Monday, 1 September 2014
There they were, Adam and Eve going around happily in the Garden of Eden totally naked and not worrying about anything, except perhaps getting too close to the cactus, or standing near a hot radiator or oven.
Then one day they meet a snake!
Now I don't know about you, but if I were naked and met a snake I'd quickly cover up my bits in case he took a bite.
If the snake actually talked to me ... well ... I'd probably poop in my non-existing pants rather than engage in conversation with him.
Anyway ... what I don't understand is, after they ate the forbidden fruit, how did Adam and Eve know which are the naughty bits they should cover?
Why not cover their knees for instance? Or their elbows?
Can you imagine? If they'd covered their heads instead; today we'd all be going around naked wearing our underpants on our heads!
Saturday, 30 August 2014
We live in difficult times. Financial crises are affecting many people. Millions are losing their jobs, their homes and their livelihood.
Those aged fifty or more would find it very difficult to find a comparable job again, if indeed they can find any job at all. More tragically, the thousands of youngsters leaving colleges and universities with good qualifications, and little prospects of employment. They feel cheated. They did what they were advised to do. They stayed in education, they worked hard, they probably amassed large debts and loans to help sustain them whilst they studied – and now there are no jobs to go to.
There are of course other circumstances which can lead us to lose hope, besides lack of work. Illness for instance, broken relationships with no prospect of reconciliation, addictions, failures etc … all can lead us to the temptation to just give up.
Where’s all this leading to? – I hear you ask.
I’d like you for a moment to consider some facts.
Whatever happens in life one thing is for certain: God is still in control. He is not hiding away behind the settee crying: “Woe woe … look at what is happening out there!”
He is in total control of the situation which He has allowed to happen, and which, in most circumstances, we have created for ourselves.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews knew what he was saying when he wrote: To have Faith is to be sure of the things we hope for … (Hebrews 11).
And the important thing, whatever our circumstances, is to hold on to that Faith and to believe, in all certainty, that God is in control. And to thank Him and praise Him for being in control. To re-affirm and acknowledge our belief that He is in control.
By doing so, somehow, we open a channel for God to turn our situation to the good. I’ve seen this happen several times.
Think of the alternative. By turning our back on God, by ignoring Him, blaming Him even for our situation – He will hardly feel inclined to help us. Will He? Of course, He’ll remain in control, waiting for us, with Fatherly patience, love and understanding, for the moment we return to Him like the prodigal son and be welcomed in His arms.
But what do you do if someone else has lost hope – even though you may not have yourself?
Preaching will not help. It may drive them further away.
Love, sympathy, compassion, whatever practical help you can offer may well help a little.
But most important is prayer. Silent prayer even. Without them knowing about it.
Let your Faith and your hope work for them. Even though they may have little or no Faith at all, your Faith is enough.
The best listened to and answered prayers are those we pray for other people. They show God our generosity of spirit, our love, our compassion, and most of all, our Faith in Him.
Don’t suggest solutions to God; like: “Please help him find a job”, "let him get better soon", and so on - but earnestly and in all Faith hand the situation over to Him. He knows what to do, in His time and in His own way.
Just say: “Thy will be done” and mean it.
And watch His miracles at work.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
“The soup waved at me!” is a unique book in many respects. It is a collection of amusing short stories aimed at making you smile, laugh, or knock your socks off – the choice is yours. The book is unique in that it has been written slowly to help readers who cannot read fast.
It also contains a generous serving of punctuations to enable readers to stop and take a rest in long sentences. I have also introduced the never used before double comma which looks like this ,, and allows you to stop reading a little longer and take a rest.
This is the book which some people are talking about. The others are either still reading it or have not yet read it.
“The soup waved at me!” can be equally enjoyed whilst lying comfortably in a hot bubble bath listening to your favourite music, or standing in a warm shower holding your electronic tablet in your hand. Assuming of course that it is waterproof – the tablet, not your hand. So sit back, or stand up, relax, and be prepared for an experience you’ve never imagined possible.
Download your FREE copy ... yes FREE ... from HERE.
Kindle Version HERE.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
One time I got sick and landed in the hospital. There was this one nurse that just drove me crazy. Every time she came in, she would talk to me like I was a little child.
She would say in a patronizing tone of voice... "And how are we doing this morning?"
Or... "Are we ready for a bath?" Or... "Are we hungry?"
I had had enough of this particular nurse. One day at breakfast, I took the apple juice off the tray and put it in my bedside stand.
Later I was given a urine sample bottle to fill for testing.
So you know where the apple juice went! The nurse came in a while later, picked up the urine sample bottle, looked at it and said... ‘My, my, it seems we are a little cloudy today.”
At this, I snatched the bottle out of her hand, popped off the top, and gulped it down, saying... "Well, I'll run it through again. Maybe I can filter it better this time!"
The nurse fainted... I just smiled!
Monday, 25 August 2014
PLEASE FIGHT FAIR
It says so in the Bible.
If two men are having a fight
and the wife of one
tries to help her husband
by grabbing hold of
the other man's genitals,
show her no mercy ...
So there !!!
ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE DRAW FOR A COPY OF MY LATEST BOOK.
AND THE WINNER IS ...
Drum roll ... Drum roll ... Drum roll ...
I have put all your names in my hat, and to make it fair, I also put my name in as many times as there are contestants. That way I'd stand a small chance of winning myself.
I then closed my eyes and attempted to pick up a winner ...
Drum roll ... Drum roll ... Drum roll ...
Please STOP the drum roll ... it's distracting ... Two names came out of the hat together on my first attempt ...
They are Colleen and Lulu.
Would both winners please contact me on email@example.com and let me know where you'd like the book sent.
Thank you everyone for visiting me and for entering the draw. I'm sorry you did not win this time, but did you know you can download all of my E Books FREE? Yes FREE. Click on the link at the top left of this Blog.
We hope to see you all visiting here again soon and often.
God bless you.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
First of all I'd like to thank Ceil Ryan for selecting me as being worthy to join this Blog Hop event. Ceil has a wonderful Blog which I'm very glad to have come accross some time ago and I like to visit often. Her posts are always full of wisdom and hope, something somewhat lacking in today's world. I must say I have learnt a lot from what Ceil writes. For those of you who have yet to visit Ceil I highly recommend you CLICK HERE.
OK ... let's now get on with the Blog Hop. I must admit that when I discovered I was nominated I fell off my chair and sent the keyboard flying through the air. The cat took fright and climbed right up the curtain tearing quite a bit of it with its sharp claws in the process. I got told off and had to spend the day in the dog house, whilst the dog sat on the sofa watching TV and eating pizza.
What a fun day that was!
I understand that essential to this Blog Hop is to answer some questions about myself. So here goes:
WHAT AM I WRITING OR WORKING ON?
Apart from this Blog post I am now in the process of writing another Christian Fiction book featuring several characters from my first book "VISIONS". I hope that this latest book will be available in time for Christmas. God willing.
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I'm not so sure I have a genre as such. I tend to write simply as if I was telling you a story and you were sitting right beside me sipping a nice wine or, in my case, whisky. My writing has been described as "fast-paced"; that is I move the story along quickly to encourage the reader to go on and find out what happens next. I try to combine humor with serious subjects encouraging the reader to re-assess their Faith and, hopefully, get that little bit closer to God.
WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I WRITE?
To be honest, my first book "VISIONS" wrote itself. It tells a story of the apparition of Jesus in a town not yet ready to receive Him. News travelled fast and people reacted in different ways to the apparition; some violently.
After that book, I wrote several short stories (about 250) about Father Ignatius, a character from "VISIONS". Each story is a short self-contained vignette about the life of the priest. These have now been published in several FREE E-books and on Kindle. (See tag at top of this Blog on the left).
HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
Ideas for short stories seem to come from nowhere and sometimes I find myself writing two books at the same time. I just hope that whatever I write is enjoyed by my readers and, most important, brings someone to get to love the Lord.
OK folks ... now I've answered the questions as best I can I have a little surprise for you.
I have just published my latest book (in paperback only) entitled "GOD'S SHEPHERD"
I would like to give away one copy of this book to one of you for having the stamina to read through this post. Please leave a comment below and let me know if you wish to enter the competition. If you wish to comment but not enter the competition, that's OK. I'll reply to all comments and visit your Blog too.
On 25 August, I'll put all names in a hat and draw the winner who will be announced here. Depending on how I feel, and the number of whiskies I've had, I may draw two names from the hat!
So Good Luck, and thanx for visiting me.