Peter is currently in the midst of his time in Poland at the European Leadership Forum. This is a gathering of hundreds of Christian leaders from around Europe. Peter, along with Huw Williams is leading the “preachers track” of the conference. It sounds like it’s a been a busy and fruitful time so far and they’ve been able to connect with many different people. Please continue to pray for Peter, for clarity as he teaches and eternal fruit. And of course that he’d come home safely to us on Thursday night!
The kids and I are doing fine here at home. I know people are praying and really feel it making a difference. Of course we miss Peter, but the time has been going pretty fast so far. The weather has turned cold and rainy here again today but the last few days have been warm and sunny – what a blessing. Yesterday we slept in late, had a pancake breakfast and then went out to Castle Combe (a lovely little village nearby) for a walk. The kids enjoyed splashing in the stream (despite losing the feeling in their feet due to the cold water!) and playing in the church graveyard, while I sat in the sun and let Kaylah play at my feet. I thank God for His beautiful creation and my sweet family.
I’ve been re-reading a couple of books that have blessed me in the past: Calm My Anxious Heart and A Deeper Kind of Calm, both by Linda Dillow. God has been really helping me to adjust my perspective – to focus less on my circumstances and more on Him. The second book goes through four Psalms, the first one is Psalm 77, a psalm of Asaph. At the time he wrote the psalm, Asaph was clearly going through something intense. He cries out to God in the midst of sleepless nights and a troubled heart. He wonders if God’s promises and love have failed him. Then he says, “I will remember . . . ” He begins to think about the amazing miracles and mighty deeds that God has done in his life and that changes his perspective. I have been asking God to help me remember his amazing deeds and how He has worked in our family. He has truly been 100% faithful to us and helped us massively through many difficult times. I know He will be faithful to us in the circumstances we currently face.
I have a few photos to share from the last few weeks. A friend has reminded me recently of the importance of rejoicing and being thankful in ALL circumstances. Sharing these photos is one way for me to communicate thankfulness and joy. My family is such a blessing.