Monday, 15 January 2018


Make the change now that will set you on the path.

‘No one puts new wine into old wine skin lest the wine skin burst’ Mark2:21-22 destroying both the skin and the wine and yet we do this over and over again. 
A conversation took place today that brought this saying to mind.  A young woman was romanticizing the day she would retire. 

“When I retire I am going to learn to play the piano, I’m going to downsize my life, I’m going to play cards and I’m going to lose weight!” 
A good-natured poke was made at her retirement plans 

“Do you do any of that now do you even own a piano?” “No when I retire I’ll have all the time I need and to buy new piano” and with that everyone laughed and moved on with their day.

Dreams are important to have and if we want to live without being consumed by disillusionment when dreams do not come true, we need to be prepared to make changes.  To be free to let go of habits, personal possessions and to be open to gathering new habits and possession so we can realize our dreams at some future date.

Far too often we set goals based on an unrealistic view of a future, on a future that cannot be created unless we are prepared to embrace change now.

How will we learn to play the piano if we never own a piano? 

How will realize living with less when we continue to collect and gather items to us?


Be healthy at the point of retire without paying attention to in now?

No amount of time will at the point of retirement will ensure dreams will be fulfilled if we do not embrace change now.

Too often we expect our future dreams to fit into our current way of life we attempt to put new wine in old wine skins when we can put new wine in a new wine skin and enjoy the fulfillment of dreams.

Begin today to make small changes that will ensure future dreams are positioned for success.

This is the challenge and I have for myself as I prepare to retire and for my children and grandchildren as they set the paths that they will take through their lives.

Grandma Snyder


January 15, 2018

Sunday, 14 January 2018

You know all about me

Paul works very hard in both his preaching and writing to get people of his day to look and see Jesus a new.  

Jesus like many people today was being defined by where he lived, ‘“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46 and Paul asked people to look beyond their prejudice to see Jesus, to be openly curious and learn about Jesus.  To get to know Jesus through shared experiences, to build an understanding of ourselves and the world around us with Jesus.  

Paul asks us to stop making assumptions about Jesus, to come, see and make Jesus and his message apart of our knowledge our community.

Paul’s message resonates just as strongly today as it did then.  People today are defined by where they were born, there are counties whose population are not welcome to cross our boarders, ‘can anything good come out of (fill in the blank). 

We stop being curious about individual people from these places, we stop listening to their stories, we withhold our compassion, becoming prejudicial and we spread oppression in our wake.

Paul calls us to come and see Jesus, to be joyfully curious fully engaged in getting to know both Jesus and his message for the world.  

Jesus then asks us to look beyond the worlds prejudices to see individual people, to know all humanity as beloved by God, that they hold value in the creation of peace today.  

Jesus call us to know him and his message of love, then to go out and spread our knowledge not through fear and violence, through unconditional love and joyful curiosity.

Before people will be curious about our experience of Jesus we must first ‘look and see’ them, hear their stories and with them create new ways of understanding ourselves and our world.

To hear the voice of God in each story, and know God to be speaking to us through them.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

This blog was inspired by Juanita Laverty's sermon today.

Lectionary readings To enhance your experience, we have included links to each reading 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139: 1-6, 13- 18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Together we create family

Poem by Emily Dickinson

There are many facets to the meaning of family.  
There are the families we head as parents, the families we were raised in as children, and social families the we choose to belong to.  

Today we enjoyed a wonderful few hours with family, and together we were sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandmothers, grandfathers and most importantly all are family and friends.

Emily Dickinson says it best in her poem “One Sister Have I In Our House” talks about her relationship with her biological sister and her sister-in-law Sue.

One Sister have I in our house,
And one, a hedge away.
There's only one recorded,
But both belong to me.

One came the road that I came --
And wore my last year's gown --
The other, as a bird her nest,
Builded our hearts among.

She did not sing as we did --
It was a different tune --
Herself to her a music
As Bumble bee of June.

Today is far from Childhood --
But up and down the hills
I held her hand the tighter --
Which shortened all the miles --

And still her hum
The years among,
Deceives the Butterfly;
Still in her Eye
The Violets lie
Mouldered this many May.

I spilt the dew --
But took the morn --
I chose this single star
From out the wide night's numbers --
Sue - forevermore!
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 13, 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

Pumpkin Bread

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 Pumpkin grew well in Grandpa’s garden and so we find ourselves with freezer full of pumpkin and today's recipe Pumpkin Bread.  This is an old family recipe and so good.

31/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. soda
Pinch salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cloves
4 eggs (lightly beaten)
2  cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
½ cup oil
2/3 cup water
2/3 cups walnuts

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Sift together the first six ingredients
Beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, water, and oil
Make a well in centre of the dry ingredients and add liquid all at once
Mix only enough to moisten the batter (don’t over mix)
Mix in walnuts
Pour into 2 greased 9x5 loaf pans
Bake one hour at 350F until an inserted comes out clean
The loaf tastes best if you wrap and allow the bread to sit for 24 hours before serving.

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Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 12, 2018
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Make space for anger

Today too many people were angry and it would have been too easy to have gotten caught up in the emotional aftermath.

We all experience anger it is a natural reaction to, pain, frustration, injustice, grief, disappointment, confusion, disorientation, loss of power, shame – to fear.

Fear that we may lose our sense of self either internally or as we want to be projected into the world.

Anger attempts to, motivate either ourselves or others, it distracts us from our feelings of helplessness, from our fear.

Here is the problem presented today in the face of so much anger that we become fearful and enter the cycle of distraction and forceful persuasion - by being angry ourselves and continue to spin the situation further out of control. 

When presented with anger, it is important to create space, space to step away from the anger so that we can see the person and look for the fear that is fueling the anger, then we can engage with compassion and care. 

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls 

January 11, 2018

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Tension pain and Self Care

Just as water slowly seeps into a cinder block basement tension and stress seep into the body and the smell of mildew catches the home owner off guard just as you suddenly realize you are in pain.

Stress and tension are normal, even a healthy part of life and most definitely a part of work life.  There is no way to avoid stress and so it is important to pay attention to how tension is affecting your body, your life and today tension is playing out in the upper body, jaw and has resulted in a headache by 11:30 am -  enter good self care.

Self care is how you ensure a healthy life style.  30 years ago a tenured mentor described how he took a 20-minute nap every day, he pulled a pillow out of his desk, closed his eyes and took care of the mornings stress and tension.

This advice seemed humorous at the time and today profound as a pillow is pulled from my desk and I plan to take care of this mornings stress and tension.

Another colleague spends her lunch hour eating and reading a favourite novel stepping outside of her work environment for a few minutes where her stress and tension melts away.

The first step in self care is acknowledging that we suffer from stress/tension.  Next is to be open to how your body is dealing with it, to be aware of the stress and tension in your body.  The final step to have a plan to care for yourself, your own personal wellness strategy, an emotional first aid kit.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls


‘No one puts new wine into old wine skin lest the wine skin burst’ Mark2:21-22 destroying both the skin and the wine and yet we do this...