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When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who do you wish you were with, right now?
  2. If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would you want to meet?
  3. Has your heart ever been broken?
  4. Have you ever felt you couldn’t go on?
  5. Have you read the bible today?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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In the UK, today is Mother’s Day, so for many today is day to say thank you to our Mum’s for all they have done/do for us, and just generally spoil them for at least today!

For those of us whose mother’s have passed away, the lead up to Mother’s Day with all the adverts on TV can be difficult, nevermind Mother’s Day itself when all around there are people celebrating with their Mums. It can also be a difficult day for those who have wanted children but who for whatever result, have been unable to have children.

A couple of months ago we went to the Liv On concert with Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Olivia Newton-John. Here’s some of what their website tells us about this project:

The LIV ON Project and CD came to fruition the way many of the best collaborations do…via a series of conversations between friends about what matters most in life: Love, loss, hope and healing.

All three had endured profound, life-altering losses and yet each remained committed to one thing: a desire to transform individual grief into healing via music… for all.

This very special collection of songs will help lift the hearts of others going through their own hardship, whatever the cause.

The songs on the “LIV ON” CD take the listener on a journey of remembrance, toward one of inspiration and hope.

As well, the three mega-stars have created several brand new songs, including the title track, “Live On,” which born of their own exploration into the pain of loss, the growth that follows and eventually, the journey toward renewed joy.

“We found that any time we shared a vulnerable part of us, we felt such an overwhelming feeling of kinship and relief… that we were not alone with our pain. We hope these songs that came from the depths of us, will offer a place of comfort to others.” ~ Olivia Newton-John

I found the words and the music of all the songs presented at the concert very inspiring, so I just wanted to share with you today the title track from the Liv On CD, entitled Live On:

Live On by Amy, Olivia and Beth

I’m waking up this morning
Grateful for the gift of one more day
The light of hope is dawning
It fills my heart and lifts my fears away
Sometimes there’s a miracle just beyond the pain
When you can see the rainbow in the rain

Live on, live on
Brighter skies will come again
Cry the tears you cry and then live on, live on
Love is all we leave when we are gone live on

We’ve shared so much together
Think of all the mountains we have climbed
Sorrow joy and laughter
Woven through the tapestry of time
Even as we’re letting go we will not lose faith
All the precious memories we make

Live on, live on
In the hearts of those we touch
All the dreams inside of us live on, live on
Love is all we leave when we are gone live on

Live on, live on
More than just survive my friend
We learn how to thrive and then live on, live on
Shining like the words inside this song, live on

Love is all we leave when we are gone live on
In every heart of those we touch
In every dream that means so much
Yes I believe that all of us live on

Much to my delight, and if I’m honest, my surprise, we have another grand slam final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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I’m been a big Rafa fan for a while, and have enjoyed the rivalry between him and Roger over the years. However due to injuries and a dip in form from both players over the last few years, we’ve not had this match-up for a while.

Neither of them has really showed their best form coming into the Australian Open, so I have been pleasantly surprised that Rafa has done so well…although was a little bit concerned he wasn’t going to make it through the semi final at one point!

I hope both players are well rested and injury free so that we can have a great and memorable final tomorrow. Of course I am hoping Rafa wins and this is just the start of him playing is best tennis once again.

Who do you think is going to win?

2016 is almost over – For me for a change it’s been a year of no specific highs or lows!

Let’s have a look back over this year:

As far world events are concerned there’s been a lot of major tragedies, with many losing their lives. There have also been many celebrities from the world of tv/film and music who have passed away, causing much comment around the world about the number of celebs that 2016 has lost. For me it is sad how many celebs have died, but I’m not quite getting the huge outcry about it, as there are many friends and family who have also been devastated by the death of loved ones, and so my heart goes out to everyone who this year have lost a loved one.

What about from a spiritual perspective, how has 2016 been for you?

  • Relationship_with_GodHas it been a year where your relationship with God has grown or declined?
  • Have you prayed regularly?
  • Have you listened to what God has to say to you in this last year?
  • Have you said “yes” to all God has asked you to do this year?
  • When difficult times have come along during, did you turn to God for help immediately, or wait until turning to God was your last resort?
  • Have you done your best to tell others about Jesus?
  • Has God been at the centre of all you’ve done in 2016?
  • If you’ve answered “Yes” to all of the above questions, well done, you’re obviously doing the best you can to be a good example of Christ to those you encounter.

Sadly, I guess if we’re honest with ourselves, many of us, including me, will find we did not answer “Yes” to all those questions, but answered either “No” or “Sometimes” to at least one or two of these questions.

The good news is, no matter what we answered to those questions, we can make 2017 the year we answer “Yes” to all these questions by simply by trusting God to help us in every part of our life, not just the parts we’re choose to let Him into.

So as 2017 draws near, draw closer to God and let Him into every part of your life.

You’re all I want
You’re all I’ve ever needed
You’re all I want
Help me know you are near

You’ll have gathered by now that I am a fan of Nicky Gumbel. And today is no different as I want to share another quote from Nicky Gumbel that I really love:

The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.

I’ve heard it said many times that you should never look back but instead look ahead. However it can be tough when your goals continue to seem a long way off, and don’t seem to be getting any closer to you. That’s why sometimes it is good to look back, because only then will we realise just how much we’ve already achieved and how far we’ve already come.

Our goal might just seem a more within our reach when we realise how close it is in comparison to how far we’ve come. So don’t give up until you’ve at least reminded yourself how far you’ve already come.

Yes, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are now over, so I couldn’t let these fantastic games go by without blogging about them since they’ve been in my home city!

My highlights are many, so I’m going to pick out just a few for you tonight.

5Ross MurdochMy first highlight has to be a Scottish gold medallist, so my choice is Ross Murdoch who won the 200m breaststroke final, piping the Glasgow Commonwealth Games poster boy, Michael Jamieson to the gold medal. The look on Ross Murdoch’s face when he realised he’d won gold, was absolutely priceless.

For Scottish supports it was a night when we were delighted for Ross but also really felt for Michael Jamieson who looked shocked and broken because he hadn’t delivered the gold medal that was expected of him…Michael, don’t be sad, you did your best and that’s all we can ask, you were just beaten on the night by someone who just went that little bit quicker than you.

We were lucky enough to attend a number of sporting events during the games, including several visits to our national football stadium, Hampden, which had been transformed into a top-class athletics venue. So my second highlight is the athletics, although there are a few specific events/achievements I want to specifically highlight, the first is another Scottish gold medallist, Libby Clegg who, along with her guide Mikhail Huggins, who won Scotland’s first gold medal in track in field for quite some time, and we were in the stadium to witness it, and get a great photo of Libby and Mikhail as they did their lap of honour. The best bit for me was at Libby’s medal ceremony, when the whole of Hampden seemed to be singing  along to O Flower of Scotland. Wow, what an atmosphere and what noise!

Libby Clegg

We were also present when Blessing Okagbare won both the women’s 100m and the 200m, what a fantastic show of running, to do the double. I also loved seeing the men’s 800m final where Nijel Amos beat the odds-on favourite David Rudisha, but what a gracious loser, he was all smiles when we warmly congratulated Nijel Amos on his victory.

Then there are two other Scottish track and field medallists I have to mention – Firstly Eilidh Child, the poster-girl of the Commonwealth Games, finishing a superb 2nd to win the silver medal in the women’s 400m hurdles, and again, we were there to see it. She got such a fantastic ovation from the crowd, it was brilliant to witness. But the best athletics moment for me came on Friday night when Lynsey Sharp won silver in the women’s 800m despite throwing up all the previous night and being on a drip until the morning of the race. Lynsey has also had a very tough year with injury and illness, and so for me, seeing her battle back from those dark days to win an unexpected medal, was absolutely amazing – Her story touched me, and so I was so pleased for her.

Lynsey Sharp

There were loads of other highlights, but I’d be here for a very long time if I tried to list them all. To all the volunteers at the Games, thank you, you did a fantastic job, and helped create a great party atmosphere at the venues.

But before I finish, I have to share with you my final highlight was during last night’s closing ceremony when Prince Imran of Malaysia (Commonwealth Games Federation president) ended his speech with “Glasgow, you were pure dead brilliant” in his best Glasgow accent, it was simply, pure dead brilliant!

I have never been so proud to be a Glaswegian as I have been during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, so thank you Glesga, you done us proud!

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The start of the twentieth Commonwealth Games is finally here, and it’s in my own back yard!

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We’ve known for a while that Glasgow would be the host city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but it always seemed something way in the future, however we are now on the very final minutes of the countdown to the start of the games.

Like many in Glasgow and the surrounding area, we are taking this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world’s top athletes, so over the next couple of weeks we’ll be heading to Hampden to see some athletics, the Emirates Stadium for some badminton, and Ibrox for some rugby sevens. My hubby is also heading to the Hydro one day to see some boxing, but that was not for me!

I’m certainly looking forward to seeing some world-class sport in the next couple of weeks, and most of all I’m looking forward to proudly supporting my country, Scotland!

C’mon Scotland, let’s win loads of medals!

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When I saw the following picture posted on one of my friends timelines on Facebook, it fitted in so perfectly with my blog post from yesterday, that I had to share it with you:

A little bit of good

As I said yesterday, I pray that One Day every knee shall bow before God, and we can achieve this by doing our “little bit of good” in our part of the world, because together Christ will overcome the world.

Our great redeemer liveth still,
His love sustains us un thy will;
Because he conquered, we shall win,
His cross before, his joy within;
Our cheerful banners are unfurled,
For Christ has overcome the world.
(Catherine Baird)

Positive and NegativeYou cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Wise words from a wise man. I think the words are even more effective because it tells us what’s not possible, however part of me is saying that this makes the whole things very negative, when, if we are trying to improve the world and the people in it, should we not be looking for the positive and good in everything rather than accentuating the negative things in life.

Look for the positives in everyone, because there is a positive to be found in everyone if we look hard enough!

 

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. On demand tv or satellite tv?
  2. Andre Agassi or Boris Becker?
  3. Blue or green?
  4. Lemonade or Sprite?
  5. Renault or Peugeot cars?
  6. Chicken or beef?
  7. Spaghetti bolognaise or spaghetti carbonara?
  8. Curly or straight hair?
  9. John Grisham or Patricia Cornwell?
  10. Strictly Come Dancing or Dancing On Ice?

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Satellite tv
  2. Andre Agassi
  3. Blue
  4. Lemonade
  5. Renault
  6. Chicken
  7. Spaghetti carbonara
  8. Straight hair
  9. Patricia Cornwell
  10. Strictly Come Dancing