There once was upon a time, in my younger days, when I had been taking great delight in building up my little back garden. I had a pretty, brick, raised flowerbed built for me that made me feel very happy indeed as I worked hard to create a cohesive, attractive layout of plants & flowers within it. Everything in the garden was looking simply rosy, and my gardening skills were growing little by little just as the flowers that I planted filled out the spaces to create a rather pleasing effect to the eye & a soothing effect on my heart & soul. I could sit out there in the sunshine & enjoy the beauty of the work of my hands besides that flowerbed as I relaxed at the end of a day’s labours.
So all was rosy in the garden
Then one day, just as I was driving along, I saw a very beautiful white flower growing by the side of a road. I quickly pulled up my car to take a closer look at this flower & as I did so and I gazed upon those intoxicatingly pretty white flowers I had a thought that went like this:
“Why pay for extra flowers from the garden center to fill my new flowerbed when such lovely flowers are available right here, right now, at no expense, completely free of charge?”
I thought they would look absolutely fantastic in my new flowerbed in my garden. So, on the spur of the moment, I bent down & snapped off a small cutting from this plant!
Today it has just happened again! That familiar frustration when somebody asks me, “What have you done to your hands?” I explain, it is eczema (which I’ve had for my whole life), and I use sticking plasters over the cuts and cracks to help keep my hands useable and protected. Oftentimes the person then appears duty-bound to follow that up with their own “helpful” suggestions of how I might be cured!
I thought therefore to share on my blog with you a couple of my poems about eczema. I hope that you will find the light humour of my first poem a brief reprise from any of your own sufferings. And maybe, you will see from my second poem, how the Lord Jesus Christ can use everything about our lives, including our sufferings, to reach out with His great love to others in their need.
EXCEMA – THE ELUSIVE CURE
Mrs Simpson from the grocers,
daughter’s, boyfriend’s aunt;
Was surely cured by eating chives
with sautéed Swiss cheese plant! Continue reading
Are you aware that Jesus Christ said the following statements?
“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.”
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”
One thing is clear, Jesus never sought to be popular or to be “politically correct!” He never merely said what people wanted to hear. He always spoke only the truth from His heavenly Father. Continue reading
I gave it up and walked away;
Now its just another day.
No need to spend on gifts galore
Or waste my time out at the store.
Lights and tinsel upon a tree?
I say, “No, they’re not for me!” Continue reading
Do you ever browse the internet and discover various sites that talk of all the fearful end-times stuff that is happening in the world today? You know, the one-world government, the beast-system, the signs and symbols that the wicked rich and famous are using, and what the United Nations Agendas may be steering the world towards. I certainly have read and listened to some of this type of stuff. Sometimes I learn something new that gives me a heads-up in a certain situation but at other times, if I am honest, it has made me feel rather fearful and unsettled. What about you? Continue reading
Today I wish to emphasize that I have not managed to achieve “perfection” in my spiritual life quite yet! I realize the Lord Jesus does tell us to aim for such, but I am still just on the path, setting my sights and prayers towards that end, as the Lord in scripture said:
“You shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
I am learning that each time that I try to find satisfaction with something of this world, in a way that the Lord does not wish me to, thankfully He corrects me so that I can keep learning more of His ways and less of my own. However, it is certainly not a nice feeling, being “chastened by the Lord” but I am still glad that He does correct me when I am straying. Continue reading
Flaws In Calvinism
By Dave Miller, Ph.D.
Copied in full from ApologeticsPress.org
John Calvin (1509-1564) was a French theologian during the Protestant Reformation whose system of Christian theology, primarily expressed in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, has exerted tremendous influence throughout the Christian world for nearly five centuries. The central tenets of his thinking have been summarized under the acrostic TULIP.
Total Depravity = All men have inherited the sin of Adam through their parents and are morally unable to choose to follow God and be saved because of their own depraved, sinful nature which extends to every part of their personality.
Ezekiel 18:19-23—“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. Continue reading
What Are You Wearing & Why?
Might modesty matter? Is what we wear really an issue?
From both my reading of the Bible, and the witness of the Holy Spirit within me, I believe that it does matter, it is an issue. Also, I believe that to a large extent, the clothing that the fashion and retail industry promotes and provides for women and girls nowadays is becoming increasingly more sensual and immodest. Consequently, as Christian women, we will each need to think and pray through this matter for ourselves and any family members that we are responsible for. Let me explain to you why this is so.
But at the outset let me just give you the basic definitions of modesty:-
“Behaviour, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.” Continue reading
I just want to share with you this poem I wrote many years ago, whilst living in a large, industrial town in England, when there was very little opportunity for me to get into the countryside that I so desperately loved. I was obviously missing such countryside & struggling with how mundane my life was with the daily life of bringing up a family of three little boys. I was so desperate for the wide spaces of the countryside and for fresh air and freedom that I actually sat outside my back door writing this poem & even stayed sitting there as it began to rain (I just got an umbrella & carried right on writing)!
THE BREATH OF GOD
I long for the mountains, the rivers and trees,
The smell of the pine in the cool evening breeze.
I long for the peace and the solitude there,
Where all is becalmed by the cool mountain air. Continue reading