Time for a faith lift…

I’m not sure if it’s too late in the year to be talking of New Year’s resolutions, but one of my resolutions is to finish writing a book. I began to write about a year ago, but encountered some obstacles on the way and have begun this New Year with a resolute determination to finish it this time.

Some of you already know the story, others will never have heard about it before. Yet I hope all of you who read this blog will join me on the journey I am about to embark upon in order to finish the book. I will share excerpts as I write, and invite you to take part in the adventure too. Many of you have been part of the adventure from the very start, being an encouragement and support over the past eighteen months. Thank you.

The event that sparked the desire to write, and inspired this blog in the first place, will form the basis of the book. A challenge of faith, of forgiveness, an experience of great pain yet filled with hope.

I hope that as I share my story with you, that it will encourage and uplift you too.

Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Year Resolutions

I decided not to make New Year Resolutions this year. Instead I made a list of achievements that I would like to complete before the year is out. Some are realistic, others are downright fanciful, and some will require a lot of hard work and dedication.

I have been inspired by the tasks set by others. A year in photos is underway, posting 365 beautiful yet different shots for every day of the year. A fundraising campaign offers a chance to raise money for good causes whilst achieving some individual challenges. Some are just for fun, such as ‘the love of it‘ setting 52 different challenges for the year ahead, with others taking on a more serious note.

A New Year always heralds a new start, poses new challenges and will bring its fair share of difficult moments and outstanding highlights. The feeling of anticipation is contagious.

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm  Comments (2)  
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Thought of the day

I hope you’re all enjoying the lead-up to Christmas and the New Year. I came across a copy of one of my favourite poems the other day and thought I’d share it with you. There have been many adaptations and various claims on the authorship, but this is my favourite version.

I Had a Dream
One night I had a dream
I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets
of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me
and the other to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only on set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest
and saddest times in my life.
This always bothered me
and I questioned the Lord
about my dilemma.
“Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You,
You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I’m aware that during the most troublesome
times of my life there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You most,
you leave me.”
He whispered,  “My precious, precious child,
I love you and will never leave you
never, ever during your times of trial and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints
It was then that I carried you.”

Margaret Fishback Powers

I hope this inspires you as much as it has inspired me, and I wish you a very happy Christmas and all the best for the coming new year.

Published in: on December 24, 2009 at 10:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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