Sunday, 28 February 2016

Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 95

Each Sunday I choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on it.


Today I'm looking at Psalm 95 


This is one of Encouragement to come to God with Praise and Worship



This Psalm falls into 5 parts:


V. 1-2
A Call to Praise

V. 3-5
The Reason Why

V. 6
A Call to Worship

V. 7
The Reason Why

V. 8-11
A Prophetic Word of God


"The way to go deeper with God"


A Call to Praise.
The way to come and approach The Lord: singing, joyfully, knowing He is our rock, thankfully, remembering our Salvation.


The Reason Why.
He is a Great God.
He is a Great King.
All of the Earth is His.
All of the Sea is His.
Everything is His.


A Call to Worship.
The way to go deeper with God: with reverence, humility and awe of our Creator.


The Reason Why.
We are His People and He is our God.  He is the one who protects and cares for us.


A Prophetic word of God.
A Reminder not to be like the Israelites in the wilderness when they hardened their hearts, tempted God and looked to themselves and not God.






The first part of the Psalm seems to be the instruction of how we are to pursue 
our relationship with the Lord


The second part is how not to have the right relationship.







Friday, 26 February 2016

Where Will They All Sleep? - Housework/Funwork 66



The first month of the New Year is already over and what have I done in the house?


Well I try each year to follow my Monthly Plan which means I would have the Master Bedroom and the Master Ensuite to overhaul in the month of January.


BUT
I really felt as if I was very disorganised this year so far, blaming it on the fact that
  • we had our baby grandson to spend time with, 
  • we had two storms which did a lot of damage to our garden
  • we were preparing for our daughter to come from South Korea to spend the whole of February with us
  • we were preparing for our daughter's Korean boyfriend to come stay for a short period during this month
  • we were also preparing for our oldest son to come stay at the same time as Linda and Pildu (Stephen)

Hence my usual schedule is out the window!




PREPARATION for VISITORS

Thankfully I am a woman of LISTS.

But when I realised that we would have Linda, Stephen and Jonathan all here at the same time I needed not just my lists but some restructuring and thinking as to how they would all be able to stay with us.

Now this probably seems strange that someone who is living in what was advertised as a 6 bedroom house is wondering how she is going to have 4 bedrooms available and usable.

But when we moved to our latest location we decided to not have rooms taken up as bedrooms when we would seldom need them.


Instead 

  • Fred has an office
  • I have a study
  • We have a dressing room 
  • We also have a games room (which is really a storage room for the things the kids have left with us and the large pool table that came with the house).  


That leaves us with 2 bedrooms.

  • The Master Bedroom for Fred and I
  • The Guest Room for family & friends

GUEST ROOM



A quick think back to October 2013 when our other son got married reminded us of how we could cope because then we had to provide sleeping arrangements for our three kids, a best man, a groomsman and ourselves.


Where will they all Sleep?


So how do I accommodate three extra people none of whom will be sharing a room?

  • Linda will be in the Guest Room because she will be here first and leave last.
  • We have a Bed-Settee in our Sun Room so that will mean the Sun Room will become a bedroom for Stephen.
  • We also have a great Airbed called the EZ bed (blows up by itself and is raised up on trellised legs) which collapses down to a very manageable storage size and that will be the bed for our son Jonathan and we had 3 places we could put it  -  kitchen seating area or dressing room or Fred's Office.




Next Thought was about MEALS


That was actually quite easy to plan and prepare because

  • Jonathan is always looking for any excuse to have Fish & Chips when he comes to stay with us as he is convinced that Fish & Chips in Northern Ireland are far superior to those in England; so we will have that once or twice. 
  • Linda will be looking to have all the meals she associates with home especially roast dinners because she hasn't got an oven to prepare those types of meals in Korea.
  • Stephen has previously lived in America for several years so will enjoy western style meals and enjoys tasting new things. 




Yes Tayto Crisps of all types were tasted daily by Stephen (even for breakfast) and found to be the Best Crisps in the World which of course we already knew.


Stephen is already back home in Korea after meeting our daughter-in-law and grandson, having had some sightseeing trips of our beautiful country and having been part of a special event in our lives (see picture below).




But of course there was another reason Stephen came to see us.


He came to ask if he could marry Linda.




I think this has all been more FUNWORK than HOUSEWORK




Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Where's My Name? - A Dose of Encouragement 105



In my last Dose of Encouragement  I talked about how we personalized Christmas and today I want to tell you about the Personalized Bookmarks I started to make many years ago.


There were 3 different designs:
2 for girls names
and
1 for boys names.


For the girls names I chose hearts and butterflies and if you have read much of this blog these choices will not surprise you as I Love Hearts and I Love Butterflies.


I have recently written about a simple little Heart Recycle, previously I had done a kids craft post for a Heart Themed Valentine Banner  and in an earlier Dose of Encouragement I shared about how I was Missing the Butterflies in the garden of my new home.





For the boys names I chose books and it is obvious by the Book Reviews on this blog that I Love Books.





Now often when I would be at a Craft Fair or other event selling the bookmarks I would hear children and adults talking to each other and saying

 "Where's My Name?"


There always seemed to be some expectancy in that question.

Mostly this was simply from someone who wanted to see their name on a bookmark not necessarily to buy one.  But because I also had the meanings of the names on the bookmarks it was sometimes from people who were just interested in knowing the meaning of their name.  This part of it would attract their attention.


"Where's My Name?"

Then there was another question they would ask me

     "Have you got my name?"


There was always a bit of hope in that question but not always any expectancy.


This would be from the people who really felt they had little hope of seeing their name on any personalized items but it was worth a try.
Like people who had a different spelling of the name compared to others or their name was a very unusual one.

My sister is called Averil and because it is spelt with an "e" she could never find anything with her name, in fact people would often write her name without the "e" thinking they were correcting it. Then she named her daughter Clair without the "e" and they both ended up rarely finding anything personalized for them.

I know that my sister and I had often looked through stands of personalized items in shops just in the hope that one day we would be able to buy something for Clair many years ago when Clair was young, now over the years the odd time we have managed to find Clair's name but not Averil's.

When I heard that question at a craft fair I would ask the person what their name was and help them find it in my bookmark stand or explain that I was sorry I did not have their name but perhaps they would like me to take their name and address and I would make one specially for them.

For the people with names that could never be found this was quite a surprise and also a pleasure to know that someone could offer them something they had as yet never been able to find.
I could simply have said "sorry I don't have that name" and have left it like that but of course that would not have been so good for me trying to sell my items or so nice for the person who had already felt rejected over their name.



Today I was thinking on these two questions and the offer I could make to people.


Then about the question so many people ask themselves with some hope but no expectancy


"Will I go to Heaven?"


"Will I go to Heaven?"


I'm glad that I have the hope and expectancy of my home with Jesus in Heaven.


I'm glad that the Bible tells me my name is written in Heaven.





I'm glad that when I die I will not have to ask

"Have you got my name?"


with some hope  but not with any great  expectancy.


I'm glad that when I die I will not have to hear God say

"sorry I don't have that name"



Because I will be happy as I ask

 "Where's My Name?"

full of  expectancy  to see my name written in the Lamb's Book of Life



I could make the offer to create a personalized bookmark if the person was willing to buy it.

But God has already made us the offer of a life with Him in Heaven and He says we don't even have to pay for it, it is free for us because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

It's an offer of salvation but we have to accept it.

If you have read this far then either you have already accepted God's Salvation and you share that hope and expectancy with me or you are in the place of knowing that you want this gift but have as yet not made that step of accepting it.

Please don't hesitate any longer.

It's an offer you have to accept.


"It's an offer you have to accept"


If you want more help on this please watch the  3 2 1 Video in the sidebar or  Click through to read more here.




Monday, 8 February 2016

Think Twice! - Coffee & Conversation

Have you ever had the feeling that someone was annoyed at you for something that you had done or said or written that was not what you had actually done, said or written but they just thought it was?

I was on the Hometalk Website one day and decided to leave a comment on a kid's craft someone had shared.

I mentioned that I loved their idea and it had given me an idea for something to make for my SS kids.

A few days later I noticed that I had a notification that someone had replied to my comment.

In I go to see if someone was asking me what my idea was, or if the author of the post was saying thank you for the comment only to be really taken aback with what I saw.




The reply to my comment was a sharply written one which basically was asking


What did you mean by SS?


I was very thankful that someone else had already seen it and replied with

 "I'm sure she means her Sunday School Class" 

and I then replied to confirm that was indeed exactly what I had meant.


Glancing at the location of the person who had asked the question I saw we were writing to a lady from Germany.  Obviously she had taken another meaning for my abbreviation.


How many times do we take for granted that people will know that we mean?

How many times do we just assume that people will understand because we know what we mean?

Perhaps I should have known better because I had lived in Belgium for over 6 years and in that time conversed with many different nationalities on a regular basis and there were times when there were misunderstandings just to do with phrases used in one language and how they translated to another language.

I have also lived in the US for 3 years and remember an instance where something I said could easily have been misunderstood when shopping with an American friend one Christmas


Looks like we need to think twice before we write!




I teach English as a Second language each week and I need to think carefully how I say things to the students  -  so I should be good at this.



"Looks like we need to think twice before we write!"




Do you think twice before you write?

Have you ever written something that someone misunderstood completely?