He knows what He’s doing

A couple of weeks ago I went for a walk through the woods behind our flat. Although I chose to go out early in the day, it was already quite warm. At the top of the woods are a couple of fields, empty and unused.

On one edge of the field in the photo there is a tangle of bushes, small trees and brambles, at the back of the photo. Attacking this tangle with gusto was a man with a petrol strimmer.

I thought he was mad. It was hot, the field was unused and why on earth was he strimming the tangle of bushes and not the grass of the field itself? The field is not overlooked by any houses, so it’s not as if the neighbours would be complaining that the grass was not cut! What the man was putting so much energy into on a hot day made no sense at all to me. I walked on.

This morning I went that way again. I discocvered that what the man had been doing actually made perfect sense. In the field there is now a beautiful chestnut brown horse. In the tangled mess of bushes, brambles and small trees the man had carefully strimmed a network of paths and areas, so the horse has somewhere shady to go when it gets hot.

The man with the strimmer knew exactly what he was doing. I felt a bit of a fool for criticising him (in my head!) so soundly on that previous day.

How often do we look at things that happen in our lives and say “Look, God, this makes no sense at all! I don’t think you know what you are doing!” Oh, but God always knows exactly what He is doing with us and one day, sometimes sooner, sometimes later, we will understand.

In this and in other ways I can see that God is encouraging me to trust Him more, question Him less and let Him be in charge. He really does know what He is doing!

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Loved you yesterday…

A song about Jesus’ unfailing love, called Loved you yesterday:

Loved you yesterday
Love you still
Always have
And I always will
     Repeat

He sings, Jesus sings to me
He sings, my God sings to me

Loved you yesterday… x 2

He sings, Jesus sings to me
He sings, my God sings to me

Loved you yesterday… x 2

Click here for a recording.

God does wonders!

A song to encourage us about what God can do, from a recent day-long walk in the forest, praying and seeking God.

The title is Tu fais des prodiges (You do wonders).

Tu es le Dieu d’amour
Tu es le Dieu d’amour
Chaque jour dans ma vie
Tu fais des prodiges
     Répétez

Tu es le Dieu de miracles…

Refrain:
Oh-oh tu fais des prodiges
Oh oui, tu fais des prodiges
Chaque jour dans ma vie
Tu fais des prodiges

Tu fais des prodiges
Jésus, tu fais des prodiges
Chaque jour dans ma vie
Tu fais des prodiges

Tu es le Dieu de grâce…

Tu es le Dieu tout-puissant…

Refrain x 2

In English:

You are the God of love…
You do wonder in my life every day

You are the God of miracles…
You are the God of grace…
You are the all-powerful God…

We are weak but He is strong! For a recording in French click here.

That your grace would flow

Another new song. This came while we were driving down to Franche-Comté for our holidays. I was struck again by how vast France is and how rural. Those rural areas are mostly untouched by Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness.

Into my heart burst a desire to see God’s grace flow into this land, this land which is lost, full of people who are lost and need God.

Que Ta grâce coule
Que Ta grâce coule
Que Ta grâce coule
Partout en France, Seigneur
     Répétez

Nous crions à Toi
Nous crions à Toi
Nous crions à Toi, Jésus
Pour notre pays perdu
     Répétez

Que Ta grâce coule…

In English, roughly:

That your grace would flow

Throughout France, Lord

We cry to you, Jesus

For our lost country

For a recording (in French), click here.

And the peace of God…

Friday is shopping day, in Beauvais, about 25 minutes drive away. On the drive… another song! In English, with the title And the peace of God:

Greater is He that is in you,
Than he that is in the world.
Repeat

And the peace of God,
Oh, yes, the peace of God,
And the peace of God,
Which transcends all understanding,

Shall garrison your hearts and minds,   x 3

In Christ Jesus, in Christ Jesus,   x 3
Our Lord.

Cick here for a recording of the English version. The words are from 1 John 4:4 and Philippians 4:7.

En français, avec le titre Et la paix de Dieu:

Plus grand est celui qui est en vous,
Que celui dans le monde.
Répétez

Et la paix de Dieu,
Oh oui, la paix de Dieu,
Et la paix de Dieu,
Qui dépasse toute compréhension,

Sera une garnison autour vos coeurs et pensées,
Une garnison autour vos coeurs et pensées,
Une garnison autour vos coeurs et pensées,

En Jésus-Christ, oui en Jésus-Christ, x  3
Le Seigneur.

Cliquez ici pour un enregistrement de la version en français. Les mots viennent de 1 Jean 4.4 et Philippiens 4.7.

A song for Montdidier

Last Saturday, 30 March, Joanna and I went to Montdidier to do some more prayer walking. We had a great time: the sun was shining and we were really encouraged in prayer.

Whilst walking and praying, the Lord gave me a song, which I felt was particularly for the town of Montdidier. It was initially in English, with the title A day full of wonder:

A day full of wonder,
A day full of joy,
The day when we see
Your Holy Spirit fall…
Holy Spirit, fall…
     Repeat…
Right here.

Come Holy Spirit and fall in this place,
Come in your power and mercy and grace.
Push back the darkness and let in the light,
Yes, we are ready, we’re ready to fight…

Chorus

Click here for a recording of the English version.

I then created a French version, with some changes to make the song work, with the title Un jour plein de merveille:

Un jour plein de merveille,
Un jour plein de joie,
Le jour quand on voit
Ton Saint-Esprit tombe…
Saint-Esprit, tombe…
     Répétez
Ici.

Viens cher Saint-Esprit et tombe en ce lieu,
Viens en ta puissance, ton amour, ta grâce ;
Repousse les ténèbres, laisse entrer l’éclat,
Nous sommes préparés, prêts pour le combat.

Refrain

Click here for a recording of the French version.

Musical week-end at Montdidier

Long time no post! We have now been living in Clermont-de-l’Oise for around two years. How time flies.

We work with various evangelical churches in the area, with a particular heart for the Plateau Picard: for us, the rural area between Clermont and Amiens (south-north) and between Ham and Grandvilliers (east to west).

As part of this, we are involved with several churches, under the name la communauté de chrétiens évangélique du Plateau Picard  in organising a musical weekend in Montdidier on 27 and 28 April.

Because God loves every person in France