Whatcha Wearing Wednesday

27 Apr

I bought new shoes today.

Do you like?

I’m not very good at buying new clothes but I’ve needed to buy some new pumps for about a year and a half now. My feet get wet whenever it rains at the moment!

However, I’m a bit attached to my old brown pumps. The first time I ever wore them was on one of my first dates with Josh. We were going to the cinema and they rubbed my feet so much that it made them bleed and I could hardly walk on the way home…so Josh carried me 🙂 Happy memories!
Once I broke them in they were super comfy and I wear them most days in the summer.

I hope this pair will be as well used and as well loved.

What about you? Whatcha wearing this Wednesday? Head over to Chloe’s to link up.

More exciting post

27 Apr

This week I’m happy because I’m ON HOLIDAY! And thanks to Will and Kate I only had to take three days off work to get a nine day holiday…whoop!

So far we’ve been having a great time. Josh’s parents and sister were visiting over the weekend and yesterday we went out for lunch with some friends.

Today Josh has been working so I’ve had a deliciously selfish day and have read in bed and gone shopping {shhh…don’t mention the New Years Resolution} and pottered round the house. It has been looovveely.

I’m also happy because I got more exciting post today…and it included CHOCOLATE.

The lovely Erin sent me some sweet Easter treats all the way from Canada.

…including some mini eggs {my absolute fav!}.

 

I have eaten FAR too much chocolate this afternoon – but that’s what holidays are for? Right?

Thanks for my great Easter package Erin. I loved it!

My Beautiful Disaster

Happy Wednesday 🙂

The devil makes work for busy hands

26 Apr

I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase “The devil makes work for idle hands”, but just recently I have become convinced that the devil uses busyness just as much as idleness to distract us from following God with all our hearts.

Although Christians don’t like to admit it, I would guess that most of us struggle spending time with God, reading our bibles and praying. We can often feel guilty that we’re not doing it enough.
Over the last few years God has been helping me develop my quiet times…

…or in other words – I’ve actually been doing them regularly.

However, I still go through times {such as the last few weeks} when things get super busy and spending time with God seems to be put on the back-burner. This time, after a couple of hectic weeks when I was also ill I asked God to teach me how to continue to follow him faithfully even when things were super busy.

Here’s what I learnt:

1. Be disciplined

Oh yeah…you knew that one was coming right? It’s completely obvious but oh so hard!

God gave me a verse from Psalm 15 to cement this in my mind…

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?…he who keeps his oath even when it hurts”

As one lady from church says “anyone can march for Jesus when the sun shines”, but surely the real test of our faith and commitment to God is in those times when it’s not easy. If we’re still passionately following God even when things are going wrong then that cements our relationship and makes it real.

Now, I know that everyone has ‘seasons’ in life. There’ll be times when we can dedicate real time to in-depth bible study and prayer and other times when things are done more on the run, but I think as Christians we’re very good at making excuses for not spending time with God. We need to look at our hearts and at our motives. I know in my heart that if I examined my ‘busy’ days, there are still times when I manage to snuggle down with a novel for 15 minutes – why not spend that time sharing with my best friend, saviour and God instead?

2. Know where our energy comes from

If we need to find an example of a busy person, Jesus is a good person to start with. His ministry was a constant onslaught of teaching and needy people. So how did he deal with it?  In Luke 4 and 5 we see that Jesus went to a solitary place and he prayed. He knew that his energy, strength and power came from God so he went to him to talk about his ministry.

I get frustrated with myself when I forget this. I’m having a super busy day and I just end up forgetting to ask God to help me and so I do things in my own strength which makes things ten times worse. In the busy times spending time with God is probably more important – and yet so often we neglect it.

3.  Be fruitful, not busy.

The bible 100% advocates doing work for God and keeping busy, so don’t think that I’m suggesting we all sit around idle…

HOWEVER, I was reading again the story of the Vine and the Branches in John 15 the other day and it struck me…

What is the sign of God working in someone’s life?

Fruit.

Not busyness.

If you’re using your gifts to serve you likely will be very busy, but if you’re not listening to God and just getting involved in anything and everything you might not be fulfilling your God given role to the best of your ability.

We {and by this I mean ME} need to discern what God is telling us to do and be ready to say ‘no’ to people who suggest we do other things that in the end might end up making us super busy, but not super fruitful for God. We might seem like we’re indispensible and oh-so-helpful around church but if we end up sacrificing our personal relationship with God in the long run then, as Psalm 127 puts it, we’ll be “working in vain”.

Quick Questions

1. What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Anything to add?
2. Do busy times drive you closer or further away from God?
3. How good are you at saying “no” when it’s required?

Fill in the captions

22 Apr

I like to call this “how do children do this straight after eating a huge roast dinner?”

or maybe…”Yep – would have been sick by now”

“The girls take on the boys”

“The Anglican-in-training despairs at Rebecca’s charasmatic on-pitch display”

“Losing is hard work…”

“Photoshoots with the girls are much more fun”

“I love my family”

Posted in conjunction with “Family” over at Foto Friday

Springtime in Devon

22 Apr

The light was so amazing in Devon I couldn’t resist slipping out into the garden for an early morning photo shoot. Everything smelt heavenly… I can’t wait to have a garden of my own one day.

Winner!

21 Apr

One of the things I love most in the world is getting post. Getting a package is always so exciting when normally all that comes through my door are bills and junk mail.

Today I got an especially exciting package!

A week or so ago I won a giveaway from the incredibly creative Kelly at The Girl in the Blue Glasses.
Yes, Me! I won! The girl who usually never wins anything! IT’S SO EXCITING!

And this is what I won…

Isn’t it cute?!

My normal handbag is so huge because it has to hold my diary, notebook, bible, pens, purse…etc etc. So this is great just to grab when I don’t need to lug all of that around.

Thanks so much Kelly – you’ve made my day!

Sweet

20 Apr

I have so many things to blog about but life is so hectic this week!…So this is just a quick update to say that I will be back soon and I have LOTS of photos to share!

This past weekend we travelled to Devon to surprise my brother for his 40th birthday.

It was a weekend of family, fun, sunshine, good food, giggles and sweet, sweet cuddles from my nieces and nephews. A much needed breath of fresh-air amidst all the busyness.

 

Today I am taking part in Little Somethings  ‘Sweet’ photo challenge.

Looking Up

15 Apr

Today I’m taking part in ‘Foto Friday’ for the first time!
This week’s theme was Looking Up and I think this photo is perfect for it:

Today Josh went for a walk in the woods {while I was stuck in office – I’m not bitter at all!!} and he said that the trees were alive with Pied Fly-Catchers and Redstarts.
I’m so happy it’s spring and that the countryside is buzzing with frantic wild activity!

So not only is this photo literally ‘looking up’ it’s a sign to me that things are also looking up metaphorically. I’ve finally got a spark of energy back and I’m beginning to have a desire to be out, doing things – feeling the wind in my hair and the sun on my face.

Why not go and check out how the other Foto Friday participants got on.