This week continued

My interview went really well more like an informal chat – it was a bit of a shock to find I was meeting all four of the Doctors in the practice – gulp but they where lovely and I feel I was able to answer their questions not only about myself but the course as well.

I must admit to smiling inwardly when I mentioned ethics which I did a lot – immediately thinking of our tutor who took us for our ethics module.  It could have been a very dry topic but our tutor who only joined the college in September was fab. I get the impression we wont have him this module – I`ll be sorry about that.

So I will find out hopefully on Friday if I can base my placement at this Doctors practice – if not its back to the drawing board. One thing is for sure God kept me perfectly calm and was with me the whole time – How do people cope without him in their lives ?  Im so glad I let him in to my life couldnt cope on my own now. I tried it my way – scarey stuff.

Another good piece of news I booked my flight to join my friends in England again . So looking forward to it.  Amazingly the tax and insurance is more than the flight.  For those of you who dont know last year I set of on my own to meet up with a group of Christian women in Cheltehem we had a great time and promised to repeat it .

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A mothers beatitudes

A mothers beatitudes

Author unknown

Blessed is the mother who understands her child,
for she will inherit a kingdom of memories.

Blessed is the mother who knows how to comfort,
for she shall possess a child of devotion.

Blessed is the mother who is never shocked,
for she will recieve confidences.

Blessed is the mother who teaches respect,
for she will be respected.
Blessed is the mother who looks for the good in things,
for in like manner the child shall make evaluations.

Blessed is the mother who treats her child as she would be treated,
for her home will be filled with happiness.

Blessed is the mother who answers simply the startling question,
for she will always be trusted.

Blessed is the mother who has character strong enough to withstand the thoughtless remarks and resentment of the growing child,
for again in due time she will be honoured.
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This week so far………..

Ds2 has been of school this week , a bad cold with a high temperature and vomiting- think hes well for nursery tomorrow. Which is good as I have a interview in a Doctors practice for a placement.

Managed to get to the hairdressers today thought I’d lose the haressed Mummy look for a while – you never know it may help.  Bought a pair of trousers and a top out of Sainburys – they have some nice things in at the minute -reasonable too. Finished my CV and filled in the necessary forms to join the BACP. Just need to get my sponsor and a referee to fill in their section and thats one step to becoming a counsellor.

Good news on the knitting front- or should that be back? I have completed the back and left side and  should get thr right side finished tonight – I may even get the collar done – hows that for someone who hasnt knit for ages.

Open Doors

 

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.”
– Psalm 27:5



Dear Christian Friends

The first part of Psalm 27 is marked by a deep trust in God in the face of threats and attacks. The psalmist describes his enemies using two types of symbols: ferocious predators and a large army.

Those who threaten him are first likened to wild animals stalking their prey and tearing its flesh, but they stumble and fall (verse 2). They are also said to be like an army surrounding and laying siege to him, causing terror and threatening death (verse 3).

This imagery is an accurate depiction of what it feels like to be a Christian in places where religious fanatics abound and believers are in the minority. Many Christians live under constant threat of being pounced on and with a feeling of being surrounded, pressed in and kept down – hated and sometimes even hunted by their own compatriots.

But the psalmist is focused on God’s presence (in His tabernacle) and confident of God’s protection and invincibility. He looks to the Lord to lift his head and spirits.

Such confidence, like all faith, is a gift, and I wish I’d prayed more often that pithy prayer recorded in Mark 9.24: Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” How beautifully and honestly it expresses both faith (although weak) and dependency on God. I’m sure that prayer is pleasing to the Lord for its integrity and its child-like looking unto Him. It’s a great antidote to ‘taking our spiritual temperatures’ – looking inward and attempting to measure our faith. It coaxes us out of introspection and turns our attention outward and upward, towards the Lord and His grace.

So this week, let’s pray for both protection and faith for three Pakistanis who, along with their families, are being hunted and threatened by fanatics who hate them just because they bear the name of Christ:

PAKISTAN

Praise and thank God with us that a Pakistani court last week acquitted a Christian ‘blasphemy’ prisoner on the grounds of mentally instability and because no-one had seen him commit the alleged crime, and another Christian facing ‘blasphemy’ charges was released on bail.

However, they still need our prayers – and so does their defence lawyer:

Shahbaz Masih’s life sentence was overturned at a Lahore High Court hearing on 19 January. He has spent more than five years in prison having been jailed on 4 June 2001 for allegedly tearing up a Quran in a Muslim graveyard in Faisalabad.

The 28-year old’s lawyer, Khalil Sindhu, plans to “keep him in a secret place” as Shahbaz’s life may still be in danger from Muslim fanatics angered by the verdict.

Threats from radical groups have also forced Shahbaz’s family into hiding several times since his arrest.

Mr Sindhu is uncertain whether Shahbaz will ever be reunited with his parents and five siblings in Lahore, and he hopes Shahbaz will be able to obtain refugee status abroad.

Another Pakistani Christian, 17-year old Shahid Masih, who is also a ‘blasphemy’ suspect, was bailed but he reported “When I was sent to jail, I was beaten by my fellow prisoners before they put me in an isolation cell.”

He went into hiding last week whilst awaiting a court decision over accusations that he defiled the Quran. “I do not feel safe, because I have to live in hiding,” the teenager says.

Muslim fanatics have followed Shahid’s case since he and a Muslim friend were accused of tearing pages from a book containing Quranic verses and their Urdu translations last September.

“His life is in danger because they [the fanatics] are very emotional and feel it is unjust that Shahid has been granted post-arrest bail,” Mr Sindhu, who is representing Shahid as well as Shahbaz, said.

Due to his own work with blasphemy prisoners, much of it pro bono, Mr Sindhu and his family have faced ongoing threats to their own lives and safety. The lawyer’s wife and sons have temporarily gone into hiding to avoid attack.

You can read more details and see photos of Shahbaz and Shahid on our website at: http://www.opendoorsuk.org.uk/news/news_archives/001816.php

Please pray with us that:

* The Lord will hide and protect Shahbaz, Shahid and Mr Sindhu – and their families – from those who would seek to harm them

* He will deliver their hearts from fear with His perfect love and give them great faith

* Shabaz will be granted asylum in a safe country in record short time

* Shahid will soon be acquitted of ‘blasphemy’ and find a place of safety

* Promised amendments to the Pakistan‘s ‘blasphemy’ legislation will be passed or, better yet, the pernicious ‘blasphemy’ laws will be repealed altogether.


Thank you for your support and for praying with us.

Every blessing,

John
Communications Team

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Psalm 118

 Psalm 118 (NIV)

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”

3 Let the house of Aaron say:
“His love endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the LORD say:
“His love endures forever.”

5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting me free.

6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
I will look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.

10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

11 They surrounded me on every side,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

12 They swarmed around me like bees,
but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!

16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high;
the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

17 I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

18 The LORD has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD
through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;

23 the LORD has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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After a very stressful weekend Im actually glad its over even if my ds2 isnt well. I cant think at the weekend I get no peace to do so . Everyone pulling me in different directions expecting me to drop everthing and pander to them. Why do I have to be brought into everyones arguments ?

Bible reading gets put aside at the weekend or a rather hurried affair and on Monday is restored so apted that I read Psalm 118.  A dear internet friend is going through atough time at the moment and I trust in the Lord that she too will find comfort in it.

You know I intended to have a jolly good whinge on my blog this morning but God is good he has  taken my burden

Warning!

I really need to warn all my dear internet friends of a terrible virus going about

There is no know cure its called

KNITTING

although periods of good health have known re-infection is inevitable.

Four years I have managed to avoid anything to do with wool or needles until today when I found myself unable to resist the temptation and bought some wool.

This site Celadon Pool appears to be the most contagious , sadly Diurnata has now sucumbed.

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I am going to knit the one on the right and dont worry girls if its not finished anytime soon I`ll bring it with me in August. The wools lovely and soft and chunky so shouldnt take to long to knit up . Im doing it in the same colour as the pattern. King Cole Twister- Rainbow