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The World is Waiting

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Dear Friends,

Today's post is a poem by Malcolm Duncan, used with his permission:

‘The World is Waiting.’
Bated breath and freezing air,
Expectation everywhere.
In Gerrard’s Cross, Chalfont Heights,
Homes and Hearts turn on the lights
For Christmas Time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick tock, tick...

Children wait with saucer-eyes
Trying to contain their smiles
Parents hope they’ve done enough
Or do the kids need some more ‘stuff’
For Christmas Time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick...

And behind next door’s curtain
The Joneses aren’t that certain
About the point of all of this?
There must be more to Christmas
But there’s so much still to do
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick...

It’s the secret no-one speaks,
No-where seen on Wiki-Leaks!
But everyone can sense it,
We all yearn to confess it,
We’re waiting for something more-
For someone behind the door.
For Hope to keep us going,
For Love to keep us growing,
And Christmas time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick...

The…

What's In A Name?

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Dear Friends,

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen! Isaiah 9:6-7
 (NLT)

Wonderful Counselor; Mighty God; Everlasting Father; Prince of Peace. These are all names given to Jesus. As such they are aspects of his character, they describe who he is and what he has come to do. Let's take a look at each one:
1. Wonderful Counsellor
...the Lord of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance. Isaiah 28:29(NKJV)

When you and I need advice, guidance, direction who or what do we go to? Do we rely on self? Are we fiercely independent? Wanting our own way? Do we look to our peers? Do we use the internet? None of these …

What Is Your Motivation?

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Dear Friends,



By now, many of you will probably know that I enjoy reading. One of my particular favourite genres is Christian historical fiction. A few months ago I read A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander. It really challenged me and got me thinking. And this is what I would like to share with you today. 
The heroine of the story is Claire Laurent. She loves to paint and her greatest desire is to make a name for herself in the world of art and leave a lasting impression on the world.
One morning she hears God speaking to her heart, asking her, "Would you paint if you knew you were painting only for me?" She battles with her answer. She questions if God has given her the gift of painting, why isn't he using it? She comes to the conclusion that, whilst she doesn't fully understand what God is asking of her, she knows the love she felt from God as he asked her that question is what she wants, more than anything. So she decides that, whatever the cost, her answer is y…

Unmasked

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Dear Friends,

Yes, this is a second blog post for today! 

In my first one you will have read that Claire Musters was my guest. Well, I also have a guest post on her blog today...

I am very familiar with mask wearing. I became ill with M.E. (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) over twenty years ago. I also suffer with chronic migraines and depression. In the beginning it was particularly hard to adjust to. Whenever I prepared to meet with anyone I would make sure that my mask was firmly in place.

People in my life, such as family, friends and church, knew I was living with this long-term illness, but I didn't like to talk about it. If anyone asked how I was, rather than be honest with them and tell them 'I'm really struggling, I'm depressed and my poor health is getting to me', I would tell them that I was fine thank you and then quickly change the subject. I would paste a smile on my face while inside I was an emotional mess...

If you are interested in reading the e…

Claire Musters: Beauty out of Brokenness

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Dear Friends, 

I am thrilled to have Claire Musters as a guest on my blog today. I recently connected with her on Facebook when I joined her 'Taking off the Mask Launch Group'. Earlier this month she published her book, "Taking off the Mask" and I reviewed it a few weeks ago on this blog. (If you missed it, click here to read it.)
Over to Claire...
Having walked through a particularly painful episode in my own life, and then seen how God has redeemed it years later is so encouraging. In fact He has now actually called me to share what was a very shameful part of my past in my latest book, Taking Off the Mask - although it holds no shame for me today.
I think it is so important that we are honest with one another - about our struggles and pain but also about the joys we experience in life with Him. I have seen time and time again how He has transformed my brokenness and turned it into something beautiful. Here is an extract from my book, in which I talk about an image tha…

Just in case you missed it...

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Dear Friends,
I published two blog posts yesterday, but it has come to my attention that those who subscribe to my blog via email did not receive either of them. So I've decided to provide the links to both posts here for you. It's at times like these I really wish I understood more about technology!!
In my first blog post yesterday I had Claire Musters as my guest writing about her latest book, "Taking off the Mask". Here's the link: Beauty out of Brokenness by Claire Musters

The same day Claire was a guest on my blog, I was a guest on her blog. Here's the link: Unmasked

Really hoping my email subscribers receive this by email this time :) 

Vicki
































Unmasked: Fuelled by Misunderstanding; Removed through Love

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Dear Friends,
Yes, this is a second blog post for today! 
In my first one you will have read that Claire Musters was my guest. (If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, please click here) Well, I also have a guest post on her blog today...
I am very familiar with mask wearing. I became ill with M.E. (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) over twenty years ago. I also suffer with chronic migraines and depression. In the beginning it was particularly hard to adjust to. Whenever I prepared to meet with anyone I would make sure that my mask was firmly in place.
People in my life, such as family, friends and church, knew I was living with this long-term illness, but I didn’t like to talk about it. If anyone asked how I was, rather than be honest with them and tell them ‘I’m really struggling, I’m depressed and my poor health is getting to me’, I would tell them that I was fine thank you and then quickly change the subject. I would paste a smile on my face while inside I was an emotion…