Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Exciting Times

Exciting things are evolving in my ministry! I am pleased to announce that Whispers of Love has just been relaunched with a lovely new cover, courtesy of my good friend Audri Coleman who did a fantastic job on the cover design. I had to put some financial outlay into this, so please pray that it continues to sell well. The book can still be bought from myself and will also soon be available from Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats. And I have recently completed a small commission for Magnet magazine.

A fantastic opportunity has also recently opened up to work with a hugely anointed Christian artist. We hope to produce a book together, using my words and her artwork, and I am thrilled at the possibilities this presents. Because of other committments in the diary, we will probably continue our conversations about this later in the year. Please pray for success and blessing in this collaboration.

On the retreats front, I recently spent a weekend working with the parishes of St Peters & St Margarets in Rochester, for whom I facilitated a Quiet Day on the theme of He Chose The Nails. I also contributed to their Sunday services with a sermon and a healing meditation. After a break last year, it was good to be back in harness with this type of ministry.

I now turn my attention to preparing for my involvement in the annual conference of the Order of Jacobs Well and a retreat; both at Llangasty retreat house and both on the theme of healing. Please pray for spirit-filled preparation for these two events.

Finally, two notes on a personal level:

1) Thank you to those of you who have been praying for Jack, my grandson. At 5 months old, he has just had to have a second major operation to remove a tumour from his spine, after it re-grew, and he requires chemotherapy, which will start soon. Please continue to pray for Jack's healing.

2) Inspired by Jack's struggles, I resolved to improve my own health, and at the same time to raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital, who have been amazing in their care for Jack and his parents. If you feel able to sponsor me you can read all about it here.

Since the start of the year I have worked hard at establishing new daily rhythms of which fitness has been part, as has regular contemplative reflection. Please pray that I will be able to sustain these rhythms over the long haul.

The last few months have been busy and challenging times. I have appreciated your prayer support ... do please keep it coming.

Thank you.