Treasure in heaven

I consider it a privilege to finally have a GP surgery I can go to, and actually have care offered. I treasure those people, because they act as their job titles describe. (This has also happened in the pharmacy across the street from the surgery). In the surgery, doctors are doctors; nurses are nurses, and you see it in their faces, as well as the things they do for their patients. I’m honoured that God allowed me to see such people.

Back in the old days, things were so bad, I truly believed I’d been blacklisted. You never say that lightly, or as a general complaint. When things happen constantly, and you’re constantly blocked from getting the help you’ve asked for, there’s something extremely wrong. And it is not government cuts that are doing it, it’s people’s attitudes. You do one thing, or the other when you take a job – you either want the job because you thoroughly enjoy, and are interested to work in a specialised field, or, you go with ulterior motives: “What can I get out of it?”

The second attitude does not work, because those who interact with you in your specialised field are constantly overlooked. That’s not the way things ought to be done!

When I opened this page just now, my intention was to draw your attention to something the Lord said: about storing your treasures in heaven, rather than on earth. Matthew 6:19-21

I’ve been diagnosed as having high blood pressure, and am taking medicine to help reduce it. Here’s the thing: Those wonderful folk in the surgery are trying to encourage me to take up a procedure that will hopefully ‘save my life’. It’s not funny, though, when none of them who work for the furtherance of “the body” have no faith in the God Who made it. I need to tell them all that when I die, it’ll only ever be to this world. My life goes on, as: The body is returned to the dust, and the spirit goes back to God, Who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

I’ve just had a fascinating, exciting read through 1 Corinthians. The most exciting bit was when Paul talks about the body after death. There’s quite a bit about that. It was also extremely encouraging to read about spiritual gifts. I’m one of those who believe the gifts are still alive, and should be used. Yes. All of them. If they were for the church then, we need them even more these days, as we need the same encouragement to stand firm in all circumstances, and we still need to encourage each other in the Lord, Who gave us these things.

Christianity, in its true form is living with a God Who is supernatural. If He is supernatural, then we also should act like, and have faith in, One Who encourages us to believe in what He’s taught us, shown us, and commanded us to do. We still need to earnestly desire the gifts as reported in 1 Corinthians. I’m all for that!

Anyway, to end: I thank my Father and my Saviour for such a gift as healthcare. I ask that You help me to overcome any of my own fears, and for me to speak, to plant a seed in the surgery which could encourage those who work there to seek the God Who gives eternal life. May there be others also who will water what I may sow. May this prayer, as many other prayers I’ve prayed recently, be answered in full.

Thank You, O God, my Father. It’s Your honour and Your glory which I seek. Amen.

By the way, I’ve seem miracles happen amongst my congregation in the past week. I won’t give names, but there’s a precious story covering three households. Each family sought the Lord in our troubles, and He heard and answered us. More in the next update! God bless and protect you all.

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The Need For The Cross

This is just good teaching. Thank You Father.

A Christian Worldview of Fiction

As we approach Easter, I’m well aware of the fact that many people will simply ignore the day. Some (at least those in the northern hemisphere) will also celebrate it as a “spring is here” day, commemorating the new life in nature demonstrated by buds on trees, green replacing the colorless world of winter, baby birds pushing out of eggs.

But the resurrection of Jesus? No need for such “myths,” many will say.

The resurrection, of course, hinges on the cross. Jesus had to die first before He could be raised incorruptible.

In fact His death was not an act of martyrdom. It wasn’t the tragedy that spawned a movement.

Rather, Jesus did something no one else could do. The nails that crashed into His hands and feet, essentially nailed the “certificate of debt” owed to God by every sinner, to that cross.

The blood Jesus spilled that day was…

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Life!

It’s been a busy ole time! I finally got some carpet down throughout the new flat; tidied up a bit and put my studio back in use. Replaced the stolen buggy with another one and have been able to do a tiny bit of exploration of my new home area.

Found a shop last week, and the local bottle bank! Glass jars and bottles need to be disposed of properly if we don’t intend keeping them. So that’s another riddle solved. Apparently, I can recycle old batteries locally too, which is huge. I’ll go and suss that out properly too, hopefully, sometime this week.

We’ve had snow. Loads of big frosts and the weather turned seasonably cold in the last couple of weeks, or so. As I write, we’re exactly a week away from Christmas. Thankfully, we should have church on Christmas Eve, so at least I’ll go into the holidays with being able to worship before everyone hibernates for the next couple of days.

I’ve decided I’ll probably make home made pizza to keep me going next Monday! I cooked fish and chips last year, and that was lovely. I don’t do the rich food thing at Christmas. I’ll treat myself to biscuits and chocolate, but all that extra food? Nah. I don’t need it the rest of the year, so I don’t need it now when I know many people haven’t even got a roof over their heads, never mind all the extras which cause a lot of over-spending that not too many folk can afford any more. I’m extremely thankful to have somewhere to live and keep warm in. The rest is frippery I can manage without. Funny thing: I just don’t know how to answer the “What are you doing for Christmas” question. I get asked every year and stumble over it every year.

What am I supposed to do? Am I odd just for being alone and not worrying about it? I can’t answer that either. All I know is that I’m thankful, and if I found a stranger in need, I’d do everything I could to see to their needs, including hot food.

God has blessed me with a lovely place to live in that I love. I would like to be a part of someone else’s blessing.

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Long time coming, but I’ve got to tell you this…

Almost 11 weeks ago, I moved house, and county! No longer living in Norfolk, which I’d done since 1974, I moved just across the border to Suffolk, and a small town I’d never even heard of before looking for a new home. Long story shortened: I love it here in Brandon. The longer I’m here, the more in love with the place and the people I become.

And I’ve joined a church.

I talked about baptism with the pastor on the very first day I went there, and was baptised that very same afternoon. No hesitation. No silly excuses, just the sweet pastor and the whole congregation wanting to live completely under the banner of the truth of God’s word. They saw a spiritual need, and sorted it out that very day.

Well, you know what? That’s how things were done in Acts.

There’s loads more to this, but for now, I’m thankful to God Almighty for providing me with somewhere to go for my spiritual food and nurturing. Two services on a Sunday and another gathering every Wednesday. Just how it should be.

And the welcome I’ve received is second to none. So a prayer I prayed 8 years ago has seen its fulfilment completed, and I live just a few steps away from all my physical and spiritual needs. And people don’t believe in miracles?

Why not?

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This is how it will happen…

Revelation 9

Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

(verses 1-6)

Revelation 16…

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.” So the first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image.

(verses 1-2)

For those who love their healthcare – I hope you take notice of the above. Here’s what’s truly happening. And we wonder why?

The storm over Jeremy Hunt’s latest attack on the UK’s health service is loud and clear from the people. The government do not give a damn about us, or whether we live, or die. That’s fact. But there is a greater truth in the above Scriptures than anything Jeremy Hunt can, or will do.

God doesn’t HAVE to phase out healthcare. But we’ve all become so used to it that a little drama might get people’s attention. So we are losing it. And when these Scriptures happen, there will be nowhere to run. Not even a doctor, should there be any left alive, will be able to get support if they are not covered by the blood of the lamb.

It would be right for EVERYONE to repent.

NOW.

I don’t CARE if you don’t like it.

I do not care.

Repent.

NOW.

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Thirteen Ways Goverment Budget Cuts Have Failed my Family (A Shortened Version)

Thank God there was once a proper health service. Those who worked in it saved my life, and my eyesight. Now, I’m old, it’s obviously time for me to look after myself, and be my own doctor. R.I.P – NHS. What a sorry shame we couldn’t protect YOU from harm when you need it most…

Mama Unexpected

It’s been in the news lately that my local county council are facing massive budget cuts and are failing SEN children. Was I shocked? Course not. Here’s a little list of some of the ways that budget cuts and “belt tightening” have personally affected my family so far in the last five years.

1) When I was in labour with Tilly, the unit was understaffed and so the midwife failed to spot that I was haemorrhaging heavily until my mum pointed out I was turning grey. I almost died in that labour room.
2) When Tilly was a few months old, my GP at the time told me she was “failing to thrive” but couldn’t refer me to anyone bar the growth paediatrician as the referrals would be rejected.
3) when Tilly was 10 months old my wonderful Health Visitor did her one year check early and sent off referrals…

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Encouragement

Isaiah 60

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