God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31



Friday, 17 March 2017

A Mid-Lent Reflection



Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

                             Amen

We are nearly half way through the forty days of Lent, the time of repentance.

The time when we search our souls, when we, as Christians ask ourselves who we are, and also whose we are.

The season of Lent is a time of soul searching preparation before the celebration of Resurrection day.

Only a truly honest view of our sin will give us a full appreciation of God's mercy.

Only when we fully understand how lost humankind really is, do we then grasp how great is our salvation.

Remember....Christ did not simply die for the general sins of the world...


He died  specifically for my sin, your sin.



Can recommend this Lenten reflection by Vinita Hampton Wright



Monday, 13 March 2017

Too much self.....


I have a lovely friend who gets  really taken over by what ever the latest trend is on Pinterest.
Last year it was Hygge...a Danish word for something that most of the world has been doing for generations.

This year the trend is for "Self Care Boxes"
I got one for Christmas

It was full of things that would fulfil my 'self care wheel' in order to maintain my 'life balance'.

My friend was rather put out when I emptied the box and put the items into everyday use instead of keeping them all in the box for use when I was feeling particularly down and in need of some 'self care'

This got me thinking....
 When I am in need of 'self care' it is to my Bible and prayer that I turn, not things in a box.

I am not 'self sufficient' and don't want to be.
There is too much self sufficiency about.

The dictionary definition of self sufficient is:-

1.  able to supply one's own or its own needs without external assistance
2. having extreme confidence in one's own resources, powers, etc           

It’s not that hard to admit that we need God’s help in this life. Only the most proud or the most foolish believe they are truly self-sufficient. Yes, we need God. Yes, we can seek from God whatever we need—help, comfort, or guidance.
But actually taking the step toward God can be not only difficult but complex. A lot of things can get in the way.

Remember one simple fact: God is for us, not against us. God waits for us, eager to help with our pain, shame, anger, or fear. The only thing to do is step forward and bring to God whatever burden hinders us.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Catching Up....


Apologies for such a long time in between posts.....
On 31st January I was struck down with 'Acute Viral Bronchitis' and things got much worse before they started to get better I can tell you!
As you can see from my daily journal entries.

As the bronchitis was viral no antibiotics would touch it and a case of waiting for it to pass...oh, so much easier said than done. It has taken most of February for it to 'pass'

Have never known a cough so very, very painful, the bronchitis sent my asthma totally haywire which in the end turned out to be the biggest concern and has only just stabilised within the last couple of days.

....oh...and did I mention the pulled rib muscles a bout of coughing left me with?.....painful indeed, and still are as the inflammation takes a while to heal...

Apart from that, all is well as we enter this season of Lent once again.


We had a very chilly few days...the lowest my weather station recorded was on 2nd February, when the outside  thermometer registered -9.8'C at 8.05am...just as my husband was going out to get the bus to work.. It was only 17.2' indoors too I see...the heating doesn't come on till 7am


Later on in the month we had 'Storm Doris' which brought us gale force winds and some horrible hail storms. Was rather glad to be staying in doors!


My son in law rescued these Daffodils that the storm had flattened when he came round with my annual spring supply of compost...3 for £10 from all good garden centres at this time of year..


I took the photograph before he had brought the third bag in. Which he had to carry from the boot of his car, up the garden path, through the front door, through the hall, through the kitchen and out of the back door. 

Now all I need is for the weather to warm up a little and I get get my vegetable seeds sown in the large pots that are all cleaned and ready and waiting...it won't be long now.