Posted in Pastoral on Sat, Apr 22 2006 - 02:36 PM
I Long....I long to hear your voice and feelYour tender fond embrace…I long to feel your hand in mineAnd look upon your face.I long to feel your tender touchAnd know your love, so pure…..It makes me feel that I am yoursIt makes me feel secure.I walk along the path of lifeThe way’s not always clear….But when I look into your faceAnd know you are...Read More »
The Open Door.....
Posted in Pastoral on Mon, Apr 17 2006 - 11:54 AM
Some of you may already know that I work full time in a small privately owned general store not far from where we live. My main task is admin and post office duties but sometimes I’m asked to stand in early morning for dealing with deliveries, which I was today, as there wasn’t enough general staff to go round. After dealing with the delivery of...Read More »
See my hands.....
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Apr 16 2006 - 04:48 AM
“…..see my hands.” John 20 v.27Jesus’ hands played a very important part in His life and ministry and they also played an extremely important part in His death and resurrection. With His hands He touched the broken bodies of those who needed His healing touch and brought healing and relief to body and mind. With His hands He broke the bread and...Read More »
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Apr 09 2006 - 02:18 PM
This afternoon after lunch and a rest we decided to take a trip out in the car with Lesley and Caleb. Although it was nearly 4pm we set off down the coastline of Loch Alsh and Loch Duich (a Loch is the same as a Lake Gayle, sorry I’ve not told you that lol), over a bridge where the river runs into the Loch and up the mountain road called the Mam...Read More »
Beauty all around us - God's plan for us
Posted in Pastoral on Sat, Apr 08 2006 - 08:22 AM
Yesterday we went to Fort William, which is a drive of about 1 hour 45 minutes south of us,to meet up with Brenda's brother John and Linda his wife who were travelling from their home, and this was about half way for each of us. The weather was nice when we set off but we had snow storms through that part of the trip there and back which goes over ...Read More »
Love for one another....prayers being answered!
Posted in Pastoral on Sat, Apr 08 2006 - 01:15 AM
Hi everyone, just to say I have removed my previous blog (those who read it know what it said) because the object of posting it was to get people to pray. Thank you for your prayers. Most of you now know that those prayers are being answered. Praise Him! Love AlfRead More »
Posted in Pastoral on Fri, Apr 07 2006 - 12:42 AM
Hiya, well I'm going to blog later today when we've been out on our trip but just for now I want to post the devotional Brenda and I had in our morning quiet time today. It's from UCB's "The Word for Today" (it's British lol) and it is right in line with those wonderful studies LaNell has been sharing with us (thank you LaNell). God...Read More »
A trip out today...Clan Chief MacDonald here we come.....
Posted in Pastoral on Thu, Apr 06 2006 - 12:59 AM
Well we had a quiet day yesterday being Lesley and Caleb's first full day here. She went over to the nearest wee village on the Isle of Skye, which is only about 10 minutes in the car over the Skye Bridge, with Caleb to visit a friend she hasn't seen for months. Then while Lesley went to have her hair done we had the great pleasure of looking...Read More »
We're going to be invaded........and it's such a welcome!
Posted in Pastoral on Tue, Apr 04 2006 - 04:33 AM
Hi Friends, I thought today I would write you a kind of journal rather than a devotional and the reason being is that we're having a rare visit from our daughter Lesley and grandson Caleb, in fact in less than an hour from now Brenda and I will be taking the drive from our home on the west coast through to Inverness Airport which is about 85 miles ...Read More »
Posted in Pastoral on Fri, Mar 31 2006 - 01:04 PM
Hi Friends, I'm swiftly coming to the end of my day! It has been my day off work today and I'm at work all day tomorrow (Saturday). I had today off for a very special reason which was that I was asked, some months back now, to play my keyboard at a wedding at 2pm. A quite ordinary wedding by all accounts, but in an extra-ordinary location. ...Read More »
PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER
Posted in Pastoral on Tue, Mar 28 2006 - 10:43 PM
Hi Friends, this is our final study in this passage just now.“Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up.” (Amp)Does it grate on you when, in your direst circumstances, well meaning people tell you to ‘pull yourself together’ or to ‘pick yourself up’? As if you could! Hey, it’s not always on the cards because, as I...Read More »
GO STRAIGHT THROUGH WITH ME
Posted in Pastoral on Mon, Mar 27 2006 - 11:12 PM
Psalm 86 v.3: “Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.” (Amp)Brenda and I once sat under the ministry of a man whose interpretation of Scripture on many points seemed very plausible but we didn’t feel was entirely as God intended it to be. He often used to tell us that in prayer we didn’t need to keep praying the...Read More »
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Mar 26 2006 - 11:35 PM
Psalm 86 v.2 “Preserve my life, for I am godly and dedicated; O my God, save your servant for I trust in You (leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt.” (Amp).Many of us go through life with a very poor self-image don’t we! If we take up a book on psychology it will invariably tell us we...Read More »
IT'S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE!
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Mar 26 2006 - 05:45 AM
Hi Friends, here I am again! And I've been really blessed by reading Psalm 86 today especially the first 4 verses so felt led to write a four-part blog on those verse, taking one a day. So here is today's dose lol. Hope you're blessed............"Incline you ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring."...Read More »
'Tis Done.....and I'm almost free..............yippee
Posted in Pastoral on Thu, Mar 23 2006 - 02:53 PM
Hi Friends, well the awesome task of editing and preparing the Parish Magazine....all 12 sides of A4 of it lol....is ended. I finished it within the last 30 minutes and am (almost) free to blog, email and chat on IM again! Tomorrow I have to do the church weekly news/service sheet for Sunday's services and then that's it.I've missed you all...Read More »
I'm gonna be busy this coming week......
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 02:25 PM
Hi my dear friends, I just can't believe it's been a week since my last blog. I love blogging but time has run away with me this week and this coming week I have our Parish Magazine to edit which having only evenings after work will take most of my spare time, so please don't get worried if you don't see me around a lot cos that's what I'll be up ...Read More »
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Mar 12 2006 - 12:52 AM
Hi my dear Friends, it’s been a few days since I’ve blogged. It’s been somewhat busy. Having to work all day and every day this past week has put a strain on my online activities and this is because my boss is away and only she and I can work the post office side of our store, so it’s meant I’ve had to be there from opening to closing right up to...Read More »
Stay right where you are.....!
Posted in Pastoral on Wed, Mar 08 2006 - 12:54 AM
When I was a young person in my teens and twenties, I never felt I had the ambition or even the calling to be a missionary. Although I'd given my heart to the Lord at 17, being a missionary to foreign lands never tempted me and so I realised that the Lord wasn't calling me to that vocation, despite going with Brenda my then girlfriend (now my...Read More »
Skeletons in the cupboard....!
Posted in Pastoral on Tue, Mar 07 2006 - 01:18 PM
Hi Friends, I wonder if any of you have seen the Chronicles of Nania movie! It is a great movie and Brenda, my son Paul and I sat spellbound throughout. I was particularly taken with the wardrobe. What a great wardrobe! So big and so full of furs and things. As the children went into this wardrobe and brushed their way through the blanket of...Read More »
Inbox,...Outbox.....Numbers and Names....
Posted in Pastoral on Mon, Mar 06 2006 - 02:10 PM
Well today has been a tidying up day for me. That is tidying up on my computer of all the emails I've sent or received over the last few weeks. I'm a compulsive 'saver'. The only emails I ever delete are those which I've programmed to come into my junkbox or those which seem to come in duplicate or even triplicate. Praize blog notices often...Read More »
Poor old Joseph....
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Mar 05 2006 - 01:40 PM
Well, in church this evening we had a sermon from Genesis 43 and you just can’t help feeling sorry to poor old Joseph to say nothing of his 11 brothers. It’s a great pity there were only 18 of us there to hear it, as our dear Minister had obviously put a lot of study and time into putting it all together. I guess it was mostly to do with the...Read More »
Chuntering on.....makes a change!
Posted in Pastoral on Fri, Mar 03 2006 - 10:18 PM
Hi Friends, I can't believe it was Monday when I last blogged! It's been quite a busy week here in our wee home in Scotland and having been at work all of every day and coming home tired I guess I've come on here more for recreational purposes than settling down to concentrate on serious stuff (why do I use that word 'stuff' - I've never liked it,...Read More »
Like a Palm Tree.....
Posted in Pastoral on Mon, Feb 27 2006 - 02:23 PM
Yesterday I was very much blessed by my daily reading. The verse of the day was from Psalm 92:12 "...the righteous will flourish like a palm tree..." (NIV) and because we have palm trees all around where we are here in the Scottish Highlands, mainly I'm told because we are in the gulf stream, it gave me a constant visual effect and...Read More »
Finding rest and peace in God alone.....
Posted in Pastoral on Sun, Feb 26 2006 - 08:06 AM
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my ...Read More »
Your room is ready....
Posted in Pastoral on Thu, Feb 23 2006 - 01:35 PM
It's 1939/40 and a train is waiting to leave the station. Leaning out of every window is the head and shoulders of a child. Standing close by on the platform are mums and dads, grannys and grandads and others waiting to wave as the trains pulls out of the station. "Where are we going?" asks one child to his mum. "To stay with...Read More »
About: I've been a Christian since my teens and have seen God's hand at work in my life. Jesus means everything to me. I've been happily married to Brenda for 37 years and we have 2 grown up children and 3 grandsons. He is precious to me. We are members of the Church of Scotland here in the Highlands and we live in a fantasticly beautiful area with lochs and mountains and the odd kilt and bagpipe! I play the organ at church and Brenda the flute. Our services are very traditional. We are English immigrants and came up here about 8 years ago and never regretted our move from southern England. I love chatting on here to friends and keeping in touch, praying for those in need and trying to encourge and strengthen those who need it. I love reading, taking walks into the country, star trek and British comedy programmes on TV.Add Link | Add to Buddy List
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