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

Monday, 30 November 2015

Unexpected kindness....

As you know from a previous post my husband has recently lost his job and we are having to face the coming weeks/months on drastically reduced finances.

This note dropped through our letterbox on Saturday, a cheque was enclosed that will cover the  Tesco  'christmas food shopping' order I had placed online for delivery on the 22nd...and then had to cancel because we wouldn't have the monies to pay for it.  As this year there are only going to be the two of us at home we were quite happy to 'make do' with whatever we had, which is a darn sight more than many have...and then this happened...a very unexpected kindness and a smaller order has been redone.

I was going to save the money and put towards future bills but husband said that we should use at least two thirds of it for our christmas shop

We are extremely grateful and humbled that there are still kind and caring folk out there in this 'dog eat dog' world.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

War Solves Nothing

Returning violence for violence  multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies– or else? The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

The United Nations has unanimously adopted a sweeping anti-Isis resolution imploring the world to unite to defeat Isis. It called on member states to “redouble and coordinate their efforts” to prevent further terrorist horrors by the group and “eradicate” its safe havens straddling parts of Iraq and Syria.

War is never the answer, to anything, 
only the innocent will suffer as 'collateral damage'

Donald Trump wants a data base of all Muslims living in the USA...what next?
 Internment for all on that list? 

“The Pope has called Christmas a 'charade' during a sermon in which he reflected on recent atrocities around the world.Among the acts of inhumanity he denounced were the Paris attacks, which left 129 dead, and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt, which killed all 224 people on board. 

Christmas festivities will seem empty in a world which has chosen 'war and hate', 'Christmas is approaching: there will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes... it's all a charade. The world continues to go to war. The world has not chosen a peaceful path,' he said on Friday  during the Mass at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.

'There are wars today everywhere, and hate,' he said after the worst terror attack in French history, the bombing of the Russian plane, a double suicide bombing in Lebanon, and a series of other deadly strikes.

'We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognise the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war and have the cynicism to deny it,' the Argentine pontiff said, adding: 'God weeps, Jesus weeps.'......

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Here we go again..........

As some of you know from much older posts my husband was made redundant on the 20th December 2013 after twenty three years with the same Company and the longest serving employee.

We cancelled Christmas altogether that year.

He started working in a new job September 2014 and now this small Company is struggling and is "letting go" one person from each department in a drastic cost cutting attempt to stay afloat.
As is the norm the "last in, first out" rule applies so as of 25th November 2015 my husband has no job, again.

Unlike last time though there is no redundancy pay off to pay the bills and to keep us sane as he has not worked there the statutory two years to qualify.
This is a great worry and until he has been to "sign on" for unemployment benefit we have no idea what funds we will have to manage on.

This time my husband is not so hopeful at finding further employment. He was so demoralised last time and in the employment climate here in the UK his age is against him. He is nearly forty six and  employers find that it is much cheaper to take on the under twenty fives who don't have to be paid so much as the over forty fives. We are going to call this "early retirement" instead and once again my whole day will have to  take on a new 'routine'

(For those who are new to this blog and are not aware...yes...my husband is younger than I am, by twenty years. We celebrated our Silver Wedding (twenty five years wed) this April.
I divorced an abusive partner in 1979 and have three children from that marriage)

So we have cancelled Christmas once again...actually there is nothing much to cancel as we were spending it alone for the first time as all the family have other plans, and I wrapped all the Christmas presents up ready for posting yesterday.

We will survive, God is in control and has a plan;
 and as always  we do wish He would tell us what it is!!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

"A Pilgrim's Progress"

How many of you have read this John Bunyan classic tale first publish in February 1678?

Not easy reading is it?
I struggled with it as a teenager, then as an adult, and listened to the audio book. It is not the allegories I have difficulty with but the actual language it is written in, very archaic and heavy going

Then a few years ago I came across this children's version in an Oxfam book shop.....

 Geraldine Mccaughrean tackles John Bunyan's classic tale with a charm and poise that successfully breathe life into the ancient chronicle of a young man called Christian as he undertakes the journey of a lifetime to the City of Gold.

Partnered by Jason Cockcroft, whose startling contemporary illustrations contrast with the age-old fable and bring an added poignancy to the story of a youth with a mission in life. The drama of the story is neatly drawn out gradually allowing the reader to conclude that Christian is not so different from latter day heroes after all.

 I found it much easier to understand and I loved it. And found it 
a  stunning and complex retelling of a classic story that is both comprehensive and remarkable as it brings a centuries-old yarn bang up to date for the thoroughly modern reader without losing any of the spirit of Bunyan's original work.

Then several months ago my daughter sent me this.......

Have just finished reading it for the second time and can highly recommend it.

This is a story of the journey of Pippa, a twenty first century pilgrim

Times have changed since John Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim’s Progress, telling of Pilgrim’s journey up Hill Difficult and through the Slough of Despond to the Celestial City. Yet people in their millions still seek meaning in their lives and speak of journeying towards a goal. Everyone on earth seeks a heaven. 

Simon Parke’s witty and insightful modern-day re-telling of Pilgrim’s Progress follows the original’s premise of a pilgrim’s journey to heaven, but this time through the trials and temptations of our secularised, multi-cultural society.With plenty of advice and direction, not all of it helpful from the likes of Glossy Mags, Shaw Thynge and Dee Straction. Pippa’s challenges along the way include the Rock of Subconscious, the Cliff of Hopelessness, the Fabulous Fame Game, the Sea of Identity and, of course the city of Socialmeja!!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Flat Pack...

My local yarn shop carries only a small amount of basic yarn, and no sock yarn at all. So as my husband is in need of a pair of new socks in his customary shade of brown  I have to buy online.

This time I discovered that his brown of choice yarn has gone out of production so an alternative had to be ordered ...and this is how it arrived though the letter box....flat packed!
So a big thank you the 'The Happy Knitter' online shop for providing me with this blog post......enjoy