A blessed time of year!

Christmas truly is a time for family, friends and faith and it’s around this time every year I start thinking about how incredibly lucky we are have all 3 of those.  Every year I wish we were closer to family and friends we love but I can’t remember once thinking I wish I had more faith at this time of the year!

It’s a time that inspires faith! It’s a time that makes us remember what makes our/my chosen religion is so special and a time to remind ourselves of why we believe and how we came to that decision!

The inspirational story of a brave young lady, pregnant whilst still a virgin; of a stand up young man who decided to stick with his lady even though her story made no sense and people would have judged him unfairly. Of a special baby born and laid in a manger. Visits from angels, magi and special, magical stars that guided the way.  It’s a story soo unbelievable it’s got to be true.  It’s a story the whole world celebrates – whether or not they believe, it’s a symbol of hope and peace in a world that so badly needs it!

So lets celebrate this year with love, peace, thanksgiving, family, friends and faith! May the magic of christmas touch each and every one of you!

I think Jenna’s prayer tonight so brilliantly sums it all up: “Thank you for Christmas, thank you for reindeer food and Santa. And thank you for Jesus Christ so we can all live for always”.  Out of the mouth’s of babes!!

God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Just a little something to add to top up the Christmas spirit – it just isn’t christmas without a little Boney M!!

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Challenge for the week…Pray

Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with the text. I would make an absolute law of this — always obey such impulse.      Martyn Lloyd-Jones

If we all did this all the time what would happen, how different would our lives be and our impact on other be!

As much as I wish I had hours to spend doing this it generally happens in short little one line bursts! I wish I had the discipline to “pray constantly or pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17, for now though I will pray as often as I can, an pray for discipline to pray more!

So take your opportunities where you can, a CD in the car, a verse on the toilet door or just a one liner when the Spirit prompts you! Prayer can change lives! It can change mine, and it can change yours so lets see what God has in store for us when we learn to obey His prompting and impulse!

Here’s my challenge, what’s yours?

London Riots

The whole situation in London at the moment is so sad! It makes me really angry at the sense of entitlement that some of these people show. The lack of respect and consideration is just disgusting. I really don’t know is it just “jumping on the bandwagon” or due to the “pack mentality” as the press is suggesting or is that just a small part of it.

If there is no absolute moral standard, then one cannot say in a final sense that anything is right or wrong. By absolute we mean that which always applies, that which provides a final or ultimate standard. There must be an absolute if there are to be morals, and there must be an absolute if there are to be real values. If there is no absolute beyond man’s ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgements conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions. Francis Schaeffer

Surely there has to be an underlying problem of lack of respect and moral values. Above all I think the parents are to blame. There needs to be some accountability! Surely if you have a child you need to protect that child, and doesn’t that include knowing where they are and what they are doing. I was always taught “you live under my roof you live by my rules”. Is that not still a valid point? Ok so it didn’t always work for me – I still managed to sneak out and do things I shouldn’t do (not vandalising or robbing stores, more hitch hiking to parties etc!).

If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weeds. ~~Luther Burbank~~

But where are the consequences – is it up to the state to discipline our children or should it start at home… I know my answer. And NO my children are not angels but I hope that I will teach them right from wrong and that their actions have consequences.

So what is the answer?

I don’t know. Is it to “make them feel  the full force of the law”? or is it to “love them with leniency”? I think it needs to be parts of both of these.  Yes they should be punished but they should also be able to spoken to in love. To find out what has caused this generation to be so angry and violent.

I know I’m waffling! I haven’t got the answers hopefully someone smarter than me in government will and will “solve” this problem.

I do however have to say that the community spirit that has been shown in the clean up shows the real spirit of London. Lets focus on the good that has been shown and let that shine out and win the day rather than the thugs who tore up London.

All I or we can do is keep praying and hoping for another quiet night on London’s streets tonight and across the UK!