Friday, October 21, 2016

Off over the pond.

Went for a final fling around Delamere Forest with Mark & Ben this afternoon. Mark and his wife  are starting a new chapter as youth workers in Florida. 

We walked , talked , meditated and prayed. To God be the Glory πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The last breakfast ... for James

James, one of our  merry band of brothers , is off to Leeds at the weekend to start a new job . We took the opportunity to say farewell over a good old English breakfast πŸ‘πŸ». Followed by Luke 23 as we continued our studies in the word of God. 

This afternoon was glorious ... sat in the garden studying in the bright sunshine. Staring at the tree πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ»

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Met with Phil today, something we have done regularly since we worked in Wem together. We know each other well , having been friends for 13 years . These meetings are always encouraging and challenging as we hold each other accountable . The Macdonald's and the coffee also help us along πŸ˜„πŸŸ☕️ 

Also today the girls at Archbishop Blanch Christian Union were an encouragement as together we assembled some shoeboxes , ready to brighten up the Christmas of these who have much less than we do. Have you put together a box yet ? 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday's .... meditation & marriage.

I try to keep Monday's free from meetings. I spend more time meditating and occasionally take my bride on a date. πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ»❤️. ... today has been one of those days.  
 Great place to walk and think. 
 A treat tonight... anchovy salad πŸ‘πŸ»
Followed up with shopping for the Blytheswood  shoebox Christmas appeal. πŸ‘πŸ»

Putney with the middle daughter πŸ˜„

Had a day with Katie yesterday . Megan's for breakfast ( she always takes us there πŸ˜„) and then onto her church. Hillsong London. 

Great day , great weekend. Refreshed πŸ‘πŸ»


Saturday, October 15, 2016

The farm tour part two πŸ˜„

When the girls were little a trip to the farm was part of our staple diet of days out. As grandparents now history is repeating itself. πŸ˜„ 

Friday, October 14, 2016

A couple of days with Anna & Noah & Laura πŸ‘πŸ»

Travelled to Portsmouth to see Anna and little Noah. I am officially a very proud Pops πŸ˜„❤️ 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Manchester today

Attended a conference on evangelism today. Addressing the question that most people ask . If there is a God then why pain and suffering. ? 

God has never in his word said we will not suffer in this life. In fact he has said that in this world we will have tribulation. 

What lies beyond this world though is a paradise that has no death or pain. 

This we believe and this we trust as Christians. There is light at the end of the tunnel. And if we would only look hard there is light in the tunnel as well. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The simple things in life .....


Gill and I walked and talked and enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday afternoon. There is a lot going on at the moment so it was nice just to take some time out enjoy the fresh air and the Mr Whippy πŸ˜€ . The simple things in life are free .... we'll almost free ,it cost a couple of quid for the ice-creams 😎


Thursday, October 06, 2016

McDonalds meets Luke's Gospel πŸ‘πŸ»


Food for the soul and a nutritious breakfast wrap for the stomach .... Why not. πŸ˜„

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

It's just not about us ... It's about Him

Sunday's are special in many ways. 
During the week our thoughts are often very self centred and we become self consumed . 
On Sunday we move away from this way of thinking and living and we give ourselves over to God. 
He becomes the centre as we gather in His name. Giving Him the glory. 

So if you gathered with God's people yesterday why don't you spend some time today recalling what you heard and in so doing you will turn your thoughts off yourself and back onto Him. The longer you can do this throughout the week the more peace and joy you will know and the more God centred your life will be. 


Saturday, October 01, 2016

Some .... times ...

Some of your time is well spent .Some of your time isn't. 

We all know the difference .... 

If today has not been well spent then don't despair . 

The beautiful thing about God's grace is that from this moment on changes can be made ..

So take some time to ponder , listen to the voice of conscience married to His Spirit and make the changes. 

Time is a wonderful gift given to each of us. Let's not waste it . Make each moment count .

To God be the glory. 

This is a poem found in Chester Cathedral 


Raindrops keep falling on my head ..


Went for a walk today , a spur of the moment thing to Crosby beach. Didn't take our raincoats. 

Still much enjoyed though πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’¦πŸ’¦

Friday, September 30, 2016

The day Noah got locked in the carπŸ™ˆ


Anna managed to lock Noah in the car today with the keys inside πŸ‘€

It's a good job we have the fire brigade πŸ‘πŸ»

The way forward....

Sometimes in life you can't see a way out of the clouds that surround you. 

The clouds of financial insecurity , of illness , of loneliness or a million and one other problems. 

When this happens , when the cloud descends then believe that the Lord knows and that he will guide you. 

All we have to do is keep on going forward one minute at a time , trusting that he will guide our steps. 

So look beyond the clouds today and fix your eyes on the Good Shepherd who is going to lead you beside the still waters. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Every generation ...

Today Bethel welcomed the young and the not so young πŸ˜„

Lister Drive infants year 1 spent an hour in our company learning about the church and what we believe as Christians enjoying some juice and biscuits to boot. 

This was followed by a community lunch for the more mature folk in the district who enjoyed soup and pudding followed by the good news of Jesus. 

Food for the stomach and food for the soul. 

Good news for every generation. πŸ™πŸ»

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Is Jesus relevant ???

I was asked to answer this question at a lunch bar for Hope University Christian Union today. Along with Josh. 

Yes is the answer in case you were wondering πŸ˜„

He is our maker and our master and our messiah.  That makes Him more than just relevant . That makes him central to our very existence. 

Have you acknowledged his relevance in your life today ? 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Not by bread alone πŸ˜„

Each week I go into a school in Liverpool to help run their Christian Union. What you see above is their staple diet πŸ™ˆ. 

However I am pleased to report that at the same meeting we chew on the Word of God which is far more satisfying. 

Have you fed on it today ? " Taste and see that the Lord is good "

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drawing near ....

Today as I sit in our conservatory ( our oasis) ,the rain falls ,the music plays, the word of God speaks. 

He draws near ... Peace flows , guidance is given. He ministers to me from this place of stillness. 

Go and find your place , draw near to Him today. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I could taste the past ...

It was the harvest thanksgiving service at Great Warford Baptist Church today . 

For centuries ( since 1642) God's people have gathered in this place. Ever since the days of Oliver Cromwell. Generations of folk have come and gone and still God's word is proclaimed from this pulpit. 

The sense of history was tangible . Oh that this pulpit would continue to proclaim His name until that glorious day when history is no more. 

To God be the Glory 

The Bride and The Groom

Yesterday ,The Bride ( Sarah) and The Groom ( Josh) became husband and wife at Bethel. 

A day that they had thought about and planned for over the last year or so. A wonderful day , full of joy and celebration. 

One day,  we the bride of Christ will meet Him . Oh what a day that will be. And until that day we make ourselves ready. 

So how is your preparation going ?  

Friday, September 23, 2016

The sisterhood πŸ˜„

Family life is a joy. Our family is separated by many miles , Portsmouth , London and for one day yesterday York ( Laura.) Even with the separation imposed by distance modern technology bridges the gap. Well almost. 

Yesterday our family whatsapp group was awash with banter , the banter of sisterhood and in this there is much solace and joy. The joy of knowing that in a loving family you can be yourself and relax into the good humoured Micky taking without any long term lasting damage πŸ˜„

Families are designed to bless God and to bless each other. For that I am very thankful. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Where has that gone ?

Noah officially celebrates his sixth month here on earth today. It is hard to grasp the way in which time does indeed fly. 

I am writing this in my study at home and the sound I hear is the tick-tock of my wall clock ... Time ticks on , it is relentless. 

On the one hand this saddens,as you know that at some point your time will one day come to an end and you will depart from those you love and cherish. On the other hand beyond this life is paradise , secured for us by the one who came to lead us in the way , the truth and the life . Leading us ultimately into life eternal. As the clock ticks this is our hope. 

So Noah if you read this many years from now and I am long gone ,know that paradise awaits you in Jesus. Know that one day we will all be reunited in the eternal realm. Worshiping together , the one who gave Himself for us. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Centre Parcs .... Elvedon weekend :-)

This weekend we really enjoyed our time in the forest courtesy of Centre Parcs. 

Noah was on his first family holiday and had his debut selfie !!

Katie brought Jess all the way from Tasmania :-) 

A wonderful relaxing weekend. Really thankful to God for the time we had. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March..... A celebration

This month saw Laura's 21st Birthday celebration and the birth of baby Noah James. 10lb 8oz to Anna and Andy. Our first grandchild ...wonderful.