“I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars” Augustine “Og” Madnino
A thought for the day:
“God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may never understand His wisdom but we simply have to trust His will.”
Outside my window… the night sky is alight with fireworks and bonfires. It’s that time of year again!
I am thinking… that I’m glad I had my hair cut last week (professionally this time) but I am going to have to keep straightening it until it grows a bit and the curls drop out a little.
I am thankful… for my two wonderful children who have grown up to be such wonderful young adults.
In the kitchen… a new recipe of mine which I have perfected over the last couple of times of trying it, we had pearl barley risotto with chicken and mushrooms. Delish!
I am wearing… grey and blue. Not a reflection of my mood, thankfully.
I am creating… lots of stories! I am about 6 weeks into my Masters degree work and I have got short stories and flash fiction coming out of my ears at the minute. I am loving the creativity of writing, and of finding characters who speak to me so I can tell their stories. I will post some on here, but I have to be careful that I don’t share something which I am going to use as an assignment later or on else I could be caught out by the anti-plagiarism rules with the OU.
I am going… to go for a walk in Heaton Park tomorrow afternoon. Pictures to follow.
I am reading… “Rather Be The Devil” by Ian Rankin for fun, but oodles and oodles of other stuff for my Masters. I’m developing a bit of a crush on Victorian gothic horror at the minute which started out as research but is now turning into entertainment .
I am watching… “I know who you are”, which is a Spanish crime thriller shown on the BBC over the summer. I discovered it yesterday and I am hooked. It is the story of a lawyer who is accused of murder but who has lost his memory of any events before the alleged murder. It is in Spanish with English subtitles, so it needs some concentration (ie, no crocheting or Candy Crush while it is on!) but it is well worth it. Again, something I started to watch for research purposes but is turning out to be an entertainment piece too.
I am praying… in thanks for the safe delivery of a friend’s new baby, for the safe delivery of another friend’s baby in a couple of weeks and for the safe gestation for another friend who has had two heartbreaks in the last year. God is everywhere in creation, and for that I give thanks.
I am wondering… how I am going to get through the next 8 weeks until Christmas. As ever, the family calendar is FULL and if I don’t count studying, I have got 5 days between now and Boxing Day where I am not committed to something or other. I always go through this wobble around this time of year and I have never come unstuck before, but nevertheless, the next couple of months are going to be busy.
I am looking forward to… Boxing Day…!
From the boardroom…I really want to make these this year.
I am hoping… Ethan and Megan are having a good time in Scotland this weekend.
I am learning… that I am stronger than I think I am.
Around the house… things are very quiet for a change. It’s weird.
I am pondering… how to present a discussion for my BAP* in a couple of weeks.
A favourite quote for today…
“Be careful how you are talking to yourself, you are listening” – Lisa M Hayes
One of my favourite things… is a book and brew in bed before sleep.
A few plans for the rest of the week: church tomorrow, Stay and Play then a pre-BAP meeting in the afternoon then band on Monday, band again Wednesday, Study group Thursday, praying at a funeral on Friday, band Friday night, then Messy Church on Saturday. Yes, it’s a tad busy this week!
A peek into my day…
I sit next to Gareth in band, and this is his “unique” way of keeping his music tidy during rehearsals *ahem*
*BAP – Bishop’s Advisory Panel. This is the 3-day selection panel where my suitability for ordination training is assessed and decided. I will be attending BAP at the end of November and there’s a bit of preparation to do before I go, including (and not limited to) booking my train tickets and deciding on how to invite a discussion around one of the church’s marks of mission.
If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer.
If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.
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