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Well last week had some highs and lows.

Highs included Simon's birthday and my cast coming off - hoorah!

I'm now officially walking - although it often looks like shuffling! Great to have 2 feet back in use - if only for planting firmly into the ground so that I can make the bed or get something out of a cupboard. It's a huge help to have my hands free when I go up and down stairs too. I'm of course being a good girl with the exercises. No idea what people mean when they say "don't do too much" - I join in if I feel ok and work out afterwards if it was really ok and good to stretch myself, or "Too Much"! Anyhow, it's good to be feeling more like myself again. Apparently It's still a slow process of building up strength and flexibility, so I need to keep on being patient!

The low was that our 12 year old labrador died - Nemo was a big character, and a huge presence in our home - he really was one of the family. We all said goodbye, we all th…
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Six weeks in a cast and on crutches was non-negotiable. 
What was optional was how I was going to navigate those six weeks. One way or the other, I was going to live through six weeks. I could do it kicking and screaming in frustration; wearing an "I'm fine" mask and trying to keep up with my old pace (and no doubt at all, that would have been very frustrating and false!) 
As soon as I fell and realised the implications, Jesus seemed to say to me very clearly that I could instead choose to do this in an open way - open to the possibilities, to the changes, to what He would teach me. So with the Holy Spirit's help, that's what I've tried to do - to journey these six weeks honestly and openly. 
Through it all I know He's met me and taught me so much. Lots of people say "oh there's a preach in this for you" and I reckon yes, there are observations, experiences and plenty of funny stories I'm going to enjoy sharing. But more than anything, He&#…

Not the Summer I'd Planned

"Life's detours means  God wants you to run right into His arms  so He can reconstruct your heart"  Ann Voskamp
Well, let's just say that it's not been the summer I thought I was going to have!!! 
I'm so grateful we had our relaxing holiday in the sunshine
I'm so grateful it's summer time, and therefore not so many work commitments
I'm so grateful for my family being around
I'm so grateful for a wonderful and kind church family

If I was going to have an accident ...to slip over on the back door mat....in my wedges...feeding the dogs.. and dislocate and fracture my ankle...then I'm so glad I was at home with family around and with access to swift expert medical help.

The accident was so sudden and it was immediately obvious that I couldn't sort it on my own! I'm pretty squeamish so I'll save you the details, but the angle of my foot prompted me to say out loud "I've just done something really bad".

Funny isn't it, when yo…

Believe in the One

Well I hardly know where to start as there's so much to say and to celebrate about what God did in and through us last weekend at REAL! It was such a great time - fabulous worship, amazing teaching, an open atmosphere, hungry and responsive women; and a gracious, loving God blessing us and meeting with us. 

Right from the first song we proclaimed together "I believe" and in that moment I felt that we drew a line in the sand, choosing to believe God is who he says He is; choosing to believe Jesus, not just believe in Him; and choosing to trust Him.

So much to say...but I don't need to say it all now. Instead I'll leave you with a few images. Let them trigger your memory and remind you of what God said and how you were impacted. Make a plan to look through your conference notes - or to write some reflections now - and then to meet up with another woman or two to share and pray and stir up faith in each other.

Thank you to everyone who created the experience that was R…

What are you doing this hot Monday evening?

It's a very hot Monday evening, and I've just returned home, having spent an hour or so at the Kerith Centre - boy it was busy! Two Courses running (thanks for putting up with the REAL interruptions!) plus the Band and Tech team were rehearsing, and the creative girls were making and creating - it was full of life; and all for REAL, which is next week!!!!!

If only you too could have heard the worship *, seen our wonderful volunteer teams working hard, been part of the chat and the making - it was such a good, real and spiritual place to be, as women reminisced about past REALs, or how they came to be at Kerith, or shared stories as they worked.

The effort is all for you girls - to create a vibrant environment where you can relax and connect with your Father. Where you can feel at home, and looked after, expected and anticipated by us. Where you have no responsibilities and can freely give yourselves to worshipping the King of Kings. Where we come together as women who are believ…

Journey to Macedonia

The Journey to Macedonia Last year I spent a brief 24 hours in Macedonia, meeting up with Marija Vuletic and her husband Sasha. They are experienced church leaders with a heart for planting Churches. They felt God leading them to create a women's conference, so we met up with them together with the ladies of their church to hear their vision, chat and pray for one another.  What followed was a year of Marija and I building our friendship through Skype calls; many faithful prayers and lots of hard work from that small team of women.  This year we returned to take part in their first VREDNA (Worth/Value) Conference!  They did it!  The dreams shared amongst a group of women eating pancakes together in a city apartment came to fruition. 
Last month I spent 6 days in Skopje with the Kerith team of Alice, Ann and Karen, serving the Trinitas Church and the Vredna conference!
We heard and experienced some amazing things - God was so good, and the people there are so faithful and faith-filled; an…

What can we do?

·  Monday was my Birthday, and I had a really lovely day of treats and sunshine and rest. The evening finished with a relax in front of "One born every minute" on the TV - I love to share in all the stories of new life and family.        And then of course we all woke up on Tuesday to hear the terrible news of the terror attack, many injured and the deaths of 22 children and teenagers and mothers and fathers.      Their loss will ripple through so many many families, schools, communities. 116 people were taken to eight hospitals and 75 are still being treated, including 23 in critical care, some with life-changing injuries. This includes five children at the Royal Manchester children’s hospital.       The images conjured up in my imagination are too horrific, it's almost too sad to think about,       But I know that I can't hide away from it.       What can I do? What can we do?       Well we can pray - and when it all seems overwhelming I'm grateful to Christian leade…