Wednesday, 8 April 2020

God's rainbow of protection



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

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...

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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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Stay close to Him!




   
     
Dear friend,
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope this post gives you a bit of comfort in this extremely testing time.

Since I last posted I’ve had a bad bout of shingles – on right side of head, forehead, eyelid, and in eye. It takes a couple of months apparently to get fully fit again, so I am currently self-isolating, along with many others both in the UK and around the world.

No matter what your age or state of health this coronavirus crisis is very scary. As Christians though, we do not have to succumb to our fear. Just stick close to Jesus at all times, and He will help you through whatever comes.

I do believe in the adage: ‘prepare for the worst and hope for the best’ and I feel this has never been more important for so many people. As Jesus said, ‘…you must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’ Matthew 24:44 Yes, this applies to His Second Coming but also we do not know when He will come to take us individually to our heavenly home.

So here is a plan: Spiritually prepare, then pray often remembering that God dwells within you. We know this is true because Jesus told us emphatically, ‘Anyone who loves Me will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We shall come to him and make a home in him.’ John 14:23

Then use the exercise below – or one of your own - to make a spiritual preparation for this crisis.
1.                 Sit up straight, close your eyes and take a deep in-breath through the nose. Hold that for a few seconds and as you breathe out through the mouth feel the whole of your body relax.
2.                  Now, as you become aware of God’s presence, ask Him to remind you of the times you did not do as you know He would have wanted you to. Dig deep into your soul and spirit and feel the sorrow of that.
3.                   Tell Jesus that you are sorry for your lapses. And that you will try, from this moment on, to do His will.
4.                  Now sit for a few moments simply enjoying God’s company. Feel the love flowing between you.
5.                  When you are ready breathe in and out deeply as before, then open your eyes and have a big stretch.
6.                  As you go about your day pause often to remember God’s presence. Use this opportunity to push away fear because, actually, in the context of everlasting life with Jesus, there is nothing for you to fear. No matter what challenges life brings remember that God is with you and cling on to that truth, and He will see you through even the most testing situations.

My book 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life, a practical guide to joyful living which has already helped many through a crisis in their life, will certainly be of use in this one. Click here to buy the e-book on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Days-Heaven-Make-Everlasting-Meaning-ebook/dp/B00AIR8CSC

We can beat this virus together by staying home to prevent its spread.
May God continue to bless you
Teresa x
PS. Don't forget to take a look at my other bloghttps://creativelivingforthebestyou.blogspot.com/
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, 9 March 2020

How much do you trust Him?





‘But I trust in Thee, O Lord, I say, “Thou art my God.” My times are in Thy hand…’
            Psalm 31:14

Hello dear friend,
Thank you for stopping by!

The three minute meditation below about trusting God relates to my recent bad bout of shingles. It was a challenge but I was determined to stay as positive as possible during the episode - which was quite an experience! I did what I always try to do, and what I advise everyone to do: stay as close to God as possible at all times.

The shingles affected the right side of my head, forehead and eyelid, and then it caused viral conjunctivitis and an ulcer in my right eye. It was rather nasty and painful - as anyone who has had it will know - as it involves the nerves in the skin. Happily, I am well on the mend and also getting my strength back. (It's quite a long business.)

It did though, through my choosing, include some spiritual development. First of all I offered the pain up for the souls in purgatory. And in the midst of the pain I sometimes found myself identifying with Christ on the cross, though, of course, it goes without saying: His pain was way beyond mine...! One night, while trying to get to sleep, I found myself praying. 'Dear Lord, I'm not asking You to take this illness away but the doctor said I needed plenty of sleep in order to heal. So please will you help me to go to sleep. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.' And He immediately gave me advice on getting more comfortable. When I did what He suggested I fell asleep quickly. Thank You Lord!

For me though, the worst thing about the shingles was not my personal pain - which I knew was temporary and part of an illness - but the thought of the pain of others stemming from, say. life-threatening disease. I just hated to think of all those poor people going through a terrible time. It was at that point that I told God that I didn't understand why that was happening.

But very soon I came back to: 'Lord, Your ways are not my ways but I know that you are Love. And though I do not understand many things in this life I choose afresh to trust You implicitly. Knowing that one day all will be revealed to me and everything will have stemmed from Love.' As Saint Paul put it, 'Now we see through a glass darkly. But then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part but then I shall understand fully.' 1 Corinthians 13:12 

The meditation below was the fruition of that experience. I am sharing it with you in the hope that it will help you - now or in the future when you need it.

Let Biblical Inspiration Fire Your Imagination!
3 minute reading and meditation 
                                          
You will need a bible, a chair, and few minutes alone

‘But I trust in Thee, O Lord, I say, “Thou art my God.” My times are in Thy hand…’
           Psalm 31:14

Perhaps you will agree that when things are going well in your life it is easier, much easier, to say that you trust God. Maybe your faith could be described as vibrant. You may even have got to the point in your spiritual development where a crisis in your life can be viewed – sooner rather than later - as the test it is. But. When you are ill or in pain, or feeling overwhelmed by life, it is human to have a bit of wobble. Even saints have admitted as much. If you are going through a dark valley at the moment I hope that the meditation below will help you circle back to ‘Jesus, I trust in You!’.

1. Read Psalm 31:9-16  

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 mysterious nature of God. Then focus on the fact that though, in this life, we will NEVER have all the answers to the most difficult questions, God asks us to trust Him. And though that is especially difficult when we are suffering in some way that is precisely when our trust is most necessary. Otherwise, how can we prove our trust?

4. Now say this prayer – or one of your own – ‘Dear Lord Jesus, without You I am nothing. So I beg you to be patient with me if I become impatient with a painful situation in my life. Please remind me of my promise – made in a happier time - to turn everything over to You; to trust all outcomes to Your loving hands. I ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen’

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

Prayerfully hoping the above meditation helps you through your toughest tests of trusting God.
God bless
Teresa
For more inspiration read my book: 9 Days to Heaven, How to make everlasting meaning of your life - the practical guide to joyful living! See the book trailer by clicking on this link:  http://youtu.be/154luv8KMns



Friday, 14 February 2020

Love beyond romance!


Let Biblical Inspiration Fire Your Imagination!
3 minute reading and meditation 
                                          
You will need a bible, a chair, and few minutes alone

Jesus said, “…love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples…”
                        John 13:35

Romantic love is in the air this Valentine's Day. For Christians though, as God is Love: every day, every moment, we are challenged by Jesus’ commandment to show love to everyone we cross paths with. We do so by being helpful, forgiving, generous, kind, and so on. Sometimes showing love is easy. But at other times it can prove extremely difficult. Yet we are bound to try. If you are struggling with this the following meditation could give your efforts a boost!

1. Read John 13:34-35

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 Jesus, as God made man, was fully aware of the potential difficulties His commandment would stir up. That our human nature would sometimes cause a tussle between self-concern and demonstrating the love He wants of us.  

4. Now say this prayer – or one of your own – ‘Dear Lord Jesus, because of my love for You, I want to always follow Your commandment to love. Please will You help me daily to rise to this challenge. And please also remind me that when I do so I am filled with joy! I ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen’

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

Prayerfully hoping the above meditation helps in your desire to do what Jesus asks.
God bless
Teresa
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





Friday, 3 January 2020

The Spiritual Vibrations of Athens


Athens

Αθήνα
Acropolis of AthensGreek ParliamentZappeion HallAthens Olympic Sports ComplexMonastirakiAerial view from LycabettusAthens montage. Clicking on an image in the picture causes the browser to load the appropriate article.
Photos from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens

Hello dear friend,
Thank you for stopping by. I wonder if you have visited Athens: my second home? If you haven't I strongly recommend you put it on your bucket list! It will surely feed your spirit as well as gladden your heart!

Just being in Athens - with the ancient temples of the Acropolis at its heart and the word Theos (God) often on the people’s lips - can take you to a higher level of spiritual awareness.

In a land where St Paul himself preached the Gospel, where churches crowd together and the name of the Virgin Mary is constantly on the lips of its people, it is difficult to ignore the spiritual side of life. That elusive spiritual side of our nature is stirred as the very air itself seems filled not just by sunshine but with the whisperings of past deep secrets.
The spiritual side of our multi-dimensional structure is the one that has long been ignored. The trio of mind, body and spirit has been reduced to the duo of body and mind, it is little wonder then that the twenty-first century disease of superficiality has encroached upon mankind and is feeding off the ailing spirit. Yet in rare moments of supreme happiness we can feel the zinging of the spirit as a palpable, living part of our being. This experience is beyond the mind and the body and yet an integral part of it since we three are one.

To truly get the best out of life it therefore follows that unless we take time to nourish all three aspects of ourselves we are not fully living. And since a harmonious life is the most fulfilling one maybe it's time to give that elusive spiritual side a bit of attention. Perhaps you have never given much thought to your spirit that has been described as the 'essential nature of a person'. And yet, with just a little attention you can achieve that balance and perspective that you unconsciously crave - that illusory 'peace of mind'. And when you get a little deeper into your own awareness you will begin to realise that the very craving for peace was your spirit crying out for your attention.
If you want to nourish your spirit you can send out a prayer for someone else. You don't need to use special words, just ask for what you want with a sincere heart. Norman Vincent Peale in his bestselling book The Power of Positive Thinking says of prayer, "Personally, I believe that prayer is a sending out of vibrations from one person to another and to God. All of the universe is in vibration. There are vibrations in the molecules of a table. The air is filled with vibrations. The reaction between human beings is also a vibration. When you send out a prayer for another person, you employ the force inherent in a spiritual universe. You transport from yourself to the other person a sense of love, helpfulness, support - a sympathetic, powerful understanding - and in this process you awaken vibrations in the universe through which God brings to pass the good objectives prayed for. Experiment with this principle and you will know its amazing results."

Let me know how you get on.

God bless

Teresa x

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

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Nobody is an outsider to this happiness!


Nativity scene courtesy of Advocate Art. Christmas card sold in aid of #Brooke Action for working donkeys

Hello dear friend,
Thank you for dropping in. I hope you are enjoying a good Christmas season. Mine is better than last year but will never be the same again since Mum and Dad passed on to heaven.

As with last year my favourite part so far was Midnight Mass. I volunteered to be a greeter for the fourth time in a row. I find this really helps me to contain my emotions. When you have to focus on giving everyone a warm welcome and ensure they have a booklet which contains all the carols and the order of service your own concerns slip away.

This year though, I got a surprise when our parish priest asked me and three other unsuspecting parishioners to do a reading throughout the carol service. But we  all rose to the occasion. When I had a quick pre-service peek at my reading I was wowed by the beauty of the words. And when I read the sermon out to the packed church I couldn't stop smiling as I spoke. I am sharing the reading with you in the hope that it inspires you too.

God bless

Teresa
Sermon on the Nativity by Pope St Leo the Great

O Christian, be aware of your nobility.

This is the day our Saviour was born: what a joy for us, my beloved! This is no season for sadness, this, the birthday of Life - the Life which annihilates the fear of death, and engenders joy, promising, as it does, immortality.

Nobody is an outsider to this happiness. The same cause for joy is common to all, for as our Lord found nobody free from guilt when He came to bring an end to death and sin, so He came with redemption for all. Let the saint rejoice, for he hastens to his crown: let the Sinner be filled with joy, for pardon is offered him: let the Gentile be emboldened, for he is called to life.

When the designated time had come, which God in His deep and impenetrable plan had fixed upon, God's Son took the nature of man upon Himself in order to reconcile man to his Creator. Thus would the devil, the father of death, be himself overcome by that self-same human nature which he had overcome.

The angels therefore exult at the birth of the Lord: they sing "Glory to God in heaven"; they announce "Peace on earth for men on whom His favour rests." For they behold the heavenly Jerusalem being constructed from out of the peoples on earth. How greatly ought mere men rejoice at this mysterious undertaking of divine love, when the angels on high thrill so much at it!

O Christian be aware of your nobility - it is God's own nature that you share. []

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