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Can you imagine what it must be like to not have any food in your house – Not because you haven’t had time to do the shopping yet, but because you haven’t go any money to buy food?

Sadly for many, that is exactly what life is like for them every day, which is so sad this day and age in the UK. In just under a week a general election will be held here in the UK, but as this news item on the BBC website yesterday, it’s clear that those who struggle to put food on their table, are completely fed up of all the promises the various political parties have made year after year that they will tackle poverty in this country and ensure everyone has a roof over their head and food to eat.

Here’s the BBC news article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/election-2019-50663879/general-election-2019-how-do-grimsby-s-food-bank-users-want-to-vote

The election next year however seems to be focusing so much on Brexit that it’s not really any surprise that those who struggle to put food on their table, are struggling to decide if they should bother to vote, and if they do, who they should vote for.

In this day and age, no-one should have to make choices about whether they heat their home, or eat each day. It’s not just the politicians that need to do something to help end poverty in this country, each of us who can afford to eat each day and heat our homes, can reach out and help those less fortunate than ourselves. We can make a different in so many peoples’ lives if we all just help one person!

We’re never happy!

Posted: July 26, 2019 in quotes, spring, UK, weather
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Yesterday was the hottest day of the year for many of us, as temperatures across the UK soared above 30 degrees. In some place it was actually the hottest July day ever recorded.

How many times yesterday did you say, or hear someone say, “it’s too hot!”? But earlier in the week when it was dull, cooler and possibly even a little wet, how many time dis you say, or hear someone say, “I just want a sunny day with no rain”?

And a few months ago when it was still Spring, how many times did you or someone else say, “it’s cold, I wish it was hotter”?

All contradictions, as when it’s cold we want the sun to come out so we get some heat, but when the sun is out and we get a hot day, we complain it’s too hot, and want it to cool down!

We’re never happy are we!

Is this just a UK thing, that we always complain about the weather regardless of whether it’s cold or hot? Or do people in other countries do this too?

You may already have seen or heard about this but it’s so lovely I wanted to share it with you all incase you hadn’t seen it.

A story appeared on the BBC website a few weeks ago about a primary school teacher who loves Christmas. However this year she’s asked her pupil not to give her any gifts, but instead asked that a donation could be made towards supplies for the local food bank.

The teacher said she was always “totally overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful gifts” from her pupils, but feels gifts were unnecessary. There’s a huge demand on the local food bank particularly during the winter months, so isn’t it fantastic that she’s asked that any money parents would have spent on a gift for her, be put towards supplies for the food bank. She also has spoken to the children to explain to them why she’s asking for donations for the food bank – “I sat down and chatted to the pupils about it and explained that Christmas is a time for giving and said it would be nice to do something for somebody else.” – What a great thing to do!

This is such a great reminder to us all that this time of year is not just about receiving gifts, but also giving to others, particularly those in need.

Here’s the link to the full story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46399857

 

Just today, there’s another news item on BBC about a school in Wales where they’ve made a request that no gift are given to teachers, but instead a donation is made to a charity:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46489219

Today marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed bringing to an end of the First World War. So today, on this Remembrance Sunday we particularly celebrate the end of WW1, but as always, we also remember those who died fighting for our country, for our freedom, in many conflicts all over the world.

We also think of those who fought in these conflicts, and returned home, as their lives will have been changed forever because of what they have witnessed, and the friends they have lost. Life will never be the same for them.

Life for us would not be as it is today if it wasn’t for the thousands of brave men and women, who were part of our armed forces who fought for their country, our country.

There are still many men and women in our armed forces today who are protecting/fighting for our country, here in the UK and in conflict situations around the world. They too are in our thoughts today, so please pray for them, and their families, and pray for their safe return home.

Around us

Posted: July 16, 2018 in flowers, life, music, nature, prayer, religion, UK, weather
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In the last few weeks we’ve enjoyed some really beautiful weather in the UK. During that time I’ve found myself being very aware of the world around, the beautiful flowers, trees, rivers, fields etc. I know those things are there everyday, but somehow I for one, have taken then for granted. It’s only now with all this lovely weather that I have suddenly noticed it all again.

How about you, do you notice the world around you each day?

Whether you notice the world around you each day or not, do you thank God for the world he created for us to live in? If I’m honest, I don’t – I take the beautiful things God has provided in this world for me to enjoy, for granted so often.

So please join me today in promising to thank God each day for providing so many beautiful things around us.

 

Severe weather warning.

Snow, snow, and then some more snow.

Strong winds, and more snow.

Staying indoors where it’s warm and cosy until we need more food.

Shops have run out of bread, milk and most other fresh products. So glad that we bought bread the previous day.

So when’s all this snow going to stop, so we can get back to normal.

Snow has stopped falling now, but it’s still white out.

Stalactites hanging from the windows and roof. Suddenly falling to the ground making us jump at the noise.

Still it’s cold outside, and still white.

Snow’s nice to look out on when in the house but not so nice when you’re stuck somewhere in traffic.

So stay safe out there on the roads and hopefully the snow will be gone soon.

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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

Images of celebrities and models on TV and social media, seem to be adding to the increasing number of youngsters who seem to think they have to look perfect to be accepted by their friends and family.

I find that so very sad and very worrying – We all look just as God made us, perfect in His eyes. If people can’t accept us for who we are and how we look, that is their lose.

Our imperfections make us who we are. Just as we are is how God loves us – Those we call friends will also accept us just as we are, imperfect.

That moment when you’ve set off in the car on your holidays, and then about an hour into the journey the words “I’m not sure I remembered to lock the back door” echo round the car!

When I was younger, this or similar phrases were uttered not long into the start of our annual car journey south at the start of our summer holidays. Mum always had second or third thoughts about whether she’d turned this or that off, or lock a door or something along those thins.

If I remember correctly, I don’t think we ever turned round and went back home to check anything, although I think a couple of times we maybe stopped and phoned my aunt, who had spare keys for the house, to ask her to check everything was ok. Other times I recall Dad and I both convincing Mum that whatever it was she thought she’d forgotten to do, we had checked and it was ok.

No matter how we ended Mum worrying about something she thought she’d forgotten, there was never an occasion where it turned out Mum had forgotten to do something! How many times have we all done that, gone out, and thought you’ve forgotten something, but in reality you very rarely have?

So whether you’ve had you’re moment of thinking you’ve forgotten something when you head off on holiday this summer, or you’ve still to go on holiday, be assured that it’s more than likely that you haven’t forgotten to do something important before you head out your house on holiday.

I came across the following on Twitter a few days ago, and it struck me how apt it was, give recent events. We’ve seen the emergency services work continuously in horrendous circumstances, for hours and days. We’ve seen communities working together despite their differences, and despite the difficult circumstances they themselves may be facing.

Strong people do what’s right and show up to help others. They may be tired and going through a tough time, but they find a way to be there.

When it comes down to it, I believe that in the worst of circumstances that is when the best of us will show itself. What would you do if you found yourself in the midst of some kind of disaster, such as those that have happened in the UK in the last few weeks?