Thursday, December 22, 2005

It’s CHRIIIIIISTMAAAS…


And I am well excited – seriously, I’m sure Christmas gets more exciting as you grow up!

Well, I did take a beautiful picture of my desk, which is looking very festive with lots of Christmas cards and chocolate on it, but the technology doesn’t want to play ball I’m afraid – booo  Still, take it from me that it’s pretty! And I have just passed the time at which I can go home honestly saying that I’ve done a half a day of work – hooray!

So, here’s wishing you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Hope you have a fantastic time with friends and family. But whatever you do, don’t forget that you’re actually celebrating Jesus’ birthday – and that’s the best present you could dream of (ooo, I love Christian clichés!). But seriously, it’s true – if He hadn’t been born then you wouldn’t have Christmas, simple as that. So no matter who you believe He is, or was, spare Him some thoughts, maybe some prayers, and hopefully a trip to church over this Christmas time.

God Bless xXx

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

At the request of others

My, you are lucky - 2 posts in a week! Thanks for the kind comments all. As a result I shall certainly continue posting - you'll just have to bring all your friends to boost my numbers for me!

So, stolen blatently and unashamedly from Paul and Cat (because they asked me to join in!), here lie the results, first to 'Which 24 character are you most like?':


Kim Bauer
Kim Bauer

Which 24 Character are you?


A good outcome, in my opinion :) (Although admitedly apparently not for Dave...)


And second:

Seven things to do before I die:
1. Get married (always good to start with one that's almost a certainty...)
2. Have kids - hooray!
3. Be in a musical
4. Pass my degree
5. Buy a house
6. Read the whole of the Bible
7. Learn to say no

Seven things I cannot do:
1. Say no!
2. Touch a slug - eugh
3. Work for my salvation
4. Stop hugging people
5. Deal well without sleep
6. Look in a mirror and not want to change something
7. Reach anything high (Sarah, I'm so with you...)

Seven things that attract me to my future spouse:
1. His servant heart
2. The fact that he loves me even when I screw up and/or look rough!
3. The way he hugs me
4. How he knows what I need when I'm upset (and when I'm not!)
5. When he just does stuff without being asked
6. His eyes
7. The way he doesn't get cross when I take at least half an hour to leave anywhere!

Seven things I say most often:
1. Hoorah
2. Rubbish
3. Really? Are uuuuuu suuure?! (Becuase that is my phrase - I should copytight it!)
4. Quality
5. I'd love to...
6. Honey
7. I'm good, busy and tired, but good...

Seven books (or series) I love (Bible not included)
1. Captivating
2. Boy Meets Girl
3. Harry Potter and the...
4. The Chalet School - so loved this when I was a kid
5. How to walk in high heels - a book every girl should have on her shelf
6. Discipleship
7. Hanging in there - and a couple of others whose names I have temporarily forgotten. Books that really helped me in my walk with God in my teenage years

Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over if I had the time):
1. Lord of the Rings
2. 10 Things I Hate About You
3. A Knight's Tale (anyone see a theme...?)
4. Mona Lisa Smile
5. Pirates of the Carribean
6. Cool Runnings (just watched it again over the weekend and remembered what a quality film it is)
7. Liar Liar (blatently for the out takes!)

Seven music CDs I love:
1. The Mission Bell - Delirious
2. Hopes and Fears - Keane
3. Deeper - Delirious
4. Katie Melua - Call of the search
5. World Service - Delirious (sorry!)
6. The Other Side of Something - Sara Groves
7. Random complilation of really excessively cheesy love songs that Dave and I listened to a lot when we were first going out!

Seven people I want to join in, too:
1. Dave
2. Phil Hawtin
3. Jon C
4. Holly
5. Naomi
6. Clare Martin
7. Sophie Randerson
(Can't be bothered to put links to them as they're already on your right! So just go and have a look and see if they joined in - even if they didn't, it's a good excuse to go and have a mosey around some other peoples' blogs :))

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Time for reflection

Hey everyone.

Muchos apologies for a very large length of post-free time (have you noticed that more of my posts start with this kind of comment than don’t?). It’s been a slightly extraordinary couple of months you see. I’d be in no way surprised if no one reads this any more, so if you still do could you humour me by posting a little comment, even if only to say hi, otherwise I’m going to discontinue the whole weblog shenanigans, fun though they are.

So, where to start. I guess the big thing is that I spent a night in hospital a month or so ago. We are as yet unsure as to exactly why, but the general consensus amongst those who care is that I had a sort of flu like virus either resulting from or causing a slight collapse of my lung. Not nice, I don’t advise trying it, and hospital trips are highly overrated!

Then, having rested myself back to a state where I could restart work, Dave and I were in a car crash. Fairly minor, no one else involved, but an experience I truly don’t want to repeat. Ever. I say fairly minor as neither of us was hurt – not even a scratch, but the car has been written off, so I’m currently floating merrily around in Dave’s Mum’s car until we find a replacement – thanks Penny, don’t know what I’d being doing without you!

It was a quite extreme couple of weeks, and gave me much time and cause for reflection. Some of these thoughts I shared with my Christianity Explored table the following week (paraphrased!):

Firstly, we were immensely blessed that the crash was so minor. If another car had been in our way then I dread to think what would have happened. And so many other things demonstrate to me that God was with us that night; a friend had called me at a point during the journey where Dave and I usually swap drivers seats. Clearly, because I was on the phone, Dave continued driving – had it been me driving when we crashed we’d have likely totally lost control, and my confidence would have been completely wrecked, having only been driving for 10 months. Plus a friendly mechanic just happened to drive past us and was able to restart the car and remove it from the mud for us. Man, there’s too much to write down – just take my word for it, He was with us!

Secondly, what if I had no faith, no God, no hope in my future? Within 2 weeks I had my body falling apart (while we now know I was in no immediate danger, there was a time that they thought I had a blood clot on my lung, and that would have been a big deal!), and a crash that could have had the potential to end my life there and then. And those are thoughts that fully put life into perspective. If that’s all YOU have to look forward to, then please please please think about what might happen after this life. This is a big deal and life is a very precious thing. Don’t lose yours.