ENCOURAGEMENT AND JOY

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I like bananas.

Give thanks today for all the unknown blessings already on their way.    This quote is apparently from a Native American Proverb.

May JOY ………….a powerful and wonderful Fruit of the Holy Spirit surprise you today to  bring unexpected Peace, Hope. and LIFE.

                                                  ‘The joy of the Lord is our Strength!’ Neh.8v10.

 

 

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THE REDEMPTIVE POWER OF LOVE

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           The marriage of  Prince Harry and Megan, actor, American, of mixed race and with all the usual pomp, splendour and pageantry of a ‘royal’ wedding occurred on Saturday May 19th, 2018.   Just another royal wedding?   For those with eyes to SEE, ears to HEAR and hearts to be truly receptive this day should be REMEMBERED.

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TWO WARRING FACTIONS                                             Kingdom of God – Kingdoms of mankind.

In every way this was a beautiful wedding.   Like thousands of people around the world I marvelled at the pageantry, the absolute beauty of what only the British are able to do when it comes to splendour and pomp.  People in the street responded.   I personally loved every moment of it.  It was a glorious day.   The streets and the people were happy and millions around the world were focussing on this  ONE OCCASION.

The marriage in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor proceeded with its traditional beauty, rituals of ‘holiness’ and ‘rightness’.      Everything progressed  smoothly, organised and precisely programmed.   The Anglican Archbishop and the Dean spoke on sanctity of marriage and mentioned the ‘unique’ and unusual joining of these two young persons (from very different backgrounds when joined could together be a new vehicle of change in the world by their recognised authority and status.).   The Archbishop then invited the Archbishop from the American Episcopalian church to speak.

His face when he came to the podium was radiant.   It was obvious to all who had eyes to ‘see’ beyond the ethnicity of the man (ie is an African/American) the light on his face was of the Spirit of God.

He spoke with such power, authority and deep, deep, conviction many of the faces in the congregation were held in ‘rapt’ astonished fascination.    He spoke about the redemptive POWER of LOVE and the absolute need for this love to sweep the entirety of our world.  He spoke from the book of Solomon and quoted from Martin Luther King on a few occasions.       He looked at the young couple and said they could go on to be symbolic of what redemptive love is all about but first………Everyone must LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, MIND,SOUL, SPIRIT AND BODY…..and then, then. love yourself and LOVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WITH THIS LOVE. 

In that place where it was usually not ‘seemly’ to be passionate about things.  “stiff upper lip” your courage. when  something happened.     expressions on many faces changed.   Dawning on many faces seemed to show what we should be as CHRISTIANS suddenly registered.

Some remained ‘shocked’.  (Others had a look like …..this is a trifle unseemly.)

The bride and groom appeared gently contented and smiled.   An American gospel choir then sang STAND BY ME.      The music of Handel. and violin pieces played by a gifted musician streamed around the church followed after by what usually occurs at such special occasions.

But…….but…. I am left with the strong heart conviction that God spoke through that man in that place……beamed to millions around the world………LISTEN! listen! 

The message for our day is clear.      One God, One Kingdom, all must accept the REDEMPTIVE POWER of LOVE……..(found only at the CROSS of Christ).

Wow!    Something to think about as this new week progresses.

PEACE! 

fIRE AND iCE C COPYRIGHT                                                         Another fire and ice image …when the two meet real change IS possible.

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PERSPECTIVES

Good Morning!                       Something to think about!

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  My David’s three point perspective drawing.

Last night I was shocked to realize how strongly different perspectives on life flood our airways and can impact our mind.

One Channel had for headline news:    A tragic Loss. The story went on to detail how a community mourned the resignation of their football Team Captain who they had hoped would lead them to a final’s victory at the end of the season.

A second channel led with:   Israel targets civilians on Gaza Strip.

59 people dead including six children and a three day old baby.

The Third channel’s lead story.    Israel mourns again tragic deaths  on Gaza Strip.   Again today, men, women some carrying small children rampaged across the Gaza Strip hurling Molotov cocktails, rocks, sharp implements with flaming missiles setting fires all along the Israeli border.  A tiny baby is believed to have died from tear gas and it has been reported small children died from explosive devices strapped to their bodies.                 The Gaza Strip is in mourning!

A news feed across the bottom of our TV from CNN…said…………

CHILDREN DEAD……… IT’s ALL DONALD TRUMP’S FAULT. 

 

HEAVEN’s PERSPECTIVE.

 

F311 Russell Falls.

DIVINE LOVE for ALL HIS CHILDREN AND for all PEOPLE and ALL NATIONS. 

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE.    Read and reflect again on Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 and be refreshed by Chapter 22 of Revelations.

Personal Perspective: .

My heart certainty is that God the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of TRUTH will point my eyes ever to Christ as SAVIOUR of ALL and His shed blood will be sufficient for those who follow and will eventually follow the Shepherd Christ.

He will continue to lead us to green pastures of nurture, love, encouragement and purpose until HIS KINGDOM COMES! 

Again,  lets all keep our focus on things beautiful and praiseworthy and bless and encourage everyone around you.     Love and Peace!

 

 

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TRIBUTE and REMEMBRANCES

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Sunday, I pay tribute to all mothers wherever they may be – ones in past, present and in the future.

To ALL mothers in our experienced history and the ones recorded in the Bible who gave birth to future men of God who lived lives on Earth’s pages and made a ‘difference’. I pay tribute to Mary,  Christ’s mother,  ‘May it be done to me, according to God’s Will’ and left us an example of self-sacrificing faith.   I pay tribute to my own mother, who died in 2004 and left me a legacy of confidence in being female and taught me about the value of ‘genuine’ character of LOVE.

I also remember today that during this week, the church calendar had Christ’s Ascension Day as a remembrance.

What an opportunity to add gratitude today, to the joyous reminder of the Promise of Jesus…..”If you love and follow Me.   You too will go where I go.’

He went up!!

Thank you all MOTHERS……Thank You to our God for all His richest Blessings.

Resurrection

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More surprises – PERSONAL ONES

TOMORROW WE WILL OPEN THE 2018 DOOR

Every moment is full of wonder and surprise when God                                                                                is PRESENT.

Today I am using the same image I used when this new year began.  Personally lots of ‘stuff’ has happened.  Personal bowling balls and health issues. The door to this 2018 year now has opened so much more.   We are almost at the middle of the year.   For me personally, I thank God sincerely for His Presence with me through all the valley experiences and days of ? uncertainty etc.

Something I thought was IMPOSSIBLE makes me prayerfully expectant is now POSSIBLE.   In Sydney, Australia a Conference is to be held from 22-25 July, 2018.    Called KING OF GLORY. Conference…..many, many Christians from all over Australia and other parts of the world will gather.  It is time for UNITY of faith to  be witnessed and proclaimed EVERYWHERE. The National President of Aglow International Jane Hansen-Hoyt – (Now 85 years old) will travel across the world to be in Sydney to speak.

Because of health issues and indeed complete lack of finance, I had not even contemplated going.   I was setting my heart, spirit and time to pray re this.

This door is opening more and more.   With points saved for flights and a sown love Gift….I now have airline tickets.     Praise God!

Accommodation is ‘held’ pending payment on arrival and registration is necessary but there is still time to get this sorted. Open hands and an open heart to God. Keep it ever pure. a-men.  I KNOW….I absolutely KNOW…..it is in His Purposes.

Nothing matters in any of this except if I am Called of God to go.   Going anywhere just for the sake of ‘going’ unless it is a holiday with David is not where my life and heart are anchored.

So in this mid-week blog, I would say to anyone who this day is ‘struggling’…………Stand fast today and believe for tomorrow that as the door opens a little more you will have clarity of heart and mind to KNOW……….better is coming!

Blessings and Peace with Hope soaring to all of you.

roaring lion                                                          The Lion of Judah lives eternally!

 

 

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Journey of Discovery

I realize today May 7th I have not fully understood or utilised the potential of what I have on this Word-press Premium Plan so will try to start again as if I am beginning a first time.   I have flowed with the Blogging for several years and did not know that there are many aspects I have not yet even known existed.   Perhaps as this incredible 2018 unfolds even in this area of life I will know GROWTH.

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First lesson for me will be to see where this publishes.  It may explain why I was losing blog posts.

Well, I have learned where it indeed post too.  On the Blog-site…….Guess I will have to keep on learning.     Cheers!

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JOY – GOD’s GIFT – Changes Lives

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Something to think about

                                                         New Beginnings    

    An old soldier, many years ago, told a story of how God gave him Divine Strength to carry on, all because of a moment of unexpected and heart searing JOY.

On a battle-field amid incredible death and sorrow he crawled into his meagre tent in the barracks in the desert.  His water bottle fell over in the night and when he rolled out of the tent, he saw….a wet patch and a tiny green shoot poking through the sand.    Using a little more of his precious water, he watered this shoot.   When he returned that night from a fierce battle, the tiniest little desert flower had bloomed in the midst of the carnage all around. (It would not have been like the picture above) BUT in that soldier’s heart he suddenly KNEW…whether he lived or died his Lord was the Lord who LIVED and all life was in His Hands.   ‘Joy flowed’ he testified. ‘like a river of life through me and courage rose to  “do my best. Whatever!’     God’s Joy is not happiness.    It is DEEPER.  It is not conditional upon our external circumstances

Contented and Happy could be this kitten.

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To be a joy-bearer and a joy-giver says everything, for in our life, if one is joyful, it means that one is faithfully living for God, and that nothing else counts; and if one gives joy to others one is doing God’s work; with joy without and joy within, all is well.   (with our souls).     Janet Erskine Stuart

Blessings! Peace! and His Joy to you!.

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A grand-daughter Surprises.

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                                     An additional and unexpected blog. In our lives of changes and unexpected God things how wonderful it can be when from the generation to come surprises come.    How many of you are golfers or have golfing friends or family? This will be of interest to you.

38 Amara at Capricorn Summer Junior Classic, Jan 2018

Our grand-daughter Amara has been offered a place in the 2018 Australian Team to travel to the UGA World Stars of Junior Golf to be held in Las Vegas from 15th July to 19th July, 2018 and West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games Golf Championships to be held in Temecula Southern California from 23rd to 27th July, 2018.

We are, of course, very proud and also very prayerful that God will provide her needs in provision,  and safety in this exciting opportunity in her life. Surprises enrich all our lives!

Peace! Grace to you all.

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TREES!

Good Morning!

A gentle mid-week thought.

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I have always loved trees.    Their upward surge even in times of drought, their tenacious grip on life when high winds and rain test their strength and resilience. A very ‘ordinary’ stand of trees when illuminated or ignited by the first rays of a new day’s sunshine, can have a new hopeful…..all things are indeed possible.….appearance..      So too for people if they are prepared to adapt and change with circumstances, EVERY life has a new possibility in a new day.

I beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.

Ephesians 4:1

For all of us this day.     O Lord, may it be!        Love!  Peace! Hope!

 

 

 

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DESTINATION – AFFIRMATION

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                                                     A gentle Sunday affirmation. Look Higher!

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I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God.

                                                         In Christ Jesus’

Phil.3:14

(not by striving, but by ‘surrender’ and with LOVE, JOY, and PEACE)in our hearts).

 

To all: Blessings, Grace and Hope. in His Name.

 

 

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