BECK BULLETIN

We are on a journey, sojourners on this earth. Let us share with you the highs and lows of our lives. Heaven is a sweeter place now that we have two beautiful granddaughters waiting there for us.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Call Upon the Lord




Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Genesis 4:26

Over the years I have made it my practice to read through the entire Bible every year. As I began in Genesis 1:1 again this year I picked up a different translation so that I would be more likely not to gloss over familiar verses. On the second day a verse stood out to me:
“When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. It was during his lifetime that people first began to worship the LORD.” Genesis 4:26 (NLT)

The first question I asked myself was, what did that look like? And why was it recorded (obviously it was important). It didn’t just have to do with music because earlier in that same chapter we are introduced to ‘Jubal, the first musician—the inventor of the harp and flute’(Genesis 4:21 NLT)

As I looked in other translations I found a different perspective, ‘then men began to call upon the Lord’ (NASB) God had revealed himself to his people as worthy of worship and they in turn showed their faith by offering the sacrifices that God required. The Old Testament is full of examples of altars being built and sacrifices given. But what does that look like for me?

I picked up my Dictionary and was struck by some of the definitions of worship…reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power…the extravagant respect, or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem(Webster’s New College Dictionary) True worship is born out of our reverence for who God is and all that he has done for us.

Today I too need to call upon the name of the Lord. I need to revere him, and give him that extravagant respect that he alone deserves. I love that…extravagant respect! In sunshine and rain, through the good times and the hard, God alone is worthy of my worship and praise.

Is worship your first response in every situation? Or do you come before your Heavenly Father with grumbling and complaining about the injustices you face? I have been admonished in this new year to first of all worship him, revere him and give him that extravagant respect!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Week That Was

 There are still a few piles of snow left that will take some time to melt,
 but just a few more pictures of the week that was!
 It's hard to believe how much snow fell...
 and without any wind,
it just piled up on all the plants and trees.
 So much beauty...
 as the piles got higher,
 and higher...
and higher!
Over a year's worth of snow in just a few days!
 The birds found refuge in our tall trees,
junkos, chickadees, towhees, sparrows, goldfinches, and house finches...
 and surprisingly even a Varied Thrush,
 it's colours so radiant against the white of the snow.
 They love the birdfeeder...
 and crowd around it for their turn.
 The day before it had begun to snow again,
 but as the temperatures rose, the world was covered in ice...
 literally!!!
The ice on the needles was incredibly beautiful
although the roads were treacherous.
 
As the temperatures warmed up
and the snow-eater winds blew(yes, they really call them that)
the snow melted
leaving some interesting formations
and memories of a week
we won't soon forget!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Fun in the Snow

 Remember the snowman? 
Well that was only the beginning of what people are calling Snowmaggedon...
 It snowed
and it snowed
and it snowed....
 12 inches the first day and almost that much more the next...
 ...so much that poor Jude couldn't walk unless someone first blazed a trail!
 He tried on his own, 
but finally sat down on his own snowstool.
 We tried sledding down the hill in the complex...
 but we had to blaze a trail so Kai didn't get very far!
but not for lack of trying!
 And that snowman?
 Well he got covered up by all the snow...
 over, and over, and over again!
 But that was alright too, because it meant that there were mountains to climb...
 forts to build...
 Walls to conquer...
 And amazing memories made!

Friday, February 03, 2017

A Snowless Playground

 It was the perfect day to get out and play 
and our northerners were shocked that they didn't need to put on their snowpants.
You mean there isn't any snow at the playground?
 The big kids ran ahead of us to get to the new playground...
none of us had been there before 
and we could hardly wait to check it out!
 The Zipline was awesome...
especially when they got the hang of jumping on it
to get it to go from one end to the other
and back again!
 Jude only got hit once
and soon learned to get out of the way!
 
 He liked climbing up on the slide instead.
 There was so much fun to be had...
 ...complete with a climbing wall that was a cinch for this girl!
So many fun memories were made,
good thing too,
because today was an entirely different day...
...and they built a snowman instead!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Puzzling

 One of my favourite things to do on a winter evening
is putting a puzzle together.

So it comes as no surprise
 that I also enjoy doing puzzles with my grandchildren.
 As Kai and I worked on his new Pokemon puzzle together after Christmas
I was reminded again of something I had noticed when doing puzzles with other grandchildren....
 ...whereas adults always start with the edge pizzas to outline the puzzle to begin with,
children don't do that.
Not only that, it makes no sense to them at all.

They just start with colours and shapes,
in this case Kai started with one Pokemon character at a time,
and cheered with each one that he put together.
And guess what?

They get the puzzles together just the same!
Even without starting with the edge pieces first...
...who knew?!!