A MID-WEEK HUSH!

Good Morning.

Christmas is behind us. A new year 2021 lies before us.

Today let’s give THANKS for this day. Let’s not waste it longing for the year to be over and a new one to begin.

Take a breath. Breathe deeply of THIS DAY.

The only day any of us really have is right here.

LIVE IT!

Snow, rain, sleet, plenty or lack…….

None of it really matter.

This is your day.

Do ONE beautiful thing.

Achieve ONE satisfying goal for yourself or someone else and you are LIVING. God’s Blessings and P E A C E!

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WHAT’s NEXT?

Good Morning! I hope you have Memories to treasure from your Christmas celebrations.

Will we be stronger by our time of thinking and reflection on the POWER of LOVE.?

Will this carry us forward into our futures? This is my prayer on this first SUNDAY AFTER Christmas. (for us ALL).

Our life circumstances will not magically change because we celebrated the Child’s Birth.

May we remember that He was, is and forever will be EMMANUEL – with us,

Hold passionately to this TRUTH of HIS Presence forever with us.

He will not be packed away with the decorations.

Blessing! Hope! and LOVE!

(A comment on the image shown above. I accidently found it while looking at images of beauty and life. I could not find any copyright details… I acknowledge the creative person who posted it)

Today this is what our focus forward in HIM forever should be BEAUTY and LIFE.

Look for it LIVE It.)

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BEYOND ALL THE GLITTER

Today we remember the Birth of a child. EMMANUEL.

IN HIM………..

D I V I N E L O V E

HAPPY 2020 CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!

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Pre-CHRISTMAS Thought

Are we prisoners to the Christmas Season?

Paul wrote from Prison in ROME to the Ephesians ‘I am a prisoner of Jesus Christ’

He did not consider himself imprisoned by Nero but His Love for His Saviour caused him to use his days to comfort the gentile burgeoning church.

My thought today is simply about things we ‘do’ or feel we have to ‘do’ simply because it is Christmas Time.

Take a prayerful look at what you are ‘doing!” Is it because you are expressing that you are a prisoner of Jesus Christ and it is HIS LOVE that prompts your actions, or is it because you are driven by someone’s expectations of what you should be ‘doing’?

I faced this honestly as I decorated a Christmas Tree. Why? This tradition was not always a part of my necessary Christmas as a child………. My father preferred an escape to a distant beach.

Something happened in my heart as I pondered reasons. David and I will be alone this Christmas BUT………….the Reason for the Season is deep in both our hearts so yes maybe I am a prisoner to remembrance in the Season.

If everything I DO is because of LOVE……..I am a prisoner of Jesus Christ and any beauty that shines in our home and lives that proclaims His LOVE then I (we) ………..David puts up lights that only he and I may see) will with JOY and ANTICIPATION put it in place. Gifts, decorations, meals ALL celebration of a special BIRTHDAY…..HIS and all the ‘born again’ who are journeying towards His KIngdom Age and our own eternity.!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EXPECTATIONS TO ALL!

May His LOVE infuse your DAY OF Celebration.

A-men.

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THE LIGHT OF LOVE

Today I light the fourth candle called love.

Proudly they stand together hope, joy, peace and love.

They symbolize all the finest qualities to which human beings can aspire.

They can be reinvented, redefined, and changed to fit enlightened societal thinking.

BUT!

The can ALL be blown out.

They need to have DIVINE LIGHT to maintain their continuity.

That is why we wait, as we remember,

JESUS SAID I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

His Light is the LIGHT of ETERNITY

His Coming ensures the darkness is dispelled and our spirits have an ETERNAL HOME.

That’s why we sing Christmas is coming.

We long to remember our DELIVERANCE.

Happy Christmas journeying!

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DO NOT BE AFRAID!

I am with you!

This may be a personal Prayer for YOU TODAY.

A-Men!

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Making RIGHT Decisions

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PASSIONATE CREATIVE CHRISTIAN

Good Morning!

Sometimes it is better to go the long way than choosing a detour.

Society often fuels a haste to ‘get things done’……..Instant results are vital and necessary.

I personally have discovered that when I have not adequately prayed through a situation I have chosen the quickest route and spiritually speaking have ended up in a bog.

I once was so eager to finish a sewing task that I sewed a sleeve to the side of a skirt in error and had to spend a lot of time unpicking it all.

The thought that came this morning was that in our approach to remembering Christmas and the birth of Our Saviour………..Here too we must be prepared to take prayerfully the longer Way ………………enjoy the journey……..GIVING THANKS for the ‘extra’ time of reflection and not go down a detour of ‘getting it all sorted’ instantly.

WALKING THE LONGER WAY………As long…

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Making RIGHT Decisions

Good Morning!

Sometimes it is better to go the long way than choosing a detour.

Society often fuels a haste to ‘get things done’……..Instant results are vital and necessary.

I personally have discovered that when I have not adequately prayed through a situation I have chosen the quickest route and spiritually speaking have ended up in a bog.

I once was so eager to finish a sewing task that I sewed a sleeve to the side of a skirt in error and had to spend a lot of time unpicking it all.

The thought that came this morning was that in our approach to remembering Christmas and the birth of Our Saviour………..Here too we must be prepared to take prayerfully the longer Way ………………enjoy the journey……..GIVING THANKS for the ‘extra’ time of reflection and not go down a detour of ‘getting it all sorted’ instantly.

WALKING THE LONGER WAY………As long as you KNOW where the road is leading.

His Presence is more important than all the tinsel.

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THE TRIPLET LIGHTS BLAZE

Today, I will like a PRAYER, light a candle to acknowledge the INNER J O Y

we celebrate which came with the birth so long age of a BABY BOY.

Now Hope, Peace and JOY stand like soldiers shining in the darkness.

I thank God that although this HOLY JOY GIFT is often seen as happiness in a society that longs for ‘better’ in life………..

.sometimes JOY is ignited and miracles of Grace occur.

This past week in three widely separated incidents, we have seen folks smile and dance with joy.

People set out to collect toys and gifts ( many have struggled to pay off as lay-bys. Some still with only another small monetary addition.)

When they arrived, stunned staff greeted them with wrapped parcels and the news that ALL their debts had been PAID IN FULL.

Three different unknown people in three different places had spent thousands of dollars in on line transactions

ALL toys gifts etc now travelled homewards. There were scenes of disbelief on the faces of staff and shoppers and all the talk was about SECRET SANTAS,

JOY (Happiness) exploded across our Media.

This morning as I give thanks for the miraculous Kindness of others, I light the JOY candle and pray.

This candle is a symbol of your coming as DIVINE LOVE into a broken world. I pray

Heavenly Father,

May your Holy SPIRIT I G N I T E this JOY CANDLE and beam its light over a needing world. Touch us all with the celebration of why this HOLY child came.

Inspire us to SHARE JOY – The Holy GIFT wherever we go.

In Jesus’ Name

A-men!

HOLY pure JOY

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STORM – Violence: Settling and Peace

What an amazing couple of days. Something to ponder.

Sometimes in early Summer the onset of rapid change is a part of life in OZ.

I hope I share this as an encouragement to us all. Let’s give THANKS to the LORD for this new day!

Emotions I have experienced.

Shaken! Inspired! Overwhelmed! Anxious!

Settled….Contented……Peaceful….

I have felt INCREDIBLY aged and also Childlike

This is the mix I would like you to imagine……..

Visitors ..Our youngest son his wife and two young children……… (young pleased we were still alive. Lots of old grandparents….die) they shared. with us.

They came with their tent……. camping and self-sufficiency……… their aim.

They set up their camp when they arrived, It was very sunny and a hot day.

Next day a car journey for them to pick up a trailer, became an eight hour ordeal…..road closures and accident but also weather deterioration. Lots of water and even hail in some areas delayed traffic.

For us during their absence a violent storm settled right above. The thunder shook the house, terrified the little dog, and the wind tore at the tent awaiting family’s return. David managed to anchor ropes etc. It was violent and stunningly beautiful at the same time. Lightening flashes seared the sky.

Then, the power went OFF. Not unusual in storm season but petrol for back up generator was not available.

Family came back to total darkness except for candles and one solar lamp, We had no running tap water…..Pump has an electric connection.

We did have lots of stored water in containers and we have a gas stove with fully functioning oven etc.

The night was stormy, wet, but dinner was prepared by my daughter-in-law and son – a curried chicken and rice. Chinese and beautiful.

I lay on the bed with the terrified dog and three year old granddaughter . We told stories and this child’s gentle touch calmed the dog’s panic. We had times of concern as wind howled but also I realized the little girl had a rich imagination. Once again we went on journeys to fairyland in our sharing. I felt fragile and aged but a child almost in the same moment.

Davie was with his granddad but not sure where the were sheltered. David also was sorting out pans etc in the kitchen by candle light..

That incredible meal on our veranda while the rain and wind circulated was a striking contrast to when they arrived the day before,

We had then sat in the small pool and played active games. We also had a time of talking around a campfire.

This storm night was very different. However, the consensus was that the family would still sleep in the tent.

With umbrellas, up the hill to their camp site they trundled. I was amazed at the children’s eagerness.

David and I went off to our beds also. The rain fell but it was cooler – very very dark but strangely still about 1am,

It was as if the bush suddenly profoundly settled pleased with the rain that had refreshed.

Then the power came back! Suddenly sounds that were part of normal life returned. WOW!

Often our modern life has deafening sounds we are not aware of. (even the whirr of the water pump seemed LOUD) No wonder we must listen intengtly to hear God’s gentle whisper.

No wonder today I can look heavenwards and be grate for the Advent reading From Isaiah 32:2 Behold the Coming King

A King will reign in Righteousness, He will be as a HIDING PLACE in the Tempest. As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Help us Lord today to cling securely to YOU. For You Lord Christ are our anchor and our Rock in All of life’s changes and strife. A-men!

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