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It just goes to show, that nothing ever remains the same. We entered 2020, it seemed fairly normal… and now the country has shut down, thousands are wondering where their next pay will come from and the government is wrestling not only with the virus but people who are either unbelievably selfish or dealing with the whole covid19 thing by pretending it isn’t happening.
In the meantime there are many truly decent human beings reaching out and helping their neighbours in any way they can.
As a household we have been so very grateful for the people around us and further away who have supported us either through prayer or bringing food to our door.
A week ago both my husband and I went down with covid19. For some it has been thankfully mild, we believe our two and a half year old may be one of them.
But for me, it has put the flu we had over Christmas into the shade. I have never felt so ill in all my life. I have never felt so empty handed.
Never was “there by the grace of God go I” more true.
I find myself coming to Jesus and all I have in my hands is an old carrier bag with a hole in it. I’m so broken and sad, I wish I had more.
I thought perhaps he would exchange my tatty old carrier bag for something glorious. But he hasn’t. My hands are still empty, I’m still broken and I have yet to rise from the ashes.
He has instead given me His arm to lean on.
I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am. His dear presence, His love giving me strength for the day. I find myself living the truth that we can do “nothing apart from Him.” John 15:5
Covid19 will eventually leave our house. But may the presence of Jesus remain, because “In Him we live and move and have our being” Act 17:28
I’m 45 and in the past few years I have felt a sea change in my internal world.I have been a Christian for the majority of my life, but recently I have found my life with God deepen.Things which have been features of my life, have coalesced as God has drawn me in. It has brought me to the OMS, and I began my novate year at the beginning of this year.
I’m learning about, with others, what it means to be true to Christ, kind to others and take the gospel to the nations.And I’m slowly discovering what that might look like in my life.I’m finding it all such a joy. If feels like coming home.God has drawn me to it at the same time as planting me as a community pastor (which I started in October).When I compared the vows and practices of the OMS, it read like my job description.Coming home, planted and deeply grateful to God:“The goodness of God” Bethel music
Something I heard on the radio just now. Apparently Chinese bamboo has no outward growth for five years and then in the sixth year grows… 80 feet.
So it’s worth all the preparation in private (prayer, Bible reading and other spiritual practices) because growth is coming ♥️
We have moved (round the corner, via six weeks with my father in law while we waited for the chain to get in with it). It’s my 20th move in 25 years, but we are finally settled.
It’s a lovely house, one which our boy will have room to grow up in. And we are friends with some of our neighbours, which I have never experienced before – it’s weird, but really good.
In the meantime I now have my plants in the ground. I can’t begin to say how much joy and peace this gives me.
We are still painting and unpacking and will be for a few weeks yet, but we have taken root… Finally.
I’m trying to raise £300 to buy Suzanne Stabile’s 12 week Enneagram course so that I can deliver it locally for free.
The Enneagram is an amazing personality tool which helps people grow in compassion for others and themselves. What a great way to promote good #mentalhealth and #socialwellbeing
It has been seven months since I last blogged and to be fair there was a fair bit of faffing around before then.
But I really miss it. It has been a vertical learning curve figuring out how to be me now that I am a mum.
It’s the ongoing challenge of time management and prioritising.
I have got as far as volunteering at church, delivering my four week course “stress proof your life” which has been great, but it’s time to find time again, for reading and writing.
We shall see how I do.
It’s book review time!
Usborne “That’s not my” touchy-feely books are such a lovely way to introduce your child to books 🤗
My boy has been enjoying them so much – he has that’s not my… Unicorn, squirrel, duck, and now Monkey!
He has enjoyed learning to turn pages and interact with all the different textures in the books – we started when he was very young and now at 14 months he still thinks they are great 💕
There are 56 titles (£6.99 each) as well as colouring books (£4.99) and gift sets (£16) which include a soft toy.
You can buy them here: https://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/karen_sbooks
The “Busy train book” review 🤗
This is such a lovely book! Not only will your little one have hours of fun playing with the train, but it will be a perfect opportunity to chat all about what the train is passing.
And of course eventually as they read it themselves, they can explain it all to you 💕
A book that keeps on giving. (£14.99)
You can buy it here: https://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/karen_sbooks/
I was in The Works the other day getting craft stuff for work and lo, they have lots of vegan cook books!
I bought this one:
So many recipes seem to have a list of ingredients so long it makes your head hurt and I was really attracted to the 7 ingredient thing.
If the first recipe we tried is anything to go by, the book is a winner.
We had “Indian sweet potato rosti with onion salad” … And fishless fingers 😀
It didn’t bind at all so I put it all in a baking dish in the oven, with a little oil added to the mix.
It was SO NICE. We will definitely be eating it again. The “eight to ten” rosi’s made a meal for my husband and I… And our 6 month old son (with a little coconut milk added).
I’m really looking forward to making a few more meals from this book.