The Liebster Award

Thank you to Life With Open Arms for nominating Thoughts From A Woman Loved By Jesus for a Liebster Award.

In accepting this award, there are a few tasks for me to complete, so without further ado…

11 Random Facts About Myself

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  1.  I am a quarter Polish on my Dad’s side and despite only knowing the equivalent of an Incy Wincy Spider/Round and Round The Garden mash-up in Polish, am very proud of my heritage.
  2. I am a MASSIVE Kate Bush fan.
  3. I get quite nostalgic when reading books to my children that meant a lot to me when I was a child.wpid-IMG_20140110_203043.jpg
  4. I love food. Cooking and eating it, and I would say that I was a pretty good cook, but no chef – I don’t feel that I can take on the mantle of that title.
  5. I own and can play a tenor saxophone, but it has been so long since I did, that I wouldn’t be able to play very much without A LOT of practice.
  6. The word ‘panties’ as opposed to pants, knickers, underwear etc. REALLY makes me want to cringe and lash out. (It is irrational, and apologies to anyone who uses it, you are obviously completely entitled to do so without fear of violence!)
  7. I get quite enthusiastic about organising things and the detail of analysis, but don’t always act upon my work. (The exception being text analysis when working on a performance of a speech/poem/role.)
  8. I am very sensitive and often take things very deeply to heart, despite coming across (and mostly being) confident in myself. Because of this people sometimes mistake me for being brash and thick-skinned.
  9. I really enjoy watching America’s Next Top Model – for the growth journey of the performances of the contestants – the reality tv bitchiness and personal stuff doesn’t really interest me.Dancing at A&T's wedding
  10. When we first met I thought my now husband looked really quite old (he knows this), and he has NO recollection of meeting me. He remembers the occasion, the moment and the 8 other people who he already knew, but has blocked me out of the memory!
  11. I don’t see the point in believing in a God who isn’t trustworthy and isn’t who he says he is. Therefore, even (and frequently) when I don’t understand why the bible (God) says something or seems to disagree with what I think about how something should go, I am prepared to take Him at his word, believe what he actually says and surrender to it, knowing that He is good and knows what is best for me.
    I have been convinced of His trustworthiness.

Questions from Life With Open Arms

1. Who was your childhood hero?

George from the Famous Five

2. Do you play (or have you ever played) any musical instruments?

Yes, the oboe, the tenor sax (used to), I sing and I can hash out chords/melody on the piano in order to compose.

wpid-wp-1389385203448.jpg3. Video game or board game?

I like both, but board game as it can involve more people and looking in more than one direction!

4. What are three things you couldn’t live without?

Jesus, (truthfully nothing else) but I would dearly miss my family. And stories.

5. What is your favourite dessert?

Ooh a tough one – Fully iced and marzipaned fruit cake – christmas style.

6. What skill/talent do you most wish you had?

The ability to tell my own funny annecdotes without the inevitable tumbleweed moment that follows!dsc00490.jpg

7. What is the best smell in the world?

The promise of snow in the air has a really crisp smell that I love.

8. Do you look most like your mum or your dad?

Probably my Dad.

9. Which superpower would you choose to have?

The ability to have things ( eg. housework/tidying/sortingre-decorating) done in a second. Sooo boring, but SOOO useful.

10. Would you rather have someone do all of your cooking or all of your cleaning?

All of my cleaning, no question.

11. What’s something new and wonderful you’ve discovered?

Pintrest!

My Nominations are

Walking With The Moon,
The Art In Life,
and Educating Sausages.

For my nominees: If you choose to accept the award, please do one or more of the tasks above (list 11 random facts about yourself, and/or answer the questions), then nominate some other blogs that inspire you and ask them a set of your own questions.

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  1. Other than your own, which profession would you most like to attempt?
  2. Which is your favourite season and why?
  3. What attribute about yourself are you secretly really proud of?
  4. How do you solve a problem like Maria? Indeed, is she a problem?
  5. If you could stop all your social media activity (your blog aside,) for a year, would you want to?
  6. At the cinema – Chocolate, sweets or popcorn?
  7. Are you able to do stillness (inside and out) for yourself at all? And if you find it hard, what would be your limit before you’d want to scream?
  8. What is one unusual/particularly special christmas tradition you have?
  9. Do you like to dance at parties?
  10. Who is your best and most trusted friend?
  11. What book has most radically changed your thinking and your life?

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Five Minute Friday – HOLD.

filtered-through-fingers-of-love**Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
My friend Claire at Life With Open Arms has been writing these for a while,on and off, and today I thought that I would give it a go.**

The prompt word is HOLD.

“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”  James 1:19-20

Start.

So, today I have had to realise that my temper and frustrations need to be put on hold, when my daughter shouts my name out for what seems like the millionth time, and I am trying desperately to nap.
She should be napping too. Or at least playing quietly. As should her little brother in the same room.

Instead, despite me asking her to go back to bed and stop yelling as -
she hasn’t pooed; No, I don’t know where Reverend Timms is (her little doll that looks just like the Rev from  the old school Postman Pat); and no she can’t ‘sleep’ in my bed, because we all know how that is going to go -
she keeps going, shouting at the top of her voice, pausing briefly whilst I wait to see if she will stop, before resuming several decibels louder.

My temper sadly didn’t hold, and I barked back at her pretty loudly and very crossly.
I was feeling desperate.
But she cried.
Normally I have more patience. Today I didn’t, and yet I was reminded of how much patience God has with us. With me.
I am human. But I need to let his love and patience flow in me more, and today I didn’t.
Not my proudest parenting moment.

I did however apologise to her, explain why she needed to allow me the space to myself during nap/quiet time. And then I held her. Close.

She is who I should hold. And my son. And who I should hold my temper for.
They are my precious gifts, given for me to love.
And I need to let God hold me in the tense moments.

Because everything is always better when we are being held close.

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Stop.