Fashion. I get it and I don’t. Yes, it’s great to wear something new. I always feel a little different when I’m wearing a new outfit, it makes me feel good about myself. But the thing about key buys for right now and fashion as an industry is that people seem to end up wearing the same clothes – the same dress from the same shop, wearing it for a couple of months and then letting it gather dust in the back of the wardrobe when it’s become out of date. Don’t get me started on out of date. That’s a whole another layer of stress trying to stay current!
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
There was a time when I obsessed over what I wore. I wanted to be someone and one of the ways I tried to achieve that was through the clothes I wore. That someone isn’t who I am now or indeed who I really was then. I wanted to be noticed and known as being a type of person. I was conscious about where I shopped, too conscious and not for the right reasons. Thankfully I began to see that I am not that person. I am me. Unique, definitely. Different, certainly. I am unlike anyone else. That my goal in life is to be me. To be wholly me. “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-34
I love the Bella Freud “1970” jumper but I certainly don’t need it. When I really think about it there is very little that I really need, but when that email pings in my inbox with 50% off everything, I rarely fail to click on the link to the sale page. Items sit in my basket for a day or two and then I completely forget that I need them.
“It is for freedom Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
A book has been written about this. This troubles me. Is life a bucket list of experiences that you tick off once completed? Do you try and cram them all in? What if you don’t manage to get through the whole list, does it make a life less worth living? “I have come that you might have life to the full.” John 10:10
The thought of a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip makes me feel sad. Who has the power to determine that something is ‘once in a lifetime’? What if you are never in a position to afford it, or your circumstances prevent such a thing? Does it mean that a lifetime’s wish is not fulfilled? An empty promise, a broken dream, an unhappy life? How depressing. I like to believe that there is much more to what we have here on earth than ‘once in a lifetime’. That real happiness doesn’t depend on trips to far flung places. That life can be much richer and deeper than that. .
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.” Psalm 103:11
I’ve only done a detox a couple of times but what I found was how quickly I got into it. Probably because I knew the detox was only for a finite period. That at the end of the 21 days I could go back to my old ways. But what if I could keep that going for good? Why does a lifetime seem so long, so unsustainable?
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
I’ve been sitting in Waterstones on a Monday afternoon and writing a little. Snapshot is a daily thought or reflection. A time to stop and think. It’s my first attempt, but hopefully it makes sense! Today’s is “and what about you”. Yesterday I talked about the power of friendship. If we feel we don’t have someone in our lives who we can be real with, why is that? The new year is a good time for reflection. Let’s put ourselves under the microscope and examine how we are with our friends. They say to treat others as you would like to be treated. Recently I was thinking about my 25th Wedding Anniversary and why we received only a few cards. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t upset. But it did make me think that at a significant milestone in my life it was just that, my milestone. This year I want to celebrate more. To have people round my kitchen table and to share in the milestones of life.
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:17-18
What is the secret to a happy New Year? Is there a secret? Friendship. Having a good friend you can be real with, be honest with and share your hopes and dreams with?
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a Sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.” Isaiah 58:11
Isn’t that a bit like New Year can feel like? Much expectation and elation. The promise of a new year. Plans are made, resolutions thought of and then; just the very next day you feel a little flat.
“The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:13
I’ve been scribbling away in a local cafe with a coffee and a glass of water for the last few Monday afternoons. This is snapshot. A close up photo of a pattern I like with a little bit of writing to go with it. Let me know what you think! “And then you turnover that first page. There is no cushion of pages to lean on, just the card cover. Your pen doesn’t write so well as the pages aren’t so soft. Disappointment that the book is no longer neat and crisp. That it’s not as you hoped it would be.” He will not allow your foot to slip – he who watches over you will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:34 #snapshot