What inspires you? What motivates you? Drives you? Gets you excited, scared, fired up, moved?
What makes you feel ALIVE?
Sometimes the day-to-day monotony of life can drain us in oh so many ways. It can wear us down physically, it can tire us emotionally, it can even weaken us spiritually and when it does it can be an effort to stir ourselves back up again and find that get-up-and-go.
The early part of the year is always a tiring season for us. The end of the year is a mad rush with Christmas, our youngest lads birthday and Mrs H working all hours selling trees. The beginning of the year isn’t much calmer with another birthday just into the new year, the end of the annual adrenaline rush and then our daughters birthday and more mad rushing around. It’s always a season when catching a breath is a thing to treasure, and where getting going is always an effort.
In the midst of this, I’ve found myself thinking about inspiration. What it is that I can use to stir me up, to get the blood flowing and the fire burning. Searching for that lightbulb moment that will shine through the greyness of winter and bring spring to my spirit. I’m not saying that I feel down, depressed or even mildly like eeyore on a rainy day – it’s more a lethargy and weariness that sets in and drains me and that’s something I actively have to kick to get myself going as soon as I can.
You ever heard of Laminin? No? Well, unless you’re a micro-biologist or have seen this talk before, it doesn’t surprise me in any way, shape or form because until I had seen this talk I hadn’t either.
The video I’ve posted is part of a talk by Louie Giglio (a guy who works closely with Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and the Passion movement) call “How Great is Our God” and, whilst the whole talk is mind-blowing, this bit just completely shook me to my core when I saw it a year ago.
Easter. A time of rememberance, of meditation, of celebration and rejoicing.
I LOVE Easter so much. For me it’s the best time of the year and the one that stirs my heart more even than Christmas.
I love to spend time focussing on all the Christ has done for me (and for YOU!) and reading the accounts of His last few days and all the He went through – and of course, the joyous resurrection! I love to meditate, to pray, to celebrate communion with others in memory of the last supper. I love waking up on Easter Sunday knowing that nearly 2000 years ago, Christ rose again giving me the chance to know a new life, a new hope and a new eternity. Continue reading “My favourite time of year”
We’ve just started a new series at Church looking at “Jesus: Close up”, an ideal subject for the build up to Easter (my favourite time of year!) and the sermon this Sunday was looking into “Who is Jesus?” [you can download here!]
It’s not necessarily as straight-forward to answer as you may first think because there is just so much to who He is and even though I’ve grown up knowing about Him, I still learnt a fair bit from the session and it was really good having a refresher session on areas I probably havbe taken for granted.
Dave Smith (and Karen) has just returned from a mini-sabbatical and really seems fired up in a new way following visits to many churches around the world and there is a passion that fills all he says which makes the talks even more powerful. There seems to be a real sense that we are entering the “second chapter” of the churches history and that there is something big on the horizon.
At the end of the sermon we were shown a video clip which I have since found on YouTube and have put here for your enjoyment 🙂
Have a listen, enjoy, be blessed… and be challenged!
P.S. Hope you’ve noticed the new Worship Videos on the right-hand side? This is a playlist I’ve made on YouTube and will change every now and then.
I originally blogged about this a couple of weeks ago, but ScribeFire had a useful bug that wiped the content from your posts (useful blogging tool there!) – they reckon it’s fixed now so I’ll try again 🙂
The other week was another round of baptisms at KingsGate, and the first to take place since Mrs H got dunked and I turned myself around again.
To say I was emotional during the service would be an understatement of grand proportions. The memories of my wifes dunking, and the realisation of all the changes that had taken place in my life in the past couple of months, totally washed over me and I found myself dumbstruck as I stood in complete and utter awe of what God has done.