I set out on a path yesterday morning to preach a sermon about gratitude. I had a small congregation of 8 along with the YFG, sitting in a not-that-hot rural chapel in the north of the Fens.
One lady came up to me at the end of the service and told me that she had been very touched by the message I had brought, and that was all my dreams come true. To have worked on that service and the sermon, and touched one heart, was pure joy. And I gave thanks.
Today I have been wrestling with the broken laptop conundrum...and it has come to me tonight that all I had to do is listen to myself yesterday and I would have the answer.
We might have a broken one of these:
(image from burhanicomputers.in)
BUT we have one of these that works well:
(image from creativeit.tv)
and we have another one, one of these, with all the bits and pieces to go with it, and it also works well [it actually works a little faster than the Acer!]
(image from tigercomputers.net)
and, if that wasn't enough, the EFG has one of these:
(image from rapidpcs.co.uk)
So we are more than well enough equipped to deal with all the computing needs we have.
All I had to do was to move the Compaq machine downstairs to the office from the YFG's bedroom so that she still feels part of the family, and she is happy to use it to do her homework, watch DVDs, and research whatever she needs to know.
No laptop on the shopping list this month. Money heading straight for the savings account where it was planned to go, and no unnecessary purchases happening here.