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Music Lovelies

I love September seasons are changing; everyone is going back to school and university so it also makes me think of starting something new or starting afresh. It’s also the best time to discover new Christian bands or for the best albums of the year to be released! So as I have a few minutes this evening I thought I would share some of my faves with you. I am one of these people who buys the whole album for just one particular song and then decide whether I like the band or the whole album random I know. I also can’t stand hearing the same song over and over again so I am usually looking for something new or go back to my old favourites.
Third Day – new album is out in November Miracle – heard the title track sounds ok but who doesn’t love Thief from Offerings
The Waiting Kind – love love love the song Greater from their EP
David Crowder Band – heartbroken they have split up but so pleased he has gone solo his lyrics are amazing. So hard to chose fave song but at a push it would have to be Let Me Feel You Shine. Anyone who could get the word perpetual in a lyric deserves some love. Praise Habit by David Crowder is also a great read!
Leeland – they kind of go in the same hall of fame as David Crowder Band I mean at 17 to write and record Sound Of Melodies what can I say! My fave song Opposite Way from album Opposite Way.
Kristian Stanfill – Wake Up from the Album Attention – I mean how good is the bridge? Blissful
Parachute Band –Its You on the album Love Without Measure- the lyrics are beautiful and with the bonus of Martin Smith singing the 2nd verse who could top it? Although I am loving Keep the Fire Burning from Matins: Vespers – So stoke the flame, enlight the spark, illuminate the darkest parts, burn away the worst in me – WOW
Ascend the Hill – Take The World But Give Me Jesus from the album of the same name. I love rocking up an old hymn in an unpredictable way good songs for reflection.
Elevation Worship – Have loved this for ages so pleased we are now singing their worship songs at church. That being said cant stand listening to the same song over again so reverting back to their earlier albums I am loving The Church from Kingdom Come – prefer the extended live version.
Tenth Avenue North –I have already spoken of my love for the song Strangers Here from The Struggle.
Paper Tongues– Fave Song is Get Higher from their self titled album
Downhere – They have been around for ages and they have hit n miss albums but the depth of the song Let Me Rediscover You from On The Altar of Love just expresses what I couldn’t in a million words wrapped into a 4min song.
Andy Cherry – Our God’s Alive from Nothing to Fear – Have you heard his guitar playing? Brilliant so happy I have an equally as talented Husband.
The Museum – My Help Comes from the Lord from the album Let Love Win is a prime example of buying the album for one song, this song is great I am not to fussed about the whole cd.
Phil Wickham – Phil is an exception to the whole rule I have explained I could quite happily listen to all of his albums on repeat minus Holy, Holy, Holy. He is an acoustic guitarist – my hubby is an acoustic guitarist. Need I say more? Sometimes we think a whole band is everything but the real talent is where one instrument and one voice can carry the room e.g. Divine Romance. His songs featured heavily at our wedding the two we picked were Beautiful and Always Forever. Now go and buy his whole collection!
Christy Nockels– I am sure you have noticed this is my only female singer on my rundown bad I know but when you go through my collection I tend to pick male singers. Christy Nockels again is an exception she is beyond talented. I love Into The Glorious from the same titled album and You Revive Me from Passion: White Flag.
River Valley Church – You Have Conquered from the album You Are//I am. Luke and I listened to this song a lot after our twin nephews were born, sadly Daniel Noah passed away 2 days after his birth and this song speaks of so much hope we have in God. – Even when the waters rise and the mountains crumble I will call on the name of the Lord, Even when darkness comes and my world is shaken I will call on the name that is power. My God is stronger than the grave, My God will prove Himself again, I believe You have conquered. My God is greater than my fear, My God will take away our tears, I believe You have conquered.


Rosh Hashanah

I don’t know about you but this year has been crazy, we have had so many highs and celebrations as a family the birth of our nephew Caleb Lucas, weddings and the birth of our friends children makes you so grateful for the life we have been given. However life has also seen its fair share of troubles this year, upset and grief makes you even more thankful for the joy and blessings God has provided us.
This week it’s Rosh Hashanah for the Jewish people a New Year celebration at first glance, yet as always, the tradition and hidden religious significance can often be lost. Rosh Hashanah translates to the Head of the Year and is first mentioned in the Bible as Yom Teruah (Numbers29:1) A day of Blowing Trumpets. Hmmm is that it?? And yet its significance is much more than that, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of Adam and Eve, the first Sin, and also the day when Abraham anticipated that he would sacrifice his only son Isaac.
We have heard the story a thousand times before if we went to Sunday school, or perhaps the story of Abraham and Isaac is less familiar. Avraham who has followed God from his homeland gets into a few scrapes now and then but ultimately clings to Gods promise that he will be blessed as well as his descendents. Doesn’t seem too difficult God wants to bless me I can get behind that, however a mighty nation with only one son at a 100 hmm? It doesn’t get much better when God calls Avraham “Take your son, your only son, whom you love Yitz’chak; and go to the land of Moriyah. There you are to offer him as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will point out to you” Gen22:2
Not looking great for Yitz’chak really is it? and not only that he has to carry the wood he is going to be burnt on. I love God’s imagery as we are quickly reminded of our own Saviour having to carry his wood which he will be sacrificed on. You see Yitz’chak and Yeshua are similar it’s not said how old Yitz’chak is we usually assume he is young because he goes along with his Fathers plan. He doesn’t run away, even when they should be sacrificing something and yet no lamb has been brought with them. We assume since he hasn’t twigged he must be too young to understand, even when he is being bound on the altar where is His struggle?
Josephus has Yitz’chak’s age at 25! A 25 year old has enough strength to overpower his 125yr old elderly father, yet he submits to His plan. Even if it’s going to cost him some pain, even if it’s going to cost him his life. You see by both Avraham and Yitz’chak submitting to God they get to witness an awesome miracle a shout from heaven is heard from an angel telling them not to sacrifice Yitz’chak and a ram has been provided caught in the bushes by its horns. They witness personally Gods depth of love for them calling the place Adonai Yir’eh Adonai provides.
During Rosh Hashanah we as Christians also can take the time to remember Gods love for us, that He is our Provider and our Sustainer. That he cares for us so deeply that He sent His only son to die for us, to atone for our sins so that we could have a relationship with Him and have everlasting life.
There will be times in your year, like mine, when it’s easy to hold onto these promises of God. These are the days of joy and happiness. The choice for us is to remember like Yitz’chak that through the unexpected days, the days of frustration and sometimes the just painful days that God is exactly who He says He Is.
Luke and I baked Challah bread for Rosh Hashanah. Its customary to braid a Challah into a circle, some say to crown God as King and others to remember the cycle of the year all I know I was quite impressed with our achievements. I will be dipping my challah in some honey as is the custom to hope for a sweet New Year

I will leave you with this Jewish blessing; (which I am not going to try and pronounce)
“Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim,” May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

Understand, then, that those who have faith are the children of Abraham Galatians3:7


Oh how He Loves Us!

I love this photograph. It was taken on the first trip Luke and I had when we were dating we went to stay at his Grandad’s in Herne Bay.
We learnt so much from that trip about each other e.g. my very relaxed, chilled out boyfriend at the time can get stressed when his Mum had somehow set her SatNav to walking and it kept telling us to turn back 3hrs into the trip. How I already knew I had hayfever but that I am extremely allergic to the South!
While we were in Kent on that trip someone from Luke’s parents Church had passed away it was such an awful situation but as we sat on the beach I can remember us talking about God and His unending love for us. Looking at the sun disappearing from view I had one of those moments in life where you realise how small you are compared to the universe that God has created. I was struck with the awesome of it all, that although God has everything He could ever want and although he doesn’t need me He sent His One and Only Son just to show how much He Loves and Cares for me.
On this trip to Herne Bay I thought of that time on the beach and how God is faithful and how he constantly seeks relationship with me that sunset is just one of the many ways my God seeks to impact my life daily. That day I stopped and soaked it in, I need to do that more. Just to Stop and let Him Love me.

While we were travelling down we listened to the new Tenth Avenue Album and I love the song Strangers it speaks to me on so many levels so go check it out!I know you’re tired of the hurt and the heartache.
You feel like giving in,
You feel like walking away.
And I know it’s difficult,
Feeling so out of place.
But this is not how it’s gonna be.
Your pain is temporary.
We’re all strangers here,
So it’s alright if you can’t,
Stop the tears that you cry.
‘Cause some day we’ll touch,
The face of our God,
And the sorrow will disappear.
Until then, we’re strangers here.
That’s hard to hear if you want to keep chasing,
This broken world that only keeps your heart breaking.
So if you you’re scared ’cause you think you’re missing out,
This is not the ending.
No, this is not the ending.
We’re all strangers here,So it’s alright if you can’t,
Stop the tears that you cry.
‘Cause some day we’ll touch,
The face of our God,
And the sorrow will disappear.
Until then, we’re strangers here.
This is not the homeland.
We can see the lights from here.
He’s making us a city,
Where there are no fears.
And it’s drawing near.
Until then, we’re strangers here.
We’re just strangers here.
We’re all strangers here,
So it’s alright if you can’t,
Stop the tears that you cry.
‘Cause some day we’ll touch,
The face of our God,
And the sorrow will disappear.
Until then, we’re strangers here.
Strangers here.


September Lovelies

1. I am absolutely in LOVE with these boots from Call It Spring I think these will be a purchase for this Winter.
2. Really looking forward to our trip to London and our 4Star Hotel 2 weeks to go!
3. I adore Starbucks Skinny Hazelnut Lattes.
4. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Quadruple Belgian Chocolate Cookies – When triple Chocolate isn’t enough!
5. On our 2 weeks off we will be off to Magpies in Whitby the best Fish and Chip Shop ever!
6. I really can’t wait for it to turn autumnal I enjoy a good scarf with an outfit.
7. Not something to purchase but I am drooling over this Chanel Tote Bag.
8. Getting stuck into the Word!
9. Spending 2 weeks with this gorgeous man I am beyond blessed to be his wife.


Catch Up

This week has been full on! I don’t think we could have crammed more things into it if we tried.

Luke and I had Wednesday and Thursday off this week as sadly his Grandad had passed away and the funeral was in Kent which is a trip and half thanks to the M25. On the Wednesday we took a really leisurely trip down. We stopped at Lakeside Shopping Centre and then hopped over the bridge and went to Bluewater. I needed to go to Lakeside as they have a Taco Bell and this girls got some Mexican fast food craving oh how I miss America for the food! And when is Chick- fil- A coming to England? I want some waffle fries please!

While at Bluewater I had to stock up on some Essie nail varnish because I am sorely disappointed in the wear of Nails Inc so have decided to give Essie a go and see how that fairs with this retail hands of mine. How cute are the bottles! And the brushes cover your nail in one swipe which is brilliant the dry time on them is pretty good to the only downside is there not out in every store of Boots and Superdrug even Meadowhall didn’t have any so hence me having it on my list to grab while we were down South.

After getting set up in the Hotel and dinner out we had a chance to catch up with Luke’s Aunt, Uncle and cousins since they live a ways from us we seem to just meet up at family events which is a shame because it was such a lovely evening with them, watching the opening of the Paralympics and hanging out.
Thursday was as you would expect a tough day for all, I really think though that funerals cause you to stop and think about your life. Most of the time we are just going about the motions of everyday living and not thinking about eternity and where we are going to be after this temporary time on earth. I want my family at my funeral to know 100% where I am to take confidence that I am a better place in my Father’s House.
After the wake we then started the journey back home, we were quite pleased when the Sat –Nav said we would be home 7.10pm as we would both be back at work the next day can you imagine our faces as we were stuck on the M1 between Junctions 10-13 so we got home at 9.30pm :o(
After a day at work on Friday we went out to celebrate my sisters birthday which is actually on Monday but this was the day that worked for all we had some great Italian food! I can’t believe she is going to be 23! It makes me feel so old lol.
I am looking forward to a more relaxed and steady pace for the next two weeks before we are off work for 2 weeks I can’t wait!