It Cant be time already…….

My books from Amazon have arrived , one yesterday and 2 today, I was lucky enough to get 2 second hand and apart from the original owners names you wouldnt know they had been used at all.

They are :

Creating happy relationships by Nelson- Jones Standard ( you never know this one might be useful), Ethics For counselling in Actions by T.Bond and Key Issues For Counselling by windy Dryden ( I really like him he writes christian books as well)

I starting reading and just felt overwhelmed by all the work I need to do this year, last year was so hard . It didnt help that I read a bit out to Jon my husband and he pretended to fall asleep 😀 . I had extended family issues to deal with that upset my all family and really struggled with all the course work. And i really wish I could just drop out and forget it all, of course I wont -I wont throw 2 years works away . This is the path God has chosen for me so this is the path I will take . But I cant believe the summers over and its time to go back to school. I sound like my kids 😀

People watching

whenever I go out if and my mind wanders I people watch , I love watching people with their kid , young ones mucking about having fun. Last week I was in McDonalds with my children- Can I call them children? still my eldest Son is nearly 15 and my Daughter is 12 going on 18 on a good day sometimes she appears to be the adult and me the mere child. Only my youngest is truly a child at four I think its the best age . Full of fun and just learning about the importance of self- trying to see how far he can go and yet Mummy is still best

Anyway there was a young Mum with her son and the love and care she showed him, he had down`s and I remember thinking its not fair she was too young isn’t it meant to be older Mums and how a doctor suggested I should think about testing as at 36 I was an older Mum but you know what God had given that little boy the perfect Mummy for him. It was obvious he was well loved .Another family caught my eye a granny being suffocated by her little granddaughter with kisses and being joined by her Mum and little brother . I thought that was lovely something I never got to do. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t miss my actual Mum but I do miss having a Mum who loves me and especially not having one to love my lovely kids.

The Ulster Folk And Transport Museum @ Cultra

Today I went with my kids here http://www.uftm.org.uk at Cultra, being many times before but just was having a oh my Gosh the kids go back to school soon and just wanting to do one last thing with them before they do.

orange hall cultra coskib farm

When they where little I used to call them photo days, things that they can remember in flitting moments when there older. I have so few good childhood memories. Wasn’t the best sort of day heavy showers but we seemed to miss the worst of it, in and out of buildings but we did have to eat our picnic in the car, Rather stupidly we listened to the radio with the car off which as I know as my battery is a bit iffy was a silly thing to do. Of course the radio cut out and I realised the battery was dead. My first thought panic and then no I’m not going to worry and get myself in a flap-I prayed that when we finished looking around the car would start fine. No surprise then when it was time to come home it started fine.

dunluce castle locomotive no 800 `maedb`

We had a look around the tranport Museum as well as all the old buildings, we didn’t have time the last time we went. Ross loved all the old trains I must take him on one, epecially the old steam one that travels out of Belfast.

A funny day

Today has been a funny sort of day, went to church this morning  hyms where nice but didnt really get focusing on the sermon. My four year old son was upsettled and it took all my concentration to keep him quiet. Times like this you think what is the point of going but I guess somethings goes in and children are young for such a short time. I just caught a verse

 Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NIV)

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

 

I really need this at the moment I feel my heart is heavy with a lot of things and just want it to be lifted and to feel refreshed. I do tend to get anxious at this time of year , when the kids are getting ready to go back to school and college for me in many ways I wish the summer would last forever.

I lay down this afternoon I was just feeling tired and headachy. Spent the rest of the day pottering about the house not really achieving much , except to make some date scones which wont help my diet. Im failing miserably.

Mulling over things

Ive been mulling over this for a while . God is simple to me no trappings or anything fancy . The bible is the word of God and really I dont need anything else , I dont need to jazz it up or try and make it any more “special”. God is perfect.

So why do mere men come along and think they can improve on it by creating religion. Rules and regulations to keep the masses in check. This has been brought to the front by the impending conversion to catholism by a friend I met on a christian web site. It is beyond my comprehension who someone who has a personal relationship with God can start ignoring vital passages of scripture.

In the Catholic church they call the pope `Holy Father`

Holy Father is only found once in the entire Bible. It was when Jesus prayed before He and His disciples went to the garden of Gethsemane. He referred to God the Father as Holy Father. So its blasphemy to call a man by God’s name

John 17:11(NVI) I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you , Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name-the name you gave me -so that they may be one as we are one.

The catholic church talks of purgatory, nuns and popes.

Where are these mentioned in the bible and the bible tells us clearly it is a sin to add to the word of the Lord.

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you to be a liar.

The catholic church teach the confessing of sins to priests, the petitioning of saints and Mary.

Yet the bible teach us clearly that we are to confess our sins and needs to God alone.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.

Also

1 John 2:1 My dear children,I write this to you so that you will not sin.But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence-Jesus Christ, the righteous One

I`ll get back to this , so much more

Too soon its over

Sunday saw us heading off to Church which is Hannah`s Aunt church.It really made the weekend special going to church together. We were a little late because we got a little lost. But still in time for a baptismal , the sermon and some lovely praise music. We were also lucky to meet Hannah`s cousin with her 20 mth old twin girls. Boy did we have to work hard to get smiles out of those pair.

They we headed off for lunch at a beefeaters where we all managed to eat our lunch and of course afters. Oh the way back to the hotel we all sung (or at least I tried to ) some lively worship music together.

It was over to soon just time for some hugs and tear before we all ended of in different directions. Hannah left me off at the airport . Flight home was quiet , the sun was setting as we flew over the clouds all pink with the setting sun, a lady sat beside me reading for which I was glad I had so much to think about. Laughing inside thinking of things said and done . A special weekend with some very special friends. So often you meet people who sound like Christians but it less often that you just feel it radiating from them I have been blessed.

The weekend

Gosh not many hours later it was up time and we headed down for breakfast or is that up. As the hotel was built at different levels I guess definately up. Breakfast was the full works and it was lovely having it made for you , no kids hanging over your arm or dishes to think about,

We then headed of to Winchcombe Pottery . Susan had just graduated after completing a ceramics degree and was very keen to go. And i must admit her enthusiasm rubbed off on to all of us and we all enjoyed it so much . But I guess the best bit was just seeing her face she looked so happy like a child in a sweet shop . The fact that she knew the right people and the right names meant we got a guided tour so we where very honoured. I had to laugh as Eddie who had worked there all his working life tried to copy my Northern Ireland accent Saying” its the I tell them” Bless he was lovely

Then it was off to Cheltehem for some shopping and lunch , i guess i wouldnt have been very popular if I hadnt of brought any pressies back. McDonalds for lunch – who needs kids with them . I bought a new Hillsong Cd meant to be for the youth fellowhip I helpto run but I have been driving everyone mad playing it since i got back especially ” one Way”.

 

Back to the hotel and we hit the pool and especially the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room , it was such fun. Don’t think I have laughed or talked so much for years . This is all us in the jacuzzi all modesty covered.

 


We had a lovely dinner in the hotel , the staff were lovely and we sat up talking and laughing till way past my bedtime and everyone elses. How can people who have only offically met have so much to say and still we ran out of time

Just think I should explain I met all these lovely ladies on line in a christian forum and our friendship outgrew the forum, sadly not everyone was able to share our joy feeling left out of our close group. So that I am able to blog our future meet-ups of which that is definate without fear of hurting anyone I have moved my blog so things may seem a little disjointed. I also realised how much the site was part of my Blog and i wanted to be totally separate.