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Discovering that the family who run the coffee shop that has become my office are Christians and are delighted that we’re using it to study the Bible in.  The guy’s courage to ask what passage we were studying and his curiosity about the CU – encouraging!

The return to “legenDerry” – seeing the potential of a student leader and having a petrol attendant ‘fil er up’ – the car that is, not the student.  I HATE putting petrol in my car.  Lazy bum.

I also loved the chance to have a nosey around the house of a local business owner as my housemate was house-sitting for them.  Grand piano.  Nuff said.

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Arriving at the office to be told there was an ‘exciting’ package for me… I had NO idea why I had received a copy of some random journal from America until I was flicking through it and discovered they had used one (or rather two) of my photos and credited me!  Not only that but it was a picture (or, like I said – two pictures) of MY hands!  I’m like Joey – a hand model!  Hurrah!  I’ll be famous yet…

A busy, but satisfying day, mostly thanks to it being rounded off with an afternoon coffee and conversation which energised, not drained.

I drove to my exercise class content to be going and enjoyed a moment of humour as I watched 20 or so ladies punching and kicking in time to music: pretentious at best and blooming ridiculous at worst – the only one who manages to look cool doing it is the instructor.  The rest of us are just fooling ourselves!  But at least we’re in it together…

It would appear I was in the mood to analyse everything, as I also had a chuckle with my exercise friend over the fact that I think we might be perceived as the bad girls at the back who chat and giggle throughout ‘cool down’.

The rest of the evening was spent snuggled up in ‘my’ cosy wee living room (sorry dm!) navel-gazing with my laptop on my knee and laughing out loud at the episode of friends where Rachel puts mince beef in a trifle.  Grrrrrrreat!  My only whine is that I miss my housemate who’s house-sitting for someone else this week – but I’m thankful I have a housemate who is worthy to be missed!

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Today I am thankful that I have had people and experiences that will be worth mourning if and when things begin to change.

I am thankful that tears didn’t drown my chance to speak.

I am thankful for a housemate who is my friend.

I am thankful that God is greater than I could ever imagine and that he met with me as I wrote a song to him today.

I am thankful for Psalm 73… 

21 When my heart was grieved
       and my spirit embittered,

 22 I was senseless and ignorant;
       I was a brute beast before you.

 23 Yet I am always with you;
       you hold me by my right hand.

 24 You guide me with your counsel,
       and afterward you will take me into glory.

 25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
       And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

 26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
       but God is the strength of my heart
       and my portion forever.

 27 Those who are far from you will perish;
       you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
       I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
       I will tell of all your deeds.

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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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111 (all the ones…)

(The intrepid ‘explorer’ returns – heralding feverish blogging to catch up…!)

Sunday.  Bit of a hectic one this week with preparation and packing for the conference.  But it was still good…

Led praise in church this morning which was fun and it all went well – its great when you have musicians who can just follow your lead without any practice!  Not ideal, but handy nonetheless!

A late evening coffee with my housemate in a still-clean house!

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A leisurely breakfast with a Bible and a journal; thinking and scribbling about the truths I’ve found therein.  Glad to hear that even the Apostle Paul cried out “What a wretched man I am!  Who will save me from this body of death?” (Romans 7).  Been there.  Done that.  Discovered the good news that someone has come to rescue!  Might sound cheesy, but I def needed to hear that this morning.

 The satisfaction of a present well-chosen.  Here I discover another 365ing difficulty – wanting to write about someone you know who stops by your blog once in a while.  But I’m doing it anyway.  That’s the point, right?  I called someone from work today to ask a question about work, but I loved the fact that it felt like a relaxed conversation between friends and not just functional dialogue between colleagues.

Tonight I went to a carol service and loved it because it wasn’t Ballyclare High School “(Grammar)”‘s choral perfection under extreme duress, but rather some down to earth kids doing their best to sing for the rentals – out of tune nervous 13 year olds and all.

Sitting wrapping presents and chatting to my housemate – both happy to be housemates to each other.

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I met up with a student today who I’ve only had coffee with once before.  He’s kind of quiet in big groups but is so good to chat to one to one.  It was just one of those conversations that was just really nice – we were chatting about music and family and spiritual growth and could’ve chatted for much longer except I had to go meet someone else.  Great.

I went shopping for food for my party and loved the fact that I’d decided to ‘hang the expense’…. great excuse to buy anything and everything and I’m grateful that I can do that once in a while.

My housemates peeled spuds and parsnips and made cheesecake until 1am all in preparation for my friends.  What legends.

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