‘You walk at my side’

17 09 2010

Today in prayers, the focus was on Psalm 23, and how when we re-read parts of the Bible, we can get completely new things from them, and how the Psalm talks about a journey, and how the Lord walks alongside us.

“Even when the way goes through
Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.” – v4

The ‘new’ bit that struck me today was the line “You walk at my side.”
We were asked to fill in the blank for the line: “Even when __________, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.”
My first thought was “Even when I’m exhausted and worn down.”
It made me think again of the Footprints Poem. How God walks alongside us, but today I was struck at how that includes keeping our pace. If we’re exhausted and plodding slowly, God doesn’t rush on ahead, He stays alongside us. If we’re bubbling up and rushing on, He keeps up!

He walks at our side. 🙂

The love of books

14 09 2010

Earlier this year, for lent, I gave up buying DVDs. They’ve reached the point where they are so cheap I was buying maybe a couple every 2 or 3 weeks – woops! So during lent I only bought 2, and they were for other people – if I have strict rules I can stick to them!

It seems my buying may now have switched to books. A week or 2 ago I put together an excel spreadsheet of all the books I owned, and it turns out I’ve only read about 60% of them. So we can probably see what my aim next lent will be! Again it’s the cheapness, charity shops are fantastic for picking up the stuff you want to read! The only other new books I’ve bought recently were on a 3 for £5 deal, a present, and the new Cecelia Ahern book, which I got at half the RRP anyway!

Now Cecelia Ahern seems to be a somewhat talented author! Me and a friend at work are a bit of a mini fanclub; over the last couple of months we’ve both read all the books she’s written, and the excitement preceding this latest one coming out in paperback was somewhat extreme… and worth the hype too. Since I started it I’ve barely put it down, I read it walking to the train station, on the train, in my lunch break, at my desk before 9am – whenever I can!

Which makes me wonder, why aren’t I as passionate and desperate as that with my Bible?


4 09 2010

I really struggle to find things I can blog about without sounding like a first class numpty lately… hence the quietness around here!