Advent 2012

30 11 2012

The past few years I’ve given up a combination of my Facebook and Twitter statuses (stati?!) each advent to put up a bible verse each day to tell the Christmas Story over the period.

This year for a change I’m doing something a little different. Each day the bible verses will appear here on my blog instead of on my social networks, and with each one I’ll share a video. Some days it’ll be carols, other days Christmas messages, other days silly clips, and still other days Christmas pop songs – all sorts!

So do visit over December, see what you find! 🙂

A little bonus to get you in the mood – matching the weather outside!

Sleep Survey!

24 11 2012

Two very easy Questions I’m curious on! please click below 🙂 :
Using Survey Monkey

Psalm 101

18 11 2012

This week at our midweek prayer meeting at church someone read Psalm 100 to us, which is a wonderful Psalm and an encouragement.

But when he finished, I carried on and read Psalm 101 which I didn’t know so well. It’s written by David, and talks about how he lives his life. I don’t know about you but I’m miles off from the standards he sets! Just have a read…

I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will conduct the affairs of my house
with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with what is evil.
Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret,
I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
I will not tolerate.
My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
will minister to me.
No one who practices deceit
will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
will stand in my presence.
Every morning I will put to silence
all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
from the city of the Lord.

Ineke’s philosophies on life: If you’re early you will be late

17 11 2012

“If you are have plenty of time, you are far more likely to end up running late”

On a Wednesday I go home from work, have dinner, and have to be out the door again by 6.20pm, and it seems that the earlier I get home, the more time I think I have, so the slower I take things, and so the more likely I am to end up being late!

C.S. Lewis – A slightly more controversial opinion?

11 11 2012

I don’t know about you, but generally, every time I read or hear a C.S. Lewis quote I think wow that’s brilliant, and generally just have no doubt in it. However, at the moment I’m reading Mere Christianity and this morning came across this quote:

If you had committed a murder, the right Christian thing to do would be to give yourself up to the police and be hanged. It is, therefore, in my opinion, perfectly right for a Christian judge to sentence a man to death or a Christian soldier to kill an enemy. I always have thought so, ever since I became a Christian, and long before the war, and I still think so now that we are at peace.

A bit different, hey? He continues:

It is no good quoting “Thou shalt not kill.” There are two Greek words: the ordinary word to kill and the word to murder. And when Christ quote that commandment He uses the murder one in all three accounts. Matthew, Mark, and Luke. And I am told there is the same distinction in Hebrew. All killing is not murder any more than all sexual intercourse is adultery.

So I’ve never read anything like this before – I’d be interested in your opinions! Any thoughts?!

Friday five favourite: Sandwiches

9 11 2012

Coronation chicken

Just beautiful, and with fruit and stuff to make it healthy! Best on granary

Peanut butter and jam

A good mixture of protein and fruit – best with soft 50/50 bread 🙂

Pork & Apple Sauce

Leftover Sunday port with apple sauce in some seeded bread – yummy!

Fuzzy’s Roast Dinner in a Sandwich

Just brilliant, roast meat with all the trimmings including yorkshires, potatoes, veg, gravy, sauce, all in one sandwich!

Corn Beef & Mustard

A nice cheap basic lunch, again a good match for soft 50/50 bread!

Ineke’s philosophies on life: the height of your pillows

5 11 2012

A couple of months ago a friend told me lots of pillows was bad for you, so I cut down by one and recently have started to get pain in my shoulder, so instead, I propose this:

The height of your stack of pillows when compressed by the weight of your head should be equal to the horizontal distance between your cheek and your pillow.

Friday five favourite: Smells

2 11 2012

Sadly this isn’t smellinet, but I hope the photos below help trigger some of the smells! – Worrying how most of them are food related?

Melted chocolate

Last week I made my fourth visit to Cadbury World. The first time I went there, the second you stepped out of the car into the car park you could smell the chocolate in the air! There’s also a room where you get given a pot of melted chocolate, and it just smells incredible.

Frying garlic

This might sound like a weird one, but in one of my previous houses I would repeatedly get home from work and call downstairs that dinner smelt amazing, only to find that it was just the garlic frying before anything else went in! Seriously, try it!


I know the packaging implies this is for kids but it’s not. This stuff smells incredible. I know for me this is partly just to do with the fact that I had it as a child, but it’s great for when you’re bunged up! you just put little drops on your pillow or a hanky, and you’ve got a great smell hanging around! My housemate was using it recently and the whole house just had this wonderful soothing smell 🙂

Cake in the oven

When you bake a cake, there are many side bonuses, the warm house, licking the bowl of the icing, and of course the smell. When you put a cake in the oven you tend to want to check it early, but I have this rough rule of thumb that it generally doesn’t need checking until you can smell it, that’s when it’s getting towards done (not that I’ve experimented with many cakes, this is mainly about sponge cake!). But what a heart warming smell it is 🙂 It let’s you know the treat is nearly ready!

Fresh Coffee

Now I’m no coffee fan, but this smell is just beautiful! When I was at university I went to a little church who, during the last songs, turned on the coffee machines at the back of the room. Not sure this totally helped me focus as the smell was just lovely! I don’t like the taste of coffee, but I just love the smell 🙂

What are your favourite things to smell? What have I missed?