Carols, Candles & Congratulations

At times over the last nine months I have faced tests in both my sobriety and faith, sometimes these tests have come after moments of triumph or celebration, other times a precursor to celebration.

Just like my Baptism day, if you follow my blog then you know how special that day was to me, you will also know it came after a day of failure, a day that tested my faith, but I held true and was rewarded.  Last night was again a test, this time a test of my sobriety once again, I stuck with it and made it through, I counted another day.

Today was Carols By Candlelight at Everyday Champions Church today, I have recently joined the Audio Visual team, but have no experience at anything like this, so today I found myself in charge of one of the video cameras.  I’ve had a brief dabble with one of the camera’s last week, but not to this extent, but sometimes being thrown in at the deep end is the best way to learn, we can shy away and blame inexperience or we can just get on with it and do the best job we can, hopefully I achieved the latter.

It was a long day with two services and lots of rehearsal during the day, but both services ran well, with great performances from both the Worship band and the juniors in their Bethlehem’s Got Talent performance.

Gareth’s message was based around answering God’s call, how we would respond when God calls us, do we answer or do we ignore it?

Well after years of ignoring the call, I am so glad that on the 19th March 2012, Gareth answered my telephone call, as a result of Gareth’s willingness to meet with me and help me, I answered God’s call, I spoke with God and he forgave me for all I have done and gave me the strength to move forward.

I have Gareth to thank for bringing God into my life, on that day back in March, I owe him so much.

So this morning I woke to find that I have received another award this time I have received the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” from Paul at Facing Facts About Myself, I am so thankful to Paul, as he has been one of my earliest followers and an inspiration to myself also.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So the rules of the award, as I understand it are:

1) Display the award logo on your blog.
2) Link back to the person who nominated you.
3) State 7 things about yourself.
4) Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5) Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So I have already displayed the award logo and linked back to Paul’s Blog, so seven things about myself.

Well I could go on all day, so I pick seven different categories and one thing for each:

1)  Me:
I am a 39 year old, father of two.

2)  Hobbies:
I have been doing karate for 32 of my 39 years, I teach five times a week, I’m a former National Kata Champion and competed at four European Championship and one World Championship.

3)  Quirky Fact
I am only five feet four and half inches tall, with hairy feet, I could be a Hobbit!

4)  Sad Fact
My dream woman would definitely by Audrey Hepburn, oh yes!

5)  Silly Fact
The trainers I bought back in August have worn out already, they should be guaranteed for at least 1500 miles of walking, shouldn’t they?

6)  Biggest Achievement:
Finding God back in March, quitting drinking and turning this mess of a life around.

7)  Future Hopes
I hope to just keep counting my SoberDays, with my God’s hand on my shoulder guiding my way.

So to nominate fifteen other Bloggers for the award, well unfortunately Paul got in first and nominated nearly every recovery Blogger I known, so between those on Paul’s list and the one’s I nominated for the Reality Blogging Award, it made my choice difficult so I have decided to split this into three sections, those that inspire from their stories of recovery, those that inspire through their faith and those that inspire just by the quirky look at life, so here goes, the nominees are in no particular order:

Finding My Strength
Recovering Life
The Red Sox Changed My Life
Sober In October
Mustard Seed Budget
To Give You Hope
Saint In Training
Kingdom Messenger
Weeping Into Dancing
The Other Side Of Ugly
Survive Heart Disease

I am sorry I haven’t given a brief reason why, but I do plan to do this at some point, when time allows, I promise.

But I would like to say to all of those listed above, thank you for your kind comments, the multiple likes for my posts and for simply continuing to post your inspirational articles.

I know I’ve posted this song previously, but today this song took on a real meaning to me.

“I made it through the year and I did not even collapse
Gotta thank God for that
I’m torn between what keeps me whole and what tears me in half
I’ll fall apart or stay intact”
(Merry Christmas, Here’s To Many More by Relient K)

I have to say that I wasn’t feeling the Christmas spirit this year, but after today I think I’m getting there, no matter what is thrown at me this Christmas, I am determined to enjoy it.

12 thoughts on “Carols, Candles & Congratulations

  1. cherylz1961

    You will stand because the Lord is able to make you stand. You will not be torn apart unless it is to be reassembled by Father God’s loving hands. Blessings to you.

    1. waynemali Post author

      Oh Yes, a few years ago they said on morning TV that they were looking for actors to play Hobbits in the new Lord of The Ring show in the West End, you had to be under 5ft 5, but they would provide the hairy feet, well I had my own and I was tempted, jokingly I told Victoria to pack as we were moving to London, the only problem was I can’t sing!

    1. waynemali Post author

      Thank you so much for the award, these are now coming thick and fast, especially as I only start this Blog on 6th October, I so appreciate every single one, thank you so much.

  2. neelkanth

    Thank you for following my blog. I too have liked yours and am following it with immediate effect.


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