Lake District

 Thou oh Lord, art high, above all the earth

  

  

  

  

 

Photos taken at Lake District, Cumbria, UK

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Seek First

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Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Picture taken in Durham

Quiet Waters

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Photo taken at Keswick, Lake District

1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

3he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,a

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

Best Week Ever!

Sorry for not posting lately. Been really busy helping out as an International Freshers’ Rep and basically showing them around and chilling with them.

I met so many new people, bonded with people I already knew, and am in love with Durham as I could ever be (:

It’s definitely been an amazing week. School starts soon! Eep! ><

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Credits to my friend Anum

Ireland

So exams ended about a week and a half ago, so I’m now in Ireland with my daddy on holiday.

In case you haven’t noticed already, my blog is a rather personal and more reflective blog; not one aimed at a larger crowd or written in a sermon-type structure. This blog was originally created so as to record my thoughts as I journey through the path that God has led me to, so that others and myself can guide my spiritual and emotional life through this divine appointment.

So I hope you will enjoy my blog posts, not just for the mainly Christian-centered reflections, but also to get to know me as a daughter of God, living amidst His wonderful creation 🙂

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Trinity College Dublin

 

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This was taken in Glendalough, Wicklow. This area was a monastery between the 1500’s and 1600’s, but was later abandoned just before the Renaissance during the religious war between the Catholics and the Protestants. What was amazing was to see eroded and unrecognisable tombstones that had been erected since the medieval ages.

Ireland is steeped in rich cultural and religious history, yet scarred by famines, floods and pagan worship. It’s really an amazing place to visit and to learn more about the crumbling castles and bleak stories that existed during the dark age. A time with fear, uncertainty, high infant mortality, darkness and diseases. Yet, it is interesting to see how Ireland, and in particular Dublin, has emerged out of this stronger and richer, full of beautiful ruins and folklore.

 

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This is the castle in Kilkenny. Kilkenny is a little town of 35,000 people living 2 hours out of Dublin. This castle is the biggest in Ireland, built by the rich. This is a very good example of a city that was erected by the Normans when they first invaded Ireland. Each town they built had a castle and a cathedral – the two main powers of control in the town. In the minds of the Normans, there was a power hierarchy. Power rested with God, with the church and the masters of the castle below that. Ordinary people were not part of that hierarchy, and were told that they were not awarded the stairway to heaven. I must say, the dark ages were very dark!

Apparently, according to the tour guide, this was the age where the lifespan of the common folk did not go beyond the age of 30-35 years. It didn’t help either that they were told they had no chance of salvation, neither did it help that they were illiterate and had no access to the bible. Apparently, it was during this time that the Roman Catholic Church introduced the concept of purgatory, where ordinary people could go to heaven, so long as they went through the trial of suffering and fire. I suppose this did give people some hope, but it was still a rather uncertain and hopeless one.

So it was in this town that I learned that the medieval ages was an era of fear. An era where an ordinary person was either incredibly rich, or extremely poor. It was a time where religion could not offer much, because their notion of God was not one of grace and mercy, but one of hierarchical power and rigid rules. Salvation was only for the richest and the most religious. It was a very sad time for God’s own creation, but I’m sure He had His way of saving them.

It was only when the bible became more accessible, and people began translating the bible that people realised the true message of the gospel. Kilkenny is no longer the name of a beer to me anymore!!!

 

 

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This was in my previous post, but again, this is the upper lake of Glendalough in Ireland, Wicklow.