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Verse of the Day – Proverbs 3:24

Proverbs 3:24

Proverbs 3:24

I so remember those dark nights of being unable to sleep, that’s why I drank, to drink myself to sleep and escape.  But now, since that first time that I prayed, I have been receiving the sweetest sleep ever.

Sometimes all we have to hold on to
Is what we know is true of who You are
So when the heartache hits like a hurricane
That could never change who You are
And we trust in who You are

Even if the healing doesn’t come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God You are good
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing
Even if the healing doesn’t come

Lord we know Your ways are not our ways
So we set our faith in who You are
Even though You reign high above us
You tenderly love us
We know Your heart
And we rest in who You are

Even if the healing doesn’t come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God You are good
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing
Even if the healing doesn’t come

You’re still the Great and Mighty One
We trust You always
You’re working all things for our good
We’ll sing your praise

You are God and we will bless You
As the Good and Faithful One
You are God and we will bless You
Even if the healing doesn’t come
Even if the healing doesn’t come

Alarms Off

Tonight I have switched off both alarms on my phone, I do not intend to wake up early at all tomorrow.  For the first time since New Year’s Day I don’t have to get up to leave the house before 8am.

I have the next three days off work, apart from Christmas and New Year, it’s my first days off since Victoria went to The Gambia, especially now I work every Saturday morning, so I fully intend to take it easy.  It will also give me the chance to catch up on a few blogs.

Having said that with two kids in the house, rushing around getting ready for school, I don’t actually think I’ll get much in the way of a lay in though.

Plus you can bet that my body clock will kick in at about 5am when my first alarm usually goes off, what’s the betting I won’t be able to get back to sleep.  Oh well, we’ll see!

I’m burning inside, these thoughts of you control my mind
A love I can’t shake as I lie awake tonight
This is different from the rest, more than a feeling or a second guess
And I can’t breathe ’til you’re holding me again
This is love, keeping me awake tonight
This is love, I can’t free you from my mind
Cause I’ve never felt a part of something greater than myself until now
(Oh) I’m waking up
Cause this is love
I have to be with you, cause I can’t make it on my own
My fears are forgotten when I’m standing here with you
So where do we go from here, they say the future’s so unclear
But I don’t care I’ll go anywhere with you
I’ll go anywhere, we can go anywhere
To a love I can’t deny
You are the dawn that breaks the night
You have my heart, you have everything
Cause this is love
This is love, oh
This is love, oh

Verse of the Day – Psalm 36:7

Psalm 36:7

Psalm 36:7

Do you ever get the feeling that you can’t go on any further?

I know I did last year, I reached a mountain I couldn’t climb, but now I feel rested and ready to go for it again.

I certainly feel I found that shelter under the shadow of His wings!

When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars You are with me
When creation folds
Still my soul will soar on Your mercy

I’ll walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit revived in Your story
And I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of Your glorious grace

Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign

And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love You forever
And forever I’ll sing

When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling to Your promise
Where my courage ends
Let my heart find strength in Your presence

Return To The Mountain

Return To The Mountain

I came upon a mountain
For which I had no strength to climb
I slipped and then I stumbled
Until I lay in tears upon the ground
But there I found my rest
Shelter under the shadow of Your wings
You heard my silent cries
You wiped away tears
I stayed a while
Laying still in peace You gave
You eased my worry
You renewed my strength
Until it was time to try again
Now I’ve taken steps upon this giant
Though it may take to time to climb
Yet I feel it tremble beneath my every step
Together we will shake it to it’s foundations

Until it crumbles beneath my feet
Then I raise my hands and sing my praise
In thanks for the rest You gave

Verse of the Day – Psalm 91:4

Psalm 91:4

Psalm 91:4

I have to say that over the last few months, I certainly feel like I found that refuge.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil thing
In this life I have seen your faithfulness
In this life I have found Your grace, God

I will trust You
All my hope is found
In Your love

I will trust You
My whole life is found
In Your love

When my eyes cannot see every single step
And my heart feels unsure again
I remember the strength of Your love O God
I hold on to the peace You bring

Your Goodness, Kindness, and Faithfulness, Persists through the night
Your Goodness, Kindness, and Faithfulness, Persists through the night
Your Goodness, Kindness, and Faithfulness, Persists through the night
Your Goodness, Kindness, and Faithfulness, Persists through the night

I will trust You
All my hope is found
In Your love

I will trust You
My whole life is found
In Your love

Can I Lean On You?

Can I Lean On You ?

Can I lean on You?
If I’m struggling to stand
May I rest my head?
Or lay down at Your feet?
When I need a moment
Give me peace to sleep

When I’m feeling broken
Or torn apart inside
If I just want to run
Trying desperately to hide
Can I call on You?
To shelter me from the storm

When the black clouds pass
And the darkness shall fade
And the sun shines once more
Raise me to my feet
Walk with me again
Let me fly with eagles wings

A Morning Surprise

Yesterday morning I received a really nice surprise. Although I was told it would happen some time this month, to be honest I had forgotten as slowly September passed by, so it really did take me by surprise.

Since my Nanna was buried earlier this year, back on the 12th March, I’ve visited her graveside almost daily ever since, I walk that way to work, so I take a small detour and spend a few minutes there.

For months there has been just a patch of earth, slowly as the weeks passed, it gradually became covered by grass and the flowers my family leave each week, but no headstone. A couple of months ago I asked my Mum when the headstone was arriving, she said sometime in September, adding that the ground had to harden first.

So Friday morning it looked just as had over the last few months, but yesterday morning as I approached it all looked very different, all the flowers had moved and when I got closer I saw the new headstone.

She shares a grave with her first husband and my Grandad, who died back in 1957 (when my Mum was just five), I remember so many times going with my Nan to tend his grave, she always kept it neat and tidy, but he never had a headstone, just a small stone vase with an inscription, they were quite poor and I guess she couldn’t afford much at the time. Now they share a new headstone over the grave they share together (with the vase moved to the foot of the grave).



As I read the inscription, I have to say it brought a tear to my eye.

My Nanna never stopped, even when she was approaching ninety she would get the bus into town to go shopping, almost daily up until she had a knee replacement a few years back.

Even when she retired and moved into a bungalow, I remember going with her to arrange bingo and other activities for fellow pensioners. She even mowed lawns (generally with a push mower) and shopped for her neighbours well into her late seventies, until my Mum and her sisters made her slow down, but that was only after she suffered a fall.

A month or so ago I noticed that the grass was growing nicely over the grave, except for one area, down at her feet. I thought that was funny, as my Nanna never seemed to stop to rest long enough to let the grass grow under her feet, so I told it was okay now, she was now free to rest, since then it seems the grass has started to grow there.

When I got back home yesterday, I was quite eager to listen to the new Newsboys album, I was actually a little disappointed, until I heared this song and it made me think of Nanna.

THAT HOME by NEWSBOYSThere was a home in town
Where broken kids, the lost & found
Would come from miles around
Just to see, what love was all about
‘Cause Momma had a way of makin’ things okay

She’d cook us our favorite meal
Sit and listen to how we feel
Oh, how the pain was real
How many families what the devil steal?
Momma had a way of makin’ things okay

In that home
We knew we were safe
To be young enough to dream
Find the faith to believe
And in that home
Love, it had no end
It’s where we learned to forgive
In that home

Momma always had the music on
Sometimes loud, sometimes soft
When I asked her ’bout her favorite song
She opened the bible to the book of Psalms
She always found a way to talk about grace

In that home
We knew we were safe
To be young enough to dream
Find the faith to believe
And in that home
Love, it had no end
That’s where we learned to forgive
In that home

And on that day I got the news
That Momma’s stay here was almost through
I stayed all night by her side
Held her hand, looked in her eyes
And said, Momma

When you’re home
I know you’ll be safe
Strong enough to see
The faith that you believed
And in that home
Life will have no end
I know I’ll see you again

In that home

No Walk Wednesday

Ok, so yesterday I just ran out of steam, I think my body was telling me to slow down, take a rest, I put in a lot of hours last week, between my job, Church, Karate, architectural work and computer repair work, I put in over 75 hours, not counting travelling to and from, I was definitely ready for the rest.

So this morning I had a lie in, WOW, I don’t lie in anymore, not beyond 6.30am anyway, if you can call that a lie in.  This morning although I was awake around 6.30am, I napped a few times until I got up mid morning and to be honest, I enjoyed it!

So no walk this morning, maybe tomorrow, but for now I share a couple of photo’s from yesterdays walk.

Burning The Edge Of Clouds

Burning The Edge Of Clouds

Light Beyond Spring Growth

Light Beyond Spring Growth

I can see Your face
I can see Your hands
I can see Your finger prints
You’re everywhere I am
I can hear Your voice
What a beautiful sound
Oh, Your love, Your love
Your love, Your love is loud
(Love Is Loud by Luminate)

Fighting For Rest

Fighting For Rest

Sleep creeps along these aching bones
My mind wanders along a lonely road
No need to count the sheep as they pass
They quietly drift by as my tired eyes fight

I carry on pushing through the hours
No time for sleep as I’ve still so much to do
Still wrestling with the urge to lay my head
Now I’m closing on the moment I consent

I hit the pillow so hard I sink right within
Now it’s my time to fall so very deep
To embrace the peaceful dreams I so crave
To rest the bones that carry me through each day

The weekend has once again come back around
Thankfully I have made it through this week
Upon minimal rest I’ve walked this busy path
So now I can relax and take that well earned rest