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" It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

Sunday, 9 April 2023

Happy News day = Resurrection Day!

 Well, YESS! today is a day of great rejoicing as my title shares. 

Today is Resurrection Day!

Can you imagine the depth of their sorrow among the women and disciples upon the first day of that week so long ago? 
They thought all was lost - Jesus dead upon the cross of Cavalry, then buried in stone tomb.
 
BUT INSTEAD - their grief would roll away as surely as that giant stone did at the tomb's door!
Sorrow - turned to joy!
 This is picture for our troubles today - tell them ALL to Jesus.
 
 He is the Burden Bearer, He will uphold us in our every care!
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
And they remembered his words," Luke 24:1-8 (emphases mine)                               .

The STONE rolled away - what was unseen in the purpose of the cross is now seen! The same with our burden today - one glorious day the purpose of these trials will be revealed and as it says in 1 Cor 4:5 ".. every man shall have praise of God."  πŸ™πŸ’™πŸ™  What a day to look forward too, dear ones!
   
 I think this image of an empty tomb encapsulates Resurrection Day.  
The work of the cross  - the death, burial and resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God our sin-bearer on the cruel tree.

May our Father God help us to walk every single day in the glory of resurrection day!
Satan is the defeated foe, for evermore the victory is in Jesus, as we rest and trust in Him alone! 
This hymn came to mind, I serve a Risen Saviour... may it bless your heart as it did mine.
I serve a Risen Saviour by A J Ackley
I serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today;
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

Refrain:
He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart!


2 In all the world around me I see His loving care;
And tho' my heart grows weary, I never will despair.
I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing will come at last. [Refrain]
 
3 Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind. [Refrain]

To Him alone be all the glory, honour and praise, with much thanksgiving for Resurrection day!
Shaz in Oz.x

Hymn sung below by Mennonite Youth choir. (link here if missing)

 
 PS.A special shout out for a very dear blogging  sister - Diane Ronzino of Hadarah - link here. Diane has issues in that her latest posts aren't showing on my sidebar feed - but locked on one from two years ago.
I've thought she wasn't posting. 
But she is, and it's invisibly for some time as she says none comment so I'm thinking others may have the same issue in finding her.
If you've followed her, please go give her some love. I will chat next week with her, hopefully, and see if we can fix it - I've a couple of ideas.  Praying one works, please LORD.
 

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Friday, 7 April 2023

God's Goodness on Good Friday

 Hullo there everyone! sorry for the very long silence, health is the usual reason. Since today is one of the most important days of the year, I had to pop in with this post.

  This is an April Illuminated calendar for 2014, from the Hong Kong Christian Book Room. They sadly don't make them any more, but I learnt from their book how to do my texts (see - here it is) is written by the founder of this Book Room. 
 
Isn't it a beautiful verse? 
It is the true reflection of what occurred on Good Friday all those years ago. On a rocky hillside, in sorrow and pain, a young Man shed His blood on a cross - a shameful, sinful death.
WHY?
Years ago (over 50) I well remember my sister's teacher asking me on a hillside (here near the beach) if I knew why Jesus had died? 
I said, " No."
.. and so she told me He had died for my sin, and the sins of everyone. 
Now I was a child.. and you may wonder - how a child can have sinned?
.. but believe you me, there was not argument at all from me on that point.
I knew I had done wrong.. and that was sin.. but that Jesus had died to take away my sin totally blew me away. 
That memorable day, when I saw Jesus on the cross for my sin, has lived evermore for me in these words of this hymn. (or see link here)

                                      There Is A Green Hill Far Away
                        There is a green hill far away, without a city wall,
                        Where the dear LORD was crucified, Who died to save us all.

                        We may not know, we cannot tell what pains He had to bear,
                        But we believe it was for us He hung & suffered there.  

                        He died that we might be forgiven , He died to make us good,
                        That we might go at last to Heaven, saved by His precious blood.

                        There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin,
                        He only could unlock the gate of Heaven, and let us in.

                        Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved, & we must love Him too, 
                        And trust in His redeeming blood & try His works to do. 
By C.F. Alexander
 
Jesus is our Living Redeemer, Saviour and Friend.
Or He is LORD Jesus once I have believed on the LORD Jesus Christ as my Saviour. 
 
"God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him."
1 John 4:9
This is why Good Friday is Good.
 
By faith in the LORD Jesus we have the certain hope of life for evermore with Him. 

The Easter story = The gift of His transforming love.
  Jesus' sacrifice brought us life.

There is sadness in the story. 
There is pain in the story. 
There is death. But there is more. 
The whole story includes the beauty of Easter. 
The triumph. 
The joy.
I would dearly love that all who read this might know or already KNOW that Beauty, Triumph, and Joy.. in Jesus.

I would like to close with a very early Illuminated text done in the early 1990's. 
(sorry, it is very poor "best-can-do" enhanced image - bad flare from old camera, etc. not digital.)
 The observant among you will realise it's the verse done on the header of my craft blog. 
It is also on the very first post I did on my blog, back here.
(I have done it four times now, three different colours, and one was duplicate of one on the header.
This, the original is the one and only one done in Aluminum leaf - very hard to work with but will not tarnish like silver leaf.)
 
May we all take time to ponder the importance of these words of the Lord Jesus.

"What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36
 
Zip, zero, zilch is the answer... 
The whole world will profit us nothing.
  YES, this is the whole key to Easter... 
Eternity... and what counts for eternity. 
May we live this truth.
 
Truth will help to keep a real perspective on life -  is it ETERNAL?
 
 May God richly bless you wherever you maybe and thank you SO much for poppng over and saying hi, I trust this blesses your heart!
Shaz in Oz.x

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Sunday, 25 December 2022

Christmas 2022 - "Behold the Lamb of God.. "

(Those who read my craft blog, this is partly from it, more bible & minimal crafty details.😁 please pray God's blessing on His word with me." Crafty post HERE - has Aussie summery photos)

At Christmas time IF the Christ of Christmas rates a mention, it is as the Babe in the Manger.

So when I saw this set of Beccy's digis, with this verse, I was so delighted! It's my favourite make this Christmas.

"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Let us adore Him."

In this  “Lamb of God”  set we see the Christ child as our Saviour.. 

The “Why” Christ came is the emphasis. 

Christ, born to die that we might live..

These words weren’t spoken at Jesus' birth, but approximately 30 years later, at the commencement of Jesus’ ministry by His cousin, John the Baptist. 

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and (John) saith, 

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

“And I saw, and bare record that this IS the Son of God.”

John 1:29, 34 

 John the Baptist was the Forerunner who went before Jesus, as Isaiah said to “prepare the way of the LORD” (Isaiah 40:3 see prophecy here)

Isaiah through God’s Spirit spoke those words prophesying the WHY Jesus came and WHO Jesus was! In the gospel of John they are the very words John used to answer the questioning Pharisees. 

He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the LORD, as said the prophet Esaias.  John 1:23

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Two miraculous births occurred in the first Christmas story, see here in Luke 1.

These were the birth of John to his barren elderly mother Elisabeth (and priestly father Zecharias), and 3 months later the LORD Jesus to Elisabeth's cousin Mary - both were miracles. 

Pray with me dear ones, that this Christmas time that those cannot see, or hear will see and believe on the miracle of God’s coming to earth to seek and save that which is lost! 

Only God's Spirit by prayer can draw hearts to seek - while there is time.

As the birth of Christ is noted, may His coming again be remembered.

Jesus Himself said in Matt 24:44

Watch! “Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man cometh."


 I love, adore and worship today Christ crucified, risen and glorified.. not just the Babe in a manger..

As I pondered Christmas this year I was discouraged at how far from the LORD many in our world seem to have moved. Then as I’ve read John 1 many times this week, I was struck by this verse, which absolutely reflected my thoughts: 

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:5

So the following verses show that once again the KEY πŸ”‘ to piercing the darkness is PRAYER, so WE MUST pray WITHOUT ceasing.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 

That was the true Light, which lighteth EVERY man that cometh into the world. 

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:    

John 1:5-12 (emphasis added)

So it’s through the LIGHT πŸ•― of the World shining through those of us who love Him, and by earnest prayerπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ that comprehension will shine!
Note: the LIGHT lights everyone who comes into the world... if they'd but open their eyes and hearts... a clear choice given. 
Abundant grace.
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This beautiful ‘original words’ rendition of “O Holy Night” blessed me so much - so that I share it with you, the words really match today.
(Link here if not showing) 

Happy Christmas everyone - may our Loving Father God be with you wherever you maybe, sending giant prayer hugs and much love - thank you so much if you read this far, especially if you pray for God to bless it and are able to comment.. 
You all mean a lot to me!
πŸ™πŸ€—❤ Shaz in Oz.x 

 
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Sunday, 27 November 2022

PRAYER IS POWER - aching, hurting prayers - POWER WITH THE ALMIGHTY!

 Today's topic is one that often fills my time, thoughts and heart:

The prayers of the saints.. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are saints according to the Bible. They trust in Him as their Saviour alone. 

Yet too often as believers we underestimate the POWER of PRAYER. 

For to quote a dear saint now above, Bro Mac:

“Prayer is Power, it brings about the Mighty Action of the Almighty”.

As a result of our limited understanding, we also under-utilise the power of prayer.

We breathe. 

We never or rarely think of how to breathe. 

So prayer ought to be exactly the same as breathing. 

As we grow as believers, it becomes as natural as breathing. 

I'm closer in my chat with my Lord than to anyone else I know.

I've been saved 50+yrs. Right from salvation at 12 years, two key things were practiced daily. My Father God drew me, met my deep hunger, I was so very lonely, and sad too in pre-teens and teens. He met the deep need. 

1. Reading of God's word daily. A habit never lost, unless very ill. 

2. Prayer of heart - fellowship of the Spirit, communing, praising my Father.. a growing, deeper relationship. Very simple at first .. as child-like, but hunger drew me on.

 When saved I was not in a strong Bible teaching church, my family were unsaved or not walking with LORD. However in spite of this, I trusted in the LORD Jesus as my Saviour for sin.

The key truth I recall was the sudden realisation that MY SIN put our LORD Jesus on the cross!

It was locally at a Scripture Union Beach Mission. I was largely untaught, except by the Spirit, and my own gleanings with God from 1966 to 1974. However these two habits of prayer and word ie daily quiet time habits kept me anchored, alert aware of God’s truth in His word when the attacks of the evil one surely came.

The LORD in His wisdom brought very hard and extremely rough, sad, lonely paths in my life as a teen. These extremities almost to death, great tests of faith,  also kept me anchored. Jesus gave me HOPE.. And this was reflected in His word.

So it’s rough now, dear ones?!!

Oh, YESS! its for our good.

Most of all it is for our Loving Father's glory, as He works in and through us.

May He be glorified in us today!

Do you long for our Father God to be glorified in you? 

Then expect hard things.

I love how very much God values prayer. 

Prayer to an Eternal Father God - that prayer is eternal.. your heartfelt cries, weepings, pleadings, rejoicings to the Eternal One all live on.

Rev. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Rev. 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

Revelation 8:4-5 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Every single one of our yearning, hurting, intercessory, or praising prayers are there in heaven before the throne of God.

.. or even as Romans 8:26 puts it of prayer “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered..” none of them are lost, or left unanswered. 

Unanswered prayer is a lie of the evil one. God answers - like our earthly parent may have said - “yes”,”no”or “wait” .. but all are answers.

The hardest answer to a prayer maybe no, but it IS an answer. As is WAIT, or yess! The wait maybe more than a decade, or with my dad's salvation, more than 5 decades. 

And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you,

 and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: 

for the Lord is a God of judgment: 

blessed are all they that wait for him. Isaiah 30:18


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Revelation 6:9-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Recently I was just thinking or it was as I was praying actually - a beautiful thought came ..

It was of Revelation 6 above and the praying tribulation saints in heaven, who were praying for the avenging of their death, having been slain for their faith, yet they saw others still suffering the same - I wondered if there are praying saints who’ve gone before who are praying for those suffering below, now! and for those before us also?


We are a finite being, limited.. and God is infinite and eternal, as is heaven. We really don’t know what it’s like in the life to come, unless we are caught up as for example Paul was (2 Cor.12) and shown unspeakable things.

How do we know that saints before are watching as witnesses even now?


Hebrews 11 is the Faith chapter describing many saints of Old Testament. 

THEN Hebrews 12 the very next chapter begins thus:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, 

and let us run with patience the race that is set before us..

“Wherefore seeing (= BECAUSE) we are also compassed (SURROUNDED) about with so great a cloud of witnesses”..

Yes, the Heavenly witnesses, spoken of in Hebrews 12 are those of Hebrews 11 - remember this letter to the Hebrews had no chapter verse divisions, so as Chap 11 ends it follows immediately with “wherefore seeing we are so compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses” in my minds eye the passage turns to those who've gone before, they’re watching on, above.

As Hebrews 11 says it’s truly those of the FAITH who’ve gone before! 

Their prayers on earth prayed even now live on, even though they are no longer here to pray them. eg Daniel for Israel in Daniel 9, Jesus for ALL those who follow Him in John 17, etc., so will ours when we are gone - and even now those who've gone before!

Indeed they are the "so great a cloud of witnesses”, 

SO “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that does so easily beset us..

….  let us run with patience the race that is set before us... looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith."!

Why? run with FAITH as they did "seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses"..

How LONG indeed,  before You come, Lord?

.. even so come Lord Jesus ... perhaps today.

While we wait - let press on doing the best we can as those who’ve gone before, be not discouraged or cast down look up and fight and be not weary! (If not showing - Hymn link)


Praying for you all who read this. I wrote the bulk of this over many months - starting more than two years ago when a very dear sister in the LORD went to be with Him. It greatly grieved her that she wasn’t staying here to keep praying for her dear ones!

The lovely LORD gave me this word back then - saying her prayers last longer than her sick physical body - our prayers of faith are eternal in heaven in ..“those golden vials full of odours..” UNTIL they’re ANSWERED - and I believe perhaps even then preserved as a testimony to God’s faithfulness in “those golden vials full of odours”. 

It is God Who is glorified in ALL this, dear ones!

Remember GOD is not finite as we are!

He is infinite, not limited and communication with Him is limited only by our FAITH

It’s truly something we cannot fully grasp until heaven how great a tool and how VERY important our prayer is!

So use it every moment of every day.

(I’m sorry for my silence.. as my craft blog said I’m in an unwell patch, but I’m hopeful I maybe on the improve. Thank you for popping by, I truly pray this blesses you as it has me - as I write, rewrite, meditate and pray ...

I’m sorry it’s a bit long, I didn’t want to do two posts as was concerned I may not get back to it as it has happened before.)

AND thanks you so much if you are able to comment.

Love in Him, πŸ™πŸ€—

Shaz in Oz.x 

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Saturday, 10 September 2022

The ETERNAL God is Thy Refuge

The title of this post is part of a very well known verse.

One of God's promises given by Moses to Israel. 

The ETERNAL God is thy refuge, 

and UNDERNEATH are the everlasting arms: 

Deut 33:27

It describes the nature of the LORD God, the El Shaddai, the Everlasting Father, our God = “ETERNAL” (from Collins Dictionary)

“1. without beginning or end; existing through all time; everlasting · 

2. of eternity 

 3. forever the same; always true or valid; unchanging. the eternal verities”

We are to keep our focus on the ETERNAL GOD.

He promised He would never leave us nor forsake us.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

He sees, knows, understands what we cannot in our finite, limited mind - worldly box.

Satan wants us to put our God in that worldly box... but that’s the path of discouragement. 

For our INFINITE God is immeasurable in His grace mercy and love for us... The LORD God Almighty reaches where we can never ever imagine. 

How many of us I wonder know the second part of that verse?

It struck me afresh today in its entirety. 

IF we ever needed to have second part of this verse to be fulfilled… it’s today in the left wing, anti-God controls of today’s governments worldwide. May God indeed thrust out the enemies of Truth and Righteousness and Destroy them! Especially in our nation's governments. 

Mercy please LORD, we plead Thee. Protect Thy servants everywhere! We flee to Thee for Refuge.

The ETERNAL God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: 

and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;

and shall say, Destroy them. Deut 33:7

This verse is a promise to Israel before they were to take possession of the promised land, and just one of many promises by God through Moses to each of the twelve tribes. 

Another well known one is this illumination I’ve done ‘ As Thy days, etc.’, which is a preceding verse and promise is to tribe of Asher, but both are also it maybe noted to the tribes of Israel (see verses 28, 29). 

Painted in 1990s in water colours, rather than gouache like my later works, the good water colours still faded too much hence changed to Gouache.
Full post on this can be found on my craft blog here, done in 2014.

Deuteronomy 33:24-29

[24] And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.

 [25] Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. 

[26] There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. 

[27] The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. 

[28] Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. 

[29] Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, …

Verses 24, 25 were to Asher and were the concluding promises to each of 12 tribes. From verses 26 to verse 29, the end of chapter it’s to Israel whose name is also Jeshurun.

 Jeshurun (Hebrew: Χ™ְΧ©ֻׁΧ¨Χ•ּן YΙ™Ε‘urΕ«n; also Jesurun or Yeshurun) is a poetic name for Israel used in the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible.

The importance and usefulness of these promises was necessary because of testing that lay before them. Does it apply to us today?

Most certainly, the LORD Jesus in His temptation with Satan used scripture promises in other parts of the scripture.. see here Matt 4:1 - 11

Or just looking at this example:

Matthew 4:7-10

[7] Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 

[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 [9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

 [10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

And that is key.. the battle is being fought today, through the living word, as much as in Moses and Joshua’s day. 

The enemy is the same father of lies and Accuser of the brethren and the LORD Jesus Himself. So we must gird ourselves in the Word of God.

As Jesus Who is called the WORD did!

Ephesians 6:16-17

[16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 

[17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

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The ETERNAL God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: 

and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;

and shall say, Destroy them.

Deut 33:7

So God will not only now be our Refuge underneath us, but He will THRUST OUT our enemies, before us!

See hymn below or link to video here, words by A.B Simpson.


1
Art thou sunk in depths of sorrow
Where no arm can reach so low?
There is One whose arms almighty
Reach beyond thy deepest woe.
God th’ Eternal is thy refuge,
Let it still thy wild alarms;
Underneath thy deepest sorrow,
  Are the everlasting arms.
 Underneath thee, underneath thee,
Are the everlasting arms,
Everlasting, everlasting,
  Are the everlasting arms.
2
Other arms grow faint and weary,
These can never faint, nor fail;
Others reach our mounts of blessing,
These our lowest loneliest vale.
O that all might know His friendship!
O that all might see His charms!
O that all might have beneath them
  Jesus’ everlasting arms.
3
Underneath us, O how easy;
We have not to mount on high,
But to sink into His fulness,
And in trustful weakness lie.
And we find our humbling failures
Save us from the strength that harms!
We may fail, but underneath us
  Are the everlasting arms.
4
Arms of Jesus! fold me closer,
To Thy strong and loving breast,
Till my spirit on Thy bosom
Finds its everlasting rest;
And when time’s last sands are sinking,
Shield my heart from all alarms,
Softly whispering, “Underneath thee,
  Are the everlasting arms.”

A beautiful promise - for the eternal God is Thy Refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. I pray this has blessed you as it has me.

May God richly bless you and those you love, wherever you may  be. Thank you SO much for popping over for a read, a meditate and especially if you’re able to chat.

Prayer hugs πŸ™πŸ€— Shaz in Oz.x  

Addendum to post on the sudden passing of our faithful Queen Elizabeth II, after more than a seventy year reign.

Our very dear and so beautiful inside and out, Queen Elizabeth II, was reigning before I and many of us were even born..  

She  had a sudden arrival to a job of huge responsibility so young, but took it willingly with both hands and all her heart... a servant of her God and her people. 

Her faith was often shared in her Christmas messages, she was not ashamed of her Saviour, and the latter messages especially I remember.  It encouraged me as I watched it.  (Some of these Queen's Christmas messages are shared verbatim in this post here, the link left by Rita R. below)

I truly believe she heard "well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the LORD." 

Amen, and may God save the King.. king Charles III ... for truly he is yet to acknowledge God as his King. 

πŸ™πŸ‘†πŸ™πŸ‘†πŸ™ may God have mercy on us all in every day ahead.

 If you are not sure if you are a Christian, a Christ follower, please read this post here - Who or What is a Christian?

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