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What a day!!!  This one’s easy!

So, Noondy and I hop on the cross-border train and have a great chin-wag up until Newry.  And now, I’ve always felt strongly that people a little further along the road of life have much to teach and so, when two forty-something women joined us at our table we learnt an important lesson about girly days out…  They whip out croissants, chocolate truffles and pink “champagne”! Better still – they had thought ahead and brought FOUR glasses!  Spread a little happiness, huh?!  Sooooooo good!

Then a lovely not-rainy day pottering around some posh and not-so-posh shops in the cosmopolitan city of Dublin, topped off with incredible bruscetta, pollo funghi, espresso and a dash of flirting with an Italian waiter.

Grrrrrrrrrrrreat!

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Driving down the road, seeing a great big man amble across the road just to stroke a little ginger kitty.  Very poetic. 

This is another one of those weird ones where something seemingly not great becomes my great thing…

I was at a funeral today.  Of course it was heart-breaking, but yet… The singing of songs like’The Lord’s my Shepherd’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ was incredible – people were in fine voice!  Also, the spirit of hope that was there was amazing and so uplifting and so inspiring.

I want to live life on this earth to the full – by following Jesus, seeing his kingdom come here on earth and seeing others coming to know him.

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Got the opportunity to share from the Bible tonight.  It didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I still really enjoy pointing people toward Jesus.  Plus, feeling regret at some of the stuff I’d missed or complicated or whatever meant that when a few people thanked me for what I’d said, I knew that God was at work above and beyond anything of me.  That’s exciting!

My first hot mulled “wine” of the season – I love winter…

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Think I might do some research and see if other 365ers have begun to struggle around this point?  I’m defo losing my blogaddiction.  I’m kinda glad though.  My eyes really were going square…

Ok.  Tuesday… hmmm… I made it home from Derry in record time.  That’s always nice – less traffic than usual.

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ooohhh…. Marks and Spencer’s chocolate chip cookie.  Can’t beat it with a big stick.

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Apology…

Okay, after a sharp rap on the knuckles about my upkeep of the old 365, I’m gonna try and be much more punctual!  Especially since I’m going to have to wrack my brain for what’s been good about the last week!

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(By the way – I’m going to Bingo after Christmas for a hen night!  Yeeeoooo!)

Sundays are usually great in general.  Did some reading, some sleeping… what’s not to love?! 

Church this morning was great.  I turned up feeling really flat and not up for it.  I left smiling, glad to have found friendship and community and know that I can do my bit to add to that feeling for others.  Also, unexpectedly called on to play piano at church tonight – I love it.

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A lazy afternoon tucked up on the sofa with hot water bottle and blanket watching the latest Harry Potter flick.  Discovering a box of Thornton’s Continental in my mum’s fridge.  The illicit thrill of stolen chocolate…

😉

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A late afternoon hair appointment in which I could actually describe what I wanted done with my hair.  Felt pretty proud of myself for being hairstyle-articulate!  Also, I’ve finally found a hairdresser who’s through-the-mirror chit-chat doesn’t make me want to crawl under a perming machine and dye (hehehehe… sorry).  Though that makes it sound like its been a lifelong quest to find my ideal stylist – it hasn’t been.  So I walked out of the salon with feelings of a new friendship formed, a sleek barnett and – most importantly – clutching a scrap of paper with the name of the hotel in London where Take That will be staying…

After that, a spot of early evening shopping – my town is lovely when its quiet.  Though the Christmas music blasting through the speakers was more Nightmare on Elm St than Miracle on 34th… 

Getting dolled up to the nines to go to a birthday party.  I love it when you can get dressed up when you’re actually in the mood to do so!

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I met two staff who are leading CU groups in the local FHE colleges.  It was just an ordinary meeting until I heard the story of a girl who turned up to the very first meeting of the CU…

The leader had her agenda for the meeting, but God’s was otherwise: this girl, who happens to be blind, was asking questions about what a Christian is etc.  So, the leader started explaining but the girl wasn’t completely satisfied until she knew how to do it: “Can you pray the prayer on your own in your bedroom?  What do you say?”  In the end, the leader prayed a prayer of repentance with this girl and included words of recommitment for anyone else who was listening!

People who just ask those kind of questions without fear of judgement are refreshing, and enlighten the rest of us to the things we assume everyone knows and understands.

Sitting in a cosy coffee shop hearing stories like that as it grows darker outside.  Love it.

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