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Inspiration Words By Sis. Marvet Simpson

What inspired me to begin to blog was a conversation with a Sister and friend, who basically told me that God is preparing another platform for me to share His Word, and do His will. She challenged me to write, and expressed how inspired she was by my use of language. I was humbly appreciative, and unknowingly she added the final note to the music that so many have been playing on me for so long; to write. I have so much to say, to share, and I love to encourage. People communicate electronically these days, and the verbal face to face dialogue has become less and less over the years. Young people have become more insular, and struggle to express or even be honest with themselves. If I am not able to be a listening ear, I would like to be there at the other end of a click, and so hence my reason for blogging. It's not all about me, but to the Glory of God, I write inspired, not out of daily duty, so I trust that whoever reads, will be encouraged, and if questions are to be asked, I will endeavour to give answers. Blessings in abundance.

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Mar

The Valley Experience

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Having travelled to Scotland on several occasions, one thing that stood out for me, were the winding roads that took us to the Highlands. Sometimes these roads seemed to lead into nothingness, other times we saw light, and life in the distance.  Sometimes these roads were straight, narrow, and high, other times it seemed that we had sunken into a valley, shaded with thick trees, and obscuring the light of the sky.  How dark they were, and quite uncertain. 
The valleys, though mysteriously attractive, prompted an unspoken haste to drive through them quickly.
Sometimes,  life is like a valley. What happens in a valley? more to the point what happens in your valley?
Amy, a young woman found herself in a valley. After being married for several happy years, hopelessly in love and faithfully committed to her husband, she was shocked to discover that for the last year he had been having an affair with her sister.  Amy's world was rocked, she wondered how she would get over this situation, if ever.  She realised that what she thought she had, a loyal loving caring and committed relationship was not that after all, and not only her husband, but the father of her children had left her life in pieces. What was she to do?  She found herself in a valley, what would now be the valley of decision; and that is where we find our selves at times. 
It can be related to anything, in Amy's case it was her relationship, her marriage, her family, dedicated years of investment.  In your case it could be an unwanted pregnancy, a major geographical move, a cut off from abusive family and friendship groups,  but something you have no control over, you have been forced into that valley, and how you will get out, and what you will do is unclear, and you might think that it is up to you only; or is it really? 
The valley roads to the  Scottish Highlands, leads somewhere, they do not stop in the middle of the valley, they take you to a clearing, and will keep you in that clearing until you reach your destination.
Although you may not know the final outcome, the shadows will clear. 
King David talks about the Valley experience in Psalm 23.  I remember watching a movie as a child, where  frightened victims of war  recited those words as they walked through thick darkness, anticipating a clearing and a brighter view....."Though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not fear" (NIV).
What ever your  valley experience is, know that God will take you through to the clearing, know that He will give you  peace that surpasses your understanding  (Philippians 4:7)....He will take you, lead you, comfort you
and carry you out of the valley.

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Mar

'Paint it Grey'

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When was the last time you consulted God about your decorating ideas? Strange question? No; not really.  Proverbs 3:6 tells us that we should not lean on our own understanding, but in 'All our ways we should acknowledge God, and He will direct our paths'. 

We have had some work done recently in our home and are at the stage of choosing the finishing touches, paint, paper etc. I decided I wanted to paint the interior of a particular area in a light teal.  I was set to start shopping for the paint.  I walked into the room, looked at the area, and 'something' said to me 'paint it grey'.  That  'something' was very strong, and I found the idea of painting it teal, unpleasant.  I like teal, my other soft furnishings are teal, but that particular area must not be teal.  Now that 'something' I know, could only be God. The feeling, the message, the instruction felt very strong.  I thought,  God really is interested in the colours of my home, in my d├ęcor, and what it looks like. .... so you are probably reading this, and thinking;  'yes! we hear that, we know that, but what's the real issue here, why would God tell you to paint it grey?
It's not the colour, it's not even the instruction, it's the recognition and obedience without question.  I don't need to know why, or the future details, I just need to obey, however I cannot if I don't recognise the voice of God. 

When He speaks, it is unusual, it comes, but you can't quite place your finger on it, where it comes from; and that is why so often we hear One say, 'something told me'.
As you begin to develop that quietness, where you tell yourself that you want to tune into the right frequency and hear from God, it will begin to happen.  You may wonder when, and what  He will say to you, but when He does, you will know that it is from Him.  You may think that He will only talk to you about 'spiritual matters' but don't forget that if you are living in the spirit, you are walking in the spirit, Galatians 5:25, and the walk is daily, hourly, minutely, and of course,  in every second, so don't be surprised if God tells you that you should have two eggs for breakfast, wear your boots instead of your shoes, take a different route to work; shop at Sainsbury for your fruit, and tell the fellow shopper that they look lovely. 

This is how we remain connected with Our Father, we don't need to guess, or say; 'something said to me', because we will know who that 'something is' We will recognise Our Friend's involvement in every area of our lives.  We will be content with our choices, and we will develop a constant conversation approach with Him. 
So the next time you are choosing something....anything.....big or small.....personal or general.....tell Him first, and listen out for His choice, because if you're tuned into the right frequency you'll know it!

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Mar

13th February 2017

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I am sat in Manchester Church.  I am at the funeral service, celebration of the life of Pastor Devon Williams. Cynthia and Valerie have brought in two wreaths. The mood is not sombre, but there are exclamations of joy at seeing and meeting.  Some are busy, some are sitting, some are waiting, some are reflecting.  How do I feel? I'm quiet, not chatty, I'm not sombre, I'm reflective.  More flowers.  Howard is walking  with one of our Eldest Pastors.  Pastor Campbell, they'll be walking behind the coffin. More flowers.  More people, more activity.  Photo's of Pastor Devon's life and family are on a slide show. The music plays quietly in the background. More voices, more people, raised voices.  More flowers.
Devon's mother has arrived, how sad to be burying your child.  I cannot imagine what it must feel like.  I cannot imagine laying my child to rest.  The ushers do their job, so organised in harmony- together as they orchestrate and maintain organising. When will they feel the day?
More flowers.
Yet more flowers. 
A familiar face, expressions of love, faces that have not been seen for a long time. 
They knew him, and they loved him. The family have arrived, they're standing.

I feel the draught-all is silent.  Still the photo's slide.  'Soon and very soon' rings out- we all stand.  Bill walks in - Pastor, and elder brother- "the grass withers..." a muffled tear.  A declaration of Praise.

President, Overseer, He died in hope- a better life to come, presence greatly missed. We are grieving, we believe there is a better life to come, God knows our heart and as humans we have emotion.  Praise and lift Him up, Jesus, we will be helped throughout the service.
A joke, "no tugging on my jacket, that's what Devon would've done, enjoy the service, be happy"
'At peace with Jesus now'
We sing, but sadness permeates the air.  God knows, He sees, He understands.  We must allow ourselves to feel, to express, to be comforted, for Jesus comforts. 
They keep coming, loved ones, friends. all who loved Him.
What now? what next?.
Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ.  1st Corinthians 15.

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