Wednesday, 23 November 2016

New Start To The Day

I have no idea what this song is about but I think everybody started their working day dancing to this then the world of work would be a much happier place!!

New Start To The Day


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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Growing Pains

An affliction of the young, at certain stages, is to go though growing pains. Not sure how scientific it is but has something to do with growth rate not keeping up with ability to grow. Being a bit of a shorty not something I've ever contended with but observed it in those who have reached dizzier heights than me.

Thought of the phrase because I've been experiencing growing pains of a spiritual variety recently. I know where I want to reach and I feel so sure of reaching there on a Sunday morning at church. But as life catches up on me during the week everything becomes a little more hazy. Troubles and difficulties close in on me and I wonder where it all went wrong. But I'm starting to recognize that these very difficulties and struggles are an opportunity to grow.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5 v 1-5

As I cry out to God in my difficulties he is using these things to help me to grow, in dependence on him and knowledge of Jesus.  That gives me hope, even in the hardest of situations that God will use them for my good.

So do I still experience growing pains? Yes, but I can know none of them are wasted. I might not reach 6 foot 6 inches but I will be growing as a Christian and learning more about Jesus. 


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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Re-Post!!

This blog posting had over 100 views back in 2014 and I re-read it this evening and felt I had to share it...of course it isn't written by me otherwise it wouldn't be so popular!!! A most excellent article about living as a happy singleton but also realistic about the hard bits.

A New Model For Living Single

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The Exhaustion Of Idol Worship

I have learnt through trial and error that idol worship is exhausting. It demands every inch of your being yet gives nothing in return except emotional exhaustion and loss of peace of mind. The idols are far ranging from relationships, (of all varieties!) job satisfaction/security, bigger and better things, the need for approval, perfectionism...the list goes on and on. These things are not wrong in themselves but they become idols when more important than knowing God. The common theme though is that they all set themselves in competition with the 2nd commandment:  

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; Exodus 20 v 4

You shall not bow down and worship them. Eg nothing is to take the place of the rightful place God deserves in our hearts. He should be the sole source of our worship and devotion not the list of idols I started with. The things which take our focus away from God and onto the things of this world. Ironically when our relationship with God is right we can then enjoy all the things on my list, and more, because we are holding them in their right place....below God. We don't need to grasp and fight for them because our dependence and trust is in God. 

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

What I Learnt In A Car Journey!

It's amazing the conversations you end up having in car journeys...when there's other people in the car that is!! Gave a lift to work this week to a colleague and as we were chatting it turned out we were fellow bloggers. And it turned out he's a jolly good blogger too. So here's a link to give you a flavour...best article I've read on singleness for a long time and good to see it from the perspective of someone who's married:

Oh To Be Single

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Friday, 25 March 2016

A Horrible Beauitful Friday

Been looking around for something that could explain the significance of Easter better than me....not hard to find!

This article explains it very well. Love this author.

A Horrible Beautiful Friday

Kill The Tune

Think I must have been dropped on my head when I was a baby because my musical taste really doesn't bear any resemblance to my upbringing! So heard this on the radio yesterday and going to kill it as my new running track...goodness knows what speed I'll be trying to run to keep up. Even as I write the head is bashing. Oh yes and the arm is going...I gotta go and DANCE!!!

Sandstorm Darude

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Goodness Means Basking In God's Love

Love to keep tabs on this blogger Emma Scrivener and wanted to share this one that particularly caught my eye. Mainly because I'm not naturally very good. I'm naturally quite selfish and self seeking. On my own it's a pretty hopeless set of affairs. But as I'm slowly learning, it's in Jesus that I get my power base. And what better way than basking in God's love.

The Good Life

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Monday, 21 March 2016

Elmo Makes My Day

Had an awesome weekend and Monday was made awesome by Elmo on Radio 1!! And even better by Elmo and Greg James singing One Direction, History. They actually sang it better (wouldn't take much). Drive times with Greg James make me laugh so much. Embarrassing when sat in stationary traffic!

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Spring Is Here

I can now come out of hibernation. Thrown my slanket off, put comfort food away, put on those running shoes and embrace Spring with open arms. I am now operating at 100%, standby mode is off, everything looks better, smells better, even tastes better. I am alive again. I love Spring. Winter, do not show your face again until at last November. Let me have my fill of life before you come and steal it away again with long dark nights and hostile weather.


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