Some of my friends are worrying about how they will get to Corrymeela on Saturday as they are due to fly there and ash is currently covering the sky. But I have had two really great answers to prayer today and felt the working of the Holy Spirit at a meeting last night (and lets face it positive meetings are always a miracle...) which just lights my heart and helps me rejoice in all my blessings today. Days like this are worth treasuring ready to remember on the sucky days. And if your day is currently sucky then, I am sorry.
Its Salt day today. And it means I have to reveal another way that God has been good. Ruth chose the challenge "What is home?" and has written some great reflections on it. I chose a fairly simple outlook with a photo of my house.
Now there are a few things to say about my house.
1: It doesn't have a red splodge on it. that is something I noticed that must have transferred from finger to photo at some point and have decided to live with it rather than try and take the layout apart and put another photo in its place
2: I say it is my house - well it is where I live but it doesn't belong to me. I love it when cold callers ask if I live in a house with a mortgate or rent and my answer is neither as it is a tied house. It goes with the job. It is lovely though and something we could never afford. 2 big reception rooms, a conservatory, a large kitchen dining room with walk in larder and a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs 3 double bedrooms and one tiny one (sorry Carys), bath and loo. I would turn the little bedroom into an ensuite and make the bathroom bigger and add an attic bedroom if it was mine and I had the money! But I don't...
Next move we might live somewhere substantially smaller so I thank God for the priviledge of living here now.
Which gives my title a double meaning. Faith literally makes this house our home as if we weren't people of faith we wouldn't live here. And it is also what binds us together as a family. We are not always good at expressing that faith openly - I will confess that I struggle with saying grace at meals and I am not the only one in the family. But I truly beleive that it is faith in Christ that grounds us and holds us together.
I used: Kraft cardstock (I think that might have been my last one. Must. Buy. More)
Glimmer Mists - scarlet and caramel apple
Grungeboard lock - inked, misted and distress inked.
Cross - had about 6 years in my stash.
Papers - K and co
NEW bird PUNCH!!! from Stampin' Up - isn't it fab...
raffia mat stuff from art shop in Cambridge
gems from a local card making shop in Ockendon
letters: Cosmo Cricket wood; Jenni Bowlin red; Making Memories brown
Off I go to count my blessings....
If only appreciating the house would help me keep it clean and tidy