Sunday July 28th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

It was such a blessing to have a lovely restful weeks holiday in the beautiful township of Akaroa last week. Thank you to all who made it possible, in particular Neville, Teresa, Ann, Luke, Jono and Nic.

I find holidays are a great time to ‘reset’ my ‘spiritual clock’ – to get back into the basic spiritual disciplines which sometime go amiss during the busy term time. For me this includes daily walks with my worship music, regular praise and prayer and doing my daily devotional and bible reading. I’m reminded during this time of how important these disciplines are – I use the word ‘disciplines’ because that’s what they need to be. A discipline is something that we develop by instruction and exercise especially in self control. I’m reminded how crazy I am not to be exercising them in the more busy periods of my life! Spiritual disciplines are like the air that we breathe and the food that we eat – without them we malnourish ourselves and become weak and unable to move forward in all that God is calling us to.

How are you going with your spiritual disciplines? Have you formed good habits and patterns or are you like me and in need of ‘resetting’ your spiritual clock? If so, I encourage you to take some time to pray and work out how you can do that because the result is SO worthwhile!

With love & blessings, Sandra

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