Archive | December 2006

Forgiven….I AM!

I am forgiven!!

(Click on the above link and enjoy the short movie.)

 No matter what my thoughts are or my mind battles are that the enemy will try and assault me with, I AM FORGIVEN!

My life is not my own, I have been bought by the highest bidder, my heavenly Father, He alone is the source of my comfort and strength and I will forever praise Him.

The time has gone by quickly…it seems so short a time ago that I was in a large hall listening to a female evangelist ( Jean Darnell ) telling us about Jesus and His love for us and at the end of that timely message I gave my heart and my life to Him.

His word is the truth on which I stand, it can always be relied upon to show us Gods ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts..

As we draw near to the end of yet another year, I am reflecting just how much I have gone through and its impact on my life as a christian.

I have not always paid attention to His voice nor have I obeyed Him and have often gone my own way, but in all of that, He awaits with open arms for me to run back to Him because Love ( His Love ) covers a multitude of sins..

I pray that as you, yourself, reflect over this past 12 months , God will show you too how much you are loved and adored by Him, no matter what!

Today..

I have just realised that I haven’t told my friends that I recently passed my level 2 English which here in the Uk is equivalent to a GCSE…and am rather chuffed with that..and now I go onto to do the Maths one…oo lala

For me, this is truly wonderful because for the longest time I have sacrificed my days to serve my family and rightly so but then I was inspired to start looking at me and my potential in the society in which we live.

One of my dearest friends commented on my gifts to be able to organise and things like that and she suggested finding out what God would have me do with them. hence, i found myself in a local library being interviewed by a Learn Direct tutor and was promptly put on the above quick courses..

After these I will endeavour to get through the ECDL course..and see where God takes me on that!!

The original version!

A Moment Like This Video

A Moment Like This

My daughter has wanted to sing this song for over 8 months and we purchased the backing track…

Recently , another singer won a competition with it and so it is probably more popular now..

My dd will sing it on New Years Eve as part of the nights celebrations at church….

Who is Jesus?

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 We see throughout the Bible, that Jesus is more than a cute baby in a manger:

 In GENESIS Jesus is the Ram at Abraham’s altar.

In EXODUS He is the Passover Lamb.

In LEVITICUS He’s the High Priest.

In NUMBERS He is the Cloud by day and pillar of fire at night.

In DEUTERONOMY He is the City of our refuge.

In JOSHUA He’s the Scarlet Thread out Rahab’s window.

In JUDGES He is our Judge.

In RUTH He is our Kinsman Redeemer.

In 1st and 2nd SAMUEL He’s our Trusted Prophet.

In KINGS and CHRONICLES He is our Reigning King.

In EZRA He is our Faithful Scribe.

In NEHEMIAH He is the Rebuilder of everything that is broken.

In ESTHER He is Mordecai sitting faithful at the gate.

In JOB He is our Redeemer that ever lived.

In PSALMS He is my Shepherd and I shall not want.

In PROVERBS and ECCLESIASTES He is our Wisdom.

In the SONG OF SOLOMON He is the Beautiful Bridegroom.

In ISAIAH He is the Suffering Servant.

In JEREMIAH and LAMENTATIONS it is Jesus that is the Weeping Prophet.

In EZEKIEL He’s the Wonderful Four-Faced Man.

In DANIEL He is the Fourth Man in the midst of a fiery furnace.

In HOSEA He is my Love that is forever faithful.

In JOEL He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit.

In AMOS He’s our Burden Bearer.

In OBADIAH He is our Savior.

In JONAH He’s the Great Foreign Missionary that takes the Word of God into all the world.

In MICAH He is the Messenger with beautiful feet.

In NAHUM He is the Avenger.

In HABAKKUK He is the Watchman that is ever praying for revival.

In ZEPHANIAH He is the Lord mighty to save.

In HAGGAI He is the Restorer of our lost heritage.

In ZECHARIAH He is our Fountain.

In MALACHI He is the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings.

In MATTHEW He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

In MARK He is the Miracle Worker.

In LUKE He is the son of Man.

In JOHN He is the Door by which every one of us must enter.

In ACTS He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul on the road to Damascus.

In ROMANS He is our Justifier.

In 1st CORINTHIANS He is our Resurrection.

In 2nd CORINTHIANS Jesus is our Sin Bearer.

In GALATIANS He redeems us from the law.

In EPHESIANS He is our Unsearchable Riches.

In PHILIPPIANS He supplies our every need.

In COLOSSIANS He is the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily.

In 1st and 2nd THESSALONIANS He is our Soon Coming King.

In 1st and 2nd TIMOTHY He is the Mediator between God and man.

In TITUS He is our Blessed Hope.

In PHILEMON He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.

In HEBREWS He is the Blood of the everlasting covenant.

In JAMES it is the Lord that heals the sick.

In 1st and 2nd PETER He is the Chief Shepherd.

In 1st, 2nd, and 3rd JOHN it is Jesus who has the tenderness of love.

In JUDE He is our Lord coming with 10,000 saints.

And in REVELATION, He is King of kings and Lord of lords!!!

This Christmas and all throughout the New Year, it’s my prayer that you will acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and will take Him in to be your Lord to help you live out every aspect of your life to His glory – including and ESPECIALLY within your marriage!

PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR LIFE FOR A REASON

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People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

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Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.!

 

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Looking for Purpose!

A Christmas Candle

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.
– Eva K. Logue

John the Baptist said of Jesus:
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30 (NLT)


A Christmas Candle

We are like a candle that holds the flame, burning strong and bright the light of Christ. We softly give ourselves away in worship of Him and service for Him, that we might become less and less, and that He might become greater and brighter through us.

The Blessing Of Thorns

This just came into my email box and after feeling a bit torn today seems rather appropiate!  

THE BLESSING OF THORNS

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes as she pushed against a
November gust and the florist shop door.

Her life had been easy, like a spring breeze. Then in the fourth month
of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole that from
her.

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son. She
grieved over her loss. As if that weren’t enough, her husband’s company
threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose holiday visit she coveted,
called saying she could not come for the holiday.

Then Sandra’s friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a
God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others
who suffer. She has no idea what I’m feeling, thought Sandra with a
shudder.

Thanksgiving? Thankful for what? She wondered. For a careless driver
whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag
that saved her life but took that of her child?

“Good afternoon, can I help you?” The shop clerk’s approach startled
her.

“I….I need an arrangement,” stammered Sandra.

“For Thanksgiving? Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like
to challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the Thanksgiving
“Special?” asked the shop clerk. “I’m convinced that flowers tell
stories,” she continued. “Are you looking for something that conveys
‘gratitude’ this thanksgiving?”

“Not exactly!” Sandra blurted out. “In the last five months, everything
that could go wrong has gone wrong.”

Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk
said, “I have the perfect arrangement for you.”

Just then the shop door’s small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, “Hi,
Barbara…let me get your order.” She politely excused herself and
walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an
arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed thorny roses. Except the
ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped: there were no flowers.

“Want this in a box?” asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer’s response. Was this a joke? Who would
want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither
woman laughed.

“Yes, please,” Barbara, replied with an appreciative smile. “You’d think
after three years of getting the special, I wouldn’t be so moved by its
significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again,” she said as
she gently tapped her chest. And she left with her order.

“Uh,” stammered Sandra, “that lady just left with, uh….she just left
with no flowers!

“Right, said the clerk, “I cut off the flowers. That’s the Special. I
call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.”

“Oh, come on, you can’t tell me someone is willing to pay for that!”
exclaimed Sandra.

“Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling much like you feel
today,” explained the clerk. “She thought she had very little to be
thankful for. She had lost her father to cancer, the family business was
failing, her son was into drugs, and she was facing major surgery.”

“That same year I had lost my husband,” continued the clerk, “and for
the first time in my life, had just spent the holidays alone. I had no
children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow
any travel.”

“So what did you do?” asked Sandra.

“I learned to be thankful for thorns,” answered the clerk quietly. “I’ve
always thanked God for the good things in my life and never questioned
the good things that happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I ever
ask questions! It took time for me to learn that dark times are
important. I have always enjoyed the ‘flowers’ of life, but it took
thorns to show me the beauty of God’s comfort. You know, the Bible says
that God comforts us when we’re afflicted, and from His consolation we
learn to comfort others.”

Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing her
friend had tried to tell her. “I guess the truth is I don’t want
comfort. I’ve lost a baby and I’m angry with God.”

Just then someone else walked in the shop. “Hey, Phil!” shouted the
clerk to the balding, rotund man.

“My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving Special….12 thorny,
long-stemmed stems!” laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a
tissue-wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

“Those are for your wife?” asked Sandra incredulously. “Do you mind me
asking why she wants something that looks like that?”

“No…I’m glad you asked,” Phil replied. “Four years ago my wife and I
nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the
Lord’s grace and guidance, we slogged through problem after problem. He
rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of
rose stems to remind her of what she learned from “thorny” times, and
that was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife
and I decided to label each one for a specific “problem” and give thanks
for what that problem taught us.”

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, “I highly recommend the
Special!”

“I don’t know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life.” Sandra
said. “It’s all too…fresh.”

“Well,” the clerk replied carefully, “my experience has shown me that
thorns make roses more precious. We treasure God’s providential care
more during trouble than at any other time. Remember, it was a crown of
thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don’t resent the
thorns.”

Tears rolled down Sandra’s cheeks. For the first time since the
accident, she loosened her grip on resentment. “I’ll take those twelve
long-stemmed thorns, please,” she managed to choke out.

“I hoped you would,” said the clerk gently. “I’ll have them ready in a
minute.”

“Thank you. What do I owe you?”

“Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The
first year’s arrangement is always on me.” The clerk smiled and handed a
card to Sandra. “I’ll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe
you would like to read it first.”

It read: “My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked
You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach
me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show
me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me
that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more
brilliant.”

Praise Him for your roses; thank him for your thorns!

— Author Unknown