My name is Ellidh, I’m 27 and were you to ask where I’m from I think the fairest way to answer would be to say that I’m from ‘around’.
I lived in London for 7 years, Carlisle (north west England) for 11 years, Irvine (west coast of Scotland) for 1 year, St Andrews (east coast of Scotland) for 4 years, Glasgow for 1 year, Johannesburg, South Africa for 9 months, back to Carlisle for 8 months and now I live in Newcastle upon Tyne (land of my fathers).
I have held the following occupations in the last 10 years: warehouse operative, cleaner, commis chef, youth worker, warehouse operative again, cleaner again, youth worker again, data-inputer (I don’t actually think that’s a word), student worker, data inputer (still not a word) again, customer service representative, student worker again, receptionist, briefly a ‘lady of leisure’ (which was nice, except for the lack of cash) and now I’m back being a student worker again.
I like to read, write stuff, and most things craft-like, especially knitting (with a bit of crochet thrown in), sewing and making jewellery.
I also love Jesus. In a conservative evangelical, putting-the-fun-back-into-fundamentalism kind of way.
Which influenced the name of this very blog:
In the book of Hebrews (in the New Testament of the Holy Bible) chapter 11 has a huge list of named and unnamed people who are great examples of faith in God. Following this chapter 12 begins with these verses:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
These are my favourite verses in the whole Bible (I’m not actually convinced that I’m supposed to have ‘favourite verses’ but on the off-chance that I am allowed to then these are them). I love and am spurred on by two things; firstly the idea of being surrounded by a cloud of people, witnesses of God’s faithfulness and awesomeness, is mind-blowingly encouraging; and secondly, and more awesomely is the bit about Jesus enduring the cross for the ‘joy’ set before him, that joy for Jesus was knowing that his death would mean that people who believed in him would be brought back in to a right relationship with God, that they would be able to be rescued from death and hell and be able to spend eternity in heaven with him. So, not to be too self-involved (and I say this in full awareness of the fact that I’m writing this on a page entitled ‘me, me, me’) but basically Jesus’ joy was the fact that I (and lots of other people) was going to be forgiven by his death. I can’t even begin to explain how awesome that is (I think the fact that I’ve written ‘awesome’ quite a lot already is a good indicator) and it is also a pretty good encouragement – Jesus died for me, life with him is the prize at the end of the race and so why would I not want to run it?
If you don’t know Jesus yourself then I’d really encourage you to do a bit of investigating. If you’d like to then please do get in touch with me by leaving a comment and I’d love to answer any questions you might have; or alternatively visit this website.