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3rd January 2020 Hebrews 4:13-15

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Hebrews 4 13-15



Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.


For we do not have a priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.


When I discipline my daughter, she puts her hands over her ears and tells me to stop talking. She hides her face away and doesn’t want to be part of the discussion. She just wants me to go away and behave like nothing has happened.


She is feeling upset, shame, and is uncertain of the consequences she will face, making her uncomfortable and wanting the whole situation to be over with as fast as possible…………


Does this bare any resemblance during times like this in our own personnel life? Are there situations in our life that we are hiding from? Are we afraid of the consequences if we face the truth of our circumstances?


Going back to my daughter, she wants the situation to be over with as soon as possible, and as a parent, so do I! I also want my little girl to know that even through these times I still love her so so much, and I know that I must continue with the consequences so that she is ready to make the right choice next time, or not! Let’s face it, how many times do we make the choice that fits our own desires instead of listening to our Father God, and he’s the one who created us!


At least through the discipline, the consequences and moments of hurt, we are directing our children in the way they should go, (Proverbs 22:6) through disciplining our children in love, the love that comes from God.


Let’s come to our Father in prayer as his little children, examine our hearts, and ask the Lord to reveal to us what we might have buried deep within. God’s compassion love and forgiveness will break us free from our hidden ways and bring it to light. We do not need to hide away like our children do for fear of the consequences. God will always direct us in his ways and his ways are always good. Let the Lord wrap his loving arms around you today, lift your head up to the Lord and let him see your face. He knows our hearts.


Hebrews 4:13-15


God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defence, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it – no matter what.


Now that we know what we have – Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God – let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all – all but the sin.


1st January 2020 Mark 12:30


Mark 12:30

‘Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’


I sat on the sofa early one morning having some time to myself to prepare my heart and mind for the day ahead, the children were still tucked up in their beds, which I was thankful for! I love taking these opportunities to meet with Jesus. I take so much pleasure in looking out of our living room window from the second floor of our town house. When I look out over the roof tops of the town and beyond, to the sea and the mountains, taking my view across to Harlech I am in awe and wonder of the beauty that surrounds us.

Autumn is my favourite season, I particularly enjoy seeing the changes in the colour of the leaves and the gentle winds blowing against the branches of the trees, and if the rain comes down, I love to appreciate being in a warm house whilst listening to the sound of the drops of rain on the windows. This time of year is the time of the starlings and their beautifully created murmurations, performing with an almost meditating display of dance.

These moments are special, and to share them with the children is a wonderful blessing. I can not deny that having these moments to myself as a mum of two very lively, young children, is also a true blessing and a necessity for my walk with the Lord.

Suddenly, in a moment, I am brought back into the living room. My little girl woke up and daddy was the first thing on her heart and mind, racing straight past the door of living room, she ran up to the top floor of our town house, determind to reach her daddy. She wanted to see him, be close to him and cuddle him. Once she had seen him she was at peace, settled in her heart. What a picture of our relationship with our Father God.

She settled in the living room on the sofa opposite me next to her brother.  I was drawn into a conversation she was having with him. She was playing a game where she had to make cupcakes, colouring them in, adding the sprinkles and candles for a birthday celebration, her big brother watching her create this perfect cupcake for her daddy. She spoke about how this cupcake had to be decorated with all the things her daddy loved. This game wasn’t just about the cupcake, it was about the love she had for her daddy and the desire to please him was shining out through her in an innocent child like way.

‘What would daddy like?’ she would say,

‘Daddy would like this, daddy would like that,’

Her big brother was encouraged by his little sisters desire to love her daddy in this way, and the love spread.

‘Daddy would like blue, he loves blue, he said.

I could see so clearly how well the children knew their daddy, and how much it meant to them to bless him with their cupcake creation. The children wanted to please him so much.

How can we please our Father today? Let’s wake up each morning and ask the question. Ask your Heavenly Father, what would he like you to do today, what would be pleasing to him? How can you show him your love for him today with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. What action will you take to diligently seek him (Heb 11:6 KJV) and devote your time to him in the best way you can amongst the serving you are doing through lovingly taking care of the precious gift he has blessed your with, your family.

How can we learn to know more of our Heavenly Father today?

Mark 12:30

‘The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy’


Psalm 143:8

‘If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, i’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you. Point out the road I must travel; i’m all ears, all eyes before you.


I wish I was a Smart Phone


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It’s a boy!’ said a very proud father whilst he was on the phone to his mother.
I’ll take a picture and send it to you via Whatsapp. Don’t put it on Facebook yet, i’ll let you know when you can share it!’


‘Hi mum, i’ve shared a picture of him on Facebook so feel free to share on your Facebook and I don’t mind if you put it on Twitter. We haven’t named him yet but i’ll let you know, can’t wait to tell everyone his name on Facebook. I bet he’ll get more ‘LIKES’ and ‘LOVES’ than any of my other posts!’

There it is, from the moment a child is born, many of us want to share with the world how beautiful they are, we are proud parents, we can’t wait to tell everyone. Our smart phone storage capacity is very quickly filled with precious moments of the children we adore and would lay our lives down for. Snap shots and selfies of so many occasions so that we don’t miss those moments that go by so quickly. They hit the first year and suddenly we’ve accumulated so many of these photos, many of them repeats of the same picture – just to be sure that we get that perfect shot.

‘I’m going to print these pictures soon and frame them, put them in an album…………’

Year 2 and more photo’s accumulating,

‘I’ll make sure they are backed up for when I print them………’

So many beautiful precious moments not to be missed, but how many of us, without realising, are missing the precious moments with our children because of our smart phones???

Take a 4 year old boy, it’s the beginning of the summer holidays, so much excitement in his eyes, so much joy in the knowledge that he will be spending extra time with his family. Maybe an outing together, or a holiday or enjoying his family home playing games and surrounded by those he loves most.

‘Mummy’, he says

‘Just one minute sweetie, let me just finish……..’ Mummy replies.

‘Wow’ the little boy thinks, ‘Look at that shiny phone and all the buttons, I wish I could play with it as much as my mummy does’.

The little boy is thrilled, he is going to a farm to see and learn about all the animals, and may even get to hold a rabbit. He can’t contain his excitement.

‘Johnny’, says the mummy,

‘Come here and stroke the rabbit’ mummy says whilst she holds her phone in one hand and the push chair in another.

‘Sit there next to the young boy that looks after the rabbit’s, that a good boy’ mummy says.

He sits, and mummy watches her little boy through her smart phone for a split second and takes a picture, making sure she ‘captures that moment’.

‘Good boy Johnny, come along’, and before Johnny knows it they move onto the next opportunity for a photo snap.

‘Oh’, Johnny thinks to himself, I thought that young man would tell me all about the rabbit, I thought my mummy would ask me the rabbit’s name, I wanted to tell my mummy what the fur felt like, I wonder what rabbits like to eat………’

A little girl goes to the park with daddy, she can’t wait to show him how high she can go on the swing.

‘Weeeeeeeeeeeee, look at me daddy’ the little girl loves it when daddy pushes her and helps her get REALLY high.

‘Daddy’s quiet’, the little girl thinks, she turns her head,

Daddy is definitely there in person, he is pushing with one hand and with the other holding his smart phone, scrolling through all the important stuff.

Another little girl is in the park, she is happy to play on her own but knows that her mummy and daddy are watching so makes an extra effort to impress them as she plays.

Mummy and daddy like taking their little girl to the park, she can run free and burn off all that energy she has built up that morning.

Mummy and daddy stand in the park whilst their little girl makes extra effort to impress them and take the opportunity to check their emails, whilst they are on their phones they ‘check in’ to let everyone know how much fun they are having with their little girl.

‘It’s time to go on holiday today, wahooooooooooo!!!!’ said the young boy.

‘I’ve packed my toy bag and books for the journey, can we get sweets on the way Mummy, pleeeeaaaasssee!!’ He said.

‘Yes love.’ Mum says.

In the car Dad is concentrating on the road, mummy is sat in the passenger seat quietly with her head down. Music is playing.

‘It’s a long way to the caravan’, the little boy thinks.

‘I’m starting to get bored’, he continues in his thoughts. As he thinks, he remembers when he was very little when mum and dad used to play I Spy with him, and sing songs to pass the time, or EVEN have a little chat.

‘Some of my friends have ipads to watch a film when they go on holiday’, he thinks.

‘Maybe because i’m a bigger boy we don’t sing songs together in the car anymore, i’d still like to play I Spy with my mum and dad, that was fun, but I won’t say anything in case they think i’m a baby. Maybe because i’m a bigger boy i’m supposed to sit quietly and keep my thoughts to myself. Yes, that’s probably what makes me all grown up. Anyway, my mum is very busy on her phone, I probably shouldn’t bother her, it must be really important. I can’t wait till i’m old enough to have a smart phone so I can sit in my room and play with it. My mum doesn’t read books in the car like she used to.’

If I were a child now, I would wish that I was a smart phone, they get so much attention, and seem so important and special.

I can personally relate to some of the examples above, I am not proud of it, and would even go as far as saying that there are addictive tendencies in my nature when it comes to the smart phone. So, after my experience today, my eyes being opened to the potential ways in which the smart phone could be impacting my children, i’m putting it away, i’m not going to allow those ‘quick checks’ on facebook, emails, twitter and all the rest, to subtly have a detrimental effect on my children.

These examples are just my perception of what I could see from the outside looking in on different situations, of course, we may be waiting for a call, needing to check an important email, wanting to make sure someone we are meeting knows where we are and i’m sure there are many other reasons why we might have to take that quick look at our phone, but I also believe that we need to be wise and remember that our children are watching our every move. We set the examples.

‘Our children are watching us live, and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say.’ Wilfred A. Peterson

‘Children are natural mimics – they act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach the good manners. Anonymous.

Glorify Him!

Glorify Him!


Glory to our King,

Glorify Him,

Glory to our Saviour,

Glorify Him,

Are we not disciples of the King?

Do we act to glorify Him?

Praise His name!

Sing with joy!

Glorify Him!

Let’s not hesitate,

Let’s not hide!

Let’s be uncomfortable and get rid of our pride,

Glorify Him!

Be humble,

It’s not for us,

God says ‘I AM WHO I AM’

We do not question,

He asks the questions,

It is the Lord, by his blood, that we become pure,

Glorify HIM,

He is the truth,

We fall on the rock,

Who, with his right hand lifts us up.

His compassion in our weakness,

The forgiveness from the throne,

Know HIM through his word,

Glorify HIM in all that we do,

Take away the ‘I’,

Replace with the King,

Glorify HIM!




God given Grace


Before I started to write this article I had been thinking about Grace, and started to ask myself, how would I define Grace? I was also reflecting on how Grace would reveal itself at home with my husband and children, and how I would recognise those times. I prayed and asked God to guide me through my writing – then interrupted in prayer my son called me. He seemed to be quite unsettled and said that he ‘really needed to speak to me right now.’


I went upstairs to find that he was holding a big chunky black crayon, the crayon would normally have paper around it, but as my son began to explain the urgency to why he really ‘needed’ to speak to me – I could see that the black crayon had covered the palms of his hands…..


all was beginning to be revealed.


‘Mum, I’ve taken the paper off the crayon and…….’


Then three little words followed,


‘I’m sorry but……’


He’s only 4 years old, and I was so proud that he came to me to explain, I could sort of predict what was coming next. He’d either got the black crayon on his bedroom floor or the wall. It wouldn’t be the first time! I could see those big round blue eyes looking at me, then glancing back to his bedroom, then looking at me again. You could see that he didn’t quite know how I would respond, he trusted that I would be kind but also knew that there was a possibility that I might get a bit upset with him – but he made the choice all by himself to tell me the truth and be honest and open with me about what had happened.


He went on to explain that he had drawn on the door with the black crayon. Holding a t-shirt he had found on his bedroom floor he proceeded to tell me that he had tried his best to rub it off but couldn’t!


I looked at the crayon – then looked at his little face and him holding the t-shirt that he had used to desperately try and remove the crayon. I took his arms, knelt down to his level, looked at him straight in the eyes and said thank you for being such an honest little boy and telling mummy the truth and saying sorry.


I then said he could do that jigsaw that he’d been wanting to do.


It was at this point that I realised – that was Grace! God had answered my prayers by showing me exactly how Grace is applied in the home.


Oh the joy in my son’s face!


God gives us Grace in the same way.  He doesn’t want us to hide away our sins, run from our wrong. He knows them all anyway! God wants us to come to him as our father, we as his children, tell him what we are struggling with, what we might have done wrong, ask for his help, his guidance and most of all his forgiveness. By doing so, he gives us Grace! He will bless us! ISN’T THAT INCREDIBLE!!!! I know from my own repentance and confession that once you trust in the Lord, just as my son trusted me, you will come out the other side joyful and praising God from his Grace and merciful ways.

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Stepping Stones of Passion




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Last night my husband came home from work and pretty much without even giving him a chance to get his coat off I began to unleash my thoughts on Exodus and what i’ve been learning about God though this reading.


The problem is – well not a problem really (I don’t think), I get a bit over enthusiastic about what I want to say – and my passion gets crazy, before I know it I realise that i’m throwing my arms around expressively, and the more excited I get the more I’m dancing around the room thinking that this will somehow make a difference to how what is coming out of my mouth is received! Not many people see this side to me – probably a much more toned down version of my passion – although, i’m beginning to think that maybe they should!


Passion! I love seeing passion coming through people, it could be anything, something they love and can’t contain within. They are compelled to share it, have to shout about it, tell everyone!!


The stronger my relationship is becoming with the Lord and the more I grow in my faith, the stronger my passion is getting – but not only that, the stronger my family is becoming.


Sharing your passion is a very simple way to encourage – and the best thing is – you could pretty much share it anywhere. Ok, so there maybe some exceptions.


My husband may have wanted a cup of tea before I blurted out all the thoughts that had built up throughout the day, but he would tell you that my passion and enthusiasm was encouraging, far from boring and helped by building him up. Not only that but he too was able to give me even more insight into what I had been reading. We can:

Encourage one another and build each other up.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

My path with the Lord reminds me of this…..

It’s like, I’m being led across a river over little stepping stones, each one I jump onto is another little bit of knowledge about God. Then after sometime, I suddenly reach a big gap between the stepping stone I’m on and the one I need to reach.  At this point I know that I am being told that I have to take an extra big leap to get to the next level. What I know from my relationship with God, is that it is at this point that something is going to change to give me the ability to take that extra big jump.


What must be remembered is that, the only way I can get across those little stepping stones to reach the stone with the extra big jump is by having a relationship with God and being able to hear him. I can’t know his will, I can’t hear answers to prayer, I can’t jump across the big gap to the next stepping stone unless I’m seeking to have a relationship with the Lord. So what can I do to seek him, to know him, to build a relationship with him and bring him into the family home?


It’s quite simple really – read the bible and discover who God is and pray. Open the book that will tell you all you need to know to live in the truth. Ask God to reveal himself to you – to make the bible come alive!


What I’ve come to realise over the last couple of months is that i’ve been doing it all wrong, the bible should be read to learn about who God is and to know God. That way, aside from prayer – a relationship can be built. Flicking though the bible and hoping to come across scripture that tells me what to do isn’t exactly the best approach to learning who God is.


Digging deeper into the bible – that’s when the pieces start to come together, thats when things got REALLY exciting and life began to change for me. By beginning to truly know God, in a deeper way, I can begin to let my relationship shine through, and shine into my family home.



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Be patient,

Someday they won’t want you to tuck them in,

Someday they won’t jump up and down when you tell them they can have an icecream,

Someday they won’t hide behind your leg when they meet an unfamiliar face,

Someday they will leave the house and slam the door without a kiss,

Someday they may not even want a cuddle!

Someday they will tell you they don’t need your help,

Someday the dancing you do in your living room with them now, will make them run in their bedrooms,

Someday being on their own in their bedroom will be their favourite place – instead of following you around room to room,

Someday that song you sing at bed time or the CD you sing together in the car will be a memory you hold in your heart,

Be patient, because…….

Someday the tantrums on the floor will stop,

The food that’s thrown on the floor will not continue,

They will sleep all night and right through the day!

If you train them well……..

The tea will be brought to you!

They will flourish, they will grow,

They will open our eyes to a whole new world!

Be patient now,

They will soon grow.

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