Archive for February, 2013

check listAt 7.13am last Thursday morning, about 15 minutes before my alarm was due to go off, our phone rang – Phone calls at that time in the morning are never good news, and sure enough this particular phone call was to let me know that just a couple of minutes earlier, my Dad had passed away.

So it’s now one week one since that phone call we all dread, and to be honest, I’m only now beginning the grieving process having spent most of the last week supporting Mum, letting people know about Dad’s passing and when the funeral was, as well as actually getting everything sorted for the funeral. So this last week has really been a bit of a blur leading up to yesterday, Dad’s funeral, so it’s probably no surprise that today I’ve been feeling very emotional, shedding a lot of tears, and thinking about Dad a lot.

As I said in Stress and Strain a couple of days ago, Dad professed no faith, however he was always supportive of Mum and me as we attended the Salvation Army. I have certainly found great strength from my faith in these last days, and can only reiterate to you words which I have said many time before…God is more than just enough to get us through everything.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Please listen closely to the beautiful words of the song More Than Just Enough by Sara Luneack:

It’s been a sad day today, as we said a final farewell to be Dad, Edwin (Eddie) Robert Johnson (25/04/1927 – 21/02/2013).

Dad at our wedding

My intention had been to write a tribute to my Dad today, but I’m afraid it’s just too soon for me to be able to write anything that would do my Dad justice, so I’ll save my thoughts for another day once Mum, Sandy and me get back to some kind of normality.

So today, I simply want to express my gratitude to everyone who has offered support and love to us during these difficult days either by phoned, in person or have sent us cards. You will never now how much your support has meant to us all.

To those of you who have helped us get everything sorted out for the funeral today and helped with the funeral itself, a huge thank you.

To the many of you who shared with us today at the crematorium and then afterwards at the hotel, thank you for taking the time to support us on this most difficult of days, again it was very much appreciated by us. I’m sure my Dad would have been embarrassed by all that has been said about him today and also by the number of you who attended his funeral, but as far as I’m concerned, it simply shows the huge impact and influence my Dad had on so many lives.

I miss you Dad, but I will never ever forget you.

Rest in peace Dad xxx

Just for you Dad, one of your favourite jazz musicians, Tommy Dorsey, playing I’m Getting Sentimental Over You:

Take from our souls the strain and stress and let our ordered lives confess, the beauty of your peace

I could really do with some of that these last few days!

kneelAs many of you will know, my Dad passed away last Thursday morning after suffering from vascular dementia for a number of years. In many ways it’s  a relief that Dad has passed away as in these last few years, he’s had no life, and there was no chance of him ever getting better, only worse. Dad’s last few days were painful for us to watch, and he would never have wanted to live like this, so it’s probably for the best that he has passed away

My Dad professed no faith, but as my cousin said the other day, “He (my Dad) had many other qualities”. God has never wanted or expected us all to be good at the same things, so I believe that although Dad professed no faith, God’s qualities and talents were God-given.

It’s been a difficult time for Mum and me, so I’d like to take this opportunity to ask those of you who are praying people, to say a prayer for us tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 27th February) as we say our final farewell to Dad. Many thanks for the love/support you have already shown my family during these difficult days, it has been very much appreciated by all of us.

Rest in peace Dad xxx

Life can be difficult at time, and it’s often during those times that we find it hardest to be still and wait on the Lord. The thing is, if only we took the time to stop and wait on Him, we would find the reassurance and help we need.

Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Don’t be afraid of the silence, it’s during the silence that we can hear God more clearly when all around us is in turmoil.

Be Still For the Presence of the Lord by David J Evans

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found,
We stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
Our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him,
In faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

When you were younger, do you remember playing dares? Each person in turn was dared by the rest of the group to do a particular thing which they wouldn’t normally do.

I don’t know about you, but I always hated that game. Maybe it’s because I have always been quite a quiet (don’t laugh!) and shy person, but I always hated having to put myself in situations I wouldn’t normally get embroiled in, or say things to people I wouldn’t normally say.

There’s one dare however that we should all be willing to do…

Dare yourself each day to be a blessing to someone.

If God in part of our life, it should be our duty to be a blessing each day. Will you accept the challenge today?

EvacuateIf you suddenly had to evacuate your house I an instant, what five items would you take with you?

Here’s my five, in no particular order…and they assume my hubby can get himself out!:

  • Tigger (our cat)
  • Mobile phone
  • Purse (which will also contain my credit cards)
  • Laptop
  • All my medication/tablets

OK that’s my list, any of them surprise you? Any surprise omissions?

Yes I’ve not included any person items like photos or anything, because at the end of the day, I have my memories plus many of the more recent photos are on the laptop which I included as one of the items I’d rescue.

You might wonder why I’m taking my mobile phone, but how else am I going to call for help!

What about you, any of your five things the same as mine?

 

I’m thinking more specifically about who is always there…and the answer is of course…Jesus!

No matter what we are facing in life, or what we’ve said or done, God still loves us and wants us to give our life to Him so He can help us.

Jesus Will Still Be There by Point of Grace

I wonder how many of you saw the title of my blog post and thought, “I wonder how many unkind people Dot is going to name and shame?”.

Well I’m sorry to disappoint you, but far from naming and shaming some unkind people, I’d like to offer you these words:

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.

I often wonder why some people just seem to want to be unkind to others, and why some of them even seem to enjoy it! I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I believe that these people can change in to loving and caring individuals. I therefore believe that we need to help these folks as must as possible by being kind to them no matter how unkind they are to us or others.

Kindness

The last couple of days I’ve talked about happiness and how true happiness can only truly be found when we give our lives to God. Today though it’s all about the happiest day in believers lives…the day our sins were forgiven, the day Christ died on the cross and then rose again…

Happy Day by Tim Hughes

The greatest day in history, Death is beaten
You have rescued  me
Sing it out Jesus is alive
The empty cross, The empty grave
Life  eternal You have won the day
Shout it out Jesus is alive
He’s  alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin  away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am  changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last,  meeting face to face
I am Yours Jesus You are mine
Endless joy, perfect  peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He’s  alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same 
Forever I am  changed

Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You  have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin  away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am  changed

 What a glorious glorious day,
I’ll never be the same

Yesterday in Happy People #1, I spoke about how we don’t need to have the best of everything to be happy. well today I’m going to contradict myself!

There is one thing in life in which it is imperative that we have the best in order that we can be truly happy – Any ideas?

God! If our life is without faith, without God, we will never be truly happy. When we give our lives to God, He promises to never leave us, therefore if we put our entire faith and trust in Him, He can help us be happy.

Happy people and those who have given their whole life to God just as this following song Everything by Tim Hughes says: