Saturday, 13 March 2010

Miss Anna is getting ready to go out for a birthday dinner with friends.
Patience....such an easy word to say...so hard to exercise it in practice.
It's Miss Anna's birthday today and it's a beautiful day. She's looking forward to lots of treats and surprises!

Friday, 12 March 2010

A good friend emailed me these words knowing I needed some encouragement in a time of waiting to be patient. Sorry about the delay in them getting posted. Been so busy.

Lord, we know that Thou art near us,
Though Thou seem'st to hide Thy face;
And are sure that Thou dost hear us,
Though no answer we embrace.

Not one promise shall miscarry;
Not one blessing come too late;
Though the vision long may tarry,
Give us patience, Lord, to wait!

While withholding, Thou art giving
In Thine own appointed way;
And while waiting we're receiving
Blessing suited to our day.

O the wondrous loving-kindness,
Planning, working out of sight!
Bearing with us in our blindness!
Out of darkness bringing light.

Weaving blessings out of trials;
Out of grief evolving bliss:
Answering prayer by wise denials
When Thy children ask amiss!

And when faith shall end in vision,
And when prayer is lost in praise;
Then shall love, in full fruition,
Justify Thy secret ways.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Been reading The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

Found this section very challenging in terms of considering how we relate to one another in interpersonal relationships in various contexts:
  • I am patient with you because I love you and want to forgive you
  • I am kind to you because I love you and want to help you
  • I do not envy you because I love you and want to help you
  • I do not envy your possessions or your gifts because I love you and want you to have the best
  • I do not boast about my attainments because I love you and want to hear about yours
  • I am not proud because I love you and want to esteem you before myself
  • I am not rude because I love you and care about your feelings
  • I am not self -seeking because I love you and want to meet your needs
  • I am not easily angered by you because I love you and want to overlook your offenses
  • I do not keep a record of your wrongs because I love you, and "love covers a multitude of sins" 

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Leona Lewis:
1) Bleeding love
2) Footprints in the sand
Westlife selection (cont....)
4) If I let you go
5) Miss you nights
6) When you tell me that you love me
How our churches need to nurture and encourage the gifts of their young men.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cro1rXxg_I
Miss Anna would love to be able to dance like these guys:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rltSTmVXD1k
This is only for true Anne fans....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ySVnW5ZBVg
Trying to put your life in order? Miss Anna is looking at fly lady: http://twitter.com/THEFLYLADY
Walks in the sunshine on a beautiful day...
I once heard a lovely definition to describe what the thoughts are like of someone who is depressed:
Strange thoughts in a tired mind...
Another beautiful sunny day.
Little sis getting married. Chuffed to bits when she asked big sis to be a bridesmaid...gonna be a lotta fun but not sure I'd want the job as a career!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMY9z_QmM7I
If you went to a fitness class called "Box Fit" I guess you'd realise it was something to do with boxing? Miss Anna didn't and it took 2 weeks to recover....
This article is very useful for any readers who are struggling with singleness...
http://www.ccef.org/single-and-lonely-finding-intimacy-you-desire
I don't think I'm the only one who doesn't always know what the "right thing" to say is when they're trying to help a friend going through a difficult time...I found this article very useful.
http://www.ccef.org/what-not-say-those-who-are-suffering
CCEF: Tim Lane: Why relationships are a mess worth making.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNpAIr7N1RM
Taking some time to organise my blog. Miss Anna always loves receiving feedback on "cake and ice cream." Particularly any areas for improvement....don't be afraid of being critical. I'm pretty thick skinned!
What a blessing a good night's sleep is...
God is so good.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Leona Lewis, Happy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mt7Nfq1CJc
Emma 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFejgx-Rt_w
A new dawn...
Finally zzz
Matt Chandler sermons:
1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV13qMpv6Z4
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE2ZXRT4T70
3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXEDc-5CQB8
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."
Nigela or DELIA?
Counting cakes
1) lemon meringue pie cup cakes
2) double choc chip muffins
3) coffee and walnut cup cakes
4) lotta choca smartie cup cakes
5) Delia Brownies
Media quiz:
What theme connects these three clips?
1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_DD97euza4
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VViCq9NJkE
3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPTuz1IozbE
Faith's way of working is to cast all care upon the Lord, and then to anticipate good results from the worst calamities.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Westlife selection:
  1. Flying without wings
  2. Raise me up
  3. What about now?
"Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instruments afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him." Hudson Taylor

Miss Anna note: the word of God and prayer is good any time of the day so if you miss the morning slot there's plenty of other slots left in the day

more Miss Anna postings on issues to do with quiet times:
 Feb14-Feb21, 2010: "Two quiet times questions: how and when"
 Dec20-Dec27, 2009: "This is probably going to be the last morning for a while..."
Two years ago today Brian went home to be with the Lord. He will always be missed by all those who knew him.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Whoops, a bit of blog self examination suggests rather too much use of the word "Outstanding" in recent entries....now that wouldn't have anything to do with the O***** word would it?!
Norah Jones: classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-LGGGCOYlA
What a beautiful sunny, spring Sunday. After lunch an afternoon stroll is certainly in order.

Now. Let me see, where to? Such a bewildering choice of walks to choose from living in the most gorgeous city in the world (well, it's home so I'm biast I guess!). Drive out to Hest Bank and walk along the beach and absorb the stunning views across the Bay. Or to the Crook O Lune; subathe in the sun and take a stroll along the river. Or promenade around Williamson Park; quick step up to the monument at the top and take in the stunning scenary. ???
Miss Anna really enjoyed the Piers Morgan interview with Simon Cowell last night.

However, there was one rather unpleasant fly in the ointment. Was it really necessary for Simon Cowell to be questioned in such detail about the night he got news that his Dad had died? He was obviously uncomfortable about sharing such a personal and painful experience with the nation. It was a blot for me in an otherwise sparkling and enjoyable interview. His quick wit and razor sharp timing are outstanding. Definitely number one on any guest party list!
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2 v 1-2
On a beautiful Sunday morning here is the blog of Dan Walker who continues to live out his Christian convictions boldly by not working on Sundays. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/danwalker/

(for more information on Biblical guidelines for keeping Sunday special see this helpful article)  http://www.lordsday.co.uk/keeping_the_lord's_day.htm