Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that 2014 brings you peace and prosperity! I truly appreciate all of my readers and the time you take to post comments and share your thoughts! 

I have been working on my resolutions for a little while and finally have them categorised and in some sort of order. 2014 feels like a new start but really every day is a new start and a chance to try again and to try harder! I thought I would share my aims for the coming year as there aren't that many of them and hopefully making them public will make me check my progress and report back! 


Time with God - I really need to get back into a regular routine of waking up and spending time in God's Word. I always feel so much better when I do! It really has a positive influence on my attitude during the day. I really need to work harder at keeping my focus on God and not letting life and stresses distract me. I need to trust more in God's plan for me and really need to work on being more content and comparing myself less to other people. 

Influences - I will be cutting out any books, magazines, television shows, and films, that are not either encouraging, educating, or wholesome entertainment. I am cutting out the grey areas! Those things that I sort of justify to myself while knowing deep down that they are not a positive influence on me. A lot more discretion is needed in this area! I have magazines such as Keepers At Home, the King's Blooming Rose, and Shining Stars Magazine as well as a lot of books both fiction and non-fiction plus DVDs such as Homemaking 101 and the Homestead Blessings DVDs so I am not lacking in this area. I just need to resist the temptation of those forms of entertainment that glamorise rebelliousness and a lack of faith. 

Character - This will include not battling against what God designed me to be. Rather I will be embracing my feminine side and my feminine role. I have been doing this previously but not with any conscious effort as I have just done what has come naturally to me. I will be working on qualities including patience, charity, kindness, modesty, submission, and humility. I fully expect to fail .... a lot .... but I will keep working! 


Health - I want to focus more on my health this year. My issue is that, when things get busy or stressful, my health drops to the bottom of the priority list. That is crazy! I finally figured out that if I take care of myself then I will be more able to take care of others. With my caring role at home this is essential! 

Organisation - I am going to be more mindful of what I spend my time on this year. We don't have an infinite amount after all! Many days I seem to be running about from the moment I get up until the moment I go to bed and yet there is so much that doesn't get done. I have a new diary on the way so I can keep track of all my commitments and also record any deadlines I set myself. 

Budget - I wasn't sure whether to put this under Life or Domestic! This year I have a proper budget that I am going to stick to. I have a little notepad and am going to record every penny I spend. I am not terrible with money, I have no debt, and carefully consider before buying anything "big" but I do tend to fritter money away a bit too easily. This is a weakness that I want to get under control. 


Cooking - I can follow a recipe but am not really confident at cooking. I have a new book to help me called Mary Berry's Cookery Course. Oh it looks amazing and Mary Berry is just wonderful! I have already picked out a couple of recipes to try including classic beef casserole, chicken and mushroom pie, and lemon drizzle tray bake. I really like that this book is proper home cooking and not fancy food! 

Sewing - I will learn to machine sew properly! The sewing machine makes me a little nervous but I will conquer it this year! I also intend to continue hand sewing and embroidery as I enjoy those but I am so slow! How lovely it would be to sew an apron and then embroider it! Maybe I will start with embroidering handkerchiefs! 

Letter Writing - Now that I am writing to quite a few people I am setting up a proper schedule. It didn't matter if the letters piled up for a little while before I replied before but now that I have my pen pals and sponsor children I end up with quite a pile to write to all at once! The plan is to reply within a week of receiving a letter. 

So these are my aims for the year! A lot of them seem to interlink and a big theme is not wasting. Not wasting my health or my time. I will probably post updates on here throughout the year to keep track and to keep myself motivated. 

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? 



A Sweet Letter From Jeni.

When I first started sponsoring Jeni with Compassion I sent two small financial gift to her. On as a gift for her and one as a family gift. I was so excited to get a letter from her and even more excited to read what they had spent the money on!

She wrote

"Hello, I'm so grateful to the Lord because I can write this letter for my beloved sponsor, Miss Jenny. Me and my family want to say thank you so much to you, who cares about me, even you sent me the gift, for me and my family. I bought school equipment such as school uniform, bag, books, shoes. The rest of the money is needed for helping my family build our house to live in. Right now the house is in the stage of preparing the brick.

This is all because of your support. Please pray for the house so the build will be continued until it becomes a strong house for us. And I pray especially for Miss Jenny and family to be always blessed in health, jobs, and dreams, so our relationship will continue, and will be full of love and affection every time."

I can't believe how much she managed to get for the money and it is just the sweetest and most touching letter! 



Friday, 27 December 2013

Flowers from my Brother.

I LOVE flowers! Every now and then my brother will buy me some pretty flowers - almost always pink ones. He doesn't just give them to me though ... oh no ..... far more fun to have them delivered to where I work! He always asks if I cried when I saw them. Invariably .... yes!