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Sunset on Minsterley, Shropshire

“He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:6)

Hi there. Good to be back. In case you wondered where last week’s blog was (and I hope you did!), we were on holiday in Shropshire for a week. We rented the same holiday bungalow as last year, and really enjoyed our stay. It was peaceful – very peaceful, as the whole county was more or less still closed. We were lucky with the weather for the first three days and then it took a downturn. I thought I had taken enough suitable clothes for all events but still had to purchase a warm jacket on the day before we came home.

We discovered some lovely new places, including Ellesmere, Clun and Bridgnorth. We also revisited some favourites from last year, including Ironbridge and Ludlow. It’s a beautiful county and quite unspoiled. It’s peaceful and clean and we had some wonderful drives into the country.

Pontesbury Hill, Shropshire

Ludlow, Shropshire

Ludlow Castle

Trusting God to be our rock, salvation and fortress will change our entire outlook on life. We must no longer hold onto resentment towards others when they hurt us. When we are resting in God’s strength, nothing can shake us.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galations 5: 22-3)

The fruit of the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in us, once we become Christians. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ.

Ironbridge, Shropshire

Unfortunately, I am still lacking in some of these traits, namely patience, for a start! I have never been the most patient of creatures and seem to get worse as I grow older. I do have considerably more patience with people than things, though. I give up easily when I am faced with technology problems, which is where I am very fortunate to be married to my lovely Kev. He’s a very practical guy and has infinite patience – with me and with technology!

Church Stretton, Shropshire

Clun, Shropshire

“He who guards the lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3)

Another of my areas of weakness has to be self-control. I don’t always think before I speak! From being a child, I always had a short fuse and I remember my mum telling me, “You’ll get into trouble with that temper of yours, one day.” Over the years, I mellowed, particularly since becoming a Christian, but I still engage mouth before brain on some occasions. 😲

Bridgnorth, Shropshire

The Mere, Ellesmere, Shropshire

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” (James 3:5)

In my own defence, I am quick to apologise and admit when I am in the wrong. Kev is a very slow burner – calm, relaxed and with a very even temper. I sometimes fly off the handle at him but get no reaction from him, and soon realise what a so and so I am being. I then apologise profusely and ask him to forgive me; he always replies that there is nothing to forgive. The Lord has matched us perfectly. We never argue because Kev simply won’t engage in such battles, and I can hardly fight with myself; hence, a peaceful life in the marital home.

Now that restrictions are lifting, I hope you manage to have a break away somewhere. Going abroad is lovely but we really appreciate our own country, particularly during these times. There’s so many gorgeous places to see. Our list keeps getting longer each day and, if we live to be 100, I still don’t think we will see everywhere.

Hope you have a good weekend. Apparently, rain is forecast for Saturday but you never know – the forecast is quite often wrong. Whatever you are doing, please be assured of God’s constant love for you.

Ann

No Christ, no hope – know Christ, know hope.

Ellesmere, Shropshire