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Remaining thankful…

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Tuesday’s top ten thanks…

1 ) NHS – does an amazing job and has looked after two families close to us over the past weeks, as well as H this morning. Thankful for a health service that is free and accessible.

2 ) Friends – thankful for the many friends we have in our lives.

3 ) New Pupils – some days I just love teaching and especially when I get the opportunity to teach someone new. I still enjoy the first look of a pupil who realises they are actually playing the guitar.

4 ) Technology – this Sunday we were able to FaceTime with my parents in Derby. Great for the boys to keep in touch with their grandparents. I think they enjoyed it too…

5 ) Foodbank – great people doing an amazing work – if you live in Eastbourne please visit here. Alternatively you may like to visit the Trussell Trust who pioneer the work.

6 ) Winter Night Shelter – not only thankful for the work of the Eastbourne branch, but starting to hear great stories from around the country of similar projects that are up and running.

7 ) Life Group – Thankful for the family that we meet with once a week, to celebrate life, pray and learn to follow Jesus.

8 ) Church Leaders – Thankful for those who step up and follow God’s calling. Very grateful for their leading and their encouragement.

9 ) New Music – a few months ago a pupil gave me a iTunes voucher, which I got around to spending the other day. New music from Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have become staples in my work soundtrack

10 ) Communion – this Sunday was our monthly reflection, remembering and responding to the cross. I am always thankful to spend time as a church celebrating the communion meal and all that it represents.

Now over to you, what are you thankful for today?

Grace and Peace,

Steve

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Jesus, Tuesday Thanks

 

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Thankful Tuesday…

What’s this?

Two posts on one day?

You betcha!

On January 1st when New Year’s resolutions were swirling round, I came across one status that simply said, “what thing(s) are you going to continue to do in 2012?”

Two things I will be continuing in 2012 will be blogging and staying thankful.

So, with that here are Tuesday’s Ten Thanks:

1 ) Christmas

A great time with Team Blunders, no major illnesses, fun times and quality time with family.

2 ) Work

Thankful for the work that I do and returning to work today.

3 ) Friends

Christmas has been a great opportunity for spending time with some of our closest friends, looking forward to more meals and more time with friends in 2012.

4 ) Slow Cookers

Mrs B and I were given a Slow Cooker for Christmas – already well up and running with soups, meat joints, spag bol and an awesome beef and Guinness pie. Looking forward to more!

5 ) New Furniture

We have been saving for a while and managed to grab ourselves some superb bargains for the lounge. I am loving my ‘reading’ chair and we have a three seater sofa on order. So, if you come and visit you’ll now have somewhere a little more comfortable to slit.

6 ) New Year

I used to hate New Year, never really sure why. But, this one was great.  Great company and great laughs as we watched Big Ben ring in the New Year.  Really looking forward to 2012 and all that God will do in it!

7 ) New Projects

I love a new project and this year promises some great opportunities to grow, learn and develop new skills and I’m looking forward to it.

8 ) YouVersion

I love the YouVersion app. Mrs B and I have undertaken this year to read the Bible together, we are going to use a wide selection of the reading plans and see how we get on. I’m sure the stuff we read will pop up in one or two blogs throughout the year.

9 ) Winter Night Shelter & Eastbourne Foodbank

We’ve been continuing to hear great stories from these projects over the Christmas period. We’re both thankful for their work and we’re both looking forward to being more involved with them in future months.

10 ) BlogBlunders Readers

Thank you to all of you for reading these posts. What started off as an experiment has grown into something that I love. As I continue to learn to follow Jesus, to learn to pray, I hope that I will become a more accomplished writer in the process and to see what God has in store in the future…

Grace and peace,

Steve

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in God, Holy Spirit, Tuesday Thanks

 

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Tuesday Thankfulness…

 

Ten things I’m thankful for…

1 ) Great catch up chat with a mate yesterday – great coffee, great to talk about Jesus. Very inspiring and always a great laugh.

2 ) Oppourtunity to gather with Church Family tonight to prayer and reflect on Advent. I have been struck recently what a privalage it is to be able to freely gather to celebrate our faith openly and freely.

3 ) Count down to Christmas is well and truly on. Looking forward to celebrating with friends and family over the Yuletide festive season.

4 ) Prospect of time off, getting away from the office for a couple of weeks to recharge, pray and enjoy time away from a desk.

5 ) Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter – I’m continuing to hear great stories about the project and all who are involved. Thank you Jesus!

6 ) Good Books – current favourite is Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey. Great insights, easy to read and very inspiring.

7 ) Finding new blogs – www.iangoldsmith.wordpress.com written by a friend of mine who is blogging about being a painter with great insights into the creative process.

8 ) Coffee Machine working at home – a new way to start a day. Need to get it a little warmer though.

9 ) Family – always so very thankful for Mrs B and the sons of Blunders.

10 ) Friends – love you all.

Be blessed!

Grace and Peace

Steve

 

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Jesus, Tuesday Thanks

 

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Tuesday’s Thanks…

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Greetings,

Here are this Tuesday’s ten reasons to give thanks…

1 ) Crazy DIY challenge of removal of woodchip and repainting walls in 48hrs pretty much done.

2 ) Repaired a broken chair. I know this doesn’t sound like much – but a little task that has been on the to-do list for a while.

3 ) Loving reading Proverbs at the moment – great wisdom.

4 ) Van Halen’s 1984 Album. Such great guitar work and a great soundtrack for fixing chairs.

5 ) Roof over our heads. With our associated work with our local night shelter and foodbank we are increasingly thankful for a place to call home.

6 ) Mulled Wine.

7 ) Mince Pies.

8 ) Christmas Trees.

9 ) Winning a Coffee Machine at a Christmas Party Raffle.Tis the simple things.

10 ) Prayer. That it makes a difference and is an amazing thing.

Also, I love this quote from Harry Ironside (his wikipedia entry);

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

Feel free to let me know some of the things you’re thankful for in the comment section.

Grace and Peace and be thankful!

Steve

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Prayer, Tuesday Thanks

 

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Tuesday Thanks…

Hello all,

Hope you are well.

I have undertaken a new twitter rhythm (you can read more about it here) and Tuesday is thankfulness. This is inspired in part by the blogging on thankfulness by Sharon Roberts and Tuesday thanks on Becca Dean’s blog.

So, here just ten of my things to be thankful for…

1. Advent

Over the past few years I have grown more and more excited about Advent and this year I have been reading a prayer book entitled – “Come thou long expected Jesus” which uses some of the hymns of Charles Wesley and advent scriptures. Thankful for the great hymns and for Paul Wesley Chilcote for writing the book.

2. Life Group

Love being part of family and I love the group of peeps we do life with. On one level it is a sad day today as we say goodbye to one particular family as they follow God’s lead. But, we’re looking forward to blessing them. We are very thankful for their contribution, fellowship and friendship over the last few years.

3. Winter Night Shelter

The Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter starts on Thursday. Thankful that people have followed the Holy Spirit’s prompting and have started this project. May God over answer our prayers for this work.

4. Foodbank

Amazing project that has supported well over 600 people in Eastbourne so far, with an emergency three day food supply. Great people doing an amazing job.

5. Tree outside our house

I love our tree. Thankful for the spring, summer and autumn colours it has given us. I know its a bit weird but I do miss it during the winter.

6. Music

We love music in our house, if it is not on somewhere, someone (usually Mrs Blunders) will be singing. I love the creativity, the inspiration, the emotion and the call for a response that encompass music. I love that God designed these relatively few musical notes and then let us loose with them.

7. Big Bang Theory (TV Series)

I love this program, great end to a day! Thankful for humour.

8. Mentors

I have been thinking and thankful recently about those who have influenced and mentored us over the past few years. Mrs B and I are especially thankful for Dave and Sharon Roberts for their influence, encouragement and friendship.

9. Family

Love Mrs B and love my boys! Very thankful for them all!

10. Tea and Coffee

Both help the working day go down!

Hope you have a great day, may you stay thankful and if you haven’t already please join us on #3goodthings this evening on Twitter.

Be blessed,

Grace and Peace,

Steve

Father God, may we stay thankful this and every day. May we remember your blessings, your mercy and your grace. May we turn each thankful thought back into praise to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen


 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Community Living, Tuesday Thanks

 

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Rise and Shine [Part 2]…

Greetings,

Friday came and went!

But here are a few ideas to further the conversation on re-presenting Jesus.

@MrsBlunders and I have had many conversations over the recent months of things that we would like do, what we want to do and what God may be calling us to do. Some of these may never be done, some will be developed over the next few years.

We have decided that we want to live in the expectancy of what God is doing now and let that spill over into the future. We are trying to live as if those things were in place now – we are living in the now. We don’t want to keep saying, “we’ll do that when….”. There are certain things that are money dependant – like decorating, but there are a whole heap of things that are not. We were waiting for the ‘quieter day’.

We have realised that the quieter day will probably never come! We have to be wise and strategic in what we decided to do, but we must do things now.

On a personal note, I feel God is calling me in a certain direction and has asked me to raise my game and live like I was doing that calling already. This has involved giving certain things up, selling a few things and devoting time to study of and reading God’s word.

So to part two of Rise and Shine; 6 ideas to try re-presenting Jesus to all we meet.Some of these suggestions we are experimenting with and some we have not done yet, but see which one strikes you and let us join together in re-presenting Jesus.

1) Pray for those near you

When you are next in a coffee shop or some other public place and you have a few extra moments, pray for those who are around you. Pray God’s blessing on them, pray for followers of Jesus to come in to contact with them that day and ask God if you need to say something.

2) Give you place to someone in a hurry

If you are not in a rush, let the person who obviously is in a rush go before you – bless them at the same time.

3) Say ‘thank you’ more often

Find opportunities to thank people you know and do not know. Leave your friends thank you notes, send an email thanking someone for there service on a Sunday or just for being a friend.

4) Catch your child doing something good

I recently read ’60 minute Father’ by Rob Parsons (I highly recommend it to all Dads) and one of the main points that I came away from the book was the importance of catching your children doing something good and praising them for it. I’m working on this everyday, especially in the morning when I’m on go slow! 😉

5) Join in with #3goodthings on Twitter and Facebook

We have a great window through Twitter and Facebook to show what following Jesus is all about. We can give thanks for what God is doing in our lives as well as being real and saying that life is hard. We re-present that  following Jesus is not an immediate fix to all our problems, but a real relationship with a real God who loves us.

6) Invite more people round for meals more often

We love food and we love our friends. We are trying to combine the two when we can. Who could you invite for a meal in the next few weeks?

So there you go a few insights into how we are trying to re-present Jesus. Can I encourage you to look at what are you doing and what you can do to re-present Jesus to all that you meet?

Let me know your thoughts,

Grace and peace,

Steve

Almighty One,

All power, majesty and glory are yours!

We ask that you would strengthen and equip us,

that we may be faithful in our witness of re-presenting you,

through Christ our Lord and Saviour

Amen

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in God, Gospel of John, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mission, Prayer

 

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Three Good things…

Yesterday evening, I returned home and upon checking my twitter I found that one of our best friends had started a tweet about three good things. The idea was this – tweet your three good things from the previous day, which I did!

But, then I started to think of other things I could have put and as I did I realised I had more than three. Now my day had been a particularly good one but, it also reminded me of a line from an old hymn;

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

It is only when we stop and take account of our days do we realise what God has done in them. They may well have been stress filled nightmares, highly productive work days, or enjoyable time out but there is one constant in them all.

God has been in and with you in them.

He is in the every day moments we face through the good and the bad days (see one of my previous posts on Now is the time.. for more on this).

So I would encourage you this evening no matter how your day has gone to take the time and remember three good things and keep a note of them. Let us follow the words of Ecclesiastes 12:1  and remember our creator. Also, if you tweet please join us on #3goodthings

Be blessed in your days!

May we all be surprised by what the Lord has done in them!

Grace and Peace,

Steve

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in God, Jesus

 

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