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Our wedding celebration party - June 2017

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 3:3)

Hello again. What beautiful weather we’re enjoying lately! As you know by now, we love our regular walks. We were blessed to be able to visit both my sisters over the weekend, and had a lovely long walk on Cleveleys promenade on Saturday. It was quite busy of course but it was wonderful to fill our lungs with sea air. We had a barbecue in Blackpool, and enjoyed the company of my brother and his partner too.

Cleveleys

Haslingden

On Sunday we visited my other sister in Rossendale, had a wonderful (but somewhat tiring – for me, anyway) hill walk, and then enjoyed quality time sitting in her beautiful garden. Such simple pleasures but so valued and appreciated, after our long period of lockdown.

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.”

The pictures this week were taken at the party to celebrate our wedding. We had married the previous February but I had returned to Poland until June, so we decided to have a gathering for family and friends. We were fortunate enough to be offered the use of one of the schools where Kev works, so this saved us a considerable sum of money. Kev’s colleagues kindly prepared a hot buffet and a DJ had been hired.

My sister Susan and her husband Dave, tripping the light fantastic!

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (Galations 5:13)

Christians should not be slaves to sin, because they are free to do right and to glorify God through loving service to others. This picture shows my dear friend Tracy, who is married to our pastor. She was with me when I became a Christian, and I have been so blessed and fortunate to enjoy her friendship and support for over ten years.

“And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:14)

Ron was Kev’s best man at the wedding and is a passionate, committed Christian who speaks regularly at Bethesda, one of our local churches. Pictured here with his lovely wife, June.

Ron and June

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate to your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” (1 Peter 3:7)

If a man is not considerate and respectful of his wife, his prayers will be hindered, because a living relationship with God depends on right relationships with others. I have nothing at all to fear on that score, because the Lord very graciously allocated me the best husband I could wish for. He always puts me first – so much so, that I am in danger of becoming spoiled! Wishing you a peaceful and blessed week. God bless.

Ann ❤

No Christ, no hope - know Christ, know hope.

Our wedding blessing April 2017

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3)

Hello. Isn’t this weather beautiful? It really feels as though spring has arrived at last. We’ve had some nice walks this week and are looking forward to going to Blackpool and Rossendale this weekend, to visit my sisters – outdoors, of course!

Pastor Scott blessed our marriage.

“Therefore, what God has joined together let man not separate.” (Mark 10:9)

I’ve been thinking about our wedding blessing in Poland lately. We had got married in February 2017, and I went back to Poland to finish my contract. But Kev visited me over Easter and we were fortunate enough to have our marriage blessed in the international church which I attended. We both wore our wedding outfits and invited all our friends to the service. We ate a buffet lunch in the church and then had a small party at my apartment.

A gathering at my apartment in Wroclaw

Kaori, Brett and Michelle

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

 

 

God doesn’t forgive us just because we forgive others, but because of His great mercy. Having received forgiveness we should pass it on to others. After all, Christ was even willing to forgive those who crucified Him.

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)

Why is love for others called a debt? We are permanently in debt to Christ for the lavish love He has poured on us. The only way we can even begin to pay this debt is by loving others in turn. Because Christ’s love is infinitely greater than ours, we will always have the obligation to love our neighbour.

 

Friends at International Church, Wroclaw

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

God reaches out to His people with kindness motivated by deep and everlasting love. He is eager to do the best for them, if they will only let Him.

Kev and I felt so blessed to have this wonderful time in Wroclaw together. The few days flew by and soon it was time for him to go back to Warrington. We knew we wouldn’t see each other until May, when I planned a short visit to him over the holiday weekend. We have so many fond memories of this city and are hoping to visit again – not this year, though – but maybe next year, God willing!

I really hope you all get the opportunity to go somewhere nice this year. Hoping your dreams come true and you will be able to see family and friends, and visit some of your favourite places.

In the meantime, let me remind you of just how much the Lord loves you. Stay safe and well. God bless. Ann ❤

No Christ, no hope – know Christ, know hope!

Leaving our mark on Lovers' Bridge, Wroclaw

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:5)

While Kev was in Wroclaw, we visited Tumski Bridge, a steel bridge over the Oder River. This is known as Lovers’ Bridge and the tradition is to purchase padlocks and fasten them to the side of the bridge to ‘lock their love’. Buskers playing violins add to the atmosphere, making it such a romantic experience.

Sunset at Newton-le-Willows

“I love You, O Lord, my strength” (Psalm 18:1)

Hello again. I hope you’re all well and enjoyed the Easter weekend. The weather was quite kind to us, wasn’t it? We managed to get out for a few walks – in Salford, Leigh and locally. We also had a trip out to New Brighton, which is one of our many favourite places. It’s quiet, relatively litter-free and thoroughly unspoiled and there’s so much space to have a good walk along the beach.

We were very pleased to return to church and see our friends again. Our service on Easter Sunday was amazing – one of the best. Andrew’s message was wonderful and you can catch up with this on Bridgewater Baptist’s Facebook page.

The Arches, Newton-le-Willows

“It is God who arms with strength and makes my way perfect.” (Psalm 18:32)

I have now been writing this blog for a full year! I can hardly believe 12 months have passed since I wrote my first tentative entry on 6 April 2020. I had been furloughed from my admin job and decided it was a good time to start this project, having thought about it for some time. Three months later, I was working from home, and decided to retire in August. I always imagined I would love working from home but experienced just the opposite.

I had worked in a teaching school and my job entailed organising courses in our training room. I was used to seeing lots of people but, of course, along came Covid and that was that! The face-to-face courses disappeared, to be replaced by online training, which I found soulless and tedious. I missed seeing people and I felt trapped at home. I found it quite difficult to separate boundaries between work and home. The final straw came when my manager was made redundant and I came to the conclusion that my working life – at least for now – was over.

New Brighton

“Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)

Although Abram had demonstrated his faith through action, it was his belief in the Lord, not his actions that made Abram right with God. We too can have a right relationship with God by trusting Him. Church attendance, prayer and good deeds will not by themselves make us right with God. A right relationship is based on faith – the inner confidence that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do.

Worsley canal

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie in green pastures.” (Psalm 23:1)

Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance and protection. As the Lord is the Good Shepherd, so we are his sheep – not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers.

Worsley canal

“By day, the Lord directs his love – at night, His song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)

So much has happened in the last year, and I think we can all see that. Since retirement, I have had a lot more time to devote to studying my Bible and reading inspirational Christian books. As I don’t have to get ready for work, once Kev has gone for the day, I can organise my days exactly how I want them, and it’s so much more enjoyable.

My relationship with Christ has deepened considerably over the previous year, particularly the last six months. I believe that it’s His will that I should continue to write my blog and that remains a priority in my life. This activity gives me pleasure and satisfaction and also lends some structure to my week.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Hoping in the Lord is expecting that His promise of strength will help us to rise above life’s distractions and difficulties. It also means trusting in Him. I don’t always remember to trust in the Lord – I sometimes try to do things in my own strength but am frequently reminded who is in control!

Worsley canal bank

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Christians are brand-new people on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives them new life and they are not the same anymore. We are not reformed, rehabilitated or re-educated – we are recreated, new creations, living in union with Christ.

Looking back to the time before I committed to Jesus in 2011, I was such a completely different person then, compared to how I am now. Oh, I am certainly no angel, but I do believe the Holy Spirit prompts me when I am about to say or do something I shouldn’t. Reading the Bible and praying are ways to keep on track with God but I also listen to our Christian playlist regularly. It really does lift my mood.

I have previously shared this with you but make no apologies for mentioning it again. There is a beautiful, uplifting song called “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music, which inspired my website name – Childofgod54. Whenever I feel down, dispirited, unmotivated or depressed, that song is the answer. It automatically lifts my spirits whenever I hear it. The lyrics include the words, “I am no longer a slave to fear – I am a child of God.” Those words warm, comfort and soothe me on a regular basis.

Leigh canal

Well, let’s hope the next year is better than the last! They say that the older you get, the faster time goes – well, I can vouch for that. I’m looking forward to the next 12 months as a child of God.

In the meantime, stay safe and well. God bless.

Love Ann ❤

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

Are you a child of God yet? Take a minute to listen to this inspiring song: 

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Leigh canal