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Why I started ice skating

Find out how I fell in love with ice skating!

Most people who know me know that I’m an ice skater. I am not professional in any way shape or form but I hope to be soon enough.

I get a myriad of different reactions when people learn this fact about me. Some of them include:

How unusual! I don’t know anyone who skates regularly.

A black girl that skates? That’s different.

But don’t you get scared that someone will slice over your fingers? I went once and broke my arm. Never again!

I love hearing the different responses in all honesty. They’re great conversation starters. Anyway, after all those comments, it is almost inevitable for people to ask why and how I got into it. So here’s a post on it!

Growing up, I had limited channels on the small TV I had at home but I remember that we had a sports channel. Every so often I would catch the figure skating competitions and I would just be mesmerized by the beauty of it. It’s such a graceful and beautiful sport to watch.

Fast forward a few years and Dancing on Ice started and I just fell more in love with the sport. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing! That’s the why.

The how is pretty simple. I asked my mum for lessons in secondary school and we got it sorted. However, due to the price, I had to stop soon afterwards but I promised myself that I would start again as soon as I could afford to and true to my word, I did! I started my lessons again in January 2018 and I’m still going.

I’m a bit better than this now but you can follow my skating progress on my instagram: @blackgirlsskatetoo.

So that’s my skating story! Ice skating is such a fun way to keep fit and is a great release for me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle

Look Up Child is a phenomenal album by Lauren Daigle. Find out my thoughts on the album and leave your own thoughts too.

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Finally getting round to talking about one of my favourite things in the world: Music! And I’m kicking it off with this incredible album from the beautiful Lauren Daigle. I’ve always said that if I could swap singing voices with anybody, it would be her. Her rich, husky tone adds such depth and authenticity to the carefully crafted lyrics she sings. So let’s get straight into it.

Feel free to listen while you’re reading!

Still Rolling Stones


All at once I came alive
This beating heart, these open eyes
The grave let go
The darkness should have known
(You’re still rolling rolling, you’re still rolling rolling oh)
You’re still rolling stones
(You’re still rolling rolling oh)
You’re still rolling stones

This punchy song encourages me so much. It speaks to the amazing power of God to free people from the bondage their in. Christians believe that Jesus died and rose again after three days. He was dead in a tomb but when his followers came to find Him, the stone that kept Jesus in that grave had been rolled away, hence the title. In essence, God is still in the business of doing that. We are alive in Christ. No longer slaves to death or anything that comes with it and oh what joy this brings my soul.

Favourite lyrics:

I thought that I was too far gone
For everything I’ve done wrong
Yeah, I’m the one who dug this grave
But You called my name
You called my name

Rescue


I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue you
I will never stop marching to reach you
In the middle of the hardest fight
It’s true, I will rescue you

I love this song because it is God speaking. It is written in first person from Him to you and I. It has been such a comfort to me because there are times when it can feel like we’re hidden or forgotten but God in His unfailing love for us chooses to reach out and rescue us when we feel lost.

Favourite lyrics:

You are not hidden
There’s never been a moment
You were forgotten
You are not hopeless
Though you have been broken
Your innocence stolen


I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS

This Girl

This girl ain’t going anywhere
This girl ain’t going anywhere-ere-ere
I can promise You this, now I know for sure
This girl ain’t going anywhere

I sing this song over myself countless times in a day. I know myself and I am a girl that is prone to wander. So often I can be tempted to stray and this song keeps me grounded. When the temptations of life come to me I confidently tell myself and the enemy….. this girl ain’t going anywhere. Period.

Favourite lyric:


I’ve run for miles and lost sight of where You are
But You have seen me all along
Maybe I’m the last to know when I’ve gone too far
And yet I’m always by Your side

You Say


You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe

This song is another declaration song for me. There are times where I can feel less than, left out and pretty insignificant. I know that’s not the case but no one is immune from these kind of thoughts. However, this song (along with the Word of God) is one of the many things in my toolkit to tear down those lies. All that matters is everything God says of me so screw you Satan!

Favourite lyric:


The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity,

Love Like This


What have I done to deserve love like this?
What have I done to deserve love like this?
I cannot earn what You so freely give
What have I done to deserve love like this?

For someone who can struggle with this idea of being deserving, this song is everything. Everyday I have to remind myself that I cannot earn anything from God. Salvation is a gift. Life is a gift. Grace, goodness and mercy are all gifts. God’s love is a gift. There is nothing I can do to earn them. Nothing I could do to pay for them. Everything I have is a gift and all there is to do with gifts is accept the gift, accept that you are loved enough to even receive the gift and say thank you to the Giver.

Favourite Lyric:


Your voice like a whisper
Breaking the silence
You say there’s a treasure
You’ll look ’til You find it
You search 
To find me

Look Up Child


Where are You now
When darkness seems to win?
Where are You now
When the world is crumbling?
Oh I, I-I-I, I hear You say
I hear You say
Look up child, ayy
Look up child, ayy

In a society where everything is crumbling and falling apart it is easy to wonder where God is but all we have to do is look up and remember where our help comes from (Psalm 121). As long as we keep our gaze fixed on Christ, we will always find what we are looking for.

Favourite Lyric:


You’re not threatened by the war
You’re not shaken by the storm
I know You’re in control
Even in our suffering
Even when it can’t be seen
I know You’re in control

Rebel Heart


I give it over to You
I give it over to You
Your love is like an arrow, straight and true
And now this rebel heart belongs to You

I’ve grown up being told that I’m rebellious and so this song is a real prayer for me every time I sing it because who wants to be rebellious? Rebellion and independence from God never leads to anything good so if you can relate then this is a song worth putting on repeat. Learn it and sing it until your heart obeys.

Favourite Lyric:


Lord, I offer up this rebel heart
So stubborn and so restless from the start
I don’t wanna fight You anymore
So take this rebel heart and make it Yours

Inevitable


Ever running to what I can’t see
Fighting out of all my unbelief
Father, even then my song will be
I know You will always carry me
It’s inevitable

I feel that this song beautifully depicts the darker side of the life of a believer. The side that wants to give up. The side that doesn’t want to trust and obey. The side that doesn’t want to believe anymore. But this is not where we stay. God will inevitably carry us forward. He never leaves us as orphans to deal with these things alone and what an assurance this is.

Favourite Lyric:


Set Your promise to play on repeat in my head
When You meet my anxiety, put it to death


I could have spoken about every song on this album but I fear that I’ve already lost you with how long this post is so I commend you for getting this far. This album is perfect for the season that I am in right now and I know that it is one of the tools God is using to speak to me daily. I hope you enjoy this album just as much as I do. Let me know what your thoughts are. What are some of your favourite lyrics from this album? How has it changed or challenged you? Drop a comment below!

A Lesson From My Students

If you didn’t already know, I am a teacher of small children and while I am there to give them knowledge, they teach me far more than their little minds could imagine.

There are weeks where it feels like all I do is nag, shout and discipline. It’s not nice for them and it’s not nice for me but there are times when this can become the norm (usually as a holiday is looming). However, one thing that always astounds me is that every single day, these same children that I was barking at the day before will still unfailingly run up to me every morning to greet me and hug me.

It fascinates me. My adult mind knows for certain that if someone was moody with me yesterday, I would absolutely not be embracing them with open arms no matter how saved I was feeling that day. My students are always so excited to see me whether I’ve been gone for 7 days or 7 minutes regardless of the mood I’m in. I don’t say this to sound like a fantastic teacher because I know every primary school teacher can attest to this.

Another thing that fascinates me is the memory of these children. They remember everything I say. Even the things I would rather they didn’t remember. If I mention even a hint of something exciting, they will hold on to it and remind me of it until I eventually have to do something about it.

So what’s the lesson here?

Jesus instructs us to be like little children (Matthew 18:2-4) and every day I learn a different way to do that through teaching. This time I’m encouraged to forgive the offences but remember the promises just like my children do. Children can be offended by almost anything. Someone not talking to them in the playground, someone taking their pencil or in a very recent experience of mine, someone calling them a potato; but they would have forgotten about it in a very short space of time. Forget the offences and do not treat people according to what they did to you. Granted, it is not an easy thing to do and it is something that I am learning to do daily but I believe if children can do it, so can we. So can I. If you’ve been holding offence in your heart, take it to God and allow Him to guide you through the process of letting it go. I cannot tell you the amount of times in a day I hear “MISSSSSSSS!!!! So and so said…..” and as annoying as it is, it’s heartwarming to know that these children bring their issues to me because they trust that I can handle it. It’s the same with us and God. The only difference is that God never gets tired of hearing from us. In fact he tells us to come to Him (Matthew 11: 28-30; 1 Peter 5:17), no matter how trivial the problem is.

Finally, remember the promises. Remember the good. If God has said He will do something, trust that He will. I told my pupils we were going on a school trip and they were instantly excited. They didn’t ask “Hmm, what’s the catch? Why are we going? What did we do to deserve it?” They just… believed me. They weren’t interested in anything else. Miss said we’re going so we’re going and that’s that. This is the attitude I believe God wants us to have with Him. An attitude of unquestioning, unwavering trust. God said it. I believe it. That settles it. It’s done.

That said, it can be so hard. This is something I’ve been trying to live out for some time but I still fall short daily. I’m a planner. I like to know what’s going on. I like to be in control but that’s not what it means to be a child of God. I need to relinquish control and really learn what it means to trust and remind myself of the promises of God and what He and He alone has to say.

Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t but look at the children you have around you. How do they interact with authority figures? How do they relate with their peers or siblings? There is much to learn from these young ones. No one is too young to be a teacher so let’s keep learning.