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Thursday, 26 February 2015

A love letter from God



Recently I have been wondering how to market my book 'How to make Victoria Sponge' in order to increase awareness and sales. Then today as I was looking for some 'pins' for my pinterest site a thought suddenly arose.... 

The book is a love letter from God. 

As Vicki copes with family life each day, God tells and shows Vicki how much he loves her.

This is not a distant relationship but a real love affair. 

God isn't just interested in Vicki, He loves and adores her. 

He delights in her closeness.

They are intimate with each other through prayer/conversation. 

The book may not be a man meets woman saga; instead it is a far greater love affair because it is woman meets God. A scenario that reaps heavenly rewards. The woman will never be disappointed as the relationship is with God. 

This love letter reaches out to every mum who needs encouragement. Who feels overwhelmed with matters of the heart. Whose understanding is, that when the chips are down, God will step in. And He does because He is Love.

God wants us all to have a love affair with Him, to be intimate with Him. To burden Him with our cares. He is the greatest lover of all time and He cares. He will never leave you. 

This is the God of Victoria Sponge, the writer of this love letter.

My fingers were just the instruments by which He used to convey this story.

God bless

Margaret

(www.margaretk.co.uk)


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hope and love



Mum's know all about hope and love. 

We cherish and love our children, often sacrificing our own needs to do what we think is best for them. 

We have greater hopes for them which might be fueled by the hopeless things that have happened in our life. 

We want them to do better, have confidence, to achieve happiness. 

We hope for a blessed life for them. 

But sometimes our emotions can rule and wreck our relationship with them. And we wonder what we have done wrong. 

Hope and love are not about emotions. Faith is not about emotions. When you are governed by your emotions you make mistakes, you see from your perspective which is bias due to being emotionally involved. 

Love is an action not an emotion. Love is seen, experienced and demonstrated. 

When we are crotchety with our children we are not loving them because Love is Patient. 

When we are unkind we are not showing love. 

When we are jealous we put love aside.

When we brag we talk about ourselves, our achievements, what we have done. Love looks to God and what He has done in our lives.

When we are arrogant we use people to get what we want for our kingdoms. Love is servitude. 

When we speak our minds no matter the consequence to the other person this is not love. Love is gracious that does not forget courtesy, tact and politeness.

When we seek what we want at any cost, demanding our own way, insisting that we are right no matter what, putting ourselves first, we throw love away. Love listens.

When we have emotional outbursts we turn our back on love. Love is not touchy.

When we total up acts against us and keep account of grudges saving them for a day of reckoning we toss love away. Love forgives.

When we delight in seeing others pay for their misdeeds, on a small or grand scale we loose sight of love. Love is righteous. Love wants us to pray for those lost souls.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.

Love and Hope are intertwined. When we love we hope for the best for all mankind. We pray for those who have been led astray from Love and petition for their home coming. 

Love must draw us away from our past, our pain, our anger, our fears, our scars, from this world's view to God's empowering source of Love. Why? Because.....


When we move away from our own damaged love that is emotionally driven we can Hope for a Greater Love to occupy our lives. 

Yes it is hard to be patient and kind. Not be envious or boast. Not to be proud and dishonour others. To stop self seeking. To dampen our anger and forgive so that we do not harbour grudges. Not to delight in evil being punished. These are all tough choices to make. That is why we need to pray for God's Holy Spirit to fill us with these Divine Qualities that will bring us Hope in our personal and emotional world. 

We all came from Heaven as helpless babes. We all grew up picking up baggage on the way. We are called to follow God through the actions of His Son, Jesus Christ. If our God can be a servant then we too must worship Him by imitating His sacrifice. This is Love, this is our Hope. 

He calls us to follow Him, are we prepared to step in his footsteps? 

Each other's needs to prefer. Love is not easy, Jesus showed us that. 

That is why we need the Holy Spirit to empty us of our love that is imperfect and plant instead a Sacrificial Love. It will hurt, just as the nails hurt Jesus, but the reward will be eternal life. 

Yes it will be scary, but if we continue to love in an emotional way we can guarantee that a crash will inevitably happen. 

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God saw, experienced and demonstrated His Love through Jesus Christ. 

Our hope is in the name of the Lord, who is our example. 

Father God, infiltrate us with your Divine Love so that all will know we are Christians by our love. 

God have mercy on me as I need the power of your love in my life. Amen

God bless

Margaret

(www.margaretk.co.uk)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Don't give up


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God first, God always - Don't give up.

Yes life throws troubles our way and at times we have to climb out of a deep pit but we must try not to give up. 

Your breakthrough may be just around the corner, it might literally be moments away from your grip. If in that moment you turn your head and walk away the answer will pass you by and your journey will be longer. That is the hardest call you will ever make. To stay just a little while longer in Trust believing that God is sorting out the mess.


'Even though you may feel that you are at the end of your rope, God has the resolution for your pain, a motive for your struggle and a gift for your faithfulness.' (quote from Christian Associates Network)

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. 

It is human to be concerned about things but the fears start to take over when we dwell on the implications of those worries. 

God has not given us a spirit of fear. Fear comes when we feel out of control. That is why we need to take those concerns and hand them over to God. He knows the outcome of our struggles and will gift us for our faithfulness. 

God is the golden thread that winds its way through the material of our life. 

God will never give up on us.

When we struggle it is useful to think or write down the things God has done for us, the things we can be thankful for. Prayer and praise for these gifts will bring greater rewards than listing to the negative depressing areas of our lives. That just reinforces the laughter of the evil one. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7mEZtzWFuA



God is the rewarder of those who seek Him. 

Don't give up. God is the answer.

God's blessings on all of you who are struggling and need encouragement, you are not alone. Stretch out your arms to God and He will embrace you. His shoulders are very large and He will carry all your concerns. He is the greatest Father of all time. What wouldn't a Father do for His children? He cares so much.





God bless

Margaret

(www.margaretk.co.uk)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hope today

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Each day I wake up,I know that I can not cope with the day's challenges, unless God is in my life. I know that all the stresses and worries that dog my footsteps will take away my peace and cause me to doubt. 

Why?

Because I have inherited the doubting gene, the gene that chips away at my confidence, my self esteem, my peace.

When I am insulted, rejected, shunned, verbally abused or disrespected I take it personally.

Then I start to doubt my worth and listen to the lies instead of remembering that God has made me worthy through His Hope.

With God in my life I can challenge the lies and because the doubt is inherited it needs to be challenged by daily prayer. 

Father you give me worth
You are my Hope.
My deliverer from the words
And actions
Of the enemy who slithers
In under the radar.
Your cross destroys all lies.
Penetrate my life 
With your Love and Truth.
Place Hope where doubt 
Seeks to destroy
My peace.
And deliver me from
The source of all evil
Today.
God first, God always.

I praise God that He uses my weakness to strengthen me. If I were not who I am my dependence would not be on God but on myself. Recognizing my areas of need gives God the chance to empower me. Therefore my song can be:

Thank you Almighty God for Your Hope in my life today. With You everything is possible. 


God bless

Margaret


(www.margaretk.co.uk)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hope and the Temple


In the Temple he (Jesus) saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, "Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father's house into a marketplace. Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: "Passion for God's house will consume me." John 2:13-17

Margaret Kazmierczak writes about keeping our Temple's cleanWhat state is your Temple in? 


Can God dwell in it, or is it cluttered with the goings on of this world? 

Jesus saw the state of the Temple and in no uncertain terms cleaned it out. God's house a sanctuary for prayer had become a place of wheeling and dealing. 

If our Temple is cluttered with the things of this world then there will be inadequate space for Hope. 

God wants us to free up the space that is occupied with hopeless things and allow His Hope to reside there. 

We are His temples. It is time to spring clean them and make them ready so that the Holy Spirit can continually empower us with Hope.

Passion for God's house


We too must have "passion for God's house" so that we can be consumed by that same Holy Spirit. 

Do not be afraid of cleansing the Temple, but instead rejoice that we still have time to be made ready for the Greater Kingdom. 

Hope can conquer anything when it has free reign in our lives.  Jesus desires us to be recipients of that Hope. He only ever does what is good and right for us, so prepare your Temples for a new breakthrough in your lives. 



God bless

Margaret


Saturday, 14 February 2015

New website for my book



At last I have finished creating my new website. I hope you like it and will be inspired to read my book. Come, taste and see. Enjoy. Be blessed.

http://www.margaretk.co.uk

Margaret 


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Pain and Hope


Pain can sometimes lead us away from Hope as we battle with experiences such as heart break, physical and mental ailments, rejection and other painful encounters that life showers upon us. It can be very hard to keep up appearances as we stumble through life and its challenges. How often have you responded "I'm okay" when asked how we are, even though our hearts are breaking, or our bodies are in pain. Sometimes we don't feel able to answer the question with a truthful response.

Maybe we feel our pain is too much for others to hear. Or perhaps we feel we ought to put on a brave face to save the other person from hearing about our woes once again. 

In fact pain can actually distance us from our family and best friends when we wear a mask. 

Trying to cope with our pain on our own is exhausting. That is why Jesus brought together a band of men and women to support one another in their ministry. He knew that they would need close friends who they could be themselves with. Whom they could share their victories and difficulties with.  

Pain is a tool by which the seeds of doubt are sown. 

Why does God allow me to suffer this pain? 

When will God take away this pain?

What have I done to deserve this treatment, it has broken my heart? Why would God allow it?

I have been good all my life, followed all the rules, given to the poor, regularly gone to church and I am rewarded with this, unemployment, debt and my house being repossessed. This is just too much. What is God doing?

If we continue to walk this path of painful thinking it will lead downwards. If we walk away from those people who will support and help us because life is too painful to share, we will further sink into hopelessness.

Pain is a means to connect with Jesus rather than disconnect with Him. 

Romans 5:3-5

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Hope does not disappoint us. Jesus is our greatest Hope and He will not desert nor disappoint us. He will bring us through our pain so that we can help others with theirs.















2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

So when we say "Oh I am okay" when we are not, we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in our recovery. If we deny our pain we deny the healing of Hope to enter into our hearts. Those seeds of hopeless will not be watered with words of Truth that others can share with us when we most need them. 

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It is important to combat those Why's, When's and What's that we ask. Why did God... Why has He allowed... When will this end... What have I done... 

With the truth that is stated in: 

2 Corinthians 4:17

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.   

And the knowledge that God has everything covered with His Hope and Grace.



“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.





If you are in pain now, embed it in the Heart of God. Allow His Hope and Healing to cover and embrace you. Let Him have your tears of pain.

Psalm 56:8 


You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

God is and always will be our Hope.

God bless

Margaret x



(Margaret Kazmierczak - author of 'How to make Victoria Sponge - a journey of faith' available on amazon in paperback and kindle) 


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Hope and waiting

We all know these scenarios: 

"What are you doing Lord, why have you not answered my prayer? I have been crying out to you for days, weeks or even years. And nothing has happened. When are you going to do something?" 

"Right that is it Lord, you have not answered my prayer, so I am going to do something about it."

"I have been praying for my son or daughter who no longer go to church. I am afraid for them they just don't seem to care any more, please bring them back to church."

I hope I am not the only one who has behaved like this.

Firstly, God always answers our prayers. The reason we think he has not answered them, is because we have not got the answer we wanted nor expected. We may therefore have missed his answer! 

Secondly, His answer may have been 'no' to our wants, because the outcome would not have been in our best interest. Sometimes we forget that God can see our whole life, not just the predicament we may be in right now. God always works for our good even through our tears.

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.


Thirdly, when we decide to take matters into our own hands we are stepping out of 'trust' and following our own sinful nature. Doing something is what we do when we want control. Waiting on the Lord is what we need to do, if we want God to be in control of our lives. We go back again to the wonderful verse in Jeremiah 29:11.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Fourthly, being a Christian means trusting God with our lives and the lives of our family. When we look at the old lovely pictures of our children all dressed up and eager to please us, we wonder what happened to that trusting child. We wonder why they no longer go to church. We pray, 'bring them back', but do we really know if they have actually gone away from God? As in my previous post when I talked about 'eternity being in our hearts', eternity never leaves our hearts. God never leaves us. He has not left your son or daughter. They are still connected. They are a whisper away from eternity. They only need to say 'sorry' and reconnect. We as parents cannot see their hearts nor hear their whisper. God can and He knows if they have left Him or not. They may not 'go to Church' but church will still be in their hearts. 

Psalm  34:4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
          34:6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
         34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
       34:17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

The seeds we as parents planted do not die. Our prayers water them and God keeps them close to His Heart. They continue to grow in God's garden. 


It may feel like our prayers and requests have been put on hold, but remember who you are connected to, who you are ringing. The line is never engaged, in fact it is always at the Heart of the matter. 

We might be asked to hold and the following options will be given:

1. Wait

2. Trust

3. Believe

4. Be prepared

5. Accept the reward 

You will be required to select all five options.

So when you choose this path you will have to:

Wait for God's answer

Trust in His answer

Believe your life will be changed for the better when and in His timing you receive his answer. 

Be prepared for an 'outside the box' answer and to implement it into your life.

Accept the reward for waiting on God for the answer, because He rewards with eternal riches.

Phillippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus


Important note:

If however, you slam the phone down because the wait is too long, and decide to take matters into your own hands, then that is your option, subject to the rules of this world. And the consequences will be determined by the world and not by God. 

All is not lost:

Nonetheless when you get back onto the phone again, God will be there waiting to hear from you. Waiting for you to come into alignment with his answer. 

Even if our waiting feels like years there is always Hope in the waiting.  

I hope this has been helpful.

God bless

Margaret

(author of 'How to make Victoria Sponge - a journey of faith)







Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Never stop believing in Hope




John 9:1-3

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him." 
The endless days of countless years as the blind beggar sat in darkness hoping for a few coins to be dropped into his tatty old bag, suddenly disappeared. Did he know any hope other than a few coins being thrown in his direction? Apparently not as when his Saviour asked him after his healing,  “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” he said  “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
How often have we waited for something to happen that will change our circumstances? Have we waited like the blind beggar, all our life? Have we hoped for a miracle, year in and year out. Wondering when or if it will happen?
The answer lies in the statement “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."  
So the blind man's circumstances were not the fault of his parents nor himself. They were simply a means through which God works might be displayed in him. 
When we ask the question, 'why is this happening to me'? maybe we need to look to see if God is using the situation to display His works through us, so that we and others can see His solution working through the mess. 
There are many challenges that a blind man experiences, he will have gained some solutions having coped with the disability from birth, but ultimately, not being able to see is debilitating. It prevented the boy learning skills in order to be useful in a job when he grew into a man. It robbed him of his independence. It forced him to be poor, to have to beg for an existence. He had no status. No feeling of self worth. He was the lowest of the low. 
When Jesus healed him, the man was no longer dependent. He could see, he now had hope, a future. His experience of being healed was infectious, he wanted everyone to know about the miracle. He became an advocate of Hope. He was no longer a worthless member of society but an orator of Hopefulness. 
He saw new possibilities. A whole new life opened up before him. He had no hope before he could see, but now he saw an eternity of Hope. 
This is why we must never stop believing in Hope. We may be blind for years, weeks or days, but the answer is “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him (us)."  God is working tirelessly for us, we must not loose sight of this promise. When He is ready, when all the pieces of the jigsaw are in place, God will open our eyes to the solutions He has in store for us. 
Then we can witness like the blind man did, “He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I see.” We too will see an eternity of Hope before us. 
So take courage and believe in the truth.
1 Corinthians 13:7 
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
God never gives up, never loses faith in us, is always hopeful and will bring us through every circumstance. He will cure our blindness and lead us to eternal Hope. 

God bless
Margaret 
(author of 'How to make Victoria Sponge - a journey of faith)