Archive for April, 2010

On Wednesday I got a phone call from my doctor to tell me the results of some blood tests I’d had done at the end of last week. She told me that one of the tests had shown the iron levels in my iron store were very low, so I needed to go on a course of iron tablets to help my iron deficiency.

Given my blog a couple of weeks ago entitled Ironing and the subsequent comments/discussions that ensued both here, on Twitter and with hubby, I couldn’t resist telling hubby:

I’m not allowed to do the ironing anymore because I’ve got on Iron deficiency

It almost worked…it took a few minutes of him thinking about what I’d said before the penny dropped!

Sorry, but I thought it was worth a try! LOL

I was send the following in an email a few days ago, but it was just too good NOT to share with you all! Enjoy! 

  

Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day!

 In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days.  He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days.  The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.     

The case was brought before a judge.  After listening to  the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”   

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, “Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case?  The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.  The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”    

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”     

The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”     

The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’  Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.”    

You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!  

Angel On My Shoulder

Posted: April 28, 2010 in religion
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Angel on my Shoulder

There’s an angel on my shoulder,
Though I’ve never heard her sing,
I know she keeps me safe each day
And close beneath her wing.
My angel does not
Play a harp or rest
In clouds all day.
She’s much too busy
Guarding me,
Keeping me from
Harm’s way.
She rejoices in
My life’s success
And weeps when
I’m in pain.
She picks me up
When I have failed
And helps me try again.
Tonight I’ll say a prayer for her,
And thank the Lord above
For sending me an angel
To lead me with her love.

Beautiful poem.

Have you got an angel on your shoulder? Have you thanked God for sending you an angel?

Angels Wish by Steven Curtis Chapman :

Was God smiling when He spoke the word and made the world?
And did He cry about the flood?
What does God’s voice sound like when He sings, when He’s angry?
These are just a few things that the angels have on me

Well, I can’t fly at least not yet
I’ve got no halo on my head
And I can’t even start to picture heaven’s beauty
But I’ve been shown the Savior’s love
The Grace of God has raised me up
To show me things the angels long to look into
And I know things the Angels only wish they knew

I have seen the dark and desperate place where sin will take you
I’ve felt loneliness and shame
And I have watched the blinding light of grace
Come breaking through with a sweetness only tasted
By the forgiven and redeemed

And someday I’ll sit down with my angel friends
Up in heaven
And they’ll tell me about Creation
And I’ll tell them a story of Grace

Well, I can’t fly at least not yet
I’ve got no halo on my head
And I can’t even start to picture heaven’s beauty
But I’ve been shown a Savior’s love
The Grace of God has raised me up
To show me things the angels long to look into
And I know things the Angels only wish they knew

A Day of Contrasts

Posted: April 27, 2010 in life
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Today turned into a day of great contrasts, both in events and emotions…

Not long after I got to work this morning I got a text from a friend to say his wife had given birth to a gorgeous wee baby boy and both Mum and son were well. My friend was understandably delighted at becoming a dad for the first time. It’s particularly special as they’ve had to cope with two previous miscarriages.

Thank you God for this wonderful gift of life. One which I know has already brought such abundant joy and happiness to his parents, and I’m sure as he is loved, nurtured and taught about your love, will continue to bring joy to all who know him.

 So that was this morning – This afternoon couldn’t have been more different…

This afternoon I attended the funeral of one of my neighbours. She died a few days ago following a short battle with cancer.

What a day of contrasts: first the high of hearing about the birth of a new baby, then the low of attending the funeral. Fortunately I believe Christ was present at both events, firstly bringing baby into the world safe and well (and making sure his mum was ok too), and then surrounding everyone who knew my neighbour with His love and comfort, as only God can.

Thank you God for being present through all of life’s events.

Great is the Lord by The Martins:

Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

I came across this beautiful little poem about friendship which I want to share with you:

There’s a miracle called Friendship
That dwells within the heart,
And you don’t know how it happened
Or when it get its start.
But the happiness it brings you
Always gives a special lift.
And you realize that friendship
Is God’s precious gift.

Great friendships can be the source of great comfort in times of need, and great joy during your happiest times. Look after your friendship, they will grow into something very special if you nurture and care for them.

You Are Always There by the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army:

Dependance On God

Sometimes, life’s filled with disappointments,
shattered dreams which have created great pain;

There are times we have to lose it all,
But those are the times when we can gain!

When we have learned to be content
and let God have control;
Then we’ll have gained that which will bring,
peace and contentment to heart and soul!

We tend to want to hold on to that
which we have always known;
It may be that we fear the thought
of having to face the future alone!

But our God will never forsake us
He’s faithful and He’s just;
He’ll see us through the darkest night,
if in Him we will place our trust!

He is One Whom we can depend on
and He’ll never leave our side;
In Him we’ll find the strength we need
when at times we are sorely tempted and tried!

When we’ve reached a place
where we can’t seem to cope,
We want to give up, for we’ve lost all hope;
If we’ll call on His name, He will hear our plea
And will cause all the darkness of despair to flee!

by Pastor Janette Stewart

Faith is something we can always rely on. When life is tough and we’re struggling to face each new day, just ask God and He’ll give you just what you need to get you through.

What do I mean by the title of this blog? Well, when you’re feeling lonely, loneliness takes over your life: you eat, sleep, think and breathe it, and by doing that you can get yourself into a downward spiral which can very quickly spin out of your control. 

When we’re lonely we long to be accepted, cared for, loved and hugged, but our feelings of isolation, make us more withdrawn than ever before and stop us from reaching out for help. We need friends more than ever when we’re struggling – we need them for support, understanding, encouragement and just for a hug to tell you they care.

It’s difficult to talk to people when you’re feeling alone and isolated, and it’s even harder to reach out and ask someone for help. If you are struggling the best thing you can do is force yourself to reach out to your friends and ask them for help, tell them how you’re feeling, tell them you need them – You may be surprised by how many people are there to help you.

I’m writing all this and thinking I’m a bit of a hypocrite as when I’m struggling, I do exactly what I’ve said, I recoil into myself and get quieter and less willing or able to talk with anyone. I really do need to take my own advice although I know why I don’t: I reached out to a someone I thought was a close friend a few years ago for support and initially it was wonderful, they really did make a huge difference to me, but then they told me they couldn’t support me any longer and I was devastated. That devastation knocked me even down even lower and even more withdrawn and alone than I’d ever felt, so now I am terrified that may happen to me again. It took a huge amount for me to reach out to that person in the first place, that when they were no longer there for me I felt such a great void of emptiness and rejection. So to come back to why I think I sound like a hypocrite, yes I do need to take my own advice again as I’m sure my last experience was a one-off.

So if you’re feeling alone, reach out today and ask someone for help and support.

On the other hand, if you’re not feeling alone, look out for the signs of loneliness in those around you. Try to include those who seem alone, in your circle of friends. Comfort them, reassure them, support them, hug them – It may not seem like much, but believe me it can mean the world to someone who’s feeling lonely.

Friends and Friends Forever by Michael W Smith and Amy Grant

Loneliness is something most of us fear, yet most of us have felt it at some time or another. However it’s still a something of a taboo subject as we rarely talk about.

So what exactly is loneliness?

To feel lonely is to be overwhelmed by an unbearable feeling of separateness, at a very deep level. To some degree, it is a totally normal emotion, a part of growing up. At birth, we all start the process of separation, the growth towards becoming individuals. Also, from our earliest months, as awareness of our separateness dawns upon us, the parallel need to seek relationship begins.
 
It’s a balancing act, between the search for intimacy and an acceptance of isolation that continues throughout life. However smoothly our life has moved from birth to adulthood, there’s bound to be times in our lives when this process of growing up, of becoming separate selves, feels difficult; times when we feel anxious, abandoned, unloved, insecure. i.e. we feel lonely.

Many classify aloneness and solitude as the same thing, and think of them as negative things. Mention the word “lonely” to many people and they’ll imagine an isolated figure huddled in a corner, but in reality being alone is not the same as being lonely. There are in fact a lot of people who happily choose solitude as a way of life – Some people need to be alone to allow creativity to blossom.

Some Causes of Loneliness

The particular stresses of modern life tend to make people particularly vulnerable to loneliness. Changes in employment practice, health problems, a rising divorce rate, it’s easier to move house these days, and many people of various ages live alone these days, have all caused many people to suffer the pain of loneliness.

We live in a world which is full of inequalities – a world in which many people feel excluded. When people feel excluded, they feel as though they have no voice  as so feel powerless, disregarded and lonely.

Many people still treat single parents, homeless people, unemployed, homeless and those with mental health problems in a negative way, usually through ignorance. However by treating them in this way they can feel even more isolated. I can make them feel as if the circumstances they find themselves in that is ultimately at the root of their loneliness, is somehow their own fault.

I’ve said it before in my blog, but it really is so true, it really is possible to feel lonely in a crowd. It may be a surprise to hear that even those who are always surrounded by people may still feel desperately lonely and may in fact have an active social life, a busy job, a stable relationship, and a family.

Not Alone

Posted: April 22, 2010 in life, love, religion
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At times like these it’s hard to find the right words to say,
And I know that words alone won’t take the pain away.
But, I know a man who sits high, and looks low,
And He is saying, “My child, you’re not alone.”

He is saying, “I love you and I am concerned about you,
And all the pain and hurt that you are going through.”
He is saying, “Lean on me, I will be your comfort through this time.
And although it’s dark now, the sun again will shine.”

Even though it’s hard to see through tears that you now cry,
Just know that there will come a day when your tears, He will dry.
And though words alone won’t ease the pain that you now feel,
Just know that in time, your heart, He will heal.

I pray that God will give you peace, and strength in your heart
As He holds you in His arms, and from you, He won’t depart.
May you always be encouraged, may you ever hold on.
And remember, “My child, you’re not alone.”

When we feel alone and isolated:

  • who do we need? God
  • what do we need? Love

I pray all who are experiencing loneliness at this time will find God and find the love and comfort they need in Him.

I Need You by Sonicflood:

You know who I am inside
You know when I lie
You can tell when I’m amazed
You can see my faith
You know when I don’t believe
You know when I’m free
You can tell when I need love
You know I’m in need

Love, I need love
You are love
I need You
Love, You are love
I need love
I need You

You know of my deepest fear
You know when I’m scared
You can read my empty page
You can feel my rage
You’re aware of when I dream
You see when I bleed
You can tell when I need love
You know I’m in need

I know we need You, Father
Much more than any other
Your love brings us together
We need You, we need You

Love, we need love
You are love
We need You
Love, You are love
We need love
We need You I need You.

You know who I am inside…

Pray For Me

Posted: April 21, 2010 in family, friendship, life, pray
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I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve been thinking about how I feel or have felt in certain situations, or whether it’s other things that are going on in my life just now, or a combination of both, but I’ve been struggling emotionally the last few days. It’s tough trying to get through a day when feeling like that, but I’ve survived another.

It’s when we have times like these we need the support and love of our family and friends, and the assurance that God is there with us to help us through those times.

Pray For Me by Emily Dragoman

Here is where the road divides
Here is where we realize
The sculpting of the Father’s great design
Thru’ time you’ve been a friend to me
But time is now the enemy
I wish we didn’t have to say goodbye
And I know that thru’ it all
The hardest part of love is letting go
But there’s a greater love that holds us

Pray for me and I’ll pray for you
Pray that we will keep the common ground
Won’t you pray for me and I’ll pray for you
And one day love will bring us back around

Painted on our tapestry
We see the way it has to be
Weaving thru’ the laughter and the tears
But love will be the tie that binds us
To the time we leave behind us
Memories will be our souvenirs

Won’t you pray for me and I’ll pray for you
Pray that we will keep the common ground
Won’t you pray for me and I’ll pray for you
And one day love will bring us back around again