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Shower

22 Feb

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At 11 years old my little Thomas just took his first shower at home!!!
Words can’t quite express how amazing this is… Believe me it’s a big deal.
He has been terrified of showers for his entire life, but has been ‘training’ at school – and this morning, as I prepared to get in the shower for my daily ablutions, he announced he was going to get in there first.
He promptly popped on some swimming goggles and bravely stepped under the water.
I am so proud and moved by his courage.

Funny how little things most of us see as completely mundane can be such enormous milestones for others….

Never, ever take anything for granted.

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Stumbling in – with a Smile and a half decent glass of Champagne

1 Jan

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That’s it!
We’re in!!
2014….

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For better, for worse, there’s nothing we can do about it… let’s stumble into it together, hand in hand and holding tight to the Saviour and Lover and Creator of each one of us.
After all he is the beginning and the end, and everything in between.
He knows all that we don’t yet know.
The good, the bad, the ugly; the triumphs and the sorrows.
So let’s stumble in, trusting that He has enough grace for us to face everything He has planned for us…and to be victorious in it all.
I, for one, am excited…
First stop: Australia, for two weeks holiday in the sun with one of my all-time besties…. Can it get any better!!?!

We think, quite possibly, not.

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Canvas

23 Oct

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I painted my first canvas today.
It’s beautiful – because God painted it through me.
I am totally ecstatic about this new thing…..

Yes, YET another new thing!!

I am beside myself with excitement to have discovered another way of expressing my love for Him, my joy to be alive – and my deep desire to see people come to know Him and be set free by Him.

Wow.
Thank you, Lord.
Oh – and thank you, James. What a godsend you are!!

I will post a picture of my painting once my gorgeous hubby’s birthday is out of the way and he has his present – wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise…. 😉

Although I suspect he has seen a photo of it on Facebook. But then I wouldn’t know about that now, would I.

“BOY” I’m BLESSED!

21 Oct

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Too Excited for Words

12 Sep

….so this will have to do!

When I read it – it hit me right between the eyes.
Not literally you understand . Obviously.

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The Heart-Mouth Connection by Rick Warren

“Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor.” (Prov 14:23)

The Bible makes a direct connection between your heart and your mouth. For instance, if you have a problem with profanity, that’s not a problem with your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart. If you tend to be critical and say sarcastic things, that’s not a problem in your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart. If you tend to exaggerate things and shade the truth, that’s not a problem with your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart. If you tend to say things that you think people want you to say rather than what you really need to say, that’s not a problem with your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart.

What you say has a direct connection to your heart.

Whatever your heart is filled with is going to come out of your mouth. If you’re filled with anger, anger is going to come out of your mouth. If your heart is filled with depression, it’s going to come out of your mouth. If your heart is filled with joy, that’s going to come out of your mouth.

The Bible says, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (NLT). Another way to say this is, love God with all your talk, all your feelings, all your thinking, and all of your acting. God shaped you to primarily be either a talker, feeler, thinker, or a doer.

Heart people have a real hard time being quiet. They’re talkers. When you’re a heart person, you’ve got to let it out. You’ve got to tell other people. Heart people love to tell stories. They love to sit and converse, especially in heart-to-heart conversations.

The world needs people who are communicators. We need people who can lead discussions and who can verbalize what the rest of us feel. We need teachers, counselors, and coaches who can teach us and direct us. We need comedians. We need preachers. We need all of these people who are built on verbal skills and who are able to move the world forward.

And then this.
This last bit was written for me.
Directly.
It really was as if God was speaking straight to me.

God’s warning for talkers is this: You also have to act. Proverbs 14:23 says, “Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor” (CEV). That means you’ve got to move ahead. Some people never get past the discussion stage. What are you doing with your life? “I’m talking about doing this.” How long have you been talking about it? “Three years.” When are you going to stop talking and start doing? “I’m aiming to.” When are you going to stop aiming and pull the trigger?

Talk It Over

What is it that you’ve been talking about doing maybe for weeks or even months?
You need to move ahead. What steps will you take today to move forward? Don’t just talk about it. Do it!

I’m a talker.
All my life I have been dubbed “The Family Chatterbox”.
But that post by Rick Warren, it shut me right up.

It’s time for me to get on and DO what I have been talking about doing for years and years.

I have embarked on step 1 of many, many steps. There is a 5-year ‘plan’ I’m hoping to see come to fruition – but as I’m pretty sure it’s God’s plan, I’m going with it….

And I feel purposeful, excited and alive in a way that I haven’t felt for….well… years and years.

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Half Term Tales #3: Fancy Face Paint, Synchronised Climbers and Cuddles with a Blue-Shielded Knight

20 Feb

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20130220-224047.jpg This gorgeous little princess is a little girl my friend Cathryn looks after – I hasten to add Thomas had never met her before…
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And finally… Will someone for pity’s sake please PLEASE explain to me how dogs manage to look so worried and sad and neglected for so much of the time??…
Eh?!?
Just look at the eyebrows and see if you’re not suddenly consumed by compassion for that poor POORcreature…
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A Sunny, Outdoor Kind of Week End

17 Feb

The sandpit got its first “outing” of the season! They spent hours in there, digging trenches and pouring water into them and building mounds for Lego forts and cars. The stuff boyhood is made of. 20130217-201236.jpg
Thomas climbed into the bottom part of an ancient cider press using the dog’s lead as a climbing rope…
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…then decided it was all too much hard work…
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A more (and rarer) civilised moment for Tom
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Sam, on an outing to Looe in Cornwall with grandparents, also felt like a little impromptu lie-down. Runs in the family.
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Brothers, contemplating the deeper things of life. Like chips and Lego and Top Gear.
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Scooters and shorts – MUST be summer…!
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That boy is too much of a thrill seeker for my liking
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A little private whisper between daddy and the Middle One. Wonder what he was saying??
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And the last one…not so sunny:
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…those 4 boys sure do make me happy…

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