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Well on Maundy Thursday (doesn’t sound so close if I say it like that) some of our church and some other people are off to sunny Skegness (actually I think it was windy and raining last year) to partake in Spring Harvest.  For those of you who have never heard of it this is what the Spring Harvest Website says

Spring Harvest is a Christian event which takes place over Easter.

It’s for people of all ages and church backgrounds and features inspirational Bible teaching, seminars, and spirit-filled worship. It’s about one thing: deepening your walk with God, so you return home inspired to impact your community and your friends, for Jesus.

In some ways I am really excited and in others I am not sure I am going to be able to cope.  Ever since I was little I have always had a problem in saying goodbye when I’m leaving to go away or leaving some one that I care about, even if  just for a short time.

As regular readers will know I have fallen in love since last years spring harvest and where as usually I get upset the night before I go away, this time I have started 2 weeks in advance.  I have already shed some tears and got myself in a bit of a state about it.  And yes I know, my man will still be there when I get back, and no he’s not going to go off with anyone else and he’s told me he won’t change his mind about the way he feels about me but these are the negative thoughts whizzing round.  Just thinking about it now is making me fill up.

If you are one of the people who is coming on this holiday, just be aware that I may have mood swings because I will be trying to keep my emotions hidden away and under control.

If there are any other Christians reading this, then please pray that I won’t dissolve into too much of a wreck before a week on Thursday and that I will still be able to enjoy myself and open myself up to God’s spirit.

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The water aid concert was a huge success.  We have many positive comments on how well the Brownies sang and what a superb job they did.  The overall experience with PowerPoint images, the DVD about poo and where it goes, the prayers the Brownies wrote, the sketch reflecting on the differences between a girl in Nepal and a girl in the UK and the words of the songs obviously made an impact on those who were there as we raised £185.85 on the night and we still have sponsor money to come in.

A huge thank you to all involved and all who have supported us with monetary gifts, love and prayers.

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Tomorrow the Brownies are doing a concert for Water Aid.  Guiding have set a challenge to all members to change the world.  And the concert is the 2nd challenge we are doing.

The first one we completed after Christmas when the Brownies collected unwanted Christmas Cards and recycled them.  We set them a challenge to see how many they could collect.  One Brownie alone collected over 7000 cards.  I’m not sure Tesco (who were collecting on behalf of the Woodland Trust) knew what hit them when Brown Owl arrived with her car bursting full of Christmas cards.

So back to tomorrows concert.  The 2nd challenge we have chosen is called “sing for change“.  The girls have learnt several sings all along the lines of water – how we use it and how others don’t have the clean water we have.  It has certainly opened my eyes.  It is the type of information you know deep down but by learning, listening to the songs and preparing a power point, it has hit me at a deeper level.

The power point is now 120 slides which as you can imagine has taken rather a long time to put together but I am sure it will al be worthwhile in the end.

And so tomorrow the girls will sing the songs that the have learnt, watch a dvd about toilets, say some prayers about water, listen to a sketch about the reflection of a girl from Nepal and a girl from the UK as well as hopefully raise lots of money for Water Aid.

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Why?

Today I am just gonna share a few random thoughts whizzing round my head! 

  • Why is it so much easier to blog when life is naff or your feeling low?
  • Why did I only have a few hours sleep last night?
  • Why when you have to get up early can you not get to sleep?
  • Why when the sun is shining do you have loads of jobs to do inside?
  • Why when you roll over in bed (and your asleep) do you not fall off the side?  That one comes from my lack of sleep last night.  I decided I was fed up off lying the same way as I’d been there awake for several hours, that I’d put my head where my feet usually go.  When I finally did fall asleep I turned over and nearly fell off the bed cos there would normally be a wall there!
  • Why when you have prepared to stand your ground and are prepared to fight your corner does the other person just agree to what you want?
  • Why does the spell check not know the word blog?

I think that is enough whys for now?  I certainly don’t have the answers but maybe by sharing them I won’t need to have them keep going round and round in my head!

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Friends

I have just been listening to an interesting programme on the radio about children and friendship.  Apparently children are unable to develop friendships until around the age of three.  At first friendships are fleeting and best friends may change at very frequent intervals.  AS the years pass more and more is invested in the depth of friendship and so more effort and skill is required to make the friendship last as disagreements have to be worked through.  The speaker said that she had talked to children and asked them what they liked about their best friend.  The most common answer was that they were amusing and funny, then the fact that they had common interests which they could share together and, interestingly, that they felt more secure when with their friend.  It seems to me that as we become older, some of these important ingredients of successful friendship are replaced by more fleeting things such as physical appearance, and sexual performance.

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Ladyewell Shrine

I have heard and read about Ladyewell Shrine but, although I have lived in the Preston area all my life I have never visited it so I decided it was time to have a look.  The signs pointing to Ladyewell are to the East side of Preston and so I set off down a country lane, as directed. Then I had to turn off down a dead end which was little more than a farm road.  After a short distance I came to a Catholic Church with a large car park.  Several hundred yards further along the road was a house which was closed to the public at the time that I arrived but the grounds were open.  I soon came to the well which is reached down a number of stone steps.  The garden then opened onto a large lawn with wooden seats facing a wooden, glass fronted building containing a large altar.  There was seating inside and more outdoor seating for what must have been over two hundred. 

Behind the building containing the alter was a woodland walk down a series of steps which had the stations of the cross on either side.  There were several statues of Saints and the Virgin Mary and a place where candles could be lit.

Although it seemed strange to me, as a Methodist, there was certainly a sacred atmosphere about the place and it was clearly a place of pilgrimage and was obviously valued and used by both local Christians and by pilgrims from further afield.  For anyone who has not visited the place then I suggest you take a look.  If nothing else you will find peace and tranquility and perhaps feel God’s presence.

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Well that is what I used to think anyway!

I have suffered with depression and this is one of the thoughts I had when in in the midst of those dark thoughts.  Why a bird? 

Well, it is free to do what it wants when it wants, it doesn’t have any worries and it can just free fly around doing not alot.  Just imagine floating over the world looking down on all that is happening below.  Just imagine having no worries.  Just imagine no responsibility – sounds good eh!

Then the other day I was out walking with Mr Mouse and his mate.  We were walking around Preston Docks.  We didn’t get very far as a canal barge was manouvering itself about so we stood and watched that but we also looked at the seagulls and pigeons.  They were sat on the bars and the wind was blowing.  They were working really hard at staying still.  We then wondered what they did to sleep – did they just go and shelter somewhere.  The no-worries life style now has worries – it’s blowing a gale, I’m freezing, where am I going to sleep?  Then I thought about the life of a bird a bit more – I guess it never knows where the next meal is coming from – again more worries.

I think I decided that in the end I don’t think I want to be a bird anymore – far too cold and wet even though the floating above the world sounds good – maybe I need to take up something like hot air ballooning instead!

Has anyone else had thoughts like this?  What have you wanted to be and why?

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