August 9, 2007

Out at sea

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 7:48 pm

Well, I got to donate blood again last Friday. Nothing is ever easy or uneventful when I’m around. First off my hemoglobin had dropped enough from last time for them to have to do a “venus” test (it was still within normal range though). So I had that test done first, that’s easy – they just take your blood twice. So I had needles stuck in both my arms and blood sucked out of both arms instead of just one… great. Then after they’d taken my donation I felt like I was going to throw up so I got to lay there for a while with my legs up in the air. Had a few less nurses running after me this time, so that’s good! The only good thing I got out of that was that if that happens after I donate next time I don’t have to donate! YEAH!!! Wait, I shouldn’t be so excited… Anyway, I got a key ring because I’d donated twice and the next few days I don’t think I had any after affects like last time. Maybe because I got them to take less out this time perhaps.

Here’s a few random thoughts. If you know what they mean, good. If you don’t, too bad…!

I think I’ve missed the wave and I’m out at sea. I don’t know how I get back on the wave.

If you didn’t know I was going OS again, I leave in about 6 weeks or so.

I have a guitar. For the record: I remember praying a while ago something like “God if you want me to learn the guitar you’ll find me a guitar that I can borrow”. So now I have one, it’s got strings and I’m trying to figure it out. I need that written down somewhere so that when I get frustrated because my fingers won’t go where they’re meant to (like after about 10 minutes of practice), I’ll remember that the guitar is an answer to prayer.

I’m still running, but not doing as much. The last few days I’ve been cramping up when I run and every step is jarring – dunno how to describe it really. I’m ok walking though.

It’s raining – good thing I’ve been for my run.


Amazing Grace

Filed under: Movies — pearsey @ 7:46 pm

Took the youth to see Amazing Grace the other day. It was good. It goes for about 2 hours though – nearly got a bit slow in the center bit. It just shows what God can do through one person who is passionate about something and won’t give up doing what he’s called to do – even when it all looks like its never going to happen. I thought it was good how they showed that you don’t have to be a “preacher/pastor” to do God’s work, God uses people in everyday jobs, whatever it is. It’s not either/or, they both go together.

Here are a couple of quotes that I liked:
You only feel the thorns when you stop running. (Set in the context of William Wilberforce almost giving up on abolishing the slave trade and found all these problems that started bothering him).

Sometimes God isn’t in the lightning bolt or the storm, He’s in the gentle drizzle.

August 1, 2007


Filed under: Church life — pearsey @ 7:52 pm

In Bendigo we have a group of churches who work together, called Citywide Connections. The ultimate aim of Citywide connections is to bring the light of Jesus to the community and impact the community in practical ways. This year Citywide are running a campaign to increase the number of litres of blood donated through the red cross. Last year 2500 litres were collected in Bendigo and we’re aiming to double that to 5000 litres this year. Obviously that is only going to happen if more people begin donating blood. Which is the purpose of this post.

I hate blood. I hate the site of it. In fact, I hate anything to do with hospitals, health, doctors and anything else like that. I don’t watch any of those hospital shows on tv. I avoid talking about it and listening to any conversations about illnesses and stuff like that. So you can kind of see that me and blood donating are not a good combination!

So I finally got up my nerve and about 3 months ago a group of us went in and donated. I didn’t look at all and didn’t let the nurse explain the procedure to me. We took photos and it took me a few days before I was game enough to download and look at the photos! What happened while I gave blood didn’t help either. Just as they took the whatever it is that sucks the blood out, I started feeling rather unwell… Next thing I have a nurse there asking me if I’m still there and a couple of others running around after me – finding fans and stuff like that! Hey, call me attention seeking if you like! So needless to say I spent a lot more time there than you’re meant to. The next couple of days I didn’t feel too good – after I’d eat, I’d feel dizzy. So most people who heard my story didn’t expect me to go back and give again.

But I’m due to head to the blood bank on Friday and here’s the purpose of this story. Somebody today asked me why I’m going back. I can tell you that its not because giving blood saves lives. As far as I’m concerned, they can use somebody else’s blood to save lives!

No, the reason I’m going back is simple: For years I have prayed that the church would impact the community. Now we have a campaign, led by the combined churches of Bendigo, that impacts the community. If you’re not willing to be part of the answer to the prayers that you pray, then maybe you shouldn’t be praying them. So as much as I hate the thought of the blood getting sucked out of my arm, I know that what I’m doing is part of being an answer to the church impacting the community. I’m putting my prayers into action and doing what it takes to be part of that answer.

When it comes to being part of the answer to the prayers you pray, when the rubber hits the road, are you willing to do whatever it takes, or are you content to sit back and just pray, saying that you’re doing your bit?

still going…

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 5:59 pm

Well, I think it’s been about two weeks now (actually 15 days)  and I’m still going for a run/walk every (well most days).  I’ve missed two days, but they were unavoidable.  The good thing is that I’m going further, but not taking any longer.  That’s got to be good.  Still only getting around 15-20 minutes in though, except for the other night when I decided it would be a good idea to run to the church.  So that was about 15-20 minutes each way.  Not sure how I’ll get the minutes up though.  I don’t take a watch with me and I keep going further thinking it would take longer!

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