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View from our holiday home

“Praise be to the Lord. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56)

Hello again. I hope you’re all well and have been able to take advantage of the decent weather we’ve had lately. We’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire. We both fell in love with the area, never having visited it before.

Symonds Yat is a village that is split into East and West, and we stayed in the West. The two halves are separated by the River Wye, accessible by a very wonky suspension bridge, which I bottled out of after getting halfway across! Another way over is by the hand-pulled ferry, and the easiest way (in my humble opinion) is to drive the four miles. We were able to visit the East side of the village, walked up to the Symonds Yat Rock and had the experience of seeing three counties from this viewpoint (Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire in Wales).

“For the word of the Lord is right and true. He is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4)

God is dependable in all his words and works, which are characterised by righteousness, justice and grace.

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!” (Psalm 36:7)

We felt that God had really blessed us on this holiday. The accommodation we rented was spotlessly clean and comfortable and the weather was far better than we had hoped for. The holiday cottage was situated by the river Wye and was beautiful and peaceful. We have already booked again for next May.

“For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds." (Psalm 57:10)

We visited lots of places, including: Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, the Forest of Dean, and Bourton-on-the-Water, a village in the Cotswolds. We had a boat trip on the river, sampled local food and ale, and walked for miles.

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1)

We regularly buy St John’s Gospel testaments from the Pocket Testament League. We had purchased 30 of these and took them on holiday with us, with the aim of leaving them all in the area. We distributed them between cafes, pubs, park benches, the boat, and even left some in Hereford Cathedral.

River Wye

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” (Psalm 68:19)

We are so grateful to the Lord for His generosity and kindness to us. It took us four hours to get home but that was because there was some work being undertaken on the motorway. We had been prepared for this and so we passed the time by listening to a Christian podcast and then playing our Christian playlist. Because of this, we arrived home in a calm and peaceful frame of mind, thanking God for His constant love and care.

View from Symonds Yat Rock

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

As always, I wish you a blessed, healthy and peaceful week.

Love Ann ❤

No Christ, no hope - Know Christ, know hope!

View from the Great Orme, Llandudno

“For in the day of trouble, he will keep me safe in his dwelling.” (Psalm 27:5)

Hi there. The good weather’s back, eh? I hope it stays like this as we are going on a week’s holiday to the Wye Valley in Herefordshire from Saturday. We are planning lots of walks, but are taking our waterproofs, just in case!

God still loves you, even if you are the black sheep of the family!

I was wondering about the topic for this week’s blog and was very fortunate to receive a timely email from a fellow member of our church congregation. She had received a lovely piece of writing from a friend, and had decided to pass it on. Thank you Doreen!

“How priceless is your unfailing love!” (Psalm 36:7)

As a child of God, you are never alone. Your Shepherd is with you at all times. You never have to fear that, if things become too difficult, He will never abandon you. He goes before you; He walks beside you; He comes behind you. He protects you securely.

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1)

You never need to fear evil. As intimidating as evil can be, there is nothing you will ever face that intimidates your Shepherd. He has seen it all and soundly defeated every form of wickedness.

Cheshire Cat, Llandudno

He comforts you with His strong presence in times of sorrow and grief. He leads you through the valley of the shadow of death. He does not necessarily lead you down the path that passes through the dark valley. Yet, at those times, He walks closely with you, reassuring you throughout the journey that He still loves you and is with you. It is during those times that you experience His love and compassion in a deeper dimension than you ever have before.

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1)

You never need to fear evil. As intimidating as evil can be, there is nothing you will ever face that intimidates your Shepherd. He has seen it all and soundly defeated every form of wickedness.

Evil never catches Him by surprise. Your Shepherd is always prepared and knows exactly when and where you will experience difficulty.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the Shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)

Place your absolute trust in your Good Shepherd, that He will protect you and demonstrate His love for you through the darkest valley.

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says; for whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye.” (Zechariah 2:8)

Believers are precious to God; they are His very own children. Treating any believer unkindly is the same as treating God that way.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12: 6-7)

Just as He sees every sparrow and knows every hair that is on your head, so His gaze is constantly upon you. Even when you cannot see Him He always keeps His eyes upon you.

Great Orme

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

This is the focus of the entire Gospel. God’s love is not self-centred; it reaches out and draws others in. God paid dearly with the life of His Son the highest price He could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins and then offered us the new life He had bought for us.

Happy Valley Park

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

When I read Doreen’s email, I was blown away once again by just how much our God loves and cares for us. It’s hard to get my head around the fact that the creator of the world is actually interested in my insignificant little life!

Ann ❤

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

Llandudno Pier

Appleton Lodge

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 104:33)

Hello again. Isn’t this weather a lovely surprise? It seemed as if we were drifting into autumn but we’ve been given the bonus of an Indian summer! They say it won’t last but it’s good while it does. Having said that, I’m afraid I never could tolerate much heat and so I’m hiding away during the day, and only venturing out in the evenings.

We’ve seen some stunning sunsets recently and I’m enclosing some of them.

“And Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:16)

I’ve started to read the New Testament again and have decided to read it from start to finish. Obviously, Matthew is the first book, so here I am!

I've read the Bible a few times now but - like most folks, I suppose - I have my favourites. I never tire of reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), which tell the wonderful story of the birth, life, death and ressurection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Matthew was written by a former tax-collector, who turned his back on his dodgy dealings to give his life to Christ.

“His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18)

Mary was betrothed (isn’t that a lovely word?) to Joseph when she discovered she was pregnant. She was still a virgin at that time, so clearly Joseph must have been extremely perplexed and concerned! But Mary had been told by an angel that this would happen. It must have been mind-blowing but Mary took it in her stride…..

Orford, Warrington

When Mary informed him of how she had become pregnant, Joseph presumably found this story very hard to believe. Well, you would, wouldn’t you?? 😲

Joseph was a godly and righteous man who didn’t want to disgrace Mary, so he planned to break off the engagement quietly. He was a man with strong beliefs and was prepared to do what was right.

“An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20)

Joseph was faced with a difficult choice after discovering that Mary was pregnant – and not with his child! Although he knew that taking Mary as his wife would be humiliating, Joseph chose to obey the angel’s command to marry her.

Joseph’s actions revealed his righteousness, discretion, sensitivity and responsiveness to God. He obeyed God, married Mary and honoured her virginity until after the baby was born. He trained his son in the carpentry trade and gave him a good spiritual upbringing. Both Mary and Joseph were told to name the child Jesus because “He will save His people from their sins”

Joseph knew Jesus was someone special from the moment he heard the angel’s words. His strong belief in that fact, and his willingness to follow God’s leading empowered him to be Jesus’s chosen earthly father.

Sometimes we avoid doing what is right because of what others might think. Like Joseph, we must choose to obey God, rather than seek the approval of others. It's never an easy choice, as it's so very easy to give in to the pressures and pleasures of the world but, like Noah, Joseph put his trust in God and his life was greatly enriched because of this decision.

Orford Park, Warrington

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Well, that's all for now. I hear we're in for thunderstorms soon! But, no matter what the weather, I hope you all have a blessed, safe and healthy weekend.

Ann

No Christ, no hope - know Christ, know hope!