Happy New Year!

I’d like to begin 2015 with several ‘best of’s from 2014.

Best blog post of 2014: The Visit

This post has stayed with me ever since I read it nearly a year ago. Every time I think of it I smile and think of the joy of Jesus. It’s from the blog A Pastor’s Thoughts (which I highly recommend).

Best blog of 2014: Contemplative in the Mud

This blog is written by a devout Roman Catholic. We may have different opinions on many things doctrinal, but the core things, the things that matter, we share – and we share a common deep, deep desire to love God, to serve God, to live out God’s love in our broken world, set apart and yet always taking active part, more a part of the world than ever. Do take a look – there’s always something thought-provoking on Contemplative in the Mud.

Best album of 2014: Film of Life by Tony Allen

Wow. Just wow. I love this music! Original, clever and utterly captivating. Wonderful fusion of timeless African rhythms with a contemporary setting.

Best audiobook of 2014: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I know there is a film version but I haven’t seen it. I bought this after reading the advert and I was so glad I did! It tackles difficult concepts, but it does so honestly, earnestly and with hope.

Runner up best audiobook of 2014: The Siege by Helen Dunmore

This book made me feel like I was experiencing the Siege of Leningrad through winter 1941 myself, it was that good.

Best film that I watched in 2014: I am David

Best family book and DVD of 2014: The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones & the animated Jesus Storybook Bible narrated by David Suchet

Simple. Beautiful ❤

Personal Bests of 2014:

I completed my third Open University course and began my fourth in October, for which my first assignment scored a totally unexpected 93%! Thank you, Open University. You make me feel like I’ve achieved something for the first time in my adult life. My husband got promoted and we moved into a lovely, God-given house and have already, in the few months that we have lived in it, been able to share it. We have friends arriving for dinner in an hour. May it all be for God’s glory.

Most proud of in 2014: 

My daughter, Fluff, who has made the transition to secondary school look easy. I am so proud of her.

My son, Prince, who has been learning about how other people feel. This is no small thing for a teenage boy with special needs.

My daughter, Chip, who amazed everyone with her sudden-onset talent for swimming!

Best husband of 2014:

Frank! But I may be biased…


Most of all in 2014 I have been learning, day by day, how to know more of God and how to lean on Him. I pray that throughout 2015 you and I will lean on Him, rest in Him, abide in Him. Run into His arms as if you have been apart for years, just like the clip below. I dare you. He’s waiting. Be blessed in 2015, dear readers 🙂