Category Archives: Real Life Stories

382. Special Life-Changing Days In Our Lives.

Most of us can recall certain days in our lives that always stand out in our memories. They brought great changes to our lives. One such day for me was 22 August 1964, some 57 years ago as I write this. I … Continue reading

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381. A “Thank You” To All My Friends, From Carole Holbeck [nee Tapsell] 1943-2019.

It was only a week ago and 20 months after my wife Carole passed away that we came across a message she had left for her friends. It was on the last page of an exercise book she had been … Continue reading

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380. Reflecting On The Contribution of All Saints Anglican Church Booval [Ipswich] To Jim And Carole Holbeck

INTRODUCTION The Anglican Church at All Saints Booval recently celebrated 125 years of ministry in the Booval to Redbank area between Ipswich and Brisbane in Queensland. In the 1950’s and 1960’s there was a significant move of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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377. Honouring a Very Special Person! Carole Ann Holbeck, 1943 -2019

On the 22nd January 2021 I would have been celebrating with my wife our 55th Wedding Anniversary. However the Lord took her home to Himself on the 31st October 2019, but not before we had enjoyed over 50 years of … Continue reading

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375. Ephesians1:3. Thanking God For What We Have In Christ. [Part of the Epistle reading for this Sunday 03 January 2021]

Back in 2016 my wife Carole and I had just received the results of tests regarding an occasional mild haemorrhage she had experienced over several weeks which showed that her condition was extremely serious and indeed life-threatening. Our doctor gave … Continue reading

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373. Failing To See The Obvious. Again! The Words Solstice And Armistice. And A Personal Note!

When you reach 85 years it is nice to have some warmer weather and longer daylight hours. That got me thinking about the summer “solstice” when the sun “pauses” over the Tropic of Capricorn [thus the day with longest daylight … Continue reading

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372. Remembering Remembrance Days. A personal memory.

WE stood for a minute’s silence on Remembrance Day [Armistice Day] to remember!  To remember all those who had fought for their country in all the conflicts and wars since the early part of the 20th century, and how so many … Continue reading

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370. Life’s Unforgettable Moments. A personal Reflection. Coping with Personal Grief

There are moments in our lives that we will never forget. Sometimes they just happen out of the blue and at other times they occur as part of a process we are going through. One such moment was way back … Continue reading

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369. Reflecting On Birthdays. A Personal Note Written On My Own Birthday. Coping With Personal Grief.

Every birthday we have, has a different form. Things can happen even on birthdays. Last year when I turned 84 I had an early morning radiotherapy hit [number 44 of 45 scheduled for treatment for prostate cancer] and later my … Continue reading

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364. Memories That Bring Tears To Your Eyes And Praise To Your Lips. A Personal Reflection. 2Corinthians 12:9

We humans are funny creatures and we are all so very different. I was reflecting on this a few days ago when I was thinking of how certain dates can become so significant in our lives as individuals. Significant things … Continue reading

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