As you read this think about what you would do!

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago . They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush through the terminal, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion  for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later  flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his  wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $40 for the damage we  did. Are you okay? She
nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?”

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he  made his, way to catch the later flight with that question burning and  bouncing about in his soul:

“Are you Jesus?” Do people mistake you for Jesus? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is  blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Please  share this,,,,Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need  to be sharing what we know…Thanks

“If you hurry through life without giving God time, this world will seem like a hospital, a place to get sick and die.” (From “God is in the Small Stuff”)

HomeLET ALL THE WORLD IN EVERY CORNER SING:MY GOD AND KING

THE HEAVENS ARE NOT TOO HIGH,

HIS PRAISE MAY THITHER FLY;

THE EARTH IS NOT TOO LOW,

HIS PRAISES THERE MAY GROW.

LET ALL THE WORLD IN EVERY CORNER SING;

MY GOD AND KING!

LET ALL THE WORLD IN EVERY CORNER SING;

MY GOD AND KING!

THE CHURCH WITH PSALMS MUST SHOUT,

NO DOOR CAN KEEP THEM OUT;

BUT ABOVE ALL, THE HEART

MUST BEAR THE LONGEST PART,

LET ALL THE WORLD IN EVERY CORNER SING;

MY GOD AND KING!

BY GEORGE HERBERT (1593 – 1633)

Spacious Place

January 20, 2007

My Faith - Spacious PlaceI found that as the years went by and I stored up all my feelings towards those that had hurt me…. and we are talking of many years I can honestly say that it was Jesus who brought me into a speacious place.

I learned to hide behind several masks pretending that things were okay. But there comes a time when the cracks start to appear and the hurt just builds up.

I had a breakdown in 2002 and strangely enough a christian friend of mine who also suffers from depression said the words “Breakdown Breakthrough” and it has stayed with me forever. God is the God of the Breakthrough. I think this is in Chronicles.

You have to let God have it. We try everything to keep going ourselves and try to fix the problem. God works from the inside out and this takes time.

Although I was abused and made some stupid mistakes I also had to come to the Lord with my sin which he patiently and lovingly showed me. God will not condemn you He wants to free you. He knows us and our weaknesses. Christ died for our sins because God knows that we have fallen from Grace and He wants to restore us. There is no quick fix I’m afraid but the benefits of getting close to Jesus to heal you is a far better price than dealing with it on your own.

I know in my heart that I cannot do anything without Him, I still try because old habits die hard.

Don’t ever give up, don’t ever think that God can’t do what you think is impossible. He can do all things through you. He works best when we are weak then we can give all the Glory to God which in turn builds our love of God, our faith and we encourage others in their sufferings. You are in fact at the best position,

Be honest with God totally, Read Psalm 139. If I ever think of hiding some bits away from God I read this Psalm. God even knows when we sit and when we stand. He says that even the darkeness is light to Him. Praise Him He knows everything about us. He made us, he carefully knitted us together for his pleasure and knew all the days for you. They were ordained in the Book of Life.

Don’t let the devil snatch away that God cannot do it. He most certainly can. By His Word He created the heavens and the earth!

I shall pray for you and the other ladies because it is also a subject close to my heart too. Whenever I get really stuck I always ask for more faith and grace. That mountain then doesn’t seem so high. God Bless. Please write to me if you wish I will only be too pleased to encourage you. We can all encourage one another. Jesus has a very special heart for women.

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Renown Women in the Bible

January 13, 2007

Here are just a few scriptures relating to a few reknown women in the
Bible.

Elizabeth – Mother of John the Baptist

“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest
named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both
righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances
of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was
barren, and they were both well advanced in years.” LUKE 1:5-7

Sarah – Wife of Abraham

“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and
she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him
faithful who had promised”. HEBREWS 11:11

Hannah – Mother of Samuel

“The Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore
I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be
lent to the Lord. So they worshiped the Lord there.”

1 SAMUEL 1:27-28

Ruth – Great Grandmother of David

“Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more
kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go
after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not
fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of
my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” RUTH 3:10-11

Lydia – Seller of Purple (Merchant)

‘On the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where
prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women
who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a
seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God. The
Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when
she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you
have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and
stay.” So she persuaded us.’ ACTS 16:13-15

Afternoon WalkThree hours on the computer and the need to get up and go out was on my mind.  The thought of ‘I’ll just do this’ then saying to my dog “in a minute” was too much.  I jumped up knowing I needed to stretch those legs of mine.  “Come on then” I shouts to Cindy.

I grabbed my camera having downloaded the previous shots the day before, dashed into the kitchen to get the dog lead, shuffled into my coat and practically ran out of the flat.

It was cold but dry; thank goodness.  We went down our usual path so I could let Cindy off her lead and relaxed for the first time that day.

It really was quite a windy day but the scenery in St. Ives, Cornwall stunning whatever the weather.

I have kept Cindy off the beach for quite a while not knowing if she was allergic to something, but she has been okay for a while.  As we aproached the harbour, Cindy ran ahead of me and with a yearning look in her eyes I gave in and we went onto the harbour beach.

For the next hour or so, I photographed the scenery whilst Cindy ran and burrowed into the sand.  We were both happy. 

It has been a long time since I have been spontaneous like that and it was a treasure of an afternoon. 

About Me

January 6, 2007

This is my life as a christian, mother, step-mum, artist, writer, student and a regular dog walker.

I am 44 years old and have recently got married to Ray.  We live in St. Ives Cornwall.  Ray is a cornish man born and bred whereas I am a foreigner to Cornwall.  I come from the city of Nottingham.  I have been down in St. Ives with my daughter for nearly 10 years.  My daughter, Helen left home last year and lives about 10 mins walk away with her boyfriend.

My life is ordinary where extra-ordinary things have happened.  My faith in Jesus Christ is real and active and has profound effects upon my life.  I am entering in a new deeper life with Christ, it is only after 19 years that I can honestly say with confidence (only in Christ) that fruit in my life shall be born.

The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness, Goodness, Kindness, Faithfulness, Patience, Self-Control (still have difficulty with chocolate!) and I can’t remember the  last one … see I’m not perfect!!

I give Jesus all the Glory for putting my life in order and He has arranged my life so naturally (painful at times).  His ways for healing have been a complete and utter surprise at times and He gave me hope when I literally had nothing.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you”  This promise of God has been a reality to me when family and friends all deserted me.  My best and hardest times were when God took me aside on my own, when all the props went.  I am still here to tell the tale.  Hopefully in my writings I will share some of those experiences.

To my brothers and sister in Christ I hope you find comfort, peace, inspiration, encouragement and much more…. I hope you find a deeper relationship with Jesus.

To those who are far off and do not know Jesus Christ I pray you would know him.  He is the best friend you will ever have and you will find the above and more…. “Taste and See that the Lord is Good”.  AMEN  Peace to those that read my writings and God Bless!

Worship HimGive unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,

Give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due to

 His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

The Story I Live By

January 6, 2007

I have taken this title because the actual book I am studying at the moment is “The Story We Live By” by Dr. R. Alastair Campbell who is a Baptist Minister now living in Jamaica; West Indies. 

He is a Biblical Studies Lecturer at the United Theological College.  I have never met the man other than through the introductory page of  his book. 

I am studying through Spurgeons College in London, a Theological College for ordinary men and women who have a calling on their life, whether it be in the church, out in the field or talking to their neighbour next door.  We all have one thing in common and that is our lives have been touched dramatically by Jesus.

I am a fully committed born-again christian and my life has drastically changed with a true life experience of the Holy Spirit .

Only the other night I opened the pages of Acts in the New Testament and started to read about the early church which I am quite fascinated with.  In fact I have a map next to my desk with the Title “The Journey’s of Paul”.  For those not familiar with the the name Paul, his original name was Saul and is famous for his conversion to christianity, again with a life experience of Jesus on damascus road. He was called to preach the good news and set the early church in motion.

Many years ago after watching Midnight Express , one of my favourite films, of all times, was set in the country of Turkey where the early church started.  I swore I would never ever go there.  Later, I happened to see a ‘social’ film set apart from the mainstream cinemas about the injustices of the peoples living in Turkey.  It was sub-titled and all I saw were images of men, women and children half-naked in a Turkish prison.  This cemented my further thoughts that I would never even venture into Turkey, not even on holiday!

Going back to the study book “The Story We Live By”  the sub-title caught my eye as it is a Reader’s Guide to the New Testament.  You would think that as a christian I would know all the bible especially the New Testament.  Well the New Testament is the least of the places I visit in the bible.  I tend to stick to the Old Testament and the prophets, like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, who is one of my favourites.  I like the poetry flow of the writing better, especially from the King James Version.

I am glad this book is only an introductory guide to the New Testament because I am no theologian.  I just love God and know I have a calling on my life. 

In fact I failed my english at school, much to my disappointment, and I have always felt a failure because of this.  So this course is going to be a challenge to me academically and hopefully give me confidence too, because I am determined to do it. 

I have tried to go back to college many times but marriage, having my daughter (now 20), divorce, caring for my mother and moving to Cornwall has delayed things somewhat.

Moving from the city of Nottingham where I come from into a rural part of England was a culture shock.  The summer is hectic but the winter is bliss!  I do miss the snow though! 10 years on, both myself and my daughter are truely settled. We live 10 mins walk apart in St. Ives Cornwall.  

My faith in Jesus Christ, ironically enough, is just starting to grow.

  • My studies will involve getting to know Jesus more through His Word – the bible and the heart of christianity.
  • It will I hope renew and deepen my understanding of what I believe and why.
  • To understand the four distinctive accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John’s Gospel and witness of Jesus Christ.
  • To read about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • The early church, the letters to christians amongst various places namely modern day Turkey! Galatia, Ephesus, of course the Greeks in Corinth; two letters to them! and Philipi.  Other letters aren’t included like Colosse now called Honaz.
  • This book by Dr Campbell also deals with how the authors wrote and shaped their material to communicate the truth of Jesus’ teaching, healings and life to the audience of their day, 2000 years ago. 

So,  finally now approaching the mature age of 45,  I am at last leaving my old life behind and coming into a new time. 

This modern worship song came to my mind and says everything.

I am a new creation

No more in condemnation

Here by the Grace of God I stand