A bit of fun

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Advent Day Twenty-four



The labour pains are starting and what is going to be a challenging experience will be out shined by the Glory of our new King. As we wait for the baby to cry, may our hearts be open to the wonders of a new beginning.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Advent Day Twenty-three

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My heart awaits for your coming. Never have I needed you more in my life. Saturate me with your presence. Fill me with your love. Wrap me in your arms and present me to those that need to know your embrace. 

Come, Lord Jesus come.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Advent Day Twenty-two


God showed that he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world. What do we do to show God that we love him? 

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Advent Day Twenty-one


We are loved so much, not because we deserve it, but because God adores his children unconditionally.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Advent Day Twenty



Father Christmas can do nothing for you.He isn't even real but an idol that is worshiped every year at this time. The only Father that can bring you a life changing present is God.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Advent Day Nineteen

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Are we missing the point of Christmas among the present hunting? Have we forgotten to hunt for Jesus during this time? He is the one and only present we should desire with all of our heart.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Advent Day Eighteen


Each day is a new start, with a choice to say 'yes' to God and His will. Do we begin again afresh each day, or do we carry on the old ways, ignoring the opportunity to move forward where God wants us to benefit from his mercy?
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Advent Day Seventeen



While you are wrapping presents up for your family and friends, allow God to unwrap your heart with His love, grace and mercy.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Advent Day Sixteen



There are no coincidences only the Father placing the missing piece of jigsaw in the puzzle. God knows what we need and will provide.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

More great reads from Christian Authors


Wondering what to buy for a member of your family or a friend, well how about one of these great reads from christian authors.

http://morethanwriters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/acw-book-party-part-4.html

Advent Day Fifteen

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I saw Jesus today.
I saw Jesus on the train today. He had worked a long shift, his coveralls a patchwork of sweat and grime; yet he joked with a coworker in the adjacent seat. I saw Jesus awhile later, as the crowd filed onto the stairs to the street below—he was a young girl with two small children in tow, her nerves clearly frayed. And then, in the grocery store, there was Jesus again, a check-out clerk who smiled and wished me a good evening. The next time I saw him, he was stuck in traffic, his business suit rumpled and his eyes weary. And when I walked by my neighbor's house, Jesus sat on the front step, passing the time with a friend.
When Jesus came to share our human existence, he changed what it means to be ordinary people going through the day. Each one of us has a purpose and a place in the world. Each of us experiences pain, fatigue, humor, and hope. If we look more intently at the people we encounter on a typical day, we will see who they truly are—persons loved by God. Regardless of appearance or situation, the woman, man, or child before you is brimming with holy possibility. Consider that you are gazing into the eyes of God. Understand that Jesus comes to you in many faces and places.
This article is written by Vinita Hampton Wright, author of Days of Deepening Friendship

Monday, 14 December 2015

Advent Day Fourteen


Love came as a small baby. He grew in love and died because of love. Are we prepared to do the same?

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Advent Day Thirteen


The greatest act of forgiveness looked down on us from the cross. From His elevated position Jesus embraced our sins. Forgiveness heals, frees, elevates and enriches our life. 


Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Advent Day Twelve



This is beautiful. A modern day film with the message of hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=tIYCHE-4W1E&app=desktop

The Christmas story today. 

Come, Lord Jesus, come. 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Advent Day Eleven

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Give God your hand so that he can lead you to his promises.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Advent Day Nine


If you long for something, may it be for Christ to be in your life to fill you with His love and blessings.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Advent Day Eight

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Everything is important to God, yes even those things we think he wouldn't be interested in. He is our Father, everything matters. 

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Advent Day Seven

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I am a christian, not because I hunger hypocrisy but because I thirst for redemption.

I am a christian, not because I am perfect but because I understand that I am not.

I am a christian, not because I have all the answers....

but because I trust in the One who does.

Anon

Advent Day Six



From birth to the grave, God accompanies our journey. He loves our company. Come Lord Jesus come. 

Advent Day 5



Instead of saying, 

"Lord I don't know how I am going to do this", 

say, 

"Lord, I cant wait to see how you are going to do this."

Friday, 4 December 2015

Advent - Day Four

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I am he; I am the first; I am also the last.

Father God, help me to keep you always first in my life so that I may see you at the last. 

Come Lord Jesus come. 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Advent - Day Three



May we accept God's will for us instead of expecting God to give us want we want. If our needs align with God's will, then we shall receive. Come Lord Jesus, come.

Advent Day Two

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I am truly blessed and I pray blessings on all my family, friends and the world as I await the coming of Our Lord.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

More great books from Christian writers

Not sure what book to get for a family member or friend this Christmas?





Here is another set of books by Christian authors that could make a great Christmas present for a family member or friend. Take a look at: http://morethanwriters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/acw-book-party-part-3.html

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Advent

Day One




Am I prepared for the coming of the Lord? 

Am I joyful that He is coming?

Is Christmas just a material celebration or a spiritual one?

Does my soul long and yearn for the day to come?

Oh Almighty and Gracious Jesus give me an open heart to receive you this Christmas time.


More great books from Christian writers.


As promised more books by Christian writers that you might like to consider for a Christmas present.

Enjoy

Margaret x

Friday, 20 November 2015

Food for the Soul - books written by Christian writers.


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It is so important to have books that are food for the soul. We are blessed with Christian writers who do exactly that. If you are looking for a book to give as a present for Christmas then you may want to check out these titles from this link:


There will be another list of titles on Dec 1st.

Happy reading. 

Margaret



Wednesday, 6 May 2015

God loves us no matter what we have done - FACT

When I feel overwhelmed by anxious thoughts there is nothing more comforting than looking at Jesus upon the cross. Why? Because that is the beginning of everything. From the cross Jesus rose again and took my sins with him. He cleansed me, gave me hope and filled me with joy. A joy that knows, no matter what, Jesus, God in human form, loves me, an unworthy fool. 
This knowledge takes my breath away. It has me on my knees. 
GOD LOVES ME.
He did this tremendous deed for me.
He embraced my sin, my folly, my selfishness. 
The Creator of the world died for me so that I could be re-united with him. 
God wants me back in the fold. His love is so enormous, larger than the universe and He wants me to be part of it. 
If you ever say you are not worthy, remember who loves you, who made you. God thinks you are incredible, worth dying for. Breath that truth in. It is awesome. 

"God showed us how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sin." I John 4:9 –10
"So we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us because we belong to His dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven." Ephesians 1:6-7
"For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ." II Corinthians 5:21

Sinless took our sin because of love. This is our example.
Do I reflect this love, do you?

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Consider the lilies, how they grow...



God must have had such a wonderful time designing flowers, and choosing their smell. Each is beautiful to behold and everyone unique. They make a glorious bouquet for a friend or a captivating picture in the garden. In the wild they grow freely shedding their seeds to increase the beauty of the landscape.  



                                                                                                                                                                               
How more wonderful then is his incredible care in making us. 



Luke 12:27-28


"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!"


To imagine His hands crafting a flower that is so delicate and fragile; to give it a fragrant smell that will fill your senses with wonder, surely indicates a gentle passionate Father who delights in intricate detail born out of love.  

When an artist makes something beautiful they leave part of their very soul within that creation. 

That is exactly what God does when he creates us. Our Father in Heaven never makes a dud, he never makes a mistake. Every creation that He conceives is carefully and lovingly crafted in Heaven, then placed into the womb. We come from Heaven to earth. From Perfection to the world of imperfection. We start to die the moment we are born. Just as flowers start to wither the moment they are picked. But we can have new life when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. 




When we return to our Father in Heaven we will resume the beauty of our creator. We will become new again rooted in God's glory as a flower's roots are bathed in the nutrients and water of the earth. There will be a glow about us that is divine and pure. The glow of love that never dies.




As flowers delight us now with their innocent beauty and frailty we too can be messengers of that love. We are His bouquet to those who do not know him yet. 

When we feed ourselves with the right nutrients we glow and shine. Our nature opens up and reveals the beauty of what is within. God is what is within us. His word brings forth this Truth. Knowing the Truth unites us with God's glow of love. This love leads us to action. God's Grace waters the action and more seeds are sown for the Kingdom of God. 

There are so many beautiful flowers in this world waiting to be nurtured and nourished, turning their heads this way and that looking for the Son. The truth will set them free but only if we allow God within us to radiate our beauty. A christian who is without beauty is like a flower wilting due to lack of water and nourishment. 

God holds us tenderly in his hands, may we hold those fragile flowers in our hands as gently as he does. 
  

God bless 

Margaret


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Father's blog

Have you ever wondered what God would blog about if He were living among us in today's world? Perhaps he would choose these topics which are rife in our society today.

On the subject of violence:

Matthew 5:39 Turn the other cheek.
and Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.


On the subject of intolerance (Christians note): 

John 14:6 No one comes to the Father except through me.


On the subject of greed:

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.




If we look at just these three areas and take responsibility for our actions concerning the above, our countries, societies and families outlook would be a more caring one. A more Christlike one. 

God made each and everyone of us, He loves every single person on this earth. He made us responsible for one another. God does blog through his people. He wants us to tell the world that there does not need to be a difference in life styles, just a different way of sharing our resources so that everyone has what is rightfully theirs. He gives us a conscience to love and serve others. 







The Father's blog is the Bible. The answers to our world's poverty of mind, body and soul are in the Bible. If the world were united in Love no one would go hungry or die of starvation. God is calling are we responding?

Monday, 23 March 2015

God calls writers.





The Making of Victoria Sponge: a recipe to fall in love with


Margaret Kazmierczak
Margaret Kazmierczak
THE GREATEST JOY of running a project such as this is the people I get to meet: people like Margaret Kazmierczak, author of How to make Victoria Sponge from the little-known publisher, Arbentin Books: full bibliographic details below. After compiling her Christian Writers Directoryentry and whilst chatting online via facebook, I asked Margaret what had inspired her to write. This is her reply:
This is how Victoria Sponge came about. When I was a child I wanted to be a grown up, now I am grown up I want to be a child! So I have compromised and am a teenage muddler in oversized clothes that purports to be a responsible middle age lady.
My name is Margaret, experienced in most things and master of very little, apart from having a book published. It is my epiphany. A sudden wakening, that not all is lost when you are in a black hole.
Experiences follow me like a bad smell. No sooner have I climbed one mountain when another one looms ahead bigger and scarier than the last. The best way I have found to deal with the aftermath is to jot things down. Life is funny when you have hindsight.
I am a wife, mother and servant to the cat. I cared for my elderly father-in-law for three years, whose English was as Polish as my cat’s meows. His frequent ‘escapes’ added to the chaos of our household. Not only did I end up searching for him but also for my youngest who used the open front door to do her little absconding too. It was a matter of baby first, lost prisoner of war later.
Daily life has always fascinated me, but when night time comes I want to sleep! Picture then being woken up at 5am in the morning by a voice that said “I want you to write a book.” My response would have been “Clear off I am trying to sleep” if I had not known that this voice was special. Instead the conversation went like this:
“You want me to write a book?!” (At the time this happened I was suffering from chronic fatigue and Complex Post Traumatic Stress – but that is another story. I could hardly get out of bed and do the everyday things without collapsing in a heap.) “Are you serious?”
“Very”
“But I am dyslexic, I have no idea of grammar or how to structure a book. My memory is so bad that I can’t remember character’s names or plots. Are you sure you have the right person?”
“You are forgetting who is asking you to do this. I Am commissioning you to write a book.”
“Forgive me Father for questioning you, but I need a sign, a confirmation as I really don’t think I can do this.”
“When the family have left the house I want you to start writing. I shall tell you what to write. Sleep now in peace.”
As suggested I sat at my laptop when all had left and I said, “I am ready.”
Words started to flow into my mind and I typed and typed. As the days and weeks followed the story unfolded, I had no problems remembering the main characters and my brand of humour and experiences of life poured out into words bringing life to the Sponge Family. I began to feel better in myself and by the time the book was finished (it took about two years as God worked with my fatigue) all symptoms had subsided.
Then I realized that I had not ‘read’ the book myself and so sat down and delved into the life of Victoria Sponge. I laughed, cried and prayed alongside Vicki. God had become a true friend and I learnt how important it was to say ‘Yes’ to His will each day.
Okay so this all sounds a bit whacky, just like me. That is the beauty of it all. God uses us for His purposes if we listen to His voice. Having finished reading the book, I understood that this was not just a message for me but for all struggling Christians, especially women who have to juggle so much in their lives. So often we forget that we have the Greatest Helper and Friend on our side. He is literally in everything. For things to change we need to invite Him into every aspect of our lives. We need to bless the mess and ask God to help with the housework.
This is what Victoria Sponge does and even when things are at their bleakest she turns to God for help. I really enjoyed writing this book and I hope many readers are enriched by it too.
How to make Victoria Sponge
To order a paperback copy (UK only) email: vicki.sponge@aol.co.uk


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Dear God













Dear God 

I am on my knees 
asking you please
to hear my tears.
For I have sinned against you.


My dear child

I love you. My son Jesus died for you not because you deserve it but because I ordained it. You come from my heart and I want you to return to my heart. Whatever you have done confess it now.


Dear God

I was angry 

My dear child 

I know I heard you.


Dear God

I cannot forgive the person who hurt me. 

My dear child

Forgiveness is divine.  


Dear God

I want to punish the person who hurt me. 

My dear child

Your reaction is human. 


Dear God

This pain is tearing me apart.  


My dear child

Look at my son, at his whipped body, torn apart by anger and fear. Watch him as he drags his cross (the sins of man) to his death. Glance if you can at his distorted frame that hangs on the wood. Hold his stare for a moment and see the love in his eyes for you. 

He died for your anger, your hurts, your unforgiveness, your revenge. He took your sins and suffered for you. 

His words 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do' were for you. 

You are forgiven. My grace says so.

My arms are open to you always.

Now go and make peace with yourself and your family. 

Pray for divine forgiveness to enter your heart and ponder my words daily. 

I love you my child. 


Dear God

Thank you for your mercy and grace. I am not worthy but by the blood poured out for me by the lamb I will do my best to worship you and lead a better life. 

Amen.


John 15:13

There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. 


My dear child

You are my friend, now be a friend to others as I have shown you.






Dear God

Thank you.





Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Hope in the desert

"God created lands full of water
so that men may live in them -
and deserts so that they may discover their souls"
                                                                      Tuareg Proverb


Deserts - long landscapes of sand,
emptiness and loneliness.
Total desolation,
Acute burning pain. 
Parched lips,
Dry without water
A cry that stays in the throat.
Miles and miles of nothing.

My God, where are you?

When we struggle we enter the desert and are tempted just as Jesus was. Read Jesus' answers to the temptations dangled in front of Him when He is at his most vulnerable. These are the same answers we need to focus on when we are tempted and vulnerable. 

Matthew 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
The devil loves the desert, he loves it when we are surrounded by oceans of sand and see no hope. He whispers lies to comfort us, to keep us in our desolation. 
What does the devil like most? Despair, Hopelessness. He smells it miles away and slivers in to stir up it. 
What does he hate the most? Hope, joy and singing God's praises. These choke and sting him. They dispatch him screaming with disgust. 
In the desert sing to God. Bless His Holy Name. Praise God's Greatness. Proclaim Him Lord of Lords. Declare Him Majesty of your life. Bring your desert into His presence for His Victory, and watch the snake wriggle away. And bring back Hope into your life again.
Walk towards the outstretched arms of Jesus Christ our Saviour in this song - Here I am.

Allow the light of the world to step down into your darkness.




Bless the mess you are in and allow God to bring you out of the desert and into the Light. God has the Victory.

God bless

Margaret


(www.margaretk.co.uk)