God’s promises – he never leaves us

Today I really am feeling a shift. I feel God moving again. God is always my rock but for months he has felt still, motionless even though I know he is still very much alive.

#Godspromises and answer to prayer for others are really lifting my spirits. We may all still be lockdown in our homes but God doesn’t just go with us on outside journeys. God is with us in the emotional, internal and physical battles. God never leaves us.

Jesus
You never leave us
You are always by our side
In us
Carrying the Spirit of God
Taking every step of life with us
We may not be able to go outside
Be locked in our homes
But we are all still on a journey
Of heart and minds
You haven't left us
Your still making us bold
Courageous and tackling fear
Keeping us bold
And giving us new opportunities
With a new creativity
That only comes from you
Thank you that
You are our strong foundation
Never leaving our side.
Amen

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

God’s promises – He fights for us

Sometimes all we need to do is be still. The trick is to sit still and listen before we crash from exhaustion. #Godspromises

Sitting still 
An art form
In its own right
No fidgeting
Or waiting
Till you've lost the fight
Don't wait for exhaustion
To set in
Before we let stillness settle in

Be still be calm
Before it gets to much
Don't fight the fight
On your own
Before your strength
Turns to dust
Sit be still
Do nothing
Just pray

Worry is a distraction
Bringing fear, stress, anxiety and more
Lack of confidence
Plays mind tricks
Whispering lies in your ears
Don't listen to the lies
Seek joy instead
The ultimate weapon
Wacking worry on the head

So in this world
Where sitting still
Is frowned upon
Don't follow the crowd
But Jesus, the King
Where just sitting
Still is the ultimate weapon
When we say please help us

Jesus swings down
On his white horse
To win the fight for us
Letting us rest and recuperate
While he fights the battle
His word is final
No one can refuse it
The fight is over
The battle won forever

God’s promise – He wipes every tear.

Two bible verses. One written around 740 BC and One written between 81-96 AD

Looking at these #Godspromises It has taken me until 2021 to realise the similarities between Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away

Revelation 21:4

Revelation 21:4 is a promise I have clung on to fervently since I became a Christian. The promise of God wiping every tear brings me so much comfort. I long for a time of no more death.

Does not everyone want this, especially in a pandemic?

You wipe every tear

Your next to us always
We just need to let you in
Sat next to us
Holding our hands
With the box of tissues ready

Enjoying
Or even starting the joke
When tears of joy
Come flooding out
Not wiping tears but joining the fun

In the sad times
You never leave our side
Wiping each tear
Individually away
Counting each falling one

Holding us tight
Sharing the pain
Tears not flowing in vain
Each one a prayer
You tenderly hold

Your heart breaks with ours
And sings when ours does
You treasure each teardrop
Bringing peace
Saying I'm here

Your keep your promise
And never let go
We wait for the time
Where the only thing condemned to death
Is a box of tissues, redundant

Thank you 2020

Dear Jesus
If I could put my thoughts of 2020 to you in a letter or prayer. What would they look like and reflect of 2020

To say it is been a difficult year. Would probably be most people's understatement.
But as I reflect this cold New Years eve morning. I still thank you for every moment.

Lord Jesus you still break chains. Even in a pandemic
Setting people free from all that bound them tight.

I thank you for every tear you wiped.Too many this year to count.The workers on the front line you kept safe, strong and engerised. Who cared and loved each patient COVID or not.

I thank you for the key workers. Who worked to keep us safe, fed, watered and provided for every basic need.
From supermarket workers to delivery drivers keeping us very much sane.

I thank you Lord for workers not recognised.who continually worked without us knowing. Giving us a little bit of normal.I thank you that you are God of provision and that has never once stopped.

I thank you that I have learnt age is just a number.For Captain Tom and all those who raised such large amounts for others. For Marcus Rashford and his love for children so in need.

I thank you for the mindless TV that provided light relief. For the beautiful spring and summer, weather so beautiful to enjoy. For the cold crisp winter and that the real Christmas can never be cancelled.

I thank you for your church. The body not the building. For your church online, still shining. Actions of love over flowing. Your church still far to human showing your grace and living magnificently in this strangest of time.

I thank you for technology that has made 2020 happen. Keeping as many in jobs as can be.

Lord Jesus, I know there is no magic tick of the clock. When 2021 is here nothing much will change.

But I prayer our hearts will be the key. More people giving their lives to you. Building up hope, grace and mercy. Showing love to one another that can only come from heaven.

So Jesus as I thank you for all of 2020, the joy, smiles and breakthroughs that never made it to the news.

I take this opportunity to pray for 2021. I pray you will be in this year, shining brighter than ever. Breaking chains, bringing freedom, healing, repentance and love. Uniting us to you the son. The one that truly understands us and all that we need.

Amen.

The unexpected diary entry

Day 20 already of #wonderfulladvent and the prompt word is unexpected. I pray people will be gracious and forgiving with me on this post as I let my imagination run.

Dear Diary, March 1BC

Seriously I am unexpectedly calm but at the same time all over the place!

WHAT A DAY!!!

It all started so normally. Just another day in my life.

I got up and did all my normal things. Got washed, dressed, did my chores and of course was day dreaming about my guy Joe. Joe and I are getting married. I know he will understand and be just as excited as me 😊😍

I was in my room, just having some quiet time with God. Praying, reading scripture. I do this everyday.

SUDDENLY there was this bright bright light encompassing me and a strange man in my room! He even called me by name. Hello Mary he said.

My heart was racing, and I was obviously looking scared and visibly trembling as he told me not to be afraid.

There was something about his voice. A calmness which had an authority about it. He called me favoured one. He said he was a messenger of God. He even had a name Gabriel.

As I calmed I could see this was not a man, he had wings and was oozing gold and light. I remember feeling my trembling stopping, my heart beat returning to normal, almost being back in my body. It’s strange what you notice and remember in the midst of things.

Gabriel his voice smooth beautifully musical brought me a message. A message from God no less! WOAH WOW WOAH!. Me not Molly or Joanna or Grace, ME! Not sure how much they will believe me either when I tell them next girls night in.

Ok now here is where it gets really surreal! This Angel has casually rocked up in my quiet time with the bomb shell of all bomb shells.

Gabriel is telling me I AM PREGNANT with GODS CHILD no less. !!!! Being the girl I am I did politely point out this is impossible.

Gabriel not even blinking at the impossible and I’m sure he would of wanted to huff! This is God’s son, conceived of the Spirit. The long awaited messiah. God’s chosen one.

I have read the scriptures but me. We have been waiting for this moment for hundreds of years. But me. A normal everyday girl. Wow wow wow.

Gabriel must be reading my mind. Before I get to utter a word. He tells me, my cousin Elizabeth is also with child. My being cannot argue and the Spirit helps me accept and understand. God’s presents completely takes over.

I am at peace, favoured, let it be is all I can say.

The light suddenly gone along with my angel. But a presence so strong not gone. Prayer, praise and worship flow out from my soul. Time to think and reflect.

Having time to digest and reflect to Elizabeth’s I must go. Some thing tells me she will understand.

A Christmas family

Today’s word prompt for #wonderfulladvent is family. I struggled with this word but have persevered.

There were more like a family from today 
Than 2000 years ago
Joseph's not the father
Can you imagine the rumours

But Joseph a righteous man
Believed in the God of Israel
Loyal,honest,discerning
Weighing up all his options

Mary his girlfriend pregnant
And he knows for certain
That he isn't the father
What to do is the dilemma

This is where God enters in
Appearing in a dream
God's voice
Confirming this is his Son

Marry Mary, Joseph's told
I trust you to raise my child right
Mary and Joseph accept the challenge
Jesus part of the family

Mary and Joseph's family grow
Three brothers later follow
Did they want pillow fights doing normal things

Did the boys want a normal brother
Not one full of insight
Did they understand
Their older brother was the son of God

Was this family just like ours
Not always understanding each other
Did Mary and Joseph get tired
Breaking up the squabbles

But isn't that the point of Jesus
Stepping down from heaven
Becoming fully human
Experiencing all we do
Knowing what family is and the mess we make it so

Whether our family is from birth
Chosen or through Christ
We need to follow what Jesus taught us
To love one another through God's grace

This Christmas just because we can't see every one
Doesn't mean we can't be connected
Having fun celebrating the supernatural baby
Who became all to human in a way to human family

Photo – clipart

Wonderfull advent – count

The word prompt today for #wonderfulladvent is count.

Count your blessings
That's what we're told
Blessings seem distance
When your in a dark cloud
Counting redundancies
Days to pay day
Hospital appointments
Will make your days grey

The government are counting statistics
The amount of vaccine
Showing their graphs
Makes dismal reading

But counting our days of our lives away
Isn't how it's meant to be
If we have family
To spend Christmas with
Food in the house
And a nice comfy bed
We are blessed
Be contented your life's not a mess
But whatever your counting
Including calories
It all means nothing
If your empty inside

This Christmas,
Countdown to a day where hope
Was born on earth
When God stepped out of heaven
To earth so dark and lost
To experience human
And go through all that we do
God's son the father is pleased with you

Born as a baby
Adored and so loved
He humbled himself
To death on a cross
The ultimate blessing for us to count
When accepting Lord Jesus
Our sins disappeared
Our fate eternity looming
With a king of all blessings
Through grace pouring down.

I believe in impossible

Day 2 #wonderfulladvent and the prompt word is impossible

Why do we always limit ourselves to the possible? There is a universe of impossibilities surrounding us.

A world of beauty in galaxies beyond our skies, planets,stars, nebula’s and more.

Oceans deep, colourful and bright, sustaining so much life.

We limit our minds to what we think we can achieve, what can be done, what we can see and what is possible. Are we willing to believe in miracles and open our mind. Did order just naturally evolve from chaos?

I believe in a God that loves and created me so. That sent his son at Christmas to a virgin mother. His son that died for me and rose again. From death to life he paid the price. I believed in Jesus who in his life, performed miracles, turned water into wine, healed the sick and fed the 5000. I believe in the Holy Spirit that was left to live in us if we just believe.

A Holy Spirit that still lives strong wanting to perform miracles and waiting to be unleashed. I want to see the sick all healed. No need for hospitals. I want to see an end to poverty and insecurity. And end to injustice, to wars and hostilities.

This may all seem impossible but what if we all believed, saw and witnessess such impossibilities?

Photo copyright NASA.

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

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.