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Hmm… Oh!  I know!  Ramore Strawboffee dessert.  Yum, yum, yum.  An afternoon nap and  then a wee jaunt to the stones-kicked-by (!) household was a nice way to pass an evening.

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I had a great sleep last night, tucked up under two sleeping bags, a blanket and a quilt!  Not that it was particularly cold, but there’s just something so comforting in having that many covers!

At my age, I shouldn’t really be admitting to things like this, but… my mumsie did my washing for me!  Bless her wee cotton socks!


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An afternoon nap which was much needed!  Hurray for flexible working hours!

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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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Breakfast in bed!

I then drove in the sunshine listening to great music.  I love that.  I also had a real sense of appreciation for the freedom I have to travel… very easily taken for granted or moaned about.

I’ve decided that I must make more time for reading, so I spent a couple of hours this afternoon with a book in my hand.  Think I fell asleep about 20 mins into that though…!  But, yeah – I enjoy reading.

Dinner (though, in itself nothing special) with two old school friends was great.  Not awkward and in reminiscing, I learnt that my bluntness isn’t a recently developed characteristic after all…!  I had thought that my friendship with one of these girls was long gone, but thanks to the other, its been rekindled!  I’m grateful for grown-up friendships that span time.

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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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Porridge made by someone else.

Ehh… the catering staff at the conference – just to clarify!

Having my mind blown by some incredibly insightful and informed teachers… responding in awe and worship to the God I often try to put in a tiny box.

A wee boogie un-interrupted by self-consciousness.

Not one, not two, but three very different but equally incredible conversations when I thought all I wanted was bed.


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Steak, medium-rare and a power nap in Wetherspoons!

Pottering round the shops with no pressure to hurry or buy or even look.  Just hangin out with my buddy, Hops, and dreaming dreams about a holiday in June…!

Getting to the airport, I was actually knackered, feet killing, no energy… So, a chilled mango smoothie and feet up in Costa Coffee through security was bliss.

A completely unexpected conversation on the plane.  Flew with bmi who allocate seats – someone from the year above me in school was allocated the seat next to mine.  I didn’t want to have to be sociable at all, but God had obviously ordained it, because we had such a great chat about Jesus and how his lordship is good!  The guy on the aisle was ear-y-wigging which annoyed me at first, but then I didn’t care!

My own-own bed at home-home and the prospect of a relative lie-in!

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A day spent as ‘poor’ in a real-life example of world poverty.  I woke up to nothing more than a bowl of porridge and a prospect of nothing but a bread roll and a baked potato for the rest of the day.  It was kind of fun in a weird way.  I kind of enjoyed watching how the ‘rich’ and ‘medium’ people tried to ease our ‘poverty’ but having the satisfaction of being able to say no!  Not at all what the exercise was meant to teach, I’m sure, but I felt a weird sense of ‘I don’t want your charity’ which I’m sure I wouldn’t have felt if it was real life poverty, but I suppose I have a better undersrtanding of ‘give a man a fish and feed him for a day, give him the means to catch a fish and he’ll feed his family for a lifetime’.

A little nap on the sofa with the buzz of people around me.  Hardly sociable, but I love that sleepy feeling!

A chance to chat with a friend from uni and find out for myself how she’s changed.

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A lengthy lie-in, cosy and warm and no pressure to get up.

I was taking the service in my home church tonight.  Talking about my work with students.  Took a different slant and got people within the congregation to talk about their experiences of the CU movement.  It was magic!  Not only did they say exactly what I wanted them to, but they meant it too!!!  Reinforces the fact that actually, what I’m involved in is being used by God to bring far-reaching consequences through all generations!

I felt so blessed by the presence and support of friends and family; eager to encourage and thank me afterwards and assure me of their prayers.  Knowing that they do pray.

Supper at the Manse and an intimate performance by the husband of a couple who’ve recently taken over supporting the students of the congregation.  He sang one of his own songs – kindy folky and reminded me of Martyn Joseph (who I’m only beginning to discover).  It was just a memorable moment – perhaps made more poignant by the realisation that this couple, who were formerly on the fringes, are beginning to embrace and be embraced into the community.  Beautiful.

Not only did his singing bless me, but the reminder of Martyn Joseph prompted me to listen to some tracks on my way back home.  I love the space and privacy that driving can afford.  Tonight, through a song by MJ, I remembered that I am precious in God’s eyes.

Joy and hope restored.

Understanding why God wanted me in Ireland this weekend.  Ryanair will have other sales…

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