Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

One Good thing

It was a dull morning, the sky was awash with grey cloud. I was jovially moping all by myself when my closest friend had the audacity to bust my sombre bubble with a prick of positivity and with that a challenge:

"I challenge you to: each day at the end of the day, you post ONE thing about that day that was GOOD or made you smile. Just one thing no matter how little or insignificant. But do it each day.
either put it on FB or in a mini-diary or both" he said.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ocean's will part

One of the song's that has touched my heart this week has to be  Oceans will part  by Hillsong

The first verse tells us that even in those times when we push God away, he is still there & still willing to forgive & take us in from the cold. His love is enduring  far beyond human comprehension.

The chorus speaks of Gods majestic power !
It also reminds us of biblical miracles God has done for his people in centuries gone by. 
The same God who parted the red sea is our God & Father today.

The last verse encourages us to know that when all is said  &  done, when all the joys & storms of life have come & gone; our father God will still be there.

And so having meditated on all these attributes of a creator & Father who commits to loving us & journeying with us all our days; we surrender to his perfect will.

Oceans Will Part lyrics

If my heart has grown cold
There Your love will unfold
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
When I'm blind to my way
There Your Spirit will pray
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand

Oceans will part nations come
At the whisper of Your call
Hope will rise glory shown
In my life Your will be done

Present suffering may pass

Lord Your mercy will last
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
And my heart will find praise
I'll delight in Your way
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/h/hillsong_music_australia/oceans_will_part.html ]

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I am a fisherman

Yesterday I bumped into an old man on my way out from work. I noticed an old faded tattoo on his right arm as he gestured shakily from  what seemed to be substance withdrawal. His face lit up with a smile just as our eyes met & he mouthed words I strained to hear. 
"I'm a fisherman" is what he said. "I'm so hungry, I have nothing" he told me has he rubbed his tummy.  So I grabbed a packet of
mini cheddar's from my lunch bag & held it out to him. He reached for it reluctantly but his eyes shone as if they had seen pure gold. 
"Never waste a cent...never waste a cent hey?" he chorused as I walked off. That's what any old grandpa would say, I thought.  I know he's  coming from a place of regret but the thing that got me is this; as far gone as this man may be, he still bears fatherly instincts. The kind of instincts that say "Don't make the mistakes I have." "Learn from me." Do better with your life. "

I gave to him & he gave back to me what he could.

Homeless people;they're just people. People living in a parallel world. Some of them runaways, some addicts, some trafficked to "the promised land"...just people like you & me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Father

Do u ever feel lost in the chaos of life or your own personal struggles? Like u just can't settle or make things work? After having spent 17 hours at work yesterday and with all the happenings these past few months I sure do! Then I received this email...

This is in two parts, the prayer (in blue type) and GOD (in red type) in response.
It is very, very good.
Our Father Who Art In Heaven.
Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.
But -- you called ME!
Called you?
No, I didn't call you.
I'm praying.
Our Father who art in Heaven.
There -- you did it again!
Did what?
Called ME.
You said,
"Our Father who art in Heaven"
Well, here I am..
What's on your mind?
But I didn't mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.
I always say the Lord's Prayer.
It makes me feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Well, all right. Go on.
Okay, Hallowed be thy name .
Hold it right there.
What do you mean by that?
By what?
By "Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means . . good grief,I don't know what it means.
How in the world should I know?
It's just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?
It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense..
I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Doing? Why, nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control,
of everything down here like you have up there.. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know; but, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.
That isn't what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
You've really got a problem there, you know.
And then there's the way you spend your money -- all on yourself.
And what about the kind of books you read?
Now hold on just a minute!
Stop picking on me!
I'm just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!
Excuse ME..
I thought you were praying for my will to be done.
If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones
who are praying for it.
Like you -- for example ....
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups.
Now that you mention it,
I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven't thought about it very much until now,
but I really would like to cut out some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.
Now we're getting somewhere.
We'll work together -- You and ME.
I'm proud of You.
Look, Lord, if you don't mind,
I need to finish up here.
This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread..
You're overweight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this?
Here I was doing my religious duty,
and all of a sudden you break in
and remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous thing.
You just might get what you ask for.
Remember, you called ME -- and here I am.
It's too late to stop now.
Keep praying. ( pause ... . )
Well, go on.
I'm scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Try ME.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
What about Ann?
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories.
She never paid back the money she owes me.
I've sworn to get even with her!
But -- your prayer --
What about your prayer?
I didn't -- mean it...
Well, at least you're honest.
But, it's quite a load carrying around all that
 bitterness and resentment isn't it?
Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her.
Boy, have I got some plans for her.
She'll wish she had never been born.
No, you won't feel any better.
You'll feel worse.
Revenge isn't sweet.
You know how unhappy you are --
Well, I can change that.
You can? How?
Forgive Ann.
Then, I'll forgive you;
And the hate and the sin, will be Ann's problem -- not yours.
You will have settled the problem as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you're right.
You always are.
And more than I want revenge,
I want to be right with You . . (sigh).
All right, all right . ...
I forgive her.
There now!
How do you feel?
Hmmmm. Well, not bad.
Not bad at all!
In fact, I feel pretty great!
You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight.
I haven't been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know.
But, you're not through with your prayer, are you?
Go on.
Oh, all right.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I'll do that.
Just don't put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know.
Go ahead. Finish your prayer..
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory forever.
Do you know what would bring me glory --
What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know.
I want to please you now..
I've really made a mess of things.
I want to truly follow you..
I can see now how great that would be.
So, tell me . . .
How do I make you happy?
YOU just did :)

With everything I've been through in my young life, God's answers to my questions & solutions to the problems I face are always so simple. Father's been around a whole lot longer than I have & he can see much further ahead than I ever could so I guess it couldn't hurt to listen.
Hopefully this touched you too
xx Lynwen