Tuesday, 8 August 2017

My First Newday

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On Sunday I came home from spending a week camping in Norfolk with a great group of people and enjoying the presence of God.

Newday is basically this massive youth camp that is made up of different youth groups, which are mainly Newfrontiers churches. You can check out the website here.

These are the crazy people I spent the week with. They're a great bunch and we ended up being as close as family after many midnight chats, and even a spontaneous midnight communion! I miss them so much already.

We made a little grasshopper friend called Greg.

The evening meetings were all incredible and God was speaking through all of the men and women who came to speak. Fortunately for us, we can listen to them again and again on Newday's Soundcloud! Francis Chan was definitely a favourite because I was really looking forward to hearing him and he's so humble about all that he does. It really was an incredible night and I would recommend you listen to that on their Soundcloud, it may blow your mind!

Over all it was an incredible week and I'm currently in post-camp moping mode because I'm over tired and really don't want to be home! So much more happened than I can possibly say in this blog, especially as it all just seems like one day but I am so glad I went and cannot wait for next year!

July Update 2017

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Hey guys, sorry this is so late but the end of July was pretty busy for me so I didn't get to write this. Here it is now though, the rundown of my month.

The month pretty much started with a BBQ with the different churches around Liverpool, which was great fun. I only really got a picture of this cute caterpillar though.

I spent a couple of days pretty much just watercolouring, which I hadn't really done much of before, but I love it now.

With Summer brings facepaint! This was a thing in the park, but also at the end of the month I spent a couple of days doing facepainting on the street near our house as part of JesusLoves, which is a week of outreach to the areas in Liverpool (They may do it elsewhere in Britian, but I'm not sure). It was an incredible week and DD even got baptised!!

We took a trip to Everton for a bit of a walk and to look out over the city. It was a great view.

Another one of my favourite views is from the roof of Central Library, which is one of my favourite places in Liverpool.

We had the great opportunity to go to a weekend conference run by CMJ (Christian Mission to the Jews) It was a great weekend and we made some new friends which is always awesome!!  

Then, I spent the last couple of days of July getting ready for Newday, which I will write all about in a post very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
I hope you enjoyed your month as much as I did, and have a great August!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Book Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes

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Plot: Physics nerd Aysel and popular, handsome Roman are practically strangers, but they've been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In one months time, they plan to commit suicide - together.
With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between them - a feeling Aysel never thought she would experience. It seems there might be something to live for after all - but is Aysel in so deep she can't turn back?

Quote: "Sometimes I wonder if my heart is like a black hole - it's so dense that there's no room for light, but that doesn't mean it can't still suck me in."

My thoughts: When I first picked this up off the library shelf I laughed at myself because I always pick up really depressing books and I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. Boy was I wrong! The characters and descriptions in this book are so intriguing and they made me want to go to Kentucky and fix everything for them. I didn't want to put it down.

Should you read it? Yes, you should, it's an incredible book and raises awareness to these problems that need to be noticed. 

Thank you for reading, and I hope that if you decide to read this that you'll enjoy it as much as I did. 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

What my last year in Nantwich meant for me.

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When I first started college in Nantwich I wondered whether it would be worth all the endless train journeys and travelling seeing as I wasn't even going to be getting any qualifications out of it but I'm so glad I stuck through it as I learnt from it.

  • I became a lot more confident. Before starting college I kind of just had friends. That probably doesn't make sense, but most of my friends were Christians and we just kind of became friends automatically. Throughout this year though I have met all sorts of people that I'd never really encountered before and I've been able to push myself to make friends. I think if I'd just started college in Liverpool I would've found it a lot harder because it's a completely different environment.
  • I came to see why it was good for us to leave. When it was first announced we were leaving, I didn't get it. I understood it for my family but not for me, but I've come to see that there were things in Nantwich that I needed to step away from and things that I needed to see in Liverpool.
  • I've started to worry less. I used to worry about almost everything but this year has taught me to relax and take life as it comes as worrying can't change anything. I still have mini panics every now and again but it's not as much as I used to.
There are probably many more things that I haven't come to notice yet but it has been a good year. Hard at times, to see why it was worth it, but I see now that it was and I thank God for the opportunity I had. Now I'm looking forward to learning a lot more in Liverpool about me, about the world around me and about God and what his plan is for me. Thank you all for reading, I hope you've enjoyed journeying with me a little through this year although I haven't written loads. Here's to a great summer! 

June Update 2017

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With June brought exams, summer and last days. Here is a quick rundown of my month!

We've taken a few family days out this month and I'm really enjoying it. Joel is going to Yeovil in September for a year. He's got a worship internship at a church there so he's going to be really busy. This means he won't be with us for Christmas so I'm really enjoying these last few months we have with him before he leaves!

Exams finished! I actually only had 2 (I know, lucky me!) and I felt they went pretty well so this wasn't really relevant to me but I sent it to my friend who was doing her A-Levels. 

I met a cute birb.

Our kitchen floor got ripped out.

We spent a day on the beach in New Brighton with this really happy looking Capri-sun and we all got really sun burnt! It was loads of fun though.

I had my last day in Nantwich! It was a great day, two of my friends and I went round town, had lunch in a place that brought back so many childhood memories and took many photos!

It was a great day and I'm really gonna miss these guys!

I'm going to write another blog post about my year in Nantwich so stay tuned for that.
I've had a great month and I'm excited for the months of Summer I have now! I'm going to spend it writing and relaxing, how are you spending your summer?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

May 2017 Update

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May started off with Jake' 20th birthday, so we went crazy golfing which was great fun with many banters.

That Sunday we also went for a walk in the glorious sunshine to see Dream, a sculpture in St Helens which looks really stretched but is very cool.

There were these random bits of poetry around the paths too.

I made a carrot cake from CupcakeJemma on Youtube. It was honestly so delicious and I would recommend trying her recipe. 

Our old pastor in Nantwich and her husband had a wedding anniversary party so we all took a trip back down to Nantwich for the weekend. It was a lovely time to catch up with people and see where the church is now.

Summer is here and nature is showing us her beautiful sunny side.

This past weekend we went down to Huddersfield for the annual home-ed summer party that our friends hold. It was quite quiet this year but great fun anyway. We spent our time baking, face painting, crafting and spending time on their farm.

I've had a great May and I hope you can say the same. Our country has gone into panic mode after recent events but I am confident in knowing that my God holds control of the world and he will never give us anything that we cannot bear. 
I hope you all have a lovely June and I shall write soon.

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