I have been silent for many weeks but I am back. 2012 was a year of difference – seven months off work, time overseas and then a lovely holiday on the northern coast of New South Wales. We came home with a bit of a bang and issues that took our time and attention – it was not a smooth or pleasant landing, so I think I went into hibernation and hid.
But I am back. I returned to work this week, our house has been de-cluttered, reorganised and I have a new diary – an electronic one which is beginning to fill. There is much that I could say, and I am not sure where to start.
Keith and I were given a small book called Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith – Daily readings by CH Spurgeon. It is small, thin and leather-bound and has become our breakfast devotion reading book. Already, I love Spurgeon’s thoughts and challenges. The language is old but he captures the imagination and I am left with something to think about during the day. The last two days have been on this verse in Proverbs and this is his translation: “The liberal soul shall be made fat” and “He that watereth shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:25. The NIV translation is a little dull in comparison and says “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” For me, the challenge is to not look to my own needs and wants but to care for the souls of those around me. I needed this encouragement – it is easy to hide away from the demands of life, particularly after an extended time of leave. But, it is time to return to life, to routine and whatever the Lord chooses to put in my path. Come 2013 – I am ready!
I do have many many wonderful and rich memories and photos that have captured memorable moments. For this I am exceedingly thankful to our God.
This photo captures something of what I love about the beach – an endless horizon, water, sand, sky, space and solitude.
We walked endlessly along empty beaches, soaked up the sun, read books and swam and slept – it was bliss!