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It seems these days that we experience more and more storms now than we did in the past. Maybe it just seems this way because they have started naming our storms, whereas in the past, we just said we were having windy/wet weather and just got on with it?!

When it comes to storms or difficult times in our life, do you find you are experiencing more or less storms now than you did in the past?

Personally I’d say I am experiencing far more storms in my life now, as until a number of years ago I’m not sure I could really class any of the difficulties I experienced as storms, as looking back on them they were definitely just damp days! The difference now is that my faith is stronger now than it has ever been, and that is all because when I was at my lowest a number of years ago, I know God looked out for me, and He kept me going, and kept me fighting until I came through the storm.

Maybe you’re feeling on top of the world just now, maybe you’re at our lowest point. Whichever you find yourself in, just remember God is always with you, even when you find it hard to believe you’re still struggling through a storm of life.

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. Hogmanay
  2. Resolution
  3. End
  4. January
  5. Holidays
  6. Shortbread
  7. Ceilidh
  8. Christmas tree
  9. Food
  10. Work

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. 31 December
  2. Broken
  3. New start
  4. Winter
  5. Over
  6. Scotland
  7. Social
  8. Away
  9. Fat
  10. Sad

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!

What a great reminder!

I guess we can often take for granted all God has provided for us. After all it’s not just nature, the sun and rain, or the animals God has provided for us – He’s given us everything we own, everything we eat and drink, as well as our family and friendships.

Let’s not take everything God provides for us, for granted, after all how much joy do all these things provide us with!

Around us

Posted: July 16, 2018 in flowers, life, music, nature, prayer, religion, UK, weather
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In the last few weeks we’ve enjoyed some really beautiful weather in the UK. During that time I’ve found myself being very aware of the world around, the beautiful flowers, trees, rivers, fields etc. I know those things are there everyday, but somehow I for one, have taken then for granted. It’s only now with all this lovely weather that I have suddenly noticed it all again.

How about you, do you notice the world around you each day?

Whether you notice the world around you each day or not, do you thank God for the world he created for us to live in? If I’m honest, I don’t – I take the beautiful things God has provided in this world for me to enjoy, for granted so often.

So please join me today in promising to thank God each day for providing so many beautiful things around us.

We all have things which annoy us, some trivial, some quite serious. So today I want to share with you some of the trivial things that annoy me…they’re listed in no particular order:

  1. People who treat you like a child just because you’re younger than them.
  2. Those who park on double-yellow lines just to save themselves have to walk a few extra meters to the nearest parking space.
  3. When less qualified or experienced individuals thinks they know better than you, even although you’ve been there and done something many times before.
  4. When the weather forecasters say we’re going to have fantastic dry warm weather, but then discover they’re actually talking about the south of England, and our weather is actually going to be the complete opposite!
  5. Individuals who drop litter rather than put it in a litter bin that’s only a few meters away.

Do any of these annoyances sound familiar to you?

Yes, all the above things annoy me, but most of time I manage to stay quiet when they happen and just observe and say or do nothing as I know it’s just me being me!

We all have things which annoy us, some trivial, some quite serious. So today I want to share with you some of the trivial things that annoy me…they’re listed in no particular order:

  1. Not being able to get a doctor’s appointment when you need one
  2. People who make out that they are you best friend in public, but in private are the first to ‘stab you in the back’
  3. Delivery drivers who, after delivering something to your house, don’t bother to shut your gate
  4. People who leave dirty dishes in the sink
  5. People who are always late

Do any of these annoyances sound familiar to you?

Yes, all the above things annoy me, but most of time I manage to stay quiet when they happen and just observe and say or do nothing as I know it’s just me being me!

More of you

Posted: April 8, 2018 in life, music, religion, weather, words
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Rushing wind, usher in Your presence
Heaven’s rain, push away all fear
Mercy flow, breaking over my heart again
How we need more of You

 

When we think of storms we think of disruption, turmoil, unpleasant weather, even severe gales. So on first thought it may seem strange to come God coming into our life to a storm. But if we think how much His presence in our lives changes us and turns our life around, it’s maybe a little clearer why Jeremy Camp has entitled one of his songs Storm.

Spring?

Posted: March 24, 2018 in animals, flowers, nature, weather, winter
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Is it spring yet?

I don’t know about you but I’m getting really fed up with one week it being mild and time for a lighter weight jacket. But hen the next week temperatures struggle to get above zero, and we have frost, ice and snow. <sigh> I hate having to scrape the car every morning.

It feels as if winter this year, is lasting much longer than usual, and that is not good.

One thing however that has improved in the last few weeks, is the number of daylight hours we’re getting each day. If there is one thing that really gets me down during winter is getting up in the dark, going to work in the dark, and then coming home from work in the dark – I think it just makes the working day seem even longer which definitely isn’t good!

So just to brighten my day, and hopefully yours too, here are some nice spring pictures. Hopefully we’ll witness these kinds of pictures ourselves for real in the next few weeks.

When we think about the sun, we think of bright sunshine, and possibly shade to get out of the sun as well!

What about when we think about Jesus, what do we think of? Here’s a great description I heard:

With the Son in front of us we cast a great shadow, however with the Son behind us there is no shadow.

That’s a great quote isn’t, it’s as if we’re talking about the sun or sunshine as it refers to shadows. However it’s about Jesus and how when you acknowledge Christ as Saviour, there are no shadows or dark places in your life, because He is always with you no matter where or what you are going through.

Thunderstorm!

Posted: March 17, 2018 in computing, television, weather
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It’s to use your imagination!

Imagine it’s an evening, it’s dark outside, you’re in your house safe and warm, sitting with your feet up watching the tv. All of a sudden a thunderstorm starts. It get’s closer and closer until it sounds as though it’s almost directly overhead.

Bang! There’s a thud, and then all the lights and the power goes off. You’re plunged into darkness.

So you’ve no power, so no lights, no tv…

What do you do now?

I guess for some of us, our laptops and/or tablets or phones will still have charge in them, so we’ll still be able to browse the internet and/or play games on our devices. But imagine the power runs out on your devices while the power is still off, so then what do you do?

I suspect for me, if there nothing I can really do, I would probably go to bed and sleep!

How about you what would you do?