Archive for April, 2012

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of both January and February, I gave you a monthly update on how I was doing. So now it’s time for my March update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Been a good month as far as healthy eating is concerned as on the whole I’ve been very good. The one exception to that was Easter weekend when I must admit to having had a couple of cream eggs and an Easter cup cake!
  • Lose some weight
    • Yay, I’m still losing weight but not as much as I did in the first 2-3 months of the year…but I’m definitely still going in the right direction.
    • I’m also happy to say it’s now becoming noticeable that I’ve lost some weight as several people have commented to me recently that I look as though I’ve lost weight.
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Been much more successful with this one in this last month, so happy with progress with this aim too!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • Still suffering a lot with pain these days, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable, but I’m still managing to force myself to keep going and not give into it, even though it maybe means my pain levels remain higher for longer
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • My target time for getting back to trying to play tennis again was Easter
    • In the last few weeks I’ve considered going to my club for a wee hit around for 15 minutes or so before Mum and I go to visit my aunt on a Saturday afternoon. However each Saturday so far, there’s been no-one playing tennis at my club that I actually know!
    • So maybe next month!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • On the whole been fairly successful with this one, as I’ve made a point of trying to spend a minimum of 10 minutes “quiet-time” most days this month
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Still not managed this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely not getting anywhere with this one again as still too many other demands on my time any my energy these days…and it shows!
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • As I said last month, this is definitely one of my most challenging aims, but I feel I am a little more patient these days, however I would certainly not say I’m a patient person yet!
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Continuing to do much better with this, as I’m been much more focused in this last month

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK as I’m still heading in the right direction with a number of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

Nothing To Say

Posted: April 29, 2012 in holiday, life, music, religion
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Ever had a day when you’ve got nothing say?

Well I’ve been a bit like that the last few days. I just seem to have nothing in particular to say.

It’s not that I’ve not got a lot of things going through my mind, because I have! In fact I’d go as far as saying I’ve probably got too many things going round in my head at present!

Just because I don’t feel like talking to anyone doesn’t mean God isn’t listening to my silence. Remember God knows what’s in our mind and in our hearts even if we’re not really or willing to talk about them to anyone including him!

Why do cats chase their own tail?

When you’re looking forward to something, why is it nearly always a complete disappointment?

When you’re in need of some peace and quiet, why is it then that everyone seems to want to talk to you!

Why do cats always want to go into the plastic bag you’re trying to put things in!

Why do we look at our watches so often during the day…try going a whole day without wearing your watch and you’ll see what I mean.

Why is it always a document you’ve spent hours working on that you find has lost the changes you made?

Why do we all get so annoyed and opinionated when we’re watch a football match!

Why do bad things always seem to come in threes?

Why does it always rain on days when you don’t have an umbrella or a jacket?

and finally…

Why am I addicted to blogging!!!

I’ve used the following video of Michael W Smith‘s song We Can’t Wait Any Longer already this week, but I make no apology for using it again today as it gives a powerful message to each of us, to reach out any help the unloved…but will you accept that challenge?

A silent call from a distant land
Crying for a helping hand, so
How long will it go on?

Are you willing to let poverty and abuse continue in this world?

I’m sure you aren’t, so let’s do something about it, let’s pray…

…then pray some more….

…then pray again.

If we keep praying, God will help us change this world for the better!

We talk of the second coming; but half the world has never heard of the first

by Oswald J. Smith

Does the above statement concern you? It certainly concerns me!

There are so many people out there in this world who have never heard of Jesus…but we can change, we can spread God‘s message of love.

There are so many people out there in this world who are crying out for someone to save them…but we know someone who can help them, Jesus!

We can do it, Christ can do it, Christ can save the world!

John 16:33 (NLT)

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

One of the saddest things I ever heard was the very first time, probably just over a year ago, when my Dad asked me who I was.

For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that my Dad suffers from vascular dementia, and has over the space of the last couple of years got progressively worse.

It was heart wrenching the first few times when Dad asked who I was, and although it’s still very sad when he asks either me or Mum who I am, I am getting used to it as I know it’s simply part of this rotten disease that he’s suffering from and nothing else.

Well today is my Dad’s 85th birthday, a day where we should be rejoicing in the fact that he’s still with us. Unfortunately though it’s not such a happy occasion as Dad doesn’t remember it’s his birthday let alone what age he is. Despite Dad not knowing it’s his birthday, we did still get him a card and a present, as although he doesn’t know it’s his birthday, we do!  The sad thing is Dad didn’t understand why we were giving him anything or even what he was supposed to do with the card and present, so Mum ended up having to help him open both.

Dementia is a horrible illness, it’s indiscriminate in who it affects, but it’s affects are life changing not only for the sufferer but their family as well.

I pray that all affected directly by dementia receive the love and support they required to cope with this debilitating illness.

Yuko awezayo kusikia kilio chetu?

Words sung by children in Michael W Smith‘s song We Can’t Wait Any Longer, but do you know what they mean?

I’m guessing like me you don’t know what those words mean, but does that give us an excuse to ignore the people singing them?

What if I now tell you what the children were singing

Can somebody hear us crying out?

When we hear someone crying I’m sure most of us would immediately want to offer comfort and support to those crying. But as these words I’ve shared with you show, it can be difficult to know and understand when some are crying out for help.

Not speaking the same language as someone else shouldn’t make it ok to ignore them and ignore their needs. Being part of God’s kingdom, and loving God should be more than enough to encourage us to understand and reach out to everyone in need, regardless of their nationality, language, colour of their skin, or even their background.

Isn’t it our responsibility as Christians to make sure when someone cries out for help that they don’t have to wait any longer for help!

When I stop for a minute and look around me at this world God created, it saddens me how much we humans have destroyed this place we call home. We’ve destroyed not just the physical things of this world but also the trust and the love of one man for another.

This world most definitely needs God!

So please join me today in pledging to spread God’s message to the people of this world, and in doing so spreading God’s message of peace, love and trust.

We can help this world find God again, so let’s give it a go!

If Jesus were to come back to earth today, would you be ready?

Would you be ready, not just to welcome Him, but be ready to give your life for Him?

We don’t know when Christ will return to earth, and we don’t know when He will call us home, but we do know that if we life our lives for Him we will be ready for Him when he returns.

Don’t wait any longer to prepare for Christ’s return, as you may end up leaving it too late, and miss Him completely.

Christ is coming, so be prepared for His return!

When you’re learning to play a musical instrument of any kind, one of the first things you get taught after you first learn the notes, is scales!

I must be honest and say I always hated practicing scales on any of the instruments I’ve been taught to play…piano, clarinet and trombone. Therefore when one of my friends posted this YouTube video on Facebook I immediately Liked it and wished it had been as interesting as this when I was learning scales…enjoy….