Saturday, 26 December 2009

I love driving at night. Have done since I was a kid. Except now I am the one behind the steering wheel which is even better (I love driving too!). Don't know why I like it so much. I think it's often because if you're driving at night you're heading towards home, sometimes after a long day away from it.

Been looking up some stuff on this website: http://www.ccef.org/. It is basically a Christian counselling website.

Isn't it awful the way the sales start on Boxing Day, first thing. People lining up from early in the morning waiting to go and get their purchases. Coming out with bag loads of clothes, such a bargain but will I ever wear it?

Friday, 25 December 2009

Now that I've edited my blog so that I can hide most of the posting I feel at liberty to write some more verbal diarrhoea because my (long suffering?) readers can select what they choose to read. This is going to be a boring one; you've been warned!

I am reading a book called "Young, Restless, Reformed" over Christmas and want to share some of the things I have enjoyed in it.

What I heard in church this Christmas morning?

A white Christmas after all. Sludgy and muddy in places but if you look in the right direction, dazzling and beautiful radiance. Not a dream after all!

Happy Christmas.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

What Christmas really means to me

Looking forward to pressies, time with family and nice food but this is what it is all about?
Fed up with Christmas TV.

Here are a few things to entertain you. Well they entertain me anyway! You can watch them all on Utube.
This is probably going to be the last morning for a while where I can fully indulge in holiday decadence. It has been a delightful week.

But what have I done? I can't tell stories of visits to exotic locations, exciting theme parks or extravagent shops. Haven't actually even gone outside that often. Pottered around at home. Done some blog writing, reading, tidying and sorting, bit of cooking, time with friends.
Wow! That Psalm works....what a refreshing sleep.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A Psalm to meditate on before you go to sleep:

My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Psalm 131 v 1 -2

http://ccef.org/peace-be-still-learning-psalm-131-heart-0 (excellent article)
As the year draws to a close in a few days time I am using this opportunity to reflect on the past year and what the things I have experienced have taught me spiritually. Although what I write is personal to me in one way, I am not providing any specific details. This is because what I am really writing about is the goodness of God and this is something which every Christian experiences every second of their lives.
One of the best things about the holidays is being able to do things in the wrong order.  Being a natural night owl I am not naturally suited to a normal working day. Well, that's my excuse anyway!!!

This morning however, the night owl has exchanged places with the early bird and I'm not quite sure how but have got all the jobs for the day ticked off on my list (and a few extra too!) and all by mid-day. My freezer is now well stocked up with ready meals. Various cupboads and corners in the kitchen now look more ordered. Sad, but that makes me happy!

However, there is still one more "to do" job to get done and the deadline is set. Final trip into town to get last bits and pieces for Christmas. Having a cup of tea afterwards with a good friend which is the bit I'm looking forward to!

Welll, after I've had a siesta, after all I am on holiday! zzz
John Piper celebrated his 41st wedding anniversary yesterday. I'd like to be really cool and say I found that out on Twitter but no, it was on Facebook because I'm one of his "fans." Doesn't sounds as trendy does it?

He wrote a sonnet for his wife. The link is here. http://ow.ly/OLSD
Death is not dying, a faith that saves

Listen to the story of Rachel, a woman with terminal cancer describing how she can face death with hope:

http://deathisnotdying.com/death-is-not-dying-event-audio/

Here are some notes I've made. If you're going to watch the clip (55 minutes long) make sure you have a box of tissues close to hand.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

We hoard clothes. Now I presume I am addressing a female only audience here although maybe not? I am having a serious re-evaluation of my wardrobe. I already cleared out loads in the summer but I'm still finding stuff which I haven't worn in the last year. So what's going to change next year?

Two pragmatic reasons for clearing out my wardrobe this evening:
1) you clear out old stuff it leaves space for.......you know, like what with the SALEs coming up?!
2) makes my ironing pile instantly smaller!!!
Good morning, Winter Wonderland :)

I awoke this morning having just had one of the best dreams in the world. In a deep sleep, I was gradually coaxed into consciousness by the noises outside as someone was "de-snowing" their car and preparing to drive off. I became aware that I too was now moving from the sleep to awake mode. This is something I did not want to happen because 1) I was so wonderfully asleep and 2) I too would soon have to be "out there" de-snowing my car 3) first I'd have to drag myself out of a warm cocoon and prepare myself for another day at work. And that was where the best dream kicked in. With grateful relief I realised that I'm on holiday.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Here it is a souped up version of "Well with my soul." I mentioned this hymn in my posting about the Ulverston floods. This is a new band called Kutless. Kind of folk/rock?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGHZySOi7sY
Some more funnies....

I know I'm on holiday but this is a classic. SMSL! (Split my sides laughing)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxB1gB6K-2A
"When you can think about anything you want to think about, what do you think about?

Thinking is our most constant activity. Our thoughts are our constant occupation. We are never without them. But we can choose the direction and content of these thoughts"

extract from "The Discipline of Grace" by Jerry Bridges
Another installment on marriage:

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs  and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Carpe diem (seize the day)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

PS DV of course :)

Night zzz

Sunday, 20 December 2009

I am enjoying the best night of the holidays. Tomorrow I do not have to have interactions with about 127 adolescents. Bliss!

So tomorrow I'm going to....and then.....and then.....

I missed something out there.....if God wills it.

"Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes" James Chapter 4 verse 14
In the early 1990s the authors of a book on contemporary American society wrote,

"In the 1950s and even in the early 1960s, there was something much closer to a moral consensus in America....

There is absolutely no moral consensus at all in the 1990s. Everyone is making up their own moral code-their own Ten Commandments."

extract from The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
What is the best question you can ask this Christmas?

Why did God come down to earth as a man?

Only 3 minutes to find the answer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFTX80TpZ_4