Monday, 22 January 2018

Remembered through our habits.


Monday night is reading night with our youngest granddaughter, this is an excellent habit and how we want to be remembered.

Take some time to remember back to your own Grandparents and aside from single events that would be charged with emotional content, it will be the habits you recall.

A Tupperware cookie container always in the same place, always full with Aunt Marjorie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies when we arrived, or playing the button game with my Grandmother at the dinning room table, these are habits I remember and how I remember them.  I always felt special as I reached into the cookie jar and grown up as I played button with Grandma.

Be mindful of your habits and how the children around you will remember you.  Most importantly how your habits make those same children feel.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 22, 2018

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Trust God

Is there room in your life to hear God’s call?  
How often during the day do you create quiet spaces in which to listen for his voice? 

The question is, do we believe and trust that God has a message for us and wants too communicate directly with us?

From the moment we get up, too long after we have gone to bed, we are linked to the noise in our lives: radio, iTunes, TV, social media, family, friends and loudest of all our internal voices all clamor for our attention and drown out the still calm voice of the Creator.

Silencing all of the outside noise and  calming our internal voice is hard work and requires that we believe God wants to speak to us – has a very personal message of acceptance, purpose, and unconditional love for each of us.

Spiritual services dedicated to silence are profound as no service full of words and music can be.  The silence creates anticipation, acceptance, a sense of belonging, and intimacy.  

With it comes the knowledge of belonging to God and to each other.

Create space to listen to the words our Creator longs to speak to each of us, trust God.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20.

January 21, 2018

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Be Open To New Opportunities

Before Christmas coming down with shingles meant that handmade gifts would never be completed and hobbies that relaxed and brought joy were not unavailable.

Pain, frustration and depression quickly took over until out of desperation instead of looking back, turning to the future was the only path available. 

The with joy being open to new opportunities and a new way to relax, a new hobby presents.

Junk Journaling 

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 20, 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018

Gluten Free Pork and Sauerkraut Casserole

Tonight's Foodie Friday offering is one of  our most popular recipes from 2014

GF condensed cream of mushroom soup I recommend the recipe from Salad in a Jar 

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

January 19, 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Good Boundaries and Safe Spaces

While you are able to be busy, there will never be enough time to get everything you want to do done or to meet all of the demands that other people will put on you.

When you are no longer physically or mentally able to be busy any more there will be too much time sitting alone with your thoughts and most worrisome with your regrets.

This mornings inspirational reading challenged me to set good boundaries by creating safe spaces within my day, week, month, etc. for me to be still, to calm the cacophony of demands both internal and external, to be present within my body, and spirit, to listen for that still small voice that waits with unconditional love within each of us.

Setting good boundaries first and foremost means creating a safe space for yourself everyday.  Then going to that place and residing there until once again connected to your spiritual self, you emerge back into the world secure in the knowledge of who you are and that you are loved.

 The safety industry understands that importance of looking out for #1, on airplanes parents with children are told to put their oxygen mask on first so that they can look after their children.  

Yet too often care givers of all makes and descriptions put their needs last, and too soon burn out, become ill themselves or worse yet become impatient and frustrated and take out their feeling on the persons they are giving care too.

Safe spaces have to be deliberate and do not necessarily have to be private.  It is a place where you can calm the noise in your mind, and relax back into your own body, for a friend it is 30 minutes spent at her favourite coffee shop, sitting at a table facing the park with a hot up of coffee. 

For my Grandmother it was working in her garden, where she would on her knees, pull weeds, pray for her family and listen to her Lord.

Find your safe place and spend time there everyday because you are worth it.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2018 twosnydergirls

Today post was inspired by the January 18, 2018 Pray as you go inspirational audit podcast.

January 18, 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Experiencing yourself through others.

The juxtaposition between the ‘I’ that we know and the person that others experience always comes a shock.

Today at a team retreat we advanced our knowledge of each other by exploring the four personality colours.  We started the exercise from the ‘I’ position, we looked at four individual pictures one picture for each colour and we picked the picture we thought best represented our internal perception of self -  the picture that best aligned with our internal narrative.

The next exercise was to evaluate a series of words again in order of their relevance to our internal narratives and from here we were directed to a colour that the test results said best represented our internal narrative.

The final exercise was to be open to how we are experienced by others.

We live our lives with an internal narrative about who we are and we live in relationship with other people who develop their own narrative about us.

Which is the true narrative?

How I know myself or how others know me?

It is both.

Aristotle says that knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.

To know myself I must first understand how I impact the world around me.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2018 twosnydergirls  

January 16, 2018

Remembered through our habits.

  Monday night is reading night with our youngest granddaughter, this is an excellent habit and how we want to be remembered. Take ...