Thank you so much for all the lovely Birthday wishes, cards and gifts yesterday - I was really spoilt! It was fun having a birthday on a Sunday - right from the onset when I was sung to by the car-parkers at 8am! You're never too old for a birthday cake - My beautiful mum has made me a cake with strawberries and cream each birthday for over the last thirty years -here's this year's - guess I ought to share?!
Yesterday at Church was phenomenal - the preaching by our 10 preachers was to say the least deeply humbling. Together with the worship, there was such a powerful sense of God's presence - offering hope and strength to each one of us for today, tomorrow, this week - for our individual lives and circumstances. Love this worship song - The Lord is my Rock - it's one of my "on repeat" ones . Listen to it enough times, that as you sing along and get the lyrics inside you, you really start to believe it, and declare God's truth over your life. Today I'm 46 - and I want to declare it over my life - this is who I am, this is my faith, this is my God.
"... Nobody has a perfect life - everyone else's life looks great ..but everybody has challenges. We're constantly judging our insides against everyone else's outsides " Ruthie Henshall on Woman's Hour last week So true!
I'm delighted to welcome Esther Ross-Watson to my Blog today! She is a dearly loved member of our Kerith family. She and her late husband Michael served as missionaries for many years. Esther bravely made the decision to travel again, and she has recently returned from Indonesia. Here's her story: Whilst Michael was on his last days on earth in August 2017 he received a request from the Island of Madura, Indonesia asking us to return to the town of Pamekasen, Madura, Indonesia where we had begun our Missions work in July 1973 exactly one year after we were married. They were keen to have us see what God had been doing in the years since we’d moved on and we excitedly said ‘Yes’ we will come! Obviously that had to go on hold for a while because I didn’t feel I could, or even wanted to go alone! Anyway around March/April time 2018, I begun to feel a gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit urging me to think some more about it! It was like a feeling of wanting to know
Thought I'd mix it up today and do something lighthearted here. I popped into town this morning (as an aside, anyone else still incredulous that "new Bracknell / The Lexicon is so great and that it's really here to stay?!) Anyhow, I popped into town for a quick wander and bought 3 "essentials" I'd run out of, so I thought I'd share them with you - and of course I'd love to hear about your 3 recent essential purchases. 1 Contact lense solution I've worn glasses since Secondary school, and contact lenses since I left Uni. Gas permeables - great for me - slightly perilous in swimming pools / the sea / other people's sinks (£80 to replace). They work for me - and so a couple of bottles of solution each month keep me going.I ran out a couple of days ago, so it was £4.70 well spent for clean lenses and clear eyesight. 2. "Buffet" by The Ordinary This was a new one for me, a present I received last Christmas. I LOVE it and can