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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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[12 Days] Seventh Day…

Read: Matthew 11:28-30 & Isaiah 40:28-31 (The Message)

Matthew 11:28-30“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Isaiah 40:28-31Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.

Reflect:

We reach day seven, our Sabbath rest and also the last day of 2011. A day to reflect, to rest and to remember. Throughout scripture God points to a different way of living. To step of the escalator and follow Jesus. To walk with Jesus is not only refreshing, but also our true way of living. As we learn to wait and to watch Jesus, we learn to truly find life and the unforced rhythms of grace.

I hope you have a great New Year and that as you reflect on 2011 and look forward to 2012, may Jesus be your all in all.

Respond:

Father, thank you for rest. Thank you for days off, for time to celebrate with friends and family. As this year ends, may we look forward to all that you may do in 2012, may we learn to rest in your unforced rhythms of grace and live in the knowledge of you and your ways. Amen

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

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[12 Days] Third Day…

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Reflect:

Faith, Hope and Love.

Three small words with huge impact. They surround, encompass, ground and give life to following Jesus.

God’s actions throughout time reveal the loving heart of a creator, the compassion of a Father – the Love that overflows from the trinity. By Faith we receive this love and embrace it in this present moment in Jesus. We live in Hope that our future is in Christ and we will share in the Love of the Father, Son and Spirit.

Respond:

Father, we praise you! Holy Spirit bring your word alive to us. Jesus, we thank you for revealing the fullness of God.May my faith be Jesus, may my hope be Jesus and may my love be Jesus. Amen

Happy Birthday Mrs Blunders, love you…always xxx

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

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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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Open Thankfulness…

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Greetings,

Yesterday was EJ’s 4th Birthday and an obvious source of thanksgiving for our not so little boy.

Yesterday I also read one of the blogs that I follow regularly, written by Rachel Held Evans. Rachel’s post was an open letter – but not the normal sort. As she mentions in her post, “they’re [open letters] typically employed to issue one-way rants against people we don’t like, all while maintaining the appearance of a conversation.” But Rachel’s was an open letter thanking someone personally and publicly at the same time.

It is (as always) a well written piece and worth reading it, which you can do so here. At the end of her post, Rachel commented that there were a number of people that she wanted to thank and posed the question –

What about you? To whom would you like to write an open letter of thanks? 

MrsBlunders and I are trying when we can/remember to be more thankful full stop. In our conversations, our dealings with the boys, our driving etc. and we are trying to do it in more obvious ways.

So, it got me thinking and pondering which in turn led to writing an open letter to two great friends, here it is…

Dear Dave & Sharon,

We want to thank you for your love, encouragement, support and belief in the past few years. We are truly thankful for your guidance and prayers through our first somewhat turbulent year in Eastbourne.

You were the first to really start us questioning our theology – you prodded and pulled until we started to wrestle with our picture of God. We thank you for your constant encouragement to follow Jesus and to frame everything around Him. We have and continue to learn so very much from you both.

Thank you for introducing us to Greg Boyd, Alan Hirsch, Pete Greig, Scot McKnight and Kenneth E. Bailey who have continued to prod and pull us!

Thank you for opening your door, for your time and for your hospitality.

We thank you for your humour and your honesty.

We look forward to all that God is leading you into and hope that we play our part in thanking you and working with you for His glory.

You are amazing people and we love you very much,

Be blessed,

Steve & Susie (E and H) x x x

p.s. Dave, thank you for reacquainting me with books! Not sure Susie is so please with the sheer number! 😉

As Rachel mentions we could also thank so many people and we will add that into our blog as a regular post, probably once a month. So look out for your own one very soon!

But, for now I’ll end this post in similar way with an added question.

What about you? To whom would you like to write an open letter of thanks? Could you publicly thank someone today? 

Be blessed,

Grace and Peace,

Steve

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Jesus, Tuesday Thanks

 

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