Jesus lights the WAY, come! Follow the light!

How? How does Jesus light the way? I believe it’s his love that lights up a path when darkness falls & despair threatens to overwhelm, as we search for the presence of God, we find Him walking beside us, sometimes carrying us, just as a shepherd carries a little lost lamb, he’s got him right near his bosom & the warmth & safety we feel when we realize that God has us, too, for “Underneath are the everlasting arms.”

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Remember what Jesus said to the criminal hanging beside him? Well, he didn’t ask him what religion he was or recommend a course of studying the Torah & perhaps, maybe after doing that, possibly this criminal would have a chance to enter paradise, no, on the contrary, He gave him the tender assurance that “- you will be with me in paradise.” The criminal had passed on from being a criminal in Jesus eyes, not in mans! but in Jesus eyes. Jesus heard the repentance in his heart &  the belief in him, in his voice & that was ENOUGH!

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Today, if you are feeling alone, forgotten or judged, remember; God loves you & His arms are open, chat with Him, pour out your heart, He’s listening! Remember too, that God knows you are dust, you make mistakes, you do wrong but you’re sorry & Jesus light is there, shining! to show you that there is a path, you can walk along side him, his light will never go out.

If we could speak to Jesus right now about that experience with the criminal that hung beside him, maybe he would answer by asking: “What criminal?”

Love is the light, see people thru its lens x

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What Religion does & What Jesus Did!

She was caught in an act of adultery. Dragged out of bed & shamed in public. Juicy gossip for the eager self-righteous! Can’t you just see their spiteful faces filled with glee?!!! Let’s stone her! but first, let’s bring her to Jesus so she can really feel like a low life, so she can get the ultimate condemnation & that’s sure to finish her off!

Ugly, isn’t it? What did Jesus do? I imagine his heart went out to the way this woman was being treated & the Master knew every sin that those desperate to stone her had done & were doing!

Jesus knelt down and simply wrote in the sand, what? I don’t know. Maybe he wrote, thief; wife beater, liar, etc; whatever it was, they skulked away pretty quickly! We know for sure that not one of them was FIT enough to throw the first stone, they were naughty boys & girls, too!

Notice that Jesus never told her that she should recite a prayer over & over or feel bad forever or instead of forgiveness she should be put on probation for a couple of years!

Jesus said “Neither do I condemn you.” Can’t you just see those tears falling from her face? The anguish of heart giving way to relief! You see, she had no doubt condemned herself way before any of those ugly hearted ‘do- gooders’ got hold of her.

Jesus never told her to go become a Jew or follow a religion of the day, instead, he gave her some wise advice for her future happiness, “Go! & sin no more. How could she not follow him after that loving, tender experience?

Jesus came to save & not condemn. It doesn’t mean you can live as you please because Jesus gave her sound advice, don’t sleep with that married man, you’re hurting other people & you’re hurting yourself first. I’ve freed you to live a life of loving God your neighbour & you can’t be loving your neighbour if you are sleeping with someone else’s husband. Think of his kids & go, live a better life, one that will benefit you.

It’s a beautiful account & you can read it for yourself in John 7:53–8:11, what encouraging points did you get out of it?

What must I do to be saved? Follow Jesus; believe in him & accept him as your Lord & Saviour, ask forgiveness for your sins & be at ease, he will give you the same loving consideration that he gave this woman.

 

 

God or as Jesus said: “Our Father”

I was totally confused about God. He seemed so remote & unapproachable. I would never be good enough so why bother! I don’t think like that anymore. I’m loved! Big time by God. Gaining this intimacy with Him has not so much been a journey but a realization, I know now that He has been with me all through my life, even at utterly Godless moments, He has been there all along & I feel religion hasn’t had anything to do with US, we’ve always been US, it’s just that I couldn’t see or feel His warmth because I believe the church system has always been telling me their version of God &, I wondered… if in these great cathedrals or churches in Europe, I merely go in and sit down and listen to a man tell me about someone I should know, know personally for myself; someone who deals with me as an individual, knowing me warts & all, then what am I doing listening to this man speak words that are so distant from the gentle, loving sound of Father’s love!

It became unbearable! In these days of such unrest, worldly unrest, the church is devoid of comfort &, a living God, like Father is, could never be in such dead places!

And so, I am happy. I believe I am beginning to know Father, an intimacy is growing, a bond has always been there but I couldn’t feel it when listening and nodding to other people, people who can’t have my relationship with God because it’s our intimacy and everyone must cultivate their own with Him. He knows us, it’s we who need to know Him & chatting to Him is a good way to begin.photo-1496245117357-df5fbb8d61b7

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you walk with God, you are never alone

God has been doing a ‘BIG sort’ in my life, He’s freeing me up & liberating me from long held beliefs that were like an old, rusty car in the backyard, going nowhere…

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It seems that this is the year for careful radical change. I want to worship God with Spirit & Truth. I can’t just nod while sitting in the pew. I need to know if what I am nodding to is TRUTH. Thus, the search began…

To my own great surprise! I left the church system. In doing so, I’ve never felt closer to God. I ‘gather’ at home, Jesus is there because he said he would be, remember? “Where two or three are gathered in my name so too, AM I.” We’re sharing with others instead of giving to a building &, there’s joy! When we eat with others, too, we are worshipping God. The car is starting to move x

It’s a new journey! I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

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NOW is Tomorrow’s Memory Make it Memorable!

Each new day gives us a golden opportunity, a gift, something so precious & priceless…TIME. We get to remember what we do with that time & that’s the bonus! so make each day remarkable in some simple way, it could be in the way you commit to love & devote yourself to your family, your friends or to your dreams. When you open your eyes at the birth of each new day, the adventure, the chance to ‘discover’ is before you, another 24 hours of life beckons you to go forth & ‘ suck the marrow out of it!’

Do we discover this later in life? Unless some tragedy stabs you in the heart, I think we do, yes, sadly, we do. Why not when we are full of youth & dreams? because when we  are young, our feelings are young, ‘young feelings’  like a new born foal,  so busy learning new things, it’s a time of raw experience, crawling, walking, stumbling & getting up!  maturity is gained and that takes time.

 

The same question whispers at the dawn of each new day; what memory will you gift yourself  & those you love with on this fresh new day?

 

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Una noche más – Yasmin Levy & Yiannis Kotsiras  LOOK THIS SONG UP AND LISTEN TO THE LYRICS

This.

Cheers x

 

 

 

Life is the Greatest Journey YOU will ever be ON, sprinkle a little of the ‘uncommon’ onto it

There are many people living unexciting, monotonous lives. What’s wrong with that? Why should that be a concern? Well, it’s a bit like going to sleep every night & choosing never to dream, ever! just sleep without ever experiencing the surprise, pleasure drama and revelation that dreams convey.

For many, it’s uncommon to choose adventure over a false stability, a need of assurance that everything will be as it always has been & the need for it to continue on just so… Life is a journey and a journey involves movement.

Many people fear change. They feel safer if they don’t take any risks. The thought of going on an adventure terrifies. Choosing something radically different, something they have never known or ever done before is never on their agenda, they want to stay in the ‘known.’ They eventually become immune to asphyxiation symptoms: drowsiness, boredom, fear of something unknown inviting them to experience its energy.

&, a lot of people are reasonably content to live like this.

Are you?

 

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The saying goes, ‘life is short.’ But when we think of the many, many experiences we can have, enjoy & grow from, well, it’s unfathomable really, isn’t it? to just choose a life that is the same, day in and day out.  It’s a phenomenal way to think that by doing something different, hopefully something we normally wouldn’t choose to do or go, that this one thing could open up a whole new world & challenge us in the best possible way = to grow!

I encourage change. It’s ok to be afraid of it. Start of slowly, take one thing or do one thing or go somewhere different & all that stale caution will gradually wear off, as you’ll acquire an appetite for change &, in change there is adventure, sometimes risk but, oh, look at what you gain! Insight, maturity, new friendships, challenges &, a ‘word’ that has a deeper meaning than happiness… fulfilment. In short. SATISFACTION.

I like to think we were all given a crayon box to colour our lives in with &, by using all the crayons in the box, what an interesting life you’ll have! If we do interesting things (many of those things are simple, simple things! inexpensive even!) we become interested in life. To go through the motions of life day in and day out and to choose to live this way because it’s safe or comfortable means that something in us that could have been, or could have ‘come alive’ never gets a chance to emerge & enrich our world.

For instance,  there are many ways to travel without leaving home. I’m going to write more on  that tomorrow.

It’s exciting to be alive! &, you know, just as we season our food, to add just a little flavour, so too, there are many ways we can  season our life experience by adding something a little ‘uncommon’ to it. I’m doing uncommon things, (uncommon for me) in my life & loving it! more on that tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend & make it remarkable!  by doing something interesting .

 

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Get those crayons out & start colouring your life in!

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Allow Your Future To Unfold…

We only ever have NOW! Today, today & TODAY. Tomorrow is always future. It means we never wake up & say “It’s tomorrow!” because our ‘now time’ is always a today thing! &, as we get older, we begin to understand how precious it is to value our ‘now time.’

I  just got back from having a cup of tea down by the river, it’s a beautiful, balmy sunshiny day.  Sitting by a still quiet river, too, gives me good reason to reflect deeply about life, the people who are precious to me & how nice it is that I got to live! & be alive, NOW!

I thoroughly enjoy the sweet & simple things of life & the abundance of curiously interesting experiences  that have come my way. I swing my arms wide open & invite TODAY in to saturate my soul.

 

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I do however, remember when ‘tomorrow’ & what it might hold, became quite a serious distraction, anxious thoughts invaded my mind, it was  a real ‘nail biter’ of a time!  The result? instead of smiles I wore frowns.

You see, worrying about tomorrow does that to you, it burns daylight on your ‘NOW’ time & before you know it, your tummy gets all tied up in knots about ‘what might be ahead’ & the joy of living has left, without leaving a note.

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I know. Anxiety just doesn’t up & leave. After all, it’s been a welcomed guest! So, how do you shoo it away? Well, why not grab a coffee & find a nice quiet spot in nature &  think  about  future anxiety, what it ‘doesn’t do FOR you’ but ‘does TO you.’

It doesn’t make you smile. It doesn’t welcome the spirit of ‘hope’ in like an old friend. It makes you want to stay in bed. Life is for living, not fretting underneath the covers.

It swallows your life up in fear. It steals your sleep & invades your TODAY time; your ‘NOW TIME.’ It’s a comfortless enemy of the mind & wreaks havoc on the body. Isn’t it true, that most things you & I have worried about have not even happened! the catastrophe was averted or things were certainly not as bad as you had imagined they would be &, yes, somehow there was always a solution. Something or someone turned up to save the day!

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Like an untrained puppy our thoughts can run out of control, resting on frightfully scary scenarios! So, just like an untrained puppy we need to train our thoughts not to dwell in the land of FRET & FEAR about the future ( a healthy concern is OK, I mean having an inordinate fear of what lies ahead! ) but replace anxious thoughts about the future by staying & living in the HERE & NOW. The future will UNFOLD. Let it. Cross the bridge when you really need to cross it. Spend time in nature, think about what it is you’d like to enjoy doing & go do it, TODAY! Enjoy living your life TODAY, your moments, NOW!

Read that book, go for that walk, take that journey, start that course or learn to play that guitar, NOW. It doesn’t have to be amazing, it can be as simple as having a cup of tea down by the river. Live your TODAY & it will reward you with a life well lived.  Let the future unfold…

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If you do that, you will likely end up being, one happy puppy!