Today's Thought - The Archives - September 07

September 1, 2007

It always happens | Luke 15:9

Since returning from my mission trip to Kenya, I have tried to get back into the routine of ‘normal’ life.  One part of that routine is to... [more]

 

September 2, 2007 

Lumpy carpet | Matthew 5:24

“You’re going to have to get this carpet seen to,” came the complaint. Slowly the visitor picked them off the floor, turning around and analysing why they had fallen.  [more]

 

September 3, 2007

Home | John 14:2,3

I was overjoyed as I drove to pick him up and couldn’t wait to give him a big hug.  After five days away at summer camp, my son was finally back home with me.  Though we missed him while he was away, we knew he needed this time.  [more]

 

September 4, 2007

I am sorry | Job 22:21

Sometimes the most difficult words to say, particularly in a family or partnership, are these two words.  How do I know?  I’ve been in relationship with my wife for over thirty years, and seem to be an expert at ‘sorry’! [more]
 

September 5, 2007

The importance of adjectives | Ephesians 4:1-2

Like all of us, I have many roles in my life.  Wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher and friend are just some of the nouns used to describe me. [more]

 

September 6, 2007

Out of sync | Matthew 7:7

I had the privilege of attending a multi-cultural conservative church recently in my role as school chaplain.  On this particular day, the congregation had a visiting older minister. [more] 

 

September 7, 2007

Talent to appreciate | Genesis 1:27

Talent is marvellous.  People, using their gifts, are inspiring.  When they ply their skills, I have longed to be like them, but like a vast number of people, I was ‘behind the door’ when the talents were handed out.  [more]

 

September 8, 2007

Are you like that? | Psalms 139:14

Jake was a very determined four-year old that wasn’t too satisfied with who he was right now.  He came to Sunday School each week dressed as a...  [more]

 

September 9, 2007

Let’s build a chook shed | Luke 11:13

“Guess what I did on the weekend,” asked one of my students. [more]

 

September 10, 2007

Giant | Psalms 93:4 (NIV)

The giant water park was filled with hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.  For the many visitors this meant hours of fun and a refreshing time, cooling off in the Texan heat. [more]

 

September 11, 2007

A farmer’s gait | Galatians 6:4

Have you ever seen a farmer run? There is always plenty of work to be done on a farm, but you will notice he moves at a set pace.  [more]

 

September 12, 2007

The language barrier | Romans 8:26

Two-year-old: “Mummy, bark.

Me: “Did the puppy bark?

Two-year-old (trying to be patient): “No Mummy. Bark.

Me (racking my brain for another word): “Is it time for a bath?

Two-year-old (getting frustrated): “No. Bark.

Me (looking for inspiration): “It’s dark outside?  [more]

September 13, 2007

Trading players | Romans 6:16

Whether its basketball, soccer (football), Aussie rules, rugby league, rugby union, and baseball or grid iron – it happens in all professional sports! [more]

 

September 14, 2007

Invitation in hand | Isaiah 49:16 / Luke 24:38,39

Somebody gave me a pot of home-made, wild-plum jam.  It reminded me of an old Australian custom to ‘give something in the hand’ to a departing visitor. It was a minted token of one’s self, an unspoken wish for a safe journey home. [more]

 

September 15, 2007

Teacher revival | Psalms 42:5

Several years ago, I attempted to return to classroom teaching after seven years away.  It was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life. I was particularly shocked and amazed at how my engrained teaching habits... [more]

 

September 16, 2007

To the MAX! | Ecclesiastes 3:22

My wife and I revisited the place where we’d met thirty years ago!  All the ‘old’ jokes aside, we needed to do this to add that little extra spark to our relationship. [more]

 

September 17, 2007

Fruit flies | Proverbs 16:25 / Jeremiah 29:11

There is a little trick I have learned to trap fruit flies.  By placing a piece of fruit or some juice into a cup and covering the top with a sheet of plastic that has tiny holes, the bugs can get in, but they cannot get out. [more]

 

September 18, 2007

Nose to tail | John 16:13

Normally a ‘nose-to-tail’ refers to a car accident, where one vehicle smashes into the rear of the automobile in front.  NOT this time! The other day I saw a ‘nose-to-tail’ that was so significant I had to stop to observe!  [more]

 

September 19, 2007

Starting again | 2 Corinthians 5:17

Relationships are complicated.  Interact with someone for a few weeks, months, or years, and there are bound to be points of difference, hurt feelings, even crossed boundaries.  Sometimes we wish we could start over. [more]

 

September 20, 2007

Valley vs. mountain | Psalms 23:4

We sat gazing over the deep valley, energized by the view and exhilarated by the fear of sitting on the edge of a thousand foot cliff.  This group of university students, out for a weekend adventure, looked across the valley to the closest mountain. [more]

 

September 21, 2007

Switch on the light | John 1:4

Tiny fragments of glitter nestled in the floral tablecloth, so small you did not notice them.  The craft works had been tidied away and the cloth had already been shaken out.  But, against all the odds, the tiny fragments of glitter were still there. [more]

 

September 22, 2007

My maple tree | Ecclesiastes 3:1

I’ve always loved maple trees; everything about them, and so I decided to order a maple for my mountain garden.  When it arrived in the mail, I laughed... [more]

 

September 23, 2007

Timing is everything | Isaiah 49:23

I was a sprinter in high school, always loved running fast and trying to win races. As an adult I still love trying to get things done quickly...  [more]

 

September 24, 2007

Obedience | Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

I had a surprise for Nolan. I called him, but he wouldn’t come downstairs. Ever wondered as a parent why the simplest commands are so difficult for your kids to obey? In raising up my kids, I have learned just how important obedience is. [more]

 

September 25, 2007

Smelly fridge | Matthew 16:6

Our future son-in-law moved in with us recently, and with him came more ‘stuff’ than we realized.  With the gear taking up one car space in our garage we noted the fridge. [more]

 

September 26, 2007

Catching butterflies | 2 Corinthians 10:5

Two-year-old Samuel has a favourite game called ‘Elefun’.  Flick the switch and butterflies come flying out of the elephant’s long, blue trunk.  Samuel runs around with a net... [more]

 

September 27, 2007

Living sacrifice | Luke 9:23

Cow, lamb, pig, chicken or fish? It doesn’t matter which variety, but if you eat meat a life has been sacrificed. [more]

 

September 28, 2007

Troubled hearing

Millions of people go to worship and make offerings to their various gods all over the world.  Do their gods actually speak to them, out loud, witnessed and verified by a copy of the transcript? [more]

 

September 29, 2007

An amazing sight | Psalms 104:24

I always generously sprinkle bird seed in my yard outside my kitchen window. I delight in watching the birds feasting while doing my dishes. However...  [more]

 

September 30, 2006

Inadequate | Matthew 25:13

From winding track, to dirt road, to single lane bitumen, and now to dual lane highway.  The Pacific Highway, New South Wales’ main north-south arterial route has had a long and developing history. [more]

 

 

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