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We are now into what many around the world call Holy Week. Holy week is the last week of Lent and is when remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

As Easter is one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, many churches will hold various services this week.

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, is followed by Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and then Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

 

Today is Palm Sunday, but do you know and understand why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace), the crowds paved his way with palm branches (this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah, in Zechariah 9:9.

These days, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.

 

Matthew 21:9-11 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosannain the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

So today, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you, and several other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Slough
  2. Bristol
  3. York
  4. Preston
  5. Wimbledon
  6. Darlington
  7. Oban
  8. St Andrews
  9. Sheffield
  10. Derry

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. The Office
  2. Airport
  3. B&B
  4. Train
  5. Tennis
  6. Car
  7. Sea
  8. University
  9. Cutlery
  10. Boots

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you, and several other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Margate
  2. Carlisle
  3. Prestwick
  4. Taunton
  5. Llandudno
  6. Milton Keynes
  7. Forfar
  8. Penzance
  9. Blackburn
  10. Crieff

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Only Fools and Horses
  2. Border
  3. Airport
  4. Tennis
  5. Holiday
  6. Roundabouts
  7. Bridie
  8. Train
  9. Phone call
  10. Hydro

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

Monday this week was my first day at work this year! So after a couple of weeks off, it’s been a bit of a shock to the system having to get up and into work early again – I’m not a morning person, never have been never will be, so getting up early is not my thing at all.

It’s been a bit strange now it’s half way through January, just saying happy new year to work colleagues this week, as the new year seems ages ago now.

At the start of a new year many make new year resolutions. How many of you made any resolutions? Are you still keeping all of them or have some already failed?

I do not usually make any new year resolutions as I found in the past that I set myself unrealistic goals or targets which I never achieve. This year was no different, but while I was off I found the words of the song In This Quiet Moment, which the our songsters used as the call to worship on Sunday, going through my mind much of time. The more this song went round in my head the more I realised I have been guilty of just fitting God in around my other activities:

In this quiet moment, still, before your throne,

Conscious of your presence, knowing I am known,

In this quiet moment, set my spirit free,

In this quiet moment, make a better me.

Maybe that’s the problem, I haven’t had “quiet moments” in God’s presence. We’re all so busy these days, rushing about from one thing to another, that our time with God can almost get lost in amongst our other activities.

Do we do that with our other relationships and other activities? Do we put aside specific time to spend with our family and friends, to practice any musical instruments we play, to work on our hobbies?

Just as we must take time to work on our relationships with one another if we want them to grow and last, we must work on our relationship with God.

In this quiet moment…

Just as it tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 (The message) our relationship with God will grow when we spend quiet time with Him no matter how we may be feeling by reading the bible and praying:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.

In this quiet moment…

So far this year, I have managed to stopped just “fitting God in” around other things, and have been able to set aside time each day for devotions.

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (Thessalonians 5:16-18 – The message)

How about you, are you just “fitting God in” to your busy schedule or are you fitting everything else around your time with God?

…or is it?

We celebrated Christmas Day last Sunday, but what were we actually celebrating? Giving and receiving gifts from family and friends, holidays, time of work?

We probably all enjoyed those things over the last week as we’ve celebrated Christmas, but did we stop to remember Christ in amongst out celebrations?

christmas-presenceChristmas only happens because Christ came to earth over 2000 years ago. However although we celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas Day, He is looking for us to give our life to Him and then serve Him every day of the year, not just on Christmas Day.

Christ is there for us 365 days a year, so while Christmas Day may be over, don’t forget about Christ until Christmas Day 2017, as He wants you every day!

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Posted: December 9, 2016 in Christmas, family, holiday, life, stress
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Do this look like your calendar/diary at this time of year?

Christmas can be so hectic between trying to get everything and everyone organised for Christmas, possibly additional pressures at work and parties to go to or get the kids to.

Do you take time out at all for you, or do you just rush from one task or event to the next? We all need time out sometimes or we will simply burn ourselves out. So make sure you give yourself even just 5 minutes each day just to sit and chill, even taking that short time out will benefit you.

End of a holiday.

End of long lies and late nights.

End of relaxation time and quality time together.

end of holidaysEach time I think about going back to work on Monday I wish I’d taken a second week off!

Even wishing the alarm clock will not go when it’s supposed to on Monday morning…but don’t tell anyone at work!

Each day off, like every other, has had its positives and negatives.

Every day there are reminders of being an outsider, on our own, and not part of any “groups”.

Every day there are reminders of those no longer here, and things we now wish we’d said or done, but it’s now too late.

Each day brings new challenges, and Monday will be another challenge…the first of which will be getting up in time to get to work again.

Even on Monday, there will be challenges, not just those associate with work, but simply further reminders of out being an outsider, it’s just part of every day life…

End of my time off.

End of my holiday.

Enter my “normality”…

 

It’s been a while since we’ve been away anywhere on holiday, so I’ve been thinking about some countries/cities I’ve always wanted to go to but as yet have not visited. I thought I’d share my list with you and the reasons why I’d like to visit these places, although as you’ll see some of my reasons are a bit bizarre!

So in no particular order, here’s my 5 places:

South Africa

Nelson Mandela was such an inspiration, I’d love to visit his homeland.

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Hong Kong

The mix of British culture and Chinese traditions sounds amazing and that mixed with superb shopping and sightseeing opportunities, is something I want experience for myself

hong-kong-island

New Zealand

The landscape and climate in many ways reflect those I’m used to in Scotland, so maybe that’s why New Zealand has always jumped out at me as somewhere I’d like to visit.

new-zealand

Dublin

The closest place to home on my list, but I place I’ve never been to but heard great reports of it been a fantastic place to visit.

Dublin

Kuala Lumpur

I have always just loved the name of this place and it’s always been a place that’s intrigued me, so I want to visit it!

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When we first make that decision to visit a place you’ve never been to before, it can be a leap of faith in many ways, as you may not know much about the place, the food or culture. However once you find a place you love, it can become a place where you want to go on a regular basis, for numerous reasons. e.g. fun, relaxation, sport, entertainment, shopping, activities, scenery, climate, culture etc.

Of all the places I’ve visited there are a few places I’d ready go back to – Some for the reasons I’ve listed above, others just because they remind me of past times, or family members who are no longer with us. I wonder how many of these places would be on your list!

1. Las Vegas

This has to be my number 1 place as there’s so much to las-vegas-skylinedo and see there even if you aren’t a gambler! When we first went there on holiday a number of years ago a number of folk were surprised that we were going there and were even more surprised at how much we enjoyed it, as neither me or my hubby are gamblers! Vegas is so much more than just gambling and is great if you and your partner want to do different things like sunbathe or shop. Add to this the fantastic variety of high quality food and entertainment available, and for me it has to be my number 1 go-back-to destination.

2. Cambridge

CambridgeI sent most of my childhood summer holidays in Cambridge as we used to go and spend the summer holidays with my aunt and uncle and their family. I got to know Cambridge quite well having insiders there to take us to the best local places etc. I would love to go back to Cambridge and see it through adult eyes now, as I’m sure there was so much I didn’t see in the past just because it wasn’t of interest to a child.

3. Australia

Perth AustraliaI was lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Perth, western Australia, a number of years ago when my aunt and uncle where living out there for a period of time while he did some work for one of the universities. My aunt and uncle took me to a lot of places in Western Australia and I loved every minute of my time there, so I’d love to go back to Australia and spend time in other parts of the country.

 

4. Paris

I’ve been in Paris a few times, with my parents and more recently with my hubby, but there’s still so much to do and to see there I’d readily go back again.

paris5. New York

I’ve just been in New York the once, and that was just for a few days as part of a 3 city vacation one summer. What I saw of New York I loved, but there were so many places we never had time to visit, so I have to add New York to my list of places I’d return to.new york