Sunday, 23 December 2012

So I completely forgot about how busy Christmas is. Buying presents, seeing people, eating delicious food, stumbling around trying to squeeze myself into the only pair of tights I own that are without ladders ... honestly, my time has been so filled with Christmas this month that I've barely had time to sit down. And when I've been sitting down, I've been surrounded by scraps of wrapping paper with sellotape stuck to every surface.

In the rare moments of peace and quiet, my mind drifts back to God, and faith, and how I can never drift that far away from Him without feeling the urgent need to come back again. I've taken to describing it like Pringles. Once you pop, you can't stop ... (it's true. When it comes to Pringles I literally cannot stop). But once I had that moment where I said yes to Jesus, there literally was (and is) no turning back.

I've been reading a book about Mary, which is really interesting (and seasonal!) my only regret is that I didn't start it earlier, because I don't think I'll be able to finish it before Christmas. It's a thin book, but I like to savour it.

Things are good. I could be better. But life is good. Life is full of fun and family and laughter and jokes and sleep and tiredness and colds and sniffles and camera flashes and opening cards and saying thank you and singing carols. There's an anticipation in the air that grows bigger and bigger, like the pile of presents underneath our tree. It's nearly here. It's nearly here.

I'm anticipating something else, too. An adventure filled 2013. A time of growing closer to God and rooting myself in His word.

I'm thinking of this too:

'Our lives in Christ are like rays that continually expand and extend from that one stunning moment when his glorious light overtook our darkness. Each arrow could be likened to a ray of sunburst of light and warmth and exploding from that punctuated time.' - Lisa Bevere, Lioness Arising.

Merry Christmas everyone. xx


Monday, 3 December 2012

I've had loads of ideas floating around in my head recently for photoshoots and blog posts, but my ideas are outstripping my time and energy. I've been praying and thinking about what it means to be feminine. About humility and grace, but also about being dangerous in prayer and living with purpose and fire. I've been thinking a lot about being a 'nice girl' and whether that's really a good thing or not.

It turns out blogging is a bigger responsibility than I thought and I want to make sure I'm careful. It also turns out I have a lot of thoughts on this topic and a week isn't really long enough to think about it.

In the meantime ...

I'm making the book my home again.

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” - Romans 15:1-2, MSG
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