Why Fruit and not nuts?

Stepping out my comfort Zone

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

— Robert F. Kennedy

As a Christian I am always critical on myself. I am constantly making mistakes, regretting actions and promising never to do that again while constantly failing. I am hoping this blog will develop into an encouragement for others to let them know they are not alone in this crazy messed up world. We are one family in Christ. We may be nuts at times but if we constantly pray into the Fruit of the Spirit and encourage each other we may just see our family grow and exciting things happen.

A December story from long ago

Well December is here! The #wonderfulladvent word prompt today is story.

This is a story of long ago
About a young girl
Beautiful and true
Engaged to a carpenter
You know where this is going
Back to the first Christmas
Over 2000 years ago

A period in time
When Romans rules
With tyranny and bloodshed
Not much hope at all
Maybe not tyranny in our country today
But hope seems currently
Far far away

Mary our girl so bold and brave
Taking the news of pregnancy in her stride
Joseph not the father
This sounds like a soap opera
Not a naughty young girl
But in fact caught in a miracle about to unfold

Joseph accepts Mary's story
The Angel of the Lord came down
Telling her she was with child
Conceived by the Holy Spirit
No scans to prove this,
DNA tests not yet around
Scientist still to discover this tech

So fully pregnant
Many miles travelling
All because Caesar wants to count his people
No postal forms
To complete and return
First class stamps not happening yet

So arriving in Bethlehem
Not a room in sight
Poor Mary about to give birth in stable
No matter if you believe or not
Jesus was real
And Mary went through a lot
This year think of the story of one brave girl and the part she played in the first Christmas
That started long ago

Humbug to Christmas 2020

I am the biggest bah humbug!

As a Christian I shouldn’t say this but I hate Christmas.

However this year is different. I am excited for Christmas. I may even go as far to say super excited!

My Christmas isn’t spoilt. It is going to be A-MAZ-ING. Whether I can see people in my group of 3 households or on zoom I will see them. I have them this Christmas, they are not a statistic of the pandemic.

If I had my way I would not be buying pressies this year but with a child still in single figures this is not possible. However like every other year I will not be breaking the bank to make it happen.

I have made my own Christmas cards. I have made a Jesse Tree and am currently working on a pine cone wreath. I am having fun and looking forward to the 1st December.

I am looking forward to getting back to the true meaning of Christmas. A child being born. I am looking forward to lighting our advent calendar while doing Jesse Tree bible stories.

I am looking forward to no hype or expectations. Not having to get dressed up and be sociable when all I want is to be is snuggled on my sofa.

I can have a Christmas I want. Quiet, low key and peaceful.

Church carol services and the nativity will be online, how many can I watch?

Brussels sprouts will still be in vogue for one day and the chances of snow where I live almost zero. Bing Crosby, sadly gone long ago will still be crooning his famous song. Jingle bells will still be riding on their sleigh and we can still be praising loudly the child born to save us.

For some it will be tough there will be people grieving, with no job, or no home. If you are able please show some Christmas love to those who need it so.

For the rest of us the Christmas is not cancelled, let us count our blessings and enjoy a Christmas reflecting on what it means to us.

What are you grieving?

This week’s  Five minute Friday prompt word is Cancel. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com  As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow. #fiveminuteFriday

What are you grieving today?

It’s a simple question. One we ignore or overthink.

Are you grieving a loved one. There is a lot of loved ones sadly gone this year.

Are you grieving a loss of a job

Are you grieving not seeing family and friends

Or the promotion you never got. A job lost. Money that is no longer there to feed your family.

A past you want to forget or even want back.

Or maybe your just grieving the normal that no longer exists the whole world round.

Remember what ever you are grieving. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Even when we do not feel it, God is the God that stays with us and never leaves us. Just because we can’t feel it doesn’t stop this being true.

Have a truly blessed weekend all

Jesus you bother with us

Light of the world shine
Why Jesus do you bother with me
You never give up
Or leave me alone
You stand by my side in every fight
Pick me up when I'm down
Send peace when I frown

My mental health is low today
I love my imaginary pet
More than people
We all deserve your wrath
Yet patience rules within your heart

You bother with me and everyone
Because you love us so
So much so you died for us
conquered death and rose again

Please take this gloom
And turn it round
Let your love and peace
Rule in my heart
Let me step in time with your spirit
Sharing your love with all
Whether or not people believe in you.

Step in time

In Mary Poppins while Bert is a Chimney sweep and on the roof with the children and Mary Poppins they sing the song step in time. I’m not suggesting that we need to flap like a birdie, climb on the railings or go round the chimney, although it would be amusing to watch!

I am thinking about how we step in time with God through the Holy Spirit. Do we keep perfect time with God or are we a beat ahead or behind?

Lord Jesus
The beat of your spirit
Is a fast changing tempo
Sometimes quick
Sometimes slow
Give us ears to hear your beat
Stay in time
And not fall behind

Open our hearts
Let us dance to your rhythm
Praising and praying
As we skip along
Let your peace and love
Rule in our hearts
Keeping judgment and hating
Far away

As we go into our days
Our weeks
And the rest of the year
Let us keep dancing
Marching and walking
In step with your Spirit
Shining and sharing
Your gift of the cross
Love,peace and eternity.

Cancelled sin not canelled 2020

This week’s  Five minute Friday prompt word is Cancel. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com  As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow. #fiveminuteFriday

Walking in the muddy puddles of life
At times is most appealing
Splashing in the dirt and grime
Spreading my sin around

In the darkness
Of that cold word
Just one more drink
I'm not forgiving them
Why would I do that

But the day the rainclouds of heaven opened up
And Jesus entered in
He melted a heart so cold
And asks you child why the frown

My cross has set you free
I cancelled your every sin
Every word of hate
Act of disobedience has been washed away

So let my Holy Spirit in today
And cancel all the dark clouds
That are holding on to you
Let sunshine enter so you will shine
And never look behind.

Not my best but hey it’s Friday and 5 minutes! God cancelled every sin when we accepted Jesus as king. What more can a girl want!

Photo: Owlbeech woods last weekend.

Lockdown part 2!

As England decides to catch up with the rest of the UK. A prospect of lockdown in dark autumn to winter nights seems gloomy.

Concern for nurses and carers. Only able to see parents from a distance. Unemployment at an all time low. We need hope to breakthrough.

It’s time to start thinking outside the box. Showing love and compassion creatively. To stop thinking about problems in a worldly way, but in a supernatural way.

Leave the science to the scientists. Let’s tackle what we can. Showing love to neighbours. Buying extra food for foodbanks if we are able to. Having a clear out, will things we no longer use be a help to others?

We can still plan Christmas, just not in the same way. Write and post cards to let others people know you are thinking of them. Reflect what Christmas means to you. Open your heart to a baby boy and see what emotions arise.

We are created imaginatively, by a creative God. Let God show us ways to support each other in new imaginative ways. Let us stand firm on our rock, unshakable in Christ

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I don’t get Halloween!

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

William M Runyan – Great is thy faithfulness
This Halloween
In the middle of a pandemic
Why would you want it to be
About death, zombies and fear

Scaring one another may be your thing
But showing love and kindness
Is surely a happier thing

So this year my Halloween
Will be filled with colour
Rainbows, lights and promises
Hope for the now and the future

Family time within the rule of 6
With cake, strictly and sport is bliss
No hiding in dark shadows
Just being us on an autumnal night

Why celebrate death in such a despairing way
For to me death is eternity in heaven
Singing, dancing, praising
With Jesus forever

Disappointed with God?

This week’s  Five minute Friday prompt word is disappoint. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com  As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow. #fiveminuteFriday

Can I be disappointed
With you Holy God
If things don't go my way

Do I struggle and question
Why does it have to be this way?

In the heat of emotional stress
I can feel abandoned
Not understanding
That you know what is best

Hindsight is amazing
And if I took the time
To see as you do
Take in the bigger picture

Act the way you taught me
Be loving
Accepting and kind
And do not spurt out
What is in my mind

Yes I get disappointed
Upset and lose the plot
Grumpy and nasty
If things do not go my way

But remind me constantly
Disappointment is just an emotion
Like love and hate
linked to selfishness

You have taught me time again
That you love me
And know me best

And in my disappointment
It is always for the best
For your keeping me on the right track
As you know me best.

The photo is the view from a cousin’s garden. I am jealous! I added the bible verse and keep it as my screen saver on my phone. It reminds me God’s timing isn’t the same as mine but at the right time God will breakthrough.

Hold my hand

This week’s  Five minute Friday prompt word is hold. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com  As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow. #fiveminuteFriday

My hand you held when I was small
But I let your grasp slip away
Thinking I knew it all
Why do I need to hold a hand
I'm capable alone

Although you were always only a few steps behind
Keeping a watchful eye
You saw me taking wrong paths and choices
But you never looked away

When I chose to make you mine
I took those hands with scars where pierced
Thanking you from my heart
For never letting me go

Your hand I hold once more
Tighter than before
Please keep that grip so tight Lord Jesus
Removing all my fear
Keeping me on the straight path
Never leave my side.