social spark Aisling Beatha: November 2008

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Looking back on my THEME for 2008

This is copy and pasted from a post I made right back at the beginning of the year.
My next post will be comments on how I've done with that.

I hadn't really intended to seek God for a theme for this year. Not after last year which was the year with the theme of seeking God for myself, not relying on others. That turned into the most isolating year of my life. After that and other people's tales of years that did indeed follow their theme but not at all in the way they expected, I wasn't going to do it this year.

Then one of the guys at church prayed for me the other week. I trust this man so much, trust his instincts and his ability to hear God. And this time, as he has does and as he has done a number of times recently he talked about resting in God's presence. And I KNEW, I knew that I had my theme for the year. 2008 is to be the year I REST!

It's a funny theme really and I expect that some people might misunderstand it or think that I should be DOING something to make myself acceptable to God. Heck, I'm not sure I understand it all myself. I mean, REST? Does that mean I sit back and do nothing? Well, in a way yes, because this is about God coming in, loving me, pouring out on me etc.

BUT rest is active. Not in a "I must do ........." and "I have to do .........." in order to be acceptable kind of way or anything like that. But, sometimes rest has to be a choice. I have to choose to rest, choose to ALLOW God to do whatever He wants.
But, back to the other point, it is about me doing NOTHING!, because there is not one single thing I can do to make myself acceptable and I have been trying for so long. Trying to make myself a good enough wife, a good enough mother, a good enough friend, a good enough office worker, a good enough person, and I CANNOT do it! Not one think I can do will ever make me good enough, or acceptable or lovable.

And heck, most of us are good Christians and we know this in our heads, right? We KNOW that stuff, we don't need little old Zoe telling us, I mean, she must be daft is she hasn't worked this one out by now. But, you know what? I thought I had got it worked out, I thought I understood it, but I was STILL striving, still trying to be enough. So, really, the only thing that I believe god requires of me this year at the outset is for me to say "YES LORD!" "Yes, Daddy!"

Does this mean I might stop doing some of the things I have been doing? Oh quite possibly. I have no firm plans for anything like that right now, and actually in effect some of the stepping back from things might be more emotional and spiritual, cutting the ties that involve too much of my soul in these things, whilst continuing to be involved in them in a more right way.
There is going to be a lot of learning to say "NO!" So be prepared for that if you need to ask me for something later in the year. Because this year is about learning that God loves me no matter what and I do NOT have to do do do do do do do to earn his approval. Even those things that you personally think are good and right for me to be doing, even that you think I SHOULD be doing, for whatever reason, I might well, not do them, I might well, say NO! And I don't have to give an explanation, I don't have to make it OK for me to do that, all I have to do is do it. And if I hurt or upset anyone with that this year, I am sorry.

So, is it all going to be nice, and lovely, and me sitting back, letting go of things and just being loved loved loved? Probably NOT! I sincerely doubt it in fact. Because I sincerely doubt that all of the times of rest will be by my choice. When this guy at church prayed for me last week, one of the things he said was that he got a sense there MIGHT be coming a time of ENFORCED rest. He's been through that himself the last couple of years and it has not been easy, I know that. But he said, not to fight it and try and battle my way out of it but to just let go and treat the time of rest as a gift. It's not necessarily a nice and pretty prayer, that one, but my spirit recognized it. Does that make sense? Something in me said "yes, he's probably right".

Does that mean I sit in fear of what that might mean? Absolutely not. There are two possibilities that immediately come to mind and that is either me losing my job OR something health related. But it wouldn't surprise me if it comes a totally unexpected way, or even not at all. And that's OK, because I KNOW that god is in this. That's all I can say, I KNOW that He is in this and I say "Yes, Daddy".

Saturday, November 01, 2008

What is a Car Boot Sale?

Oh dear oh dear oh dear, for all my American friends, I shall now explain what a car boot sale is.

Imagine having a yard sale or garage sale where you had no HUGE items to sell.
Where it was all stuff that would easily fit in a car.

Now imagine the time and effort you put into publicising your sale.
And the numbers of people who come through your area?

Now imagine someone ELSE doing the publicity.
SOMEONE ELSE putting out notices, making sure it is in the local newspaper, etc!
And then imagine hundreds and hundreds of people coming through your sale area!

So, a Car Boot Sale is where we load up our car with all that stuff, take it to an organised Car Boot Sale event, sometimes on a car park, sometimes on a field, where other people have also brought their cars loaded up with stuff, and the customers only have to come to ONE place! They haven't got to traipse around whole neighbourhoods looking for today's sales, they know where to go and when and they will find all those items together in one place.

Usually you pay around £5 to take your car full of stuff into the site and have a pitch, you take fold up tables to lay your wares on, and you sell as much of it as you can. Often to people who then go on and sell it on ebay for a profit, but who cares, we got rid of it and we got something for it and that is what counts.

Is that clear? Are there any questions?

The one we are going to tomorrow is small in car boot numbers, BUT is attached to a regular weekly market so that still brings the customers in, the one we want to get to next week is huge with hundreds of car booters coming together in one place.
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