Saturday, 29 November 2014

Best Day Of The Week

Not been the easiest of weeks but a big perspective recalibration thing will go on tomorrow morning. So exciting to anticipate hearing God speaking as his word is opened. And everything just fits into the right priority value when you realise, once again, what our lives are about and that it's all about living for Jesus and that he is in complete control and is just awesome.

Oh yes and the friends, donuts (or sweet something) and just being with my church family.

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X Factor

Let me see, can I remember who's left in?

  1. That 8 piece boy group who should have left weeks ago
  2. Lauren 
  3. Andrea
  4. Fleur
  5. Ben
At the moment I'm looking at a final with Fleur and Ben with Fleur winning. Fleur is a born pop star with the diva qualities of Eternal and Mary Mary. I don't think Andrea will make it to the final with that beard. Harsh but he looks more like an opera singer than a pop star (harsh words Miss Anna). 

But Ben will go far. He has an amazing voice and is well fit! Me and my friend are like a couple of teenage girls when he comes on stage. Really!! Since Paul Akister left, a great injustice, we've become team Ben.

Go Ben!!!


Really shocked by a conversation I recently had with a close girly friend. She had been reading a book on marriage and relayed to me a section about the need men have for respect. It's something I had kinda worked out myself through trial and error (mainly error!). But what really brought it into sharp focus was the following.

It asked, in a survey of men, the following question: if you could have just one thing in a relationship, love or respect, what would you choose?

The majority answered respect!! Really? That just blows my mind away. Her husband chose that too. It really does go to show how different men and woman are and why understanding those differences is so important. And that just doesn't apply to "big R" relationships but relating to family members, work colleagues and church family. Really challenging for me to write that because my quick tongue too often gets the better of me.

Other thoughts on differences between men and woman here: men are from mars, woman are from venus.

Friday, 28 November 2014

That Old Chesnut

Not many weeks go by when I don't return to this theme. You know the one about friends and how awesome they are, enrich my life and all the rest.

So's here's to the old ones, the new ones and the ones not yet made. Love ya all.

Group hug...

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

I really can't believe I'm finding wisdom in the words of a Kelly Clarkson song but I actually think there is a lot to be learnt from this song! Please stay with me...oh my I'm weary so I'll leave you with these words from Robert Browning:

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.”

Jon Richardson

Hunted down some stuff from Lancaster's very own comic genius and came across this offering from the Edinburgh Fringe. Double connection because a relative of some friends and also a relative of mine taught him!! Ok loose connection granted. Regular contestant on 8 out of 10 cats.

Jon Richardson At The Fringe


Something didn't work out the way I was expecting today. I was fairly gutted. Well that's an understatement! Now I've talked it through with a few folk I'm feeling a lot better. And will feel a whole load better when I've run through all the stages of the "Miss Anna Rescue Remedy" routine...starting with a steaming plate of comfort food and ending with Zzz.

However the biggest comfort is knowing my life is safe in God's hand and that no detail escapes his attention. That's not just something I know in my head but I experience day by day. His timing his perfect and he always provides just what I need for each day. My heart wants to burst sometimes at his goodness to me but most of all in sending Jesus to save me.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Simple Food?

  • Small bowl of penne pasta with cheese, a knob of butter, salt and pepper. 
  • A glass of water
I am so wasted on posh nosh. But I'm willing to keep trying!

A Reminder

Just saw the picture on TV of a talented 25 year old cricketer with his whole life ahead of him. He passed away today. I'm sure our hearts go out to his loved ones.

It is a salutary reminder that life is short and how important that we're prepared for the next life because we don't know when that day will come.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90 v 12

Christmas Letter

Did one last year. You know the thing that falls out of Christmas cards and gives glowing reports of a family of thriving academic children with multiple achievements.

Well, don't have that kind of material to work with but have a stab at humour and just breeze across some of the highlights in the world of Miss Anna.

The plan at the moment is to use an EXCEL spreadsheet as main communicating format. I love those things so much. The words freak, nerd and saddo come to mind but it helps me order my world and what better way to convey 2014!

Back On The Programme

45 minutes in from work and well on the way to 1 1/2 dozen cup cakes with two different sorts of toppings. Way to go Miss Anna!! I think the term is that I am a "feeder"...the victims tomorrow are my work colleagues. Anyone who has experienced one of my crazy Sunday lunch eats will know that victim is a good term!!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Reaching Out

I deal a lot with Americans in my job and it makes me smile how they routinely use phrases which we only use sparingly whilst apologising that they're Americanisms.

So, I want to talk, unashamedly, about "reaching out." If you play it safe in relationships with those around you (family, neighbours, work colleagues, established freindships, church family) then you won't do much reaching out. You'll stay safe in your comfort zone, keep close to those you feel most comfortable with and keep your eyes closed to any opportunities to reach out to different people.

On the other hand, you may be more of a risk taker when it comes to relationships. You're willing to take a leap, reach out and connect with new people. This is a high risk strategy with great rewards but also the danger of being hurt, rejected or ignored. But it means your life is more crammed with fulfilling relationships with those around you.

We're all somewhere on the spectrum between playing it safe and risk taking. Even writing this is a challenge to myself to be more of a risk taker. And remembering that for those times when I regret taking a risk, and experience a fail, are far outweighed by the times when it works.

Monday, 24 November 2014


Morning exam = PASS
Afternoon exam = PASS



Sunday, 23 November 2014

What Does A Christian Look Like?

This article has popped up twice on my FaceBook feed but only the second time did I decided it needed a place here. That just shows my lack of taste! It's a classic and well worth a read.

I found it useful on a number of levels. Personally as someone who is unashamedly honest in dealing with my day to day struggles, speaks my mind, can be massively over-emotional, is impulsive and has a wicked sense of humour often feel I don't fit into the "good Christian girl" model. But I love Jesus with such a passion because he saved me when I was helpless to save myself and he has showered my life with his goodness and grace. In the words of the article: "God meets us in our mess and pushes holiness out the other side." Amen!!!

I can't but think that this might be a hugely helpful article for someone interested in Christianity but put off by their perception of what a Christian should be like. Let me shock you: a Christian is not a good person. Quite the reverse. They are someone who has come to see what a vile sinner they are and that their only hope is to cry to Jesus to save them. God looks at the heart and that doesn't mean your taste in music or fashion necessarily has to change if you become a Christian.

And lastly, I think every church Pastor should read this. Just to make sure their church has a culture of Jesus, Jesus. Jesus more than image, image, image. I am privileged to be part of a church where Jesus is held high and where I am loved and accepted, even with my lack of "good Christian girl" veneer. Intro to Moorlands

Enjoy the article: being-christian-doesn't-always-look-you-think-it-should