Eczema – A Poetic Post on Suffering Skin

teddy-teddy-bear-association-ill-42230Today 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

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Jesus brings Division not Peace On Earth

16186-luke-2-14-angels-800x400Are 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

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Christmas Freedom

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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

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Encouragement for End Times Believers

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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

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Food Cravings & The Chastening of The Lord

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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

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Calvinism – The Bible’s Response

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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.

Bible Responses

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

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Why Modesty Matters for Christian Women

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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

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The Breath of God

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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

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Royal Wedding or The Marriage of the Lamb – Will you be attending either of these?

royal-wedding-3411338__480Yesterday in England there was a Royal Wedding between an English prince and an American commoner.  There was much pomp and ceremony and many people got caught up in the “royal fever” of the day, as you can well imagine.  But not I.  I just used the beautiful sunny day to weed my garden whilst thinking and praying about my own preparation in becoming worthy to be part of that glorious, future bride of Christ in His eternal Kingdom.  Let me explain a little more as I contrast this royal wedding to that future event. Continue reading

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God So Loved The World

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Occasionally I like to make up my own praise songs to the Lord and thought I would share them with you now and again.  My Christian life is both one of worshipping the living God and the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as warning my fellow men and women of the dangers of following the wrong paths.  Life is a balance and I want to try to reflect that here at my blog.  I hope you like my little song, although as I am unable to write the music I trust you can make your own tune up or simply enjoy it as a poem.

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For God So Loved The World

 

For God so loved the world

That His son to us He gave

Whoever shall believe in Him

He shall truly save.

For God so loved the world

That to all that do believe

In humility and honesty

His forgiveness they receive. Continue reading

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