Monthly Archives: May 2013

Once when I was little.

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Yesterday was such a beautiful day that I was even wearing shorts. I NEVER wear shorts. But it was too lovely to pass up the chance to wear my new holiday shorts. So I did.

We had some friends coming over for tea and it was a lovely evening of food, laughs and fun. Some of the group are having a particularly emotional time so it was great to see them enjoying themselves, even for a little while.

After dinner we had a game of Balderdash and although the girls didn’t win; we gave a valiant effort to stop the boys. Then we went to the park and swung on the swings. I had forgotten just how relaxing and fun it was. And it reminded me of many summers spent playing in the park all day and the fun memories I have. So I’d recommend it. Next time you are feeling stressed or worried. Go have a shot on the swings. It really is fun 🙂

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I read a book today…

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I’m one of those- kinda geeky but not quite smart enough to be an actual geek people – who really enjoys reading a good book. So on my way down to Aberdeen on the train for a friend’s wedding I decided to finally get round to reading ‘The Vow’. I’ve seen the film but as with most stories; the book is so much better! I love being able to see the bigger picture as its impossible to capture the whole story in a 2 hour film. Don’t get me wrong, the film was great but the book is all about how God carried the characters through a really difficult time and made a way when there seemed no way. Awesome right? I won’t say any more than that because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who is waiting to read it. But you won’t be disappointed!

Then yesterday I had the privilege of attending a friends wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with all the joy and love that should be present on a wedding day. We had a great ceilidh to finish the night off. I even danced as apparently you aren’t allowed to say no when someone asks you to dance… Haha anyway that’s my ramblings for today. Enjoy!

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Liebster Award

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So, I’ve been nominated for an award and I’m going to share this exciting discovery with you all 🙂 Thanks to http://beautifulsilliness.wordpress.com/   for nominating me. You should ALL follow her!!

I have to follow some rules governing this blog award. Those who will be nominated must also follow such rules.

Here they are:

First is to accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.

Rule number 1 is to list 11 random facts about me.

Rule number 2 is to nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blogsites.

Rule number 3 is to notify the bloggers of their award.

Rule number 4 is to ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.

Rule number 5 is to answer the questions left for me by the blogger.

Ok so 11 whole facts about me…… (don’t get bored now!)

1. I love Jesus.

2. I love tea and caramel steamers.

3. I once named a cow Matthew. Then ate him.

4. I have the thickest hair ever. Possibly the thickest in the world.

5. I’m a nurse. I love my job.

6. I have a scar on my eyebrow from when I had my piercing ripped out. 3 times.

7. I have a brother who is a NED/CHAV. Even though I’m neither of those.

8. I love to sing but don’t play any instruments.

9. I have a bunch of crazy friends who I love loads.

10. My mum is my favourite person. We may disagree on stuff but I know she always has my best interests at heart.

11. I’m not the best driver in the world. Although I am learning. Hopefully one day soon I’ll pass my driving test.

Blogs I’m nominating….

http://beautifulsilliness.wordpress.com/

http://journeythroughlife15.wordpress.com

http://faithlockett.com

http://heart4japan.wordpress.com

http://louiseypopssss91.wordpress.com 

http://dawn750.wordpress.com

http://rachaelisthecoolestpersonever.wordpress.com

http://loveneverfails27.wordpress.com

http://peaceinstorm.wordpress.com

http://kthompson3.wordpress.com

http://donnajinnes.wordpress.com/

Here are my answers to the questions set for me….

1. What is the most memorable event in your life?

When I was 7 years old I invited Jesus into my heart and I have loved Him ever since.

2. Why did you join WordPress?

Because I thought it would be a fun way to connect with other people and talk about the amazing things God does in my life.

3.   What is your main Goal in Life?

To love God and love other people the way He loves them.

4.   Where would you want to travel the most in the world and why?

America. I’ve never been and I’ve always wanted to go there and do all the exciting touristy things they have there.

5.    What is one of the worst experiences you’ve ever undergone and how did you learn from it?

Watching my mum break before my eyes because of her abusive husband.

But I learnt that God can heal you and restore you to who you were created to be.

6. If you had 3 wishes that you could get answered instantly what would you wish for and why?

For all my best friends to live in the same city.

To be able to have someone cook me amazing roast dinners whenever I want.

To pass my driving test and get a wee car.

7.    Do you believe in God?

Of course.

8.    What leisure do you enjoy most?

Listening to music whilst drinking tea.

9.    If you could teach me one life lesson, what would it be?

Love Jesus with all your heart, soul and mind.

10.  Name one thing you do every day that without it your day would feel incomplete.

Brush my teeth.

11.   What one thing you would change about/in the world if you had the power to do it.

I would make everyone equal. No longer to be divided by rich or poor.

ENJOY!!

Some things make me mad!

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http://elitedaily.com/news/world/abercrombie-fitch-ceo-explains-why-he-hates-fat-chicks/

A friend of mine posted the article you see above. It is an article about the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch who explains in detail why he only aims his clothes at size 10 and under for women; as he wants his clothes to be worn by the ‘beautiful’ and ‘popular’ kids. He wants to make certain kids stand out and show other kids they’re not cool enough to wear his clothes.

And this makes me mad! How dare he?! No wonder so many teenage girls have issues around self – esteem or not fitting in. It’s lies like these that reinforce these negative images. And I hope it stirs something in you too!

Apples, mangos and oranges.

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This past weekend Peta and I were at the OMF Scotland training weekend in Arbroath. But we stayed with our friends in Dundee so as to get the most out of our fun-filled weekend.

At said conference, the average age of the people there was around 70. So being in our 20s, wearing skinny jeans and coming from an apostolic church we were something of a novelty. But these people were so inspiring! Some of them had been missionaries in the world’s hardest countries for over 30 years and still served him joyfully, WOW! They knew what it was to intercede on their knees for people who they longed to come to know Jesus. Fearing for their lives every time they mentioned Jesus’ name was something they knew all too well. Maybe they were a bit traditional in their worship and their bible translations but boy do they know their bibles! Jesus help me to long to know Your word like that!

The teaching and testimonies were something I’ll never forget. It was real yet challenging. Inspiring but terrifying. It was a perspective we all too often forget. Sin is sin. No sin is more awful than another. Every sin needs to be brought to Jesus and repented of. Sometimes we’re so afraid that we’ll offend people when we challenge ungodly behaviour. But if we ignore it, we are saying that the behaviour is ok. We are disobeying God. We are offending Him. Now I know who I’d rather offend… Lord help me to be in this world but not of the world. Help be to more like Jesus and model his lifestyle in my own life.

Now you’re probably thinking what does any of this have to do with apples and mangos? Has Becca gone mad? Well quite possibly… But as part of this conference we ate a lot of food. And I mean a lot. And the food we did eat was your typical stodgy, comfort food that is so filling you feel full days. Add to that plentiful cups of tea and numerous pieces of wonderful cake that you simply aren’t aloud to refuse (think of your Granny but x100) and you begin to understand my longing for some fruit and vegetables.

So today as I write this I am sitting with an apple and a glass of mango and orange juice as an attempt to cancel out all the copious amount of stodge I have consumed this weekend.

The socially acceptable sin.

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A really interesting article I read today. Really makes me think about times in my life where I have been gluttonous or have been guilty of counting some sins worse than others. Very challenging.

Most Christians today like to say that all sins are “equal” in the eyes of God, that there is no scale of less or worse sins, that a white lie or a murder alike would have been enough to require Christ to die on the cross. We say this in theory, but in practice, we know that a white lie won’t get you kicked off the church leadership team. And a murder likely will.

In practice, there are some sins that are socially acceptable, even in the Church. There’s one sin in particular that has pervaded our society and churches so silently we hardly give it a second thought, and that is the constant hunt for more over what is enough. Or, in an uglier terminology, what is known as gluttony.

When I think about gluttony, I think about my desire to shove a dozen donuts into my mouth and wash them down with chocolate milk. Or perhaps it’s my tendency to mindlessly feed chips to a stomach that’s no longer hungry. Many of us can look at the sin of gluttony and think, “That’s not really my struggle.” Or, we think, “What’s the big deal?” After all, most congregations have compulsive over-eaters among them, and they’re not considered “less spiritual” or “backslidden” for it.

But gluttony has never been merely an addiction to food. And if we look at it in its original definition and context, gluttony becomes far closer to home than we’d like to admit.

AT ITS SIMPLEST, GLUTTONY IS THE SOUL’S ADDICTION TO EXCESS.

At its simplest, gluttony is the soul’s addiction to excess. It occurs when taste overrules hunger, when want outweighs need. And in a society, where upsizing has always been part of the dream, it’s often difficult to distinguish what is hard-earned achievement and what is indulgent excess. In this sense, even the most athletic and toned among us can be gluttons. Any of us can be.

All desire for excess stems from a lack of satisfaction. I’m not satisfied with my portion—be it the portion on my plate or in my bank account. Because I’m not satisfied with my portion, I then seek a greater portion. But because every portion is a finite part of a finite whole, I am constantly chasing an excess that can never satisfy.

This is the story of Genesis 3. What was the sin in the Garden of Eden if not a desire for excess? Adam and Eve were given beautiful sights and beautiful tastes in the absence of shame, but what made the garden a paradise was not any of this. It was a paradise because God walked in the cool of the day with them. And yet, Adam and Eve’s downfall was because they deemed even this as not enough. They weren’t content with their portion of paradise, and they reached out—to disastrous consequence—for more.

Like them, we are ravenous beings. We embody bottomless cravings that constantly paw at the next attractive thing. Our appetites are as strong as death, Proverbs 27:20 tells us. We are always on the move for the next thing that can satisfy and slake our restless thirst. This endless pull is the engine of gluttony. It propels our souls ever toward excess.

And yet, the desire for “more” is not inherently bad, but it is often misdirected. What we need is a relentless appetite for the divine. We need a holy ravenousness. Our craving souls can turn and become enthralled by a goodness that is found in the presence of an all-glorious God. There is only one infinite source of satisfaction that can satisfy our bottomless cravings.

A taste of His supreme grace is enough to lure an appetite long held prisoner to lesser portions. If stolen water is sweet, lavished grace is sweeter.

And here’s a strange side effect: The more we drink deeply of the endless love of an infinite God, the more our tastes will be changed. The deep bright marrow of grace will drip down into the restless souls of the ever-hungry.

THE DESIRE FOR “MORE” IS NOT INHERENTLY BAD, BUT IT IS OFTEN MISDIRECTED. WHAT WE NEED IS A RELENTLESS APPETITE FOR THE DIVINE. WE NEED A HOLY RAVENOUSNESS.

In pursuit of lesser portions, our tastes have dulled. We’ve become numb to our real hungers, filling them with lesser fare. But when we return to the source, we taste anew.

Psalm 34:8 challenges us to see the difference for ourselves: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” I think Paul understood this verse when he told the people at Lystra that God gives food and gladness so that our hearts would turn from vain things and turn to the ultimate satisfaction of who God is (Acts 14:15-17).

Consequently, if God has ordained that His goodness can be tasted and seen (and, I would submit, heard, smelled and touched), this has at least two direct implications. First, it means that every finite pleasure and satisfaction is meant to point us toward the infinite pleasure and satisfaction of God. My admiration for a sunset, then, need not stop at that horizon, rather it can curve upward into praise and gratitude. Second, it means that if our desire for “more” is misplaced, then certainly it can be redirected to something good as well.

Is the desire for excess sinful? It depends on whether the soul is addicted to a finite excess or an infinite excess. Do we ever think of gorging on God? Do we relish the chance to spend a few more minutes in prayer, hidden away from the world for just one more taste of the divine? When was the last time we lingered long over the pages of an open Bible because we just couldn’t stop admiring the honeyed flavor of an ancient truth? If the Bible is the story of the only infinite good, why do we spend so much of our lives at lesser tables?

We Christians have so tamed our enjoyment in God that we cannot fathom what such thrill-seeking would even look like. Feasting on God is as foreign to most people as an empty stomach. Why can’t we fix our souls on the only goodness who can handle our cravings? Why do we chase the more mild flavors of money, food and sex?

If only we would not stifle our gluttonous cravings, but turn them in the right direction. If only we would feast on an infinite God who offers fullness of life.

As George MacDonald put it, “Sometimes I wake and, lo, I have forgot.” Sleep is like a reset button and my hunger is misdirected often. I think I’m hungry for the finite, but I’m really hungry for God. To remember, we need to taste daily, deeply and constantly of the goodness of God. So let us turn together, and feast rightly.

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