A song to reflect the feel of the first day of Britain’s freedom

As I stood in tears this morning – tears of relief, of gratitude to God, this song came to mind.

Reading the lyrics, it made me think of the freedom we have in God’s beautiful creation. Today is a day to thank God for giving Britain freedom. It may be a hard road for a while, but we are going to be a better country for it.

Praise be to God!

God Bless you

Lis

Worthing in the UK now criminalising homelessness – would you sign the petition?

This is disgraceful – what on earth has this country come to? This is the test from the petition:

“Worthing Council’s proposed ‘Public Space Protection Order’ will give the police and council officers the power to ban “anti-social” activities such as sleeping rough (defined as overnight camping) or begging. Those who breach an order could be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice or a fine of up to £1,000 for non-payment. This law will effectively criminalise someone for being homeless. This is at a time when the night shelters in Worthing, a safe haven for homeless people unable to access other services have just closed due to a lack of resources. This will hit already very vulnerable people who will be left with nowhere else to go.

This PSPO will also legitimise prejudice towards homeless people. This law will only lead to marginalising the homeless further, exacerbating the problem so they will be less able to seek the support they need. We already know that homeless people are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and are already victims of exceptionally high levels of violence, crime and victimisation which is often committed by the general public and largely goes unreported.”

You can read the rest of the text and sign the petition here: Link

I was reminded of this beautiful song – There But For Fortune

I know that as Christians we might see this differently – not as ‘fortune’ but as a spiritual situation that God is in charge of.

I used to be able to sing this song – but as I type this through my tears I realise how much I have changed in those years in between – the grey hairs and the compassionate, easily broken heart that weeps for this world and what we are doing to people who were made in God’s image.

An emotional post today.

God Bless you

Lis

Reading the bible – a bible reading plan that allows God to speak through his word every day

I was talking to the Pastor’s wife at my local church, and she asked me if I read the bible daily, and I said no – I said I struggled with planning how to do that. I tended towards feast or famine with the bible – lots of reading on a Sabbath but not much during the week.

She suggested I try their plan – take two jars, and write down the names of all the New Testament books and place these pieces of paper in one jar, and write down all the names of the Old Testament books and place them in the other jar. Then ask God to speak to you through His word, and pick out one from each jar and read one chapter from each of the books each day. She said this way, God could speak to you through his word at exactly the right time during the reading of each and any book.

Since I started doing this I have felt immensely blessed. So much so that I decided to look up how many chapters there are in the bible, so I could see how long it would take to read it all. I found that there are 1189 chapters in the bible. This means that in order to read the bible fully in a year I’d need to read three chapters each day, and three Psalms extra each week. So I have asked God to pick out another Old Testament book for me to read from as well.

So at the moment I’m just finishing Deuteronomy, whilst reading Joshua and Ephesians – all God’s choice for me to read. It is blessing me – I’m reading them aloud each day (which is good practice for my voice coaching work too (www.gloriousvoicecoaching.com)).

I’m so glad to be using this plan for my reading, it is leading me to all kinds of re-readings, and new-readings which speak to me daily. Today I am due to read the song of Moses, which is found in Deuteronomy 32, and I wondered if anyone had set it to music, and indeed someone has – some very talented musicians. This will indeed bless you!

 

 

 

 

So what plan do you follow for reading the bible?

God Bless you

Lis