Men give CPR to a squirrel

Now, anyone who knows me well will know that I have a somewhat chequered history with squirrels and they ought to be relieved that guns aren’t legal in the UK, m’kay? But look at this cute little chap! He got himself electrocuted and they brought him back. Wonderful!

It’s so nice to put something under ths tag of “good news” once in a while!

God Bless you

Lis

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Prayers are not enough

This spot of bad weather (and I can’t refer to it as a major event, it’s really a pretty small amount of snow), has caused roads to grind to a standstill, people have been left in their cars overnight in freezing conditions on blocked roads, people stuck on trains as well – we really need to get a grip, but our councils have let us down badly.

Well paid, and well funded, they have failed to send out gritters, they have failed to send out snow ploughs, leaving villages cut off from the rest of civilisation. Amongst all of that people were not prepared. Many needed basic food items, and have had to get help from neighbours to cope. Up north has been the worst hit, but all over the country unprepared people have come up against problems created by unprepared councils and companies (like British Gas who’s call centres are rejecting calls from desperate people with broken down boilers, who are elderly or vulnerable).

This ought to be a wake up call for us all. We get a freeze like this once every five to ten years. This is nothing compared to 2010, yet the schools are closed and so on. It’s a sign of the state of this nation that we have become so weakened! In my youth, we were expected to get to school, go to work etc., in just such conditions.

I’m saying all that to say this – be prepared! I’ve warned so many friends to be prepared! Have some extra tins of food in your cupboard, and a spare loaf of bread in the freezer – don’t be caught out by weather like this! Yet many don’t think ahead, don’t have in any extras, and then have to struggle out. If the council isn’t gritting the roads, you can’t very well go out like we used to back in the day. It’s not a good situation.

But we also need to be prepared for others too. Watch out for elderly neighbours – can you lend a hand? Is there something you can do? Perhaps you can cook a meal for someone, or give them something which they’ve run out of? We all need to muck in together and act to benefit others. A friend brought me firewood, and I swapped it for something I had which I knew they could use. They would have brought it even if I had nothing to give. They are good like that!

The inspiration for my post today came from this article: (Link)

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Again human goodness shines through. I quote:

A heartbreaking photo of an elderly homeless man huddled outside a Tesco in a bid to shelter from the freezing temperatures brought on by Storm Emma has spurred an entire community to action.

The picture of the frail man wrapped up in blankets next to a trolley full of his belongings led to people in Erdington, Birmingham, helping him get off the streets.

Sitting outside a Tesco, the unnamed man, who is believed to be in his 70s, was spotted by a passer-by who shared the tear-jerking scene on Facebook.

Jo Bialan posted the image with the caption: ‘Never in a million years when giving out clothes did I think I would come across this – OMG.

‘He’s been there all night and I’ve given him stuff and hot coffee to keep his hands warm. Surprisingly said, for now he is OK.

‘Please share this – Tesco’s Erdington High Street, have gone to work crying, phone calls to make, this guy is in his 70s.

‘Birmingham City Council, Age Concern, Theresa May – god help this country.’

Birmingham City Homeless Support later reported that they had found him a place and he’s off the streets. This is action!

This woman was a good Samaritan. She didn’t walk by on the other side of the road, she took action and now one very cold elderly homeless man is off the streets and in the warm. Words and prayers only get us so far, and I have written before about the invisible sticking plaster of prayer (a bit of a rant to be honest! 🙂 )

We need to think ahead whenever we can (for ourselves and for others), but we must also be prepared to take action when there are needs like this.

This story is heartwarming, because it has a happy ending, but there must be others like him out there who have not yet received such help.

God Bless you

Lis

Human goodness: One of the most powerful images I’ve ever seen

This image dissolved me.

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To see these people holding on to this stranger to stop him from jumping to his death, one holding his legs, another holding onto his belt, someone else had tied him to the railings, the others hugging him tightly – it is both a tragic and beautiful image all at once.

Images like this have a back story – so often we don’t get to find out what happened and where this took place. I was lucky that I was able to find the story. This happened in my own country. It happened in Golders Green in North London, in May of last year. These people held him for two hours while police closed the road beneath and brought in an hydraulic lift to safely get him down and into an ambulance.

I’m not going to “spiritualise” this – there’s nothing I need to say or add to this powerful image. We would all hope never to be in a situation like this, and I’m sure we’d all want to react with the compassion and power these people did in this circumstance. Amazing people!

You can read the story here: Link

I hope and pray he is well today.

If you want to see some more truly heart-warming photos you can see the rest here: Link

God Bless you

Lis

Entertaining Angels unawares….

We never know just who is around us who might touch our life in a profound way. When someone does, we might feel this person is an angel. Indeed this story really made me feel that this was an act of God.

‘Rose’, who suffers from anorexia, was on a train going to hospital for treatment. Someone on the train saw her obvious condition, and wrote her a letter which touched her and uplifted her. Here it is for you to read:

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You can read the whole story here: Link

I hope it brings you a moment of joy and hope. Life can be so hard – today I pray that if you need a hand, that God will bring someone alongside you. If you are free, would you let God move you alongside someone who needs you? I pray you will.

God Bless

Lis

Happy New Year!

I am so excited about 2017 – what a year 2016 was, and what God did for me in that time! With that in mind, I feel so buoyed up about 2017! I hope that 2017 is good for you, and that your needs are met, and your relationship with God is closer than ever by the end of it!

I’m just including a few of the best memes I’ve seen and grabbed off Twitter this last few months. I hope they make you think (Selah!) and inspire you.

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Think good thoughts (read the Word!)
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Be ready to act to protect others
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Take responsibility for your health
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Realise that (p)harmacy doesn’t have the answer
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Thank you for those standing up against Islam
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Be in awe
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God’s word is TRUTH!
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God answers prayer!
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You cannot save everyone, but try
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Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

Please consider sharing articles from this blog – specifically on South Africa and on organ donation – these two subjects need a wider audience. Please pray for this to happen – you can help save lives!

God Bless you

Lis

The milk of human kindness (or why I still read the Daily Mail)

Sometimes I can find reading online news a tad depressing (well indeed VERY depressing at times). But sometimes it’s worth that trawl to find a gem like this:

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The note reads: “So sorry you are having to look for this card. Have a coffee and bite to eat on me. Pay it forward one day. Much love x”

You can read the article here: Link

What a beautiful gesture! Sometimes I am in awe of the kindness and blessings that humans are able to bring in times of darkness. Thank you to the mystery benefactor, indeed a Good Samaritan, in Chineham – you didn’t just brighten a dark day for Jeannie Healy, through the newspaper, you brightened it for many more.

I hope this inspires you as much as it did me.

God Bless you

Lis