There Is A Time For Everything

atime for everything


1  There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2         a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – 8

“Come To Me”

come to me


There are times in life when it all gets a bit much. A bit overwhelming. A bit tiresome and heavy going. We all go through stages like that and some people go through them more often and more deeply than others but the message from Jesus is the same: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.

I am wrestling with a couple of personal issues just now and they are weighing me down and tiring me out. I have suffered with depression in the past and I can feel it lurking in a dark corner of my being at the minute too.

Some people refer to depression as a black dog and I can see how that fits – the darkness, the threat, the hot breath down the back of your neck, the fact you can’t outrun it, the slobbery, shadowy beast following you round giving you a nip at your heels now and then – and I know that when I get tired and overwhelmed like I am now, that black dog starts growling and stepping out of the shadows.

I need to reminded of that verse today. If only so that I can keep that black dog in his kennel for a while longer yet.


Daybook Entry – 18th January 2016

8598a-simple-woman-daybook-largeFor Today… 18th January 2016

Outside my window… Winter is having a bit of a break. We have had some snow over the weekend but it has warmed up and dried up today and even though it’s still a bit chilly it isn’t exactly freezing.

I am thinking… about the stage directions in Peter Pan for an essay I’m writing.

I am thankful… that I don’t have to get up too early in the morning. The old body is a bit sore today and it needs its rest.

I am praying for… a family I have come to know recently who are living in a difficult situation which is set to get even more complicated in the next couple of weeks.

I am wearing… shorts and a t-shirt under my big thick dressing gown.

I am creating… a list of things I’d like to create when I’ve got some spare time!

I am going… to pick up my new glasses tomorrow. I will then have a distance pair, a reading pair and a middle-distance pair that I can use when I’m preaching or conducting, or when I’m on the laptop. At the moment I struggle with either fuzzy faces or fuzzy text.

I am wondering… how on Earth I’m going to get two assignments done by this time next week.

I am reading… “Bad Boy” by Peter Robinson. I can only read a bit of it at a time in between all the other stuff I’ve got to read. I’ve been studying Peter Pan so that’s been to hand for a week and I am just about to start “Buffalo Soldier” by Tanya Landman which is a set book for the end of the course assignment.

I am hoping… tomorrow is a migraine-free day.

I am learning… to trust my instincts when reading between the lines.

In my garden… I have an empty bird feeder which I will be filling up tomorrow to encourage some birds.

A favourite quote for today…

a year from now

A peek into one of my days…


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One of my favourite things… is cuddling new babies

From the board room…

I remember making something like these when I was a kid, only we used sugar or salt, and we left them to grow by the fire for about a fortnight. I wish I could remember exactly what we did now, but these that I found today look so much better than mine all that time ago.

Post Script:

I’ve just read that Glenn Frey of the Eagles has died, news which saddens me. One of my favourite albums as a teenager was Hotel California and his voice on Lyin’ Eyes was fantastic. I’m sad that he suffered at the end and I’ll be forever grateful for the contribution he made to the world with his music.

Here’s a video of a live performance of Lyin’ Eyes.