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Happy New Year! January 2019

Whats going on this New Year?  The politicians are arguing about the best way forward but what this country really needs, what we all really need is God.

From the 17th to 20st January this country girl will be in the big city at

"Glory in the City." 

Here are the details:

Where?

Faith World TV Auditorium

2B Pacific Wharf

Hertford Road 

barking

London IG11 8BL

When?

Thurs 17 at 19:00

Friday 18 at 10:30 and 19:00

Saturday 19 at 10:30 and 19:00

Sunday 20 at 19:00

 

You can find more information at https://johnshiverministries.org/   

We are excited about what God is going to do.   Maybe I'll see you there!

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Small boats save lives too. August 2018

We live in a country area.  The big names don't come here. 

The older generation here still remember the huge Billy Graham Evangelistic campaigns of the 60's.  They saved so many lives.  They are still waiting for a big name to return and save thousands.  But small boats save lives too. 

When the big battlships can't enter the harbour its time for the small boats to take the risky journey out onto the sea.  The unknown boats, the unnamed boats, the working boats, the boats that have only ever been used for pleasure, the fishing trawlers and the fancy yachts.  Small boats save lives too. They can save five or ten or twenty.  They can return again for more. 

There is no shortage of battleworn, lost people in our world.  There is no shortage of those in need of rescue.  Lets stop waiting for the big battleships to appear over the horizon, they can't reach the places we can reach anyway. 

Let's take out or small boat and rescue who we can.

Small boats save lives too.

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The Red Kites are Flying! Summer 2018

The red kites are soaring today in the sunshine in our valley.  We have a nest quite close by and the youngsters always fly our way this time of year. 

 

I love to see them soaring because they go so high and it looks so effortless. That’s because it is effortless.  Once they’ve flown into a thermal, the hot air rising under their wings lifts them higher and higher.  No flapping, no effort, no exhibitions of strength and stamina.  They just ride the wind.

 

It reminded me of the times when I have exhausted myself flapping, when I could not make the effort anymore and had run out of strength and stamina.  That was when that God-thermal, the unseen strength of the air, caught me and carried me.

 

And it reminded me that I don’t have to strive and struggle now, like the Red Kites, I can relax and soar in the strength of the unseen wind of God.

 

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

 

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New Year Again! January 2018

Where did that year go!  Half in Tampa, Florida and half travelling the UK, that's where.  

And here we are at January again.  Why do we always feel the need to review the last year and set goals for the next?

Say no more, I'll let the Skit Guys say it for me.

It's 2 mins 55.

It's worth watching.

It's funny.

 

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Is it Christmas? December 2016

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m ready for Christmas but I’ve hardly given it a thought.  So I’m reassured yet again by my old friend’s comment of “It’s just a chicken dinner!”  I’m clinging to that one this year David!

At the moment we’re just too busy preparing for a New Year Adventure to worry about Christmas.  John and I are about to go over to Florida (visa permitting – we have an interview at the Embassy in London next week) to do some charity work with the church we visited in Tampa.  “What!” I hear you say (well I can hear those of you who know us saying it) “Why leave the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside for an American cityscape!” and “You know it’s hot over there don’t you?” You see, if you know John you know that his full Scottish bloodline has given him some sort of antifreeze alongside the red and white corpuscles – he doesn’t even reach for a jumper until it gets to minus 5 and he finds anything over 20 too hot to be comfortable!

It is going to be quite a shock to us - but it is only for six months and we were so impressed with the way the church was connecting with the community. Outreach, evangelism, food banks, job creation schemes, alcoholics and drug addicts freed from addiction, support groups and home groups in local areas.  I’ve seen all of these in various UK churches over the years but never all in the same place.  Their creativity and vitality in reaching the community was intense – and it worked!  The Holy Spirit is so at work there.  So many lives transformed it made me cry!  (Though I think I was supposed to be laughing.)

We are delighted by the opportunity we have been given by the church there and we are hoping that we will be able to bring back some of those amazing ideas and transforming power to help the ordinary people in the scattered country communities of our Scottish homeland too.

Watch this space!

P.S. Don't you just love the Xmas tree graphic?  It's from Shy D and you can find it here.