Tuesday, 24 September 2013

MAKING TIME FOR THE WORD


To be honest, I used to think I was too busy to have time to read my Bible every single day. I mean, think of all the jobs a mother has to do during any 24 hour period! Where exactly did personal devotions fit in anyway? For me, it boils back down to the theme of this post: priority.


What is priority exactly? It is something given or meriting attention before completing alternatives. While the statement "we all have time to do what we want to" isn't entirely factual, there is an element of truth there. How badly do I honestly want to spend time in God's Word and in His presence? Is it important enough to set aside other things that are important (such as an extra half hour of sleep) or things that are enjoyable (a few spare minutes that I would otherwise spend with my nose in a book) to see that it is done?

I discovered I do have time to read God's Word every day if I make it a priority.

 © Glenys Robyn Hicks

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it Deuteronomy 30:14


Saturday, 14 September 2013

NEWS DU JOUR!



When my twin sister and I were in first grade at school, every morning we had Show and Tell... My father was an alcoholic and we saw many violent outbursts...

One particular Monday morning we announced in front of the whole class that our Daddy was drunk and threw Mummy's new Mixmaster bowl off the table, breaking it. We were standing there together holding hands as we always did, sure that this bit of horrifying gossip would be News du Jour! There was always competition in the class for the most interesting Show and Tell...

We were very perplexed and quite scared when we had to take a note home from the teacher, Mrs Jenner.. She wanted to see Mum as soon as possible... was it something we said??

Mum duly went to see our teacher, and when we came home, we were given a rough towelling down and told that we weren't to tell in class what we saw happen at home. In fact, we weren't to tell anyone anything about our home life! We were aghast and ashamed! And a little confused.

Apparently, there were things you didn't talk about and Dad breaking the Mixmaster bowl and being drunk was one of them. At 6 there were a lot of things we had to learn. And it was difficult. Really, when violence and drunkenness were a big part of our childhood, it was just another event that to us was normal in our abusive home...

What goes on in a home IS News du Jour for a child. Let us hope what they see going on in yours does not bring embarrassment and shame on you like it did to my mother.... and if it does, remember that children who see it often, become desensitised and treat it as normal even if undesirable. If they talk about it, don't blame them.

Make sure your children only see good things as their normality, if not, who knows what your children will be telling- and to whom? Give your children a good childhood and leave them a legacy of peace!

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 



Sunday, 1 September 2013

FOR A BABY LOST IN PREGNANCY



"Little Angel"


On clouds of love we'd have laid you down,
Tucked moonbeams round your sides-
We'd dim the light of distant stars,
And sing you lullabies.
We'd linger by your cradle
As we'd gaze at you in awe;
To us you’d be our angel,
So perfect for this world.

You must have dreamed of Heaven
For you decided not to stay,
The angels came and took you
As under my heart you lay.
Now Jesus gently rocks you
In His strong and gentle arms-
We know now, Little Angel
You are safe from any harm.

Lord, lay her down in a cradle of gold,
Tuck rainbows round her sides-
Cover her with Your angels' wings,
And if she ever cries,
Tell her Mum and Dad are coming
Just as soon as she opens her eyes-

Please kiss our little angel, Lord
And love her in our place.

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

"In Heaven their angels always see the face of My Father" Matthew 18:10
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