Hands up who loves
Me for one. On arriving
at St. Gabriels for the October 2001 Women for the Kingdom conference, I was
not in the best frame of mind as I had not had a good year. My husband's sister
had been killed in a road accident in Australia in July, and many other things
had gone wrong for us during the year. So in many ways I was not looking
forward to the conference, not even sure if I should be there.
However, God is good and
knows exactly how to get through to us!!
Arriving at the dining
room for our first meal together I was greeted by a smell that took me back
almost 20 years, yes you've guessed it brussel sprouts! The smell was exactly
the same as I remembered coming from my nan's kitchen on a Sunday and yes the
taste was even better. I had not tasted sprouts like those since my nan had
died, and oh boy I did enjoy them.
Looking back it was as
though God was saying, "Hey if I can look after little things in your life like
sprouts, then I can look after the bigger things."
From that point, the
weekend got better and better. I attended a workshop on the Saturday afternoon
called "Drama in Worship"; it was about having a freedom to wave scarves during
worship and this opened a complete new chapter in worshipping God to me. I came
away from the weekend with a new freedom in worshipping God, a freedom which I
have been able to use in worship to God in my church.
God has continued to do
many things in my life this year but I will never forget what a blessing those