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Laminin

Posted by lauraoli on January 21, 2010

”I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14


I always think this is a brilliant example of God’s amazing design for our bodies.

Laminin is a cell adhesion molecule, found in the extracellular matrix.  Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together.

”He is before all things, and in him all things hold together Collossians 1:17

Let Louie Giglio explain (fast forward to 2:40) :

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Spaghetti.

Posted by lauraoli on January 20, 2010

At prayer group (‘pentagon’ – there are 5 of us) last night, I was very full of spaghetti, in both the literal and metaphorical sense of the word. I had a belly full of spaghetti, courtesy of one of the other girls, and a head full of spaghetti after we attempted to read the ‘What is God like?’ chapter in our book (Christian beliefs – 20 basics every Christian should know, by Wayne Grudem).  We only got half way through the chapter, since we are very good at going off on huge tangents. Our discussion and what we read really blew my mind. As a fairly new Christian, I am learning something new every day. But last night was information OVERLOAD. God is truly awesome.

I thought I’d recap on some of the stuff we talked about.

God’s existence

The bible simply assumes God’s existence. Every created thing gives evidence of God and his character – human beings, created in the image of God, give the most evidence of God’s existence and character.

So belief in God is not some ‘blind faith’, it is based on evidence found both in the bible and in the natural world. Whenever I’d though of ‘creation’ as being evidence for God, I always though of the physical world, mountains, rivers etc. But then we read that we, as created human beings, are clear indicators for a creator God. It seems so obvious now, but that’s pretty cool.

This reminds me of laminin, my favourite cell adhesion protein. I’ll tell you about it at some other time.

God’s knowability

Not only does God exist, he exists in such a way that we can know things about him and actually come to know him personally.  We can never know God fully – he is infinite and we are finite. His greatness is too great to ever fully to be known.

We have an infinitely great God, who we can’t possibly understand, but we can know him personally. Wow.

God is independent

God doesn’t need us or anything else in creation for anything. God has always been perfectly and completely happy and fulfilled in his personal existence. God always was. He was not created; he never came into being. Therefore God is not dependent on anyone for anything. His entire creation is entirely dependent on him. God chooses to give us value and sinificance. We are important to him!

Though God does not need us, he allows us to bring joy to his heart. I bring joy to the creator God?!

God is eternal

He has no beginning or end or succession of events in his own being. He has always existed. His view of time is radically different to ours. God views all of past history as vividly as he would if it were a brief event that had just happened. But he also views a brief event as if it were going on forever. As the one who created and rules over time, God uses time for his own purposes.

It’s very had to get my head round the fact that God created time. Having no time makes no sense to me. But it wouldn’t, that’s why God’s God and I’m me. Because I can’t understand it. It makes my head hurt trying to understand it.

God is omnipresent

He is unlimited with regard to space. He does not have size or spatial dimensions; he is present in every point of space with his whole being. He cannot be limited by material space because he created it.

Again, not only did God create time, he also created space. So he is not limited by space. Baffling.

God is omniscient

He fully knows all things that he could have done, but did not do, and all things that he might have created, but did not create. He also knows all possible events that will not actually happen, and events that would have resulted if some other events had turned differently in history. God is always, at all times, fully aware of everything. His knowledge never changes or grows. Nothing surprises him, nothing is hidden from him. From all eternity God has known all things that would happen and all things that he would do.

This little bit turned into a huge discussion about predestination. There is a whole chapter on that later in the book, so hopefully I will come to learn more about it then. At the moment it’s all very confusing. But as I learned last week, everything that I need to be a Christian is very clear. If there are things that aren’t very clear, then they aren’t that important.

Writing this has made me remember how I felt last night. Confused and bewildered, but absolutely in awe. God is truly awesome.

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New year, new job… for dad.

Posted by lauraoli on January 18, 2010

So, last year, my dad fell foul to the old chestnut, the Economic Recession (capital letters required), and lost his job at a private school where he had taught at for the last 29 years. The establishment treated him pretty badly, and he was gutted when it all came to an end in summer. By the grace of God he got a temporary teaching contract at another local school, for the autumn term, but he finished at Christmas and was officially unemployed.

At his old place, he was doing loads of extra work with PR, the website and the alumni as well as his teaching, and not really getting appreciated for it. Since he finished his 1 term contract in December, I’ve really been praying that God would provide something for him that would use his talents and where he would be appreciated for what he can do.  And so the school he’d been at for a term came up trumps, and created a whole new post, especially for him. He is now ‘Development Manager’, and able to really get himself stuck in doing the stuff he’s good at, as well as doing a bit of teaching.

God really has provided. This job couldn’t be better for him and his self-esteem, and it utilises all those God-given talents he has that weren’t appreciated in his old job. I am so thankful for this opportunity for him!

”This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

1 John 5:14


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2009… the best year yet.

Posted by lauraoli on January 15, 2010

Lots of things happened in 2009.

  • Barack Obama became the first black president of the US.
  • Man Utd won the Premier League for the third successive year (woop!).
  • The King of Pop, Michael Jackson died.
  • I managed to pass third year of medicine without completely falling apart.

But for me, 2009 will be forever memorable for one reason that outshines all of these.

2009 was the year I came to know Jesus, asked for His forgiveness and started my new life living for Him.

I’ve started this blog so that I can keep a record of my spiritual path as I continue in my new life. I’m hoping that I can write down things that affect me, things that I learn, problems I might be having or just whatever might be on my mind. I’ve no idea how it’s going to go, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

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