12 ‘Gratefuls’ of Christmas

It’s 6:30am on the 22nd of December and I’ve woken up after about 4 hours sleep, completely wide awake. So here’s a list of things that happened in 2015 that I’m grateful about!

  1. Getting 2 nanny jobs.
  2. Earning enough money from those jobs to pay off my rent and bills from dropping out.
  3. Dropping out early enough in order to reapply and get a place at the uni I really wanted to be at.
  4. A welcoming CU and church community at uni.
  5. Friends who are proud of your achievements.
  6. Getting to interview Lucy Rose.
  7. Being brave enough to read out my own poetry for the first time.
  8. People who want to spend time with you.
  9. Late nights and lie-ins with the love of my life.
  10. Long drives listening to Don Broco.
  11. Old friends who you can always rely on.
  12. Christmas traditions that never change no matter how old you get.
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Christmas Spurut

HELLO.

I was going to write a long winded post about what’s been happening in my life for the last few days but it’ll be so mind-numbingly boring that I thought I’d do something else instead. This year, while I’ve been at uni, my mum made an advent calendar for me to open – each day has some sweets, a funny photo, a Bible passage, and a little white stone with a Bible verse written on it. It’s such a lovely thing to open every day and I thought I would share some of my favourite verses that I’ve been reading so far.

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

– Psalm 25:4-5

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

– Psalm 32:8

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

– Psalm 18:2

Christmas is coming and I always find that this time of year can be a tricky one for my faith. There’s the constant reminder that Christmas is a commercial ordeal, that ‘Christmas isn’t really Jesus’ birth it’s a Pagam holiday’ and all that. Christians can really come under fire at Christmas because they’re trying to keep their beliefs alive and society is adamant that they should become irrelevant. However, the message of Jesus’ birth is so alive in the music we listen to, in the spirit of the season and in the love we show for people around us at Christmas time.

I thought I’d list a few of my favourite Christmas songs of the moment! yayyyy

Joy to the World – Francesca Batistelli

Jesus is the Reason – Kirk Franklin

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix

Something Bigger

“He also made the stars.” Genesis 1:16

This is only going to be a short one – but something I’ve been needing to tell myself for a while.

This week, I got my results back from one of the first essays I’ve submitted this year, and it’s safe to say I was not happy with my mark. For various reasons, I’d missed the point on several occasions and despite working pretty hard on it, hadn’t managed to achieve the grade I hoped for. And I got very upset about it. Like, tears and shit. Ask me then, I could have given you a thousand reasons why I was so upset – but ask me now, and I’m over it. The reason being there are SO many more things going on in the world that matter INFINITELY more than my university grades.

My boyfriend and I went to see Bridge of Spies, the new Tom Hanks film – and it was a real eye opener, to say the least. Tom Hanks plays an insurance lawyer in the Cold War, who is given the task of defending an alleged Soviet spy. He has to negotiate a deal with the Soviets, in order to return the spy to his home country in exchange for two American hostages. Now THAT is something to worry about. Not only was he responsible for keeping some element of peace between the two nations, but he had to put his career, his family and his reputation on the line. It’s that selfless nature that drew me to his story, the fact that he would put it all aside in order to take on this task, and remains calm throughout, knowing that there are bigger things than this, trusting in his own skill and capability and not using violence to achieve what he wants.

We came out of the cinema with endless praise for the film, truly one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time. Go see it.

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