Friday, October 14, 2005

Powerful Quiet Times

So I've been studying 3 things in my quiet times recently - The Bible, prayer and have just started looking at the Holy Spirit, and I'm loving it! I guess I found the summer quite hard up here, in a new place all alone...again! And was a little rubbish about talking to anyone about it, including God. And when I stop talking to God about some things it's surprising how lost and confused I feel in lots of other areas of my life. Still, these studies I've been doing have really helped me get back on track.

What a gift the Bible is - God revealed to us in words we can read whenever we want to. Such a powerful tool. And prayer - man, so often I forget what a privilege that is. To be able to talk to the Creator of the Universe, that's HUGE. It's so good to read about Jesus in the gospels - the number of times he leaves the crowds and his disciples and just goes to talk to his Father in Heaven. If Jesus needed to do that regularly, to constantly be drawing from his Father, what makes us think that we can do things without His strength? And the Holy Spirit, well, too much to say. Once I've spent some more time I shall probably prduce a post focusing entirely on Him.

There wasn't really a purpose to this - just wanted to share what has been challenging and exciting me recently. Hopefully as an encouragement that when you make the time to spend with God, the blessings you receive far outway anything you can ever give. Good news!

Friday, October 07, 2005

General life occurences

Well I've realised just how long it's been since my last post so I thought I'd reassure you all that I'm alive! Lots of little bits to tell you today, so forgive me if I waffle!

So 2 weekends ago Dave and I went down to Exeter for the weekend - was very lovely to see my marmy, and to catch up with both my beautiful sisters (and one bump!) and a brother-in-law - the other one was in bed ill. Booo - hope you're feeling better Dave (no, I'm not getting confused - I have a brother-in-law also called Dave, which makes communications within my family a little confusing!).

And last weekend I was up in Milton Keynes and we had Hollie come to stay - hooray. Much fun and laughter had by all, although not nearly enough sleep!

Monday evening myself and a couple of others organised a sort of 20s and 30s house group, specifically for those who spend a lot of time serving other groups such as students and youth. Just meeting for an hour, so we're not taking up another evening of peoples' weeks, but a really valuable time to come together and study the Bible, pray with and for each other, and to provide accountability, support and encouragement for one another. It's so easy to get disillusioned sometimes, especially when you're giving a lot in service - we are not invincible, and we need to take some time to be refreshed ourselves so we can go on to be effective servants in the places God has called us to. I think this will be really invaluable to me throughout this year.

Oooo, and finally (but definitely not leastly!) Dave took me to a premiere on Wednesday evening in Leicester Square! The film was 'Serenity' and was actually a really good film - managed to be funny, emotional and action-packed all at the same time - quite a feat! So I fully recommend it, especially as I don't think the trailor does it justice.

Well there we are - the last 2 weeks in a nutshell. I'm sure I've forgotten lots of important things, but hey, that's the way it is on a Friday evening! Hope you're all well and having fun!