Showing posts from March, 2016


This time the reasons were more obvious ... a pleasant Sunday afternoon walk (walk not tramp or endurance test) ... a means of keeping those sore muscles from seizing up ... an opportunity to get outside in the fresh air ... and spend time with Son#5 who was home for the weekend ... and three of The Most Adorable Granddaughters with their Mummy and Daddy ...

Miss Almost-Five was the photographer at times ... she captured the day well!

Miss Three thrilled to be outdoors!

Who is responsible for this???

Day is done ...
And finally I can say this post is done after spending almost fourteen hours trying to upload photos!

The Joy

According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.

 (Harvard Law Professor Dr. Simon Greenleaf)
The message of Easter is not that Jesus is alive, it is so much more. The message of Easter is that Jesus has risen.

 (Colin Smith)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 (Romans 10:9)


There must be a reason [a good one, too] why two reasonably sane people [debatable at times] would get in the car and drive two hours and battle carsickness [one of us but the other had a headache which is just as bad] and embark upon a walk that was variously signposted as taking 1-3 hours or 2 hours, eat lunch, and then retrace every single step, enduring burning legs, exploding lungs, painful joints [especially the knee joint], and more headaches and carsickness.

I wish someone would enlighten me as to what that reason was!

A third of the way in and an inviting seat and, supposedly, a stupendous view. Really?

There's a bridge in there. No one warned me about a bridge! I can't even see the bottom. I think I've seen enough ...

The tops. Apparently. At times it was hard to determine what was what. And by now, whenever DH remarked that it wasn't much further I was ready to inflict bodily harm upon his person.
Almost at the top and I was ready to say that this was close …

The Grief

Our sin reached its full horror and found its most awful expression in the cross.

 (Colin Smith)
The cross is a one time visual representation of God's grief over sin.

(Dean L. Harvey)

But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; on Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by His stripes we are healed.

(Isaiah 53:5)


I casually mentioned at work on Friday that it had been thirty three years since DH and I got engaged. Promptly I was met with, "You'll have to tell me your secret." At the time there was no time to talk about my secret, which is just as well, since I needed some time to think. What would I classify as secret/s to a life long relationship with one person?

Now that I've bad time to think about it ... here are my/our secrets to a lasting marriage. And contrary to what the songwriter said ... love is not all you need.

1. God. I know there are marriages that last the distance where neither is a Christian (perhaps less so today than in our grandparents' generation) but in all honesty, without God my marriage would not have survived. Two sinners living together are going to cause tension and chaos and, at times, pain. Add mortgage, children, stress, and you just may have a recipe for disaster. I'm not the easiest person in the world to live with. It took me a long …