inbox is enjoying a bit of respite!

It is surprising how quickly we can collect junk.  We sign up for something that seems like a good idea at the time, and let it run on.  We click subscribe to get the best deals sent to us, but more often than not nothing exciting comes in.  We just stand by and let it all come in - just like life! 

Alongside the great email clean up - I have also been reflecting on various aspects of my life, and attempting to clean up all the unwanted or unhelpful elements.  Time is too short and too precious to have 'junk' in it, isn't it?

Open Doors

Everyone knows that opportunities are found by pushing on various doors don't they?  Well, during the last month or so, several doors have opened for me.  Brilliant!  But what has been even more exciting (at least to me!) is the fact that I haven't actually been out on a door pushing mission.  In fact, I wasn't even aware the doors were there to push!  It has been amazing.  Emails, conversations, circumstances, connections ... doors just being flung open.  And with all the opportunities presenting themselves I am reminded that despite my insecurities, weaknesses and feelings of inadequacy, God has a plan and a purpose for me - far beyond that which I can imagine.

However, it would be unwise to blindly run through every door without first seeking God's will.  I want to be doing the right things, not just the good things.  Lord, please direct my steps and help me to faithfully fulfill your will for my life.

There are plenty of other things I could share with you, but as I try to keep my posts short, I will close here.  Despite a few frustrations and disappointments along the way -  life has been very good :)

I will be back writing more regularly soon - but until then - know that God is faithful, can be trusted, and has a plan.  Love it!!


1 comment:

  1. Love the "40 Days of Water" challenge; good for you for achieving your goal! :)

    There are times when it is a real challenge to walk through an open door, but the rewards can be more valuable than we can ever imagine when HE knocks at the door of our heart and invites us to share everything with Him and others!

    Looking forward to more posts from you! :)


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