Saturday, 15 May 2010

A DELIA Spanish Tortillia: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/tortillaspanishomele_67957.shtml
Not been the easiest of days for Miss Anna; what a comfort the words of this song are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC_lld_vUCY&feature=related
"Nothing has changed." Whatever providences a day brings us, however perplexing or distressing, we can be certain that nothing has taken God by surprise. He remains in complete control. This touching article (yet another from CCEF!) explains how Ed Welch was so affected by the way a close friend dealt with his terminal illness.
http://www.ccef.org/tribute-friend
Exciting day ahead. Well nothing really exciting, just a new day. But you never know what a day may bring? Boundless possibilities...
Brave moment here. The original motive for starting this blog was because I wanted to put the following "article" on it. Taken me a while to get round to it...just that it "ages" me...quite literally..but, you're only as old as you feel, 30 is the new 21 etc etc so here goes:

Anna’s 30th birthday speech, 8/3/08

Sometimes doing the right thing is just so hard, you know going the right way with a perplexing providence, being obedient and not trying to take any forbidden shortcuts....you gotta just pray about it, leave it in the Lord's hands and trust him that "Too wise to be mistaken he, Too good to be unkind"
"Lay it down slow"...from Prison Break...no idea what the show is...stole this link from a facebook wall...ssshhhh!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRuv0GsJ-mE

Friday, 14 May 2010

Fox's party rings...they're the way to go...!
Unlimited LoveFilm subsciption here I go......
It was a privelege to hear Jason Murfitt talk last night at my church's prayer meeting about the work he is doing with his wife Andy in Brazil, working in the Amazon reaching people who have never heard the gospel before. http://www.ufm.org.uk/smartweb/partnering/prayer-calendar

This is the passage he spoke about for a few minutes:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." Romans 1 v 16-17

Without Christ we are utterly lost. Jason described it like being in a dark room, with no lights, and in the middle of the room is a whirlpool leading down to hell. That is why the gospel is such good news. We can be saved from the judgement which our sin deserves and have eternal life...wow!!!! That's something to get excited about.
Don't go to Holland and Barrett for your vitamin pills and stuff like that, go to health and brew
His strength is perfect when our strength is gone...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC_lld_vUCY&feature=related
Stephen Curtis Chapman: "when love takes you in" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=demRHgul2Zk

The Chapman family have adopted more than one child but tragedy struck in May 2008 when Maria was killed in an accident:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/12/steven.curtis.chapman/index.html

Thursday, 13 May 2010

It is so easy to take our eyes off the Lord, start looking elsewhere for the solution to our problems and difficulties. But, only in him can we find out true happiness and joy.
I loath PowerPoints....for the sake of the computer geek who invented them hope I never meet him/her...
Perfect spot http://www.panoramio.com/photo/30320262
Loads of walks nearby http://www.wainwright-wanderings.co.uk/w0109.htm and compulsary bacon buttie and cup of tea at the world famous woodies snack bar NB not open on Mondays and Tuesdays...
Anticipate a good day today. Sun is shining, going out with a girly friend this morning. Only blot on the horizon is my gym induction this afternoon.....dodged it for over a year now. Gotta face it sometime!
Grief, finding hope again, Paul Tripp http://www.ccef.org/grief-finding-hope-again
How to disarm an angry person: http://www.ccef.org/how-disarm-angry-person

Erm, problem is it's normally me what needs disarming particularly when it comes to waiting in queues.....
"Moving towards people" (guess what, another Ed Welch) http://www.ccef.org/moving-toward-people

and "More things not to say to those who are suffering"
http://www.ccef.org/more-things-not-say-those-who-are-suffering
Another Ed Welch on marriage: "Intimacy, step 1" http://www.ccef.org/intimacy-step-1-enjoying

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Baked tattie, quiche lorraine and a tomato and avacado salad. Better get on with it....going to struggle removing the packaging from the ready made quiche though. What an effort ready meals are to prepare....
A classic from one of my top blog readers:

Channel 4 News last night, pictures of Gordon Brown arriving at Buckingham Palace to resign. Jon Snow in the studio comments - "Well if, as we're told. her majesty watches Coronation Street, she'll have to miss it tonight"
check out these Elvis wannabes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM2177pHMT0&feature=player_embedded
What a beautiful day, sun is shining brilliantly and not a cloud in the sky. Still won't be a perfect day (the reason for that is called life on planet earth!) but I can dream....For the moment a day without too many hassles will do for me...!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCxy-IOV6UU&feature=related
I am struggling with my regular quiet times at the moment. Just throwing that out there to encourage other believers having the same problem as me. Thank God for his wonderful grace and limitless patience with me; need it more than ever and will never not need it.
You should meditate on the words of this hymn every morning you wake up if you know and love the Lord:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghZfnQxUhzQ (and if you haven't seen Amazing Grace, it's an ace film)
I have become embroiled in a competition to make the best Spanish tortilla. May have over reached myself on this one because my rival is a Spaniard. However, I have a secret weapon.......DELIA. She never gets it wrong so I'm hoping if I follow her recipe to the letter I'm gonna win. Goes I gotta win...I so hate losing especially when it comes to cooking. Failure is not an option....Results will be available after next Sunday lunchtime...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/tortillaspanishomele_67957.shtml
Trying to move on from bacon and eggs for breakfast but kind of reached a ceiling on the breakfasts there. Egg, bacon, HP sauce sandwiched between white bloomer bread. Is there anything better? Chocolate bar to anyone who comes up with anything better...
Oh good...took them a few days but at least it's all sorted now. Mr and Mrs C (toried) are moving into No 10. Mr and Mrs C (lib dems) at no 11 then? Sure they'll work it out. Phew, what a relief, not that I was that bothered really like cos you know what I believe, God is in complete control of everything but we can watch providence unravel itself under his sovereign rule:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8676607.stm

Here is the biblical take on the God who rules over EVERYTHING (look out for the word "grasshopper" and then think of "politician"...puts things in a better perspective.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2040:13-22&version=NIV

Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?
Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding?
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

To whom, then, will you compare God?
What image will you compare him to?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

selected verses from Isaiah Chapter 40

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Not quite sure what the plot is to the music video but my no1 song at the moment: Leona Lewis, Happy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jCDnwldrt8

and my no 2: Leona Lewis, I've got you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIAV-V7q5dE&feature=related

and no....no 3 isn't what you think it is.....! her first song I think:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGniMkuuuNo&feature=channel
You know how some days are just rubbish from the minute you wake up, everything seems to go wrong then all of a sudden the sun comes out and things seem a lot better. Or is that just me? Today's change for the better for me might be to do with increasing my LoveFilms subscription to unlimited!
Lovefilms is a totally ace DVD etc rental package and I'm addicted...packages start at £3.99 a month for 2 a month but go anything up to unlimited if you love watching films (hence the title!) and you can have 30 days free trial: (check it out...)
http://www.media-deals.co.uk/lovefilm-com30daysfree
Another excellent CCEF article addressing the age old question of young Christian couples who are dating: How far are we allowed to go? How many times has that question been asked in CU seminars on relationships or Q&A sessions on Christian summer camps? Not seen an article as well written as this on the topic before. Good old CCEF....
http://www.ccef.org/sex-marriage-how-far-too-far
Been a roller coaster on the DVD couch....having watched "My Girl" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DLGwlkvaKM which had a very unhappy ending I was consoled by the certainty of a Jane Austen happy ending in "Northanger Abbey." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r5HwLkdGeE Phew!
Even if you haven't been following the weekly Matt Chandler check out this one where Lauren also talks. Grace of God sustaining a young family through a huge trial.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpkPOXnYnSc&feature=related
The Outrageous Love of God
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeN45ftp6aw

Monday, 10 May 2010

Long walk in the country followed by hot chocolate and chorley cake with butter. Oh yes, and loads of bluebells, white garlic flowers and the company of a good friend. Good afternoon....
If you're looking for somewhere to have a really yummy meal then you have to go to this place:
http://meetinghouserestaurant.co.uk/index.php
One of life's small luxuries. The Avon catalogue. Contains almost everything you need apart from food but for that there's SAINs online. Sorted.....don't ever have to go outside the front door! Bliss.....
Why does my nail varnish always chip after only a few hours? However many coats I put on?
If you don't know him already I pray that this will help to convince you how much you need Christ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV13qMpv6Z4
Planting churches, what an exciting thought for a Monday morning in the UK!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDMHhjcpRAk&NR=1

Sunday, 9 May 2010

I thank God for Sundays....best day of the week!