Hope on a Rope.

Day 26.

Today’s post is prompted by this picture Phil captured yesterday as he ran in Black Mountain.


‘But those who wait on the Lord. 
Shall renew their strength;
 They shall mount up with wings like eagles, 
They shall run and not be weary,
 They shall walk and not faint.’ Isaiah 40:31

To reach that point of soaring and strength we must WAIT upon the Lord.

Waiting – that time that so often feels like a rut…

Let’s try and think of it differently, in this verse waiting is an active word from the Hebrew word ‘qavah’ which literally means binding together. Imagine the process of making a rope by twisting and weaving, the more strands the stronger the rope. Strands working together, entwined. The same word “qavah” figuratively means ‘to hope, to expect, to look eagerly for, to lie in wait for’

It’s anticipation. It’s Christmas morning at the Collins home.

How else do we tie in this rope of waiting with strength? Think about the use of ropes. When the rope is put to use it draws strength from the strands and goes to work. The more strands we weave into our faith life the more strength He gives us. Our strands could be prayer, study, friendship, laughter, learning from others, solitude, celebrating, rest, serving. All bound together in a life in Him.

Waiting comes in weaving. Strength comes in waiting.

One of the strands I love is to learn from others. Gleaning wisdom and life from those who have ‘been there done that’. Wisdom is woven through scripture in lives and stories. Solomon prayed for it, we are encouraged to ‘get wisdom and get insight’ in addition if we lack wisdom, ask for it and it will given to us abundantly.


We have a wonderful group of seniors in our church and I asked them ‘what would be your pearls of wisdom to the next generation’?

Here are some of their answers.

**Laughter is medicine for the soul**

**Look at where the other person is coming from**

**Don’t just look forward. Enjoy each present moment. Age 70 comes all too quickly**

**Every day has it’s glorious moment…or maybe even two. These make each day worthwhile**

**Each person is dealt his own hand of cards (life) to work with. Better to work with it than always complain and wish and hope things would have been different**

**Accept that God is ultimately in charge, and he can be trusted totally**

**Totally love your family, and treasure your friends. They are the icing of life**

**Don’t live life according to emotions; Live life on purpose, God’s purpose••

**Be true to yourself. You were created unique and perfect. Choose early to love yourself as you are, regardless of outside influences**

**I think the test of the “pearls” are when your child says them back to you at an appropriate (inappropriate) moment!….but Mom, you always say,…

**Life is NOT fair. Take what life gives you and do the best you can with it**

**Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you.  But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. Matthew 23:11**

**We are so busy charging all our devices to connect with what is important to us. Are we remembering to connect through His Word with the only one who can give us peace and purpose in life**

**Be Yourself….”If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself!” Luke 18:14**

**From the movie Notting Hill, as Hugh Grant wonders if he could re-establish a relationship with Julia Roberts and she is busy ‘on set’. The line “But if you could wait, there are things to say.” Is one I have used effectively many times.

**Common Sense, which means making sound and prudent judgment based on simple perceptions of the situation or facts**

**Common sense to accomplish something not written up in a book. Common sense to know what is right when others my say otherwise. Common sense in university where no absolutes are taught. Common sense to consider the immense implications of unwise decisions. Common sense to solve a problem that cannot be solved at the same level that created them…..I am sure common sense is Gods voice in our inner being giving direction and wisdom**

Time to thread these pearls on the rope don’t you think?

What are your words of wisdom for the next generation?

See you tomorrow,

Love Michelle xoxo

Diamonds yesterday, pearls today, what’s tomorrow… Purple Rain?































































All in a days work.

Day 6. Thanks so much for your cheers through this blogging marathon! 

A snapshot of family life.


Today was ‘take our kids to work’ day. Jessica chose me to go to work with me and also invited her friend Priya to join us.

The aim was to understand the workplace, careers, education, choices.

My aim was to dispel the myth that I drink coffee, do lunch and write blogs all day.

I mean I do those things… and a little more.

Our workday began at 8.45am and I gave the girls there ‘to do’ list.

This list consisted of:

Take out recycling, clean kitchen, vacuum up and downstairs, clean all bathrooms, tidy bedrooms, put clothes away, put load of laundry in, turn off all lights downstairs (it bugs me…)

This list needed to be completed by 10am when we would meet to discuss our plans for the day.

Jessica’s first question at around 9.05am was ‘how do you expect me to do all this AND get ready?’


‘Not forgetting clean the mirrors.’

‘Mom, you make you’re own Windex? I didn’t know that’ Jess says in wonder, iPhone poking from the top of her leggings.

‘One more thing’ I added ‘can you put the beef in the crockpot. You will need to find out how to do this, what you’d like to cook with it and for how long’.

‘But that’s not on the list mom.’

‘No you’ll find a lot gets added to the list as the day progresses Jess’

Oh I was having fun.

At 10am. Jessica declared she would join Phil next year.

We discussed how our day would look; the girls then spent an hour researching questions for a blog. It seemed it wasn’t as easy as just ‘sitting down and writing.’

We moved onto lunchtime at the Hope Centre. Our introduction of ‘the table’ at 11.30 saw many visitors enjoying lunch provided by the members of the congregation.

The girls sorted and organized donated clothes.

‘Why do people donate stained, dirty clothes mom, can’t they wash them first?’

Good point.

My funniest moment came when a man walked into the Hope Centre declaring in an authoritative tone ‘I’m looking for Jessica Collins’

I jumped up, ‘Who needs to know?’ (…this is not the movies Michelle.)

Jessica at that moment was lounging on the sofa with her friend.

‘I’m from Rutland Middle School’ he declared.

‘Oh right we’re just in recess Sir’ I said. My 14 year truanting self resurrected for a moment.

‘So, Jessica what have you been doing today.’

‘Well, she’s been organizing the donated clothi…’

‘Maybe Jessica could tell me’

‘Ah yes…’ I responded.

He proceeded to chat to Jess, took a couple of pics of her next to clothes rails and off he went.

‘Recess over’ I said nervously.

kids to work day

I had a great day with them, I asked what they had learned from joining me in my workplace, their response:

* That the house is always tidy for a reason.

* How to make Windex.

* How to cook beef in a crockpot.

* That writing takes time.

* To stop judging people who look, smell, sound different.

* To open our eyes to those in need around us.

* To quote: You work hard, you have a routine. You’re not JUST a stay at home Mom.

* That we are clean, fed, privileged and not touched by poverty and we’re going to try not to be judgmental and we will donate clothes (washed and good quality)

I asked them a few quick fire questions:

How do you feel about poverty?

It’s always about third world but we see poverty here in Kelowna. There are lots of people on the streets, people are overlooked all the time.

What makes you angry?

Sassy, disrespectful, unkind people.

What concerns you?

Worry for friends and their choices. Worry about doing well, getting good grades.

What makes you happy?

Kind people, friends, eggnog, Miss. Vickies, friends, summer, friends, sleepovers, friends, skiing, friends. (There appears to be a theme.)

Finally, what are your thoughts about social media?

People think social media is negative. We don’t feel see it like that and we know to be careful. It’s where all our friends are.

‘In his book Hurt 2.0, which explores today’s teenagers, Dr. Chap Clark observes that the underlying force behind social networking is the drive for community. The high level of involvement of young people in social networking “might appear to adults to be an expression of adolescent narcissism, but … that is hardly the case,” Clark says, noting that online expression “is the currency of intimacy” for many young people today’. Do you agree? Read the rest of the article here.

To allow someone into my daily routine and space was challenging. But gave us all insight into one another’s worlds. There’s something powerful in that.

Cheering you hard workers today! Any other (Canadian) readers take their kids to work today?

See you tomorrow,

Love, Michelle xo

NaBloPoMo November 2013