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I often find it strange, but reassuring, when, just when I need it, a particular song pops onto the radio, or is randomly chosen by my iPod. So this week the song that kept ‘appearing’ was a song performed by Kari Jobe called I Am Not Alone.

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that…

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you, and today, as the title of this post suggests, this word association is all about New Year and what it means to each of us. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. First-footing
  2. Baby
  3. Finance
  4. Celebrate
  5. TV
  6. Shopping
  7. Food
  8. Bells
  9. Ceilidh
  10. Family

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. Midnight
  2. First baby of the year
  3. Debt
  4. Party
  5. Only an excuse
  6. Sales
  7. Overeating
  8. Midnight
  9. Dancing
  10. Together

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse 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 with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

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

I chose some words we probably all associate with New Year as well as some that I suspect if you’re not Scottish, you won’t understand (including some of my answers), maybe it’s time to find out a bit more about our Scottish New Year traditions!

So we’ve just reached the end of the first week of November, and already I’ve lost count of the number of TV adverts which are advertising something related to Christmas. Add to this the fact that we now have several TV channels showing Christmas movies 24 hours a day every day, and all the shops and supermarkets now seem to have aisles dedicated, is it any wonder I’m thinking it must be Christmas time!

While I love Christmas and all it represents, but watching constant adverts for the commercial side of Christmas every day from the start of November, almost 2 months before Christmas Day, is not my idea of Christmas!

Let’s make sure we remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas, CHRIST!

Christmas begins with Christ

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you, and today, as the title of this post suggests, this word association is all about New Year and what it means to each of us. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Shortbread
  2. Midnight
  3. Promise
  4. First
  5. Party
  6. TV
  7. Food
  8. Shops
  9. Worry
  10. Time

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. First-footing
  2. The bells
  3. Resolution
  4. Baby of the year
  5. Celebrate
  6. Only an excuse
  7. Steak pie
  8. Sales
  9. Debit
  10. Family

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse 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 with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

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

I chose some words we probably all associate with New Year as well as some that I suspect if you’re not Scottish, you won’t understand (including some of my answers), maybe it’s time to find out a bit more about our Scottish New Year traditions!

Today is the day the people of Scotland decide their future – Do we stay as part of the United Kingdom or do we become an independent country? Yes or No!

yes-no

It’s been said many times since the date of our independence election was decided, that this is probably the biggest single decision that we will make about their country in our lifetime. So isn’t it reasonable to expect that everyone eligible to vote in this election, takes their vote seriously, taking time to weigh-up both side of the argument, before coming to an informed decision?

That sounds good doesn’t it? Sadly though, particularly in these last few weeks, the campaign seems to have more about claims and counter-claims, highlighting untruths or misrepresentation of facts made by the other side. Personally I’d rather have heard facts, backed up with hard evidence, not supposition and claims that no-one seemed able or willing to back-up.

It’s also become very apparent that there are many supporters on each side of the argument who are completely behind their side, and will do or say just about anything to try and convince those who do not have the same beliefs as them. Unfortunately there have been instances of people being assaulted, abused or discriminated against because of their views, none of which is acceptable on any level – We live in a democratic country and therefore we each have the right to have, and express, our own opinions, and should be able to do so without fear of abuse or discrimination.

So voting day has finally arrived. I cast my vote earlier today, and while I will not share with you which way I voted as we vote in private polling booths for a reason, so my vote will remain private, I voted the way I thought will be best for the future of my country, the country in which I was born, and the country I have lived in all my life. Yes I may live to regret the way I voted, but for now, I truly believe the way I voted will provide the best possible future for me and future generations of Scots.

So as a nation, as Scots, and as members of the United Kingdom, we await the outcome of the most important vote about our nation. I simply hope that whatever Scotland has decided today, we all accept the decision with grace and understanding. There will be those who will obviously be disappointed, there will be those who are elated, but ultimately whatever the decision we have to live together, and we have to make the best of our decision, and try to make Scotland the best place possible for us all to live.

Whatever the outcome of today’s vote, whether Scotland is an independent country or remains part of the United Kingdom, I will still be Scottish and Scotland will still be my home!

scottish_flag_and_union_jack

 

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Melts in your mouth not in your hands
  2. The make-up of make-up artists
  3. Because change happens
  4. Because your worth it
  5. Central heating for kids
  6. What’s the worst that could happen?
  7. It does exactly what it says on the tin
  8. How do you eat yours’
  9. Made totally delicious
  10. Cleans like a white tornado

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. M&Ms
  2. Maxfactor
  3. Zurich
  4. L’Oreal
  5. Ready Brek
  6. Dr Pepper
  7. Ronseal
  8. Cadbury’s crème egg
  9. M&S food
  10. Ajax

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Power, beauty and soul
  2. At the heart of the image
  3. I’m loving it
  4. For all of life’s little dramas
  5. For the men in charge of change
  6. Twist the cap to refreshment
  7. To our members we’re the fourth emergency service
  8. Unleash your mojo
  9. Say it with flowers
  10. Your vision. Our future

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Aston Martin
  2. Nikon
  3. McDonalds
  4. Sudocrem
  5. Fortune
  6. Coca cola
  7. AA (Automobile Association)
  8. Virgin holidays
  9. Interflora
  10. Olympus

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Just do it
  2. American by birth, rebel by choice
  3. Live in your world. Play in ours
  4. The miracles of science
  5. See what we mean
  6. Pleasing people the world over
  7. Finger lickin’ good
  8. Connecting people
  9. When you care enough to send the very best
  10. Out there starts here

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Nike
  2. Harley Davidson
  3. PlayStation
  4. DuPont
  5. Canon
  6. Holiday Inn
  7. KFC
  8. Nokia
  9. Hallmark
  10. Expedia

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

Last week I caught a little bit of a phone-in on the radio during my journey into work – The topic of the phone-in that day was “Things to do during a long car journey”.

worship-prayerIf I’m honest I wasn’t really paying too much attention to what was being said during the phone-in until they read out a text message that someone had sent in with a suggestion about what to do during a long car journey…The suggestion was to pray.

That in itself wasn’t what caught my attention, but the response given by the phone-in host, as they said praying would be an idea plausible suggestion, “but not when you’re driving!”. I’m not sure why she felt you shouldn’t pray when you’re driving, so I don’t know whether it was because she thought you have to close your eyes to pray, or whether she felt you can’t pray and drive at the same time because you need your full attention on the road.

I understand that it is definitely not advisable to close your eyes when you’re driving, however it is not necessary to close your eyes to pray. I also understand that when driving our focus must be on our driving, however is praying by talking to God really any different to talking to your passengers in the car?

I was brought up to believe that we can, and should pray whenever we need to, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. because God is always there with us, and will always listen when we talk to Him.

So don’t be put off from praying just because of where you are or what you are doing, because your prayers matter, and more importantly, they matter to God. However praying when we’re busy doing other things is not ideal as we aren’t giving God our full attention, so make sure you still put time aside each day to spend quality time alone with God when you have no other distractions around you.

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Keeps going and going and going
  2. I am what I am
  3. Solutions for a smart planet
  4. When there is no tomorrow
  5. Share moments. Share Life
  6. Stronger than dirt
  7. Everyday food made special
  8. With heart to God and hand to man
  9. We keep your promises
  10. Grace, space, pace

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Energizer
  2. Reebok
  3. IBM
  4. FedEx
  5. Kodak
  6. Ajax
  7. Sainsbury’s
  8. The Salvation Army
  9. DHL
  10. Jaguar

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!