Encounters With The Messiah – The Canaanite Woman

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Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your…

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Good Morning Lord!

I accept Your Strength to STAND

Sunrise over South Sea Islands

It doesn’t matter where or in what circumstances the sun rises; On the beach or in the desert on holiday or:

At home among the gum trees………HIS PRESENCE IS WITH US ALL.


Now, with FAITH…..I take Your Hand.

Beloved Lord,

Journey with me through this alien land,

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.




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Encounters With The Messiah – Two Desperate People

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The Lomond Hills, Fife, Scotland.

While Jesus was saying these things, a synagogue leader came and knelt before Him. “My daughter has just died,” he said. “But come and place Your hand on her, and she will live.” So Jesus got up and went with him, along with His disciples. Suddenly a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak. She said to herself, “If only I touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take courage, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was cured from that very hour. When Jesus entered the house of the synagogue leader, He saw the flute players and the noisy crowd. “Go away,” He told them. “The girl is not dead, but asleep.” And they laughed at Him. After the crowd had been put outside, Jesus went in and took the girl…

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Guddling in The Bible

with gratitude always to this brother in faith from Scotland

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Rock Pooling the Scottish coast.

Who remembers rock pooling as a kid during the summer holidays? I remember our family holidays to the caravan park on the hillside overlooking St. Andrews beach, it was a haven of delights. My nephews, neice and myself disappeared all day down the beach like explorers in a foreign land. The Scots language for rock pooling is “guddling.” It’s the same term used to refer to fishing for trout with your hands from a river bank.

My heart is excited as I read God’s Word. It is like going guddling on the beach at lowtide, searching the shallows and the deeper pools, turning over rocks to see what lies beneath. It is a fishing adventure for my soul. I must confess I squeal with delight at my Bible discoveries like I did when guddling on St.Andrews beach all those years ago.


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Good Morning!

A mid-week gentle encouragement

One cockatoo came to visit me each morning on the balcony at Hamilton Island. This wild bird was non-intrusive and I valued his touch of life in my day.

One morning I dropped a piece of oaty biscuit onto the balcony floor and in an instant the cockatoo had retrieved it and sat one legged as he held it and happily nibbled away.

I was unaware his gentle squark could travel so far but multiplication of his species were soon perched all along the balcony railing.

These beautiful birds remained non-threatening but curious.

I remained seated there with them enjoying the new day. What a Blessing!

What we intentional or accidently sow in our lives today can bring rich blessings to others.

May all the Gifts of God’s Holy Spirit,,,,,,,Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, self-control and BEAUTY…………..Soar around and be dispensed in whatever we may do or wherever we may go.


Blow across the seas SPIRIT of God and bring PEACE. Multiplication. HOPE! Blow Spirit Blow!

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Encounters With The Messiah – The First Disciples

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Anstruther, Fife, Scotland.

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James thesonof Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.Matthew 4:18-22 (NASB)

One of my favourite day trips is the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife. It is the biggest of the Fife fishing villages, in between Pittenweem and Crail. The sounds and smells of the harbour are heaven on earth; waves breaking rhythmically on the nearby beach…

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Encounters With The Messiah – The Centurion

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Isle of May, off the Fife Coast, Scotland.

And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.
And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done…

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Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island.

Good Morning!

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy…………


Why would anyone who loves the Saviour, ever want sociatal intrusions like Halloween or ‘other’ man-generated hypes, to impact their vision or life focus?

Peace indeed is an internal Gift in all of life’s difficult circumstances, but what we focus upon on this journey becomes the storehouse which our minds draw upon when, with our hand in the Hand of the Saviour, we travel onwards.

You are LOVED! Blessing! Peace! and His Presence go with you.

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Final greeting from HAMILTON ISLAND

Good Morning!

From this beautiful tropical place in the Pacific, WITH PRAYER on the breeze I greet you. Breathe in His Peace!

Corona Virus has changed it here, as less visitors and MORE rising up of the young to fill in the gaps where key positions had been taken by beautiful overseas professionals, has a unique and naturally peaceful feeling. Even the closed shops does not take away from Intrinsic Island heart-beat. Even the wild-life – birds of all persuasions interact happily and the weather has been Gloriously warm and sunny.

Thank GOD for ALL Blessings. I felt to share an incident with you all which may help bring a smile to a face who understands.

We travelled on a catamaran (Island Cruise) to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, on the day of our 50th ANNIVERSARY. I know i was both excited and very happy. It was like a dream

This beach can be GOOGLED. It is known for the whitest sand and its long stretch of pristine coastline. It is known for the ancient volcanic content in the blindingly beautiful whiteness which does not heat up the sand but allows comfortable barefoot walking even on the hottest day.

I was delighted. I walked with confidence slowly across the soft sand and then the harder sand and sank into the blue water. I lay back and the gentle waves lapped over me. The sky overhead was bluest blue with fluffy white clouds. I was very, very content,

This was fine until I wanted to get up again. Realization hit this old lady that like a beached whale I now was grounded.


I could not get my feet stabilized. I had to push my way backwards up the beach.

David saw something was wrong and helped me find my footing. It was hard. I had become like a drowned weight. Bless him he kept persevering.

I look back on this moment where I felt such a hopeless git and thank God for His gentle reminder to each one of us, In this life we will have hassles and all the trials of daily living. It is not about us – this life is temporary

THANK God for His eternal Promise. ‘When I am weak….He is strong. MY GOLDEN LESSON i will take home is this………..We all at any age must learn to deal with life’s challanges with the certainty He is with us and let humour dominate our sense of self-failures etc..

i am continuing to learn

Have a great day!

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Good Morning!

In this world of conflict, strife, unrest overwhelmed by politics cultures etc etc. How blessed indeed is the heart that finds a focus somewhere that takes breath away and restores faith in the GOD Who is ever present WITH all who believe.

May the salty spray of the Whitsunday Islands in the Pacific blow your way with the Hope and eternal reassurance that JESUS came to bring Presence and Peace to ALL who believe. a-men


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