Thursday, 4 February 2021

Captain Sir Tom Moore and Christian Sacrifice

 

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What Sir Tom Moore taught me about Christian service, sacrifice and obedience

Major General Roddy Porter reflects on the lessons Christians can take from the inspirational life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who passed away yesterday at the age of 100

Every crisis breeds its heroes, and this Coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

The sacrifices of our NHS staff and volunteers, and the dedication of our teachers around the UK have inspired us every day. But the exploits of the man we pause to remember today, Captain Sir Tom Moore, outshine them all. 

Sir Tom, who died yesterday, personified in his 100-year-old frame, the nobility of the human spirit. He is a symbol of the 'never say die' attitude of those who, moulded in the furnace of past crises, rise to the surface to lead or inspire whenever danger or tribulation call.

Tom Moore's whole life was one of service and sacrifice, showing drive and motivation in his early years, a career in engineering was denied him by the advent of the second world war. Like so many of his generation, he endured privation and the heat of battle with determination and calm assurance. He was part of the forgotten 14th army fighting on in Burma after the war in Europe had ended.

After his war, he quietly got on with life in the army, then in business, marrying and indulging his adventurous spirit in his love of racing motorbikes, which he did with some success. And that might have been his postscript, until approaching his 100th birthday, April 6 2020 that sense of determination to 'do his bit' resurfaced, and he set off on his now famous garden walk, hoping to raise £1,000 for the NHS.

What happened next is well known: £32 million raised, an army guard of honour at the finish line, an RAF flypast and over 16,000 cards on his 100th birthday, not to mention a knighthood from the Queen and two entries in the Guinness Book of Records (for the most money raised in any individual fundraising walk, and for the oldest person to record a number one hit).

Captain Sir Tom Moore reminded me that we can all do our bit to help our neighbour or our nation.

Often the hardest part is simply starting off. Getting going. But Tom set off, and the rest is history.

His determination to make a difference reminds me that to take the first simple step in obedience to God's word, or his calling, is to unleash the full power of heaven in our support.

Is Jesus calling you to do something today, some act of obedience, or some decision to step out in faith? Why don't you take a leaf out of Captain Tom's book and take the first step and see what God will do?

Major General Roddy Porter served in the British Army for 31 years, and is now chief executive of Military Ministries International


Hello dear friend,

I hope you are well! 

I am sharing the above article from Premier Christian Radio online as I, along with millions, feel a great sadness at Captain Sir Tom's passing, and this piece is so informative and inspiring. I hope you enjoy it and that it lifts you up to do something for someone else today.

Love and blessings

Teresa 

Saturday, 16 January 2021

You’re more successful than you think!

 


Hello dear friend,

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are keeping well despite everything...

I am thinking about success today. Perhaps you are rich and at the top of your ladder. You may even have fame to go along with it. But. Does that mean that in the game of life you have actually been successful?

Like many things it depends on the way you look at it. 

As this is a Christian blog let’s look at it in a Christocentric way. God is love and if we don’t actively consider the need to be loving in everything we do, then… Draw your own conclusion, I’m not here to judge you!

If you take a look at the following poem and compare it to your own life, your own interactions, you may find gaps or similarities in it.

SUCCESS

Success is speaking words of praise,

in cheering other people's ways,

in doing just the best you can,

with every task and every plan.

It's silence when your speech would hurt,

politeness when your neighbour's curt.

It's deafness when the scandal flows,

and sympathy with others' woes.

It's loyalty when duty calls.

It's courage when disaster falls.

It's found in laughter and in song.

It's in the silent time of prayer,

in happiness and in despair.

In all of life and nothing less,

we find the thing we all success.

                                          Anon

I hope you found those sentiments as thought provoking as me. Time for a quick prayer I think.

Dear Lord, I am sorry for all the times I am not loving in my actions and words.

Please help me as I choose to become successful as a Christian by being as loving as possible in all situations.

I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wishing you a good day. Keep safe.

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


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Inspiration to lift your day!


Hello dear friend,

So good of you to take a minute out of your busy day to drop by for a little inspiration.

In the UK we are now starting to experience the second wave of Covid-19 and probably it’s the same where you are.

That being the case, I feel it is important to remember that, as Christians, we know God’s Holy Spirit lives within us. This means that no matter what happens to us we can rely on God and His loving strength to help us through – so we can relax!

For a little spiritual elevation try this prayer, or one of your own: 

Dear Lord, I thank You for the gift of this day.

Thank You too for the reminder that Your Holy Spirit dwells within me.

Please help me employ all the talents you have blessed me with in order to bless others, especially in these most testing of times.

 I ask this in the name of Jesus Your Son. Amen.

For further inspiration 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


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

With every blessing 
Teresa

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Miracle of the sun at Fatima:103 years ago today!

Hello dear friend,
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a good day, despite the scary pandemic.


Today my mind is filled with miracles and therefore with hope. Because it is 103 years ago today that Our Blessed Lady caused a miracle to show she really had been speaking to three young shepherds in Fatima, Portugal. This miracle was witnessed by a crowd of some 70,000 people, including top journalists from around the globe.


This is what was reported by an onlooker: "After speaking to the children as she had done before, opening her hands Our Lady shone the light issuing from them onto the sun, and as she rose, her own radiance continued to be cast onto the sun. At that moment, Lucia [one of the children] cried, 'Look at the sun!'

Once Our Lady had disappeared the children saw some visions: three scenes symbolising the three mysteries of the Rosary - Joyful, Sorrowful and Mysterious.

"While these scenes took place, the great throng of about seventy thousand spectators witnessed the miracle of the sun.

It had rained all during the apparition. At the end of the conversation between Our Lady and Lucia - when the Blessed Virgin rose and Lucia shouted, 'Look at the sun!' - the clouds opened up, revealing the sun as an immense silver disk. It shone with an intensity never seen before, but was not blinding. This lasted only an instant. Then the immense ball began to 'dance'. the sun began to spin rapidly like a gigantic circle of fire. Then it stopped momentarily, only to begin spinning vertiginously again. Its rim became scarlet; whirling, it scattered flames across the sky. Their light was reflected on the ground, on the trees, and on the very faces and clothing of the people, which took on brilliant hues and changing colours.

After performing this bizarre pattern three times, the globe of fire seemed to tremble, shake, and then plunge in a zigzag towards the terrified crowd.

All this lasted about ten minutes. Finally the sun zigzagged back to its original place and once again became still and brilliant, shining with its everyday brightness.

Many people noticed that their clothes, soaking wet from the rain, had suddenly dried.
The miracle of the sun was also seen by numerous witnesses up to twenty-five miles away from the place of the apparition."


For further inspiration 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


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.

Blessings
Teresa

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