Monthly Archives: February 2013

The broken lamp!

My son had a lamp in his room that was constantly breaking. No matter how many new bulbs I bought it blew each one up in a matter of days. It was really interesting because it would flicker as well. Sometimes it would go off and then a few hours later go back on again. My son was very upset about it, because he does not like the dark and the lamp was not doing its job properly. Eventually I just bought a new one. And this one works just fine and illuminates the whole room.

Have a look at Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

We are to shine the light of Jesus in the dark and lost world we live in. We have been given he message of Salvation to the world and we therefore have been given a task. People are dying every day and they are heading to an eternity of separation from God. The way we live needs to impact those people around us.

We are like broken lamps when we take our eyes off the goal. Our light flickers when we let God’s truths be pushed away from our hearts. We let the light go out when we question and doubt the power God has over us and the whole universe He has created. When we do that, those around us remain in the dark.

As with the broken lamp, sometimes just changing the bulb won’t fix the problem. If our hearts are not right all the bulbs will blow up! It could just be that we are enjoying this world too much. If that is the case, we need a new lamp. We need a renewed commitment to live for God and Him alone so the light shines all the time.

May we be working lamps for His glory!

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All I have is Christ!

I came across an animation and a song that has really touched me. It has made me think about the way I live and how I will stand on the day, and this day will come, I will be faced with that choice: will you deny Christ and live or will you follow Him and die?! I may not have a gun pointed at me, but the way our culture and society is going, we will certainly face more persecution for being Christians.

I pray that I will stand firm whatever the cost! I pray that I will always choose to say that “All I have is Christ”  and “Alleluia! Jesus is my life!”

God bless.

3 points!

We visited Scotland for the autumn half-term in 2011. It was very beautiful there and I would love to return one day. We visited a castle and went up a mountain. We stayed in a fantastic resort and built many fond memories while we were there for the week. One thing I regret about that trip: 3 point on my driving license! Unfortunately, I was caught speeding. I was not aware of the change in the speed limit in a stretch of road and the camera saw me. I was ashamed, still am, and thought it so unfair because I did not know, or did not notice the sign, which I am sure, was placed somewhere to let motorists know the speed changed. Still my ignorance cost me 3 points on my license!

I was embarrassed but also I felt I was not being given any chance to explain myself, after all, I did not know the speed limit had changed in that part of the road. I did not see the sign! How dare they send me a letter and fine me, AND give me 3 points on my license!

I am afraid, when it comes to the law, ignorance is not a good defence. I did not know, or did not notice the change, but it was my job to do so. I should have been more careful. So, I had to swallow my pride, pay the fine and get the points, which will disappear from my license in due course.

This made me think about our Christian lives. If we don’t know the “laws” given by our God about how we should live our lives, we, will suffer the consequences of our mistakes. The Bible tells us in Matthew 22:29

“Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”

If we don’t know the Scriptures and what it teaches, and if we do not practice it, we will certainly have problems in our lives. Problems in our marriages, problems with bring up our children, problems with our boss, problems with our relationships, problems with our finances. We would have problems in all areas of our lives. The Bible teaches us about all areas of our lives. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we read:

” All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”  (New Living Translation)

That is why it is important that we try to be at church on Sundays, so we can  hear the Bible explained and we can learn what God teaches us about life. It is also important we try to attend our house group meetings, or youth group, or the weekend away the church has organized. As a matter of fact, any other activity where we have the opportunity to learn from the Bible. You see, when we choose to do other things instead of getting to know the Bible better we can’t use the excuse we didn’t know when something goes wrong in our lives. Ignorance is also a sin.

With my driving license points episode, I will be cleared of the consequences of my mistake soon, but when something goes terribly wrong in our lives because we did not know the Scriptures, the consequences will live with us for the rest of our lives. May God grant us the desire to learn more about His ways and His decrees so we can put it into practice in our lives.

“Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Psalm 119:33-34”

Cakes, coffee and the Bible!

I am not sure about you, but I am not very good at baking things! That is very frustrating to me because my grandma is a professional cake maker and I grew up watching her bake and decorate amazing birthday and wedding cakes. In fact, she made my wedding cake and the wedding cake of all her grandchildren that are married! Only two to go! But I guess watching her and marvelling on her skills did not make me a cake maker. Long ago I decided to accept the fact I can’t be my grandma and instead of baking cakes I started baking fairy cakes!

I found a fantastic, really simple recipe that works every time. 2 eggs, 100g of caster sugar, 100g of self-raising flour, 100g margarine and 1 teaspoon of baking powder! Even I can make it. I started baking them for the kids to take to school as a treat after they eat their lunches and it takes about 12-14 minutes to bake in the oven. It is so easy and so good that a baked fairy cakes for my son’s 7th birthday and it was a success!

Yesterday when I was getting the ingredients ready to make a batch of fairy cakes, I remembered a conversation I had with a friend about finding time to read my Bible and pray. We are so busy all the time with all the housework, the school runs and all the errands we have to do every day and that special time we should spend getting to know God better always gets pushed to the end of the day and then we are so tired that we can only promise ourselves that we will try harder tomorrow. Here I was about to start my fairy cakes and I knew I would have to wait at least 12 minutes for them to be ready!

Voila! God had just given me 12 minutes to wait for something. So, I decided to get my Bible as well as all the other ingredients. And when I put the cakes in the oven to bake. I immediately sat down to read. What a great opportunity that was! I was reading God’s word and having time to pray in my kitchen and when I finished, the fairy cakes were ready and the smell was delicious! I felt encouraged by God’s word and hungry because the cakes smelt so nice! So, I decided that it was ok to have a coffee and a cake!

Knitting a scarf!

It has been a very cold winter and we have just returned from a lovely week of holiday! Lots of gloves, scarves and hats everywhere in our house at the moment! This made me think of how fortunate I was to have learnt to knit when I was a child. My grandma taught me. We used to visit her on a Sunday and after lunch she would get her needles out and very patiently she would show us what to do. Those were fun days. Unfortunately, she can’t knit anymore because of arthritis but she still helps me when I get stuck reading a pattern!

Recently I decided to make a ruffled scarf. My husband was away on a business trip and I sat down every evening to work on it. It occurred to me that knitting a scarf is very much like living our Christian lives. First you cast on the stitches. That is your foundation. Then you work on each row, making sure to keep the right side of the wool facing the right way (for the ruffled scarf). You carry on until you reach the length you desired and finally you cast the stitches off. During the process, if you are not being careful, you might lose a stitch or add one. When that happens you need to undo the stitches or rows above it in order to correct it. So, focus is important. As you practice you improve your rhythm and soon you are knitting very quickly! I really enjoyed the process and the scarf turned out so pretty that I went out and bought some more wool and knitted another one!

When we are living our Christian lives we cast on the stitches as well, i.e., we give all of our heart to Jesus and put our trust completely in Him. That is our foundation. Then we work each row – we let God take control of each area of our lives and we seek to do what He teaches us in the Bible. We make sure we are looking at the cross of Jesus to keep the right way. We carry on until we reach the end of the race and finally we present our lives before the throne of the King. During the process if we are not careful, we might lose our way or add something to the foundation of our faith. When that happens we need to go back, repent, confess it to Jesus and depend on Him above all things. So, focus on Him is important. As we live our lives seeking to please our King we become more aware of His love for us and we desire to keep loving Him back!

Happy knitting!

Back again!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic half-term and really blessed normal week for those of you that were having a normal one!

We had a fabulous time in the cold but very beautiful Yorkshire! We took the kids on bus rides, steam train journeys and walks in the cold wind. The hot tub was a favourite with the whole family!

It was nice to be able to take the days as they came and not have to rush around trying to get things sorted or be in different places at certain times.

We are all feeling relaxed and ready for the second part of the term which will be very short! So, already looking forward to Easter holidays!

This is just a very quick post to let everyone know I am back and will be posting this week.

Many blessings to you all.

A break from the routine

I love when God blesses us with opportunities to go away for a few days. Half-term has arrived and we are on our way to great adventures and lovely memory building opportunities.

Suitcases are packed. DVDs sorted. Books to read. Bibles to be closer to God. Wellies cleaned and dry. Food sorted and packed. Kids really excited and parents hoping for some relaxing time! I am always amazed at the amount of stuff we take on holiday! Maybe one day we will take only one suitcase!

I always have a little panic attack just before we leave thinking I have forgotten something important! My husband very kindly and lovingly always reminds me to calm down and that we can always buy whatever it is that we have forgotten!

I am not sure I will have internet connection this week, but if I do, I will not be posting every day, so, I hope everyone enjoys the break and have fun with your kids. If you will be having a normal week, then, make the most of it too!

God bless!