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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…
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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…
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…

Open

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…