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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

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Today, we remembered the fallen on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month by taking part in a 2 minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. This year the remembrance celebration have been more widely publicised in the UK as this year is the 100 year anniversary of the start of the 1st world war.

The men, women and children who have died in the various wars in which  the UK has participated, sacrificed their all, so that we may have continued freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we will never forget their sacrifice.

In the last few days while thinking about the sacrifice given by so many during war, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus, as just like those who have died fighting for their country, He too gave the ultimate sacrifice anyone could give, by giving His life. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died that we could be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, but today, as the title of this blog post suggests, it’s all about places, 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 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. Glasgow
  2. Arizona
  3. Paris
  4. Barcelona
  5. Switzerland
  6. Berlin
  7. Cambridge
  8. Kenya
  9. Phuket
  10. Lanzarote

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. Home
  2. Desert
  3. Love
  4. Football
  5. Tennis
  6. Wall
  7. Summer holidays when I was young
  8. Going on a safari
  9. Tsunami
  10. Honeymoon

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 with you over the last few months, and today, it’s time for another one. 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. Povertywords
  2. Heaven
  3. Microsoft
  4. Wedding
  5. Pothole
  6. Pepsi
  7. Formula 1
  8. Voicemail
  9. Social media
  10. Barcelona

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. Ashamed
  2. Eternity
  3. Office
  4. Family
  5. Accident
  6. Thirst
  7. Speed
  8. Message
  9. Facebook
  10. Lionel Messi

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’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, 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. Hogmanay
  2. Resolutions
  3. TV
  4. Food
  5. New Year’s Eve party
  6. Midnight
  7. New start
  8. Holidays
  9. First-footing
  10. Shortbread

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. Celebration
  2. Failure
  3. Rotten
  4. Over-eating
  5. Edinburgh
  6. The bells
  7. Decisions
  8. Over
  9. The bells
  10. Present

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!

These last few weeks I’ve found myself thinking a lot about those who wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas by exchanging presents and spending time celebrating and eating lots of foodpoverty

  • What about those who couldn’t afford to buy any presents for their children?
  • What about those who didn’t have any food to eat on Christmas Day?
  • What about those who spent Christmas Day alone?
  • What about those that had no roof over their head on Christmas Day?

What about them?

You may think it’s nothing to do with you that at the end of 2013 there are still those who don’t have enough food to eat, clean water to drink, or even a roof over their head, but I’m sorry, it is the responsibility of all God’s children to look after one another, and that includes you, me, the beggar on the street with no home, the orphan in a far away land who has to walk for miles every day just to get some dirty water to drink.

So, at the end of 2013, I challenge myself and each of you, to do something in 2014 to try to end poverty and hunger in this world of God’s. Go on make a difference in 2014 for God!

On the day when the biggest man in African history is laid to rest, what else could I possibly feature in my blog today?!

I am no expert in politics or African history, however I have lived my life during some of the highs and lows of Nelson Mandela‘s life. I wasn’t even born when Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage, but I remember very well in 1981 when Glasgow was  the first city to honour him by awarding him freeman of the city. Mandela was not allowed to leave his prison cell in South Africa to accept the award and this seemed to incite the worldwide calls to set Mandela free.

My Dad was always very knowledgeable about politics and I remember him telling me more about Mandela and how life was for blacks in South Africa in those days. Little did we know then that Mandela would later become the first elected black president of South Africa, and a world renowned and much respected leader who in his time here on earth changed his homeland for the better far more than many other politicians can ever hope to achieve in their lifetime.

Here is a quote from Mandela which I’m sure you’ve all read or heard before, but it’s one that I’ve contemplated so many times, simply because its truth:

 

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Finally, here’s a song by Simple Mind which was one written to celebrate Mandela’s release from prison. It’s simply called Mandela Day. which seems just as appropriate to use today as the world says farewell to one of the most influential men of our era.

 

 

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. You changed your country and the world for the better. Well done.

 

Have you heard the news? It’s Christmastime!

Have you heard why we celebrate Christmas? Jesus Christ was born here on earth over 2000 years ago

Why should you care about Jesus’ birth? Because his is the saviour of the world

Christmas isn’t just about giving and receiving lots of lovely present and eating far too much, it’s about praising God, and thanking Him for sending Jesus to the world.

So this Christmas make sure you hear the true message of Christmas.

 

I guess you’ve probably noticed by now  that’s it’s nearly Christmas. The shops have been selling Christmas cards and wrapping paper for months and playing Christmas songs continually for weeks, so I think we’ve probably all got the message by now.

But have we actually “got” the true message of Christmas yet?

Christmas really about giving and receiving presents, eating too much food, and holidays from work/school (even although that’s nice!), it’s actually about Jesus, God‘s only son, and how over 2000 years ago he came to earth as a baby to live amongst us, as one of us.

This Christmas, please take time from all the hustles of Christmas, to remember just why we celebrate Christmas…because of CHRIST!

 

In the last few months in Slogans #1, Slogans #2 and Slogans #3, , 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. Innovation
  2. Impossible is nothing
  3. Soft, strong and very long
  4. The ultimate driving experience
  5. Everyday food made easy
  6. Because life’s complicated enough
  7. Ideas for life
  8. Push button publishing
  9. Success. It’s a mind game
  10. Think big

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

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So here’s the answers…

  1. 3M
  2. Adidas
  3. Andrex toilet tissue
  4. BMW
  5. Sainsbury’s
  6. Abbey National
  7. Panasonic
  8. Blogger
  9. Tag Heuer
  10. IMAX

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!