Friday, 2 January 2015
This quote made me laugh though; sure we can all identity with this:
What is a relationship? The intersection of the stories of two people. The problem is a lot of carnage takes place at this intersection.
When I told my little sis I was planning to be more spontaneous and plan less she rolled her eyes and said: "that'll be hard for you."
Small steps. Nothing (yet!) planned today, tomorrow and Sunday (apart from church). But open to spontaneous suggestions. That is huge progress!!
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Looks like I'm going to have to endure an afternoon curled up on the sofa with Mary Poppins. Really? Hoping a brew with a friend materializes....
Need to read up on latest Lego because having tea with friends later including their 6 year old grandson. Gives us some common ground to talk about!
Stress makes you believe everything must happen right now. Faith makes you believe everything will happen in God's timing.
That quote came up on Facebook....very encouraging in dealing with the parts of our lives where there are uncertainties regarding the future.
Meanwhile reminding myself why a tablet really isn't enough....you can't type properly.
So let's hope it's not curtains for Mr Laptop...really not the time of year to be buying a new one. Looks like I'll be paying a visit to the computer shop tomorrow unless my laptop is hit by a bolt of lightening meantime!!
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Looking back on the past year it's had it's fair share of ups and downs. Some amazing things have happened, some equally difficult things. Made some lovely new friends; managed to keep some lovely old ones!
But through it all, I know God has been good to me, even on the hardest days. He has always given me what I've needed.
And I've learnt a lot of things. The main thing? As I've heard the Bible explained week by week at church the same theme keeps coming up. The most immense thing in my life is that Jesus has saved me. So simple yet incredibly profound. And mind shatteringly important.
Whatever 2015 holds, through the joys, and no doubt some sorrows, I know that God will be with me in everything. And that really is the best thing in the whole world!
Sometimes I sits and thinks.
Sometimes I just sits.
How apt after devoting part of the day to my least favourite past-time: shopping. I did emerge mainly with what I went for but at a cost to my sanity!
Hoping a good dose of U2 can revive me, saved for such occasions...failing that I'm going to have to bake some bread or something to get rid of the frustration. Need to make a load of pastry in preparation for tomorrow but fear I would pound it to oblivion in present frame of mind.
PS I'm OK really. Plenty of poetic licence. But I still really don't like going shopping!
One heart-stopping moment when I thought I'd accidentally thrown away my driving licence in a previous cull. Many of you will know I like to keep my driving licence close after an admin error on my part earlier in the year caused a separation resulting in getting to work in the country being problematic for a few days! Never again....phew.
Monday, 29 December 2014
This has to be the best in the universe. There is a farm shop which is just epic. You have never seen so many different varieties of pies in your life! Worth a trip in it's own right just to see it and right next to J38 of the M6.
Imitation Game was fantastic. Only really went to see Benedict Cumberband; most people don't understand that! He didn't disappoint but Keira Knightly was a fantastic co-star. I am absolutely fascinated by stories from Bletchley Park and the code breakers and I'm sure they'll be more drama to come out over the years. Meanwhile this film is unmissable.
And, having some time away from the usual routine and responsibilities I have realised that I don't show much compassion to myself. I have very high expectations of what I should achieve in all areas of my life even when things are falling apart around my ears! Feel a failure for the many times I fail because the standards are too high.
But particularly when it comes to relationships with those around me. You see others can mess up and make mistakes and I still love and accept them but I can't..not in the Miss Anna rule book! I have to get it right, treat people right, love right...when I don't I kick myself really hard and it hurts. But I'm learning...slowly. That the love of those around me really does cover all the bumps and ugly bits. And more important, that I have a God who isn't a harsh task master. Far from it; he is more interested in a heart that loves and trusts in him than my performance:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Sunday, 28 December 2014
I am literally on the edge of my sofa...if anyone tries to make contact in the next hour...well you'll be waiting an hour for a return call! Or try for the adverts...;)
Once I've got everything inserted in there, ideally a few formulae calculated and some bright colours then I'm content.
I know standing back from things that is really sad but it makes me so happy!
Plenty more where that came from but that's the most socially acceptable one...