Keep soldiering on!

So, 2020 is finally over and even though we're having a bit of a slow start to 2021, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. Yes, we have all faced challenges and dealt with some very low moments in the last year, but now is the time for a new start! It's time to focus on what lies ahead for all of us. Let's not dwell on the difficulties we had to face in the last year. Let us learn from the challenges of 2020, and turn our focus to the positives that God offers us. What can you thank God for today? A family? A friend? A neighbour? A pet? A house? Delicious food? The list is endless of what we can be thankful for. Even in our toughest times, it is God who turns on the light to help us through. 

In my last post, I mentioned that due to furlough, I was trying to utilise my time by learning Spanish. A kind member of our congregation leant me a 'Learn Spanish' CD, which helped me in my understanding of the language, but admittedly, I'm still working on my accent haha. I took such an interest in learning Spanish, that I also tried learning some Gaelic. I can assure you, the Spanish is easier! Nevertheless, I've been trying to stick to it...very, very slowly haha. Some of us might have had a bit more time during lockdown, and during this time, I've been thinking a bit more about what I'd like to try when things are open and safe again. I'm going to try horse riding, something I've never done. I'm going to travel more of our beautiful country and see places I've never seen before. I'm going to make more effort to meet safely with friends who live a bit further away. And amongst all these new adventures, I'm going to appreciate seeing all the faces I have missed seeing over the last year. What are you looking forward to? It doesn't need to be something spectacular, or adventurous. It could be as simple as meeting safely with friends, being involved in more or even just enjoy walking round the shops again.

If a pandemic lockdown has proved anything, it's that we can really unite as a nation to help and support one another. It's been so heart warming to see all the amazing things that we have done for each other in the last year. Look at Captain Sir Tom Moore! What a legend! He helped our nation just by walking around his garden. I'm not encouraging everyone to do exactly the same, but even something as simple as chatting to your neighbour or saying hello to someone you pass, might just make their whole day! For others, time has been filled even more during lockdown. So, what are you looking forward to when you get a bit more time again? 

There's lots to be thankful for! God is so good. I believe He has been with us every step of the way and held us by the hand as we charged into 2021. You're all doing an amazing job! You're doing great, and we should be proud of ourselves! I believe God gives his hardest battles to His strongest soldiers, so let's soldier on together! 


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Amy Tanner

Amy is an experienced youth leader having worked in a variety of churches and programmes, including Camp America and the National Youth Assembly. Developing faith and relationships within a Christian setting is such a joy for Amy that she has developed her calling in youth ministry.

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