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Can or can’t?

Anyone who really knows me will tell you that I can’t do any form of DIY. Never ask me to help with anything like that as I will not be able to do it and I will only make things worse.

When we got our first house Joanne was heading out for the day and said to me to file down the skirting boards in the hall – so I did it my way!!! Got the power file out and buffed the skirtings down to the wood, took me a few hours to do a few inches.

Like the time we wanted to take a wall away in our shower room – I could do that easily!!! After a while of smashing away at this wall I stood on a nail which went right through my slippers (yep, your thinking that slippers is not the correct form of footwear to be wearing carrying out such a task) – this was followed shortly afterwards with a call to a good friend of mine asking him how you stopped water pouring out of the cistern.

I am a disaster with diy and I’m not afraid to admit it. When Joanne and I got engaged my dad starting collecting DIY magazines for me – you know the ones that came in binders and there was about 500 of them to buy on a weekly/monthly basis. Dear love him, I don’t know how much they cost him but they lay in my roof space for years before being donated to a local charity shop.

He also started to gather me up a collection of tools and electrical equipment which lay in my garage (and probably are still there), although I did get using above mentioned power file for a short period of time.

When it comes to my eating habits there is an unbelievably long list of things that I can’t eat – now not because I have some mysterious illness or allergy it’s purely that I don’t like them. Again those that know me well will be shouting ‘have you ever tried them’ – no, I haven’t and no I never will.

I can’t (or don’t) eat salads, fruit, vegetables, pizzas, Indians, Chinese, Italian, anything spicy, kebabs, omelettes, fish, etc etc etc – my list could go on for miles of what I can’t eat.

I’m a nightmare when it comes to my eating habits and I have to apologise to anyone who has ever been out for dinner with me or invited me round for dinner – I’m sorry for the hassle I cause.

Years ago we were invited to a wedding, reception was in a bank managers house. There was only a handful of people at it. The spread that had been put on was amazing but sadly and embarrassingly for me there wasn’t one thing I could eat – very hard to hide away in such a small location. After the host rummaged round the fridge I sat down to eat with everyone and tucked in to my ham soda!!!! Time for dessert, oops – yet again after a serious look around fridge and freezer I again sat down with the rest of the guests and really enjoyed my choc ice.

It does annoy me that I can’t be better with my hands, it does annoy me that I can’t be more adventurous when it comes to going out for dinner. There are loads and loads of things that I can’t do but I have to remember and focus on the things I can do.

I can be a good husband, I can be a good dad, I can be a good friend, I can help people, I can listen, I can give, I can support, I can encourage, I can advise, I can do lots and lots of things that will make a difference in this world of ours.

I want to encourage you to not think or dwell on what you can’t but look at what you can and
act on it – it will make a difference.

May God bless, strengthen and encourage you.


How Much?

Today was my turn for the weekly staff devotions in work and leading up to it I had been reminded about what Jesus did for us on the cross and challenged about what I did for Him in my daily life. 

I was lead to write and then share the following poem (in the loosest terms).

Two words kept coming to my mind – How Much?

For those that know me I’ve never written anything like this before.

How Much?

How much do we really love You God

How much time do we spend in Your presence

How much time do we spend listening for Your voice

How much time do we spend talking to You our Father

How much, how much


How much time do we waste each day

How much time is wasted on trivial things

How much importance do we place on our relationship with You

How much time is spent avoiding what needs done in Your name

How much, how much


How much more could we do to reach others

How much more could we do to care

How much more could we do to show Your love

How much more could be done to win the lost

How much, how much


How much do we pray

How much do we serve

How much do we praise

How much do we rejoice

How much, how much


How much do we criticise

How much do we jeer

How much do we ignore others

How much do we ignore You

How much, how much


 How much do we witness

How much do we encourage

How much do we care

How much do we love

How much, how much


How much did You suffer

How much pain did You endure

How much did You love us

How much do we need reminded

How much, how much


Look to the cross, look to the cross

Your nail pierced outstretched hands

Shows us how much

It shows us how much


Teach us Lord to show people how much You love them

Teach us Lord to show others how much You suffered for them


Teach us to listen

Teach us to pray

Teach us to serve

Teach us to live like You


At the end of each day help us to ask ourselves

How much have I done for You today

How much have I lived for You today

How much have I served You today

How much, how much



Gary Faulkner

June 2012


Hello world – a simple life.

Well, I thought I’d give this blog thing a go and try to share my thoughts, hopes, dreams, loves etc with everyone – might not last too long but we’ll give it a go.

I believe I live a very simple life – married, dad, home owner, brother etc etc. It has been a life full of love, a life that has been tough at times, a life full of wonderful memories, a life that has been challenging at times, a life with unbelievable sadness, a life of amazing joy.

At the age of 15 I made the best decision ever in deciding to follow Jesus and my life has never been the same again.

That decision was simple for me to take in the end – I believed that Jesus loved me, died for me and that if I accepted Him into my life then He would never leave me and that one day when my earthly life was over I would be with Him for all eternity.

Sounds so simple, it is. Now I didn’t understand it or believe it at first but I did finally come to a realisation that God sent His son to this earth to die for me and now 28 years later I still love my Jesus, I serve Him with all the talents and abilities He has given me and I want people to know that He did the same for them.

I may have, in my opinion, a simple life but it hasn’t been easy but I have had my Jesus with me every step of the way and that has been, and always will be amazing.

I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if, at 15, I’d continued to ignore what Jesus had done for me on the cross – my simple life is an amazing life, a life worth living, a life worth sharing.

How would you judge your life, who is walking with you? Consider Jesus – to put it simply, He loves you, never ever forget that.

John 3:16 (ESV English Standard Version)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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