Freedom from what?

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I love butterflies! They are such cheery, beautiful little creatures & when I watch them flutter & dance, twirling here & there from flower to flower, free & happy! I never cease to feel inspired by them.

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Jesus said something wonderful, he said, in John 8 verse 32: ‘ You will KNOW the TRUTH & the TRUTH will set you free.’  Like the butterfly, truth would not be a burden to us but rather something that would unburden us, make us travel light on life’s journey & feel happy too, happy travellers!

But free from what? What did Jesus mean? Are we then free to do whatever we please? Insist on our rights? No. Have you ever known anyone who has done just as they pleased? if so, do they look happy to you? So, what did Jesus mean? What freedom can be gained by knowing the TRUTH?

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First of all, what IS truth? Jesus said that he was truth. So, then, truth is connected with becoming a spiritual person, & happiness is born from that. The way Jesus lived his life while on earth gave us the ultimate example of someone who walked his journey through life through the good, bad & the ugly & sought His Father’s presence, The Lord’s prayer comes to mind, doesn’t it? ‘ Our Father ‘ a dad we can call ours, someone we can chat to without fear, & someone just like a dad who sorts through our problems, bringing relief to our hearts, I can feel my butterfly wings fluttering already! ‘Let your name be sanctified’ we can be proud to call him OUR FATHER; & again, relief to know that He has a plan for our future, a promised Kingdom or Government that will be in His loving, tender control; His will of love, peace & joy to come upon the earth just like it surely is up there in Heaven, knowing too, that we can be assured that He will provide for us if we seek His presence & that if we forgive others and unburden ourselves from bitterness & a vengeful spirit, His forgiveness will wipe away those ugly smudges that rob us of confidence & good will towards others; in temptation we have a friend who will clear our heart path so we won’t mess up our lives bringing distrust & pain upon our families. All of that light, happy freedom found in Mathew 6 verses 9 to 13.

Seek God and His presence and travel light x

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Does religion lead to a relationship with God?

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It’s something I’ve been pondering a lot lately. Why? Well, like many other people, I was raised in a religion &, after leaving it, I visited many churches & I must say, I met a lot of very nice people, I formed strong bonds with them & made some really special memories with them & continue to do so, however, last year I stopped going to church. I certainly shocked myself as I never thought I’d actually ever stop attending church. I found church wanting. I never found God’s presence wanting. I said goodbye to religion but not to my relationship with God.

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What made me decide to leave church? What was the real clincher? You know, I started to think heavily on Jesus words, 3 statements he made that clearly made sense to me & stirred my heart. Jesus said: ‘ I AM the WAY, the TRUTH & the LIFE;’ ( John 14 verse 6) so, why am I searching for truth in religion instead of Jesus? Why am I searching for a way to serve God in the religions of this world when Jesus said that he is the way? Where can I get life? Not in a building but by seeking God’s presence and believing in His son’s ransom sacrifice which opened the way for us sinners to have life eternal. You see, I get lost in a church and found in Christ. I wonder what I’m nodding to & agreeing with in a church, when Jesus said that the Father is looking for such ones who will worship Him in Spirit & Truth. ( John 4 verse 24)

How do I worship God in Spirit & Truth? I believe it also means to seek God’s presence & to seek God’s truth through prayer & His word, the only living book on the planet.

I still don’t know what I think about the church system as a whole as yet, but I do remember someone saying to me that she thinks corporate worship is important & all I could think was… I don’t like corporate anything.

The command in Hebrews chapter 10 verse 24 & 25 is ‘ Not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together.’ I agree. but I believe strongly in Jesus words that ‘ Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, so too, AM I.’ If I’m eating a meal with Christian friends I’m serving God &, you know when you have FOUND God because there is JOY.

So, I’m walking this journey right now & the amazing thing is that it doesn’t feel wrong. Will I go to church again? I’ll wait & see where God leads me, IF, He leads me THERE.

I do know that Jesus invites us to accept him as our Lord & Saviour, we can pour out our heart to him & he won’t condemn us because God is GREATER than our hearts ( that might condemn us) GREATER than peoples tongues &, HE KNOWS ALL THINGS. In short. He’s got the facts! Now, isn’t that wonderful! &, even if the facts point at YOU, He can gently take your finger & kiss away all that ugliness in an instant.

 

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The beauty and healing balm of humility

Placeholder ImageGod cares for the poor, the widow and the fatherless child. Scripture clearly shows He resides with the contrite and the broken. What do we find in all of these states? Humility.

A humble heart is a teachable one. Compassion abides deeply in the soul of humility. Empathy is an ever-present friend. Forgiveness is its strength. So contrary to pride and arrogance.

Sometimes it takes being broken to understand & expose the arrogance and pride within us. Sometimes it will take forgiving someone who has hurt you so unbearably or someone who may have cruelly cast you aside. Loss of a loved one teaches us how empty life is without meaningful relationships and love in our lives. Humility is never to be scoffed at as weak but the wise will embrace it and the beauty that flows from such a welcome is that you heal.

God loves us and the refining work He sometimes puts us through is so that we will become like Him. Humble, kind and forgiving.

Jesus invites us to come to him; to accept him as our Lord and Saviour. It’s an invitation to those who want to be like him and the result will be healing, spiritual health and eternal life.

God bless you x

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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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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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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