Handling Adversity

Yesterday we had the priviledge of hearing Pastor Tope Koleoso of Jubilee Church Enfield
speak on Handling Adversity. It’s the latest in their series After God’s Heart which is a study in the life of David.

This message particularly spoke to Mandy and I because we feel that we are being persued by a Saul at the moment, so it’s helpful to study the life
of another and see how they coped.

The video of the message is embedded below:

Handling Adversity from Jubilee Church on Vimeo.

New beginnings

Hello, welcome to my new site. It’s also the start of 2017, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to start a new blog.

New Beginnings was the title of a talk given by Tope Koleso of Jubilee Church London at their annual Crossover service. Each year we say goodbye to the previous year and welcome in the new year with prayer and praise. It’s a real joy to be part of it and Mandy and I enjoy it every time. Tope also speaks for 10 minutes or so, and lays out a prophetic vision for the year, and this time it was New Beginnings.

Tope used the following verse from the Bible as the key text:

“This month shall be for you the beginning of months” (Exodus 12:2).

The context is the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Tope made the following points:

1. The day of Passover.
2. The moment of Crossover.
3. The year of Makeover.
Power, Provision, Protection, Peace, Presence, Preservation, Predestination.

If I were to choose a word for 2017, it will be Makeover. I intend to change how I do a few things, from my work situation, the programming languages I use, and hopefully other things too.

The entire service was broadcast on Facebook Live, and you can watch the video at this link.

So, thanks for reading this, and I’m looking forward to what will happen in 2017.

Do it now

Earlier this evening Mandy set up and lit the fire pit we had bought in the Spring. We had planned to use it in the summer, when the evenings were long and warm, and we could invite friends round to enjoy it with us. We never did.

As I was enjoying the fire pit this evening, I thought, “We should have done this sooner!” This evening wasn’t long enough to take advantage of the fire pit – it got dark fairly quickly. The weather may not be it is now until next Spring, so I’ve wasted a summer of opportunities to sit outside and be relaxed. I had also planned to listen to music by Ludovico Einaudi whilst reading, but as I hadn’t copied the albums to my phone, I had to settle with music to The Most Incredible Thing by Pet Shop Boys. Another case of not being prepared.

So my advice is this: Don’t put things off because you think there might be a better opportunity later – those opportunities may not come. Plus, as the Boy Scouts motto says “Be prepared”. Do it now.

Happy Birthday VB

Visual Basic, or VB, is 25 years old. Happy birthday! It was the first programming language I used after graduating and getting a “proper” job in 1999. Although I mostly use C# now, I remember the good old days using VB6. Good times.

Dreams

At a church event a few weeks ago, everyone was asked to write their dreams down on a sheet of paper, with the roadblocks we think we’ll face and some markers to accomplish along the way.

My dream is to run my own business in software and/or web development, and rather than employ people with lots of skills, actually take people on with little skills and train them. Whether I am doing software or web development, everything these days uses web technologies, and that is what I will team people (HTML, CSS and Javascript). There will be several core products developed by an established team of developers, so the people learning could be writing templates, help screens and so on.

The aim is that once people have enough skills, they can move on to better jobs, and I can employ other people who need training and repeat the process. As well as learning web technologies, we could also teach life skills, and maybe help people achieve academic grades they don’t already have.

This has been my dream for a while, and follows on from what a friend of mine, Matt Parfitt, started with Fruitful Oaks, which was a gardening company in a similar vein. I’m not good at gardening, but I am good at writing code, and explaining complex concepts to people so that they can grasp it. I also don’t like it when I’m undervalued (which I have been previously), and I would also like to give people help in rebuilding their lives.

That’s my dream, and this site will document my journey. In future posts I’ll describe the roadblocks and markers, and will hopefully make some progress on the way.

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