Friday, 25 June 2010

in which I find a bed and recieve a shock.





and on that theme....
'I dream of you, to wake: would that I might
Dream of you and not wake but slumber on;
Nor find with dreams the dear companion gone,
As, Summer ended, Summer birds take flight.
In happy dreams I hold you full in night.
I blush again who waking look so wan;
Brighter than sunniest day that ever shone,
In happy dreams your smile makes day of night.
Thus only in a dream we are at one,
Thus only in a dream we give and take
The faith that maketh rich who take or give;
If thus to sleep is sweeter than to wake,
To die were surely sweeter than to live,
Though there be nothing new beneath the sun.'

Christina Rossetti

It's not really my new bed, rather a very well placed hammock I discovered
on my afternoon walk.
I am an extremely fond of it though so will definitely
be re-visiting :)
Furthermore I managed to electrocute myself on a fence
while looking for a short cut -
turns out that I'm not a massive fan of electrocution
and also was mildly disappointed that
my hair didn't stand on end.
what can I say, after 12 years this village still manages to surprise me...!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

2 Timothy 1:7

I have a verse for the summer!!!

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

2 Timothy 1:7

I think this summer God has enrolled me in a sort of personal peace school. worry is a big problem for me and as soon as I arrived back home I was overcome with fear for all the things I have to achieve and take responsibility for.

this is unfortunate since worry happens to be something Jesus is pretty specific about on a number of occasions;

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes...Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Luke 12

yeah...not much wiggle room there then! I found the Timothy verse last night and I think it sums up what I want to learn this summer - a powerful and disciplined love which knows nothing of fear and timidity but is open to a life full of Jesus inspired chances and possibilities.

ooo and I have a job on the domestic staff of a boarding school! exciting times!

Sunset in St Peters Churchyard.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Two Steps Back?

sooo I am back in this beautiful place....

for the next 3 months!!

I'm (re)learning to drive (which looks a lot less like this;

thank you'd think :S)

also living in my old bedroom and (if i'm lucky!!) working my old job in a coffee shop - in short, i'm 17 again!! except not, because I am a graduand, changed beyond recognition and it's my baby brother doing the A-levels. Madness!

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about all this, I think i'm just letting it sink in for the moment, I don't think it's going to be an easy time, it feels a bit two steps forward three steps back. But I know i'm here for a purpose and I want to be teachable during this time of rest from Sheffield and hopefully go back having drawn strength and wisdom from the past. I'm tired after a long three years and way too worried about the future so there's plenty to be done and I know Jesus will use this time for good if I let him.

ps how awesome is this website...

yep. life is definitely too short not to make a scene :)