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Doctor Oliver.

Posted by lauraoli on May 25, 2012

This week I have had a manic time. I finished my finals last Friday, I returned to Preston from  Brighton on Monday, I went to Glasgow on Wednesday and then yesterday I was in Blackpool in the morning and waiting for my finals results in the afternoon. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about my results, but the crazily busy week beforehand helped me from focussing on them for too long!

God has been completely amazing over the past few months, I have had many people at church praying for me, and although I have been working hard and feeling stressed, there is no way I could have got through the exams without Him.  The verse of exam time for me is always Phillipians 4:6-7; ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’  I have most definitely felt God’s peace over the last few months.

In my quiet time on Wednesday evening, I read this; ‘Now, therefore, you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.’ (Ephesians 2:19). This was a brilliant reminder for me that although my results that were coming on Thursday were incredibly important, and whatever happened would shape my life for the next few years to come, that in the end, I have been adopted in to God’s family, and the end result, no matter what is eternity with Him. I have been saved from my life of sin and transgressions by God’s grace, and have been given life in Christ Jesus. That is way more important than those results! This knowledge doesn’t stop me caring about my results, and doesn’t (entirely) stop me worrying, but it does give me a great perspective on what they mean.

The results came through yesterday. I passed.

I am now, officially, a doctor.

Thank you Lord.


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Reverse Thinking

Posted by lauraoli on April 4, 2011

Ephesians chapter 2 really is one of my favourite bible chunks – and this clip, based on what it says is just BRILLIANT.

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The Good Samaritan?

Posted by lauraoli on March 19, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I saw something, which at the time seemed pretty incongruous, but actually turned out to be the preceding moments of a very serious crime. The guilt I dealt with for the next few days was pretty enormous. More than anything, I felt awful for not paying more attention to the disturbance. Having to sit in a police station the next day for over an hour and try and remember every little detail of a split second of my life was not only exhausting, but made me realise how little I had noticed.

I always thought I was the sort of person who would stop in a situation where someone needed help. It turns out, I may not be after all. I didn’t walk by on the other side of the road intentionally, but does the fact I didn’t realise the seriousness of the situation mean that it’s ok to not stop? Is that not just as bad? Is it a sin?

Being a student, and also being part of a sports team, practical jokes and the like are common occurrences. When I saw what I did, I was in ‘student mode’ and so my reaction was to laugh it off and walk on. If I hadn’t been a student when I saw what I did, or if I hadn’t been in Brighton, or if it had been late at night rather than the middle of the day, would I have acted differently? Probably.

So maybe God was teaching me to take more notice of my surroundings. Or maybe He wasn’t. I haven’t worked out yet what to take from it yet. Maybe I’ll never know.

One, hugely positive thing that did come from this was how my Christian friends really helped me. The guilt I was feeling was pretty tremendous, and I visited a friend who sat with me for a couple of hours, and allowed me to say everything that I was feeling, and why. At the end of the afternoon, we prayed together, which is the best medicine for anything, and she read Psalm 46. I won’t write it all here, since it’s pretty long, but the first 2 verses say the following:

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea’

Psalm 46:1-2


So maybe that was what God was trying to teach me. Not to rely on my own strength, but to take refuge in Him.

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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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