Monday, 19 May 2008

Wonder

I have just recently discovered this song and it blows me away...

What do you think??


So much wonder
Carved in your coral seas
So much wonder
Shaded by ancient trees
I consider all that your hands have made
Every newborn’s eyes, every new sunrise
No power can tame your presence
No light can match your radiance

LET ALL CREATION SING IN WONDER
EVERY SEA, EVERY CREATURE, EVERY STAR
YOU OPENED UP MY EYES TO WONDER
WHAT A VISION, WHAT A WONDER YOU ARE

Such a wonder
Ordering time and tide
Such a wonder
Bridging the great divide
I consider all that you had, all you gave
And all that you endured
From this rebel world
What a wondrous cross you chose to bear
What a wonder you would even care

[Repeat Chorus]

LET EVERY ROCK CRY OUT
LET EVERY KNEE BOW DOWN
YOU OPENED UP MY HEART TO WONDER
WHAT LOVE, WHAT A WONDER YOU ARE

No power can tame your presence
No light can match your radiance
Such a wonder...
Such a wonder...

[Repeat Chorus]

LET EVERY ROCK CRY OUT
LET EVERY KNEE BOW DOWN
YOU OPENED UP MY HEART TO WONDER
WHAT LOVE, WHAT A WONDER YOU ARE

Friday, 16 May 2008

My Other Flowering Plants...

While I was busy snapping away the other afternoon, the children were happily minding their own business... (that trampoline is a God-send!) After a few minutes however, they wanted to be part of the action, and started to pose for the camera. So I snapped a 'couple' more shots of my delightful, characterful, budding little men!!

Friday, 9 May 2008

Indescribable - our garden in spring...

I so love our garden in spring: that is when it is truly alive and at its very best; for a precious few weeks around this time there is an indescribable explosion of colours and fragrances which overwhelms me each year. And this has such a powerful ability to bring me close to the Creator, to make me realise the depth of His love for me, and to bring me to my knees in adoration. I am so in awe of Him and grateful to Him ... Because the Creator is also my Father, and He knows me, inside out, intimately, better than I know myself.
Wow.
What a God!

I guess this best describes how I feel and expresses it way better than me:

(Indescribable by Chris Tomlin...)

Thursday, 8 May 2008

A Snippet of Family Life: Bath Time!

I just love the sound of Ben playing on his own and wanted to capture it on video. I thought grandparents especially might like to get a little glimpse of their youngest grandchild at his happiest :o) - doesn't happen all that often! But he sure loves it in the bath: like the proverbial fish in water, he could be in there for hours; could it be we've got an olympic swimmer in the making?...

How Do You Develop Self-Control? (by Rick Warren)

*This really spoke to me. Wow! Talk about convicted!! Have a read and tell me what you think.*

Successful people have one obvious trait in common: personal discipline. They are willing to do things that average people are unwilling to do.

It’s my observation that successful people express their self-discipline in six ways:
· Successful people master their moods – They live by their commitments, not their emotions. They do the right thing, even when they don’t feel like it. “A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls” (Proverbs 25:28 NLT).
· Successful people watch their words – They put their minds in gear before opening their mouths: “Those who control their tongue will have a long life ….” (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).
· Successful people restrain their reactions – How much can you take before you lose your cool? “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs” (Proverbs 19:11 NLT).
· Successful people stick to their schedule – If you don’t determine how you will spend your time, you can be sure that others will decide for you! “So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NLT).
· Successful people manage their money – They learn to live on less than what they make, and they invest the difference. The value of a budget is that it tells your money where you want it to go rather than wondering where it went: “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get” (Proverbs 21:20 NLT).
· Successful people maintain their health – That way they can accomplish more and enjoy their achievements: “… control your body and live in holiness and honor” (1 Thessalonians 4:4 NLT).

Now, where do you need to develop self-control?

The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow. But it takes more than just willpower for lasting self-control. It takes a power greater than yourself. Think about this promise from the Bible: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT).

The more I accept God’s control over my life, the more self-control he gives me!

Monday, 5 May 2008

Time for some more revelations...(another meme)

I was tagged by RK with this and thought it looked nice and simple. It's taken me down memory lane and that feels good...

What I was doing 10 yrs ago: May 1998... Had been married nearly 2 years!! Was on teaching placement at a secondary school in Reading, and looking forward to finishing my year of teacher training as it had been very gruelling! I was also looking for teaching jobs, and found one a few weeks later; that was a 'God-thing' as I was terrified of interviews, and the job was almost handed to me on a plate, after an informal 'chat' with the (Christian) headteacher in lieu of an interview. I stayed there until April 2000, when I quit because I realised my calling was to be a Mum. Sam was born the following September...!!

Five things on my to do list for today: (1) enjoy my kids; (2) sort through mountain of - clean -laundry; (3) change bed sheets - not done... I hate that job!! (4) go for run; (5) hoover (=vacuum) the lounge floor!

Things I would do if I were a billionaire: pay off our mortgage, as well as my parents'. Landscape the garden, and build a swimming pool. Buy some kind of accomodation in South Africa and live there during the grim UK winter months. Travel the world and take my time over it. Employ a nanny, and someone to clean my house...

Three of my bad habits: (1) enjoy breaking wind...lol!! (2) shout at my kids; (3) take everything too personally

Five places I have lived: Holland; France; Germany; on campus at Reading University; in a cute little grade-2-listed cottage, which had a graveyard for a garden...(first 3 years of married life)

Five jobs I have had: babysitter; waitress in the tea rooms of a very beautiful stately park; secretarial temp at KPMG; teacher of French and German; French tutor

Five people I want to know more about: Andy at Loxley's Life; Al at Train Fellows; Pam - Rhett's Mom; Jen at Adopting William; Susie. Hope that's ok guys...!!

Friday, 2 May 2008

Introducing a Blissfully Chaotic friend

This is a blog well worth checking out, if you like a good story and you need cheering up. Cecily is an expert at making me laugh, and believe me, that takes some doing!! I have already 'promoted' her blog on here once before but visiting her today made me want to tell the world how amazingly funny and witty she is.
Here and here is where you could start. Then just let have a wander.

It really is worth it.
You'll be going back for more.

So go on...
...GO!
What are you waiting for??!? Chop chop...
Run along now ;o)