Paul Coles, Youthworkerish type guy. Present location: Targu Mures, Romania. Married to an amazing girl named Fiona. I'm on a JOURNEY and have no idea where I'll end up other than in the hands of God.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Dirty laundry

"America's attitude to the environment is best demonstrated by how it does it's laundry. Years ago, passing through an Amish town, I was puzzelled to find a postcards showing washing pegged on a line. It took me some time to figure out why this was considered so quaint and folksy as to be worth a picture. Because even in California cloths are rarely hung in the sun to dry; it's quicker to put them in an industrial sized drier, which not only gulps down electricity but wears out the fabric so that very soon you need to buy more clothes. Keep that economy rolling whatever the price - a policy that stinks worse than the dirtiest laundry."

Janice Turner, The Times

Sunday, May 29, 2005

the Pslams

I have been reading the psalms lately and really enjoying them. So many thoughts, perspectives and emotions come through in them about life and about our God.

I have been reading through the collection from back to front, mainly becasue I love the last few and they are what really inspired me.

Other highlights... 73 is fantastic and a perspective I have nver really heard before. Maybe I have but it really spoke to me when I read it a week or so ago.

Also 51 is always a favourite for me. It always makes me feel whole again being reminded of where David was at when he wrote and how he trusted in Gods amazing mercy and love in his life. love that one.

To tell you the truth i think I like a lot of the later ones better than many of David's. David seem a bit of a schizophrenic to me. He is all over the place. But I guess that encourages me as well becasue if he was a man after God's heart that that door is open to anybody.

Take a read for yourself. It can be a new experience time and time agian.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Sunshine in the land of puddles and raindrops

I realize however that as i am writing this entry it is pouring outside my door. Oh well we had a great week of sunshine and relatively warm climes.

Weekend at Castlewellen

Fiona and I were down at the BBC church weekend in Castlewellen this weekend and it was a great time. The wether was great and so was the craic. Most of us even got a bit of a tan. The speaker for the weekend was Andy Hickford and he was spot on. many great things to think about. I will have a few thought from it rolling around my brain for the next few weeks. Hopefully some of it will never leave me.

Also had a good time on the bikes with Niall on Saturday afternoon. we got throughly lost a few time but no worries, we managed to find our way back to the camp. We rode up to the top of the hill behind the castle. There are some beautiful views from up there. I didn't have my camera with me so I took many mental pictures. I store them in the old scrap album I call a brain.

Fiona and I froze our wee butts of in our tent the first tent. I woke up the first night at about 4am with a cold body and an ice box head. On top of that I was on the ground because, as usual, my air mattress had a hole. Fiona always seems to pick the good one and when we wake up she is about a foot above me lying comfortably. Oh well. I guess these are the sacrifices you have to make as a dedicated husband.