December 2009

Ask Alison December 2009

Christmas can be the best of times and the worst of times as Charles Dickens might say. For many the stresses, both emotional and financial put an unbearable strain on relationships. So with this in mind what can you do to ensure your relationship flourishes rather than flounders during the festive season?

Here are my top 5 tips:

1.Keep talking-even though time is short, keep those communication lines open!

2.Don’t feel under pressure to buy your spouses’ affection- show them by your words and deeds as well as with a thoughtful gift.

3.Remember to keep you relationship special. You and your marriage are just as important as your family, especially at Christmas. Your children will be thrilled to see Mum and Dad kissing under the mistletoe, although you might be told to go find a room!

4.Celebrate your love for each other with a night out, or in- whatever takes your fancy

5. Most of all make some time to simply hang out together, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. You might even fall in love all over again!

My very best wishes for a truly magical Christmas!

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Twenty Four by Krish Kandiah

I have recently been reading the book by Krish Kandiah, “Twenty-Four” and have found it extremely challenging!(Writes Fiona Castle)
As many will know, Krish was the keynote speaker for our recent Activate weekend in Coventry, and was very well received. A couple of his books were on sale there and I picked this one up because I felt that his attitude to his faith really resonated with that of Activate, in terms of evangelism.
This book talks about how we can make the most of every moment; to make every hour of every day an opportunity to be Christians, both in attitude and action.
When I first became a Christian, I was very privileged to have the Rev. Jim Graham as my pastor, who taught me, in very practical ways, not just to understand the Bible, but to apply it in everyday life.
This book is a very powerful reminder of that lesson. Krish talks about applying Biblical principles to every part of our day…..getting up, driving to work, time in the work place, looking after the children, cooking the meals, leisure time, fun time and in every aspect of our twenty four hours.
I thoroughly recommend it as a challenge to our lifestyles and as a gift, especially for new Christians, or those who have little opportunity for teaching or discipleship.

If you are interested in reading more about Krish then look up his blog

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Delia’s ‘Classic Christmas Special’ Repeated

I managed to catch the last ten minutes of Delia Smith creating her traditional Christmas delights, making me feel inspired for the festive season.
For those who missed the program, a repeat showing will be on Sunday 13 December on BBC2 at 7.00 p.m.

For more information go to

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