Monday, 31 May 2010

Is this for you?


This may be a little weird today...but...this post will not be for everyone.

If you read NicNac or have stumbled across it accidentally, and you're not aware of how much God is infatuated with you...this is for you.

You have been heavy on my heart lately (yes I do mean you) and I want to share some thoughts with you...is that ok?

In Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, young Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat during her frantic attempt to find her way through an impenetrable forest.


“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Alice cries.

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” the grinning Cat answers.

“I don’t much care where” – a lost and confused Alice says.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” says the Cat, who soon thereafter vanishes – all except for its toothy grin...

Perhaps you feel just like Alice in Wonderland - you have lost your sense of direction.
God's purpose for your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind or even your happiness. It will last longer than your family, your career or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.

Even Bertrand Russell, the renowned atheist admitted, "Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless."

The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point - ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like: What do I want to do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But focusing on yourself will never reveal your life's purpose. The Bible says, "Everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, ... everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him" (1 Colossians 1:16, The Message).
Contrary to many popular books, movies and seminars, you won't discover your life's meaning by looking within yourself. You've probably tried that already. You didn't create yourself so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for. If I handed you an invention you'd never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the Creator or the owner's manual could reveal its purpose.
 
How then do you discover the purpose you were created for? You only have two options. Your first option is speculation. This is what most people do. They conjecture, they guess, they theorize. When people say, "I've always thought life is ..." they mean, "This is the best guess I can come up with."


Fortunately, there is an alternative to speculation about the meaning and purpose of life. It's revelation. We can turn to what God has revealed about life in his Word. The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life's purpose: ask God.

The Bible says, "It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone" (Ephesians 1:11, The Message).
 
So, I know that you are looking for something more in life, I know you're searching for meaning, purpose, significance, I know you're looking for something/someone to fill the empty space in your heart...I know, because I felt like that. It's not coincidence that you find yourself here...God has a plan for your life...and it's a good one! Stop making excuses, putting it off, waiting until you get your life in order - take the plunge...you will love it!!!
 
I want to make my email address available for anyone who wants to talk to me...
nmcclenaghan@hotmail.com

Sunday, 30 May 2010

I need you, you, you

It's not perfect. Your local church is no more perfect than mine. But we need each other. We need to find our place in it, fill that place and let God use it to help us become all that He intended.

I read recently about a magnificent and elusive mountain goat on the top of the Spanish Pyrenees, the mountains in Spain. The writer said that this mountain goat always seems to get away from shooting range. They discovered the reason for it is that it has a companion. There is a younger goat that follows and sounds the warning of enemies around it. Relationships within the Body of Christ can protect us when we're in danger, protect us when we're under attack. We have such a need for accountability.

I know that's a word that some of us aren't real comfortable with. We'd rather be independent; we'd rather do things on our own. We've been trained to be self-sufficient but the fact is that we're not self-sufficient. We need each other or we're going to be overpowered by the enemy.

And I need accountability in many different areas of my life.

Hebrews 3:13 says: "Encourage or exhort one another daily." How often is that? Every day. How often do we need another in our lives? Every day. Why? "Encourage one another daily lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." I want so much to keep a heart that is tender toward God, a heart that is sensitive to Him, a heart that is sensitive to sin, a heart that is pure.

First I need the Holy Spirit to do that in my life but then I need you and you need me. We need each other daily to encourage each other. Encouragement isn't just saying, "I love you, I think you're wonderful."

Sometimes encouragement is saying, "Watch out, I think you're vulnerable there. I think you might be vulnerable when you do..." or as a friend of mine used to say, "I could be a million miles off, but is it possible that..."and then this person would bring up something that they had a concern about. And I'll tell you what, as I look back on it - they were rarely wrong.

When the white man first arrived in North America, the native Indians did not have a written language or alphabet but their vocabulary was often more eloquent and more expressive than that of the French and English explorers. For example, the word "friend" was understood by the Native Americans, "as one who carries my sorrows on his back." Isn't that good? One who carries my sorrows on his back. That's a real friend.

I read recently about a badger-like animal that is native to India and parts of Africa. It's called a ratel and this animal pairs up with a little bird called a honey guide bird. They both love honey but they need each other in order to get the honey. So they go out together.

The little bird, the honey guide bird, has these sharp eyes that can pinpoint a beehive with honey and then the ratel has powerful claws that tear up the hive and make the honey available to both of them. They need each other. They work together and as they do, they are more productive than one would be without the other.

Hmmm...something to ponder

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Saturday no school today...


Oh I've had a lovely Saturday so far...Emily stayed with her auntie Siobhan last night (still isn't home) and David and I cooked breakfast, brewed yummy coffee and chatted about life, love, our future, our upcoming party, church, God etc. It was so lovely. Then I locked myself in my art room with music and got stuck into a painting I'm currently working on...but...alas, I ran out of some paints I need (tres expensive) so I just doodled about with my water-paints and did some drawing.


While I was futtering about I got some time to digest my discussion with Dave...God has been taking His huge, luminous highlighter to some areas of my life...revealing some things that need work and encouraging me with steps forward.

"The Self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice and action" (John Dewey) ...hmmmm...a bit like my painting...

Thursday, 27 May 2010

SEE PAST THE ORDINARY

What God has got going on in your life right now is beyond what you have even understood. It’s bigger than you’ve seen, about more people than you’ve known, about places you’ve never been to yet, conversations you’ve never had yet – what God is doing in your life is far greater in it’s consequence, outcome, result than you’ve ever dreamed of. He’s working in the shadows, behind the scenes preparing, placing and positioning you – you’re empowered to do something you wouldn’t have even thought of. It’s your time.


Now the events of most days of our lives are too ordinary for us to notice that (washing up, doing housework, going to a 9-5 predictable job, dealing with car break downs, paying the mortgage and the bills, having a domestic argument, disciplining the children, dealing with difficult circumstances, battling a health situation, changing the nappies, cleaning up sick in the middle of the night) The ordinariness of our lives is not going to tell you what I’ve just told you.

Realise right now, with no mood music playing, sat here in the cold sober light of day, going through all that you’re going through, living whatever life you’re living, battling with whatever you’re battling…in spite of all that – this is your time to make a difference!
If you’ve read any part of your Bible then you would know that God specializes in the ordinary, mundane, out of the way, no-hopers, also ran people. Everything around us can say ordinary but everything within us says extraordinary and significant.
So often we feel that we can’t do everything and therefore we don’t do anything. The people that God has put into your life are there for a purpose (our significant others) We can press the pause button on our busy lives and intentionally get our minds off ourselves and instead be mindful to be a blessing. What does it mean to be mindful? It means to have your mind full of ways that you can be a blessing – and do it on purpose. There are so many ways we can be good and show kindness to people – a simple phone call, a note written to someone, taking time to listen to someone and showing an interest, a financial blessing, praying with someone, a lift home – one man’s good deed is another man’s miracle. It doesn’t have to take a lot of money, just some creativity and thought. People are starving for somebody, anybody to show them the love of God. You’ll be amazed at how your life will change by simply getting your mind off yourself, your problem, your wants, your needs. Leave your list of ‘I wants’ in God’s hands. Instead, concentrate on being a blessing wherever you go. You’ll be surprised at how many of the ‘I wants’ on your list will be taken care of while you are caring for others. It will help us to not be tight-fisted with our lives but to be open handed “The world of the generous gets larger and larger, the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller” Be generous with your life and your world will open up for you.

Oh btw, God was speaking this to my heart and life...but if you can hear it too, let's join forces!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Time To Do Some Weeding

I've been reading some blog posts today and one that really jumped out at me was from the gorgeous Heather (see link below). It gave me some food for thought...
My garden is smack bang in the middle of a make over at the moment. It's much needed - the weeds are resembling the Amazon Rainforest!

There are weeds in our lives that want to cut off our life supply, stunt our growth and prevent us from flourishing into the calling God has given to each of us. I believe that God wants us to tackle those weeds in our lives – to uproot them – and a major weed I've been thinking about is the weed of Comparison. It’s a real issue that women, especially, have to deal with (regardless of age, background, circumstances, education.) – it’s no respecter of person! It’s a weed that can tangle itself around us, distracting us and discouraging us from ever blooming into the mighty men and women of God we are called to be. It’s a weed in our life that causes us to so intensely study what others are doing, that we devalue the gift and assignment we have been given.

Women fall into their 1000s into the tangle and trap of comparing- we are infatuated by what we have and don’t have, compared to other people. As women we are sold products that even encourage us to do that! It’s a subtle trap and a miserable way to live. The truth is that we are rooted in Christ with a unique calling and destiny placed upon us – God has made you as an original, you are one of a kind and He didn’t intend for you to spend all of your days comparing what you have and don’t have with someone else.


Gal 6:4 – “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself . Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (an amazing scripture that contains a good dose of weed killer that will help to uproot the weed of comparison from our lives.)
 
God’s Word is the mirror of who we are and if we are having an identity crisis, it’s time to start reading our life story.
When you compare all the time you think other people have all the great ideas – we think that creativity is locked up in a few chosen individuals in the church. God is so creative and if you just spend a bit of time with Him, he will give you some awesome ideas and awesome things to do.
Unless you sink yourself into your world you won’t get creative with your world – all the time you’ll be looking at everybody else and comparing what you do and don’t have, never concentrating on the gorgeous people God has placed in front of you.
 
Be creative with what you've got xx
 
http://leadhership.net/2010/05/ill-take-platter-of-insecurity-with.html

Monday, 24 May 2010

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

It's very hard to chose just one...but one of my favourite Psalms is Psalm 46

GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning].
The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire.
Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

The first two words in this Psalm again bring so much confidence... GOD IS... our refuge, our strength, our VERY present help... GOD IS... Do you actually believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God IS all He says He is? I truly believe that if we grasped this revelation of who God Is, our lives would look extremely different.


"A very present help" - wow, I'm just looking back over my life at those times when I was in trouble, overwhelmed by sadness - the comfort of God was VERY present, coming at just the right time. That help was bigger than the trouble, more powerful than anything that could have been offered by friends/family. So, with this truth in mind...WE WILL NOT FEAR!

We then find a Selah... pause, be calm, think for a moment...
Then, the words we all know and so value... BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.The great I am, says remember, I AM.


What IS GOD to you?
He's my source, my life, my rock, my breath, my reason, my song, my healer, my deliverer, my anchor, my hope, my joy, my friend, my Lord, and many other things I could list.
Be confident in His ability to hold your life in His hands.

The Great Pretender

"There comes an hour in the afternoon when the child is tired of ‘pretending’; when he is weary of being a robber or a cowboy. It is then that he torments the cat… " - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

We can speak, behave and appear to be something we are not yet… and while it may sound and look good/godly/holy... we're actually just pretending... something core, true, is missing. It looks like God, but is missing the stamp of authenticity... and lacking that, it will not last long. Paul hits on this saying,

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing...” I Corinthians
It may be an hour in the afternoon or a season of life… and we’ll catch ourselves tormenting the cat! (our spouse, children, friends) It’s in that moment of exposure, of embarrassment, failure and frustration that we can see it, own it and then... cry out to God for a deep true transformation.
Why do we settle for pretending when the life, character, strength and love we yearn for, and often pretend to have, really is available? We don't have to pretend!


Our church is going through an amazing study of covenant, healing, prayer - it's demanding a commitment to BE everything Jesus enabled us to be. Not just looking like Christians, but actually demonstrating the power and love of God through our daily lives. The world wants authenticity...genuine involvement. I don't want to be that plastic christian, with a big, fake smile...and no real interest or care for humanity. I want the reality of my relationship with God to impact others on a deep and meaningful level...no sorry, I'm changing that to...my relationship with God (talking and listening to Him daily) WILL have an impact on those I meet in my world...they WILL see a genuine love in action...I WILL intentionally reach out to people and WILL show them how much God cares.

It's time to get real...to BE the church...to stop hiding in a building, in routines, traditions...to be BOLD and demonstrate that the Kingdom of God is here!



Just something to think about...

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Guest Blog

http://grandmayellowhair.blogspot.com/2010/05/nicholas-story-on-blogazine.html

I was asked to do a little 'guest blogging' for a wonderful woman (Maggie) I connected with recently...click on the link if you're nosey enough lol

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The pen is mightier than the sword

I love writing. I love words! I have loads of journals, notebooks, diaries collected over the years - all filled with notes, ponderings, ideas, lists, aspirations, dreams, quotes etc. I've been clearing out my art room recently (as I've a commission for a huge canvas and need to create some space) and I came across some very old notebooks. I've been taking some time to re-read and become inspired all over again. I'm amazed at the person I used to be and how far I've come. I'm jealous of how passionate, tenacious and determined I once was. I'm shocked at how naive I was. I'm grateful for the help I've received during my journey.

Anyway, I came across this piece of writing...I'm sure I didn't think of it but rather read it somewhere and wrote it down to digest. Therefore I don't know the author's name - sorry - but it should impact and enthuse you as much as it did me...

"We are not just a cultural subgroup differentiated by religious belief or faith. We are a culture with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the culture of today. In fact we are bringing in the new. We are bringing in absolutes, we are bringing in love, life, a future and a hope. We are not here to be ultra modern, current or the latest trend. We are here to be cutting edge, prescient and prognostic. We can't do this in our own natural strength but we can do it by being connected to our supernatural all knowing Heavenly Father"

Isn't that just the bees knees??!! This is exactly where we are at as a church and I am at personally.

p.s. word for today 'pedagogy' - the art of teaching

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Indifference


I've been thinking alot about apathy and indifference lately...how easy it is to just walk away from people, situations, needs when it's costly to act. There are so my injustices in my world, so many hurting individuals...I've been feeling the challenge to speak out, stand up, step forward on behalf of those who aren't in a position to do it themselves.

Can I share something I've been reading today? In a speech just a few years ago, Elie Wiesel observed, "What is indifference? Etymologically, the word means "no difference." A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil. What are its courses and inescapable consequences? Is it a philosophy? Is there a philosophy of indifference conceivable? Can one possibly view indifference as a virtue? Is it necessary at times to practice it simply to keep one's sanity, live normally, enjoy a fine meal and a glass of wine, as the world around us experiences harrowing upheavals?


"Of course, indifference can be tempting — more than that, seductive. It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to be involved in another person's pain and despair. Yet, for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbor are of no consequence. And, therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest. Indifference reduces the Other to an abstraction . . .

"Indifference . . . is more dangerous than anger and hatred. Anger can at times be creative. One writes a great poem, a great symphony. One does something special for the sake of humanity because one is angry at the injustice that one witnesses. But indifference is never creative. Even hatred at times may elicit a response. You fight it. You denounce it. You disarm it.

"Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor — never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees — not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory. And in denying their humanity, we betray our own.

"Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment."

It certainly challenged me..."All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.


This is a bit of a special post today. I want to take a little time to celebrate one of the most inspiring and encouraging women in my world. This is a woman who although I have never heard her voice, her words have impacted my life in a huge way. This is a woman who athough I have never had eye-to-eye contact with, she sees deep into my heart. This is a woman who although lives literally on the other side of the world, is as close to me as a sister.

Glenda Fields divinely entered my world through facebook and I'm so incredibly grateful she did! This amazing God-filled woman helped me to open my heart to friends again, at a time when I was so wounded by broken promises and rejection. When I was under an extreme black cloud of depression and sickness, she posted me a beautiful CD (by her daughter - no end to the gifting in this family!) that soothed my soul and eased my raw nerves. During this period I disappeared from facebook (living under my duvet) and she pursued me with encouraging emails (most people would have given up!) and showed such love and concern for me.

Glenda is a mighty woman of God (and I don't say that lightly) and demonstrates a passion to lift up others and see them captivated by the Kingdom. She is a mother to so many and highly esteemed. I love her and although I may never physically meet her this side of eternity, there is a bond between us that can't be broken. So Glenda if you're reading this - thank you princess for your friendship (and much more than you can imagine!)
P.S. Through Glenda I have also had the awesome pleasure of welcoming more incredible women into my life...Diza, Deb to name a few, I love you too!!! (did ya noticed that rhymed?!)

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Disease to People-Please


This is a re-post from April 09 - I was reading over it again today as I needed to remind myself of what's truly important...


An addiction is something that controls people - something they feel they cannot do without or something they do to alleviate pain or pressure. It comes in many varieties - drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, eating, work - and yes, even approval! I'm an addict - addicted to approval from others. Like any addict I look for my 'fix' when I get shaky. I'm learning over the years to stand on Eph 3:17 (Amp) - "May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love." My security has to be IN HIM, not other people.

There's no way we can escape 'pain' in life. But I'm learning it doesn't have to be wasted. After feeding the multitudes, Jesus told the disciples the gather up the leftovers "so that nothing may be lost or wasted". (John 6:12) I'm letting my pain be someone else's gain. During WW2, Corrie ten Boom and her sister were held in a horrible concentration camp named Ravensbruck. They witnessed and experienced terrible torture including starvation and nakedness in below-freezing weather. Corrie's sister actually starved to death. During their time there, they continually encouraged other prisoners and held on to their attitude of praise and thankfulness. Eventually Corrie was released through a clerical error.

After this she traveled the globe, sharing her experiences and her faithfulness in God. One night after preaching in Germany on God's forgiveness, she suddenly recognised a man approaching her. He had been a guard at Ravensbruck, and one of the men who had tortured the prisoners. Although the man didn't recognise Corrie, he knew she had been a prisoner in Ravensbruck. He said, "I was a guard there, but have since become a Christian. I know God has forgiven me for the terrible things I did, but I'm asking for your forgiveness as well."

All Corrie could see was her sister slowly starving to death and felt that she couldn't forgive this man. As she stood in front of him, she knew she must forgive him although she had no clue as to how. Everything she preached to others would be worthless if she could not forgive. She knew it would have to be an act of her will because nothing in her emotions wanted to do it. She told God, "I can lift my hand, I can do that much, but You will have to do the rest. You must supply the feelings."

As she woodenly took the man's hand, she said the power of God came rushing through her entire being, and she was able to say wholeheartedly, "I forgive you! With my whole heart I forgive you!" She said she had never known God's love as intensely as she did that moment.

The Bible says we are to be 'mindful' to be a blessing. That means having our minds full of ways we can help and encourage others. When our minds are filled like this, we discover we just don't have the time or desire to dwell on our personal problems. It then gives God the opportunity to do what He does best - work on them for us.

God made us to be a blessing. Start being what you were made to be and then we will start receiving what we are meant to receive.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Say Cheese!


I LOVE photographs! In fact I have 54 albums in my facebook profile! I just adore how they capture a moment in time...instantly bringing to mind sights, sounds, smells. They evoke powerful memories. We also keep snap-shots in our hearts of 'red-letter' moments - times in our lives we want to hold on to forever. Take a moment today to think back to those times...push the 'pause' button on your life and be grateful for how far you've come in this journey. Life is busy, rush, rushing around...slow down, take a breath, turn your focus towards heaven, look into the eyes of your Creator (the one who knows you best) and together take a mental inventory of your adventure thus far - it might surprise you x

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A Change is Gonna Come (Otis Redding)


Otis Redding - one of my favourite singers - has been playing around in my head today, "A Change is Gonna Come". Change has certainly already come for me...it's been an amazing time of restoration, healing, hope, vitality. It makes me wonder why I resisted for so long. I knew God was carefully drawing me unto Himself and for months I pulled a blanket over my head (spiritually and physically). Now I'm yielding to this amazing tornado of 'change' and it has taken my breath away! WHY, OH WHY did I not give in sooner????

So, why do we resist change?
*fear of commitment
*fear of revisiting failures
*it's too hard
*I'm quite comfortable where I am thank you very much
*people might place demands on our time
*some things might have to be thrown out
*some thing might have to be invested in
I could go on and on...you get the point.

So 'change' is here and while it's not as frightening as I thought it would be, it does bring it's challenges. I want to thrive in this season of change. So here's my rough guide to facing it...

*Embrace the change - yesterday's excellence is today's mediocrity. Don't get caught in the 'good ould days'. Ask yourself, "What am I doing now? Who am I now?" Take hold of the dream life God has given you.
*Realise that change is supposed to happen - make a conscious choice to seize the opportunities provided.
*Recognise change is an opportunity for personal growth - dependence on God. Struggle prepares us for better things, it's the trial of our faith that breeds competence.
*Think of change as the companion to progress - don't stagnate, determine to grow
*Stay positive about the change - "Attitude determines altitude."

Well folks that's where I'm at - what about you? I'd love you to share what ya think x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Love your body

Writing this post from my phone - technology is amazing! Well I've just watched an extremely emotional film - The Road - and I need a little time to settle before I go to bed. Today I went to my yoga class (no new age meditation, just very difficult stretches!) At one point the instructor had us turn to the mirror and look at ourselves. I watched as we all struggled to look at ourselves in the mirror. We looked at each other, the floor, the wall - anywhere and everywhere except the skin we're in. Very few women are at peace with their bodies. Infact most of us view them as the enemy. We attach more meaning to how we look than how we feel, so we don't listen to our bodies. We need to accept and enjoy them - not easy, but possible. The human body is nothing short of a miracle - and yet most of us hate parts of them with a vengeance.
So girls I'm trying to treat my body with kindness - I may not adore every single part of it, but I'm willing to treat it with compassion , look after it and live in it.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The Princess and the Pea


Yes the bed arrived (let the honeymoon begin!!!) and it is totally amazing! Of course it cost as much as a small house but sooo worth it. It's one of those memory foam ones and it is HUGE - I felt like the princess and the pea getting into it last night. Do you remember that story? It was written by Hans Christian Andersen. Ok quick synopses...the story tells of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable partner. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince's castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince's mother decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 featherbeds. In the morning the guest tells her hosts that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something uncomfortable in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The two are married, and the pea is placed in the Royal Museum.

"Right Nichola" I hear you say, "What are you waffling about now?!" Well let's look at us and draw the parallel - we are Royalty (our Dad's the King of kings) and as such, even the smallest 'sin', 'intruder', 'lie', 'deception' (you get the idea?) will create a niggle in our spirits. Something 'off' that just doesn't sit well with us. Now we can choose to say nothing (in fear of offending anyone) or we can openly say, "Look I'm uncomfortable with....I'm not happy with....This will cause hurt and pain".
Do you see what I'm getting at? Don't lie down and sweep all your 'issues' under the mattress because they will cause you pain. A true 'Prince/Princess' will not rest with even the smallest 'sin' making itself at home in their life. Reminds me of "Catch us the little foxes that destroy the vines" (Song of Solomon 2:15)
Now there's a bed-time story for you to ponder on...night-night

Monday, 3 May 2010

Who are you a fool for?

Festival of Fools
Well today has been packed solid - garden duties, packing for my baby girl going to Scotland tomorrow with her school, Festival of Fools in town and getting Emily out to the Sea Cadets tonight - was this not meant to be a Bank Holiday??? But honestly, it's been lovely. Emily goes to Scotland on Tuesday (the day my new bed arrives - wooo hooooo!) until Friday and as much as I will miss the little princess, I'm so glad to have some alone time with David
David and I are 15 years married 17th June - so we have decided to have a huge party at our home on Saturday 19th June to celebrate - everyone's invited - yes, even you :) We had a cappuccino and a good old natter in Starbucks (while Emily and her BFF sat on the opposite side of the room - looking cool, away from us o.a.p.s) just reflecting on the years we've been together. We laughed at the memories of when we first started going out together and how a few people imparted their wisdom to us - by telling us we were so wrong for each other and that we would never last, never be happy (beautiful words to announce over us!!!) Well 15 years later and more in love and committed to one another than ever, here we are. Sure, we have a few battle scars and it's been difficult at times but he's my best friend and I adore him. He makes me laugh like no-one else and has a deep, thoughtful side that many people don't stick around to see. But here's the important ingredient - he is a man after God's heart and together we are on this incredible journey, loving God, loving each other.
I've been pondering this quote by CS Lewis today: "God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." How important it is to have God at the centre of our lives - our thinking, our relationships, our decisions, our marriage. Roll on Tuesday!!!!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Kids Say The Funniest Things!

As a primary school teacher I just love this!!!


THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL QUOTES FROM 11 YEAR OLDS' SCIENCE EXAMS:

"Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water."

"When you breath, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire."

"H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water."

"To collect fumes of sulphur, hold down a deacon over a flame in a test tube."

"When you smell an odourless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide."

"Nitrogen is not found in Ireland because it is not found in a free state."

"Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes, and caterpillars.

"Blood flows down one leg and up the other."

"Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration."

"The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader."

"Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull."

"Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire."

"A super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold."

"Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas."

"The body consists of three parts -the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five a, e, i, o and u."

"Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away."

"Planet: A body of earth surrounded by sky."

"Rhubarb: a kind of celery gone bloodshot."
Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives."

"Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative."

"To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose."

"For a nosebleed: put the nose much lower than the body until the heart stops."

"For Fainting: Rub the person's chest or, if a lady, rub her arm above
the hand instead. Or put the head between the knees of the nearest medical doctor."

"For dog bite: put the dog away for several days. If he has not recovered, then kill it."

"For asphyxiation: Apply artificial respiration until the patient is dead."

"For head cold: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat."

"To keep milk from turning sour: keep it in the cow."

"The pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects."

"The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana."

"The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have been taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to."

"A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors."

"The tides are a fight between the Earth and Moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight."

"A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is."

"Equator: A managerie lion running around the earth through Africa."

"Germinate: To become a naturalized German."

Litter: A nest of young puppies."