Saturday, 5 June 2010

Sometimes you just got to walk alone; no one else can walk your walk for you...the most anyone can do is hold your hand for part of the journey.
When in doubt, Over Practice:
Just obtained a copy of a book which has been on my Amazon wish list for a few months how: How People Change by Timothy S.Lane and Paul David Tripp. An excellent publication from CCEF who are such a wonderful source of encouragement for anyone seeking to help brothers and sisters to grow in grace through difficulties in their personal world and baggage from their past. Biblical counselling is a much neglected area in our churches in the UK but with so many wonderful resources on their website, podcasts, blog articles you can easily access things to help; something for everyone.

This extract describes what is happening to a Christian when they're in the middle of a deep trial.

When you are in the middle of the Heat, you haven't gotten yourself outside the circle of God's love and care. God is simply taking you where you do not want to go to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own. As you rest in his love, you will learn about the heart behind your responses so that you can grow in the faith, hope and love to which you were called. The Heat will remain because it's a fallen world and we still need to change. But in it all, his grace is always present and always present. Psalm 46 v 1
Isn't there something beautifully decedant about a leisurly lunch with an old friend; what a happy way to waste a few hours!

Friday, 4 June 2010

I am having a split identity...trying to get things set up in Wordpress but having trouble exporting "http:/" in...going to have to have a peep at the book I borrowed last week...will get there. Gotta get out of this comfort zone and move on to better and bigger things...

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Men and Responsibility: Mark Driscoll. Once again, the importance of being a committed member of a local church and sitting under good teaching is highlighted.
We were born with a huge capacity to love...
Shopping hour session; a few "key items" for summer wardrobe...and research has been done into it so it must be alright? Hey..never mind...makes me happy!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

God's timing...perfect. Never early, never late, always just on time.
When you're gone, the pieces of my heart are missing you
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day...
Why do we settle for anything less than the best? The mediocre ends up being our best and we feel the lesser for it...
Why are 6 custard creams never enough?! is still gaining ground over Star Bucks. The service is more personal, setting more intimate and cakes more yummy.
I love "Cake and Ice Cream"...I guess I'm a born blogger. That makes me kind of a bit of a computer geek too but I hope it's in a funky kinda way. Sitting down with my beloved of life's little luxuries.
Idolatry is the default setting of a sinful heart. Martin Luther
Waiting and trusting, eyes on the Lord. So thankful he is a God of such wonderful grace because I am a sinner of such magnificant proportions!
Encouraging video update from Matt Chandler, Precious lesson to be learned here of being thankful for each day and trusting God for tomorrow.
Death by Love, Addiction and Atonement. Mark Driscoll speaking at a CCEF conference...(scroll half way down the page to find it).
Your good days are not too good to be beyond the need of God's grace
Your worst days are not so bad to be beyond the reach of God's grace...

Thankful today that I'm not beyond the reach of God's grace; having a bad day. Grateful that his love for me is not "performance related." Nothing I can do can make him love me any more or any less. What a good and kind God I have.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

This is a book too good not to miss, The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Daily devotionals with tons of application. Anything by Jerry Bridges is well worth a read mind you. Something to pop on your Amazon wish list...
Useful "life tip" here gleaned from a more seasoned member of the "running a house" club...put a wash on late at night, leave clothes in the machine overnight then get them out in the morning. Better strategy then dreaming of the day when a robot can do the washing for Miss Anna!
I'm having a blog identity crisis!!! Does C&I have too many categories??? I need your feedback guys cos when it is redesigned in wordpress there are going to be some major decisions to be made. My faithful readers are what makes the blog alive; your views matter. There are the usual material inducements for sane and constructive suggestions; at the discretion of Miss Anna of course...
There's a lot of strength in that is an example of a paradox.
Good friends...priceless!
A Psalm to gladden the heart on a miserable, wet Tuesday morning. Psalm 36 v 7-9
Honesty is usually the best policy in a friendship, makes it stronger. Anon
On Falling in Love, Stewart Henderson (edited extracts)
Fall in love with the person
the skin, the teeth, the hair
get to know her giggle
the way she holds a cup of coffee
Love without walls
Approach it properly

Sunday, 30 May 2010

If you love Leona you'll love this. If you're patient and leave her Echo playing then you'll hear this gem right at the end. What a beautiful love song (don't be put off by the title!)
Stone Hearts and Hand Grenades