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30.8.09

A Life Worth Living


I am so excited I could pop! Next Sunday is our first anniversary as a Church. On 7th September last year Eric & I along with our amazing team planted King's Church. The photo above was of our very first church service & this photo is one of my treasures. I love this photo & everyone in it! Anniversaries always make me reflect. This past year has definitely without a doubt been the best year of my life.

Busy, yes... hard work, yes... tiring, yes... difficult, yes... but absolutely totally amazing too! I have seen lives changed, I have met amazing people, I have seen God do awesome things, I have seen people who are far away from God get closer to Him. I feel so privileged & humbled to be a part of what God has planned for His Church here in Gloucestershire. I can unashamedly say that I have a life worth living, thank you Jesus for giving me this incredible life! Come & celebrate with me on Sunday & hear all about this past year. For more details & to RSVP see our FaceBook invitation or check out our email invitation.
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27.8.09

Autumn


This morning I sat in my garden & noticed a few autumn leaves on the ground. This got me into thoughtful mode & made me think about winter & being cold! I sat pondering (actually it was very early morning so I was still half asleep). Am I ready for winter? I don't even feel like we've had a summer this year. It's funny how there were only a few leaves on the ground & I was already panicking about winter! This got me thinking about life & the seasons in our life. (I did warn you I was in thoughtful mode lol). Do we sometimes jump ahead & miss out on the fullness of one season because we are worried about the next season? Jesus said in Matthew 6:34; "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." He mentioned not to worry about tomorrow yet some of us worry about things so far ahead. We worry about all kinds of things, sometimes even silly things? Jesus said don't, tomorrow will worry about itself.

So I sat in my thoughtful spot & thought, it's OK no need to panic! I will enjoy the hot sunny days when they appear, I will enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn & when winter comes I will enjoy that too. I will do my best with each precious day God has entrusted to me & I won't feel guilty about all the things I can't do. Each season is for a specific purpose so I will embrace each season both in the natural & in my spiritual life. As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time for everything & God makes everything beautiful in it's time. A challenge for us girls - let us enjoy what God has given us for this season & stop worrying about what we don't have.

Above are some photos that we took in the autumn of 2007, click on the image to see a slideshow. We spent the day in the park, enjoying an autumn day, taking photos & playing in the autumn leaves.
Have a great day today, live it to the max & let tomorrow worry about itself. xxx
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24.8.09

God With Us CD


Hey girls, this is my new favourite CD! It is amazing & you can listen to it online. My favourite track is track 2, 'The Lord is My Rock' is so powerful, I highly recommend you listen to it. What a great way to start the week, singing; "The Lord is my rock, I won't be afraid". Whatever you are facing this week, KNOW that the Lord is your rock & you don't need to be afraid.

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20.8.09

My Song


I have my own song, how awesome is that! My beautiful daughters Lorah & Jordan wrote it for me as a gift.

A Song for You
She is worth more than rubies
and we love her more than diamonds

She is precious in our eyes and

we know she will always be there for us


Her actions light up this world in darkness

Her words bring joy to sadness

She is filled with love and beauty

And when she speaks her wisdom teaches me


Words could never show her

Just how much I love her


Words can never tell her

Just what I love about her


Isn't that precious!!! I am so blessed to have such amazing & talented daughters. Lots more to come from Lorah & Jordan. Lorah has her new Blog which I am very proud of and Jordan will be joining me in authoring this Blog so keep a look out for posts from her.
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17.8.09

Inconvenience or Invitation

Yesterday we had a lovely Sunday with Dave & Faye Edwards from King's Church Newport. Dave preached on Inconvenience or Invitation - a very powerful message. The question he asked was, "How do you see people in your life, in relation to your attitude, in relation to how you evaluate them in your daily life?" He also mention that many times strong & secure people look at weak people & people who have problems as an inconvenience. They don't want to reach them or help them so they bypass them. We always want to be people with a tender heart towards others. This is what Jesus as like, He was incredibly strong & complete in His life but he never relished in His strength & bypassed a needy world. Instead he used & utilised that strength & laid it down at a needy world. He brought joy & wholeness to the world around Him. We want to learn from Jesus & allow Him to use us in this needy world.

Jesus never saw people as interruptions! We lead such a busy life that often when there is a need we see the person as an interruption to our agenda. Instead of seeing them as an interruption Jesus saw them as an invitation. When you see people as invitations & not interruptions it's a wonderful experience to partner with Jesus in meeting their needs.

The thing that stood out to me most was that we often miss things because we are waiting for the big invitation to appear! More often than not there is no big invitation or opportunity. The invitation is with the "ordinary" people that we see every day as we go about our ordinary life. The invitations are easily missed or overlooked because they seem so ordinary. For example when you went to the corner shop to buy milk this morning, did you look the cashier in the eye & say, "Hello, how are you today?" & then actually wait to listen to what he said? Or did you grab your change & race our of the shop to rush to the next thing on your list of things to do? Like I said, just a little example & I could write a thousand more just like it but I am sure you get what I am trying to say.

I am going to make sure I work very hard on how I see people in my world. I really don't want to be missing precious opportunities.
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9.8.09

Less is More IV


As you may already know, I have been on major decluttering process recently. I have had a deep look at my life, my priorities, my purpose & my loves. You can have a read about it in previous post - Less is More I, II & III. It all started in April when I found myself tired soon after getting back from a lovely holiday. It has taken quite some time to work through this process. I guess that's why it's called a process as it is not a once off event. The final part of my decluttering took place about a week ago when I closed my FaceBook account. It may seem like a silly thing to do but it is very significant to me. I realise after a week of not having it that I never needed it! I haven't missed anything but have gained so much time. So now what? I have decluttered & am confident that there is nothing left to "throw out" in both my home & my soul. I asked God what the next step
is. These two verses immediately came to mind:

Psalm 23:2 He leads me beside the still waters Psalm 46:10 Be still, & know that I am God

When thinking about these verses I remember a time when I took great pleasure in being by still waters. In the photo above you will see me reading a book in my favourite park in London. I used to get on my bicycle & go down to this park whenever I could & just hang out & be still. I feel peaceful just thinking about it again & I am sure that this is the next step on the Less is More process. A time to be still & peaceful! Of course my immediate reaction to that is "what, do nothing!". I think many people would struggle with this part of the process, decluttering is an active thing but to do nothing is even more difficult. Most people will start to clutter again, finding things to fill the void & get busy with new things. I know this to be true because I have seen it. People struggle with rest & hide behind busyness. I too have been caught in this trap in the past which is why I am determined to do this step well. If it's time to rest & be still then God obviously has a reason for it so who am I to argue?

Now please keep this in perspective though! I have 4 children & lead a church with my husband, it's not like I am going to sit on the sofa & stare into space all day ha ha. Jesus did commend Mary over Martha though, as she chose to sit at Jesus feet. There was work that needed to be done, but before she got busy she was still. This is what Jesus said to her in Luke 10:41-42, "
Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

I would love to hear what God is doing in your life too, why not post a comment in the comment box below? Have a great week xxx
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3.8.09

God Is Our Hope

Hope = to desire something with confident expectation of its fulfilment

Wasn't Eric's message this Sunday powerful? It's so good to be reminded that God really is our hope in these times & always is. I found it very interesting when he mentioned the importance of inviting people into our world so they can see what hope looks like, but also that we shouldn't invite people into our dysfunction. We have to be living a life that shows hope & that believes God is our hope before we try to convince any one else of it. I really believe Eric spoke such truth here! Too many unsaved people are turned away from Jesus & a life of hope because they see the mess & dysfunction of our life - what is coming out of their mouth isn't lining up with the fruit in our life. - we confess God is our hope but we don't live like we believe it. Let's get our lives sorted out by lining it up with what the Bible says & believing what the Bible says. Then we won't even need to open our mouth to win people to Jesus they will simply see & want what we have. Then when they ask we can open our mouth & tell them what we have - God, Our Hope!
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