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Hmmm… Oh – I know!  I loved this morning’s bowl of chocolat chaud with breakfast… yum!

This afternoon, I travelled away from Loches where the conference was to Tours to stay with Marc (Dutch) and Jody (American) the missionary couple I did my Bible College Placement with.  it was sooooo good to walk into their home and feel immediately at home.  I’ve been so excited at the prospect of being able to ask all my questions rather than being the one being asked and tonight was soooo good for that.  We had such a great chat that made me feel freer and lighter than I had in weeks.  The funny thing was, we talked about one of the very biggest things on my mind, without me even bringing it up!

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Aaaaahhh, Sunday!  Hurrah!

I was at my home church this morning with Mumsie (being Mumsie’s Day and all that…) and once I got over the fact that I was jealous of the fact that life appears to have gone on without me, I appreciated the fact that life has gone on – there are new people, happy people, involved people etc.

Ok, I’m still jealous.  But in theory it made me happy.

Being so grateful for my car – the freedom it brings.  Also the fact that this month I could afford to buy my mum, aunt and uncle their dinner out.

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Today was incredibly jam-packed.  I had everything timed down to the last minute in terms of getting things done.  And so here I am at the end of it: knackered but with a deep sense of satisfaction that everything that needed done got done and done generally well.  Who would have thought a 14 hour work day could feel so good?!  But perhaps its also the thought of opportunity of applying the principle of Sabbath that lies ahead…

A highlight was perhaps the opportunity to try something a little different in my communicating tonight.  I know that one student loved it and while I’m not sure others were convinced, I love that I have the freedom to experiment a little!

And actually, do you know what?  As I walked into our venue for the night, greeted by my collegues, I smiled.  Not out of politeness, nor because someone cracked a joke, but purely from the pleasure I find in working with them in this context.  That’s saying something when the majority of my last 3 days of work have been spent in their company!

And also! (she added, editing the post for the 3rd time) The chats I had travelling to and from Belfast with students who came in my car were significant, encouraging and important.  Love it.

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Porridge made by someone else!

The main speaker’s courtesy by not only helping me carry my stuff to my car, but also offered to change the strings on his 12 string guitar and lend it to me – a virtual stranger!  What an awesome man.  Not just because of the guitar, incidentally.  I wonder if all Welshmen are as courteous…!?

An honest conversation received with grace.  I deeply appreciate the freedom grace and forgiveness bring.  Must try and remember that more often when things are are much worse.  Ahaaa!  Possibly one of the goals of 365ing, huh?

The sound of the front door opening made me cry with relief tonight – I am so thankful not only for a great housemate, but also that she came in at just the right time.

Bed.  Praise God for sleep.

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