Wow, so much can change in 2 weeks!
I wrote that blog 2 weeks ago, but only just managed to upload it, and wanted to add to what was said.
I'm feeling much healthier. That's the 1st thing that's changed. But I've really been challenged on 2 things recently.
1: When we are spinning (I was literally spinning at times) what is our rock? Our marriage? Or Job? something even more trivial like football or food? Or is it truly Jesus and his love? I want my life to be based on his love. I'm thankful for my Wife, she's incredible and truly was a rock during my last few weeks, but I want my ultimate rock to be Jesus.
Something a little broader has come out of me reading 1John 1 v 7. "but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin"
It can be pretty dark when you are feeling like you cannot operate at full capacity, something which I have been struggling with for a while now. But to live in freedom means to have deep relationships, open and honest (fellowship). Only then are we free from all other influences that Jesus and his Holy spirit. Friendships are not an option! You have to invest in them or you are not walking in the light.
These last 2 weeks we have really got our small groups going, called growth groups. I'm so excited to watch people find out the freedom that comes with being open and honest with each other. We held a vision meeting on Sunday evening, and a big part of it was given over to this. What a privilege it is to be a part of this, I can't wait to watch our church become more and more beautiful.
Along with that, we had one of those "ureaka!" moments on Friday. We met to try and find some sort of way forward for the rural work in Kudoko village, and suddenly it dawned on us - why not implement these growth groups there too! This Friday see's the 1st meeting in the village with this focus, and we already have a load of small group leaders chomping at the bit ready and waiting for us to get them going.
Thanks for your prayers, please continue to pray for us here.
Love you lots x