God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Recipe for Rebecca

Nut Cutlets 

Letter in post Rebecca, but thought it simpler to post this recipe here for you.

Take care.

1 medium-sized Onion, peeled and finely-chopped

1 oz/30gr Butter (or tablespoon oil)

8 oz/250gr mixed chopped nuts - these can be cashews, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, etc (a variety makes the flavour more interesting)

4 oz/120gr fresh Wholemeal Breadcrumbs

½ pint Vegetable Stock
2 teaspoons (10ml) Yeast extract (Marmite)

Handful of herbs chopped (I use fresh basil, oregano and parsley)

1 medium egg, lightly-beaten

A further 4 oz/120gr fresh breadcrumbs

1. Gently melt the butter in a saucepan and sweat the onions until they're transparent but not brown

2. Grind the nuts in a liquidiser/food processor; blend them in with the breadcrumbs.

3. Heat the stock and yeast extract in medium saucepan, then add the herbs to this, and then mix in with the nut and breadcrumb mixture.

4. Allow to cool a little then taste for seasoning. You may not need much salt, this will depend on the saltiness of your stock but pepper adds interest. If you wish to make the cutlets more manageable now is the time to mix in the egg.

5. Form the mixture into 6 burger-shaped patties, and then lightly coat these in the 2nd batch of breadcrumbs.

6. Chill the cutlets in the fridge for a while (a minimum of 30 minutes) to firm up.

7.To cook: Gently fry the cutlets for 3 minutes on each side, or until they're golden.......or bake in the oven, which is what I do because we don't eat fried food

Monday, 30 October 2017

Christianity and War........where do you stand on this issue?

Here in England the 11th November and is also known as Remembrance Day. 
(or Armistice Day)

It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. 

A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars

There is also Remembrance Sunday every year, which falls on the second Sunday in November.

On this day, there are usually ceremonies at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad
The Royal Family and top politicians gather at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, for a memorial service.

On this day, there are usually ceremonies at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad.

The Royal Family and top politicians gather at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, for a memorial service.

The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.
This was one year after the end of World War One.
He made the request so "the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead".  world, with state violence and injustice

However.................. this act of remembering the glories of war and the waste of untold lives unnecessarily is something I, and many other Christian Pacifists refuse to take part in.

Jesus's teaching is incompatible with waging war

Central to Jesus's teaching is the message of love for God, our neighbours and specifically our enemies.

A christian church should not support or justify any war of any kind.

We are to do good to those that attack us and not return violence with violence.
Violence achieves nothing. Talking achieves far more

This message is all the more urgent in today's world, with state violence and injustice creating terrorism. 

The UK is one of the worlds biggest arms dealer, and this arms trade is flourishing by encouraging the many intrastate wars.

Not to mention North Korea and the USA's thoughts on using nuclear weapons.

Humanity's very survival is threatened.

Military means fail to bring lasting solutions.

Active opposition to war should be central to our Christian witness
Which is why I wear a white poppy and boycott any  remembrance services. 
Which is why I am a Conscientious Objector ( as were my Father and Grandfather before me) and a member of the Peace Pledge Union

Fellow Christian...where do you stand?

The Throne of Weapons is a 2002 sculpture created by Cristóvão Canhavato out of disused weapons. It is owned by the British Museum and has been called the Museum's most "eloquent object" and has been shown in a wide variety of way


Monday, 16 October 2017

Finding Green Spaces

On Saturday I had a book to collect from the town library. It was a warm autumn morning so husband decided to accompany me and suggested we take a walk before catching the bus home again
.....so thought I would share it with you.

This imposing building is the main library and stands in the centre of town.

The row of figures high on the wall are called the 

We turned our backs on the library and set off down a side road, passing car parks, industrial estate and a long row of Alms Houses, before coming upon this patch of green called Ainslie Rec. 

There was also a nice collection of graffiti on the boundary wall.
I confess that am a fan of graffiti if it is well done and not just 'tags'
These two I liked..

Can you spot the Humber Bridge in this one? 

Husband said that if we continued walking through several backstreets we would come out at 'Peoples Park' , mentioned before in this blog.

We passed this large house that always intrigues me, what is its history I wonder?

I also shuffled my way through large piles of leaves...bliss!

We arrived at the park....guess which way we are heading?

You guessed correctly!!

On the way out to catch the bus home we saw this very speedy machine hoovering up the leaves on the paths...very handy

Though we live in a large and busy town we are blessed with numerous green spaces, many hidden down side streets which are a joy to discover.

Happy Day



Thursday, 28 September 2017

Making Plans

Do you make plans for the future?

I used to do but life taught me that there was no point.

I made plans to go on to Art College at seventeen, but my Mother decided that Art College was not the place for a "well brought up, middle class girl from a Christian family".

Despite many discussions with my Art Teacher,my Mother stuck by her decision and so  I reluctantly trained to be a nurse and stayed in that career for over thirty years.
(though continued to paint and make a modest income from sales)

When I qualified in 1971 had planned to join the Navy as a nurse...but discovered I was pregnant.
Despite the Navy agreeing to defer for a year and my plans to have the baby adopted.....

I got married instead and planned to  live "happily ever after"
...... but my husband had other ideas.
We divorced in 1977

It was then that I stopped making plans, of any sort, just living through whatever each day throws at me. 
I realised that whatever plans I made God had other ideas.

He was a middle aged lawyer who thought he had found a bargain when a ninety year old widow offered him her apartment 'for life' if he paid her 2,500 francs each month  for the rest of her life.
After that the apartment would be his. Great plan don't you think?

The woman's name was Jeanne Calment

She became the world's oldest verified person, and died aged one hundred and twenty two in August 1997..........

Andre-Francois Raffray died in 1995.
Just think of all that rent money he paid out.

As Proverbs 19:21 explains.......
"You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail"

Thought to be the source of the Yiddish saying quoted by Woody Allen .

God is not surprised when our plans go awry.

When we make plans we should run them past God first.
Pray over them....
 ....and should ask ourselves...
"If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that"
James 4:14,15

Most of us learn the hard way, that it makes more sense to prayerfully consider what to do before making any plans...or God will laugh at us.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Follow God ...Not the World

Warning....this is a “Monday Morning Rant”...not had one of those for a while.

The role of the church is to follow God...NOT the world.

The UK has turned into a non Christian country, under attack from our own government,
Justine Greening the Government “Women and Equalities Secretary” has said churches should reflect “modern attitudes” as they consider whether to change their stance on same-sex marriage.   As a practicing Lesbian, she would say that wouldn’t she?

Same-sex marriages have been legal since 2014 but many religious institutions – including the Church of England, Catholic Church, United Synagogue, and Muslim Council of Britain – have chosen not to recognise the unions or perform the ceremonies.

Justine Greening, said that religious institutions should “keep up” with public opinion – which has been shifting towards acceptance of same-sex marriage

“It is important that the church, in a way, keeps up and is part of a modern country,” 

“I wouldn’t prescribe to them how they should deal with that but I do think we’re living in a country where people broadly recognise that attitudes are in a different place now to where they were many, many years ago."

“We have allowed same-sex marriage, that’s a massive step forward for the better. And for me, I think people do want to see our major faiths keep up with modern attitudes.”

She also pointed out that some churches, like the Quakers, endorsed same-sex marriage and performed the ceremonies.

Her comments come after John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, last week said people should be able to “bloody well get married in a church” if they wished to.

Miss Greening also announced this morning that the Government would launch a consultation on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act to consider proposals to make it easier for people to legally change their gender. 

Remarks, by our Government that show the authoritarian aspect of modern liberalism as both Teresa May our Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn have spoken out in support of changes to the law.

Our Laws were formed out of the Judeo-Christian truths but have been cast aside for this “anything goes” Liberalism.

To be a Christian who stands by Biblical Truths is seen as being an “out of date weirdo”....I am proud to be one.

Time we Christian’s made a stand, but we don’t do we? Often I seem to be in a minority of one as I campaign against these blasphemies.

And there you have it...rant over!