There are so many things to be thankful for.

I write this RPD on my final day in the 30s. By the time you are reading this I will have entered the 40s. I was given a wonderful party today with various friends, mainly from church, taking time to come and enjoy a bit of fun with Jono. We had a trivia test to see how much people knew about me. I got a couple of them wrong myself.

I want to say a huge thankyou to so many people who spent them time and energy to make a special time for me. Marie made a really cool show using photos from my life and she gave me the best ever birthday present – an All Blacks jumper with my name and number on the back!!

I am thankful for the places I have been and the things I have done in these 40 years. I am thankful for the family and friends I have. I am thankful for the opportunities to see much of the world that God has created. I am thankful that God chose me. I am thankful that He persisted in drawing me to Himself and continues to do so. I am thankful that I can read His word daily. I am thankful for so much money to be free to live in this world – so much more than 90% of the world.

I am thankful that God arranged for Marie and me to meet and to pursue a life together. I am looking forward to the next 40 years of my life and the theme of my message is one of thanks and gratitude to God.

While you are thinking about gratitude consider two things.

Consider what God has given you on this earth. Watch this video to be both inspired and thankful.

Consider what God has given you beyond this world. Today I witnessed the baptisms of Virginia, George and Andrew. Their testimonies are poignant reminders of the power of God working through believers to bring the hope of the good news of Jesus to those who don’t yet know Him.

I want my thankfulness and gratitude to spur me on to the action of sharing the best news I have. Not a birthday, not a nice life, not even a good rugby team to follow – but being a child of the Creator and King of the universe!


118 Days to go. If you haven’t received your invite yet and you want to come – please let me know.


Please continue to pray for school. I love teaching the children and I want to do my best for them. I find it sometimes overwhelming and difficult to prioritise my time and my energy.


· Praise God for forty years of life by God’s grace

· Thank God for bringing Marie and I together

· Pray for continued preparation for a wedding and a marriage

· Pray for my grade 2 students

· Pray for Virginia, George and Andrew in their walk with Christ this week


Beth Weldon and all the helpers who organised my 40th birthday party!

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