Romans 8: 38-39

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord

Remembrance

I’ve just watched the Songs of Praise Remembrance special, and this poem was read. It’s a poem that is now synonymous with Remembrance day and captures the feelings perfectly.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Extract from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon

This put me in mind of af a poem which I read last year:

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

Thank God

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God

I heard this quote last year and it really stuck with me. It reminds me that God is with us through everything, and we should be thankful for everything that he does for us.

John 3:16

This is one of my favourite bible verses, and I made this poster a few years ago. I spent ages collecting the letters from my mum’s magazines and then getting them stuck on the page. I love how much this one verse conveys and how much it reflects God’s love for us.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

Modern Day Lords Prayer

God in heaven, you’re our Dad.
We respect everything you stand for,
We want others to.
Please bring heaven on earth.
People living life your way, like the angels do.
Please bring us what we need to keep us going each day.
Please acquit us, as we cancel our grievances and throw them all away.
Please pull us back from the edge of evil,
If we’re falling or being thrown,
Cos you’re all that matters,
You’re able to do it and you’re to take the credit.
You’re on your own.
It’s your throne.
Absolutely!
Taken from The Word on The Street by Rob Lacey
This is an amazingly written interpretation of the bible, written in modern language, and reads a lot like a novel. A brilliant read, and all the more amazing by the fact that it was written while Rob Lacey was battling cancer. Sadly he lost the battle after he wrote the follow-up book – The Liberator.

New Car!

After spending a lot of money on repairing my car recently, all the oil leaking out of the tank was the final straw, so I decided to give it up and get a new car. I picked it up on Thursday last week and I love it!! It’s got a smaller engine than my last car (1.3 instead of 1.4) but it is so much more powerful. It’s a diesel car rather than petrol (must remember when I go to the petrol station!), so the engine sounds (and behaves) a lot differently. I’m still getting used to how differently it drives, but after a trip down to Sheffield yesterday to see Vicky, I think I’m getting there. It drives so much smoother than my old car, and it’s so much nicer inside and out. I was thinking about getting another second hand car, but after the bad experience with my last one, I decided to get a brand new one. It’s £100 cheaper on road tax, and supposedly does 70 mpg (as opposed to about 30 on my old car). It was expensive but totally worth it!

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my Mum and Dad. 27 years!! Here’s to 27 (and many) more!!

 

Steroids

I read a post on Tumblr this weekend which said that any baseball player that had admitted to taking steroids in the past should have any records removed from them, and shouldn’t be considered for admission into the baseball Hall of Fame. Now I don’t claim to know much about baseball, having only started following a team in 2004, and only watching it properly in 2008, but I don’t really think that is fair.

If a player took steroids before it was banned, then there shouldn’t be a problem with that. You can’t punish someone for doing something that was legal at the time. Yes, they may have known that they had an unfair advantage, but they were allowed to do it at the time.

I do agree that if someone has taken steroids since they were banned, they should have any records earned during that period taken away from them. It’s not fair that they can knowingly cheat the system so that they can win games, and earn their own personal records. They knew that it was wrong, so they should be penalized for it.

I know there are going to be discussions about this for a long time, but it would be a shame to punish some of the baseball greats for things they have done in the past.

Golden Acre Park

I was up at 7 this morning to drive Vicky to work, so I thought rather than go home and back to bed, I would go for a walk with my brother. We went to Golden Acre Park, as we used to go there all the time with my Gran and my Mum when we were younger. I wanted to take a lot of pictures, but Frank has the patience of a five year old so wouldn’t stand still for long enough. I did manage to get a few decent pictures (I think). I would have had more if I had known how to use my camera, and if Frank hadn’t been either shaking the branches or me!

I love how fresh the air feels early in the morning, and the dew was still on the flowers, so I could have had some good photos if I had looked into how to use the Macro mode on my camera. Frank’s impatience cost me a great photo as well. We were stood looking over the lake, and Frank decided he wanted to go. Just as we turned around and started walking off, a flock of geese flew in over the lake and landed in formation. I’d already turned my camera off, and a woman walking her dog walked past and said ‘That would have been a good photo’. No kidding…

 

21st Birthday!

It was my birthday on Thursday, and it was ace. I was working, so I didn’t get to see my family until the evening, but I had a really good day. I went out for a quick drink with Mike at lunchtime, and when I got back there was a huge bunch of flowers and a card on my desk from everyone at work. The flowers are gorgeous, and a brilliant surprise. I had them on my passenger seat on the way home from work, and everytime I looked out my passenger window, it made me smile 🙂

When I got home from work I got to open all my presents, and my family got it exactly right! Vicky bought me 21 separate presents, which took ages to open! I love all of them.

I got money from my Grandma, so on Friday night I went to IKEA and bought some new book shelves for my room. I really need to stop buying new books. I got my latest order from the Book People, and I realised I’d bought 25 new books (some of them are in sets). It’s gonna take forever to read them all!

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