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Heed The Rhythm within you

This word from “Loop” ( jennifer@gatherministries.com) really spoke to me this morning. We have been asking the Lord why we having been inundated with guests this year, keen as we are to rush along and get stuck in.

Tranquility Can we just pause . . . for just a moment?

There is a rhythm to our days together—a rhythm within you that I ask you to not ignore. I am looking at you. Right here.

You are the one I have chosen. You are the one I dreamt of.

From the beginning, when I made you, there has been a rhythm. There is a pace I set for you, a pace where you feel most at home.

Trust that. Trust that it can be discovered—trust that we do things together where you don’t have to race to keep up. If you are racing, it is outside of the rhythm I have placed within your heart.

Trust my pace for you. Pause to find it so you can find it and walk into it: my whisper, to the right, to the left.

I show the way, and I set the pace.

Deep breath, my love.

My gaze is on you. Pause to see Me seeing you. That’s the pace, a deep breath, a pause, a watching Me for the pace . . . And when you find Me, the pace becomes a part of you . . . and you see Me . . .  and you see how I never turn away.

Pause to see Me seeing you. That’s the pace, a deep breath, a pause, a watching Me for the pace . . . And when you find Me, the pace becomes a part of you . . . and you see Me . . .  and you see how I never turn away.

That’s the pace, a deep breath, a pause, a watching Me for the pace . . . And when you find Me, the pace becomes a part of you . . . and you see Me . . .  and you see how I never turn away.

And when you find Me, the pace becomes a part of you . . . and you see Me . . .  and you see how I never turn away.

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A Worthy Woman.

I believe there is a yearning in peoples’ hearts to do the right thing; to be part of a society that cares and nurtures, and therefore makes it a better place for all of us.  And so, in true “blogging” style, I am throwing a few thoughts your way and would love to receive some feedback.

I am using an illustration from the Bible because it helped me to formulate my thoughts.  However,  the sentiments are true for anyone, regardless of what your faith may be, or even if you have no belief in any god.

This verse was thought to be written by Solomon, a wise king in Old Testament times.

It comes from Proverbs 31.

She is like the merchant ships, loaded with treasures.

She brings her household’s food from a far country. 

Most Bible scholars agree that, in this passage, Soloman is thought to be musing on the qualities of a worthy woman. However, I have used the passage here to illustrate that all of us can be worthy women ( and men, of course), each of us carrying our own treasures.

So who is “She”?

“She” is the Mother (or Father)  who shows kindness, patience, self-control, acceptance, unconditional love….

“She” is the daughter (or son) who, once dependent on parents for everything, now finds that the tables are turned.

“She” is the sibling who, despite many differences, stands side by side with family through thick and thin.

“She” is the carer who strives for the good of the weak.

“She” is a friend………

“She” is a neighbour…..

“She” is a member of a society, amongst people she does not even know.

So, my questions are

Who do we identify with in the list above?

What treasures are we carrying?

Do we distribute our treasures fairly?

Parents. For most parents ( but sadly not all) it is relatively easy to give our children what they need. It may be hard work at times, but we find the strength. We are, generally speaking, selfless.

For most parents ( but sadly not all) it is relatively easy to give our children what they need. It may be hard work at times, but we find the strength. We are, generally speaking, selfless.

Siblings.

My siblings and I sometimes have rivalries of one sort or another, but heaven help anyone wh0 tries to come between us! However, for some, the giving away of kindness, acceptance, forgiveness etc is exceptionally hard.

Children. Even adults are still someone’s child. How easy is it for us to bring love, respect, forgiveness, kindness, honour?

Even adults are still someone’s child.  We have grown up and formulated our own ideas and ethics (which may or may not be a long way off theirs) and yet our parents still deserve our love, respect, forgiveness, kindness and honour.

Caring for your own parent is a sad and stressful time for both parties. At times like this, there is a need for a thorough search, to find the really treasured cargo – hope, discipline, respect, gratitude-  to name a few.

Friends.

Friends are great people to have around us. They don’t judge and they help us to be ourselves. We find it quite natural to give them encouragement, laughter, a listening ear. Unfortunately, some have struggled with friendships that have been spoiled over the years, but we do have a rich cargo of forgiveness on board, so maybe now is the time to seek it out and give it away?

Neighbours.

What of our neighbours? Do we even know them, or their needs?

Maybe it’s time for kindness, good works, and wisdom too.  I have recently moved to a new neighbourhood, and have been very touched by those who have offered me friendship. It’s not that hard. I dare you to try it!

Strangers. 

Society! People we see daily but know nothing about at all. And there’s so many of them! Challenging isn’t it? Because if we are a great merchant ship, stuffed to the gills with great things, don’t we have a responsibility to deliver to all members of society? After all, it’s easy to give to those who are closest, those we love more. But what of the unloved, the homeless or just the complete stranger? If we only give to those we know and love, and everyone lived by this principle, society would break down irrevocably. Maybe that’s why one of our greatest sayings is “treat others as you would like to be treated.” In my view, this is the most challenging.

She is like the merchant ships, loaded with treasure.

Look inside yourself. What treasure do you have?

She brings her household’s food from a far country.

Who is “your household”?

Who will you give your treasure away to?

 

written by Debbie Anne Winn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter News from Ffynnon

Roger and Debbie would like to wish all our supporters a very blessed Easter.

Spring has arrived in Abertysswg and it is refreshing to see so much beauty all around us, particularly delightful is this field full of sheep with their newborn lambs…

 

We have had lots of guests over the school holidays.Here are some of their holiday snaps….

Although this waterfall walk is 16 miles away from our home, it is well worth the drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiff offers lots of things to do, or just sit and take in the sunshine….

 

 

 

 

 

Nearer to home there are some beautiful walks……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And quite random “happenings” …. 

 

 

 

Animals are becoming more of a feature in our lives. Not just our lovely dog, who befriends visitors quite readily

 

but also we have spent a few days looking after our neighbour’s smallholding…hens, cockerel, pony and dalmatian!  The fresh eggs each day were very much appreciated.

 

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Easter Poem. Next morning

In February this year we were very privileged to have Ros Bayes stay with us while she was writing her new book. She has written a wonderful Easter poem and has kindly given us permission to reproduce it on our blog.

Next morning

It was the dullest of mornings,
the flat nothing of a dawn
after the world’s end.
A watery sun
rising to the plangent cries of kites
circling aimlessly
above a colourless landscape
where nothing breathed that mattered any more.

The rocks beneath my feet were no less dead
than the stone in my chest,
the hills of Judah no heavier
than the load on my shoulders,
the waters of Galilee no more turbulent
than the raw nausea in my throat.

I thought of the boulder
sequestering Him from all tenderness,
from my tenderness;
and wondered how to breach its intransigence.
Yet when I found it gone
and myself facing
a black chasm, infinitely deep,
vanishing into the rock,
nothing seemed more natural.

What did I think to find,
on this morning
after the world’s end,
but a bottomless abyss?

Turning away, afraid to fall
Into the infinite fissure,
the insipid world a grey-brown smudge
through the blur seeping across my vision,
I idly wondered why I cared.

But when I heard my name,
Mary,
spoken in that particular way,
there dawned the first of all mornings
where the very breath of God
breathed into the planet
and it became a living soul.

Something wholly new
yet well-remembered
lived in that one word,
Mary.
Something never before seen
and deeply familiar
came to birth.

A new universe,
founded on an ancient, timeless love.

Here also is Ros’ Review. We look forward to seeing her again.

To any other writers in search of a peaceful place that will nurture your creativity, I can only say, look no further! I received such a warm welcome here and such loving hospitality, it made my week both productive and also an oasis of refreshment. The bedroom was luxurious and the space set aside for me to write had stunning views that changed with the changing weather and was a real stimulus to the imagination. The food was superb and so was the company. I will certainly be back.

 

Next morning

A beautiful poem for Easter.

rosbayeswriting

It was the dullest of mornings,
the flat nothing of a dawn
after the world’s end.
A watery sun
rising to the plangent cries of kites
circling aimlessly
above a colourless landscape
where nothing breathed that mattered any more.

The rocks beneath my feet were no less dead
than the stone in my chest,
the hills of Judah no heavier
than the load on my shoulders,
the waters of Galilee no more turbulent
than the raw nausea in my throat.

I thought of the boulder
sequestering Him from all tenderness,
from my tenderness;
and wondered how to breach its intransigence.
Yet when I found it gone
and myself facing
a black chasm, infinitely deep,
vanishing into the rock,
nothing seemed more natural.

What did I think to find,
on this morning
after the world’s end,
but a bottomless abyss?

Turning away, afraid to fall
Into the infinite fissure,
the insipid…

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THE FEDGE

The Fedge – by Roger

Do you know what a fedge is?

It is a cross between a fence and a hedge – an open lattice work made from living willow stems. It is an attractive feature used to mark the boundary of a property or to create a divide somewhere on it.

Why do I ask about the fedge?

Well this weekend we planted one. It arrived ten days ago as a mass of willow canes that needed to be placed in water to keep them alive. This water has been most generously topped up by God in the following days as we waited for a dry opportunity to plant them.

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The day arrived on Saturday – a beautifully sunny, cold crisp clear day. A few hours later we had our structure completed and could stand back and admire the work. Yes it looks good. Yes we are pleased with the results, but as I reflected on it I asked God to show me some spiritual truths from the exercise. This is what I feel I learnt

  1. The canes needed to be in water to keep them alive. We too need water – spiritual water to keep us alive. We also need God’s rain to keep replenishing that spiritual water so we can flourish and we need to be in a place where we can receive it. It is no use being under cover and out of the rain.
  2. The canes needed to be planted deep – this will encourage good root growth and stability later in the year once they are fully established. All plants need good roots to flourish and we too should develop our spiritual roots in the word and in fellowship with each other.
  3. The first stage of installation is to plant the uprights. In truth I wondered if we were doing the right thing at this point. They were very unsteady and easily moved. In isolation they were too flimsy to be anything substantial. A Christian in isolation is vulnerable and could be blown about by any “gentle wind” from the enemy.
  4. This is when you need to install “binders” and “weavers” to the structure. These tie in uprights to the left and right of the individual canes. Now the structure starts to make sense. There is a strength and rigidity about the lattice that enables it to stand. It is now certainly strong enough to withstand the worst weather that we can get here. United together with other believers the Christian can stand firm against the influences and destructive forces of the enemy.img_20170207_111412.jpg
  5. The lattice is held together by specially formatted elastic string. It is designed not to disintegrate under sunlight or tempest. It is also designed to be stretchy enough to allow flex and movement as the whole structure grows together and becomes one. We need to remember that Jesus is the indestructible tie that binds us together. We need a flexible structure to allow us to grow into the roles that God has for us in the church. There will always be some give and take in a community and there will always be subtle changes in the relationships that we have with one another. The key is to flex in those relationships in a way that brings benefit to the whole structure.
  6. Finally the canes were delivered to us as bare sticks. However, the supplier promises that in a few months they will be green and leafy – just as we need them to be. Already we can see leaf buds up and down the length of the canes that look towards this promise. God has also promised that if we remain in Him he will produce fruit in us – not just in our individual lives but also in our corporate lives.

One cane does not make a fedge. Only working together as a “team” can the canes as a whole fulfil the purpose for which they are made. It is the same with the church – an individual isolated and alone is unable to produce the result that the same individual could produce as part of a team.

So remember we need the spirit to keep us alive, we need to be set deep so our roots can develop healthily, we need to be linked together as part of a team to fulfil God’s plan for us, we need to be flexible in the relationships we have with those around so each can grow and flourish both as an individual and as part of the church.

The result will be a flourishing fruitful life for the individual and for the church he is part of. May God bless you abundantly as you seek to do His will and fulfil His purposes for your life.

 

WRITERS WELCOME.

Anyone who knows Debbie well, also knows her love of writing.

She is therefore delighted to have Ros Bayes as a guest at Ffynnon next week.

Wake up to a view
Wake up to a view
We created this cosy corner for peace and creativity.
We created this cosy corner for peace and creativity.
Enjoy peace and privacy with this newly installed ensuite shower room.
Enjoy peace and privacy with this newly installed ensuite shower room.

If you are not familiar with Ros’s work, why not take a look.

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rosbayes

Debbie is currently reading “The Well Is Deep” which is a real page turner.

“I have to keep telling myself to put it down as I need to get on with making Ros’s bed.”

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Roger is really enjoying discovering new places to walk  our little dog, Freya and here are a few photos he has taken recently.  

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A winter's day at The Conker, Abertysswg
A winter’s day at The Conker, Abertysswg
A beautiful sunny winter day.
A beautiful sunny winter day.