Sunday, 29 March 2015

Songs for Worship #13


Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.

Now I'm following the weeks of Why We Worship from last year and sharing a song which I feel links in with that week's attribute.

I hope you will follow along with me.
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                         Looking today at 


God is Omniscient

He is All-Knowing


Another artist unknown to me before but who sings this song so touchingly





You will want to play this more than once as I know you will find it so peaceful and beautiful and be thankful that God does know all about us.



Search Me O God


Search me, O God,
And know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior,
Know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be
Some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin
And set me free.



God knows all things!

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Christian Songs for Kids - Whisper a Prayer.

Previously I talked about not being able to find many powerpoint presentations to illustrate Christian Songs for Kids.


I had got to the point where I was making my own to use in our Church, Sunday School and an After School Bible Club our church runs in a nearby primary school each Monday.


NOW

Each month this year I am going to share 1 or 2 songs with you 
providing a 

Visual 
(Powerpoint or Picture or details of how you can make it) 

Words   
(chords also available)

Recording  
(to learn the song) 

Then if you would like to download the visual of the song there will be a link provided to my creation, or I will direct you to where else you can find it.   

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This month I am taking the theme of


 PRAYER

I thoroughly believe we should teach and encourage children to pray.


The song I have chosen is 


 WHISPER A PRAYER

I first got familiar with this song when I got involved in Child Evangelism Fellowship and had a Good News Club in our home before we even had any children ourselves.

I used to have an old circular visual for it (the template was provided by CEF) where there was a circle of card behind another circle which had a sector cut out of it at the top and the two cards were held together by a pin.  The words "Whisper a prayer in"  were written on the front card and also the words "to keep your heart in tune" and as you sang the song you rotated the back circle so that a picture of a rising sun appeared for "morning", a picture of a full sun appeared for "noon" and a picture of a moon came up for "evening".

Recently I designed & made a new (slightly different) visual for it because my old one was so tattered. 



VISUAL



To See a Tutorial of how this visual was made click on the picture above and you will be taken to my other site The Ark Page containing tutorials and other resources for Kids Work.
 

I like to use this song to settle the children down to be ready to pray.

But it can also be used to teach the children about praying regularly each day and linked in with the story of Daniel.





WORDS

WHISPER A PRAYER

Whisper a prayer in the morning
Whisper a prayer at noon
Whisper a prayer in the evening
To keep your heart in tune.


God answers prayer in the morning
God answers prayer at noon
God answers prayer in the evening
So keep your heart in tune.




ACTIONS

We usually sing this one reverently & quietly without any actions.



FREE PRINTABLES

To Download a copy of these words with chords for Guitar click on  
WHISPER A PRAYER 

To Download a copy of these words with chords for Piano click on  
WHISPER A PRAYER


Kids Song Free Printables & Easy Tutorial



RECORDING

My husband likes to experiment with recording music so at different times he has made some recordings for kids songs for me and this is one he made  -  you won't recognize the voices in the recording but you might be able to guess who they belong to.





Special "Thank You" to my husband Fred who looks after the Recordings and the Chords


I Hope you enjoy the song and this is a help to you.


Notes:
As far as I can see the author of this song is listed as anonymous for further details 
see here
I did find some info on an arranger of the music see here

If anyone has any further info on this song please let me know.







Don't Forget
If you are interested in finding out about more 



Christian Songs for Kids 

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Friday, 27 March 2015

March 365 in 365 - Housework/Funwork 51

This month has included:


  • Preparing for a Sunday School Teachers Training Meeting
  • 2 weeks of travelling with Fred around Southern Ireland as he was working in various places there
  • Washing, ironing, packing and unpacking between trips
  • 2 weeks of Fred being away so having the house to myself
  • Overhaul and inventory of the Guest Room and it's Ensuite 
  • Decluttering from those two rooms
  • Birthday Celebrations for Fred in between trips
  • Preparation for my Sister & Brother-in-law coming for a few days next week


Packing and Unpacking are two of the things I like least but I do like to travel (once I get on the road that is).
Hotels are fine but you can get fed up with those if you have to stay in too many of them so I really don't know how Fred has coped with all the travelling he has done with work over all these years.

However I am enjoying the Decluttering I am doing this year.

That is the result of things disappearing from rooms
              but not the part of deciding what stays and what goes and where it goes to.

I am not good at making decisions!

But they have to be made!


So from the Guest Room & it's Ensuite I managed to send 9 things to the Car Boot Sale for our Church Missionary Water Project in Zimbabwe


4 cushion covers which don't suit the decor of the house any more
2 glass tea light holders because I have too many of these types of things
2 flower candle rings because the Guest room is no longer that kind of colour
1 double bed size duvet set I have held on to for years but we don't have any use for it.
Total of 9 items


Then I also had some different material type things for recycling


1 cheap, cheap tie that was bought by one of our sons and now they can't remember who bought it
1 single yellow sheet no longer needed
1 piece of net material - not sure where it came from
2 old super king size duvets and 2 sets of pillow cases which are now replaced with the new ones

and of course that

1 sarong  that featured in What not to do with my Sarong!
Total of 8 items



There were also some things that just had to be thrown out


broken hangers, toothpaste tubes, messy leaking soap container, empty containers, little trial sachets
Lip Balm about a year out of date
A broken piece of hard plastic (we can't figure out what it is from)
An old iphone
The box and booklet of the old iphone.
Total of  9 items


We also had some books that our daughter had borrowed and we needed to return to the owners.


Total of 4 items

AND Must not forget 

1 Pair of old curtains from the Guest Room that I had hated and am so happy to have replaced them.
They are still in very good condition so they will hopefully be sold on Gumtree.
Total of 1 item


So how did I do this month with my 365 Items in 365 Days Challenge?

Car Boot Sale                          9
Recycling Material                  8  
Throwing out                         9
Items Returned                       4
Gumtree                                1             
March Total                    31 in 31 Days





So running total gives me
January     29
February   42
March       31
TOTAL    102  items  in  90 days         


Overall this month I have to say it was more Funwork than Housework considering I was away staying in hotels and seeing places I had never seen before
and
I'm still ahead of schedule in my decluttering.




If anyone is interested in this facebook group to encourage you in your decluttering just click on 365 items in 365 Days 
I know my friend Hilda will welcome you to the group.

Thanks to Asheritah Ciuciu over at "One Thing Alone" for the free monthly calendar printable used above.  Head over and grab one for yourself each month.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kindness of Strangers - A Dose of Encouragement 65


We often take for granted the things our families do for us.


We sort of expect that they will come to our rescue when we have been in a car accident and need transport home as in  4 Accidents & a ...(pt2)



We usually expect to be understanding when things crop up to change our plans as in Which Point of View


We also expect to support each other & celebrate good times together as in  Olympic Torch Run

That's what we do for family.


Photo Credit: Bigstock Images


We also expect to be able to turn to friends for help and support.

We would be surprised if our friends were not willing to jump in to help at short notice, especially if we take ill and need babysitting help or those little trips to the chemist and shops for something we have run out of.

We are normally willing to check up on friends when we haven't seen them around or had contact with them for a while.

That's what we do for friends.




There are some other people we expect to help us and we are very thankful when they do a good job.  I can think immediately of the nice ladies in the shop I got my outfit for our son's wedding and some people who have helped Fred with queries over his work computer connections (he works from home).  These people of course are in jobs where that is their responsibility but we are thankful when they do it well and honestly and with a very pleasant attitude.


But then there are the people who do not have to help us at all.

Strangers who do something which just makes a moment of our life more pleasant or easier to bare.


When Fred's car skidded on the skimmed milk, overturned and ended up in a field there was the lovely considerate couple living beside that field who took him in to wait in their home while they contacted me and the police for him.  Fortunately he did not need an ambulance in 4 Accidents & a ...(pt3)


When Jonathan (6/7 years old) froze at the top of the moving stairs in the Main Shopping Centre in our city where I already had the pram containing Linda on the step that was starting to move & Daniel holding unto the pram; what could I do?
A kind lady coming behind me just said she would stay with Jonathan until I could get down and then up the other escalator again to get back to our oldest son who was developing a fear of heights.
It's not an easy thing to hold unto a pram and another child on moving stairs as you stand twisted round looking up at your son praying he will be okay with a stranger.
I was thankful to that woman who obviously felt compassionately towards our family.


Then there are the group of people I did not know and it may be said, still do not know in real life.
They are bloggers in a special Blogging Group who are always ready to answer questions myself and others have, ready to support and advise in situations where others have not been so nice.


I do not know the backgrounds, religion, politics of any of these people 
but I know how they react to others with 
consideration, help and kindness.


Where do we stand in acts of kindness?

Are we just there for our family?
Are we there for our friends?

Perhaps we are also there for the people in our church that need help.
Perhaps we would be there for the people who live in our street.


But


Are we there for the people we are suddenly next to in the shopping Centre?

Or the people who for some strange reason end up in our neighbourhood?

Or the people we don't even get to meet?


Why should we show care to people we don't even know?

Because
Photo Credit: Bigstock Images





Monday, 23 March 2015

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Book Review

I am trying to read through the novels of Agatha Christie in the order in which they were written and write a review on each one.
  


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 

1926  
A Poirot Mystery.


Shelfari Description


He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her - and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he'd finished reading it - stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study...
Agatha Christie mysteries seem quaint today, relics of a bygone day. But when her books were new, she was a trailblazer, and never more so than in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Her twist ending shocked and even angered her readers -- I won't tell you why -- and even today may still have the power to startle.
Hercule Poirot is retired to the country, but when his wealthy neighbor is found murdered, he can't resist stepping in to help the police. The local doctor takes the place of usual loyal sidekick Hastings, helping Poirot investigate and recording all the facts of the case, like Dr. Watson recording Holmes' adventures. The mystery winds through estranged stepsons, secret marriages, and blackmailers, and even now still has a whiff of controversy over the resolution.


My Thoughts

This is the seventh book by Agatha Christie and the fourth for her sleuth Hercule Poirot.

I read this over a week while travelling.  A few chapters at a time and each time looking forward to picking it up again for the next session.

Such a difference from the last one The Secret of Chimneys  when I  found it hard to remember the characters - here this was never a problem and I think there were more characters to actually remember in this one.

Was it the fact that Poirot was the detective again - am I so biased towards him?  I don't think so.  I think this book is so cleverly written and of course from having read it years ago I did remember who the murderer was simply because it was rather unique (not quite a spoiler but getting there!) but I really did enjoy the way it was written.

Yes I remembered the murderer, but the reason and part of the means of the crime had long since escaped from my mind.

I would say that this one could stand up against any of the more modern murder mysteries and is based on a motive that could be found in this day and age too, so anyone saying that Dame Agatha was for a different age is in my opinion completely incorrect.

This is one of those books that everyone should read even if they are not Christie fans because it's probably her most famously clever one.



 Here is a link to a list of her novels on Shelfari
Books by Agatha Christie




Sunday, 22 March 2015

Songs for Worship #12



Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.

Now I'm following the weeks of Why We Worship from last year and sharing a song which I feel links in with that week's attribute.

I hope you will follow along with me.
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                         Looking today at 


God is Good







God is Good


God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time


When you're walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
'Cause He's promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you and His Word is true


God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time


We are sinners, so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies - they will never end


God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time


Though I may not understand
All the plans He has for me
My life is in His hands
And through the eyes of faith, I can clearly see


God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time



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Friday, 20 March 2015

What NOT to do with My Sarong! - Housework/Funwork 50


I had some problems this month.

My Home Organising Schedule for this month has
The Sun Room and the Office but Fred is away each week travelling with work so I knew I would not be able to tie him down (and I would almost literally have to do that) to get the Office tackled this month.

I had to be flexible and swap over March and April this year.

So this meant that I would concentrate on the Guest Bedroom and the Guest Ensuite this month which worked in very well as my sister and brother-in-law had planned to come to stay last weekend and it would be a good idea if they actually could have space to move around the Guest room which was covered in Sunday School Materials that I was working on for a leaders meeting.


I started in the Guest Room Ensuite.

Now you have to guess which of my 5 Essential Items came out straight away?

All of them!    Click on the picture above if you haven't read about these items before.

Then there were the thoughts about what to do with the window in the Ensuite


Small room so taking pictures is difficult but I hope you can see the two hooks above the window.

We had another case of two hooks above a window in this house so obviously the previous owners liked hooks.  At least these ones are pretty much level with each other not like the ones that I had to contend with in The Smallest Room in the House

I'm guessing these ones are level because of the lines of the tiles making it easier to place them.

Anyway I thought maybe I should finally put up some kind of drape over the top of the window so got to thinking of what I should buy but then I remembered the very very thin silky sarong I had that matched my favourite swimsuit but I never used it as a sarong because it was so silky and was always sliding about.

I got it out and compared the colours to the little edging tiles in the ensuite and the colours were a good match.  They really were a good match when I held the sarong up beside the wall - I promise they really were.

So I took the sarong and folded it


and then I draped it over the hooks.

I had to get out the little step stool thing we have to get up to them and it was awkward as there was not a lot of space to fit it beside the toilet which is under the window but I managed and I climbed up and down several times trying different ways to drape the sarong.

Low in the middle and higher at the sides & vice versa or twisted around more or even loosely twirled around on the diagonal.   No matter which way I tried it, I could see it was not going to work.

It just would not look right for 2 reasons

  • it became much darker when it was folded or draped in any way and no longer looked like a match for the tile colours
  • the mixture of the drape and the large scalloped edge of the roller blind was hideous


So my window is still bare except for those two hooks.

I may have to try to get them off the tiles sometime like we managed with the other hooks unless any of you readers can give me any other suggestions as to how to dress the window.



Next on to the Guest Room.

When the painters were in before Christmas we managed to finally get rid of the awful wallpaper we had in the GuestRoom, well what I mean is the awful wallpaper the previous house owners had put up and we had put up with for the last 4 years.


This just was not something I would ever have chosen for this room or any other - too dark for the room with the dark wood furniture as well and so difficult to get bedding to match.

Mostly I used the old Superking size duvet I had had in Maroon but it really clashed and so did more neutral ones like above.

So for ages after the wall was stripped of the wallpaper and painted a pale beige colour called "Purity" I debated about what bedding to get and could never decide because I also needed to get curtains to replace the ones that had been left by the previous owners and I never thought they even matched in with the wallpaper.  Forgot to get a picture of them before we took them down but they were cream with a red flower and leaf!!!

My favourite colour is blue and the Guest Room Ensuite is white with blue and teal and mauve and silver in the small decorated tiles so I never could understand why they had gone for the maroon/plum/red/pink colour of that wallpaper.

But because blue is my favourite colour I was reluctant to go with blue here as I knew I would just get remarks like "Oh Blue again!"

However I could not see curtains and bedding to match that I liked and I was not going to pay hundreds of £££ because in this room the curtains would have to be nice and heavy and well lined to keep out the light especially when our oldest son came to stay.

Eventually one night I suddenly remembered the heavy navy curtains I had in my bedroom in Belgium before we moved here.  They had not been suitable for anywhere in this house but I had always been reluctant to get rid of them and they would be perfect in this room.  Now why did it take me so long to think of that?

We got them out and even though they are slightly too long it is not too much to drape on the floor.


We have two small windows quite close together so one pair of curtains to frame the outer sides of each is the preferred scenario to still allow as much light into the room as possible.

I also had a pair of silver tie-backs from before so I put them on here.

Then all I had to do was get super king sized bedding with navy in it.

I found two different sets that were very reasonably priced; one predominantly navy for the winter and one brighter with navy, blue and grey for the summer.

Then with the addition of a large beach scene painting we have had for around 20 years it looked like this.


Then of course I needed to add some blue decor to the room.
So one of the things I did was to use a brighter blue kind of vase/bowl thing that I have had for years


and another was my butterfly decorated tissue box cover.

The bedding has stripes of pale beige in it (although in this picture it almost looks like off white) so it matches the walls and the vertical blinds too.


So how do my bedding and curtains do together?


I think they do fine.


There was a little piece of decor that had always sat on the windowsill in this room and for years has always been a feature of my Guest room in different homes but it is a dusky green colour and I thought that now it might have to go.

The greeting on it is one that I have always felt suited our Guest Room so I decided it could stay and is now back on the windowsill.


It can be my greeting to you as well as you visit my blog.


Well seems like more Housework in this post than Funwork but this is basically all I have been doing in the house other than some washing and ironing this month so far because I have been travelling with Fred for a couple of weeks which I think we can call the Fun part.

Oh yes, after that work in the guest room I didn't have my visitors last weekend after all.


Only question left now is
What will I do with My Sarong?








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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Rainbow or The Storm? - A Dose of Encouragement 64


I saw this phrase the other day


Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms.

But I passed on by without taking too much notice at the time.

Then later it just sprung back into my mind but I could not remember where I had seen it - if you know please leave me a comment so I can give the right credit to it.


It got me thinking about how we tend to go along

  smiling at the rainbows 
    and
  frowning at the storms.

Then at times we may even forget to truly acknowledge the rainbows but
      we get upset by the thunderstorms,
           we get enraged at the thunderstorms,
                we get cowered down by the thunderstorms.


Who or what has the power over us?

Is it the thunderstorm? - No!


God has the power over the thunderstorm as well as the rainbow.

So why do we get down?

In our Sunday School this month I have prepared the Theme of the Authority of Jesus and the 5 weeks are

 Authority of Jesus
       over Sin
            over Disease
                 over Nature
                      over Death
                           over Salvation

After having worked on this there is no way I should get enraged over natural thunderstorms or the storms the devil tries to throw at me.

I should face them through with the power of  Jesus




We need to remember the rainbow of promise that comes out of the storm.

We need to look past the storms to the One who has the authority and power over the storms.

The One who has given us all the encouragement we need in His Word.

       The One who has promised to never leave us

              The One who has promised to walk beside us

                     The One who has promised to hold us in His hands

                            The One who has promised to keep us safe

                                   The One who has said to us "Fear Not"



God will not let the storms defeat us when we keep our trust in Him.


So let's go along smiling at the storms as well as the rainbows.

Because God's promises are mightier than any fears!


Also we should remember that God can use our fears to our good


Yesterday I was sharing over at Testimony Tuesday on Holly Barrett's Blog on the subject of a fear I had when I was young, so why not head on over to read about a