Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Mark's blog is here, although he is still quite 'blog-shy' (or too busy just being Mr Wibbs) to bother to update it regularly. Worth a visit though, as I am planning to do my "level best" to get him blogging properly!! And I'm sure he could do with some expert blogging tips.
Samuel's "footballing blogger" is a good little tool for him to practise his typing skills, and to try and identify feelings and important things going on in his life...
As for Thomas, our "constant sunshine", I would like to use it as a kind of way to journal his progress, and mark important moments in his development. Then maybe one day he will hopefully be ready to start contributing to it himself...
Do take a look - and tell us what you think!
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
We are fine here, and I feel almost guilty about it... Don't get me wrong, I'm oh so glad we weren't flooded; however it kinda means I'm not really entitled to any opinions about how each and every person might be dealing with it all, as I haven't experienced it myself!
I just love the promise of this blue sky picture, it fills me with hope and anticipation of sunny days to come...as I'm sure there undoubtedly will be a few ahead. In the meantime, this horrid British summer is getting me down and the kids go stir crazy when they can't get outdoors!! I mean there's only so many times I can stick Toy Story on, isn't there... I wish I could share Anna's perspective on the weather in this country and say I love it, alas I am too British to do so!! Us Brits do like to whine about the weather so. It's my prayer that I can stay focused on the beauty of that blue sky in her picture, and look up instead of down.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
It's a while since I posted the last 'corner of my home' picture and felt it was high time I opened up my home to you all again!
These are pictures of our stairway, taken from the upstairs toilet........ which is where you get the most interesting angle (!!!). I just love all the lines and colours, and the fact that you get a view of both floors from there. I also love the warmth of the wood, and the feel of it underfoot, which is why we also have bare floorboards in all the upstairs bedrooms. The picture in the frame is an local african form of stencil-art, and was given to us by some friends who were missionaries in Chad; I am always humbled by the simple beauty of this picture and find it adds to the general feel of that corner of my home.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
If you click on this link it should take you to the local radio station website, where there are many incredible pictures.[NB: You have to understand flooding in our part of England is exceptionally rare, in fact rain like this had not been seen for many decades ...]
What I didn't tell you yesterday was that I was going through my very own micro-storm: my Sam was extremely sick with acute tonsilitis, and it seemed that despite a high dose of penicilin he was getting worse and worse. I was a very anxious Mummy, believe me.
"But we are not powerless. From the beginning of the world, God designated naming rights to human beings. You too have naming power: the ability to speak into a situation to call forth life from that place. You have the power to refuse to be an Eeyore, who famously said “Tut tut, it looks like rain.” You have the power to refuse any doomsday-prophet syndromes. You can refuse the darkness and look for the pinprick of light, look for the good in a bad situation, choose to see God’s hand in rock hard times instead of turning your back on him."
I found this quote on Heather's blog this evening. I don't actually know WHO wrote it, but as I read it, and re-read it, it started to resonate more and more with what I shared in my last post...and with the comments some of you left too :)
Isn't it amazing how God speaks??! Heather is one of the most inspiring ladies I have come across recently; do visit her site if you haven't already. She was diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago and is undergoing radiation and chemo as we speak. And in the midst of her darkness she still has the longing to bless others, to find something which will benefit those who need answers in times of need, to be a light in this world. She both puts me to shame, and spurs me on.
What is your immediate response in a time of crisis? What do you do with any Eeyore tendencies which might creep up on you? Also what do you say to those around you who struggle to see any 'pinprick of light' in a tough situation?? All questions which I ought to be asking myself daily... for there are many out there who don't even know Him, 'The Light of the World'.
PS: Mark and I laid hands on Sam last night as we were both getting quite worried, and we prayed over him. When we woke up this morning, the fever had left him completely and he was a totally different child!! He is still recovering, but the change in him was remarkably radical... Praise God, the ultimate Healer.
Friday, 20 July 2007
I took these about 15 minutes ago...
My garden is FLOODING as we speak!!!
I've never known rain like this. It's like a monsoon. In the UK. What's going on!?Quite frankly, nothing in me likes this weather. Do you think it should?
Please, if you have any helpful wisdom on how to be thankful for what's happening outside today, then leave a comment. Any comment would be nice; I need to know there's still a world out there...
Thursday, 19 July 2007
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV)
Salvation is in Christ alone.
That means –
· It’s not Christ plus your good behavior.
Christ plus nothing.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Saturday, 14 July 2007
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
As for the 'look', well. Suffice to say I get bored very easily and just needed a change of scenery. And I like pink. And, although I would like to be ever so clever at web-design and do something really beautiful here, I'm not clever at all at web-design and so Blogger's bog-standard templates will have to do for now!
So. What do you think??
Monday, 9 July 2007
I am publishing this in the hope that it will make me accountable to you who stop here occasionally (and to myself also) to add to my list more regularly than I have done in the past few days. This is not something I want to be legalistic about, but I am very aware that it is all too easy for me to find things to grumble about. Instead I want to "be transformed by the renewing of my mind"; I know the Holy Spirit is working in me, renewing the way I think, so that I see good where I might have seen bad, positive where I might have seen negative, beauty where I might have seen ugliness.
Welcome to this journey!!
This would go at least a little way to explaining WHY...:
Mmmmmmmm. See what I mean???!! Seriously though, I guess these images represent the hecticness of running a household of growing boys (that would include dear Mr Wibbs obviously), and I have no shame in confessing to the world that I am not, nor ever will be, a "Domestic Goddess", or a "Perfect Housewife".
This morning at the start of a new week, I am again confronted with the necessity to re-align my priorities. And having just returned from 'Re:Fresh' (our annual church camp), I feel, strangely, that housework can wait, while I just watch my little boy wondering around the house in his pyjamas, singing 'Happy birthday to you' to himself for absolutely no reason whatsoever - his delight in just being is so refreshing and eye-opening.
And so my prayer for this week is that, like Ben, I will be more able to delight in the simple things of life; and that I would challenge myself daily to make Jesus Christ the very core of my being so that everything I do is out of love for Him: an act of worship, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice of praise.