Vessels of Honour…

Vessels of Honour…

Do you remember going over to your grandmother’s house for Christmas or Thanksgiving and she’d pull out the special dishes… perhaps china, accompanied by crystal stemware? For those occasions, the Corelle stayed in the cupboard… those were the everyday dishes. That’s exactly the idea behind today’s blog title.

There are a couple of reasons to talk about vessels of honour today – one positive and one negative – and I’ll get to them both, but first…

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Today is France’s National Holiday

Today is France’s National Holiday

… so it’s a particularly good reason to Pray for France!

So often we see the “Pray for ____ “ images in times of tragedy but that is not the case today. Today is a good day to pray for our adopted nation because in the same way that the French are celebrating their liberation from heavy-handed authorities (the monarchy & the church of the 18th century), so we have been working there for 3.5 years to see them liberated in a spiritual sense.

Today in particular… please pray for France and our work there.

Now… let me begin with an oversight…

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God provides Oil for the Tight Squeeze…

God provides Oil for the Tight Squeeze…

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have already seen today’s feature pic. It’s one I took Wednesday morning when I dropped Timo off at school. Although the days are getting longer, it’s still pretty dark first thing in the morning, but somehow that adds to the charm of walking through these pretty little streets of the city that we call –(at least for now)– “home”.

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Can I Ask You Something?

Can I Ask You Something?

Good morning from France!

It’s an “Over and Above Blessing” weekend for me so, with the exception of church tomorrow, I’ll be enjoying the disconnect of being on a little French Hobby Farm.

If you’re curious about today’s post title and the big blue “Why?”… I’ll get to that toward the end of the post. First though, I want to tell you about the special visitors we got to see last weekend.

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Tunnel Vision and a Fresh Outlook

Tunnel Vision and a Fresh Outlook

I’ve been thinking a bit about tunnel vision this week… you know, when you’re too deep into the trees to be able to see the forest.

We can go through times of spiritual tunnel vision as well. Times when you get so focused on a specific scenario, a specific problem that you’re trying to resolve… that you find yourself feeling like your back is up against a wall.

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New Attack, Old News

New Attack, Old News

It’s happened again. Another attack in Paris, this time directed at police officers and along the famous Champs Élysées. Such events, along with the political rhetoric that’s being whipped up at a frenetic pace in the closing hours of a national election (the first vote of which happens tomorrow), make for a bit of a toxic cocktail. But interestingly enough, I’ve been reading about the life of France’s King Henry IV (16th century) and we see that there really is nothing new under the sun. Continue reading