Friday, 1 December 2017

Letting Go

Sometimes during the course of our lives, the Lord ask us to lay things down. And it can be hard.

I had a friend who was very dear to me. She brought joy to my heart, always lifted my spirit and always knew just what to say.

For several months I had felt the promptings of the Holy Spirit to "let her go". I decided I was hearing things and couldn't imagine why on earth the Holy Spirit would want me to let go of someone who was so very important to me.

However, several prompts later I received a HUGE nudge to do as He was asking.  Having had this confirmed by several Bible verses and a word from a trustworthy friend, I did as I was asked to do.

To say that this has been a wrench is an understatement. My heart was so heavy I thought it would drop out of me. The whole process has been like a bereavement and I felt numb for a few months.

Then the Holy Spirit began speaking to me about idols and how I had made this beautiful lady an idol in my life - how I had began to listen to her thoughts / opinions and especially her beliefs much more than I should have done.  He showed me how I was  beginning to have my "feet in two camps" - my faith and a different faith.  He showed me how He had given me a choice - I could either "let her go" or continue our friendship but eventually I would be "going over to a different camp".

I hadn't seen any of this at the time He asked me to "let her go".  I see it now.

I am thankful that I made the right choice without knowing all the reasons.  It doesn't mean that I don't still miss my friend. Because I certainly do and sometimes my heart still aches. Maybe I shouldn't miss her as I do.  I don't know.

What I most certainly do know is I love Jesus and if He asks me to do something He wants me to do, then I don't need to know the reason. I need and want to be obedient to Him. I am happy to be obedient even when I don't understand.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Edinburgh Castle

A few weeks ago we visited Edinburgh and had a fabulous time. What an amazing City this is - a great variety of old buildings mixed with new and the people are very friendly.

We did loads of walking round enjoying the sights and the coffee shops!  We visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and saw where the Queen and Princess Diana would have dined and entertained and then we also enjoyed the spectacular views from the top of Edinburgh Castle.

Would certainly recommend a visit to Edinburgh!


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Therapeutic Colouring!


I bought myself this book the other day!

This is a lovely, peaceful way to read some scripture and the commentary that goes with it. Then, when colouring in the illustration which goes along with the reading, it gives me a chance to ponder on the words written and think how they apply to me.

It doesn't replace my Bible reading or scripture study - it just nicely compliments those things.
So far, I'm loving it!



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Autumn

Early this morning, I saw a golden leaf flutter down to the ground from one of the lovely trees in our garden.

It fell very gracefully, in slow motion and landed next to several other leaves.  It reminded me of why my friends 'across the pond' call this season Fall.  The leaves fall either gracefully or having to fight against the wind, but either way they fall.

I am mindful of some habits I am trying to get to 'fall' off me, such as eating two sweets instead of one, going to bed a little too late, procrastinating, plus other things as well!!

Life is an exciting journey with good and bad bumps along the way.  It's always nice to let the not-so-good things fall from us to make room for the good that the Lord has for us.

Autumn is actually my favourite season of the year. It's still warm and the colours that it generates warm my heart.

Happy autumn folks!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Long Time!

Well, it's been a L-O-N-G time since my last blog post and to be honest, I've forgotten what to do on here!!
The urge to start to blog again is now to strong to ignore and so.. here I am, ready to re-learn how to write, add, edit and delete things.
Looking forward to  being back !

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Film night...

Tomorrow night is "Film Night".  We have invited some ladies from church to our house and we're planning on watching.....

TIME CHANGER

This is one of my favourite films - I've seen it about 4 times up to now and I just love it. 

Apart from being a real good clean film with a great storyline, there are some great truths spoken in it, such as.....

"Satan is not against good morals, he is opposed to Jesus Christ.  A man can have good morals his entire life, but without Christ he will go to hell when he dies"

"I have come to realise how wrong I was in thinking that we could reform society through the teachings of the Lord, without the Lord of the teachings."

And the one I like the most is...

"The truth is that all of us will live forever 
and we will either spend eternity
in the presence of our Lord
or in a place of darkness the Bible calls the Lake of Fire.
If you have not, please give your life to Jesus Christ right now.
Your eternity will depend on it"

Even though there are some blunt truths in this film, it is good to watch.  It's also good to watch with non-Christians as it leads to some healthy discussions.  If you ever see it, please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A couple of gifts...

Just thought I'd show you a couple of things I made as Christmas presents this year.

Fridge Magnets!
And a different way to give the gift of money!
 
Simple but nice!

Monday, 2 January 2012

2012!!

Well here we are in the year 2012. Hope you all enjoyed New Year celebrations!!  New Year's Eve was quiet for us which was nice,but New Year's Day was busy and awash with fun and laughter - a nice way to start the year.

After watching the film '2012' last night, it made me realise just how fragile life is.  As I watched the earth start to disappear beneath people, mountains explode and seas roar valiantly it brought home to me even more of an understanding of why our hope and trust should be in Jesus. 

In the film people could do nothing to save themselves and everything was out of their control. It reminded me of how things must have been in the days of Noah when the flood came and people were scratching the sides of the Ark trying to get in and be saved.

We can look around the world today and see many of the signs that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 - nations against nations, earthquakes, famines, etc and 2 Timothy 3 says "But know this, in the last days perilous times will come for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power......"  The Message Bibles says people will be "allergic to God".

The Bible teaches that things will get worse but that as Christians we are to "fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life..." (1 Timothy 6 v 12) and Jesus encourages us to "...look up and lift up our hearts" (Luke 21 v 18. underline mine) and in Matthew 24 v 44..."be ready.."

As I continue to be grateful for my salvation in Jesus Christ, I am also aware that many people around me are "allergic to God" and I truly fear for these people.  I pray that this year the Holy Spirit will lead me to people whose hearts are prepared to hear and accept the saving grace that is offered to them by Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that I wont leave anyone behind, scratching the sides of the Ark, but that my friends, my family, neighbours, people I personally come into contact with will no longer be "allergic to God" but will be looking to Jesus. The Saviour.

I do believe that this will  be a year of many changes, some not for the good.  But my trust and my hope is in Jesus alone.  He has my eternity in His hands.   How about you?

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Praise the Lord

It's that special time of year and I'd like to say....

May you all have a truly blessed Christmas
and a
Happy and healthy 2012!