This plant matters, to me. It's got a story. It's a memory-maker. It's a little part of God's promise to me. Tending it's has been part of my routine, from way before this to now....... It's a visual of John 15 and more. Enjoy the glimpse into our back yard.....
The restart after annual leave is always a little brutal. The routines so different. The watch is back on my wrist. The pressures real and the to-do-list, too large! So what is it thats swirling around...... Sometimes you learn most when the heat is on! Unavoidable. Not desired: but true..... Great times sitting with a wise friend and being reminded...."Keep finding delight." Nothing like a wardrobe malfunction to further develop humility to your day. All suited and booted and a central, and critical shirt button departs at speed! Nietzsche's words popularised by Eugene Peterson:- “The essential thing ‘in heaven and [...]
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3 v 30 God delights to increase the faith of His children. We begin by faith, we live by faith, and we grow by faith. Instead of wanting no trials before victory we must be willing to take from God’s hand the trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats that come into our lives. These are the very things God uses to increase our faith. When things are going well we tend to rely less on God and more on our self. When we are weak we are God dependent instead of self-dependent, [...]
times with my Noah & Esther around and about. Such a treat and the delight of doing life at a different speed-setting. Eating, laughing and chatting incessantly. Going back continually to get free samples of Cinnamon and Sugar pretzels! Entering a - build the car the fastest- competition. We made the scoreboard, but didn't win. Playing with Zack, Finley and Martha - in the sprinkler on their extensive gardens. Smart hair and new clothes treats. My almost knee-calamity for fear of squashing Martha's oversized, French snail, Molly! Realising how fierce I can be about boy racers when my children are [...]
things that were good about my Friday. a lazy non-alarm-clock start to the day......amen! catching up on the world, via my copy of the church times. Ancient-future, sort-of! making cups of tea for my poorly wife. having a giggle with my sister on the phone, as her three gorgeous children navigate our childhood home! a meandering walk through Shoreditch to drink flat-white goodness at Paper and Cup. my lovely wife's first making of a cherry madeira cake - result. the sweet goodness of Foye Vance's, melancholic 'joy of nothing.' avoiding that dark, treacherous rain of late June! great book reading, [...]
You (probably) know I am a fan of grace, I'm won by grace, wooed and transformed by grace .... "Grace is something you can never get but only be given. The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours [...]
......in reply to my cyberpal supersimbo's invitation, this was some of my Christmas. It involved far too much pace, perhaps not enough quiet and medium amounts of gluttony! More home-making adventures with Julie: and real-tree goodness. The three-meat Christmas roast was particularly good! Just-about recovery from all the pre-Christmas services: overdosing particularly on singing 'Silent Night.' Seeing the joy of my children’s present opening: brilliant although all-too-short times with Noah & Esther. Enjoying the store of dreams: Apple at Covent Garden with Noah! The giving and receiving of slippers: I received high-end quality slippers,….as I am of that age and [...]
from my world....... I'm surely no athlete, but only drink red top milk. I only follow less-than-200 twitter peeps on purpose! I enjoy great chocolate but still default to common-old-popping Terry's Chocolate Orange! I get mildly ocd about the toilet roll coming from the top, not..... you get it?! Reading books still necessitates real books with real pages and real capacity to mark, annotate and fold: still not kindle convinced! I still love bacon or any other meat based meal. The great glass elevator ride, the fastest in London at Duck & Waffle, remains on my desired-eat list! I still [...]
.....from my Noah & Esther and having them around for a precious few days! They've got a great take on things - so here's some of their truths! Not so much a six-pack, as a fat-pack! Daddy you have many talents,..... but singing isnt one of them You're the best even with the curly hair!? You have surprising shotguns Dad!