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The God of love


This is my God. Not a God of war but of peace. Not a God who hates but one who loves. Not a God who encourages killing in His name but a God who encourages reaching out to those who hate us. My God is the epitome of love and all that is love. He demonstrated His love for us in this, that whilst we were still sinners Christ died for us! This is my God, the One and only God for there is no other.



Shirley Anne

Panic and concern


I was working in a house on Monday doing some small electrical work for a lady. I asked about her line of work and she told me she worked for the Marie Curie care organisation (https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/who) named after the pioneering physicist and chemist of the same name (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie). She works during and overnight sitting with terminally ill patients giving support and organising things when patients die. We chatted about her work and I told her quite frankly that I couldn’t do the work she does. It is a vocation to be sure and not the sort of work suitable for everyone to undertake. I admire people such as her. During an earlier conversation I had asked if she was a Christian and indeed she was so when we started talking about her work I naturally asked if she ever had the chance to witness to her charges. She replied that sometimes she had the opportunity. She then told me that some people are terrified at the thought of dying. My heart sank a little as I thought about that. Not having the assurance of an eternal life with our Creator is something not to be desired. How wonderful it is when someone at death’s door has the peace and reassurance that they will be going to heaven because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.’

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honour him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.’

Do not delay. Now is the hour to commit yourselves to God. Know in your heart that you are loved by The Lord and there will be no fear of the grave. For those who are in Christ Jesus death has no sting.

Shirley Anne

Just who is God?


live-by-faith-copyI meet many people who tell me they do not believe in God. I once numbered among them myself. Some simply say they are not religious and think God doesn’t exist. They have no explanation as to where everything originated but will ask who created God when it is suggested that He made everything. They ask that question out of ignorance and from a human perspective. If God did make everything then He must have created evil too, they will say. Maybe they will say, ‘Then why does God allow all these horrible things to happen?’ making reference to paedophillia, murder or natural disasters to name but a few things. That becomes their stumbling block, their reasons for not believing in God. If sin is mentioned many will deny they sin but don’t make the connection between sin and God. Sin exists because God exists but sin was not created by God. God did not create many things, love, peace, happiness and all things good would suggest He did but these good things are simply aspects of God’s being, they exist because He does. Without God there would be none of these things. Sin separates the unbeliever from God, in fact sin and evil of all kinds are merely the result of the absence of God. When Adam and Eve took what they were not supposed to take they sinned. Their actions, their sin, resulted from the fact that God wasn’t in their hearts for if He had been they would not have disobeyed. When subsequently they realised their error the way back into the ‘Garden of Eden‘ was blocked. There was no way back to God. They had lost the eternal life which God had bestowed upon them when they were created and decay set in. Had God not put an angel there to guard the way back they would have returned but still in their sin. They would then have lived forever in their sinful state, that is eternally separated from God. That is the description of Hell, eternal damnation and punishment and separation from God. God could not allow that to happen. However all mankind subsequently suffered as a result of that disobedience. Paradise lost indeed. Having been cast out of God’s presence there was no way back. They were helpless and could not change their circumstances. Today we also have no power in ourselves to make amends and be able to return to the everlasting life which God wanted us to share with Him. God however loves us all and knows we cannot help ourselves but He cannot allow us back into His presence whilst still in our sinful state just as He couldn’t allow Adam or Eve back. Our sins keep us separated from Him. God provided a solution, the only solution, an atoning sacrifice. Our sins needed to be dealt with and the punishment meted out for them in order that we might have a clean slate and start anew. That sacrifice was His Son Jesus Christ. He alone has paid the price for each and every one of us. The debt has been paid and we are set free. There is just one thing, we have to believe in Jesus and in God, we have to repent of our sins, which means turning away from them and from deliberately turning to them and then we must take hold of the free gift offered to us. Without Jesus we would remain in our sins and remain separated from God, not just for now but forever! To believe in anything else is futile for there is only one way to salvation and that is through Jesus Christ, no-one else has the power or the authority. Make that choice before it is too late, not tomorrow or the next day, not next week or some time in the future you don’t know how long you have left. If you really wish to make that commitment then say this prayer…

Dear Father in heaven my creator God, I realise that I am a sinner and am in need of salvation. I regret having been a sinner all my life and I repent of my sins. I thank you for the gift of forgiveness and atonement that you have provided through Jesus and I take hold of it as my own. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and for taking my sins away. I am now yours and I ask you to be my saviour. Help me to seek only your will in my life from this day forward. Amen.

Now go out into the world where you are and tell others of this wonderful gift of everlasting life, The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Shirley Anne

Taking the time

English: Flowerbed at Clough This flowerbed is...

Flowerbed at Clough This flowerbed is on the verge beside the Newcastle/Dundrum road at Clough. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a patch or two of the flowerbed next to the patio which was beginning to change colour between the plants from brown to green. Over the last few days I had thought about doing something about it but other things kept getting in the way. On Sunday morning I was out on the patio with my Bible and a cup of coffee enjoying the morning sunshine. When I had finished reading I began to let my eyes wander as usual and I was admiring and appreciating the wonder of God’s creation in nature. The sun lit up a little more than half the garden and was forcing its rays through the branches of the tall trees towering on the northern perimeter which face the rear of the house. I was sitting facing  east and the sun shone directly upon me. It was beginning to get warmer though the temperature hadn’t dropped much below 18 deg. C throughout the night. It was humid too and that made it feel even warmer. I glanced over to the flowerbed on my left and finally decided to get out some gardening tools and get down to making the soil brown again. Grass had decided to grow there and was becoming out of hand. I got down on my hands and knees using a gardening stool designed for the purpose and began the slow process of removing the grass. After an hour it all looked fine but I was beginning to wilt! I tidied everything away and went indoors for a drink but had to return outside to cool off. I was hoping I would get the chance to mow the lawn before the rain set in once more as was promised by the weather forecast. However, the lawn was still damp with dew and the rain we had the night before and because the humidity was high it wasn’t drying off as fast as I would have liked. I went indoors and prepared lunch and later returned to the garden to check the lawn. It was almost completely dry so I took the mower out from the garage and set about mowing it. It took me a mere fifteen minutes. The petrol mower has been a real help in mowing the lawn which used to take me almost two hours to do with the electric mower. That was only because I had to use extension leads and re position them constantly and also because the mower was much smaller too. Finally I was done. I put everything away then spent some more time out on the patio for it was still warm, though less sunny and by now there was a slight breeze blowing from time to time. August is the month for ants and also for dandelion seeds floating about and looking for somewhere to land so that next year we can be sure to have them growing out of the lawn and flowerbeds. We cannot do much about the annual cycle of events, we can only hope to keep things in check. I sat there thinking about God’s wonderful creation again and how diverse it is. I can see God’s hand in everything and feel privileged to be a part of it. How anyone can think it all came about by chance and evolution defies logic. Despite it all appearing to be chaotic and without purpose it is far from that. When you come to know God for yourself it all becomes quite clear. I am taking the time to appreciate it more and more. It did rain later, a lot. Whilst I was sitting on the patio thoughts about making changes there crossed my mind and I have made some preliminary plans to hopefully make them happen in the future.

Shirley Anne

We will all bow down

Original Sin

Original Sin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zephaniah 2:10-12

10 This is what they will get in return for their pride,
for insulting and mocking
the people of the Lord Almighty.
11 The Lord will be awesome to them
when he destroys all the gods of the earth.
Distant nations will bow down to him,
all of them in their own lands.

In this modern world there is so much sin. There is selfishness and many are slanderous, disobedient, self-seeking, dishonest, liars, cheats, unreliable….the list just goes on and on. Every day we hear of murders, assaults, robberies and all sorts of different crimes yet according to many we are making this world a better place. The problem is that we are incapable if we try to do it in our own strength but there is nobody on this earth capable of leading us to that ‘utopia’.  Is it even possible? Well it is, God says so. The future of this planet is not in our hands, it is in Gods hands. Once that original sin was committed the world started to decay. Decay is all around us, everything is dying, even the Universe itself. Things can only get better but will get far worse first. God will intervene. Jesus is returning but before that great day there will be much suffering, the suffering we inflict upon ourselves and that which God metes out to those who continue in disobedience. It is written in Scripture, it is a prophetic message and we ignore it at our peril. In the end all will bow down to God, every person in every nation will bow down. Why not do it willingly rather than being forced to? Come to the author of life and bow the knee before Him. Do it before it is too late. Jesus will save you, no-one else can, especially yourself.

Shirley Anne


English: Southport Sand Dunes. Taken from Dune...

Southport Sand Dunes. Taken from Dunes, looking towards Marshside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I got up quite early on Saturday, had a shower, got dressed and had eaten breakfast by 7.15. Before I went downstairs though after getting dressed I decided my bedroom windows needed cleaning. The early morning sunshine really shows up the dirt on the windows that normally would only seem a little dusky. As we can open the windows inward cleaning them isn’t difficult. The day was promising to be very warm and sunny and although I had ideas of working in the garden I thought the better of it and decided not to. I would get very little done in the heat of the day and what I had in mind to do can be done any time. So I sat outside on the patio with a cup of coffee and a magazine to read. Every quarter I receive a copy, in fact two copies of ‘Prophetic Vision’. It is produced by the ministry of David Hathaway a well-known evangelist in Christian circles who spreads the word of God throughout Europe, Russia, Israel and other places. In his latest publication he talks about the responsibility of every Christian to spread the Gospel message of hope and eternal salvation through the only means possible, through Jesus Christ. It is a subject dear to my heart and has been ever since I became ‘born again’. Although we have this responsibility we have to rely on The Holy Spirit to work through us, we cannot do it in our own strength but we can expect much rejection of the message too.

Gospel Books. Eвангелие в окладе, 1772 год, Мо...

Gospel Books. Eвангелие в окладе, 1772 год, Москва. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It isn’t about saving people or pointing out their sins either, that is God’s responsibility. Our responsibility is to deliver the message, it is a question of giving people the choice, the opportunity to hear and respond. It says in Scripture, how can people hear the message unless someone tells them (paraphrased)? It is an obligation and a duty I take seriously so I pray for opportunities to be involved. I wasn’t going to talk about this subject in this post today but as reading the message in the magazine was a part of my day I included it. It was around ten o’clock when I decided to go for a walk, stopping off in the village to make a bank deposit first of all and then continuing as my feet directed me. On arriving in the village I found the main road over the level crossing had been temporarily closed there and also a couple of hundred metres beyond to allow a local open street market to set up for the day. This is the first time I have seen this happen specifically in our village but we often have such things in the town centre. I wasn’t there to browse the stalls and in any case most were still under construction at that hour. After leaving the bank I took the back streets into town stopping along the way to look at the parking facilities near to a job I was to do very early on Monday morning. I learned later when I phoned the person I would be working for that she had seen me there and wondered who it was. She couldn’t call out to me for she was engaged on the phone. I slowly continued on my way into the busiest part of town but I wanted to bypass the area and head down to the beach. There were many people in town, too many for me, I like things to be a little quieter and I get that on the part of the beach I generally visit, which is nearer to home. I ended up sitting on top of the sand dunes eating wild blackberries and looking out to sea. The tide was out as is often the case in Southport and when it is out the sea can be well over a mile away. Still it is peaceful down there. I sat there for more than an hour before returning home around one o’clock. E was still at home but soon was to eat lunch and then go out for the rest of the day. She had been baking some sausage rolls to take to a party of sorts at her mom’s house for it was her mom’s birthday on Saturday. It would have been my mom’s birthday today, the eleventh as you read this, sadly she died back in 1997. I didn’t see E again until the evening. I prepared my own lunch later in the afternoon as I hadn’t been hungry earlier. I then spent more time out in the garden disrupting the activity of the thousands of ants emerging from their nests to fly off and invade new places, probably in my own garden too! I hate the little blighters. Come next season I shall be ready with the poison and I’ll need lots of it. When I returned indoors later, I did spend time relaxing on the patio by the way, I noticed a lone wood-pigeon eating its evening meal on the lawn. Ants were on the menu it seemed.

Shirley Anne

How wonderful

John Newton, slave trader, abolitionist, minis...

John Newton, slave trader, abolitionist, minister, and author of the hymn “Amazing Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
T’was Grace that taught…
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear…
the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
Tis Grace has brought me safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.
The Lord has promised good to me…
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be…
as long as life endures.
When we’ve been here ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God‘s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

This was my chosen hymn at my baptism in 1989. For 43/44 years I had been an unbeliever in God, in salvation through Jesus Christ and never realising I was a sinner in God’s eyes. I didn’t need God, I could just live as I pleased because for me there wasn’t a God. I chose to disbelieve. However that all changed during the summer of 1988 when I first began to read the Bible. I read it from cover to cover because I wanted by then to know what, if anything, was in it that was so important. I had been writing poetry for some years but had only a few months previously been writing them to the God I had been rejecting. Some of those early poems became songs, the very first ones I wrote. I realised now that in fact I was searching for God, seeking Him out and then asking Him to show me that He existed, remember that I was still an atheist but one that was seeking an audience with my Creator. It was that fact alone which eventually opened my heart to receive Him. You see God waits for us to seek Him out. He has given us the free choice and it is up to us to reach out. Many times God will present Himself before us, showing His presence in many different ways. We have to be open to Him, we have to yearn and be ready to invite Him into our hearts as the opportunity is given. You see, God is a loving and caring Father who wants only the best for us. We have to recognise that and accept it.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

You cannot earn the right no matter how ‘good’ you think you are;

That Son is Jesus, the only way to salvation. Make way for him in your heart before it is too late.

Shirley Anne

What reason?


Stand in front of a mirror and then ask yourself these questions….
What is the reason for my existence?
Why have I been born?
What is the purpose of my life?

No doubt there will be many opinions about these questions and of course many differing answers. I suppose stock answers spoken without much thought will concentrate on the practical and not the spiritual.

The reason for my existence…………….’Just to enjoy myself and the life I have’
Why have I been born?………….’Not sure, it’s a by-product of the birth of the universe
The purpose………………’Don’t know that there is one so I just get on with it’.

If I told you that there is a reason for your existence, your birth and the purpose of it all you would most probably not believe me.
It all depends on what you believe regarding creation and a supreme being, about God.
It is difficult to understand something we cannot see or prove to be true and even more difficult to believe but many do.galaxy13
Just how did the Universe come into being? If we look at pictures of deep space we see literally thousands upon thousands of ‘Island universes’, galaxies we call them, and each one of then is filled with millions upon millions of stars like our Sun, much larger and some much smaller. The human brain cannot grasp the size and distances involved in the vastness of space and there is a limit to how far into space we can see. What lies beyond could be replica universes. Scientists are attempting to discover how everything came into existence but they are stumbling over the physics involved and put forth many theories trying to explain it all. The fact according to what The Bible says is that everything we see came into existence, was made from something that wasn’t previously there! In other words God made it all from nothing. He produced everything simply by speaking it into existence. That is a tremendous stumbling block to the unbeliever who continues to struggle with discovering the un-discoverable. Scientists have reached a dead-end and can only speculate.

Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? I am here because I am God’s creation just like everything else. I have a purpose and that is to worship my Creator. I don’t worship the created thing but the One who made it all for His good purpose. That is the purpose of my life. How do I go about that? By believing in Him and living as best I can to please Him.

Shirley Anne



It’s all free!


Invitation to the thirsty

Isaiah 55

 ‘Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendour.’

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,’
declares the Lord.
‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    it will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn-bush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure for ever.’

And all you’ve got to do is let Jesus be the saviour you need. Call upon his name and invite him into your life. There are no hidden charges or gimmicks but there will be a change in you and one for the good and there will be life everlasting to follow! And what’s more it is free!

Shirley Anne

Just so you know



3rd quarter of 16th century

Jesus is the Bread of life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My duty as a Christian and the duty all Christians should be fulfilling is to spread the message of The Gospel, which means ‘Good News‘. It is a commandment that we tell others about this good news, the promise of salvation and everlasting life in Jesus Christ. For those who hear the message, believe and repent there is that promise. Once the message is received and understood of course it follows that there is then no excuse for rejecting it. The consequences of refusal rest with the individual. All sorts of excuses are put forward for not believing, no God, no Saviour, no sin but often no replacement argument that can stand is offered. Atheists have a hard time trying to prove their case as well as in trying to demolish what we as believers know to be the truth. If anyone is filled with The Spirit of God they will know that what I am saying and the message I have given is indeed truth. A few years ago I wrote a personal letter to a new friend, someone I met on-line and then later in person. She had some strange ideas regarding who God is and was a believer in Theosophy often quoting one of that ideology’s original proponents. Anyone can search about Theosophy over The Internet so I won’t go into detail here. In my letter I mention Theosophy but you can substitute any other belief system in regards to my argument. As Christians we have a compassionate concern for the unbeliever but we should never witness brandishing a stick as many of our misguided forebears did. We should witness in love, delivering the message in an attitude of love and pray that it is received and accepted. We have no control over what happens, The Lord is in control. Here is that Letter with amendments to protect the identity of its recipient, my friend…

Que sera, sera (name). Whatever will be will be. In this wicked world in which we live there are always going to be those who oppose you and what you believe. There will always be those who do that in love and those who do it out of hatred or even fear. A rant in a newspaper article is going to change nothing except maybe allow you to vent your anger, but to whom is that anger directed? If you confess that you love your fellow-man then you have to accept them for what they are and what they believe else you are showing the same bigotry and hatred as they do. Jesus did say that we should love our neighbours as ourselves, it is a, dare I use the word, fundamental law of God? (She had a thing about ‘fundamental’ Christians). I respect your views on religion but that doesn’t mean I agree with them and it is the same for anyone else. But my message is to you personally here is, and you may not think this is true, that I like you (name) and I consider you as a friend. Accept that fact or not, it remains the truth. In your article, to give it the respect it deserves, you say in your closing sentence that you know the answers to the questions you posed in the script. Then you must know that what I am saying about other people is true. It just seems that you are struggling a little coming to terms with it all and I can understand why. I know perhaps I shouldn’t say this as it is probably the last thing you want to hear but I think you need God in your life. You refer to God as ‘it’ in some lines and as God in others which shows me that you really have no idea who God really is. I know your thoughts on Theosophy and the doctrine of universal oneness, re-incarnation, karma and such but what do you really know about it? I mean, by what means did you come to the point that Theosophy is the way to go? Have a look at this link http://www.allaboutcults.org/theosophical-society.htm  (and the whole site which I think is amazing and revealing) and see if it compares to how you view things  for the whole site click here http://www.allaboutspirituality.org/. You are right in saying that God does not interfere with our lives and lifestyles, we forsook that privilege when we fell from grace but that does not mean that we are not loved by Him, on the contrary we are.
John 3:16-17
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

That is through Jesus, not through someone else or any philosophical or religious ideal. When I wrote to you about other Christians who you consider fundamentalists because they seem to be preaching hatred and bigotry, they do it because they see the wickedness that has a grip on men’s (mankind) hearts, sinful behaviour in the sight of God. They do that because they are concerned knowing that God punishes those who are disobedient. If God didn’t do that He would not be a fair and just God. He makes the rules for our benefit, though many, many people do not see that. He wants us to come to Him of our own free will, not because He is brandishing a whip but because His arms are wide open waiting for us to make the right decision. Those who make a stand against the evil in this world make a stand for Jesus, for God but some unfortunately do not do that in love. I apologise on their behalf. It is right and proper for a Christian to make such a stand against what is God’s Word and that can include anything like homosexuality, lesbianism, fornication, murder, theft, immorality in general and a host of other things. However I do not think as Christians we should hold political sway which forces our beliefs on an unbelieving nation. We must tell them about The Gospel, about the coming Kingdom of God, about Jesus and real salvation. It is by doing these things that we, as Christians fulfill God’s wishes. The decision to respond must rest with the recipient.
So I hope you will accept what I am saying and receive it in the spirit of its intentions, to show you love and friendship, as well as a real concern for your welfare.
Take care, love

Shirley Anne

The same message is for you too if you are not a Christian

Less to do?

English: 4 days of Evangelism Training in Sout...

4 days of Evangelism Training in Southern California provided by LivingWaters Ministry. Obeying the great commission of Jesus Christ. “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone” Mark 16:15 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday morning I went to see an old lady living some eight miles away. She had called me the night before at 1035 pm! I was in bed when the call came in and though I do have a bedside house phone I ignored the call at such a late hour. My mobile phone gets plugged into its charger during the night and is also at my bedside. No-one calls me on that phone during the evening or night, well not usually. She left a message on my house phone which I listened to the following morning, Tuesday. Evidently she was having problems with a wall light fitting saying that it was hanging off (the wall) and a neighbour had refitted it a couple of times to no avail. A very simple job to repair though when I phoned her in the morning I explained I would be charging my minimum fee. After telling her what that amount would be and asking if she still wished me to do the job she agreed that I could do it. I drove over there and on my arrival she was standing at the door. I found nothing wrong with the security of the light’s fixing to the wall but I checked it anyway. What I did find was a broken lamp in the holder which I removed and replaced with a new one. In view of the fact that I had done very little I told the lady I would only be charging half of the minimum fee. She apologised for having brought me over for such a silly reason but I didn’t mind in the least. She asked if I would like a drink of tea or coffee and she had a kind of hopeful expression on her face as she asked. I could sense that she wanted a little company so I accepted her offer and we each sat down with a cup of coffee. She asked about my reasons for becoming an electrician and where I had worked over the last 53 years. Somehow the conversation turned to Christianity and I asked her if she believed in God and Jesus Christ. She said she believed in God but I could tell that Jesus was not really known to her. She sat there fascinated as I told her about The Gospel and the message of salvation. She produced an old King James Bible from a drawer and gave it to me after I’d asked if she had one. I read several passages from the Old and New Testaments to convey the message and she hung on my every word. Later she told me that I was a good teacher! She also told me I was good company. I encouraged her to pursue the faith and to look for a good church where she would learn more. I prayed for her. Now I am always ready to witness to people and seize any opportunities as and when they arise but it is especially nice when it comes unexpectedly. A drove home a little better off financially but more importantly thankful that I’d had the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. I stopped off at a filling station to get fuel for my van which uses diesel and a small container of  petrol for my lawnmower as I had used the last drop to fill the mower a couple of days ago and would probably need more when I next cut the grass. I did very little else for the rest of the day..

Shirley Anne

They think it is right

Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently same sex (gender) marriage was pronounced lawful in the US. As in many other western countries supposedly and purportedly claiming to be Christian they ignore what God says on the matter and quote ‘Human Rights’ for justification. For myself I don’t care what they might think about same sex marriage, it still doesn’t make it right and in God’s eyes it isn’t. Yes God demands that we love one another and some think that is an excuse for their unnatural behaviour. It isn’t, they are deluded. I don’t judge them. It is God who will judge them.

Romans 1
God’s wrath against sinful humanity

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is for ever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 14:11

It is written:

“As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“Every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

And also….1 Cor 6:9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

Shirley Anne

Blinded from the truth



Jesus calls Levi. From book: The Life of Jesus...

Jesus calls Levi. From book: The Life of Jesus of Nazareth. Eighty Pictures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So many people I come across say that they are unbelievers in Jesus Christ and God but few of them can explain why that is. They either think there is no reason to explain or they are simply not interested. Others are so against God that they go out of their way to disprove His existence, even persecuting or belittling those who are followers. What they do not understand is that they are condemning themselves and denying themselves salvation in the process. There will always be unbelievers, God says so in His word. The Bible tells us that there will always be those who reject the truth because they cannot see it and refuse to seek it. God is a loving God not wishing anyone to perish but to have everlasting life and that life is given graciously to ALL who will repent and believe in Him and the one He sent, our Lord Jesus Christ. I wrote about having something to look forward to a couple of posts ago, something worthwhile and given freely. What does the word ‘Perish’ mean? It means to die or to be destroyed, not just a physical death in this instance but a spiritual death and destruction from which there is no return, an eternity in Hell. I implore my readers who are not believers trusting in Jesus for their salvation to seek God whilst they still have the time. Saul was headed for destruction but God had a plan for his life and intervened. When Saul realised what he had been doing was wrong he repented and obeyed his Creator………….

Acts 26

Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.

12 ‘On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.

15 ‘Then I asked, “Who are you, Lord?”

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” the Lord replied.


Maybe you should ask the same question, ‘Who are you Lord’? Turn to God before the opportunity is taken from you. I promise you will not regret it. God promises much, much more!

Shirley Anne


Something to look forward to


When I was little I had many things to look forward to, going to school, and even better, coming home again. I didn’t much like school from about the age of twelve for I was constantly bullied. I lacked the ability to fight back because I was timid by nature and far too sensitive. I looked forward to holidays and dreaded the beginning of term. Once I left school I could look forward to college and work and the freedom they gave me. Like anyone else I looked forward to the possibility of a decent future and in my own way concentrated on that but my ambitions were limited and I had no real plans for adult life. I had grown up to be quite an anti-social person and I wouldn’t do the things most of my peers would do but eventually I drifted into conformity. Deep in my heart I wanted something different but never seemed to make any strong effort to make it happen. My desires in that direction were not fulfilled until thirteen years ago but you can read about that in my pages above. I enjoyed having personal possessions, house, car (or van now) and everyday items to make life easier though in fact none of these things ever gave me any lasting pleasure. Most of these things have simply become a part of  life’s routine, they are taken for granted and little consideration is given to any of them until something goes wrong or we wish to replace them with something we might consider an improvement, like the latest phone. We are never satisfied it seems and we chase after the things which don’t really matter. In fact our lives wouldn’t change much if we didn’t have many of the possessions we own. Take the modern telephone for instance, does it really make any difference to own the latest model? It may make our lives a little easier but it won’t change our future or destiny in the slightest, we will get to where we are going with or without any of our possessions. So what is there really to look forward to? In the flesh….death, decay and a return to the dust from which we came but we all know that don’t we? There is still a future for us because we live on after death. You may say ‘well how does she know’? Forgetting for a moment anything to do with a Creator God or the truth of His existence think about who you really are. Is your consciousness dependent upon what you are physically made of? I doubt it for if it were, and we are all made of the same stuff, we would all be the same…..but we are not, we are all very different. We are different because we are spirit. We just happen to dwell in the material world and live in a body made of flesh. That flesh is doomed to perish by design and there is nothing we can do about it but our spirit is something else. In Scripture God tells us that our flesh dies but our spirit returns to Him. That is something many don’t wish to believe yet many do believe in the spirit world. It is something to look forward to if you are a believer in God but it may not be something to look forward to if you don’t! Either way though it will happen. You can hide yourself away in this material world, bury your head in the sand, never think about such things but none of that matters. You have a destiny one way or the other. Step out in faith, put your trust in Jesus Christ and have something really worthwhile to look forward to. Once I made that decision some 26 years ago I realised that placing my hope and desires in material things left me with nothing to look forward to. Now I have Jesus there is everything to look forward to.

Shirley Anne

Not good enough

Death: The Time of Your Life

Death: The Time of Your Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some people want it all but are not willing to reach out for it. Others do reach out and are happy for a while then all returns to how it was before. Yet others don’t think there is anything to reach out for and miss out as a result. When the Israelites were being treated harshly and were oppressed by the Egyptians God moved in their favour. Moses became their leader and led them out of Egypt to the land promised them by God. However in their disobedience they ended up wandering about for forty years. God laid down a promise:-
The offer of life or death (Deuteronomy 30)

11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so that we may obey it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so that we may obey it?’ 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.

15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

This was a material promise, something very tangible but it has a spiritual significance too and relates to the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ in heaven. According to many there is no such place and no such person as Jesus Christ. They are the ones who refuse to reach out to see. There are many who do reach out and for a while believe but something earthly happens to them and they forget the One who can save them. Then there are many who want a life after death but are not willing to place their trust in the One who can provide it. How many people think they are going to heaven yet haven’t a clue what is required of them? God gives us a promise but it is conditional. We are none of us good enough to receive anything in fact, it is only by God’s grace and mercy and our own faith to believe and trust in that promised gift that we can receive. God shows us the way and the way is through Jesus Christ. It is then up to us to reach out.

Shirley Anne