Posts Tagged ‘Driving’

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.

…and I think cars are great again!

Last week in The Problem With Cars… I told you how I’d been informed that my car  required £1300 worth of repairs. Having been shocked and stunned at the time, we had to have a serious think about whether we really should go ahead and get my car fixed or whether it was time to get a new car.

Well things moved quickly, and smoothly, so much so that yesterday I picked up my shiny new car!

To be honest I was sorry to see my old car go, it had served me well and I loved all the added gadgets it had. However it was time to move on, and get used to my new car.

So far so good, I’m loving my new car!

…they’re great when they’re working but a pain in your bank account when they’re not!

My car is now eight and a half years old. I’ve had it from new, and have found it a very reliable car which I’ve had very few problem with…until now.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed one or two problems with it when I start it from cold, so given we’re getting into the cold of winter I thought I’d better put my car into the garage to get it checked out.

So the car was put into the garage on my way to work and by 3.30pm I’d still not heard anything from them – was this good or bad? Well it was bad, but little did I realise just how bad!

Yes there was various faults with my car, none of which had to be done today, however would need done at some point in the near future. The total cost of the repair work would be just over £1300!!!!

Wow! I was stunned, the cost of these repairs is incredible particularly when you consider how much I car is probably worth these days, despite it’s very low mileage.

So do we go ahead with the repairs? Well I told the garage not to proceed with any of the repairs just now, as none of them are causing the car to be unroadworthy. Hubby and I discussed the cost of the repairs and the age of my age and have decided now is maybe the time to start considering replacing my car, so we’ve now started looking round checking out what offers are currently available on cars, before we make a final decision on whether to repair my existing car to replace it!

Oh the joys of motoring!