Skip to main content

Fifty

50 FIFTY 50 FIFTY 50 FIFTY 50 FIFTY 50 FIFTY 50 FIFTY 50

So yesterday I wrote my 50th blog entry - hoorah!
I believe that any sort of work or accomplishment needs to be rewarded, don't you?
In light of that philosophy, today's the day I'm going to redeem my "free coffee" voucher.

I like coincidences (often God-incidences) and coincidentally 50 is the number of lengths that I swim early each Wednesday morning. At the sports centre - every Wednesday I can - always 50. And yes, I count - I count RELIGIOUSLY.

And this is how it goes:
1-10 - " Oh my goodness it's cold. My goggles are leaking. I think I recognise that lifeguard does my bum look big in this?. I'm never going to manage 50 today, in fact no-one will know or care if I do less. Yes, less will be fine and then I'll head to Starbucks for a grande skinny latte and fruit bread yum!"

10 - "Ok, we're getting somewhere now, a fifth of the way done already."

13 - "That's more done - let's work out the maths, a quarter of the way done now"

20 - " Two fifths done, but I'll be happier when I get to 25"

25 - "Hoorah, half way! I've got less to swim now than I've already swum"

25-40 - "This is great. Should my legs kick out more? What happens if I push harder with my arms? Could I attempt front crawl? Why is that man splashing so much? Why do men wear speedos? Oh dear I need to overtake that swimmer - they'll probably think I'm racing them. I like swimming. I should swim more, I should work out. This feels good."

40-50 - "The home straight - counting down now! Thank you God for a body that moves. For water. For a husband who is at this precise moment in the final throes of getting the children off to school - perhaps I'll stay in a bit longer?!"

Comments

Dany Smith said…
Right that's it! I'm getting off my fat bum and starting swimming again - you have inspired me! Thanks Catrina, love Dany x
Sarah said…
Inspired? Yes! Am I going swimming? No! But I'm inspired to believe we all deserve a coffee break now and again.....Thanks! Sarah xx
irene m said…
When I saw the title..I thought you meant you had had a 50th birthday.!!!!...had me worried there as you dont look a day over 30..!!!!

good for you with the swimming...

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Blog: Esther in Indonesia

I'm delighted to welcome Esther Ross-Watson to my Blog today! She is a dearly loved member of our Kerith family. She and her late husband Michael served as missionaries for many years. Esther bravely made the decision to travel again, and she has recently returned from Indonesia. Here's her story: 

Whilst Michael was on his last days on earth in August 2017 he received a request from the Island of Madura, Indonesia asking us to return to the town of Pamekasen, Madura, Indonesia where we had begun our Missions work in July 1973 exactly one year after we were married. They were keen to have us see what God had been doing in the years since we’d moved on and we excitedly said ‘Yes’ we will come!Obviously that had to go on hold for a while because I didn’t feel I could, or even wanted to go alone!
Anyway around March/April time 2018, I begun to feel a gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit urging me to think some more about it! It was like a feeling of wanting to know for myself what had …

3 Little Bottles

Thought I'd mix it up today and do something lighthearted here.

I popped into town this morning (as an aside, anyone else still incredulous that "new Bracknell / The Lexicon is so great and that it's really here to stay?!) 
Anyhow, I popped into town for a quick wander and bought 3 "essentials" I'd run out of, so I thought I'd share them with you - and of course I'd love to hear about your 3 recent essential purchases.



1 Contact lense solution
I've worn glasses since Secondary school, and contact lenses since I left Uni. Gas permeables - great for me - slightly perilous in swimming pools / the sea / other people's sinks (£80 to replace). They work for me - and so a couple of bottles of solution each month keep me going.I ran out a couple of days ago, so it was £4.70 well spent for clean lenses and clear eyesight.

2. "Buffet" by The Ordinary
This was a new one for me, a present I received last Christmas. I LOVE it and can't recommend i…

Paula's Encouragement

I love a podcast!
Podcasts get me through situations where time might drag, or perhaps I've got some time to myself - I'm think a bike work-out at the Gym; a long car journey; or food for my mind and soul whilst I'm cooking.

I've just got back from holiday, and having missed a couple of Sundays, I have caught up with Kerith podcasts, listening to three outstanding preaches from Ben Pocock and Ben Oliver in Bracknell; and Heather Pocock in Sandhurst - I found myself wanting to join in with a few loud "amens" this morning at the gym!

What about you? Let me know when and where do you listen to podcasts?

Our guest contributor today is the wonderful Paula Ridgway - with her large heart , great enthusiasm and infectious faith, she is such a huge blessing to many at Kerith. 
Over to Paula for her encouragement to simply gather a few friends, to listen to a podcast together and then talk about it and see what God is saying. 

"Podcasts are great if one misses out on a …