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. Before receiving Holy Communion we say 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.)

Today 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

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

God's rainbow of protection



Photo from Wikepedia

God said, "I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." Genesis 9:13

Hello dear friend, 
Thank you so much for stopping by. At this very difficult time it is wonderful that in the UK people are remembering the rainbow as the sign of God's protection.  

At this time of uncertainty stay as close to Him as possible. 

You can do this by saying this prayer, or one of your own, "Dear Lord, please hold me and the whole world in the palm of Your hand and see us safely through this horrific time. I ask this in Jesus' name, Amen."  

My dear friend and fellow Christian writer Pauline Lewis has written a blog post on her observations of the rainbow. I recommend it to you. Please see below.

May God bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe.
Teresa x

BLOG – RAINBOWS           
In the midst of the darkness of this pandemic Coronavirus, rainbows are appearing in many windows bringing light, joy and hope.
After the terrible world-wide flood when Noah and this family, who dared to believe God, had been shut up in the ark for months on end, they had come out at last into the sunshine and a fresh new world. It was then that God set his bow in the sky, a special sign of his assurance that this would never happen again and that our seasons would be sure.
God’s bow, unlike the bows they used for hunting, is  one of glorious colour; yes, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. plreadywriter.blogspot.co.uk  Use this link to read more...

PS Don't forget to take a look at my other blog:  https://creativelivingforthebestyou.blogspot.com/
Also, 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



Monday, 30 March 2020

Remember God loves you!








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

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic there has never been a more important time to remember that God loves you! 

You are His beloved child whom He created and His Holy Spirit dwells within you. It is human to feel fear right now but remembering God's loving presence regularly throughout each scary day offers an oasis of peace.

You may well have read the Love Letter below but now you might like to print it out and read it often for courage in adversity.

May God continue to bless you and your family and keep you all safe from this dreaded virus.
Much love

Teresa x

A Love Letter from God

My Child,
You may not know me, but I know everything about you Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways Psalm 139:3 Even the hairs on your head are numbered Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being Acts 17:28 For you  are my offspring Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation Ephesians 1:11-12 

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother’s womb Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me John 8:41-44 

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are my child and I am your father 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect father Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts towards you are countless as the sand on the seashore Psalm 39:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing Zephaniah 3-17 I will never stop doing good to you Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession Exodus 19:5 

I desire you establish you with all my heart and soul Jeremiah  32:41 And I want to show you great and marvellous things Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart Psalms 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine Ephesians  3:20 For I am your greatest encourager 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you Psalm 34:18 As  shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes Revelation 21:3-4 And I’ll take away the pain you have suffered on this earth Revelation 21:3-4 

I am your father and I love you even as I love my son Jesus John 17:23 For in Jesus my love for you is revealed John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being Hebrews 1:3 And He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you 1 John 4:10 

I gave up everything I love that I might gain your love Romans 8:31 If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen Luke 15:7 

I have always been Father and will always be Father Ephesians 3:14-15 My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13 I am waiting for you Luke 15:11-32

…Love, Your Dad

  Almighty God

PERMISSION TO COPY: Father's Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications © 1999 www.FathersLoveLetter.com


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