Saturday, 12 September 2020

Keep Christocentric!




Hello dear friend,

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Last night I had a very powerful experience of temptation which I just had to share with you. The Devil told me I was worthless, and for a few minutes I bought his lie!

This is what happened:

It was late, but, and not quite ready to go to bed I started channel hopping with the TV remote. I finally came to TBN, a Christian channel you may be familiar with. (https://www.tbn.org/It was a Praise programme and a band was on stage playing brilliant, uplifting music. I listened spellbound for a few moments and then… was flooded with negativity, against… myself!

I felt absolutely useless in the face of this band’s talent. It was as if anything and everything I created or tried to create was, and would be, as nothing next to the beauty of the work I was witnessing. So that, in just a few short moments, I felt reduced to worthlessness.

I tried tentatively to fight back with: “Well, there’s my writing - which some people value.”

And got back: “Huh! Your writing, huh! It’s rubbish!”

I said, “But I’ve just had another book accepted for publication so it can’t be that bad.”

I got back: “Forget it! You’re worthless!!”

I felt so bad.  In the space of a couple of minutes I felt reduced to nothing.

Just about to turn off the television my eyes were drawn across my lounge to a picture of Jesus. I looked at it, then back at the screen, and it was like my perception broadened. As I watched the performers and the audience it struck me that they were all filled with love for God, and were showing Him that.  

So instead of switching off I just focussed on their worship and praise of the God Whom I too love, worship and praise. And I thanked God for them and their testimony of love in song and music. And when that band was replaced by anther and then another I continued to watch and enjoy both the music and the testimony.

Then I watched a talk segment with a man who had become a Christian at the age of 18 and, though an important scientist, is also a preacher who has brought many to God.

He shared the moment of his conversion. Then he told the viewers how they too could be saved. He said that you should tell God that you are sorry for all your sins, confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in His resurrection, and then you are saved. He also advised everyone to read the Bible every single day.

When I finally switched the TV off I was feeling very close to Christ. I was also feeling very empowered in my work too. I laughed at myself. “What a big fat lie that was about me being worthless!” I said to myself. “The Father of All Lies at work again!”

And so, my friend in Christ, when you next come up against a lie from the Father of All Lies try saying this prayer, or one of your own: "Dear Lord, please hold me in the palm of Your hand and keep me safe from this negativity which is threatening my peace of mind. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son. Amen.”

I wrote a book showing clearly how to put your hand into God’s and to keep close to Him. It is called 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life. Here is the link for the book trailer: http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns

You can buy the book on lots of sites the web. Or click this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=9+days+to+heaven&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

It is also available as an e-book and here is a link for that: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Days-Heaven-Everlasting-Meaning-ebook/dp/B00AIR8CSC/ref=sr_1_3_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356721426&s

Please contact me if you would like further information on how to draw closer to Christ.

Wishing you a blessed weekend.

Teresa 



 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Live One Day at a Time!






Hello dear friend,
Thank you so much for stopping by!

In my last post I shared a link with you to the Catholic People, the official newspaper to the Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff. It is a really good read so here is the link to the August edition. https://rcadc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Catholic-People-August-2020.pdf

I am blessed to have a monthly column in this publication and below, for inspiration, I am sharing that with you now.  


Let Biblical Inspiration Fire Your Imagination!

A 3 minute reading and meditation.
                                         
You will need a Bible, a chair, and few minutes alone

“Do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matthew 6:34

                                    
Do you, like me, feel as if we are in the eye of the Covid-19 storm? As the numbers of infections in Wales, thankfully, plummet we are eager to take advantage of the respite and enjoy a little taste of normality. But as this is the “new normal” - where we must stay alert and keep Covid-safe at all times - there is not that much peace of mind generally to be had. 

As Christians though, remembering that we are urged to live one day at a time, we are much better placed to feel secure. When we keep our focus on Jesus we can be sure that we will always be safe; no matter what happens in our lives! I hope the meditation below helps you to stay focused on the present.  

1. Read Matthew 6:31-34

2. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Breathe in deeply through the nose. Hold a few seconds. Breathe out through the mouth and as you do so feel the whole of your body relax.

3. Now meditate for a few moments on the fact that Christ does not want you to worry about anything. He wants, instead, your complete trust.

4. Now say this prayer – or one of your own – ‘Dear Lord, I want to trust You, always, but sometimes I find life very scary. Please will you remind me often to stay as close to You as possible, and to feel the security of Your loving presence. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen’

5. When you are ready breathe in and out deeply as before. Then open your eyes and have a big stretch.

I hope that with Jesus by your side you enjoy a measure of tranquillity each day, no matter what your circumstances.  
God bless
Teresa

For more inspiration check out my book 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life



Here is the link for the book trailer: http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns 

You can buy the book on lots of sites the web. Or click this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=9+days+to+heaven&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss




Sunday, 19 July 2020

Getting to Know Him - Part 3





Behold I stand at the door and knock, says the Lord. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.  From the New Testament, Book of Revelation chapter 3 verse 20

Hello dear friend in Christ,
I hope you are keeping well! It is a happy day for churches in England as they are allowed to open for Holy Mass. The fact that Covid-19 secure rules apply is a good thing as it keeps people as safe as possible from the virus. From next Sunday in Wales churches will also be able to conduct services.

Today, in the liturgical calendar of the Church, it is the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Communion Antiphon today is the above Bible quotation: Rev 3:20. Remember that it is a quote dear to my heart. So much so that I wrote a book based on its foundation. (See details below.)

I want to draw your attention to a publication called the Catholic People. It is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and is edited by Dr James Campbell. I am blessed to have a regular column in it. This month my column concerns remembering the constant presence of the Holy Spirit Who will see you through every aspect of your life - the good times and the bad times. Among other features in this issue you will see how churches and the Church have been coping in lockdown. Please click on this link to read the paper.  https://rcadc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cardiff-July-2020.pdf

If you want to join other Christians on our journey towards getting to know God better you could say this prayer, or one of your own:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I want so much to know You better. Please help me to understand that you are always with me, waiting patiently for me to welcome You into my daily challenges and choices. I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.”

I wrote a book showing clearly how to come close to God. It is called 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life


Here is the link for the book trailer: http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns You can buy the book on lots of sites the web. Or click this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=9+days+to+heaven&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss


Please contact me if you would like further information on how to draw closer to Christ.
Blessings
Teresa

Friday, 10 July 2020

Getting to Know Him! - Part Two






From one man [God] created all races of mankind and He made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and limits of the places where they would live. He did this so that they would look for Him, and perhaps find Him as they felt about for Him.
St Paul speaking to the Athenians in the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 17 verses 26 & 27


Dear friend in Christ,
In lock down, where we have been living apart from each other in order to prevent the spread of the potentially lethal Covid-19 virus, many people have finally had the opportunity to be still for a while and have listened to Christ's gentle knocking on the door of their hearts - which is what the above painting by Holman Hunt is depicting.  They have been reaching out by watching or listening to church services, and so on. Many of these people have never even been inside a church.

If you are among those newly reaching out to Jesus for answers and help you may, perhaps, be feeling perplexed about your decision to do this. But. If you read the above Bible quote you can see clearly that this has always been His intention.

From your birth He has been waiting for you to turn to Him. To let Him share your life and to guide you through the good times, bad times, and everything in between. And only when you do that can you achieve your full potential. Until you know what He wants you to do on earth you will never be truly happy or fulfilled!

Start to open out to Christ’s guidance by saying this prayer, or one of your own, Dear Heavenly Father,  I want to get to know You better. Please will you share my life and guide me in all of my decisions? I ask this through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen  

I wrote a book showing clearly how to come close to God. It is called 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life


Here is the link for the book trailer: http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns You can buy the book on lots of sites the web. Or click this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=9+days+to+heaven&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss


Please contact me if you would like further information on how to draw closer to Christ.
Blessings
Teresa

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Calling all pro-life believers: please pray today...

Please pray today


Calling all pro-life believers: please pray today...

On Monday 6 July 2020, MPs could change the course of abortion history in our country. If amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill are passed, we will see the worst evil in our country since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Bishop John Sherrington of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster has said that events on Monday could “leave the U.K. with the most extreme abortion legislation in Europe".

Rallying Christians a few weeks ago to oppose the extreme abortion regime now legalised in Guernsey, Bishop Philip Egan of the RC Diocese of Portsmouth said: “Every child conceived in the womb is God-given. Every child is willed personally by God. Every child is placed on earth by God for a purpose...”

Now is the time for all pro-lifers of faith to cry out to God to bring justice for unborn children and their mothers on Monday 6 July 2020.

...And contact your MP

For those who have not yet done so, we also need you to contact your MP.

The Speaker is expected to select the amendments to be debated by about 1.30pm on Monday. He will then announce which amendments will be voted on at about 9pm. There is still time to influence your MP's vote.

Please email your MP urgently and ask him or her to vote against New Clauses 28 and 29 if they are selected on Monday. Full details on what to say to your MP can be found here.

May God bless you. With all good wishes,



Antonia Tully
Director of Campaigns
Hello dear friend, I hope you will ask your MP today to vote against this heinous amendment. God bless. Teresa

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Getting to Know Him!



Jesus said, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into his house…” The New Testament, The Revelation to John Chapter 3 verse 20

Dear friend in Christ,
I hope that you are coping well in these difficult times. I pray that, like me, you are staying as close to God as you possibly can. None of us knows how our whole life will unfold but if we walk with Jesus He will help us through everything!

Polls have shown that during lockdown a quarter adults in the UK have tuned into church services. In other words, when the chips are down they have turned to the right person: Jesus Christ!

Many of these people have never even been inside a church. If you identify with that please understand that you are being called by Christ. I know from personal experience that His call is gentle - He will never force Himself into your life. But through this enforced isolation He has the opportunity to catch your attention.

If you are wondering how to get to know Him better you could start by saying this prayer:
“Dear Lord, I am so sorry that I have not paid proper attention to You before. But I am listening now. I want know You. Please show me how to do this. I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.”

I wrote a book showing clearly how to come close to God. It is called 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life




Here is the link for the book trailer: http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns 

You can buy the book on lots of sites the web. Or click this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=9+days+to+heaven&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss


Please contact me if you would like further information on how to draw closer to Christ.
Blessings
Teresa

Friday, 22 May 2020

Closed churches: Priestly ministrations greatly increased!



Rt Rev Paul Stonham, Abbot of Belmont Abbey
Photo from Catholic People

Hello dear friend,
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you and yours are keeping safe in this coronavirus pandemic.

If you wonder what work our priests are doing now that the churches are shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus take a look at the following link and see.

https://rcadc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cardiff-Catholic-People-May-2020.pdfhttps://rcadc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cardiff-Catholic-People-May-2020.pdf

You will discover that many are among our unsung heroes as they minister to the dying in hospitals - a job they do regularly, pandemic or not.  They too are risking their lives in order to bring the comfort of God's blessings upon the suffering. When they get to go home they then have to take the phone calls from the bereaved and grieving. And carry out funeral services under strict rules of social distancing.

They are used to this work, of course, but not the volume they currently face. Not the loss of such a number of previously fit or reasonably healthy people cut down much sooner than could have been anticipated.

Have you heard any of this in the media? Have they spoken about priests or other ministers and their crucial role in helping to relieve suffering? Well I haven't! Actually, in all the countless reports I've watched and read and listened to relating to this pandemic I have only heard the role of the Church mentioned once, en passant, and that was in relation to being but one of the organisations which usually identify people at risk in their own homes from violent partners. 

When it comes to mental health issues help lines have been highlighted for suffers to turn to. But not once has prayer or God or churches had a mention. I don't know about you but it is my faith in Jesus Christ which is keeping me going in all this! Yet at the last census 59.3% of the population of the UK identified as Christian. The majority. But to the media we are invisible. Make no mistake, when they ignore the Church they ignore the majority of the people. Us. And what do we do about it? Well, we generally simply smart in silence, and pray hard for the ignorant.

To begin to mitigate this situation prayer is indeed a great starting point. You may like to say the following prayer, or one of your own.

Dear Heavenly Father,
I love You above all things. I am so very sorry when people ignore You - Who made everything and by Whose bounty we live each day.  I ask You to forgive their ignorance and to flood them with Your saving grace and gift of faith so that they come to know You and love You as You deserve. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your beloved Son, Amen 

After praying I suggest you join the Christian Institute, a non-denominational organisation which fights for Christian rights and is a powerful Christian voice in the world. To check out their work please click on the following link.  https://www.christian.org.uk/ They are also a good source of up to the minute news.

Wishing you continued health and strength at this very testing time.

God bless
Teresa
PS For further inspiration check out my website:  http://www.teresaodriscoll.co.uk 

PPS Don't forget to check out my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - which is a practical guide to joyful living!   You can see the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns