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On the 1st night at Spring Harvest we were given a quiz to do which should then tell you what type of learning style you should have.  The choices were “Theorist”, “Activist”, “Pragmatist” or “Reflector”.

Activist – Someone who flourishes in an environment where they are given the opportunity to generate lots of ideas.  Someone who likes to think on their feet and have a chance to initiate.  It is someone who likes to have a go, try things out and participate.  They are primarily interested in the here and now.  They are open minded and enthusiastic about new ideas, but tend to be bored by the details of implementation. An activist loves bouncing ideas off other people and solving problems as aprt of a team, but they also enjoy a bit of the limelight.

Reflector – Someone who likes to think about things in detail before taking action.  They prefer to take a thoughtful approach.  It is someone who enjoys the opportunity for thorough preparation and to research and evaluate.  They are prepared to read and re-read, and would welcome the opportunity to rethink and reflect on what you have learned.  It is someone who likes to stand back and look at a situation from different perspectives.  A reflector prefers to adopt a low profile, enjoys observing others and likes to listen to their views before offering your own.

Theorist – Someone who is logical and objective.  It is someone who prefers a sequential approach to problems.  They are analytical, pay great attention to detail and tend to be a perfectionist.  They are good at adapting and integrating observations into complex and logically sound theories.  It is someone who enjoys thinking problems through step by step.  They like to fit things into a rational scheme with good structure and clear objectives.  A theorist is pleased to be detatched and analytical rather than subjective or emotional, in their thinking.  They prefer to see how things fit into an overall pattern.

Pragmatist – Someone who like to see how things work.  It is someone who likes to enjoy experimenting.  They are practical, down to earth and like to solve problems.  A pragmatist appreciates the opportunity to try out what they have learned or are learning.  They tend to get impatient with lengthy conceptual discussions, which they regard as a waste of time and energy. It is someone who likes to see the relevance of their work and gain practical advantage from learning.

Taken from the Spring Harvest study guide

So being a good girl I struggled through the quiz questions and discovered that I was a pragmatist.  Having said that I also thought that my learning style might change depending on my mood.

On day 2 of Spring Harvest off I went to my seminar which was supposed to be aimed at someone with my specific learning style.  I have to say I didn’t get much out of it at all.  Maybe that was because I was with people who I didn’t spark from or maybe it was because of some other reason.  Anyway on day 3 I decided I would try out a different style. 

 I became a reflector and although I’m not sure if that was still quite me I did enjoy it and found bits of things for me – even if some of that was just listening to someone who had a lovely, calming, smooth voice.  It sort of relaxed you as you sat there listening.  Actually even thinking back to being in that seminar it makes me want to just exhale and go aaaaahhhhh! (in a blissful way!)

What type of learning style do you think you fit into?

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The theme this year at Spring Harvest was “Apprentice”.  The idea being that we are all apprentices of God. 

I am not someone who tends to watch the series on TV called “The Apprentice” but I do know that someone each day gets fired when they have mucked up or failed to achieve the required standard.

Despite being apprentices – apprentices of God – He NEVER says to us “You are Fired” when we have mucked up.  He NEVER says to us “You’re Fired” when we have failed to do something for Him!  He NEVER says to us “you didn’t do this job, or talk to this person and because of that you’re fired.”

And I tell you something, it is a good job God doesn’t tell us we’re fired when we have failed because I am just an ordinary person that regularly says the wrong thing, does the wrong thing, forgets to read the bible etc etc. 

What God does say to us is “My child, I love you very much and if you admit to the wrongs you have done, say you are sorry and try again to behave as you should then you are forgiven because My Son, Jesus, died on the cross for
you!” *

Isn’t it great to know that with God we are never going to be written off for doing something wrong.  Isn’t is great to know that no matter what we do or say or don’t do or say that we are still loved. 

* (This is not a direct quote and I apologise if I have got theologically incorrect – maybe you could tell me what it should read)

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I was reading a friends blog a few months ago and she was sharing about a book she was reading called “The Shack”.   From what she said I knew I just had to read the book so bought it.  (Follow the link to see what she said)

So I read the book and just couldn’t put it down.  After reading the book I thought it would be good to discuss it with someone who I knew I could trust just in case I got my theology mixed up and so I have since lent it to the church mouse – who is reading it although unlike me his progress is much slower.  I guess I am going to have to re-read it before I can have a chat with him about it.

Anyway to my surprise the “Number 1” book in Wesley Owen’s Stall at Spring Harvest was “The Shack”.  And the book in the “Number 2” slot was “Finding God in The Shack”.  Needless to say I just had to get that book. I took it up to bed with me last night but was too tired to begin reading.  I just hope it isn’t too deep for me to understand.

Maybe you have read the book – do you have any thoughts?  Why not share them here with me.

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Well Here I am again!  I have been to Spring Harvest and as soon as I got back I had to get ready for an important meeting the next day.  So was very quickly back into the swing of things.  I also had to write myself a to do list – I had so much that needed/still needs doing.

Unfortunately the Church Mouse has got a bug and isn’t very well.  He is hopefully on the mend now though!

I do have a few thoughts to share about Spring Harvest which I will try and do when I can – I did start last night but lost my internet connection – doesn’t it just make you want to scream!

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I have just been collecting a few last minute thoughts for my talk tomorrow afternoon at the lunch club.  I have been thinking back to how things were when I left school to start work. Jobs were plentyfull and it was posible to pick and choose the job you accepted.  Many of the staff at the Labour Exchange were Ex-regulars and many of the proceedures were designed along military lines.  I can remember a member of staff being hauled before the District Manager because his haircut was unacceptable and ladies were not permitted to wear trousers.  It was considered to be an honourable occupation in those days and everyone was expected to live up to a high standard of behaviour and workmanship.  The written instructions were detailed and comprehensive and no deviation from them was allowed under any circumstances without permission from Regional Office. 

In contrast, these days many of the staff are emplyed on a short term contract and so very few staff have any length of experience. Instructions are mainly in the form of guidance and in my experience they were not treated as definitive.  Job satisfaction is no-longer considered important and without doubt Civil Servants are no longer treated with respect. 

Perhaps it is not surprising therefore that since my retirement I have not missed it one little bit.

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A week tomorrow is our monthly luncheon club and I have been asked to be the after dinner speaker.  I have chosen to talk about my time in the Civil Service at the Labour Exchange. Sounds exciting eh!   Well believe it or not, most of it wasn’t exciting but I met some fascinating people from all strata’s of society from tramps, prostitutes and drug addicts to surgeons, airline pilots and undertakers.  Its a bit difficult to imagine how trade can drop of for an undertaker, even in a recession, but there we are.

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Well, my friend has been away now since last Thursday at Spring Harvest and it seems longer than that. I get a phone call each evening to let me know what is happening, and hearing each others voice helps to keep us both going. 

A very happy Easter to all of you.  It does rather seem like Easter is becoming secularised like Christmas so that the shops are full of rabbits, daffodils and eggs, with no mention whatsoever of Christ’s death and resurrection.    

I wonder what the early Christians would make of our present Easter celebrations.  It is far removed from the celebration which Christ instituted which gave a new meaning to the Jewish Passover feast.  Like the Christmas bank holidays everyone wants the benefits of the holiday but none of the responsibility and commitment which the Christian festivals demand.   Perhaps I’m being controversial here but I am inclined to say that Christmas and Easter are Christian festivals and those who cannot accept what they stand for should not expect to take the holiday which goes with them.  I don’t ask for a holiday when it is a Muslim festival or a Jewish festival although I respect their right to hold them.

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