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“Have You Considered My Servant Job?”

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“…therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.

~2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

 

We speak of this often. When in times of trials, we go to God in prayer for comfort and relief. But often we are very impatient, as no one likes to suffer with unpleasant things…

But one thing which we are almost always reminded of is this: We are not God and we don’t know the reasons for our challenges. We are told in (Isaiah 55:8-9):

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are…

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The end of our hols in Civray

We had a lovely day in Civray. I was looking forward to attend my first house church so Steven dropped me there at 10:30 and he was so sad that he couldn’t make it because as yesterday it was assumption day and we did not realize the shops were closed; we couldn’t get any food and my brother was coming today so he went food shopping.

It was great to be with my joyful brothers and sisters in Christ, worshipping, giving thanks and praying, glorifying God for all his blessings and outpouring of his grace on us, healing our frail bodies and fixing difficult family situations. Before communion, this is what we read with Marc: Hebrews 9:11-15

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a]he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

And also Hebrews 9:22 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Back at the campsite, we went to the house to meet the fourth electrician. While Steven was busy touring the house with the electrician, I also showed the house to my brother. At the end of the visit, Steven whispered that he completely forgot to put the chicken in the oven and I thought ‘oups’. When we went back to the campsite, le camping de Civray, while Steven was sorting the meal I took my brother and his dog, the glamorous Glam to see the various lambs and sheep and the river by the restaurant, we admired the beautiful blue dragonflies.

Have a blessed evening. N

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Nuit romane, Malted milk and Toni Green

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Last night we went to a two hour concert in Civray as part of the ‘romanesque night’, the square, la place,  was full of English and French civraisiens and the music ensemble was wonderful; the singers were Malted Milk and Tony Green; their melodious and warm voices surrounded us in a charming way…as the lighting on the newly renovated church smoothed any rough edges.

We met our friend Mikael (last photo) who told us that it was a ‘great’ night as always. He’s lived in Civray for eight years and is a fan of those free delightful music evenings!IMG_20150808_214036188[1]

Last week-end was sublime as we went to Limoges to my school friend Brigitte’s son’s wedding, Gaetan and Chloe. I hadn’t seen my friend for thirty years so it was great to meet all her family!

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In our new garden…

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There are lots of different flowers

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And two plum trees to be precise the Mirabelles de Nancy that Steven picked for our party tomorrow. My cousines are visiting us all the way from Bordeaux.

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So we are holidaying in Civray in a beautiful campsite at the edge of the town which explains the presence of this herd of cows.
The owners are welcoming and friendly.
This morning I continued reading the Gospel of Mark from ch6 to ch 9. Our Saviour is so understanding and patient with the disciples taking time to explain the paraboles to them (and us) i.e. Mark 7:18 ,Jesus full of compassion and love healed lots of  people, Mark 6:56. One of my favourite passages is when Peter says: you are the Messiah..Mark 8:29 When Jesus tells his disciples that He will suffer a lot, be rejected,put to death and resurrect 3 days later, Peter objected. The idea of the suffering servant was not something the disciples anticipated. Imagine their amazement at what was happening, Jesus forgiving sins,  telling off the Pharisees, calling them hypocrites, feeding the 4000 and then the 5000 with only a few pieces of bread and fish, delivering people from evil spirits..mind blowing stuff and the journey keeps on!
Have a lovely, peaceful and blessed weekend!

Science “Pokes Holes” In Evolution…

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Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?

~Isaiah 40:12

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From Calais to Civray

Today is the first day of our French hols. We woke up at 3:15 in Dover and crossed the Channel at 4:30 on a P&O ferry (Only 10 minutes late) Perfect conditions, pleasant people on board..Steven noticed that if you wanted WiFi you had to pay £3.OO which is strange considering the crossing costs £ 200. When I drink a latte in Costa I have free WiFi.

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We stopped on the aire de la Baie de Somme but noticed that the café crème didn’t taste as nice as usual. The site is wonderful though and the ducks quacked joyfully!

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As we headed towards Poitiers I couldn’t help gazing at a sky of a different beauty; as if there were finger prints..
So nous parlons français et nous avons fait une promenade en bicyclette du camping jusqu’à Civray.
Bonne nuit bénie mes amis.
PS Meet one of the goats doing freely in the campsite!

Evening in Dover

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London

I’ve meant to write this post for two weeks now! My cousin came to visit us in Stafford. We went to Oxford (previous post) and she was very keen to visit London, off we went. I drove there and by twelve we were desperate to find a free parking space in Highbury. In the end, we parked in the uni halls. After lunch in Southbanks, we decided to walk up to Tower bridge along the Thames. I must say that I misjudged the distance, it took us about an hour but it was worth it. We brought back Imo home and then it was time to go.

As we left it late to leave we arrived home at 2 am. My cousin managed to sleep during the drive and I thank the Lord it was a safe trip!

Just a few photos!

Have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!IMG_20150622_145303719_HDR IMG_20150622_145434403_HDR IMG_20150622_145744656_HDR IMG_20150622_145751069 IMG_20150622_152102764_HDR IMG_20150622_160633101 IMG_20150622_160705854 IMG_20150622_160710369 IMG_20150622_160734099_HDR IMG_20150622_160939351 IMG_20150622_161947806 IMG_20150622_163151322_HDR

Diner is ready

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Tonight,  Steven, my hubby cooked fish and pasta tonight! He precooked the pasta and when I asked him why he told me that a documentary on the BBC showed it was more healthy!
He also added mushrooms, pink onions and a tiny bit of saffron hence the yellow colour!

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