June in 30 Pictures (always worth a few clicks!)

- Craig and the children outside their new (empty) home in Orlando For everything there is a season,    a time for every activity under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3 So... we have now reached the end of June. This means - unbelievably - that 2022 is now 50% in the bag, half over! Good grief! As of today, Naomi …

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A Big Week for Special Moments (Photo-Friday)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 - Beks turns nine! Getting under way with Beks' ninth birthday last Saturday, this has been a pretty interesting week. Add in Father's Day, a big birthday for our son Andrew, Beks' first …

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How wide, how long, how high, and how deep

- HMPC Sunday morning (note the "Holy Spirit ribbons!") I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of …

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Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me?”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said, “Lord, …

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Early Light, and frustrated but thankful hearts

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!    His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;    his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;    therefore, I will hope in him!”Lamentations 3:22-24 - morning coffee on the deck Rebekah and I are more than a little bummed this morning not to be over in Wilson. We are thankful …

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If we do Lent right then we won’t get Easter wrong!

 As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem.Luke 9:51 Plan ahead and order now: My calendar tells me we are fast approaching the season of Lent, the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday, and the explosively joyful celebration that is …

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Some encouraging stats from 2021 – and goals for 2022

Teach us to number our days,    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:12 - NC writer Derek Maul This is the day I look back on 2021 and check the statistics. The numbers are interesting, and promising across the board. Health, fitness, reach, influence, even solvency(!) - it's all good. Numbers don't tell anywhere …

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Re-set: a life observed

- Rebekah and Derek on a recent adventure Good morning, various readers! Today's post is designed to talk about the changes to this blog - beginning today. Everything, always, in my world is "a work in progress" - so I am constantly tinkering with this space in an effort to communicate more effectively. Over the …

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Gardening, Writing, and Publishing

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.Ephesians 2:10 - Derek Maul I have two distinct categories of content in today's post. The first is an update on the progress of the hydrangea; the second is an …

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“to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it”

- My mum and dad out for an afternoon "stroll" with Max As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is …

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