This poem totally blessed my socks off:)

poemcover-copyMy toddler has not been feeling her best due to chickenpox….yes out of all things to bring home from nursery at Christmas she decided to bring chickenpox. Because she has not been feeling her best, she has been misbehaving a bit. This is quite normal for her. Whenever she is not well i have to work ten times harder whether to help her with eating or just general playing nicely with her big sister. Last week was no different when she started crying on the bus. She wanted this and that and most of all she wanted whatever was not available on the bus. In the end i found one of her big sister’s book at the bottom of the basket on the pushchair. I used this t calm her down by showing her the lovely pictures of Santa. She then cried and said, ‘wead it for me mummy’. Bless my princess she is still struggling with her Rs and Ls.

As i began to read to her she calmed down and i myself began to enjoy the book. The poem that totally blessed me is by Christina Rossetti called, ‘In the bleak midwinter’. I decided to paste it on here to share the joy and the love. 

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
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Merry Christmas 2016

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Wow i cannot believe Christmas is already here. It has been a very interesting year with so much happening that i feel as if Christmas just crept up on me just like that…bham!!

I just love Christmas and i love the author of Christmas Himself…Jesus Christ. Christmas is a wonderful time when i am reminded of how it all begun. I am reminded of how my Lord gave up His riches to be born in a manger surrounded by what a new born baby (let alone a king) should not be surrounded with . The beautiful story of the birth of Jesus sort of reflects upon how He was born in the most unpleasant and hostile circumstances. To me the beginning resembles the end in that His earthly life ended also in the most unpleasant,hostile,and brutal way. This emphasises how much of a sacrifice Salvation is. Jesus came just for one thing and that was salvation and He did it all for me (and whosoever).

This is not a sad story, this is a beautiful story. This is a story of true love. The good book tells us that, ‘  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’

With all that in mind i just want to say a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Blessings xxxxxx MamablogbyGrace

 

 

Santa in Nigeria…lol

 

I am not a big fan of chain letters and chain messgaes as i believe the blessings of God is not dependent on how many messages i can forward ( ahhh glad to clear that).This video gave me the giggles and i had to hit the forward button as soon as i received it.

This video is just so funny and my girls have already learned the dance routine. Well done to the creator 🙂

 

 

 

A star is grown…yum

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I am always sharing wonderful stories of my childhood to my children. The biggest reward is seeing their sheer delight written across their faces so i was so amazed when i came across these gorgeous star fruits. When i was child growing up in Africa, i used to eat so much start fruit. I would eat and eat until i get a sore mouth…(yep miss piggy right here).

Anyway when i took these beauties home my little ones enjoyed it so much and both said, ‘oh wow mummy its like twinkle twinkle’. It’s these little ‘awww’ moments that make me appreciate the beauty of God and as that beautiful hymn goes, ‘all things bright and beautiful the Lord hath made them all’.

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It’s going to a blessed summer :)

I thoroughly enjoyed myself this morning. I enjoyed the fresh morning sun,cup of tea and most importantly the word of God. It has been weeks since i have sat down to relax like this. Normally i am either stuck in traffic, attending playgroup,assembly or the usual school activities. My usual routine keeps me so busy that by the time i have done the morning school run, get home, blink twice then it is home time and time to dash off again but today was simply beautiful. Today i was able to just enjoy the early morning sun bouncing from the sky to my windows while i enjoyed the daily word. I did not just pour my tea in my mouth as i normally would when rushing…no i just sat and enjoyed every drop and appreciated the fact that summer holiday is indeed upon us. God is so good and i intend to enjoy the beauty of His works even beyond the summer holidays when the hustle and bustle returns.

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Thank God its good friday

Image result for goodfridayWe live in a busy world where most even work 7 days per week. Because of the busy nature of our modern world, it is no wonder that every Fridays most of us rejoice as we look forward to the weekend. We have all become familiar with the term ‘TGIF’ which stands for, ‘thank God its Friday’.

Today i just want to take a moment to be thankful; for one of the best days that is good Friday. I have always been fascinated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and as a child i remember watching a very old Jesus movie. This movie was in French (i understood zero French of course)and it showed Jesus as he was accused and sent to the cross. Perhaps the actors and the the make-up were too believable, but i will never forget that i was touched by that movie. I may have been about 7 years old and i just sat there watching and sobbing quietly. I was touched by the crown made of thorns, the blood, the bruises and most of all  His heart broken mother Mary as she cried at the foot of the cross. As much as this movie touched me of course i know that  the reality was far worst. John chapter chapter 18 through to chapter 19 tells the reality of good Friday and beyond and as i read these scriptures now as a woman and a mother i can appreciate it even more.

I am so thankful for good Friday. I am thankful that God loved us so much that he sent His only begotten son to redeem us. I am so thankful that the story does not end at the cross or the tomb because after 3 days the stones roll away for Jesus is alive forever.

A lot more praying a and a little less wishing please

Prayersthatavailsmuch - CopyMany many moons ago when i was a student i had many opportunities to read about language and meanings and how language changes over time. There are many words that have become part of everyday language due to various factors and sometimes we all utter beautiful words with empty hearts.

When we celebrate birthdays it is customary in a many places worldwide to make a wish quietly before blowing candles. My little princess already knows how mummy feels about wishes and the nanny plums of this world so recently we agreed it would be better to say a birthday prayer instead of making a wish. That little talk has really helped her with her own relationship with God because she likes to pray about everything now (hoooray).

Recently i have been thinking about the word, ‘wish’. According to the Oxford dictionary a wish or to wish is to , ‘Feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen’. We only have to read fairy tales to see how wishes operates and it is fair to see say that  wishes originate from dark places. I will not dwell on wishes today because even as i type this i am trying to get myself to focus on praying rather than wishing. I want to align my prayers with the word of the living God and build my faith.

The book of Hebrews chapter 11:1 tells us that, ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. This alone is so encouraging because i know that i can pray to my heavenly father and He will hear me but i cannot wish upon a star. If i know of somebody who is unwell or needs a miracle i will boldly pray in Jesus name. The Bible does tell us that life and death is at the power of the tongue so why waste my words and thoughts by wishing. Somehow wishing just doesn’t cut it…..just a thought 🙂

 

The above picture is from Grace’s prayer book which was given to her when she was just 1 at our church teddy bear picnic.