Skip to main content

Feelings V Facts

"You shouldn't believe everything you tell yourself. Feelings aren't facts."

I have this Rick Warren quote saved on my phone, and you might be surprised by how often I need to look at it, remind myself that it's TRUE and it's completely true for my feeling right now ( as opposed to someone else's feeling about some other situation at some other time)

This morning I woke up in the middle of the dark cold night at my back-to-school regular time and oh I didn't feel like doing anything, not waking our daughter, or even putting the kettle on or feeding the dogs, let alone reading my Bible, praying and perhaps even doing a few stretching exercises for my stiff back....but then I remembered "feelings aren't facts" ugh! So, I got on and did those things even though I didn't feel like it...and I'm glad that I did.

I'm sure it helped me face the day in a much better way.

I then went on to tackle last night's red wine stain on my (one decent) carpet - don't ask, it was all my fault, and it's still not really shifting:(

I also sorted the coat and shoe cupboard - turns out my 9 scarves and 6 bags may well have been contributing to the congestion I was blaming everyone else for?!

I'm writing this blog (hoorah!) and then I've got some planning to do for February's Word and Worship brunch (details soon!)

Rachel Hickson preached at Kerith yesterday, and she was brilliant (check out the podcast if you didn't get to hear her - a fantastic start to this new year)

She is also really lovely and kind, interested in our church community, in us and our family, and it was a huge privilege to have her and Gordon back to our house for the rest of the day. It helps that they love Labradors too!

One of the key things from her preach that spoke to me was "Set your minds on things above" (Col3:2)...which I guess is what I did first thing this morning...God is good, and He comes to our rescue - His Word is our sword.

Here's some more encouragement from Twitter - have a great day! X


Gareth Dickinson (@revgareth)
06/01/2014 09:52

‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.‘ Romans 12:2


Stuart Bell (@stuartoflincoln)
Don't focus on the hardness of the situation but on the goodness of God. God is good and his love endures for ever.

Renee Swope (@ReneeSwope)
"Not a single thing in your life will be wasted. God will use your past & present to prepare you for your future."


Suzanne Whitton said…
Thanks for this reminder. I regularly feel this way but setting our mind on 'higher things' is definitely the way forward. I hope the red wine stain wasn't Rachel's fault! Happy Monday x
Catrina Benham said…
Thanks for your comment Suzanne - the red wine was the fault of a tired and clumsy me, after a fairly intense motorway drive in the rain to and from Zak's UniAm tempted to put the coffee table over it, it makes me sad looking at the purple splodge :(

Popular posts from this blog

African sky

I'm writing this in the eerie light of Monday afternoon - anyone else noticed the yellow-tinged sky? I'm reliably informed (thanks Jake!) that the high winds are picking up dust particles from Liberia and North Africa, turning our sky a yellowish colour and definitely giving off an unusual atmosphere! Kind of intriguing too, as we are about to leave for a 10 day trip to Zambia this evening! We're flying overnight, and when we get there temperatures are high 90s - I have no idea how I'm going to cope with that at I'm not even thinking about it right now! 
We'll stay a few days in Lusaka, visiting Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam and their girls;  and Tehila, the charity they run, Then it's a 5 hour journey North to reconnect with the pastors and families in Serenje, and visit the Dormitory to meet the girls. 
Please do pray for us - safety and good health, pray for our families, pray that everywhere we go we take people up in their lift! (If like me you…

Not the Summer I'd Planned

"Life's detours means  God wants you to run right into His arms  so He can reconstruct your heart"  Ann Voskamp
Well, let's just say that it's not been the summer I thought I was going to have!!! 
I'm so grateful we had our relaxing holiday in the sunshine
I'm so grateful it's summer time, and therefore not so many work commitments
I'm so grateful for my family being around
I'm so grateful for a wonderful and kind church family

If I was going to have an accident slip over on the back door my wedges...feeding the dogs.. and dislocate and fracture my ankle...then I'm so glad I was at home with family around and with access to swift expert medical help.

The accident was so sudden and it was immediately obvious that I couldn't sort it on my own! I'm pretty squeamish so I'll save you the details, but the angle of my foot prompted me to say out loud "I've just done something really bad".

Funny isn't it, when yo…

It's been a while

So, I've been gone a while....and  I've been wondering about launching a new blog - perhaps a new look,a new blog, a totally new start? In the wondering I've done nothing, so instead, I'm just going to pick it up again, and start writing.... 
So this week I had the privilege of spending time with some Prayer warriors in the Kerith Prayer room. We gathered to pray for the upcoming Mission Trips to Albania and Macedonia.  - They did me such good, as they shared what God had been saying to them in their own prayer times - words of encouragement that He will bring restoration of relationships; He will bring healing ; there will be lots of new people who haven't been to UNIKE before; there'll be a fresh move of the Holy Spirit; somethingnewandmoreis going to happen this year; He is going to take things to another level. You can imagine how excited I was to hear these whispers from God - join me in a moment's prayer right now, that we'll see Him work?
It's …