Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Dyson or Vax?
  2. Talker or listener?
  3. Ford or Citroen cars?
  4. Fawlty Towers or Only Fools and Horses?
  5. McDonalds or Burger King?
  6. Jazz or classical music?
  7. Electric or gas?
  8. Lions or tigers?
  9. Rolling Stones or The Beatles?
  10. Analogue or digital clock/watch?

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Dyson
  2. Listener
  3. Citroen
  4. Fawlty Towers
  5. McDonalds
  6. Classical music
  7. Electric
  8. Tigers
  9. The Beatles
  10. Analogue

 ‘There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you…..When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am'” ~ John 14:2-4

I can be difficult to cope when our loved ones pass away, however I believe that they pass away when God is ready for them to take their place with Him. Life is about living for Him, doing things He needs us to do in His time, and therefore it should be no great surprise that even death takes place in His time.

Shed a tear when your loved ones leave this world, that’s only natural, but be assured that God has prepared a place for them, with Him.

 

Some more thoughts for those who have lost loved ones in the Clutha bar tragedy last Friday…

You painted me a picture of tomorrow
A place where you and I walked hand in hand
A world without despair and without shadows
But things just didn’t turn out how we’d planned
Now you’re gone

And I believe that there is somewhere
Where the angels fill the sky
And I believe we’ll live forever
You and I, you and I
Will never die

I wonder if you knew that you were leaving
I thought that I saw something in your eyes
You painted me a picture of believing
I’ll see you there on the other side
And I’ll be there

And I believe that there is somewhere
Where the angels fill the sky
And I believe we’ll live forever
You and I, you and I
Will never die

Life may not have worked out as you expected in these last few days, but be assured that your loved ones who have passed away are looking down on you now. They will live forever in your hearts and minds.

We can live forever because of God, and that I pray will give you hope for today and for the future.

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Cold weather or wet weather
  2. New York or Las Vegas
  3. Silver jewellery or gold jewellery
  4. Burger or pizza
  5. Midsomer Murders or Dalziel and Pascoe
  6. Sony or Samsung
  7. Debenhams or John Lewis
  8. Jumper or cardigan
  9. Snooker or pool
  10. Sweet or savoury

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Cold weather
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Gold jewellery
  4. Pizza
  5. Midsomer Murders
  6. Samsung
  7. John Lewis
  8. Jumper
  9. Snooker
  10. Sweet

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Food – Chinese or Indian
  2. Las Vegas or Florida
  3. Sitcoms or soaps
  4. Car or bike
  5. Football – Real Madrid or Barcelona
  6. Apples or bananas
  7. Jelly babies or liquorice allsorts
  8. Stairs or lift
  9. Sainsbury’s or Tesco
  10. Diagnosis Murder or Murder She Wrote

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Chinese
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Sitcoms
  4. Car
  5. Barcelona
  6. Bananas
  7. Jelly babies
  8. Stairs
  9. Sainsbury’s
  10. Diagnosis Murder

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Spring or autumn
  2. White car or black car
  3. Electrical or gas heating
  4. Plastic bags or reusable bags
  5. Google or Bing
  6. Mayonnaise or salad cream
  7. Analogue or digital clock
  8. Tigger or Eeyore
  9. Brown or white bread
  10. Contact lenses or glasses

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Spring
  2. Black
  3. Gas
  4. Reusable bags
  5. Google
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Digital
  8. Tigger
  9. White bread
  10. Glasses
Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should  have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me
 
Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy

God has a plan for each us. What God has planned for us, we can achieve, even if it seems impossible. We simply have to let Him help us, as He can lighten our darkness, and help keep us strong.

Breath of Heaven, help me

Over the last while I’ve asked you a couple of times whether you had ever noticed how there are some things which happen in films which never ever happen in real life – today it’s time for some more examples!

top15moviesHere’s a few examples which show what I’m saying:

  1. When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. I’ll always be the exact fare.
  2. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.
  3. You always wake up with every hair in place. i.e. No “bed-head”!
  4. Plain girls can become movie stars simply by removing their glasses and letting their hair down.
  5. Many musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.
  6. It’s not necessary to say “Hello” or “Goodbye” when beginning a telephone conversation.
  7. A disconnected telephone call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying “Hello? Hello?” repeatedly.
  8. You will survive any battle in any war unless you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
  9. All single women have a cat!
  10. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.

Any of these sound familiar?

Obviously these are complete generalisations because not every film follows the above rules, but I’m sure you’ll agree, you can think of a lot which do!

quiet_pleaseI’ve never been much of a morning person and I am sure I never will be.

Having said that, despite working flexi time and not actually having to be in until 10am, I’m usually at work sometime between 8.30 and 9.15. Even so, I still like a bit a quietness then…at least until I’ve had my first coffee of the morning!

It’s funny how some of us like to get up early in the morning and just get on with things right away, while others of us like to have a long lie and like to slowly get into things. I definitely fall into that second category, how about you?

Just because I’m not a morning person and like to slowly move into my day, doesn’t mean I don’t get much done, it simply means I probably finish things a bit later. e.g. In a work sense, I’m often one of the last to leave the office at night.

So please, for those of you who are morning people, please remember some of us are not morning people and we like a quiet peaceful start to our mornings, thank you.

memoriesAs you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’ve been writing a number of posts giving some thoughts on how to cope with the death of a loved one.

Today I want to focus on boundaries…your boundaries!

Protect your boundaries – You are the only one who truly knows and understands how you feel and how you are coping with your grief.

Some will avoid speaking to you as they will find it difficult to know what to say to you, others will offer words of comfort and extend their sympathies to you. Some will extend invitations to you, or ask you to take on tasks – Don’t pressurize yourself into saying, “Yes“. Instead, give yourself permission to say, “No thank you” or “I’ll pass on it for now”. Remember it’s about you, and how you are feeling, it’s not about any one else.

Another way of protecting your personal boundaries is to accept an invitation from someone, but put some limits on it. e.g. Tell them, “Yes, I will be happy to join you, but please know that I may have to excuse myself a little earlier than others”.

Finally, remember when you’ve suffered a bereavement it’s ok to protect your personal boundaries. However if you accept an invitation that’s been offered to you, don’t fret about it, because the anticipation of the occasions is always much worse than it actual turns out to be. Rest assured that, with God‘s grace, the occasion will not be nearly as difficult as you think it will.

“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” ~ Psalm 34:18