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Handel’s Messiah: sketchnoted

It’s coming on towards Christmas, and one of the traditions I’ve always loved is listening to Handel’s Messiah.  Beautiful music. Meaningful music, drawn from the oldest Book of them all. And a feeling of being swept into glory.  My family would often go together to listen to it sometime before Christmas. My parents found this local organisation who performed it, and every year they had a new T-shirt you could buy. My dad was a collector of tshirts of all kinds, and these ones of...

November 25, 2019

Rest takes practice

Whether you've never been a person who rests well, or you have gotten out of the habit, being comfortable with rest will not come easily. It involves silence. And solitude. And quiet. And perhaps some introspection. None of which come easily to most of us. But the main reason is that we have built ourselves a groove of 'busy-ness'. And like any other new habit, or change in life, it takes practice until we begin to settle in and even enjoy it. This is a hard concept for me. Just as work...

July 18, 2016

Rest: Start with solitude, discipline, and boredom

One of the elements of true rest is solitude – because rest at its heart sees us at our heart, and meets God in His. But one of the results of the modern world, modern technology, and our instant-response generation is that we are not used to solitude. We don't like it, and we don't know what to do with it. "iPhones are killing our discipline, killing our ability for solitude and killing our ability to be bored." (James Victore)...

July 3, 2016

Rest: Rooted in thankfulness

A restful heart is a thankful heart. The person who is truly at rest, and also continues to seek it, is full of gratitude and thankfulness for the situation they find themselves in. This is because true rest is rooted in Jesus Christ Himself, and in an understanding that He is a sovereign King who always is at work for our best. ...

June 27, 2016

Rest: Why it's not Godly to wear yourself out for the Gospel

There is nothing God-honouring about wearing yourself out for the Gospel. There will be times when you need to do more, sleep less, push past every boundary you feel you have. There are even seasons of life when that needs to be done – small babies and children, times of health issues for you or a family member, critical issues within a job or business, financial reasons. But all of these times and seasons are meant to be just that – a time, or a season. Our entire lives, from sta...

June 19, 2016

Rest is always possible.

Rest is always possible. It's always a choice. And it's always an act of faith. Telling ourselves that we "can't" rest simply means we won't. There's too much on. The baby is crying. The house needs to be viewed today or someone else will buy it. An employee just put in his notice and you have to go in to work on your day off. But none of those or any other circumstances are a reason not to choose rest, because as we've seen, rest is not merely something you do. Rest is a discipline. R...

April 15, 2016

A passion for rest

I'm passionate about rest. It's also the one thing I struggle with above all others, and which I many times despair of ever 'achieving' in my life. But that's the trouble with rest. How do you 'achieve' something that is all about slowing down? Doing less. Trusting. Being patient and quiet. Listening. Being at peace. The very effort of resting seems to negate the whole point of rest. And how can I be passionate about something that is a constant struggle in my life? I remember a p...

March 28, 2016

Travels in photography: Vienna, Austria

Austria at Christmas time. It conjures up the idea of mountains, snow, grey skies, brightly-lit Christmas markets with all sorts of wares, carols sung in front of a cathedral, and the beauty of old European cities. We were thrilled to discover that Vienna met our expectations in all of these areas. It was cold, but a sharp cold without rain (as one who lives in Scotland, this is a critical point of notice). Most of all it was lovely to just wander the city streets, going where we wanted to go...

January 9, 2016

Yet another website? Why?

My usual advice to anyone about multiple websites is: don't have them. Focus on one website, one domain, one URL. Drive everything to that site, because you'll get more traffic and more focused business that way. I still stand by that advice, but if you know me at all you may be wondering then why I've got the Profitable Firm website for my marketing business, the Reyburn Photography website for weddings, and now this Karen Reyburn site for me. Why do I have so many if you're not supposed to?...

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