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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you.” (Numbers 6:24-5)

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a peaceful and pleasant time with your family and friends, and trust you managed to keep relatively healthy. I’ve seen some wonderful posts on Facebook from people thanking God for keeping them safe throughout another year, and for all the blessings He has given them.

We are so thankful to have got to the end of another year relatively unscathed. We have been so blessed in that neither of us has had Covid. A few family members succumbed to the virus but they have all recovered.

This was my original version!  An update is that, unfortunately, Kev has contracted the dreaded virus.  I have escaped it so far, and am hoping that this situation continues...

Rossall Beach

“I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” (Psalm 9:1-2)

Praise is expressing to God our appreciation and understanding of His worth. It is saying thank you for each aspect of His divine nature.

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, in that we were able to spend time with family and friends. We had our first Christmas Day together, just the two of us, which was lovely. On Boxing Day, we visited my sister and enjoyed excellent food and company.

Rossall Beach

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: My God, in him will I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

God is a shelter and a refuge when we are afraid. We should entrust ourselves to His protection, and we will be kept safe.

We celebrated the New Year with my other sister and brother in Blackpool. Again, we were treated to gorgeous food and had a great time.

Sculpture on Rossall Beach

On New Year’s Day, we took a seven-mile walk along Rossall Beach. It was a beautiful day and we ate fish, chips and peas, before we set off home. Well, you can’t visit the seaside without going to the chippy!

On Bank Holiday Monday, we visited a new place – Parkgate. It’s about 29 miles away and is a village on the Wirral Peninsula. It’s on the banks of the River Dee, and has views across the salt marshes that lead onto the Dee Estuary. It’s clearly a very popular place, as it was quite crowded along the promenade, but we did manage to escape the crowds on our walk along the Wirral Way.

The Wirral Way

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

At church last week, our pastor Andrew reminded us of the importance of planning a Bible study programme for the year. I have never quite managed this but do read my Bible most days. I am currently studying Genesis. I have gone back to the beginning, with the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. Every time I read it, I become quite annoyed with them for spoiling the future for everyone! Why on earth could they not have just done as they were told and avoided that particular tree? They had everything on tap, but it still wasn’t enough for them! Such is the nature of man, I suppose… Oh well, God soon found a solution to that dilemma; He sent His only Son to die for us so that we might be forgiven our sins and have a future with God and Jesus to look forward to.

Parkgate promenade

I hope you have a good start to your year. I wish you health and peace and the love of God, our wonderful Heavenly Father.

Love Ann

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