22 December 2014

A Saviour is born!

Boots: Dune | Jeans: Arbecormbie and Fitch | Coat & Jumper : Zara | Neckpiece & bracelet : I bought both on my last trip to Poland but unfortunately don't remember the name of the shop, similar styles in M&S and Warehouse.

I've got a jolly in my step and I'm wearing all things red because its finally Christmas week!
Whats even more exciting is almost everyone is breaking off for the festive holidays, families and friends are coming together, gifts shall be opened and this is all going to be done under no other name, consciously or unconsciously, how fab!
This weekend I had the privilege of attending two of the sold out !Audacious Christmas carol services. For many years, ever since I came to the U.K, I've always attended carols at my old church, Kingsgate in Cambridge and it was such a great joy to share this festive celebration with my new found !Audacious family.
The night included traditional carols brought to life through theatre, film and music and we had a incredible Christmas message by special guest speaker and comedian, Mark Ritchie.
Mulled wine, mince pies, Santa Grotto and a gift for every child was just the icing on the cake. 
As expected, the !Audacious team outdid themselves with a world class production, I was thrilled once again.
Adding on to the fun but almost wrecking my nerves was my daughter who had the privilege of performing in the kids opening scene of the production and I absolutely loved how she embraced the crowd and did an excellent job.
Briefly in this weeks post I just wanted to share some verses that highlight the Christmas story - Luke 2 and Isaiah 9 verse 6 & 7.
And lastly, 1 John 5 verse 11 that reads: "God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son".
Wishing you and yours a jolly good Christmas.
With love from Valerie and I.
Jesus is the reason for the season!

2 December 2014

Holding Onto His Promises

Shoes : River Island | Jeans : New Look | Bag : Michael Kors | Jumper : Topshop | Coat : Zara

Hi. So good to have you visiting my blog today. Its been just over three months since I began this journey and its been amazing so far thanks to all your continued support. 
We are currently on 5 400+ page views and I've just started hosting ads on the website too, exciting, do click away (pun intended).
The month of November is like a dark cloud sitting on my shoulders because of the fact that I lost my beloved brother during this month, eight years ago. Every year feels like I'm reliving the pain all over again but its been so comforting to read of what the Bible says in Matthew 5 verse 4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". Having said that, I've embraced grief and let it all out when I needed to. Ultimately it all comes down to how I choose to deal with it. Last week, I recommended, soaking into the Word of God and surrounding yourself with positive people no matter the circumstance.
Heres a video I've watched and would encourage you to watch too, especially if you are going through grief and/or depression. Its an interview by Nicky Gumbel with Rick Warren (New York Times Best Seller of Life Driven Purpose and his wife, Kay Warren after having lost their son. And if you can share this post/video with anyone you know who might need such encouragement, that would be awesome.
Be blessed.
What Bible promise are you holding onto in this season in your life?
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