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2 days ago
It would be so easy for me to feel that my life was spinning out of control at the moment, others are making decision about what should happen to me . I came home on the day of the diagnosis and wrote the following: LIVING BEYOND THE DIAGNOSIS 3:30 pm 9th February 2021 life changed- after all the hopes that it would not be it WAS. The diagnosis was cancer of the womb. I sat and listened to the doctor as she explained and wrote it all down in my book so I would get the facts straight and not miss anything.
BUT At the same time everything in me was shouting I WILL NOT LET THIS DEFINE ME IT WILL NOT RULE MY LIFE.
So my diagnosis has caused me to revisit
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Speaking with the oncology team on Monday I felt the words of that verse to be very true, although advanced the cancer is contained, and a side blessing of the investigations is that the clots on my lungs were discovered and are being treated, although toxic and with many side effects which, in the short term, will limit my ability to function ‘normally’ the treatment is expected to eradicate the cancer.
For the exiles, the message isn’t a cheery one at least in the short-term. They are told they should create new lives in Babylon.
For me at the current time I have to create a new life which includes cancer as part of the reality of life-that is my Babyon.
But I know that my future is co-signed with Christ. That means as promised by God I have a future a future of hope, not of despair.
Currently I feel like one of the exiles I have to remain where I am and live through this period. But like the exiles who were told to build houses, raise families plant vineyards I too am being asked to put this time to good use.
God wants to be included but for that to happen I, like the exiles, must know what God wants of me.
I believe this is a time in my life when I may find the opportunity to be ‘tuned in’ to that still small voice calling me to new things and places. A suggestion was made to me yesterday that during treatment I may also like to spend time on a ‘virtual’ guided retreat, time in which I would use the limitations imposed by the treatment to good effect. Certainly one way to take control and not allow the cancer to be!
Prayer: Loving God help me to live today to the full despite the limitations placed on me.
Jesus, help me to give courage to others, being kind to everyone I speak to. Spirit, help me to proclaim the love of Christ in all I do and say today and every day. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less
Such beautiful words from your heart Pam sprinkled amongst the words of the Bible. Love you and always here for you you have the strength and support to get through this
5 days ago
.”I came across this yesterday and it spoke to me in my current situation. I share it with you in the hope that it may also prove of value to you.
My grandmother once gave me a tip:
In difficult times, you move forward in small steps.
Do what you have to do, but little by little.
Don't think about the future, or what may happen tomorrow.
Wash the dishes.
Remove the dust.
Write a letter.
Make a soup.
You are advancing step by step.
Take a step and stop.
Rest a little.
Take another step.
You won't notice, but your steps will grow more and more.
And the time will come when you can think about the future without crying.
- Elena Mikhalkova
“Father, I need You now. You say You love me and see exactly where I am…and in spite of how I feel, I choose to believe Your Word. In the face of all I am going through, I look to You for help. I need Your strength to deal with everything that feels too big for me right now. Help me to keep my eyes on Youand encourage me for the road ahead. Help me experience Your love and presence in a tangible way. I give all that I am to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
(Image of Tasha Tudor, American Illustrator 1915-2008) ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful ! Amen 🙏
1 week ago
As we started Lent yesterday the final words of the Gospel were:
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What do we have in our hearts? ... See MoreSee Less