Oh Yes, I Really Said That

Often men credit women with having far too much to say. Sometimes that can be true!

Yes, I a woman, really said that, but,

Sometimes men can also have far too much to say.

Borrowing an expression from Saint Paul, ‘ I know a woman in Christ who heard The Lord speaking to her from the mountain top, “Woman you will be a sweet savour, when you have learnt to hold your tongue.”

Yes you really just read that as well!

What that woman keeps hidden in her heart is the gentleness, the sweetness of the rebuke, for more than 40 years she has remembered, held on to that sweet, still tone.

On another occasion the same woman was given a vision of The Lord Jesus who sat silently and spoke not a single word, but listened.

Oh yes she questioned why a vision, but not a word?

If you are a man, you may well be smiling to yourself at all this, and perhaps saying to yourself, “Probably he couldn’t get a word in edge-wise”

It is an age-old controversy between men and women isn’t it? Women should speak less and listen more, and after all, didn’t Saint Paul say, that he, Paul, didn’t suffer a woman to speak?

Read how Jesus took three men to a high mountain top, ( Mark 9: 2-8) and how there Peter, James and John saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus whose appearance became dazzling bright, read of Peter being so afraid, he didn’t know what to say, and then both read and listen to the words from the Divine Voice which came from the cloud,

“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Yes. Men should also listen before they speak and isn’t there a gentle rebuke there … On that mountain, these 3 men heard from heaven of how our Saviour would die, but wasn’t it Mary, a woman who believing his testimony anointed the body of Christ with expensive perfume beforehand at the house in Bethany? (John 12v3), after he had washed their feet.

Continue reading Oh Yes, I Really Said That

Give Me a Sight….

20140216-152801.jpg

Suddenly, tucked away in a place you wouldn’t expect, spring crocuses shine out.

It’s that way often with God’s truth. In places we least expect with people we wouldn’t think, in ways we didn’t dream of.

Listening carefully in a group discussion, Roger, whose cancer is in remission asked with some seriousness.

“Why did Jesus say then, when he was on the cross, “Why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)

Gently, his friend replied, “Oh Roger, for 33 years, our Father heard Jesus’ every prayer, but this time he had to look away. He gave our Saviour that bitter cup to drink because our sins were nailed to the cross with him. God couldn’t help him then, he had to look away until the work was done, our sins destroyed.”

Roger seemed content, but the one who had answered went away marvelling that she herself had never ‘seen’ it quite so clearly before,
Later, acting on a sudden impulse, she bought white cyclamen in a pot to put in the prayer place. Gazing at them, she heard, unmistakably, clearly a quiet voice.

“What price? Holiness.”

She didn’t need to think much about her reply, “My cyclamen cost a few pence, my sanctification cost you, everything Lord”

She was literally stunned to silence and rapt attention, because she had never seen it so clearly before. Continue reading Give Me a Sight….

The Real Me

20140205-172500.jpg

I have had a birthday and made a discovery about myself and life.

Friday was my actual birthday, and I got wet, the rain was icy cold, but my lovely, little friend Iris, small, dainty and much older also got wet, but not so wet that on an impulse , thinking of me, she stopped and bought me bright and sunny flowers. She bought on a loving impulse and then found she had no way of getting her lovely surprise to me until Sunday. Believe me those flowers were just as fresh on Sunday as on Friday what made them even more special was the hug and kiss that came with them.

On Saturday I helped another friend celebrate her 90th birthday, a surprise lunch arranged for her by a loving son. Now this lady’s latter years have been years of loss, husband, oldest son, beloved niece, always it seems she carries about with her a little pool of cloudy dark inside, that no matter what sunny, happy events happened around her, she couldn’t lose… Saturday, the sun got through and her Real self shone out.

Our Real self can be submerged, almost we would think lost, when we go through times of loss and sadness, but here are some simple but beautiful words from a story called the Velveteen Rabbit written in 1922 by Margery Williams:

“What is real? asked the a Rabbit one day when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender
“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse ‘it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That is why it doesn’t often happen to people, who break easily, or have sharp edgers, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who do not understand’

‘I suppose you are Real?’ Said the Rabbit. And then wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

‘The Boy’s Uncle made me Real,’ he said. ‘That was a great many years ago, but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.’

My discovery?

Well, like the Skin Horse, I was made Real a long time ago, for I have and am loved by many lovely friends, like Iris, like Hilda. who being Real themselves, are still warm, still tender even after many pains and losses, but most of all loved Real by God whose Son Jesus became Real Flesh for us. I have made a Birthday promise to carry on being Real and really loving even after my eyes drop out, and I get loose in the joints and very shabby, because I won’t be able to do otherwise … it last for always … The Life and Love of God.