God is good; If it’s bad, it’s from the devil.
It’s been a rather rainy one (British weather!), but a good one all in all. I for one started the day with a lovely time at church, celebrating the real reason for the day; the resurrection. Mum felt she couldn’t do without our traditional Ugandan staple, Matooke, so off we went after church; to go find some matooke for the Easter meal. Turns out finding Matooke in London is no mean feat.
In the run up to Easter, there’s been a big egg hunt across Central London. It’s a Fabergé-themed egg hunt to raise money for some excellent causes. 200 huge, uniquely crafted eggs were laid (pun un-intended) out in several places across the city, and every one invited to join in. In my travels around the city, I managed to find four of these huge eggs. Big number, right? 4 out of 200 is quite something, I think.
Hello all, and a very merry Christmas to you! From reading around, I know it may not be/have been merry …
You’ve heard the phrase ‘the calm after the storm’ before, and if you’re alive (you’re reading this, so I’m sure you’re alive) then you’ve most probably experienced those words before. Of course there is also ‘the calm before the storm’, and that usually escapes our notice because, honestly, no one is thinking, ‘Things are really good and calm right now, something terrible must be about to happen.’
But it’s the first phrase I’m interested in, today. The calm after the storm, something the bible has a lot to say about. I think life is a series of bursts of calm preceding bursts of storms, and the cycle continues, ad infinitum. Thank God we have a manual, and an ever present help for both phases of this cycle that’s life.
The Psalmist said;
You have put us to the test, God; as silver is purified by the fire so you have tested us. You let us fall into a trap and placed heavy burdens on our backs. You let our enemies trample over us; we went through fire and flood, but now you have brought us to a place of safety. Ps 66:10-12
I once told someone I forgive but I don’t forget. Understably shocked, this person said okay, that’s scary. And it was. I very obviously had a very loose grasp on the concept of forgiveness at the time, and very long afterwards.
These past three days things have been happening that I firmly believe are far from coincidence. Sunday morning before reading or even opening my devotional, while leafing through my bible I somehow stopped and read the book of Jonah. Yes, I and the whole world know the story and how he got trapped in the big fish, still I stopped to read it. Then a few minutes later when I started reading the devotional, one of the day’s bible readings happened to be from Jonah. Hmm, coincidence? Maybe. Well, that very night while watching TV and flipping through the channels I momentarily stopped to listen to a televangelist speak. And guess what he started talking about some minutes after I had tuned in? Continue reading
Murmuration = a flock of starlings.
Here’s why they are so special.
I got this video from Castorgirl at http://www.scatteredpieces.org, a blog I found at Alice’s http://whatshappenedtoalice.blogspot.com whom I discovered at http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com. Lot’s of finding, right? Welcome to the Blogosphere.
Well, I thought I’d share. One simply can’t keep something like this to oneself. It’s just so beautiful, nature is. It’s beautiful, it’s calming, it renders me speechless sometimes. I want to watch this video over and over again, and just sit and gaze and get lost in the starlings’ magic.
To let the sun bless,
Impart her warmth,
Share her glow,
The gloom to dispel.
A call to He above,
Lorn and long.
Same each morn,
Songs of praise,
A sigh, a prayer,
His gentle hand I feel,
Never too far away,
To bestow bloom,
Flames of faith,
Flickers of hope,
And embers of love.
That eternal trio – faith, hope and love,
At my core abloom.
Clear as daylight,
Knows not of the gloom,
Creeping up every morn.
No abode for gloom,
Nature gently screams.
‘Oh, what do you know?’
I want to ask.
Faith. Hope. Love.
‘These three remain.’
Nature too, is abloom.
I partake of her bloom.
I picked these orange blossoms up this morning on my way from church. Wonder what their name is. The little set up on which they stand, that I have had for some time now. I like looking at it, makes me smile, especially the bust of bright colours on the stand (it’s an improvised one). Lately the vase has been sitting there empty, so this morning I decided to put it to good use, add more colour to the set-up, light up the corner. Sunday bloom. I saw these flowers and thought, pretty, I’m taking you with me.
© Kat 2011
This is an excerpt from something I heard on 27th October, but it somehow ended up in my drafts folder. It was titled Surviving Hardship In Time Of Chaos. As we start a new week I thought I’d share it with you:
God’s delays are not God’s denials. He is waiting for your endurance, for persistence to overcome resistance. God will first take you through the university of adversity, before making you leaders in the kingdom of God.
Surviving Hardship In Time Of Chaos
1, 2, 3 – I’m afraid I missed points 1, 2, and 3, but I’ll try hard to look around for them (Google to the rescue!) and include them. I got point 4 though, and it got me thinking.
4. Ignore the winds and the waves
When Jesus ordered the apostle to walk on water, he was doing fine until he started focusing on the waves and the howling winds.
When you focus on the threat you’ll experience fear. When you focus on Jesus you experience victory.
I wish those insightful wise words were mine, but I only got them from a telecast of Pastor John Hagee. I hope they touched you too, and helped you somehow.
Have a good Monday, and an even better week.