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    Back to blogger

    I've returned back to blogger and will continue my blogs on that site - will keep this site open until the new year.

    Thank you


    Oh where, oh where, oh where

    Feeling rather peeved off - now my voice has disappeared and there is so much to do and people to visit.....bother, bother, bother grrrr

    Went to Home League this afternoon and, although I prepared the programme - Joyce very kindly read the readings and lead the afternoon.  Thank you Joyce.

    So back home resting my throat in the hope that my voice will re-appear by the weekend because I am preaching on Sunday and have alist of engagements up until and on Christmas Day.

    A new owner in the making!!

    For Christmas I asked 'Santa' or 'Nigel' for a goldfish tank and fish.  It's not a sudden whim but I have been thinking about it for a few months  but whilst I was still in the thinking stage John and Marta bought theirs!! and that has spurred me on. So last evening, after finishing the weekly shop, Nigel and I popped into 'Pets at Home' and purchased my new tank which I set up all by myself because Nigel was too busy playing on his computer!!  Next Monday I have to take a water sample, from the tank I hesitant to add, to the shop which the very nice man will test to make sure that it is 'ok' before I purchase any fish!!

    Considering that I am only buying goldfish I cannot highly commend the shop assistant who took great care in explaining to me what to buy, how to look after etc etc etc and even came running after me with a leaflet to help me set up my new tank.  God bless you Sir.

    more photos

    more photos of Nigel's and Karl's trip to devon on


    A thought!!!

    Whilst browsing a blogger friend's sites - Simply4God - I came across this poem and thought it intriguing...

    Our Deepest Fear
    by Marianne Williamson

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

    It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

    We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be?

    You are a child of God.

    Your playing small does not serve the world.

    There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

    We are all meant to shine, as children do.

    We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

    It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

    And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

    As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.



     What's your greatest fear?




    Christmas has arrived

    The 16ft Christmas Tree arrived yesterday at The Salvation Army and the 'Christmas Decor' team are down there this morning in full swing.  Nigel has made his way down to show an interest and to be in time for the fish n'chip lunch the highlight of the day :)

    From now until Christmas day it's go, go, go with the Christmas programme, which includes events in the hall and around shops, sheltered housing etc etc concluding with a Christmas Day meal at the hall for those who will be own and many other reasons this Christmas.


    My two boys in Devon

     These photographs were taken in our favourite location - Watersmeet, which is just outside of Lynton and Lymouth.

    Nigel & Karl have for the last couple of years disappeared for a few days walking trip.  This year they went down to Devon and visited Watersmeet, Lynton & Lymouth but the hightlight for them was finding a river on the moors - even though it meant going through a miltary firing range!! and walking up a hill ankle deep in mud


    hitting the sack

    I've not been feeling a 100% over the last few weeks with a cold, cough and just general  tiredness but like everyone else (so many people down with the same symptoms) I've just kept going and have covered all the engagements that have been in my diary. Yesterday, thought, left me feeling the weakest and just plain exhausted - I had two services to lead the first at 9.30 and the second at 11.00 by the time I arrived home I had no voice, a headache and was just plain cold.

    Today, however, Nigel & Karl are away on a walking trip in Devon and I have the house to myself plus I have no outside engagements for today SO I'm going to go back to bed for a couple more hours and, hopefully, will wake up feeling a bit more alive.

    Getting Started

    I read this as part of my devotions this morning (Daily Bread and found it most helpful and challenging so would very much like to share it with you.

    Bible Reading: Acts 13:1-12

    A missionary life - where to begin?

    A missionary community (vs1-5). These verses show that this 'missionary journey' was the work of an entire community, not just one man.  We're shown a diverse group of believers worshipping the Lord and fasting, responding to his direction, and sending out a team.  It's a contrast to the many times I've tried to work out my calling alone.  How different would it be if I got together with some Christian friends, and we sought the Lord and listened to him together?  What if we tried to reach our workplaces, schools, communities...together?

    One person at at time (vs 6-7). Paul and the team preached from town to town, but the story rapidly zones in on one person who is open to the message - Sergius Paulus.  We can get overwhelmed by the size of our 'mission field', but perhaps as in Paul's case there is one person God wants to hightlight, one colleague, school friend, family member.

    A battleground (vs8-12). If Sergius Paulus responded to the gospel, he'd no longer need his sorcerer.  But Elymas wasn't going to give up that easily.  Not everyone wants their world changed.  Perhaps some of us recoil from mission because we know it gets tough.  Mission is not for the faint-hearted.

    Respond - Who are your 'God community'?  Arrange a time to share and pray with them about your mission field.

    bonding time!!!!!

    As I have mentioned in previous blogs I am not 'girly' so don't ever ask me to accompany you to a make up, jewellery or fashion party or event!!  My mother always says she felt as though she had three boys in the house and in return I've always said that I thank the Lord that he gave me a son cos I wouldn't know what to do with a girl!! lol

    Having said all of that - it was quite funny last night because Karl came with me to the hairdressers. Karl wanted his hair trimmed and thinned (he's got such thick hair especially when he lets it grow) so I managed to book him appointment with my hairdresser before she cut mine.  We were the only two in the shop and whilst he was having a dry cut I was having mine washed and then I was placed in the chair next to him. The following conversation took place..

    Karl  "Hello mother"

    Me   "Hello son"

    Karl to Lauren (hairdresser)  "This is my bonding time with my mother before I go out hiking with my father next week - don't want her to feel left out"

    Honestly - bonding time!!! I ask you.......

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