This week is the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday yesterday. As related in Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the 6 Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter
As told in Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter
Steve Bell presented a concert last night, with the theme of Ash Wednesday, and took the opportunity to explain the significance of the day to Morning Show Host, Al Friesen.
Our weekly Made in Manitoba guest, has released her second CD. Jess Reimer is a roots artist who grew up in Southern Manitoba and currently lives in the Pembina Hills in a big rambling home in LaRiviere, and has played most Music Festivals in the province including the Winnipeg Folk Festival. In 2011, Jess released Sweet Darling and Sorrow, with husband Jeremy Hamm, Chris Saywell, and Grant Siemens. Most recently she released The Nightjar and the Garden, at a sold out concert at the West End Cultural Centre. Jess brought along her guitar for a studio visit with Al Friesen to talk about the recording and her upcoming tour with husband (and luthier) Jeremy Hamm. You can find out more about the tour and her music at http://www.jessreimer.com/ Her conversation with Al, included her description of how the recording came together
It is 'I Love to Read' Month. Tom and Lori Neufeld or 'Lulu and the Tomcat' joined us in the studio this morning, to share their LOVE of reading, and music, and how the two go hand in hand. Tom and Lori have also been nominated for a Juno Award, and we were honored to have them sing for us, in the studio! Here are Lulu and the Tomcat with a song from their album "The World of Odd" -- The Grasshopper and the Ant
Tom and Lori also shared the story behind that song, and why they LOVE to read...
February is the Month of LOVE. And matchmakers have been making those love connections between couples for Centures. The first recorded matchmaker can be traced back to the Hebrew Bible with the story of Isaac and Rebekah. The matchmaker was Eliezer, a servant to Abraham.
Today we were joined by a modern-day matchmaker -- Diane Mowbray with candlelight matchmakers, who shared her passion with us...
If you or someone you know is interested in finding your perfect match, and could use the assistance of a matchmaker? Call Diane at (204) 343-2475, or visit her website -- http://www.candlelightmatchmakers.ca/
The Just Watch Me! Entrepreneurs with disabilities video contest is in full swing, and an entrepreneur from Holland, Manitoba, has made it to the final round. Nancy Weicker is an independent epicure consultant who started her epicure business in 2012 and was doing a festival in Treherne when someone from Manitoba Agriculture first approached her with information about the "Just Watch Me" program. The video contest is open to entrepreneurs in Manitoba and Saskatchewan who have a disability or ongoing health condition.
Jayme Giesbrecht caught up with Nancy who shared a bit of her personal story, and some information about the contest:
You can watch all the finalists' videos and cast your vote here. More information about Nancy Weicker and her business can be found by clicking here.
This weekend, on Made in Manitoba, we will take a bit of a "break" from tradition. Our featured musicians are not really from Manitoba, but have spent lots of time here, and are currently touring across the prairies with the beginning of the tour in Altona last weekend. It was there, that Al Friesen spoke with Angela Park, Judy Kang, and Rachel Mercer -- Kang, Mercer, Park -- A violin, cello and piano trio. The concert tour is sponsored in part by Golden West, and is referred to as the Prairie Debut concert season. And although Kang, Mercer and Park can all play a beautiful solo piece, Al's focus for the group, was on their playing, as a trio...
February is eating Disorder Awareness Month, with this week, February 1st to 7th, being Eating Disorder Awareness week.Westwind Counselling Centre in Brandon has been promoting Eating Disorder Awareness Week by saying “NO” to diet behaviors and fat talk --“Fat talk” can include critical or self critical comments about weight, shape or eating. And there is no discrimination in who will develop an eating disorder.
Valarie Bittner, Director at Westwind Counselling joined us to open the door to the world of eating disorders, and how to seek help:
Westwind Counselling and Eating Disorder Recovery Centre offers residential and online treatment for eating disorders, self-esteem, stress, and depression.
At the water cooler today, while discussing after-work plans, I said I was hoping to put something together for my blog. A co-worker asked on what topic. As I didn’t have a hot clue, I said I had a few ideas kicking around. He suggested that I write something about the Super Bowl.
Right. Because I know soooo much about football. I don’t know a running back from a full back. I don’t know if those are actual positions. I probably couldn’t even tell you with a high degree of certainty who was playing. Even though I watched the whole thing. While reading a book.
All I know, is that to seemingly everyone’s horror, they threw when they should have run, or something. And in what appears to be one the most heart-wrenching scenarios since the 13th Man, one team is left choking down what has to be a painful way to lose.
I don’t know if anything I just said is accurate, but all I could think of is that this play could haunt those guys forever. If they let it.
Now there’s something I can relate to. I am a pro at obsessing over past mistakes. I am the Tom Brady of neuroses. I drive people (by people, I mean my husband) crazy with my compulsive fretting over things that are DONE. OVER. FINISHED. CAN’T BE CHANGED.
It’s a type of worrying hybrid.
Recently I was telling a friend about a potential situation that was freaking me out. She said, “Keep in mind that you’re a natural born worrier, and worrying about things that haven’t even happened is never good.”
Yep. You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law? Well then there’s Elexis’s Law – If anything can go wrong, Elexis will worry about it.
I am just starting to let go of worrying, and considering the prospect of trusting God with my life. At my age, I should know better – but it’s true.
It’s hard to trust when your idea of God is mostly punitive. That his acceptance is conditional. This was not a conscious belief, but a general feeling of never being enough kind of suggests it.
In probably my favorite book of forever, What’s So Amazing About Grace, Philip Yancey writes, “God loves people because of who God is, not because of who we are.” Or have been, or will be. Period – now get over it!
Some days it feels like I’m beginning to catch a glimpse of letting go. Especially letting go of stuff like Mom Guilt – obsessing over past failures, worrying about their future and feeling like I’ve wrecked my one shot at parenting. I even feel guilty about trying to let go of the guilt. Because guilt and regret and worry are so very productive.
My aunt once told me of an overseas flight where they experienced horrible turbulence. I hate to fly, and by hate to fly, I mean I’m pretty positive we’re all going down in a fiery tube.
So about the turbulence, I asked her, “Weren’t you terrified?? I would come unglued. UN. GLUED.”
She shrugged and said, “If we’d go down, death would come quickly. Well… I’d probably have time to make a few phone calls…”
How about that for a life strategy? Recognize what you can’t change. Don’t come unglued. And make a few phone calls.
And maybe start to consider swapping out the dead weight of guilt and worry, for something a little lighter, like faith and compassion – for everyone, including yourself.
I read this by Richard Rohr, “We have been graced for a truly sweet surrender, if we can radically accept being radically accepted – for nothing! Or grace would not be grace at all! (Romans 11:6) … Love responds to Love alone, and has little to do with duty, obligation, requirement, or heroic anything. It is easy to surrender when you know that nothing but Love and Mercy is on the other side.“ (I did the bolding.)
And that changed things for me.
I’m still pretty neurotic. But I’ve caught a glimpse what’s on the other side, so me and Miss Natural Born Worrier are going to head that way.
Christine Longhurst is an instructor of music with Canadian Mennonite University, and a Church worship leader, with a God-given inspiration to help instruct other leaders through seminars. Christine's most recent seminar took place in Winkler, where Jayme Giesbrecht spoke with her about why she feels it's important to gather together, and talk about the art of worship-leading?
Christine is a blogger as well -- at you can check out her blog, by clicking here:
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