The Range

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We went to The Range in Huddersfield to buy some cake-making resources, as recommended by a friend.

It’s pretty much the best shop I’ve seen. Ever? Depends on what you visit any particular shop for, I guess. If you want to buy a new camera, don’t go to The Range. But if you want anything for your house or general life, visit The Range first. It has an amazing selection of goods.

In fact, we were walking round in awe of their products, when I said “This shop has the biggest range of… Ohhh, THAT’S why it’s called The Range!”

Navigating through the mud

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We went for a walk around Scammonden Resevoir a few days ago. I use the word “around” loosely, as we walked probably about 50 metres “around” it. We navigated our way through the mud to the edge of the water, chucked a couple of stones in, then returned back to the car with Eva’s sandals caked with dirt.

Checking in

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My original aim of posting daily has unfortunately but probably predictably failed. Instead I appear to be posting monthly, and now almost bi-monthly.

Does a post observing my blogging failures actually count as a legitimate entry? I expect not, but here it is anyway.

The only way is up. At a slight diagonal.

Do you know what God is doing?

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I think this article – Preaching Under Pressure – from the Hillsong Church blog includes some really helpful tips. One thing that stuck out for me was this sentence:

As teachers, it is crucial to always be in the Word, meditating and having thoughts prepared – whether you are rostered to speak or not.

What a challenge to always be aware of what God is saying to you, and to be ready to share it at an instant.

When’s the last time anybody asked you what God is doing in your life right now? Or what he’s been talking to you about from his Word? Would you be able to give an answer?

I’m a sports pro

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I was never the sportiest kid around, but I loved playing most sports, and still do. It’s the competitive side of me. I love playing football especially, but I’m really not great at it. It’s a bit embarrassing really. Plus I go bright red, and always have done, whenever I do any sort of exercise.

I remember once being into basketball as a child, and we had an outdoor basketball court at our primary school. I was playing basketball with a couple of my friends and some older kids, teenagers. I don’t know the technical term for it, but I got one basket. Got the ball in the hoop. Once.

It was a great shot. People congratulated me on it, in a kind of patronising “we know you’re pants at this but you got a basket so well done” kind of way. I didn’t mind.

I was proud of that shot, and still am.

Consider it nothing but joy

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We should expect to go through heartache and pain, suffering and loss, because they are part of what it means to be human, and they can be useful in our development. As James said, “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God

Yellow house

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We regularly drive by this yellow house. One day I would like to meet who lives here and ask them if they painted it themselves, or if it was this colour already when they moved in.

This yellow house acts as a landmark for Eva to show here that we’re nearly home.

The Sovereignty of God

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[The Sovereignty of God] is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessary that we should submit to God as an absolute sovereign, and the sovereign of our souls; as one who may have mercy on whom He will have mercy and harden whom He will.

Jonathan Edwards