Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Bible Tells Me So Much

 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; 

the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;  
1 Chronicles 16 verse 15
Open bible
 Have you ever yearned for spiritual nourishment: the spiritual equivalent to manna in the wilderness'?  I know that I have and still do at times.

As is so often the case the answer is found in the wisdom of a small child.   Myrna Laverty (3) shows us the way when she sings a familiar childrens song with a small yet profound change in the words… “Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so much.  

Gahtering manna
Myrna with addition of the single word much transforms the bible into a living vessel through which the word of God is relevant for 2014 and ages to come.  Myrna at three is experiencing the bible stories for the first time and she is fully present in her experience.  These are not old familiar stories full of meanings learned long ago.  They are new and exciting.

I can remember experiencing some of Myrnas wonder as teenager.  I found comfort in sitting in the empty sanctuary at First Mennonite Church where I read aloud from the bible, shouting the words at times and others whimpering the words through unabashed tears.  The bible at these times was a living conduit through which my spirit sought connection with God.

Now at 58 I am learning to seek spiritual sustenance again in the bible.  Approaching the bible as Myrna does or as I did as a teenager expectant, and fully engaged in the process. I have learned to take the hand of God and follow where I am led.  Beloved scriptures, known since childhood reveal new meanings, provide answers to my questions and strengthen me.  In these moments I experience the spiritual blessing of manna in the wilderness.   When I go to the bible in expectation of hearing the present voice of God, like the Israelites in the desert, I find the Holy Spirit there and I hunger spiritually no more.  

And like the manna the Israelites received in the desert, spiritual manna cannot be horded against a day when we cannot find Gods presence nor can it be brought out as proof of our blessedness.  

What is it that I describing?  I am describing the practice of being mindful in our daily bible readings.   Reading the bible with an expectation that new truths will be revealed.  Being open to old and familiar words suddenly bursting forth with new meanings, wisdom and direction.  

Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so much !

Grandma Snyder
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Friday, 21 February 2014

Brooklynn's Fashion Show

Enily's First Fashion Shop Shoot

During one of the winter storms of 2014 Emily decided that she wanted to create a fashion shoot with her Maplelea Doll and the clothing that she has.

Maplelea Doll 18 inch

Asking her mother's permission to use the camera Emily and her cousin set about creating the back ground props.

Maplelea Doll 18 inch with horse

Dressing her dolls and posing them in their outfits.  Then came the more difficult job of taking a picture that she was satisfied with.

Maplelea Doll 18 inch in Halloween dress

Once Emily was pleased with her picture she saved it and moved on to the next outfit, background and pose.

Maplelea 18 inch doll in winter coat
Once she was done and satisfied with the final product she called me and requested that I post her first independent blog post on this blog.

Maplelea 18 inch doll in bathing suit

I think that she did an amazing job.  We should provide our children access to our electronic cameras and with supervision of allow them to capture the world that they see or as Emily did begin her career in photography.

Maplelea 18 inch doll in bathing suit

Maplelea 18 inch doll in bathing suit cover up
Maplelea 18 inch doll in red dress
So join with me in welcoming Emily into the world of creative photography and blogging.

Grandma Snyder

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