Hi and thank you all so much for your encouraging comments! I'm always so touched by your kindness.
At the moment France is going through a rather rare patch of winter weather for this time of the year, especially here in the south. Snow in May - very unusual! We need the sun so much!
The tag Tuesday challenge is to use tickets on your tag. Not that easy at all - I ended up with a collage-type tag which is quite large so I will put it onto a card later I think.
Thanks go to Louise who hosts the challenges and gives us something to look forward too every week.
Just a little share - you know how I love to talk about the practical side of Christian living. When it's my DH's turn to share the Word in Church on Sunday I always say 'don't forget to include some practical examples'! I shouldn't really say it anymore as he always does.
Anyway - this practical little lesson really is to serve me a big lesson for when I get disappointed in God or people again. I know I set myself a very high standard and my DH says 'Stop beating yourself up all the time'... but I suppose thats character and God is working on it!
Before we went to Holland to share about what God has done in our marriage at a couple of conferences, we once again needed somebody or a couple to look after our son David, who is handicapped (Down Syndrome). In the past we could always rely on the same people but in the mean time life had made it impossible for them to help us out in this way.
Well, it took a long time to find people willing to do so. I was a bit disappointed because I thought - well surely somebody is willing to pay a little sacrifice for David, especially the christians in our Church? Caring for David has been one of my greatest blessings! But when I placed myself in their shoes, I could relate to the fact that it was perhaps difficult to look after him because he is a full grown man, although he looks only 15 and everything has to be done for him, like the toilet, washing him and even brushing his teeth. He doesn't speak either.
Finally, a lady volunteered only after a week to confess that she had a phobia about touching people and declined.
We had been praying for this and I said to René that if it was God's Will that we go to Holland then God will provide. A week before we left, René asked a Dutch couple who live about twenty minutes away and run a Holiday Village in the mountains. They come to our church now and again but we hadn't got to know them yet. Well, the first reaction was positive. We arranged a meeting and what do you know, Els had worked with heavily handicapped people as her job in Holland and would love to help us out!
But, they had a visitor around the time we needed them to be at our home. However, I just KNEW in my heart that God had provided and it turned out that the visitor canceled her trip.
We left for Holland in total peace! When I came home, all the laundry was done, Els had bathed David every day, the house was all clean and tidy and she said - OH, you could have stayed away longer if you had wanted!
WOW, can you imagine, the joy that God gave us just the right people at the right time? My other son Michaël was happy too because he just had a good time with them too! To top it all, we have become good friends!
If one door closes God opens another and HE KNOWS BEST!
Proverbs 3:5,6 "Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and do not rely on your own
insight or understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He
will make straight your paths."