Gratefully Shot

After 60 days of photographing things I’m grateful for (365 Agradecido) I am definitely learning a thing or two about how to be thankful.

  1. Coffee Machines

While my new work’s coffee machine actually makes fairly rubbish tasting coffee (after 3 attempts I think I’ll stop) – the very fact that my work has a coffee machine is a huge upgrade.

2. Grocery Store Hair Dye

You woudln’t believe how fast my hair is growing. I have noticeable regrowth after 3 weeks of new hair colour. So I’m very grateful that fixing it, only costs $20.

3. Cupcakes

My new boss bought me a cupcake today. This  makes me so happy.

4. Hannah Pinches

This lovely lady deserves a mention. We went out for dinner and movie last night – she’s honestly just really good company. I laugh a lot when I’m with her and it’s very reassuring to hang out with someone who gets all your references, quotes and jokes.

5. Mum’s Jewellery Collection

She honestly owns a ridiculous amount of jewellery. I could borrow something every day for a year and she probably wouldn’t notice. This is my favourite that I’m loving at the moment.

6. The Adjustment Bureau

I’m glad people still make decent films. It’s so rare to go to a thought provoking movie that isn’t just.. really weird and creepy. Every Christian should go see this. It’s funny how so much of the movie identifies with our worldview and yet how so much of it doesn’t fit in at all. It really helped me cement what I believe about fate, destiny & will. Emily Blunt is also amazing.

7. Bones Drama

Bones is finally amping up the antics when it comes to realtionships drama. So much slow moving tension building up over seasons.. and then Season 5 is just bringing out the big guns in terms of surprise drama.

8. HOLIDAY

20 days until I’m on holidays for 2 weeks! A week in Tassie and then a couple of days either side (due to the amazing amount of public holidays in April) is going to be just SO lovely. Plus Dave & Mel’s wedding. Yay!

9. Jesus

10. My new work. I’ve alluded to how much I love it already. But I really do. Grateful & Thankful and Happy.

Headphones

Back before my job got really out of hand, I used to really enjoy Thursdays & Friday’s. They were the quiet days in the office. Some of the staff worked part time, so we were down on staff and down on phone calls. To be honest, I really loved it. It meant I could get work done and it meant that I could get away with listening to music throughout the day. Of course not through speakers, but through my headphones. Normally just used to use my iPhone, but on days were I was really prepared, I would even bring in my iPod.m (Much wider selection of music). Of course I still only ever had one ear in and I would have to yank that ear out whenever the phone rang or someone tried to talk to me. Still – in this particular industry (the admin industry – it’s a thing!) – you take what little enjoyments you can.

The other day God was speaking to me about headphones. Well perhaps he wasn’t exactly speaking about headphones. But he was speaking about living in constant communication with the Holy Spirit. God is so far beyond what I can even comprehend or imagine – so if God tried to talk to me about all the things he was actually thinking about – I would explode. So he talks to me in pictures and analogies. In this particular case, God was speaking to me about headphone and the Holy Spirit.

I think that God thinks, living in direct and constant communication with the Holy Spirit is like listening to music with one headphone in. Sometimes it’s very necessary to have both ears in and to really blast that music (HS time) really loud and all intense. But most of the time, life is one ear in and one ear out. You need to have one ear open, ready to hear what the world is saying and what the world needs. You need to be aware of what people are saying around you. Keep your feet on the ground. But the other ear, should have a constant flow of the Holy Spirit. He’s always speaking, and we should always be listening. If you aren’t listening at all – how can you know what to say and how to act.

God never meant us to be crazy woo hoo’s who can only every sprout scripture and thus sayeth’s to everyone we meet – but he definitely never meant for us to fully engage with the world to such an extent that when God speaks (which he ALWAYS does) we can’t even hear what he’s saying.

Try wearing one ear in and one ear out. In real life. I think it will fully sink in for you when you actually try it. Learn how to listen to what’s being playing in your ear (scripture, worship, teaching, prayer) while still engaging with the noise of the world around you (people, needs, hurts, LIFE!).

Ah.. been holding those thoughts in for months waiting for the right chance to share – feels good to get them out.

Status

Last night and also this morning I was feeling a very great  many things that I could and wanted to use as a facebook or twitter update. So here they are in list form.

  • I just spent $100 at the grocery store. I am one person – how do I cost this much?
  • I just spent $100 filling up my car with petrol. Actually I didn’t even fill it all up – I stopped at $100. Should have bought a small car.
  • Thanks to the trolley guy who saw my confused look and my obviously intential pout as I was looking for where to leave my trolley. He came and collected it from me personally.
  • Farmer Wants a Wife is a very weird show. I still don’t really understand what’s going on and it frustrates me quite a bit.
  • When you have to look left, then right, then left again to cross your own street – it’s time to move back to the sticks.
  • It’s very possible I’m the worst uni student ever. Week three and I’m yet to start anything.
  • If you go to put your bodywash in your hair and put your underwear on back to front – then it’s probably time to start getting some more sleep.
  • Why is it you always notice the ladders in your stockings after you’ve left for work.
  • Playing words with friends with friends is good, but playing words with friends with your Dad is the best. I miss him.
  • “Cos I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it”. I see what you’re doing here Rhianna. Very .. clever? Songs that like that should be banned from the radio. Or from ears.
  • Today I wanted to wear a scarf, beanie and gloves. Our office is so cold cos my boss likes the air conditioning down. His solution to complaints – bring a jacket. I’ll show him.

Connecting

I found this great post on Stuff Christians Like that is just SO.. great! We’re doing connect groups at church for the month of March for a series we’re working through and this post is very timely.

#969. Saying you’re having a hard time “connecting” at church. March 3, 2011

This church isn’t very friendly. Have you noticed that? We might need to change to a new church, because we’re having a really hard time connecting at this one. We’ve been coming here for six months, sitting in service, not talking to anyone, then immediately sprinting out of the building and going home. And no one has connected with us. Rude!

We haven’t met anyone in small group either. We didn’t sign up for one, but still, it would be nice if a small group kind of magically happened in our living room, on a night that was convenient for us and someone brought banana pudding. Not box banana pudding, but like the kind your grandmother used to make. Is that so much to ask for?

Probably, considering that this church doesn’t really seem to reach out to people who have spent six months attending Sunday morning service and not participating in any other activities.

No one even called us and asked why we weren’t at the fall festival. Sure, we’ve never given them our number, but google it. And then help us connect.

I thought this church was going to be different. I thought it wouldn’t be like the last three churches we attended. Remember those three? Always saying, “Please stay for lunch and learn about the church. Please let us know if you have any questions. Please come to our first time visitor’s luncheon.” So annoying.

What’s that you say? Where are we serving at the church? Serving is a great way to get connected and plug into a place that is ultimately a two way street of people loving and giving and growing together? Even something as simple as handing out bulletins can jump start new relationships with new people? Ugh, that sounds like a lot of work. Quit judging us.

And start connecting us.

We’re having a hard time connecting at this church.

Gorgeous

I’m surrounded by very gorgeous things in life. Here are only a few of them.

Books! I find them so unbelievably lovely. I love to read, to get lost in a story. And film does that as well. And I never want to underestimate how beautiful television can be. But books! Books let you create a world. I love to imagine things. I love how words on an otherwise blank page – let you dive into something completely different!

Friendship. I think friendship is truly gorgeous. True friendship means accepting a person exactly as they are. It doesn’t mean they don’t mess up, that you don’t mess up.. or that there isn’t a certain amount of hurt. But it means you get all of what the other person has to give. Good and Bad. It’s actually unbeatable.

Shoes. Actually no surprises here considering my ongoing relationship with shoes. Specifically high heels. Lately I’ve realised that I don’t actually wear high heels that often. Not like I used to. Perhaps I just got lazy, and then I got into a habit of wearing flats, so heels seemed really difficult. I’m making a committment to wearing heels. I’m actually short, heels are drool worthy and I love them – so it will be worth it!

OH sweetness. His word is actually SO good. One that I’m loving at the moment..

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Cor 14:33

This resonates with me so much because I love the thought of viewing God like an author. His peace is beyond compare.

Fashion. It’s actually really gorgeous. So much is unwearable. But I love to look at it all the same. I definitely see it like art. How someone makes something like that out of mere fabric.. well my experience with a sewing machine is very limited. So it impresses me greatly.

Ah.. Nature. Love it. If only you weren’t so hot and I could get out and enjoy you more. I need to go and spend some time on a rug on a pretty hill and just be.

Gorgeous might seem like an odd word choice, especially to describe something like God’.. but really I think it’s perfect.

gor·geous

–adjective

1. splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent: a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.

2. Informal . extremely good, enjoyable, or pleasant: I had a gorgeous time.