|Baskets in bloom|
The hanging baskets are looking really good and are set off by the new fence, which is almost completed. We have added some planting at the bottom of the fence to grow up through the fence.
The vegetable patch is also blooming and as I described to a neighbour all that we are growing I realised how much we had managed to pack into our small patch. Our first crop of radishes are really flourishing and are needing to be eaten to make room for the second crop which are now coming up.
We remembered to plant a second row of the mange tout and sugar snap peas as well and have added some runner beans into the mix. The broad beans needed some support and we were glad we did this early in the week as the winds have really picked up this weekend .
|Flourishing vegetable patch|
We celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with hand crafted bunting and friends round for lunch. We rang the bells at church before last week's Sunday service to coincide with the start of the flotilla. Josh, Jacob and I also rang before the Queen's service on Tuesday, which was being shown in church on the big screen.
I led the family service at church today, which included a baptism. The theme was looking at how we separate our lives between church and the outside world. However, we discussed that God is in all of our lives, not just the bit on Sunday and we looked at how we can use the Ten Commandments in all parts of lives to check if we are living a committed life.
The minister used a power tool as an example to ensure that we don't make our hobbies an idol or buy items that exploit other people. I explained, using my phone, that things that take us away from God can be turned around and used to honour God. I know that I spend time on my phone playing farmville when I could be using my contact list as a prayer prompt, or down load an app to prompt my Bible study.
This week's Bible verse is from Proverbs, a wonderful source of insightful teaching:
The Lord is a mighty tower
where his people can run
Our prayer as a family is that we will look at our lives and ensure that we are committed to Christ in all that we do and not just the bits on Sunday. We prayer that the family who came for baptism will have taken the message home with them and will want to know more about why we believe Christ has a part to play in our whole lives. We also pray for Josh as he has his braces fitted, that we will be sympathetic and understanding to his pain as he adjusts.
With God's blessing from my family to yours,