Me and My Girls
Thought you might like to see some photos of my two daughters. They don't look like this now though, they've both grown up. Though I've tried, I haven't seen them since they were about 8 years old. These are the only photos I have of them. Please pray that they will seek me out, I would very much like to get to know them as adults.
The Train Now Arriving At Platform 60!
No, it's not a big station, it's a big birthday! I've been riding this train for 6 decades now, and there's still a long way to go. I'm old enough now to not look back. There's a lot of stuff there that's best left behind. That's one of the real joys of being a Christian, you can look ahead. You probably won't see exactly what's coming, but you know that something exciting is on the way. That little word 'hope' is wonderful, "We have a hope that is steadfast and certain."
So, the tannoy announces, "The train now arriving at platform 60 is coming in on time and in one piece!" I praise my God daily for good health and the home He has provided for me over the years. He truly is faithful to His own and has been to me since I came to know Him aged 12. Even through the dark times and wilderness years He was always there, even though I didn't see Him...Wasn't looking, but He was there none the less.
And so, on to the future, whatever that might hold. One thing I can be sure of, we'll ride the rails together, my Lord and me, right on to eternity.
To Him be the glory,
Colin. Aged 59 and 9.999 tenths!
The Train Now Arriving at Platform 61!
Well, has it been a year already? Seems like only yesterday that I was arriving at platform 60, how time flies. What a year it has been, some ups and a few downs, but in all cases, God proved His faithfulness beyond any doubt. Sometimes we have to be down to see how God is unbending in His Love and care for us. What a wonderful Saviour we serve.
God’s provision has been amazing this year. Several times I was starting to sweat over late bills, but, as if by miracle, the money came in just in time. He does that with me, makes me wait, not every time, but when my faith seems weak seems to be His favourite. Still, we always come out stronger when He does that, so bless Him for ever.
Sixty was a good year in the main. I’ve learned a lot, mainly through losing battles, but that’s a great way to learn. The only way to never lose a battle is to never get into one...At least I’ve got half of it right!
So, what will 61 bring? More ways to outreach I hope. Doing the radio work I do is a great way to, ‘go into all the world.’ As is web siting. I’ve built 3 sites for clients this year and hope to build many more.
I’d very much like to get back into writing songs and stories. Seem to have gotten out of that mode in the past year. My Jacko stories have been aired on Eternal Radio this year. Cheers Stephen and Vellma, you are God’s own.
Thanks to my new pastor, I’m preaching more now, playing bass in church too which is wonderful. What a blessing to have a pastor who lets you off the leash and not be threatened by it. Pastors take note, the church’s purpose is to build up the saints for works of service. Mine is doing just that...I’m blessed.
So, here’s to another year with the Lord and my brothers and sisters here on earth.
God bless you, whoever you may be, and remember, Jesus loves you passionately.
The Train Now Arriving At Platform 62...
Yes, it's another year already. My how they seem to fly. It only seems like last week that I was standing on the platform of the workingmen's club at the bottom of our road in Liverpool...Actually, I was 13 when that happened. Yep, 13 and playing a gig. By 15 I was doing 4 nights a week with Johnny Marlowe and the Whipcords!!!!! I wonder what happened to you guys, Johnny, Bobby, Chris and Michael? Trust you are all still alive and as well as I am.
In those days, I was always the youngest. I can remember two girls coming up to me and asking how old I was. When I said fifteen, the one poked the other in the ribs and said, "See, I told you he was!" Ah, days gone by.
So, this year has been somewhat varied. Ups and downs, nothing new there except some of the downs were really terrible. Don't need to go there now, but trust me, God is gracious and forgiving. Bless Him forevermore.
On the up side, I have seen an increase in faith, Bible reading and prayer. I make radio shows for Jonathan Conrathe, an anointed and mighty man of God. He was here a few months ago recording. He came on the train having had a bad accident which smashed his car. After the session he asked me to pray for him, which I am always glad to do as it starts him off and I get blessed. Well, we both let rip and I tell you every demon in the neighbourhood did a runner. It was such a powerful time of prayer...It was wonderful.
I had a breakout, (a breakthrough, but for me, a breakout) and since then, I've been on a higher plain with the Lord. I've seen answers to prayer both for myself and others, and God has challenged my faith to step out and test Him. This, I have done, and the result is sitting on my drive way; a shiny Mercedes car. Not a new one, but one that looks and drives like new. I tell you, I am so blessed I just have to share it with all who will listen. GOD IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.
So, in a nut shell, that's my last year. I've had plenty of work on, and though it was in a recession, I had my best year ever. Even had to pay tax!!!!! Now, I'm looking forward to all He's going to do in the next one. It can only be exciting.
The Train Now Arriving at Platform 63!
Well, this has been a mixed year. As usual, when you have a break through as I did last year, the attacks intensify. This year has seen some serious battles, not all of which I’ve won, but God uses everything to our benefit in some way, and I have indeed learned from these bad times. God’s grace, God’s forgiveness and God’s mercy have all featured greatly throughout the course of this last year, and I’m not through it yet, but I am learning all the time. Praise God forever, He is soooooo good to me, words can not express what I feel for Him, or what He has done for me.
The Christian walk is a wondrous one. If only those who don’t know Christ could get to meet Him as I, and all my Christian brothers and sisters have, what a difference it would make to their lives. The Christian walk is exciting and challenging, and nothing like what you see on TV. Christians are joyful people. Joyful because we have a hope that is steadfast and certain, we have something to live for. We don’t live in hopelessness as many others do. Makes me feel for the Atheists, secularists and humanists out there, who really have nothing going for them at all. Still, that’s their choice, and God will respect it.
As for me, even though I have had some rough times this year, I have come through it with a positive attitude, and a much deeper understanding of God’s love for me. He really does bring all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.
I had a bumper year making albums for folks this year. Had four on the go and completed two. One is still in process, and one has been put on hold for a while. I’ve said it before, but I get to meet such great people making albums. It blesses me so much to be a part of their adventure, and the songs both challenge and encourage me. I get so much inspiration from other people’s songs, both musically and spiritually…What a blessing. “Keep ‘em coming Lord.”
So, another year passes and another notch goes up on the birthday board. 63 means two years to becoming an OAP. Well, I’ve already got the silver hair and wrinkles, so may as well have the pension to go with them.
May I encourage you to walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing Him will bring blessings to your life that you will find astounding. That’s been my testimony for the last 23 years, and I intend it to be for the next 23, and beyond.
"True inspiration only comes from The Holy Spirit."
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