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Chris' Story

I lOVE to hear women's stories (I'm pretty nosey!)
I particularly love hearing how God has impacted someone - the circumstances and people He uses, and how kind and loving He is - bringing us to repentance, helping all of us find our way back to Him. I recently heard Chris Barber's story, and asked her to share it here with us. God spoke to her through REAL2017, and in particular  Emily’s preach "God can do what He says He can do" and the words: “I do believe, help me in my unbelief" It's a great encouragement to trust God ...and that there's no retiring for the Christian who wants to follow God! Oh yes, and it's a wonderful plug for this year's REAL - come and hear God - He will be there, He will be speaking, He is ready to transform us from the inside out - come and position yourself in a space where the Holy Spirit is moving and speaking.
I would love to tell you my story of how it all started.

It was on a sunny Wednesday morning one June and I…
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One of our distinctives at Kerith, and therefore also at REAL is that we love to work with friends! We choose to work with friends, and so love to invite those we already have a relationship with to speak into our community and stand alongside us. We share ethos and values...and we have fun! 
Last year at REAL we were so blessed to have Cathy Madavan with us - I know that God used her words in a really significant way for many women. In fact, one of our small groups has been studying her book Digging for Diamonds this last year, and have really loved it! They also highly recommend her James Devotional  Simon and I visited Cathy and her husband Mark (who leads Locks Heath Free Church) in their beautiful home this last Tuesday evening, and shared a really lovely evening together, devouring the largest pan of Paella I've ever seen, plus stories, laughs, friendship, wisdom and honesty - it was so good to be with friends.

On Thursday I had a great time chatting via FaceTime with Kemi Kole…

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Long time no see!!!!
What to talk about after so long an absence?!?!

I've had so many wonderful experiences and opportunities recently, and so I can't wait to tell you the stories of my travel to support women's conferences in Albania and Macedonia. 

God was so good to us, and it was such a privilege to travel there with our wonderful Kerith women, to pray for the Balkan women and to stand alongside them as their sisters, encouraging them in their faith. 
We had adventures; new experiences; thunder storms and sunshine; lost luggage and unexpected gifts. We saw salvations and re-commitments; we prayed for women of all ages and backgrounds; some of us were more successful at mastering the language than others, but we had a go! We sang worship songs in a mixture of "have-a-go-Albanian" and the few English lines we could remember (and just kept repeating them!) 
We gave away what we had in terms of our faith and trust in God. We know that we received so much from being th…

It'll All Be Over Soon...don't miss it!

Well the time is flying isnt it? (or is that just me?)
Ready or not, 2017 is coming to an end and Christmas is fast approaching.


Every. Single. Year. I declare "This is the Christmas I'm going to be calm / spend less / really feel ready and at peace / have time for people / feel close to Jesus and hear His voice / have time and space to enjoy the run-up...and so on (sound familiar anyone?)

Anyone else secretly echoing this top's sentiments in their thoughts?!?!

I'm not an earlybird, or the most organised - and get this, right now I can't find my little Christmas notebook - you know, the one with the last last 4 years of presents given and received listed - anywhere!!!! If you heard Simon preach on Sunday you'll know this is driving me mad!

I'd really love to hear your tips for enjoying and flourishing during this season. We don't' want to just "survive it" do we!
Here are a few of mine.

Make my money go further
First thing to say is to set a limi…

African sky

I'm writing this in the eerie light of Monday afternoon - anyone else noticed the yellow-tinged sky? I'm reliably informed (thanks Jake!) that the high winds are picking up dust particles from Liberia and North Africa, turning our sky a yellowish colour and definitely giving off an unusual atmosphere! Kind of intriguing too, as we are about to leave for a 10 day trip to Zambia this evening! We're flying overnight, and when we get there temperatures are high 90s - I have no idea how I'm going to cope with that at all...so I'm not even thinking about it right now! 
We'll stay a few days in Lusaka, visiting Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam and their girls;  and Tehila, the charity they run, Then it's a 5 hour journey North to reconnect with the pastors and families in Serenje, and visit the Dormitory to meet the girls. 
Please do pray for us - safety and good health, pray for our families, pray that everywhere we go we take people up in their lift! (If like me you…

A Trip to the Dentist before Zambia!

No blog last weekend as I had the toothache!!!
For anyone that's had toothache, I know that no more words of explanation are necessary.

There was nothing else for it - I wrapped a scarf around my head, popped the pills and, whimpering, retreated early to bed. I confess I felt quite sorry for myself! Will I ever feel like me again?!?! Did I not learn the lessons from my ankle? Does Jesus want to keep reminding me that we all live within limits? I even made the mistake of asking Simon "will I ever be back to normal?" to which he replied "I'm beginning to wonder that myself!" - did I mention I was already feeling sorry for myself?!
The wonderful Dentist put me out of my misery the next day - could have hugged and kissed him!

Apart from obviously wanting instant relief from the tooth pain, I was anxious to get it sorted, as we are soon to travel to Zambia!
We are going to spend a few days in Lusaka to see Sam and Hannah and their girls - then we are travelling up to…

Yes and Amen

This morning Simon preached a fantastic sermon about remembering - remember all that God has done- and the very act of reminding ourselves will give us faith for what He will do. If you were there you'll now know that when I have a favourite worship song, then 20 times on repeat just isn't enough for me!!! 
Whilst I've been resting and my broken ankle's been healing, I've spent a lot of time listening to worship songs and podcasts, and reading the Bible - I also stared out of the window a bit and watched the changing sky - a new slower-paced activity for sure! 

Most mornings in those first couple of weeks, I'd wake up with a line from a worship song in my head. I thank God for that, as He then set the tone for the rest of the day. Plenty of times I then listened to the whole song (on repeat of course) looked up Bible passages, studied word meanings and journalled what I felt God was saying to me. 
One of the songs that spoke to me so powerfully was "Yes and A…