I’ve turned my Monthly Praise Posts into a link up to encourage you (yes, you) to write up your own post about what God has been doing in your life this month. You can find out more below.
August 2016. Could a month go any slower? Considering how much I have moaned about the speed that the rest of 2016 has flown by at, I should be glad to live in the slow lane for a while. But between the end of the Keswick Convention, looking forward to my move north and an empty office, time almost ground to a halt! As you would expect from a very slow month, my Instagram addiction also slowed down, resulting in fewer photos than normal. But those I have taken still offer a brilliant snapshot of how God is with us in the little things.
- I bought this canvas set ages ago and I still haven’t started it, let alone finish it. It’s a reminder though that no matter what is happening in my life or how I’m feeling, our God is a creator God who has made me to be creative. It’s a strong reminder that there is a creative side to me and that nothing should be allowed to hide it.
- I love green juices and smoothies! I mean LOVE! As in, I drive my parents crazy every morning when I set my blender going with some mix of green leafy veg and fruit in it. However, I detest banana in my smoothies. Discovering this no banana green blend from Innocent Smoothies was just the best thing ever as I had to catch a ridiculously early train with no time to blend beforehand. That morning, my bottle of green goodness was one of the best things I have ever tasted.
- From one green drink to another. Ever since my grandparents gave me a fruit infuser for my birthday, creating interesting flavours has become so much easier. However, it is the classics that I keep going back to with lime and cucumber being at the top of the list. Don’t ask me why but I love it. If you have a fruit infuser bottle, try a few slices of lime and cucumber when you next feel thirsty.
- If there is one blessing that comes from a near empty kitchen, it’s that it forces you to get creative with the remaining food. This time around, I chose to recreate a childhood favourite of cabbage and bacon fried together. Even more exciting, I was cooking with bacon my dad had cured himself! It is so different to the bacon that we normally buy and so much tastier. Whether or not you cure your own bacon, frying cabbage in the same pan is a quick supper that you have to try!
- If you read July’s praise post, you will have seen the resolutions I made as a result of Keswick. Well, another result of Keswick was my testimony, focusing on some of the trials I’ve been through since university. This rewritten version of Phillipians 4v13 really sums up my testimony and how I, and many close to me, live life. It’s a simple fact that if I can do anything through Christ, then I can live through Him. That is plain incredible!
- A fantastic romantic story with a Christ-centred plot accompanied by a glass of gin? Don’t mind if I do. This is the second time I have read Old Fashioned and I still love it. I love it so much that currently my best friend has borrowed it because I want to share the vision it has that relationships can be fully focused on Christ without obeying legalistic rules. Basically, it is one of the easiest, most engaging and thought-provoking books I own. If you haven’t read it, or seen the movie it is based on, go out and buy it today!
- I love a good charity shop bargain. I also find that they are the best place to stretch my boundaries when it comes to movies and music. On this occasion I had a while to wait for the bus to Annabel’s and there was a charity shop opposite. Though none of the dresses I tried on fitted me (too tight across the top… should I be happy about that?), I did pick up another hiphop/street dance movie and Robbie William’s swing-inspired album. It really is the small things that make me smile.
- Talking of Annabel, she is becoming a regular on the blog. This time around we were experimenting with baked apples, though they did end up as exploded apples. Annabel also cooked an amazing lentil dahl. We then spent the weekend watching manga and Cinderella (I know, weird mix) and eating Montezuma chocolate. It was rounded off with a beautiful walk along the canal. A weekend with Annabel is one of the best ways I know to relax.
- Since coming back from Keswick, I have discovered a new place to work from. As the only person on the third floor, I have my own landing with a perfectly placed skylight. Okay, so curling up on my landing in order to be under natural light is not exactly glam but it’s my own space and the light makes me happy. And happiness is an important ingredient in a successful blog.
August may have been a slow month. However, it’s been a wonderful chance to sit back, relax and take time to enjoy life. From reading a good book through to enjoying natural light, it is amazing how appreciating the little things in life can make life worth living that little bit more.
Monthly Praise Post Link Up
- Concentrate on the good things that have happened over the last month. That could be the obvious or even how God has turned a rubbish situation into a good one (like forcing me to take time to chill via my wrists).
- Read the link that appears before yours. Maybe even leave a comment on the page so they know you’ve read it. Let’s build a community of Christian girls and guys celebrating with and supporting each other.
- Use the button below to let everyone know about the Monthly Praise Posts. Let’s see people praising God for the everyday stuff all over the web! (I even included HTML code for your web design ninjas. Or you can copy and paste the button)