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Brave New Steps, The Same God As Always

These two Bible passages have been really important to me over the years, but I have been thinking about them a lot over the last few weeks, as I have been doing brave new things, getting reading for new steps and needing the God that I don’t often feel very connected to right now. I hope they touch you too.

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For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3 v 14-21

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Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139 v 7-12

My New Venture!

Once again I have been silent for a while … but this time I have a very good reason!

I have started my own business!!

Allow me to introduce to you:

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Please do go and take a look at my Facebook page and then share it with your friends!

I love using my crafting and sewing skills to make toys and gifts for family and friends. I was making so many of the little owls I’ve shared with you before and receiving such a positive response to them and my other gifts. “You should sell these” became an often-heard comment. Hmm, what better way to earn money then by doing what I love?

So now we have Bright & Beautiful! This name actually came from when I was a kid planning what I wanted to do when I grew up – who would have thought it?

Here is a little peek at some of the things you can buy! Head to my page to find out more about these and my other items!

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I Still Will Remain

Today I came across a song that pretty much describes what life has been like for me this week.

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Beauty From Pain

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The lights go out all around me
One last candle to keep out the night
And then the darkness surrounds me
I know I’m alive but I feel like I’ve died
And all that’s left is to accept that it’s over
My dreams ran like sand through the fists that I made
I try to keep warm but I just grow colder
I feel like I’m slipping away

After all this has passed, I still will remain
After I’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

My whole world is the pain inside me
The best I can do is just get through the day
When life before is only a memory
I’ll wonder why God lets me walk through this place
And though I can’t understand why this happened
I know that I will when I look back someday
And see how you’ve brought beauty from ashes
And made me as gold purified through these flames

After all this has passed, I still will remain
After I’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Here I am, at the end of me
Tryin to hold to what I can’t see
I forgot how to hope
This night’s been so long
I cling to Your promise
There will be a dawn

After all this has passed, I still will remain
After I’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

You too will still remain.

Spring!

 

 

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My lovely Hubby’s birthday marked the real start of spring for me last week. Then we got some gorgeous weather, which took me on a walk down to the Quay, where the sun glistening off the water was an enthusiastic confirmation of spring!

 

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I was very pleased with this photo of a daffodil, with the cathedral and the gorgeously blue sky in sight! I can’t help but feel just a little bit encouraged by such strong evidence of new life and spring …

 

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I love the sight of the cathedral! It has been an ever-increasing constant in my life as long as I can remember and has proved to be a sight of many memories and much joy and comfort. Who can not be moved with it, set against this bright sun and such a clear blue sky?! So maybe I’m a little biased …

What does your spring look like?

An outside chance?

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Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Matthew 6v26

Consider the earth! Our globes’s weight has been estimated at six sextillion tons (a six with thenty-one zeroes). Yet it is prcisely tilted at twenty-three degrees; any more or any less and our seasons would be lost in a melted polar flood. Though our globe revolves at the rate of one-thousand miles per hour or twenty-five thousand miles per day or nine million miles per year, none of us tumbles into orbit …

As you stand … observing God’s workshop, let me pose a few questions. If he is able to place stars in their sockets and suspend the sky like a curtain, do you think it is remotely possible that God is able to guide your life? If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that he is mighty enough to light your path? If he cares enough about the planet Saturn to give it rings or Venus to make it sparkle, is there an outside chance that he cares enough about you to meet your needs?

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The Best Kind of Craft

This week L and I are staying with his parents. Oh yes, and L’s brother, sister-in-law and their two (almost completely!) adorable children …

L’s brother and family live about 5-6 hours car journey away from us, so both visiting the parent’s home at the same time is a very good way to meet up … for L and I anyway, as we only have 1 1/2 hours to drive 😛

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Grandma bought a box full of fun craft bits and bobs for me to play with my niece, A, who is three. So much fun!

This card was made especially for Grandma – A Busy Sea!

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Meet (l-r) Ben and Rosie, the spiders A and I made – all according to A’s ideas and step-by-step instruction! I assure you, she knows exactly what should go where, at what time and with how much glue! 😉

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Despite challenging my ingrained perfectionism, I had so much fun creating the pictures present in a three-year old’s mind out of pom-poms, wiggly-eyes and pipe-cleaners!!

Surgery

Our friend A is having major surgery today, will be in hospital for a week and house-bound for 2 months.

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For those of you who pray, can you please pray now for A? Pray that her operation would go smoothly and be a big success and that Jesus would fill T, her husband, with His peace and presence as he waits for A to come through surgery. Please continue to pray for A’s swift and straight forward recovery and for both A and T to have all the strength and support that they need at this time.

Thank you very much!