It happened before

All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
    Look! This is something new’?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.

How many times have you heard it said that it’s happened before or it’s nothing new? Well here’s the truth of the matter, there’s nothing new under the sun. What’s been will be again, maybe in a different guise but nevertheless it will surely come again. Some even claim that modern technology is nothing new. They talk about ancient batteries and computers that have been discovered in archaeological digs. Whether these things are true is very much debatable but events, attitudes and behaviour certainly don’t change on the whole. People remain as they have always been, some loving, kind, courteous, humble and others hateful, brash, uncaring , selfish just the same. The eye never has enough of seeing. Isn’t that just so true? We never seem satisfied with our lot, always striving for more yet having received it are still not satisfied. Look at those who acquire great monetary wealth. Most will say that it hasn’t necessarily brought them happiness. Wealth isn’t about the money you have in the bank but the store you have in Heaven. With mankind nothing really changes.

Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In times gone by as times today
We fought and died and lost our way
And in those days all was the same
Just as it is, we’ve nothing gained.
We grow in peace, we grow in war
But all remains as was before
A lesson learned is soon forgot
It seems as if we’ve lost the plot.
We cleverly invent new things
And revel in the joy they bring
But sadly at the end of day
We have to give them all away.
Our lives are centred in this world
Which doesn’t last, or so we’ve heard
We live our lives just for the day
But never take the time to pray.
When we depart from out this place
Do we expect a saving grace?
By then it all will be too late
If to our hearts we close the gate!

Copyright Shirley Anne 14 Nov 2010

…………..but the word of God never changes.

Shirley Anne

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Happiness is where your heart is

Bring Back My Happiness
Bring Back My Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight in many parts of the world people will be celebrating the new year whilst presumably forgetting the troubles they had, if any, in the previous twelve months. They look forward to a better year ahead but probably will have forgotten those same feelings they had at the end of the previous year. Nothing has really changed and their lives are pretty much the same as it always was. They live in constant hope but never seemingly achieving complete happiness and satisfaction. One celebration leads to another but the outcome is always the same, they are left unfulfilled and still looking for a repeat experience. People search for something, anything, to fill their lives, they seek happiness in whatever way they can. What makes you happy? They say happiness is where the heart is, it is in those things which bring enjoyment and satisfaction. The problem is many people never find true happiness no matter what they try doing to achieve it. Their lives are a never-ending merry-go-round of parties, events, holidays, bars and restaurants and a host of other things. Happiness certainly is where the heart is. Whatever makes you happy in your heart and keeps you happy in your heart no matter what circumstance you find yourself in is the kind of happiness we cannot find in material things or even in people but is a spiritual thing. So ask yourself this question…..Are you really happy? If you are not then ask yourself why.

Shirley Anne


Perfect Life (Levinhurst album)
Perfect Life (Levinhurst album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too scared to show what’s deep inside

Too frightened that you’ll lose your pride.

Too fearful of what people say

So in the closet you will stay.

The clock ticks on, time passes by

And you begin to wonder why

You have to hide away from life

And be as timid as a mouse.

Then one day you decide to be

So brave and face reality

When now at last you realise

You have no time to compromise

You put away that old dark cloak

And put on something more bespoke

Look out dear world I hear you say

The real me now is here to stay.

Copyright Shirley Anne 25 March-2 Sept 2008

I was prompted to post this having read someone else’s blog post recently where she spoke of the rough time she had spent during her ‘pre-self’ life. Not everyone, in fact nobody is born perfect and that is despite what some of my Christian brothers and sisters might say. We are intended to be perfect but that perfection comes through Jesus Christ. Unfortunately sin entered the world and God‘s beautiful Creation became tainted. But I write about how Society treats those who have just as much right to be here as the rest. People who perceive themselves to be different in some way often resort to living out their lives in a closet, too afraid to come out and face the world. I am not condoning what some people do or how they act, for instance, sexually or in the many other ways they do but nevertheless Society in general has much to be ashamed of in the treatment they mete out to some minority groups and individuals. There is a lack of understanding, compassion and love. My dad used always to say that what bothered him the most about Society, people, was ‘Man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man’. It used to upset him to think that mankind could be so hateful toward others. It bothers me in the same way. No-one is perfect but we can all love one another.

Shirley Anne


BY  | OCTOBER 21, 2011 · 3:59 AM

Emma’s guardian angels: two-year-old sees angels and a man who says ‘He is coming soon’

By Mark Ellis

Emma at 15 months

She was bathed in prayer from the time she was in the womb. Her parents and both sets of grandparents are strong Christians. Still, when she began to point at angels and talk about them to her parents, they weren’t quite sure what to think.

It started about a year ago, when she first began to talk. “Every morning when I would get her up she would point up at the ceiling and say, ‘Look momma, there’s angels up there,’” says Caitlyn Sukut, her mother. “I thought, ‘How cute, how sweet.’” Emma seemed to be seeing things she could not see.

“Is she imaging something?” Caitlyn wondered. “It’s hard to know what a two and a half year old is talking about,” she admits. “I don’t know how much is in her imagination and how much she’s really seeing.”

After naps, Emma would talk about the angels. “What does the angel look like?” Caitlyn asked. “She looks like auntie,” Emma replied, referring to Caitlyn’s 16-year-old sister, Hannah.

Several months ago they had their first airline flight with Emma. “Look at the angels, momma,” Emma said. “They are coming with us to help get us there and to protect us.”

“When Emma first started talking about this, I had not taught her about angels,” Caitlyn notes. “I never told her angels protect us.”

(left to rt.) Lisa Hartman, Emma, Caitlyn Sukut, “Auntie” Hannah

Several weeks ago, Caitlyn went into Emma’s room when she first awakened. “How did you sleep, Emma?”

“I slept great,” she said. “The angels and the man came,” Emma replied.

“Oh, what did they say?” mom asked.

“The man protects us and loves us,” Emma said. “The man’s coming, momma. The man’s coming soon.”

“Does the man look like Jesus? Caitlyn asked.

“No,” Emma replied.

Emma has seen paintings of Jesus at church, but Caitlyn isn’t sure if Emma would confuse the person she saw in her room with the various artistic representations of Jesus. “We don’t refer to people as ‘The man’ in our house,” Caitlyn noted, so her choice of words seemed curious.

Once when mom and daughter walked into church, Emma cried out, “Look at all the angels singing to Jesus!”

“Where?” Caitlyn asked. Emma pointed up at the choir, dressed in long flowing robes.

For a while, Emma seemed to be obsessed with angels and wanted to talk about them all the time. But as she gets closer to three-years-old, she is mentioning them less.

Caitlyn’s grandmother, Lisa Hartman, has spent lots of time with Emma. “I asked her if there was an angel by me,” Lisa says. Without hesitation, Emma got very serious and looked around her grandma. Then Emma walked behind her. She pointed and said, “Yes. Don’t you see it?”

Lisa, who sometimes gets nervous on airplanes, was consoled by Emma before one of her flights. “There’s angels on the airplane,” she told her grandmother.

“It was so comforting to me,” Lisa notes. “It was a fact to Emma. No one asked her if there were angels on the plane. She just offered it.”

Lisa also noted that Emma sees angels around places that might be dangerous to small children, such as stairways, escalators, and even playgrounds.

“It’s not surprising that little ones without the theology or teaching are able to see things,” says Ron Sukut, Emma’s grandfather. Sukut is

Pastor Ron with his wife, Diane

the lead pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in San Clemente, California. “When God really starts to move in, angels start to show up,” he notes. “The only way to get our attention may be for God to reveal Himself to a child who can’t fabricate these things.”

When Pastor Ron considers Emma’s special sensitivity to the spiritual realm, he thinks about Matthew 18:10, “… their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

Shirley Anne

Let God be the Judge

I have been a Christian now for over 23 years. At first I soaked up all the information about my faith, God and Jesus Christ and what teachings there are in The Bible and it was a wonderful time of exploration in my life. Along the way I learned more and continued to seek knowledge and gain experience and remain doing this even now. I don’t think it is possible to know everything there is to know about God’s Kingdom during a human life-span. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Many long-standing Christians sometimes go too far in the execution of their duty toward God. They are filled with knowledge and understanding right enough but many lack the love or rather do not show love especially to those not of the faith. One of the very basic teachings is to love one’s neighbour as one’s self yet the command is often lost whilst trying to reach out to others. There are many ways to please God and many more to displease Him. Mankind is born to sin, it is part of our nature and it is sin which separates us from God. For those of us who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour, those sins are paid for but that doesn’t mean sin should continue in our lives, we have to make every effort to stop sinning. We are in a constant battle to stay on-track with God. We forget sometimes that those we are trying to reach with The Good News, The Gospel, are just as we were before our conversion, without salvation, without Jesus and without their sins forgiven. God lays down the rules, He alone is the ultimate Judge. If as unbelievers we ignore God, ignore His rules and reject His love we stand condemned before Him and He will be our judge. It is human nature to judge others, to have an opinion about others, to criticise their lifestyles and behaviour but as Christians we must remember that we too were not perfect in the eyes of God, we are still not perfect and won’t be until we pass from this life. Christians have to stand up for what is right in God’s eyes, we must tell others about the consequences of their sinful behaviour by telling them about God’s love through Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins, everlasting life and salvation. This we need to do in love and with compassion for it is by God’s grace that we ourselves have been saved through our faith. God is a merciful and gracious God, a loving and a faithful God but He is also a righteous and holy God who must judge according to His own Law. When making a stand for the righteous Law of God we must however not make demands. We cannot judge what is done by others not of the faith when they come against God’s will by the sins in their life else we may be accused of bigotry and hatred, which is often the case these days. People feel they have the right to unbelief and they do have that right, they always have. Our duty as Christians is to point them to the Truth, to speak about The Good News, The Gospel and the coming Kingdom of God. We are not judges, yet, so let God be the judge and leave it all at His feet.

Shirley Anne

Sixth Sense?

Sixth sense....
Sixth sense…. (Photo credit: kotsifi (falling apart))

I suppose most, if not all my readers will have seen the film ‘The Sixth Sense‘ where a young boy claims to be able to see and communicate with the ghosts of those who are dead, specifically those killed unlawfully. Indeed many people lay claim to this or similar abilities. However these claims are very much debatable. Have you ever seen a ghost and if you did what did you think you were seeing? The first thing is to consider if indeed there are such things as ghosts. As a Christian I am led to believe in the spirit realm and I do believe we are capable of connecting with the spirits of other people. Now before you start thinking I am into spiritualism think again, there is no way as a Christian believer that I believe we can communicate with the spirit realm even though I believe it exists. God forbids such things. No, what I am saying is that often we receive ‘messages’ or better put we get ‘feelings’ when say a loved one is in danger or has been involved in an accident or something like that. It’s like having a sixth sense. Some would call it a premonition either before or after the fact. It could be that The Holy Spirit is guiding our thoughts, who knows? I do believe in angels, that is in their existence and capability to communicate with us and we with them. However, angels are not ghosts but spirit beings that manifest themselves as living fleshy beings when they reveal themselves. It is possible that I have spoken with an angel without knowing it.  Now about ghosts, I don’t claim to have experienced such things and hopefully I will not if it means someone I love has to be in danger for it to happen but some people do lay such claims. They are often proved to be right when the bad news is revealed. Now the question is how are we capable of such things if we are not spirit beings and if we are spirit beings from whence does that spirit come? You see, many people refuse to believe they are spirit beings in a fleshy body and think everything is due to their brain. The brain is a wonderful thing but it is also a material thing so unless it happens to be a radio transmitter and receiver too there is no way it could be capable of connecting with something it cannot see! Some would then say well it is telepathy that allows those connections but what is telepathy? Is telepathy really the same as radio? If not, then telepathy would have to be a spiritual thing, something a physical thing is incapable of being. Either way it doesn’t explain the phenomenon that we call a sixth sense.

Shirley Anne

Well treated

me and my friend
me and my friend (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A couple of years ago my ex. and I met for the first time with a person I had only previously known via the Internet. Initially we were treated very well but as the time we shared together passed by I could sense some friction between us. It is hard to live with some people even for a short time and I guess she saw us, that is E and myself as being difficult at times. I also sensed it was more to do with E than it was to do with me. When we visited with her she had only two bedrooms and only two beds. This made the sleeping arrangements rather difficult as E and I could not share a bed and E needed the spare bed more than I did. That meant I either had to share the other bed with our host or sleep on the sofa. I chose the sofa. I could not share a bed with my host no matter how innocent the invitation, it just didn’t feel right. I was left therefore to fend for myself. Not very good hosting on the part of my friend I thought however I managed to find some blankets and settled down on the sofa. I spent three nights on that sofa and each night I was disturbed by the cat who wanted to share my sleeping arrangements. E required to eat something in order to take some of her medication which did make it awkward sometimes. I felt my friend found it difficult to accommodate E’s needs at times and it showed in her reactions. My friend, our host, slept in until almost lunchtime each day leaving us to fend for ourselves with nothing to do to wile away the hours. I found an old guitar, tuned it and sat on the veranda playing quietly to kill the time but was scolded later by my friend for disturbing her sleep-in. Some host! It is fair to say that we had some great times together despite all of this. Our visit only lasted three days and my friend had to return to work whilst we continued our holiday from the hotel we had booked. My friend brought us back to the city but not to our hotel, she decided to drop us off on the opposite side of the square from where the hotel was situated which meant that we had to struggle a little with getting back to the hotel with our luggage. I knew from that moment that our friendship had ended but I still love her and she will always be my friend. I still think about her and I do not hold anything against her, in fact she figures in my prayers every day along with all others I know who are not Christians. She ranks amongst those, especially some of my friends and acquaintances, who won’t or don’t accept Christ as their saviour preferring as they do to trust in their own understanding of who God is or believing in some strange philosophy that has nothing to do with God. What they fail to understand is that God says differently for there is no other name under heaven by which we can be reconciled to God other than  through Jesus. It is so simple and yet people cannot see it. It isn’t surprising though as these things are recorded in the Bible but we pray nevertheless. God acts when we pray in accordance with His wishes. My hope is that all those I pray for will eventually realise their need in Christ and turn to him one day.

Shirley Anne

Things to come

Go to the Future
Go to the Future (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where is this world headed? The future of mankind is often the subject of debate with many different views on offer. Some place our future in the hands of science and technology and our own abilities as human beings, others may say it is all in the hands of God, some even think we might be overtaken by aliens and yet others have no real opinion regarding our future or how it will pan out. The secularist will say that our future is entirely in our own hands and in a way that is perfectly true, we do determine our own fate, we are free agents. However, with all the unrest that’s going on throughout the world it seems to me that we do not learn by our mistakes. The idealised ‘utopia’ many consider to be the goal we are aiming for can never be achieved by our own efforts, history shows that we constantly keep making the same mistakes. There is war of one kind or another in many diverse places and according to a report I read a few years ago there are around 34 skirmishes in the world at any one time. We talk about brotherly love and goodwill to all others but we never seem to achieve it. Mankind is inherently sinful, we just cannot help ourselves. We simply find it difficult to live in harmony. Disputes often arise based upon race, religion, ethical standards, lifestyles and a host of other things simply because we are so diverse in our outlook and we are often reluctant to accept our differences. Everyone wants to have their say, promote their views but not everyone wants to leave it there. If we are seen to be different from those around us it can lead to friction, rejection even hatred. There is a future for mankind but it may not be the one we expect. For believers in God and Jesus Christ there is a future that non-believers want to believe, favouring their own but that is to be expected. The Bible is a collection of books covering many things but around one-third of it is prophecy, things that have been foretold before they happened and things yet to come to pass. For instance many of the prophecies have already been fulfilled long after they were written down and based on this fact we can assume with confidence that the remainder of the prophecies will, one day, be fulfilled. Even so just knowing this won’t make a skeptic believe until it actually happens by which time it will be too late to do anything about it. It’s like we have the knowledge that there is a bomb somewhere that is going to explode one day but we turn a blind eye to it and hope everything will be alright. The bomb could explode tomorrow, next year, twenty years into the future but for those who doubt or put the information to one side it will come as a great surprise when it does. To the open-minded amongst us it would be useful to know exactly what these as yet unfulfilled prophecies are so preparations can be made. The link below will reveal that information.

Shirley Anne

What proof do you have?

The title page to the 1611 first edition of th...
The title page to the 1611 first edition of the Authorized Version Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I am asked about the reasons I believe in God I am also asked what proof do I have that He exists. A reasonable question but it wasn’t the one I asked myself when I converted from atheism. Basically I was searching for God, even though at the time I didn’t believe He existed. God says in Scripture (Jeremiah 29:13) ‘And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart’. I was seeking Him with all my heart and the more I sought Him the more He revealed himself to me. At that time, had I been asked the same question what proof do I have, I would most probably have not been able to give a definitive answer although that isn’t really an excuse for it also says in Scripture

Romans 1:19-21

King James Version (KJV)

19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

The unbelievers heart is darkened to the truth, even many eminent scientists supporting evolution over creation. Not all scientists believe we came about by chance, in fact the more they learn about the nature of life the more they become convinced in the involvement of an intelligent creator. I have been reading several articles from different sources which debate this very issue, if we can call it an issue but for some it is just that. It is more than that though, it is the difference between knowing God and understanding His creation or following after an ideology that claims we are irrelevant and only exist through pure chance. One such article is here (but there are many more), where the evidence is presented for each case. For me, I don’t have a problem. I do not have to prove that God exists, He has done that Himself but it takes the veil to be lifted from the unbeliever’s eye for them to see it too. The proof is there if you want to see it. When asked these days what proof do I have I turn the question around and ask what proof is there for there not being a god. Most people cannot give a convincing answer, mostly because they understand very little about the nature of things. On the same web site is another article which challenges us to prove that evolution is false without having to refer to The Bible . If we don’t have evolution it is hard to claim that we came about by chance.

Shirley Anne