Saturday, 12 December 2015

CS Lewis Has The Final Word

A busy but fun day is drawing to a close so signing off soon. Been doing a lot of thinking recently, more than usual, and this quote popped into my head...

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

God will do whatever it takes to get our attention. I have found that to be the case in my life! Sometimes he uses suffering, hard to understand but true. And he is so ready to receive us if we'll only turn to him. The pain and suffering may well still be there, in all it's intensity, but a restored relationship with God through Jesus makes all the difference. 

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4 v 10

Christmas Present Wrapping

I'm pretty much there with present allocation but am overwhelmed by the wrapping...I am completely rubbish at wrapping's a challenge when it's just one present for a birthday let along an army for Christmas.

Wondering if I could hire some Christmas Elves to help me...tempting thought.

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Friday, 11 December 2015

I've Got The Power

Tried singing that song this week but didn't go down too well. Apt song in the midst of power cuts I'd say?

Well power at the moment but been promised a potential 30 minute break between 5pm and midnight and ain't happened yet. Looks like I'll be asleep but no doubt woken by all the alarms which seem to go off when power cuts and is resumed. Small hardship compared with all those who have lost their homes to the flood waters. Can't imagine what it must be like for them.

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Out Of The Blue Do Mariah

Out Of The Blue Christmas single from last year. This male Acapella group from Oxford manage to carry off any genre of song with charisma and appealing style. 

All I Want For Christmas Is You

 My favorite remains their offering for BGT semi finals in 2011 Jump. Just makes me laugh so much! The members change from year to year as they graduate but the quality remains the same...Oxford standard.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Sigala Rocks

So missed the charts last week and appalled to find there are three Biebers in the top 5. Really??

Still enjoying Sigala and hopeful that "Sweet Lovin" will make a high entry..well I downloaded one...when it stops raining and I can get back on the road going to be my booster track to get a bit of pace going when lagging! Brings sunlight and vitality into a a dark and bleak winter day.

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I was given a Christmas gift today. Well to be precise two gifts. Actually it was a lot more than that when you took them both to bits. Completely unexpected and an amazing surprise. And, some of them will go quickly but there are others that will last well into 2016.

Thankyou very much to the giver.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

THE Christmas Letter

So I started a Christmas letter and it caused me such high levels of nausea I decided to abandon and do a more general blog post which will hopefully allow you to experience the same levels of health at the beginning as at the end.

I think that what I find difficult is measuring achievement and the balance between "doing" and being". It was a useful exercise to start a Christmas letter because it helped me to reflect on how much had happened in the year but also how little in many ways. There have been a few "showstoppers" along the way but much has been mundane and ordinary. I think that's the case for many of us unless we're on a A celebrity list. However, for me, a very happy and contented ordinary. I am so thankful for all the good things God has showered on my life and the way he has kept me through the last few years, at times, through very difficult circumstances. Most important I've walked through another year with Jesus.I don't want to keep you for too much longer but left some other posts below about what being a Christian means to me.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a blessed and peaceful New Year.

Last Year's (2014) Christmas Speech From Miss Anna

30th Birthday Speech

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Then There Was Light

Feel I should write something about the weather in the last few days. To be honest I've not had time to digest and assimilate it all. I think the overwhelming emotion is thankfulness for all the ways I've been spared too much hardship and empathy for all those affected. So grateful to be in the warm and light again. (best I can do....sure something more profound will come out of a few more days or thought and sleep...just be patient).

Shut Up And Listen

Seem to be a lot of folk around at the moment going through various difficulties. Things that come into our lives out of a clear blue sky. So often so little you can do to help. But I'm learning there is something which is balm to an aching heart:

"Shut up and listen" often I want to jump in with answers and solutions when all that is required is a kind listening ear.

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