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The Princess and the Pea

Being led by the hand

Name:
Katie
Birthdate:
10 August 1985
External Services:
  • princess_peas@livejournal.com
Schools:
  • Keele University - Keele, England - Staffordshire, United Kingdom (2003 present)
Hello.

My name is Katie; female, 21 years old, 5' 9", blue/grey eyes, big dark brown curly hair, student, ex-vegetarian.

I'm also a Christian, which isn't a word that I like very much but it is one that seems to be the most useful in this sense, and it also means that I am at least beginning to work out some of the more indepth answers to questions about life, the universe and everything that don't revolve around the number 42. I'm not a very good Christian really, I don't read the bible or pray nearly as often as I'd like, I probably haven't even read half of the bible, but I'm giving it a shot and hoping that the Lord will help me to be better at it as I carry on. My ideas about right and wrong and good and evil have gotten challenged on several fronts recently, and I don't know for sure what is true in certain situations, and so then I always like to remind myself that Jesus is the Truth. Take a step back, imagine the way He would handle the situation, allow elements of your own personality into that scene and then work out a plan of how to act based on His example. I don't necessarily practice what I preach about a lot of things, but I do think that often the hardest advice to take is your own, but I hope that by saying it I can express where I'm aiming for and how I hope to become better.

Personality wise, I know that I am oftentimes a bundle of contradictions all rolled up together, so that for one thing that is true about me, the opposite may also be true about me and neither more than the other. To describe my life in a sentence, I have laughed a lot but I have cried a lot too. I know it doesn't sound like it makes sense, but somehow it just works.

I believe Christianity is often about taking one step forward and then one step back - one step forward and then another step backwards again, so that you often feel like you're not making any progress. But the Lord works in mysterious ways and through this continual process I believe that He will then gently lead us into the areas where we do develop, without noticing. The story I often like to remember when I feel like I'm failing is that of Elijah. Elijah had been the lone voice calling out for God against an unbelieving nation. They finally have a "competition" and Elijah challenges the entire nation, when the odds are very heavily stacked against him, to pray to their gods and see if their god responds with fire. Elijah then insists on pouring water over the wood he is meant to be burning, and then he asks one simple prayer and the Lord answers him with fire straight away, when the others got nothing over 3 days. It's phenomenal stuff, shows amazing faith etc. But then the very next day Elijah takes to flight and runs for 3 or 4 straight days, where he then goes to hide in a cave, having already proclaimed that he would like to die. So even the very best national champions cannot hold everything together all the time, so whatever makes me think that I can? And the experience that Elijah had in the cave where he met with the gentlestness and tenderest Spirit of God is one of the most beautiful things I have come across in the bible, and surely will have stayed with Elijah for the rest of his life, so I always like to remember that when the world falls apart around my ears - God is perfect and He will look after me when I need Him to, regardless of how badly everything seems to be going. He doesn't need me to be perfect, He just needs me to be with Him, which is a very good thing and something that I do thank God for.

I don't attend a particular church, I attend different services in different places and utilise a lot of the ways of being church that do not involve meeting in a church building - He is with me always and right now living in that and expressing it in all of my life, and not specifically in any given church family and denomination is building me up - although I do not expect this period to last for ever.

All that I like and love and consider important begins with and is bound up in Him, because He is more important than the name by which I call my religion. To misquote a line from a film, without Him, I don't make sense, and so this is the kind of meaning I am trying to express with the words "I am a Christian".

I have a lot of theories about other things, but I don't think now is the time or the place for them, and so if you would like to know, ask me. If you want a little bit more personal details about me though, I think I can manage that!

I am studying Astrophysics and Chemistry at Keele University, in the second year.

My family is: my Mum and Stepdad (Tony), and my sister (Lucy, 17). I also include my Dad and Stepmum and an assortment of grandparents and other relatives but no pets.

[please see my "Who's who", the first entry, for more details...
http://princess-peas.livejournal.com/2005/12/27/]

I am resident in Newcastle, Staffordshire. At Keele, I live in Horwood halls, although at home I live with the family, which is also in Newcastle.

I am also a founding member and President of Keele Christian Drama Society, and Treasurer of Paradise.

My marital status is single, with every intention of keeping it that way, or so the story goes.

My hobbies include knitting, reading crime stories, drawing/painting/general art stuff, spending far too much time on the internet, cooking (but not if I'm in a hurry, always end up setting off the smoke alarm!), sitting in the conservatory listening to the rain, and playing football.

I want to learn to play the drums, well specifically a hand-drum, but learning would involve having to buy one first... and I'm a student... 'nuff said. I also want to learn another language, I'm reasonable at reading written french, but I have no confidence whatsoever in speaking it.

I recently discovered that my ancestry is Welsh, we come from Anglesey, and I was really excited to find this out. Yay Wales! I have had people ask me if I have "welsh hair" before (think Catherine Zeta Jones, although a bit more untidy!) and now I am pleased to say that yes, actually, I do! Although my surname is French in origin, the Welshness is from my mum's side and obviously my name comes from my dad's side, so I might just be a bit of a mismash really!

The word "diet" does not exist in my vocabulary. I love fruit and veg and drinking water, but I also love pizza and chocolate and ... more pizza. So I eat both and presume that it makes a good balance! But the word "diet" does not exist in my vocabulary, so I'm not gonna go on one, and if you end up getting excessively down on yourself about your appearance, especially if it's weight related, I will arrange for you to get pecked by penguins. Oh yes I will, don't think that I won't!

I'm also always up for meeting new friends - in fact I encourage it, that's why I'm here. If you friend me I will friend back unless you really really make me hate you (this will be pretty difficult). There's one rule though. You can't be on my friend's list if we never talk. If I know you IRL you can stay, if I only know you online, you may get taken off my f-list at any time without warning if I have known you for a while and you never leave me any comments or you never write entries that invite my comments either. Also, if you're not on LJ but you read my journal anyway, you have to comment too. Say hello, I don't bite, you should know that by now!

God bless,
Katie xx

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