Trish and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

I experienced Trish and Richard at a workshop and loved how they lead worship and facilitated the group.

Listen to this song and let the words envelop you like an embrace as if arms are being wrapped around you, by a community, and by God.

Light a candle and be still, watching and pondering the warmth of the candle, watch the flame dance. The light that it represents, is a light that is in you. This light is in you because Christ dwells in you, or a divine spark of the creator, who is always igniting new ideas and innovation, if we are open to inspiration.

At the conference I attended in 2002, the following song Richard sang made an impression on me, realizing we have been given so much to be faithful with and to share.–lyrics

I received this information on the conference I had attended and thought it may be helpful.



Richard looks to be a guest speaker contributor to this community, looks wonderful.


This is a bonus I stumbled across, looks like a wonderful community to become involved in, to even have an opportunity to participate on one of their workshops.


Published on Apr 27, 2017
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Published on Jan 28, 2016

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James Slatter


My memories of James and Pamela at Hawick, how I remember them.


Here is a man of deep faith who had a tremendous influence on me as a person. James Slatter, I knew him as”Jim” and it was through church, and his youngest daughter Naomi, that I received this treasure of a friend and was welcomed into a wonderful family.

It was as if I had been adopted into their family, invited along to family Sunday meals after the church service. This is how the relationship developed, around the table and being available to help look after their house and cat when away on vacation. In the last days of their time in Hawick, my hometown, they would visit Cornwall on a frequent basis, looking for a house, that they would find in Helston.

I have fond memories of Cornwall and had the opportunity to visit on a couple of occasions, once for Christmas, and another time with my mother for a summer vacation.

When they went on their excursions, I would house sit, when doing this I could listen to the extensive cassette library of different speakers, and this is when I was introduced to Derek Prince and Derek Prince Ministries.  Prayer for Israel also influenced by Derek Prince. James and Pamela had a love for Israel and went to visit a few times during the time I knew them.

I use to visit on a Wednesday for lunch and Pamela would kindly cook a tasty lunch, and would experiment with different recipes on me, which was wonderful for me.

When I moved to America and them to Cornwall our friendship continued receiving letters of correspondence, and also support when going through Bible College.

Naomi who I mentioned earlier had a tremendous influence on me and also her older sister Bethany.

I had the opportunity to stay with Naomi and Drew her husband and family when visiting Scotland to visit with my family, and they provided home and hospitality for a night, making it easier to catch our flights. The song given to me when leaving Hawick is still as meaningful today, as when I first heard it.

The second song actually composed by Bethany is one I also love and appreciate. Every time I hear it, the song reminds me of Scotland. I found out years after that Bethany had composed the song, not knowing she had. It adds further meaning to me discovering where she wrote it, and she sang the song to me live at Naomi’s at our last visit in 2015.

Sadly James Slatter lost his fight against cancer on April 10, 2013, and is missed by many, his family especially.

These last songs I feel would resonate with the spirit of James Slatter, looking to Jesus, Jesus being his hope, friend, and Lord. He has now met with his maker and friend.

Pamela and James II

Pamela is an amazing woman still going strong, and being an inspiration to her family and friends, having a strong faith in her Lord. Pamela and James leave a legacy with the next generations, the clan you can see has grown big. There may be a more current photo, this, however, was the only one I could find to demonstrate the legacy of family. All talented in their unique and special ways.

The Clan James and Pamela


I’m thankful for the memories and friendship experienced, and I still believe the song given to me by Naomi, that friends are friends forever if the Lord is Lord of them.

Sharing with Thanks.

The Sacrament of the present moment

Curtis Kneblik is a friend I met a number of years ago. By the grace of God, I walked into the retreat center where he worked at the time. He welcomed me, and listened, allowed me to ask questions. From these questions, conversations flowed, and our friendship developed.

I also had an opportunity to go on a retreat in 2010 to a Schoenstatt Shrine in Wisconsin, I had a wonderful experience with my Catholic brothers and sisters, who made me feel very much at home.

Going with this group on retreat, I learned a part of a prayer that I will forever treasure.

Divine Providence

You know the way for me,
You know the time.
In your hands, I trustingly place mine,
Your plan is perfect born of perfect love,
You know the way for me, that is enough.


By Curtis Kneblik Be genuine

Curtis also recommended this book:

Abandonment to divine providence – Jean – Pierre De Caussade.

This book is a wonderful book, every page is a wealth of insight and inspiration. Following are a number of quotes from the book that spoke to me, which I  have extracted from my journal.

“If we do not concentrate entirely on doing God’s will we shall find neither happiness nor holiness, no matter what pious practices we adopt, however excellent they may be if we are not satisfied with what God chooses for you, what else can please you.” Pg 31 Caussade.

“Nothing benefits us that does not arise from God’s will, and there is absolutely nothing that gives us more peace or does more to make us holy than obeying the will of God.” Pg 31 Caussade.

“For some, God may demand the accomplishment of things which go beyond their ordinary duties. Those upon whom he makes this demand will recognize it because they will be attracted by it and will, as it were, feel inspired. If we are one of these, the best thing we can do is to go where inspiration leads us, without ever neglecting to do what we are commanded to do and obeying always those commands which God unexpectedly give us.” pg 32 Caussade.

“If we have abandoned ourselves to God, there is only one rule for us; the duty of the present moment.”

“Submission to God’s will as it reveals itself moment by moment is self – abandonment without reserve, it is submitting with absolute docility to what God is doing within our soul.”

“I feel drawn to write, to read, to question and examine. I obey this feeling, and God, who is responsible for it, thus building up within me a kind of spiritual store which, in the future, will develop into a core of usefulness for myself and for others. This is why it makes it essential for us to be simple-hearted, gentle, compliant and sensitive to the slight breath of these almost imperceptible prompting.” pg 81 Caussade.

Read the book for yourself.

abandonment PDF

“Reflect on this quotation as you decide on today’s small sacrifice: “In order for a lump of clay to be made into a beautiful vessel, it must be entirely abandoned to the potter, and must lie passive in his hands. And,  similarly. in order for a soul to be made into a vessel unto God’s honor, sanctified and meet for the masters’ use, and prepared unto every good work, it must be utterly abandoned to Him and must lie passive in His hand … To a soul ignorant of God, this may look hard; but to those who know Him it is the happiest and most restful of lives. He is our Father, and He knows just what is best.”  – Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life.

Quotation from  Day 287.  A Year With God Living Out the Spiritual Disciplines, Edited by Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller.