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January 2013

A Saturday in January

In Stone, after our walk by the canal, going up the narrow street to the church, I stopped to take a photo of this wagtail. The funny thing is that my hubby was telling me minutes before that he’d seen a few in the garden in the morning. My last recollection of seeing one was in the Tesco car park in Stafford a year ago. And there it was picking some invisible food off the pavement. Image

Life is precious.

On my mobile, the first piece of news I saw tonight when I got home was about the British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford sentenced to death by the Indonesian court. She was found guilty of trying to smuggle cocaine into Bali. When I read the whole article on the Independant, it appears that there may be some hope, her sentence is likely to be commuted to a long prison term. As I consider that each life is precious and that cocaine kills, on one hand it is a blessing that this cocaine was found as the lives of others, teens or older tourists will be spared. I do hope that tomorrow’s verdict will be life for Mrs Sandiford. Any thoughts?

Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation. 1 Samuel 26:24

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Let’s read it! Reading what? Why don’t you read?

This week has gone so fast and it has been really nice. Where shall I start?  I will not speak about work because I like my job so much and if I start, it would be as if I was starting a novel. Just the day-to-day adventures! First, I must tell you how much I like reading. I consider reading as a privilege and a gift. As I am now working nearer home, I have more time to indulge in some reading before I tackle marking and planning in the evening. Over the years, I have become a fussy reader, call it choosy, I do not want to waste time to read rubbish, it goes the same with newspapers, magazines or blogs.

Another habit of mine is that if I like a book a lot, I will read and enjoy so much of it and then stop reading and keep it for later..I am not sure why I do that. Do you do that too? Could it be that I need to be reassured that come to the crunch, I have got something really good to enjoy! Before Christmas, I read a beautiful book called Song of a Stranger that gives you interesting pointers on how you can be faithful to God in a non-Christian society without compromising your beliefs (I quote) and somehow I stopped before the last chapter, The Best is still to come. Before the New Year, I ordered 2 books on amazon, Compelled by Love by Heidi Baker that I have nearly finished and Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer that I cannot wait to start. Also, I have been reading on and off a French book called ‘Les Aristocrates’, well-written, light and humorous  by Michel de Saint Pierre.heidi baker

So Tuesday night, I read Compelled by Love and I got very emotional.  In the war-torn, poverty-stricken country of Mozambique, Heidi Baker and her husband have experienced God’s miraculous provisions and witnessed the transformed hearts of people caught in desperate life-or-death situations.  I could not stop reading and that evening as I still had to do marking and planning, I went to bed at 12.30 am. Wednesday morning,I had a meeting at 8 a.m. so Im and I were out of the house by 730. In the evening, I could not wait to read Compelled by Love. The same thing happened on Thursday and tonight I decided to stop otherwise I would have finished it.  So, what is your best read? Do you have any particular reading habits? Have an excellent white week-end!

Monday…

I find Mondays quite exciting really!  I like to think over what I have done at the week-end and nowadays, for some reason, I really appreciate the week-ends. It was not always like that but that’s another story. So I will go back over the week-end. Friday night, while the girls and their friend were playing monopoly, I was still wondering whether it was wise to drive to Cheltenham to take Cam back home. I think that in the end the weather would be a determining factor! When I woke up at about 8 (not on schedule but that’s not a surprise), the skyline formed by heavy white clouds was low but there was no snow and you could guess that the sun was trying to pierce through. I put the coffee on and got dressed, only then I woke Cam up and she got ready fairly quickly. I move on. Somehow as Cam was loading the car with her luggage, I remembered what Steven had said about my tyres, the front ones, ‘your tyres are low’ and as he was still asleep, I did not have the heart to wake him up so he could do it using his special machine, don’t ask me its name because I can’t remember. So in town as I fill up the tank (being very happy that the price of diesel has gone a little down) I checked the two front tyres and they were really low! 20 p for 2 minutes and I managed to do both of them just on time before the noisy machine stopped! 🙂

On the way to Cheltenham, no much traffic on the M6 nor the M5. Suddenly I stop our conversation, snow à babord as they say on the French marine, the hills in front of us were covered with snow and tiny snowflakes started to fall on the windscreen but the road was dry. We stopped at the flat for 10 minutes, took Cam’s stuff in, wonder why the neighbour’s black bin bag is still outside his door, then we went to Cheltenham and had a lovely time…building memories for the future, walking through a lovely glade, by a red-brick bridge, two dogs dragging their parents in pyjamas, just by Waitrose.. I was back at our friends just on time for a presentation on a charity called Hands at work (this is the link, http://www.handsatwork.org/ ) by David in Salt village hall. We were so fortunate to hear about this charity and the amazing difference that their love for those orphaned children makes in their life. We tasted a fabulous a 3 course african meal and had a fantastic time.  David showed us a ppt and talked about all the countries that he has been to and one of them was Lagos where destitute children and parents are in a dire situation. He told us that Some 15 million people are crammed into the lagoons of southwest Nigeria, and two out of three Lagos residents live in a slum with no reliable access to clean drinking water or electricity. These children are exposed to rampant diseases, as waste and sewage are deposited directly into the waters that their homes and schools are built upon.  Do you have a special charity?

Hands at Work in Africa
Hands at Work in Africa

Hands at Work

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Untitled, a photo by Hands at Work on Flickr.

A Christian charity that brings hope for thousands of destitute children, orphaned because theirs parents died of Aids.

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