Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A chilly day

On my birthday just before Christmas, we popped along to a nearby National Trust haunt.

It was one of those delightfully crisp, and chilly  winters day.

Trips out like this are what I live for really, It sounds trite, but it's the sum total of all I love about life, being out in God's amazing creation, with my beautiful family. 

Thursday, 16 January 2014


Sometimes it can feel like a bit from the bible is kind of chasing me around.

It's always a good thing when this happens, I guess I feel like it's the way the Big Guy up there reminds me of something, or, it's just a coincidence.

I'll let you decide that.

Either way, When it happens I need to remember to write it down, so here it is ;

'Faith that can move mountains'…….it's a phrase you can hear a lot when part of a charismatic faith filled church. It's a great one line phrase. Which can stir everyone into a frenzy of trying harder, and Believing and hoping, oh so much hoping for Miracles and things to change.
But can often leave me feeling a little inadequate in my faith in what I believe God can ( or will ) do.

I heard a lovely talk recently about where this verse came from ( or where he seems to think it does, i'm not sure of the validity of this information ! ) Anyway, before Jesus used the example of faith being strong/effecient enough to 'move mountains' There was an event in which King Herod had decided he wanted to build something where there was a mountain ( or big hill….who knows how they defined things in those days ! ) So he set his slaves to work, moving said 'mountain' so he could build what he wanted where the obstacle was. I don't know any details, but I'm guessing it would have taken a loooong time, maybe even years, and was an event which most people Jesus spoke to would have remembered. The guy doing this Talk reflected that sometimes faith isn't just about praying for a HUGE thing to happen, and it happen straight away, but how change can be small, and seemingly insignificant, and take a LOOOOONG time.

I also read a blog post about a man who did a similar thing, taking YEARS and YEARS just so that children in a local area could build a small make shift school…..he quite literally moved the side of a small mountain, with just his hands and a wheel barrow.

I guess with these examples in mind, I do have 'faith that can move mountains'………Just one small step at a time.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The year endeth once more...

What a year this one has been………

This time last year there was a person growing within,
Now he's come out and I'm once again thin, (ish)
He drained me of all I had to offer,
Spending endless days in bed, and eating like a troffer….
Eventually he emerged, with a fair bit of pushing,
Then he ate and slept, (with quite a lot of 'shushing')

He grew and developed, now he can crawl,
Little tyke has started nursery,
But most of all, 
I have my two kids, both healthy and happy
(Unless Woody is sat in a dirty nappy) !
He's quite loud, my youngest little Deane,
Playing on his own, he is not keen.

I thought I may break under the pressure;
CFS, a baby and a toddler,
Not a great combination to offer,
I am loving life right now, tired, but not broken, content and satisfied,
With my friends, family and life with a pushchair ride.

But the year 2013 has been and gone,
I know that it won't be long,
Til i'm writing my end of year poem once more,
So 2014, give us your best,
I will give it my all, and God can do the rest.