Saturday, 31 October 2009

At the beach

I am having some chill-out time with my two younger boys at this beautiful secluded little beach...

One is climbing rocks

The other is throwing pebbles into the sea

And me?
I am breathing in the delicious briny air, letting the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore soothe away the stresses of the last few weeks.
And allowing my Father to cherish me.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Authentic Friendships by Rick Warren

"But if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other. Then the blood of Jesus, God's Son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:7-8 NCV).

In Biblical fellowship, we should experience authenticity.

Authentic friendships are more than superficial, surface-level chit-chat. They involve genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing.

These friendships develop when we get honest about who we are and what is happening in our lives. They develop when we share our hurts, reveal our feelings, confess our failures, disclose our doubts, admit our fears, acknowledge our weaknesses, and ask for help and prayer.

Unfortunately, this level of authenticity and intimacy is the exact opposite of what we find in many churches. Instead of an atmosphere of honesty and humility, we often become involved in pretending, role-playing, politicking, superficial politeness, and shallow conversation. We begin to wear masks, keep our guard up, and act as if everything is rosy in our lives. These attitudes are the death of real friendship.

It's only as we become open about our lives that we experience authentic fellowship. The Bible says, "If we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other . . . If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves" (1 John 1:7–8 NCV).

The world thinks intimacy occurs in the dark, but God says it happens in the light. We tend to use darkness to hide our hurts, faults, fears, failures, and flaws. But in God's light, we can bring them all out into the open and admit who we really are.

Of course, being authentic requires both courage and humility. It means facing our fear of exposure, rejection, and being hurt again.

Why would anyone take such a risk?

Because it's the only way to grow spiritually and be emotionally healthy. The Bible says, "Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed" (James 5:16 MSG).

[I am posting this here because this issue is very verrrrrry close to my heart. Will write more on this later]

Friday, 23 October 2009

We Are Here!!

We have arrived in Devon. It was agonising saying goodbye to friends, and it seemed to go on forever! That, coupled with the relentless task of sorting through our 'junk' and packing it up into boxes, made the couple of weeks leading up to the move fairly traumatic and exhausting.
But that was over two weeks ago...
And we made it!!!
We're here!
In one piece.
The pain of leaving beloved friends behind is easing a little, I have to confess Facebook has been a has texting and calling. As has arranging our home, driving the kids to and from school, and being loved by my darling Mark.
Although it still feels alien and weird I'm beginning to love it here.
And life in the Westcountry is going to be good, I can just about see that now :)

Monday, 5 October 2009

Operation Devon: Moving - at last...

This is just a quick quick note, to say we are FINALLY moving, on Friday...!!!
It has been a roller-coaster.
I am not really ready, and don't particularly want the upheaval, or the heartache that comes with goodbyes.
But it is CLEARLY God's next step for us.
Which means I have to obey. And follow. And TRUST.

Next time I post here will be from our new home :)

Please would you pray for us? There has been MUCH opposition to this move, and we need protection as we finish off up here, and travel down there, and settle in; etc...
Thank you friends xxx