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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

FEELING THANKFUL



Today I am thanking the LORD for His servants who graciously care for those of us who are ill or disabled. Often carers are ill themselves, they push themselves beyond their comfort zone and limits, to help us. Our lives would be so much the worse for not having them in it. They are special people, for there are not that many in this sad world today who would sacrifice their time and energy for us.. 

There are many forms of care for us from bedside ministrations to chauffeuring us to endless hospital or doctors appointments, contending with walkers and wheelchairs, shopping and cleaning for us and administering not only medicines but providing food and drinks for us... In my life, I have found that I am both the recipient of care and the care giver. I count on Chris for his care of me when I am ill, and he likewise counts on me to be care giver when he is unwell... and I do thank God for him... 

We are in a unique position to show forth Jesus's example of servant hood in how we care for others... we can't afford not to... if we want to be Christ-like. It is not an easy path to need to be cared for or a carer, but it is a ministry and an exercise in compassion and patience, and humility... 

© Glenys Robyn Hicks 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

Monday, 18 September 2017

WARTS AND ALL



The scriptures tell us to run to God with everything. And yet a lot of Christians won't do that because they are afraid of Him. So they live their life in a pseudo trust relationship with Him, walking in a timid way with Him that is not awe of His holiness or even reverence, but straight out fear.. I don't believe God wants us to be afraid of Him.

People often forget that God knows our hearts and they put on this holy fake mask as they come before Him.  Or else they spit the dummy and run from Him, scared of His reaction... 

I often think of King David telling God about his woes and how he felt. I believe God wants us to have an authentic relationship with Him. He loves us warts and all. I think the worst thing we can do is run from Him, playing no speaks.... when what we really need is to cling to Him and receive His comfort. 

A lot of Christians are afraid to be real with God, and if they are, they think they have overstepped a line and are afraid of retribution. It's comforting to know that even our tantrums and silent treatments are forgivable. We sick women have enough to feel guilty about, without being afraid of coming back to God after a hissy fit.... He is a Father after all, and most parents experience at least one tantrum in their child's life..


© Glenys Robyn Hicks

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Saturday, 16 September 2017

EMOTIONS ARE FICKLE



I think most of us feel that God doesn't care about us,  when we suffer with constant pain and certainly insomnia plays a part in our emotional health. Emotions of course effect how we feel spiritually, and it is always comforting to me to recognise that they can't be trusted to be a reliable measure of our spiritual health. We can feel like God is far from us, or that He doesn't care about our suffering, but in the final analysis, we do still believe- we are just having a hard time... 

Our salvation and our faith is not built on emotions but decisions. We decide we believe in Jesus and His sacrifice and we accept His free gift. We may feel like we are alone in our journey, but our feelings are not fact. God never leaves us, nor does He take our sufferings lightly- and He does understand when we feel abandoned by Him. 

The trick is to know the Truth and come back to that during hard times. And the only way to know the Truth is to know the Word, store it in your heart and rely on it during the times of doubt that our illnesses often produce. We need to cling to Jesus, not run from Him. You are loved by Him so don't let your fickle emotions dictate your life... 

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

"For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. " Isaiah 41:13

KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE!



When I was at  Bible College, we learned about other religions and one thing stood out to me about Christianity: man's deepest fears and anxieties were addressed and defeated by Jesus. No other faith could alleviate our biggest fears like Christianity does.

What are man's biggest fears?

Death. Jesus died in our place, and conquered death and the grave by His resurrection.

Sin. Jesus gave His Blood as atonement for our sin and by His example lived a sinless life. To help us not sin, He gave us the Helper, the Holy Spirit.

Forgiveness. By taking our place as the Atoning Sinless offering on the cross, Jesus paved the way for us to be forgiven by God.

Clean start. God cleanses us from all wrong doing as soon as we repent of it. He wipes the slate clean and although we may have consequences of that sin to face, He remembers it no more. We are clean in His sight.

Healing. Jesus took our illness, and He does heal today. But sometimes our healing will come when we get to Heaven. But He helps us bear our illnesses in grace.

Peace. Knowing God brings us a peace that passes all understanding. It gives us a solid anchor in which to bring our ship into safe harbour in times of trouble. His peace brings joy in hardship and trial..

No other religion or faith guarantees us a personal relationship as co-heirs of the Kingdom of God and adopted sons and daughters of God. And no other addresses the major fears of mankind like Jesus does. To know Jesus is to know peace.

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© Glenys Robyn Hicks

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Monday, 11 September 2017

TICKLING EARS




I know that preachers of the Word are only people and no one is perfect. But as preachers, more is expected of them and they should stick to scripture. The Word is to be handled for what it is- God's revealed will for us and is inspired of the Holy Spirit.

Some people look at the large following some have or how successful they are, but I don't care about how wealthy they are or not or how many followers they have,  that doesn't particularly bother me. But tinkering with the Word bothers me a lot. 

I won't listen to preachers who I find do not line up with the Word. They can tickle other's ears, but not mine.... and how they preach the Word is serious business that has eternal value...they will be answerable to God and and more is expected of teachers than students... just my thoughts on judging teachers of the Word. 

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

For the times is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. 2 Timothy 4:3

Friday, 8 September 2017

NOT UNLESS YOU'RE UNDER FIVE!



During late night shopping it is not unusual to see young children clad in pyjamas being taken round the shops with their parents. This is not a problem for me. But what is a problem for me is seeing the parents shopping in theirs Shopping in ones' night attire is becoming more popular, but it makes me feel uncomfortable. Unless you are sharing a hospital room with me or are under 5 years old, I really don't want to see you in it. Especially in the shopping centre or petrol station. 

I know a lot of people say, "well it's only clothes!" but it's night clothes and like underwear, it is personal. I don't like seeing a vast display of bra straps, underpants, or thongs. I really don't want to be privy to what you wear under your clothes or to bed. Also, I don't want my grandchildren or your children seeing this because it exudes intimacy and goes over the boundaries of good taste and modesty.  Seeing these things leaves little to the imagination and is too much information!  

Tesco, a supermarket in England, have banned shopping in pyjamas. I heartily agree. Anyone can take 5 minutes to pull a sweater over their head and to pull up a pair of jeans or a skirt. Even I, as a chronically ill woman, have never gone out shopping in my pyjamas. I do admit to running into the milk bar for some bread in my slippers. But I wouldn't feel comfortable shopping in my pyjamas. Or even going to the letterbox in them.  

Why don't I want to be seen out in my pyjamas? you ask. It just isn't seemly for a woman of my age to do so. It goes in line with Titus 2 which admonishes us women to be chaste and pure. If I parade in my pyjamas in public, I feel that I would be dishonouring the LORD. I don't want to harm my witness. I feel that publicly dressing down like this would harm it. Being modestly dressed will avoid being ashamed.  

To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5   Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Revelation 16:15   I want to please the LORD in all I do, including how I dress. Man looks on the outside. God may know my heart, but man only has my appearance to go by. If I draw unflattering comments by appearing in pyjamas in the supermarket or wherever, I am hardly going to influence anyone to come to Christ.   But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 

In all things we are called to propriety, order and decency. Wearing our night attire publicly displays none of these virtues.  

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

Monday, 4 September 2017

CHRIST DIED FOR ALL


I was just thinking about something that is a delicate subject: racial prejudice. It grieves me that the world is so bound up in prejudice that we fail to appreciate the differences in people and culture and in so doing, miss out on fabulous friendships and promotion of global peace- and the extension of the Kingdom of God.
I do believe prejudice starts at the foundation of society: the home. Infants are happy to play together no matter what each other's race... and although I know children from kindergarten on do notice differences, they are usually happy to play with anyone. Unless adults intervene.
I think this sad state of affairs has always been and will always be until Jesus comes again, but in my life and with my children and grandchildren, the place of your heritage or the colour of your skin will not influence us. It may influence them- but not us.
May we all here love each other as Sisters in Christ and equal heirs in the Kingdom. Christ died for us all... no distinction. May we also love each other in truth and spirit....and thank God for the wonder of His workmanship- mankind...

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

‘and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.’ Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."  John 12:32

Sunday, 3 September 2017

KINISM: IT'S NOTHING NEW!


I have recently been reading about a dangerous new cult called Kinism! Basically, it is the erroneous belief that people of colour cannot intermarry and that ethnic groups should not integrate.. What makes it particularly dangerous is that it is based on scripture taken out of context!


To believe in Kinism is to believe in a doctrine that is strictly contrary to God and in particular in His plan for mankind's redemption and living in the bond of peace, united by the Spirit. Christ Himself said that He had come to draw all men unto Himself.... All. Men. In the fellowship of the Spirit. In the bond of peace. Equals.

John 12:32 ‘and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.’ Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

I see here a resurgence of the Ku Klux Clan, Nazi Germany in its' plan to eradicate Jews and Gypsies, and of course the most modern of travesties against humanity: Apartheid and abortion. With the legacy of Margaret Sanger's movement of birth control and legal abortion, we see that today there are more children of colour aborted than white children at a ratio of 3:1. We would see an even greater amount if Kinism is followed.. Kinism is evil as it tries to fragment the Body of Christ..

Such is mans' predisposition to dislike that which is not like him, especially in matters of colour and race, this cult has the potential to inflame hatred and elitism. Certainly Kinism is totally diametrically opposed to Christ's teachings and exhibits none of the fruits of the Spirit...

We probably will always observe that a person is not of our particular colour or race, but after that initial observation. it should be of no more consequence than when we admire a deep red rose as opposed to a pale pastel pink one. And there is much to appreciate in the diversity of cultures....

I have been blessed to have had people of different race and colour in my life: indeed one of my best friends, Bernadette, a black woman of Sri Lanka and I formed a bond that was equal to the blood bond I share with my twin sister! Our cultural differences were explored and we both learned much from each other. Sadly she returned to Sri Lanka. I still miss her.. and I miss my coloured South African married friends who suffered terribly under apartheid and who were so delighted to be able to share a Sunday Church picnic with us without being segregated into white and coloured sections of the beach....

In previous posts, I have spoken of Christ's love for all men. I have spoken of interracial marriage and how God allows it....and also, how God sent Philip to an Ethiopian man, to save him... If we were to follow the Kinism way, we wouldn't even be sharing the gospel with people of another skin tone.... This is definitely not the way of Christ as it opposes evangelism and fragments the future Body of Christ...

This new false teaching is not only offensive to those of us who love the Body of Christ regardless of race, but according to the Scriptures, it is offensive to God. Let us have none of this evil cult of Kinism, which really cannot co-exist with Christianity...

So as I said, we are going back to apartheid. There is a definite belief that although God can save a person of other race or colour, that is best done by a person of same culture. Obviously, the story of Philip and the Ethiopian man must have been very hard for Kinists to swallow.

Prejudice is something Christ died because of and suffered to free us from: Kinism really isn't new at all...

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." ~ Revelation 7:9-10 



Friday, 1 September 2017

GOD AND THE WIDOW


As I get older, a few of my friends have become widows. Sad as it is, it is just a part of growing old, but I miss my friends husbands as well. They were a team.

Having widows as friends, I often was asked why God allowed them to lose their spouses and some questioned their faith and were angry with Him. Some even thought that God was punishing them. So in order to help,  I decided to do a study on how God sees the widow..

* He is protective of widows.
You have sent widows away empty, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed. Job 22:9

* He is a defender of widows.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. Psalm 68:5

“who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” Luke 20:47

* He judges those who exploit widows.
And I will come near you for judgement; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien— because they do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.  Malachi 3:5

You have sent widows away empty, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed. Job 22:9

To rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless.  Isaiah 10:2

* He raised the dead because of widows.
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. Acts 9:39-41

* He honours them.
Honor widows who are really widows. 1 Timothy 5:3

* He provides for them.
Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let your widows trust in Me.” Jeremiah 49:11


Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Acts 6:1

* He loves them and wants the Body of Christ to love them..
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27

I was glad I did the study because I was able to tell my friends that God really loves them and will be a husband to them and a Father to the fatherless...

For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;  He is called the God of the whole earth. Isaiah 54:5

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. Psalm 68:5

© Glenys Robyn Hicks



Sunday, 27 August 2017

MY BASIC MONTHLY CLEANING SCHEDULE


I have a monthly cleaning schedule which I try to adhere to. Generally, I manage to keep up with it, but there are days when fibromyalgia or angina kick in and I can't follow it.

I have included it here for easy access to it for myself, and in the hopes that it may help someone else who is trying to keep up with their own home. Due to problems with my heart and back, I have a lady, Lee come to clean my floors and bathrooms once a month.  I simply don't have enough spoons or energy to do it all myself anymore...

Over the years, I have tried to keep up, but cannot, so the local council have got me some help. I am over feeling guilty for being ill. Sometimes we have to accept that we can't be the same as a healthier woman. Thank God, He knows my frame.



  MONTHLY CLEANING SCHEDULE

WEEK 1–KITCHEN /DINING ROOM-LEE

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Pantry and Refrigerator
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change sheets
Bins/litter
Wipe Out Micro/oven
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes


WEEK 2–ENTRYWAY /LIVING AREAS 

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sweep Front Porch
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change sheets
Bins/litter
Linen press
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes

WEEK 3–BEDROOM/OFFICES

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Clean Offices
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change Sheets/doona
Bins/litter
Declutter in Master
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes

WEEK 4–BATHROOMS /LAUNDRY ROOM Lee

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Clean cupboards
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change Sheets
Bins/litter
Wash mat/lint from dryer
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes



© Glenys Robyn Hicks


Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,  Psalm 103:2-3
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