Have you ever felt out of place? Most of us have at one time or another. There
is a good reason for that. The scriptures say in Hebrews 11:13, that all those
that died in the faith before us "... confessed that
they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth."
So we shouldn't feel any more "at home" on this earth than this little
garden toad does in a teacup! He didn't stay in there very long, and scrambled
back out to his natural habitat with soil and plants and bugs. (Umm umm good!)
Funny how we do the same thing: so quickly forgetting that we are no longer
of this world and gravitating back towards it again.
Lately I've enjoying re-reading bits from The Practice of the Presence of God,
by Brother Lawrence. He says,
"That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the presence of GOD,
his soul being at that time insensible to everything but Divine love: and
that when the appointed times of prayer were past, he found no difference,
because he still continued with GOD, praising and blessing Him with all his
might, so that he passed his life in continual joy;"
we just need to remember to stay in the cup - in communion with God!
(It is a wonderful little devotional book, and you can read it free
online here.) This old abandoned chapel near Blaenau Ffestiniog is sort
of a picture of what can eventually happen to us if we don't stay plugged into
We went up north last week for the monthly meeting, and it was nice to see
our friends again, as we hadn't been since May. There have been a few new people
coming, and so it is good to hear that the group is growing.
A special treat last Thursday was to have a short visit with David, the new
minister at the Anglican Church. They have been there for three months now,
and are glad and excited to be there. And we are so glad that they are there
too. It is a wonderful answer to prayer, and so great to hear of their love
for the people of the church and the town.
Besides attending our monthly meetings, David and Becky have started a small
group in their home the other Wednesday evenings of the month. They are slowly
engaging with community, have started a food bank, and looking for other ways
to serve and love on Blaenau Ffestiniog and the other two neighboring towns.
Please remember them and their four children in your prayers.
NEWS FLASH: In Haverfordwest about 25 miles south of us in Pembrokeshire, there
is a moving among a community of gypsies, or "travelers" as they call
them in the U.K. Over thirty have been wonderfully saved and baptised two weeks
ago, and there are more to come. Please pray for wisdom for the leaders and
that the Lord continue to draw more and more hearts to Himself!
A very heartfelt thanks for interest and your prayers!
Dick & Gladys
Friends of and Prayers for Wales:
For quite a while I've had it in my heart to put together a collection of prophetic
words and pictures that have come to my attention over the years.
This year there are many things taking place, and fresh words are being given
by the Holy Spirit. This has inspired many of us here in Wales greatly, and
so I want to share them with you all as encouragement and substance for more
concerted and focussed prayer.
This will be an ongoing collection. It doesn't pretend to be complete, but
I'll be adding to it as new words continue to be issued, and also will add other
older words as they come to my attention.
I will most likely incorporate into our web page when I get a few more details
Thank you so much for taking time to look these things over, and praying with
us for God's hand to pour out blessing over Wales and the nations of the world.
In the amazing love of Jesus,
Independence Day, America!
Just a reminder of where true freedom comes from...
"Happy are the people whose God
is the LORD!" Psalm 144:15
"Bring back our captivity,
O Lord, As the streams in the South." Psalm 126:4
Please pray with us that God bless America, and return us
to our first love for Him!
Dick & Gladys