Pinky my Dressing Gown

There is an item of clothing that is very important to me. When I get up in the morning the first thing I reach for is my dressing gown. I was often so tired after feeding a baby through the night I eeked out the last few minutes before I got up to get the children out to school.

While rearing a big family, there was no time to get washed and dressed first before everyone else was up. There was always a rush to get using the bathroom in the morning with so many children. I helped the younger children get ready. A wipe with a facecloth and hair brushed was sufficient to look respectable for school. 

I have lived in big, older houses so the air can be chilly first thing in the morning. I like to wrap up tightly before I go to make a cup of tea. The kitchen can be the coolest part of the house unless one has the luxury of an AGA cooker. My dressing gown helped me keep warm tied tightly around my waist.  

I have had different dressing gowns over the years but I’ve had two favourite ones. A friend bought me a new dressing gown for going to hospital to have my daughter Mary forty years ago. It was full length, made of silk like material, navy in colour with flowers printed around the bottom. I had it for many years. I felt quite glamorous in it. When we were in Kerry one year I mistakenly left it behind. I regretted losing that dressing gown. I wasn’t able to find another one like it since.  

Ten years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer, my daughter bought me a dark pink gown made of towel fabric. I suit pink and it felt very warm and comfortable to wear. I’ve worn it these last years. I call it Pinky.

No children to get out to school now. I enjoy my garden on a sunny morning still in my dressing gown inspecting the new growth of spring time. I would be out there for hours unmindful of the time passing. I better get dressed.

My husband would be particular about what I wear. If he didn’t like something I was wearing he would soon let me know. He never commented on either of these dressing gowns. He bought me a sheepskin pair of slippers. When I saw them first I told him they are what grannies wear. I didn’t think I would wear them. In my home they are my constant footwear, so warm and soft on my feet. Pinky and the granny slippers have been a comfort to me in the cold nights and mornings.  

I am often awake through the night. Sure enough my favourite dressing gown would keep me warm in my night watches. I did most of my blogging at night, prayed or worked on my mosaics. I would be caught up for hours in my workshop. Later in the morning I could be found still pottering about my kitchen, baking or cooking into the late morning still with my dressing gown on.  

During the last two months Brendan and I have moved house. Initially it was quite daunting to start packing up. Two of my daughters helped during the Christmas holidays pack up some kitchen ware. Mary helped me with some of my clothes and other items in my bedroom. She was strict with me. Do you wear this? Have you worn this item this last year.? Yes I am guilty I had many dresses that were hanging in my wardrobe that hadn’t been worn for a long time. I did succumb to my daughters wishes to get rid of many items., less packing.  In the following weeks I packed clothes, books, jewellery that I didn’t want to get lost in the general afray of un named boxes.

The time came nearer to the final leaving date. Two other daughters came to help pack. I was glad of their help and I left them to make decisions.  I was trying to adjust to the change that was on the horizon for me. Leaving a large home with a beautiful view over Strangford Lough. I didn’t have the energy to do much packing. They did a thorough work giving up their time to help us move. 

A big blessing for me was Ruth finding a ring that my husband bought for me while I was on holiday in Egypt many years ago. It was made of silver with fourteen dark stones on it, representing all my children. I thought I had lost it fifteen years ago. It meant so much to me, and I missed it. No matter what the girls did in the move after that I forgave because they found this precious piece of jewellery in a desk cabinet.

One of the casualties of the move was my pink dressing gown. It was discarded with other worn clothes. Another daughter has tried to replace Pinky with other dressing gowns she bought for me a few years back. One made me look like a polar bear. I dreaded to wear it in front of Brendan. Another was a dark full length satin gown which wasn’t comfortable around my waist. I went back to good old faithful Pinky.

It had been with me through cancer, when I was writing me book and in the night when I would be working on my mosaics.  

When I spent my first night in my new home Pinky was not at hand to keep me warm in the morning. We were separated. I had left the rest of the packing to my girls to finish. Pinky became a casualty of the move. My daughters thought Its time for Mum to get a new dressing gown! Like my other favourite gown I can’t find another one like Pinky.  

My girls and I joke about it. All is forgiven because Ruth found my favoite ring that I thought was lost forever. I now wear the ring on a string around my neck. I can carry my children close to my heart.  

I now seek to wear a different garment , one the Lord wants me to wear.

“You are chosen by God for this new life of love, so dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”(Col 3:12,13). And where will you find that on the “High Street”?

The Holy Spirit

I was reading this morning from Luke 10 v 11You fathers if your children ask for a fish will you give him a snake. Of course not. If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?

Many young boys and fathers love football. They have their favourite team. They watch matches and cheer when they win. Their dream is to get to play for a famous team.

There is a big difference in experience from watching football on TV in the comfort of your home to actually playing the game. My sons loved football and played with their school and local team.

It meant staying after school and turning up for training sessions in all kind of weather. It meant getting a few disappointments when they didn’t win. It meant sore muscles and bruises. But if they endured they got to play football in the team and experience the success when they won.

Today is Easter Sunday. We hear stories about Jesus who rose from the dead two thousand years ago. But what relevance is that to us today in 2021?

If you want to be a partaker in knowing more about this man Jesus one needs to engage with his game. We can look on and enjoy Easter ceremonies with smells and bells of Church activity but it may not mean much.

This man Jesus left us his legacy which you can read for yourself in the New Testament. If you believe what he says you can ask him to reveal himself to you personally. He will answer if you keep on asking.

Then you may believe that Jesus died for you to forgive your sins and he can heal you. You are a step closer to playing on Jesus team.

Today we remember Jesus rising from the grave. He then went to heaven. The Father released the Holy Spirit as Jesus asked Him. The Holy Spirit is given to us for us to get to play the Jesus game.

The Holy Spirit will give us the power to defeat the other team, the devil’s. We are sure to win all the time when we engage to fight the enemy.

Keep training by reading God’s Word, Ask God to give you His Holy Spirit. Keep on asking till you receive. Then use your gift of Tongues to pray. Satan runs when you pray in the Holy Spirit. God will give you understanding of the scriptures and He will speak to you through His Word. He also speaks through dreams and prophecy.

Do you want victory? Do you want your desires met? Then engage in the play. Do you want life to pass you by from year to year without good changes? Jesus promises to give you life abundantly.

He has defeated Satan who comes to rob, steal and destroy. Jesus defeated Satan when He died on that cross. His Blood flowed down from his head, his back, his hands and his feet. By his stripes you are healed,

I sought out Jesus forty three years ago. I have kept on seeking him in my life. He is true. He is good. He is faithful. He will help you win your battles in this world. You will never be alone again.

God reveal yourself to my readers today in 2021.

Eleven Years Healed of Cancer

It was Easter Monday eleven years ago that I went to the local hospital’s Accident and Emergency. I wasn’t feeling well. On examination the doctor suspected cancer in my bowel. It was confirmed weeks later after tests and scans that I had a nine inch cancer tumour in my bowel. It was beginning to invade the walls of my bowel and spread locally.

The panel of cancer specialists suggested a course of treatment to reduce the tumour in preparation for an operation to remove the cancerous area. I started five weeks of chemotherapy and five weeks of the maximum dose of radiotherapy.
When the treatment was completed I had no side effects from the treatment; no hair lose, no burning of my skin or internal organs where the radiotherapy was targeted. Six weeks later the doctor called me to arrange surgery to remove the cancerous tumour.

Many people were praying for me since I was diagnosed with cancer, my husband , family and friends. I believe I was healed after prayer. I felt like the woman who touched the hem of Jesus garment and was healed of an issue of blood. She felt better immediately.

I told the doctor I believed I was healed. My husband agreed. The doctor thought I was crazy. This had never happened before in his thirty years experience. A colonoscopy was arranged. The camera showed there was no tumour in my bowel. The lining of my bowel was as clear as a baby’s skin.

I remain healed and alive after eleven years. I have not taken any medication since. I believe the cancer will not come back. My husband and I have written a book, Staying Alive, detailing my healing. It is available to purchase on BOOKS.IE It is not within my own power or effort that I am alive. It is through the power of God that I am healed and alive.

This weekend we celebrate Easter. Everyone is glad to have holidays off school and work. But do we really know the meaning of Easter?

Nearly two thousand years ago Jesus was born. He was the Son of God yet he came on earth and was born to Mary. He grew up in his Jewish family and lived like any other child in the rough and tumble of family life.

At the age of thirty he started his ministry. People came to him to be healed of diseases and he healed them all. He cast out demons that were troubling many. He delivered the demoniac who was living among tombs, of two thousand demons.

Jesus chose twelve disciples and taught them to do what he was doing. He gave them power to heal the sick and cast out demons. He even told his followers to do the same in Mark 16. Jesus gives us the same power today to heal others and cast out demons. The religious leaders and kings of the day did not like what Jesus was doing. He was a threat to them. They planned to execute Jesus by crucifiction.

We remember this week, Holy Week in many parts of the world, those sad days long ago when Jesus was betrayed, accused, scourged and crucified. Blood flowed down his head his hands and feet and side. The blood which flowed was shed for us to forgive our sins and to heal our diseases. They thought they got rid of their trouble maker. But no. Jesus rose from the grave. He appeared to his disciples and then went to heaven.

I believe in Jesus. I believe he shed his blood to heal me and forgive my sins. Isaiah 53 says He was bruised for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquity and by his stripes we are healed. I know the power of the Blood of Jesus that healed me in 2010. He continues to help me and keep me alive to testify to his power to heal. 2021 years on Jesus still heals.

Take time this week to seek the true meaning of the feast of Easter. Enquire, search and seek. I did so forty odd years ago. I know Jesus is true. I know his power in my life. Not only does God promise to forgive us and heal us, he promises to take us to heaven when we die if we continue to believe in him.

Jesus when he was on earth taught about hell. There is an after life where all men will be judged. Those who follow Jesus will go to heaven and others will go to hell which was prepared for the devil and his demons. Chose eternal life today. Believe in Jesus the Son of God.

Dare to believe in Jesus. Ask him for His help. He will surely answer.

The Power of the Name of Jesus

This morning I was reading from Psalm 44.

I God we have heard of the glorious miracles you did in the days of long ago. Our forefathers have told us how you drove out heathen nations and gave us the land. They did not conquer by their own strength and skill but by your mighty power . You are my King and my God. Decree victories for your people. For it is only by your power and through your name that we treaddown our enemies. I do not trust in my own weapons.

God gave his people success as they trusted him. We read from other stories like David, Nehemiah and Esther to name a few how God helped them when their enemies were out to defeat them.

The same God revealed himself through Jesus his Son when he came on earth. A most powerful demonstration of the God’s power used by Jesus is told in the story of the Gedarene man in Mark 5. 

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,  Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.  

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him.  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.  And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.  And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.  

And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.  And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

This man was so used by demons that he couldn’t live a normal life.  There was no point trying to make him good.  He wasn’t able to.  The demons tortured him and he went about mad.  No one could bind him.  He had been tied up with chains but always broke free.  Jesus comes along and with a word delivers him from a legion of demons.  He was healed and restored to his right mind.  The local people were scared.  This man was once wild but was now fully clothed and in his right mind.  They knew Jesus was different.  He was able to help the man when no one else could.  

This story shows the power of Jesus.  He gives his followers the power to do the same as He did.  Cast out demons and heal the sick in His name. 

Jesus followers were with him when Jesus delivered the Gedarene man.  After this Jesus sent his disciples out to cast out demons and heal the sick.  Jesus demonstrated to them what to do.

In our western world we think that following Jesus is to be good, read your bible, don’t smoke or drink and attend church.  We try to be good like Jesus but we are doomed to failure.  One never can be good in one’s own strength.  

To be a disciple of Jesus is to do what He said.  And He called his twelve disciples and sent them out two by two with power to cast out demons. 

So the disciples went out telling everyone they met to turn from sin.  And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people , anointing them with olive oil.  Mark 6 v 7

It wasn’t by their own  power, or by their own goodness they were successful.  It was by using the name of Jesus.  Doesn’t that sound simple enough.  Do the works Jesus did, using His name.  

Seek first God’s kingdom and God will provide all your needs.  

Don’t we complicate Jesus gospel.  We try to meet our own needs first.  Maybe some day we will be holy enough to cast a demon out.  And people are not helped or captives set free.   We become holy only by believing and obeying Jesus.  

Today one is faced with many difficulties, Covid pandemic, fear, loss, family crisis, and much more. Add your difficulty to the list. I am sure of one thing is that Jesus will help you if you call on his name.

It is by the power of the name of Jesus I was delivered from the spirits of rebellion and bitterness.  I turned from my sin.  Afterwards I was healed from fourth stage cancer.  Jesus is the truth.  There is no other power can deliver and heal completely.  

Where have the Seeds Gone

I was eating a sweet red apple today. It was a bit strange to see no seeds in the apple.Brendan eats grapes with his breakfast every morning. I buy white grapes, red grapes, dark purple grapes from the supermarket of green grocer. They come from different countries, Spain, or South America, all imported for us the customers. The grapes don’t have any seeds. Our plants are being genetically modified by scientists in order to produce fruit without seeds.  I thought how man is getting away from God’s way for our lives.  

I read in the first page of the Bible, the Word of God in Chapter 1 v 11,
Then God said, Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. And it was so. The land produced vegetation; plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God said it was good.

There is new life in the seed. If it is planted in the soil it changes and becomes a plant, bearing shoots, leaves, flowers and fruit. The purpose of the seed is to increase and produce more plants like the parent plant that produced the seed. The seed is produced after pollen the male part of the plant fertilises the ovary of the plant. Scientists study the natural world. They study the matter that is already living. They cannot make life. They cannot make a seed. They can manipulate what is already living but they cannot make life. 

God breathed life into Adam and Eve. They were the first human beings on the earth. God blessed them and told them to increase and multiply. Not only did God create plants to increase, God creates animals and humans to increase. God’s plan is increase and multiplication for all life. Scientists are having their influence on the earth to change creation to stop increase. They have invented drugs that prevent women having children, They have invented drugs to prevent plants having seeds. This is not what God intended.  

God is good all the time.  Our God is revealed through the Bible.  He is the God of the Jews. His guidelines on how to live were given to Moses from God.  Jesus came into the world to show us the Father.  Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life.  He gives life.  It is the devil who brings death and steals and destroys. God has good plans for all he has made. If only we would trust Him.  He is our Father and he knows best how we should live. We have no excuse to say there is no God.  God’s power is demonstrated every day we see the sun rising in the sky. The heavens declare the glory of the God. No other God created us. No other God is so merciful.  If we seek Him we will find him.  Cry out to God today.  He is there and he will save you.  

Not only does God promise to care for us on earth, He promises us that we can live with him for ever in heaven if we believe in his son Jesus.  There is an afterlife.  We don’t get a second chance at life after we die.  We choose now whether we live in heaven or hell after this life on Earth.  Choose Jesus, the way to heaven.  The devil wants to bring people to hell.  

Good Tidings

View from our home in Portaferry, Ireland.

Greetings to all of you.

Thank you for your interest in my blogs in 2020.

Look for the goodness of God in the land of the living. This promise kept me going on many difficult days.

My grandson Benjamin asked me the other morning, “When is the sun going to waken up”.

This morning the sun is arisen and beauty is multiplied all over the sky. Enjoy it from where you live.

Malachi says “May the son of righteousness rise with healing in his wings”

May God, the creator of the earth , sea and sky bless you and keep you and make His face to shine on you and grant you peace.

Bird Singing in the Night

Outside my hotel window

The Christmas street lights are bright

It is the dead of night

A bird is singing

The sweet tweets echo through the silence.

Is he announcing good news?

Is he calling for attention

Like the multitude of heavenly hosts praising God

When the angel announced Jesus birth to the shepherds

Singing Glory to God in the highest

And on earth good will to all men.

There is room for me in the Inn

In a soft plush bed

Because He was born in a straw lined manger.

Jesus is Returning Soon

Two thousand years ago Peter, Jesus disciple, reminded us that God created the heavens and the earth. He tells us these same heavens will pass away and the earth and everything on it will deserve judgement. On that day God will set the heavens on fire and the elements will melt away in flames. God promises a new heaven and a new earth for those who believe in his Son Jesus.

Peter says in the same passage that with God a thousand years is like a day. So two days have passed since Jesus died for us. This present earth will pass away sooner rather than later. God is merciful giving us an opportunity to believe in Jesus and live forever in his new heaven and earth. Get ready for his return.

He is not a baby in a manger any longer. He is not in the grave any more. He is alive with wounds on his hands and feet. He is seated in heaven beside his Father. He is coming in the sky with his angels. His people will rise from their graves. Those who are alive will be taken up to him in the sky.

When Jesus was on earth He healed the sick and cast out demons. His power is at work today. I am healed from fourth stage cancer by the power of Jesus. I know He is real. Believe in the signs He has done.

Daniel 6 v 26 and 27. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. They didn’t harm him. God shut up the mouth of the lions. The king said I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble in fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end.
He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.
I believe in the same God as Daniel. He is God today and forever. He is the same God who healed me and gave me the power to rear fourteen children. Look up and look for Jesus return. Believe in Jesus.