Antics and Ramblings of Kat

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Snap Happy

Stephen and I met our wedding photographer last night. He's called Tom Millington, and you can see some of his work here. He's cool, and his pictures are fantastic... it's meetings like this that make you realise that the Big Day is getting closer and closer... how exciting!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Digging deeper

Being at home is always busy. This "holiday" is only from being in Reading... it's not resting or relaxing or a holiday in any other sense of the word! Between working, meeting up with friends, trying to organise my room and my life and preparing for youth group bible studies, I've barely had time for my feet to touch the ground!

But would I have it any other way? I don't think so!

On Sunday I was asked to lead a bible study for the youth group I help to lead when I'm in this neck of the woods... My bible study this time around was about studying the bible! In the most practical sense... I based it upon "Dig Deeper", with the intention of trying to make some small step towards equipping this bunch of teenagers to actually read and study their bibles. Believe me, in the age we live in these days, this is quite a challenge! Reading in our society in general is neglected, so for a start this skill is largely undeveloped. Our obsession with consumer culture and instant media means that these teens are used to being spoon-fed stuff without really having to think for themselves. Trying to foster these skills in them is something I'm passionate about!

Watching them come to grips with navigating their Bible was encouraging... and using the index was definitely necessary to find 'hidey books' such as Titus! But I really felt that God was working, and trying to fan into flame within these kids a passion for their bibles, so that they don't only look at them on a Sunday evening.

We're facing a similar challenge at the Venture I'm on team for in the summer... getting teenagers into their bibles and instilling within them a sense of the bible's significance for their lives!

It's a challenge that I definitely think needs tackling head on. How can we hear God speak if we don't take the time to read his word? And how can these young Christians grow if they're not doing this?

Friday, March 17, 2006

And BREATHE..........

It's the end of the term at last... and effectively the end of my second year, save for a few pesky exams mid-way through next term! Time is passing scarily quickly... or maybe I'm just getting old.

I've spent the last couple of days doing relatively little except relax, have fun and spend some quality time with good friends. It's times like this when you really feel that work really gets in the way of being at university!

I head back to MK tomorrow for five weeks (except for a week in the middle when I'm off to Skegness, via Reading for Word Alive with various members of RUCU -- which should be great fun!). I'll be back at Starbucks, which I'm looking forward to... as well as earning some money (which is always welcome) it'll be good to see my friends there... they're a good bunch really! Oh, and revising of course...!

If you're in the vicinity of MK, pop in and say hello... I'm looking forward to catching up with my friends. And guys in Reading... I'm sure 5 weeks will pass quicker than we can possibly imagine!!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Interesting article from Bish on the role of women in church and CU over here... very thought-provoking.

Especially as I'm not entirely sure what I think on this matter! Hmm... definitely some food for thought here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

If you're happy and you know it...

Thank goodness, our bathroom is once again in one (slightly blue-tinged) piece. Trust me... you never realise quite important basic facilities are until you don't have the use of them!!

I'm also in a joyous position of having completed all my work and submitted it... meaning that my last few days of the term will be spent relatively relaxingly! I'm planning to treat myself to a milkshake tomorrow... any suggestions for interesting flavours to try are more than welcome!

I had my first meeting with my dissertation supervisor today, which was actually great - my supervisor loves my idea, and gave me some good suggestions of how to take things forward over the Easter vacation. It's going to be mostly based on textual analysis, so my dissertation will combine my love of English with my degree... everyone's a winner! (I've always been more of an arty type than a formulae-equation-spade wielding person anyway... what a cruel twist that my degree will make me a BSc!!)

So good times all round... although I still don't have any accommodation for next September... but I remain optimistic and I'll keep you posted on any news!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Goodness gracious...

A scene of devastation greeted me when I got home from campus this afternoon.

Our toilet has been playing up all weekend. But at least it was functioning. When I got home this afternoon, I was informed that it had stopped working altogether and that a guy from our property lettings place had come to fix it. Hurrah, we thought.

Whilst we were watching Neighbours, much banging and crashing could be heard. We were a little worried... but assumed that aforementioned guy from property lettings place was on the case. And reasonably competent in the sphere of plumbing.

A short while ago, he informed us that he was going "out" and would be "back soon". So we took the opportunity to survey the scene.

And what a scene it is.

Our toilet in is our BATH. And it has a crack in it. Our bath is now splashed with blue stuff, and our carpet is drenched with water. And there is a pipe dripping.

On top of this, we have no functional toilet (or shower or bath, for that matter), a bathroom in one heck of a state... oh, and no running cold water.

Fabulous.

Oh, the joys of student housing!!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Keep looking up...

'I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I will build you up again...' Jeremiah 31:4-5

I may still not have anywhere to live.

I still don't know how this situation will be resolved.

But what I do know is that God never changes. He is faithful and unchanging. And although I might feel a bit bashed up by what life throws at me, I know I have an eternal hope of something more. Something better.

When I was at home at the weekend, I came across my old Youth Bible and read through some of the things people had written in the front of it. One of them said:
Keep looking up!

Such good advice from an old youth leader of mine, and definitely some advice that I'd do well to put into practice!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

What's going on??

I like to know what's going on. I have many friends that can tell you that I'm a pretty organised, together kind of a person. I may have difficulty making decisions sometimes, but overall, once I've made a decision I like to know exactly what's happening, when and why.

My problem is that I'm a bit of a control freak.

Which is what makes my situation right now so much more difficult to bear, and makes trusting in God to see me through and for me to trust in his plan for me that much harder.

Those who have a long memory might recall the housing traumas I had last year... with the result that I now live in a nice pink house with four other lovely girls. However, being as they're all a year above me, they're all graduating this year, making it necessary for me to find alternative lodgings for next year. So I applied for two university halls, pretty confident that I would get a place at one or the other. However, on Monday my world fell apart when I discovered that I didn't have a place anywhere... effectively making me homeless for the time being (and worse, feeling like I was reliving last year all over again - in short, I was not a happy bunny).

So, the upshot is I don't know where I'll be living next year. Clearly, God knows something I don't, and has ideas about where I should be living that are different from mine.

I've applied for Reading Student Village now, so we'll see what comes of that. Thoughts and prayers and encouraging comments would be much appreciated though!

It's tough for a control freak like me to really sit back and let God take control, even though I know it's for my benefit. He really blessed me with this house and these housemates last year... so I can take heart from that and know there's something equally good waiting for me around the corner. I just need to be patient... another tough lesson for me to learn!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Snow!!


Wow... snow is beautiful. I looked out of my window... and saw this winter wonderland before me! What makes it slightly bizarre is that this morning I walked to campus with glorious blue skies above me, and (when the wind abated!) the sun gently warming me.

How beautiful.

It's times that this that I marvel at the beauty of creation and in turn marvel at the imagination of the God who brought it into being. Things like this are what convinced me that God exists... how could something like this come into being just by coincidence of some particles banging together? That idea just doesn't add up to me...