In Our Gethsemane (audio)

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In Our Gethsemane

How is it I should pray?”

– In my distress I often say –

But He has shown me the way,

– In His Gethsemane…

It was the night on which He prayed

– for in His flesh He was afraid –

Your Will be done”, he said.

He asked if we would stay

– An hour with Him and pray –

On this, His darkest day

– In His Gethsemane…

It was the night He was betrayed

– that was when He paid –

For the mess that we have made.

Thy Will be done?” I say,

– Not an easy prayer to pray! –

But I TRUST that YOU WILL stay

– In MY Gethsemane.

(Holy Thursday – 1st April, 2021.)

Reflecting on disappointment – when God says “No, dear child!”

In the hour of our greatest need – in fear, worry…

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Your Father’s World

This post ministered greatly to my heart and soul.

Feeding On Jesus

“You are always with me, and everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31, NIV)

“This is my Father’s world.” I recently heard Holy Spirit whisper to my heart these profound hymn lyrics as I was out and about. As I approached the main square of our city, the sky was extravagant. The Itaya River was up ahead. The beauty of the fading day rested on my senses. Holy Spirit pointed out to me how creation’s loveliness was overwhelmingly greater than the signs of poverty around the city. In spite of the bad things that happen here, this is my Father’s world.

Later, I was sitting in my rocking chair in our back yard, praying. He whispered it again. Gazing up at the soft clouds floating by, I took in His bounty. The green leaves greeted me brightly with their gentle rustling, and I received His generosity. The songbirds regaled me…

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I have to share this beautiful piece of writing. Thank you, Natasha and brother. 😀 Bless you both.

Sunrise Friday

It has become blatantly apparent
Evidently visible
Undoubtedly agreeable
That JESUS is the Prince of Peace

When boats were shaking and hearts were desperate
Desperate for help
Desperate for saving
He was right there with them
In the very situation were fear and panic existed, there he was with peace
There was a Prince
There was the Prince of Peace

When he was in a sticky situation with hungry people
And the people who walked with him and experienced his power doubted and fretted
He was at ease
He was peaceful
There was the Prince of peace

To think this is someone I have been forfeiting
I tried to maneuver around all the ways to find peace like a maze
But it has always been one track
His way

I didn’t actively forfeit him though but I didn’t choose him either
To forfeit the very definition of “peace is not…

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I’m so blessed to reread this. Suzie still needs to hear it over and over.


Yesterday and today Sue has been experiencing an incredible sensation of hope and of joy. This has come from the revelation that she can never earn her innocence or salvation. To get it right, to live by the rules, all these things are impossible to achieve in their totality. But that is the good news of Jesus – by believing in him, we appropriate His innocence, as the person bringing the spotless lamb in times past did (he would place a hand on the head of the innocent lamb and exchange his sin for the lamb’s purity. The lamb carrying the sin and guilt would then be sacrificed in his place and he would have been given pardon) And Jesus came to restore that lost innocence for all people, for all time. If we believe He carried ALL of our sinfulness to the cross and was sacrificed to bring innocence…

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An Awesome Veil

My first ever (recorded 1986)) poem, from a train window…



Trundling by, fleetingly

From the window all is silent;

The whole vista veiled,

White gowned,

Evenly covering colour

Softening all form

Hushed; moulded,

Clothed, but revealing a greater glory

Than the temporal greys and smudged hues of winter earth.

River grey and ashen clouds holding their breath…

That which was of its own –

Rich in momentary splendour and beauty –

Surpassed and overwhelmed

By a fresh, pure down,

Delicately and graciously bestowing,

Unfolding revelation.

Dazzling white light

As heavenly curtains draw a gentle, baby blue,

Life-giving light consoling with warm promises

Ever present,

The source of joy to its bride – nature’s bride, adorned and ready –

Purified in time to rekindle beauty and vibrant colour

Richness and depth;

Blushing in her glory

She reflects the rays of her life,

Truth and mystery, clear as crystal

As precious pearls.

Still the flakes flutter and fall…

Train journey back…

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Bidden or not bidden –

updated reminder of the Almighty…



In the spirit, soaring the selfless songs of the silent soul,

The Supreme Spirit is present ;


In the limbs, labouring in the undulating land of the living,

The Lord of Life is present ;


In the mind, climbing mountains for meaning and ambition,

The Majestic Maker is present ;


In the heart, responding to the pulsating passions of perception,

The Prince of Peace is present ;


In the soul, delving into valleys of survival, forgiveness and self-worth,

The loving Saviour is present ;


In the spirit, soaring the selfless songs of the silent soul,

The Supreme Spirit is present …


Bidden or not bidden

God is present.

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The Lord’s Prayer

We have every reason to pray… Join me?


My beloved Nana gave me a pendant with this image on when I was a girl and the Lord’s Prayer inscribed on the other side…

I took the liberty of reflecting on “The Lord’s Prayer” and putting it into a language that refreshes it’s meaning to me. I hope it raises an Amen from you too:


You are our heavenly father, mother, loving creator and source of all life; we are ALL Your children.
Your names describe your character – Almighty God, Provider, Holy One, Most High God – You are Holy and more magnificent and more powerful than anything.
We want to live as You intend us to live – in a free, beautiful, perfect world, as you created it to be – with You, for You. We can only do this with you.
We trust You to give us everything that we need to do this –…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity while spreading sunshine in the blogging community.

And with that lovely accolade, I want to thank Simone, affectionately known as the wheelchair teen – for nominating me. To think I spread sunshine would be such an honour. (And I love sun-flowers!!!)

So, now to follow the rules (I’m not good at following rules, so I have to get a bit nerdy now…)


  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.

I think I’ve done 1. and 2., so now I’ll do my best to answer your questions, Simone –

  1. What was a defining or significant moment in your blogging experience?

It’s been a bit of a plod-along for me – I’ve been on here for a long time, but I still feel like a beginner. I’m only just beginning to get ‘like’s on my posts… I think adding photographs created more interest, but perhaps I’m just not saying what people need to hear. I guest the defining moment was setting up the word press to first share my poems and my book, but every week that I go to write a new post is significant and has a little skip of glee in it, as I press ‘publish now’.

  1. What’s your favourite place that you’ve ever visited?

I think it has to be the little simple chapel in a remote sand-dune in Llannelli, where I met Jesus, when I was 12 years old… and I went back and met Him again the following year! 😀

  1. Who’s your favourite disabled or neurodiverse character?

My first response was Christopher Reeve, who I fell in love with when I first saw Superman, when I was about 14 years old. I didn’t know what neurodiverse meant so had to look it up, so now my answer has to be – my first born son, who is one of the most transparent, delightful characters I know.

  1. What’s one thing about society that angers you?

One thing? Injustice! (Greed, deceit, abuse of power, discrimination, poverty, violence…)

  1. Do you love or hate poetry (or are you somewhere in the middle)?

That depends who writes it. I write poetry. Sometimes poems come to me – I like my own! 😀 I love some poets and lyricists, because I like the intensity of imagery and the rhythm, but some poets are so complex in their big, obscure words, that they lose me. I will include a poet I like in my nominees.

  1. What was the last thing that made you smile?

Reading that question made me smile! (I smile a lot!)

  1. What’s your favourite quote?

I suppose it’s the only one I can remember – “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins” and I like the addition I saw on a fridge magnet – “because by then you are a mile away from him and you still have his shoes!!!” LOL.

  1. Name one thing that’s always guaranteed to help you relax.

My deep breathing exercises.

  1. What’s your number one tip to new bloggers?

Write for yourself only, and if others like it, that’s a bonus, but don’t write for them, even if you remain Billy-no-mates, or have just select, super-special followers, like me!

  1. If you could choose a best friend to bring to life from any book that you’ve read or film or television series that you’ve watched – who would it be?

My favourite ever film is “The Dark Crystal” and I would love to have one of the mystics as my friend.

  1. What makes your blog special?

That’s difficult! I write because I write and I share it as a blog in the hope that it blesses and resonates with other persons out there… so what makes it special, is people like you, who interact with me and my posts and make them significant to somebody other than me. So, short answer – connection.

Next Task is to nominate up to 11 new bloggers – not sure what ‘new’ means, so I’ll nominate at least one poet I like and some recent additions to my friends on here…

My Nominees – all who “who inspire positivity and creativity while spreading sunshine in the blogging community.”

1. Tina, whose poems are thought provoking and inspired by hope in the Son himself.

2. Natasha Nkandu, another poet I have recently discovered – honest and warm, whose heart bends towards the sun.

3. Susan, whose raw, honest words cause my heart and prayer to rise and it’s in the dark corners that the light shines brightest.

4. Fay Ann, another gritty, straight-talking poet, who blooms for Jesus.

5. Deborah Marie, who teaches great little lessons and reminders to check my heart.

6. Elizabeth, who always surprises me with something fresh and I’m sure she’ll have sunflowers in her garden.

7. Matt, because he makes me smile with his generous and encouraging spirit and I always delight to read his very gracefully human blogs.

and lastly for today,

8. Ruelha, whose lively, narrative poetry reflects her big, smiley heart and who uses great image quotes that I like to borrow!

There are so many whose blogs I read and who inspire me in different ways, but these I choose today, or I’ll still be doing this at Christmas and the sun-flowers will be long past their best!

Lastly, My questions:

1. Who or what inspired you to start blogging online?

2. Tell me your favourite Bible story

3. Do you sing or play any musical instruments? What?

4. What person has most inspired you to be creative?

5. What line would you most hope to read on your epitaph?

6. What is your favourite game?

7. If you could have a dinner date with any person who ever lived or lives, who would it be?

8. What favourite dish reminds you of home?

9. What city would you most like to visit? Why?

10. If you could wave a wand to solve just one problem in the world, what would it be?

11. Will you please forgive me for asking so many questions? 🙂

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We all live our lives with faith: –
We believe that tomorrow we will wake from our sleep
That when we open our mouth our voices will speak
That turning on the tap, water will flow
And planting seed, the crops will grow…

On things electric we now rely
We all believe that planes can fly
Even though we know not why
With science and reason we can try…

We believe in science, justice and reason
We hold all these in great esteem
Though learned folk of the previous season
Thought today’s inventions just a dream.

But faith in God or a Higher Power –
There scepticism abounds –
We see divisions that we have made
And ignore the evidence of life around

The intelligence in the seed and brain
Are mysteries we can’t explain
And what of longing, valour and love
They are not explained by the theories above.

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