Monday, 13 April 2015

Day 100 or there abouts



My body aches
in fact it hurts
every joint
every bone
if I move
or when I rest
I can't find comfort
none at all
It was bad last week
but now it's worse
eight weeks reducing
from medication
it seems as if
I might have found
the point at which
My body's crying
but this will pass
I pray it will
and in the meantime
I find distraction
less in words
more in drawing
and acrylic painting
So that is what
I'll do when not
lieing down
when it gets too much
Here's just one
that I've created
something to
feel pleased about


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter love biscuit #messychurch #craft #church #heisrisen


We made these easter love empty tombs at PPP messy church on Good Friday.  This one was made by a3 year old.  

I could have shared a more "perfect" one with the heart facing the right way and the mini egg just off to the sue as if rolled away.  But the child who made this brought it to me and said

"look Emma, this is the empty tomb. Jesus was in it but he came back to life and he is still alive.  The heart is the love he gives us all"

What more needs to be said, what an amazing expression of what Jesus dogs for us all.

Here are the simple instructions for making this yourself:

- take one rich tea biscuit
- cover in a thick layer of green coloured icing (made with water)
- place a jammie dodger at the back of the biscuit - this is the tomb
- place a mini egg in front of the jammie dodger - this is the tomb stone

onefour15


blue skies
fluffy clouds
turn around
storms arise
April showers
down on Me
which emotion
will I be? 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

#40acts act #20 to #28 @40acts



I spoke to one new person
They looked strangely back
I don't think they liked it
But they didn't give me a slap


Oh yes
an excuse to be silly
dance in the garden
blowing bubbles (thanks Penny)



Give time to a cause
I do that every day
But today I'm spending time
With my laws - it's OK!



Today we're asked to pray
For what we know about
I lead toddlers today in prayer
They stood quietly, didn't shout



Go chocolating!
Yes they've made it a thing
I had a mothers day truffle
Oh what joy it brings



Today I spoke to a tattooist
Asked their opinion about a cross
They were a wealth of knowledge
It felt good not to be the boss



Give a bear hug
Don't ask me twice
Many were given today
And yes they felt real nice



Today's been a big day
Of milestones for my girl
I'm allowing her to spread her wings
Widening our circle in the world



Be generous practically
Today I changed the beds
It might not sound like a lot
But it is when it comes to my meds

Day Seventy Five #asthma #mentalhealth #diet #healthyeating



Almost 11 weeks reducing meals
And 5 weeks reducing meds
It sounds like quite a slog
But it doesn't feel that bad

The weight loss is very slow
About half a pound a week
But that's better than the gains
Which I previously couldn't beat

The medication that I'm on
Makes weight loss extremely hard
So I'm trying to remember that
Instead of beating myself up

A short guide to breast cancer by Jane Eccles @tusktastic ‪#‎thinkbeyondpink‬ ‪#‎bckills‬ ‪#‎stagefourneedsmore‬











You Can Help!!!!
Be aware and support ‪#‎thinkbeyondpink‬ ‪#‎bckills‬ ‪#‎stagefourneedsmore‬
Write to your MP
Spread the Word
Think beyond Pink

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Wide Spectrum of Mothering by Amy Young


To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Day Sixty Four #asthma #mentalhealth #diet #healthyeating



It's day sixty four
And also day twenty four
The latter is more important
Because I'm trying to stay off the floor
The former is still going
Though it's very slow indeed
But one and a half stone is a loss
And I can walk a little further I feel
I think I can see a pattern
With the effects of drug withdrawal
But I'm not going to count the chickens
Before the eggs have hatched and more
I know this might not make sense
But it does to me and that matters
Because in the end this is my journey
And I'm the one feeling shattered

#40acts act #10 to #19 @40acts

I haven't been very well for the last 10 days
That doesn't mean I've stopped lent
Or that I've stopped with my 40 acts
But it means I haven't written here
So here comes a summary
I hope you're feeling alert
It'll touch on what I've done
The interesting and inert



Fix up
Look smart
Today we cleaned
Our conservatory sides














Writing little notes
I'm sure you're not surprised to hear
Is something that I do
For Rachel if far or near














This challenge is quite hard
In the life we lead
But I've been using a sports bottle
Which is one less bottle to heap














I don't want to sound special
Because believe me I'm not
But I take other's needs personally
I keep them near my gut
So today I've taken it further
I've made a plan for some months
Of how to help others reach out
And help others in their midst














The person I had thought of
Does not believe in God
Yet their email arrived today
And we will meet now, I'll speak of love














I'm not into quoting scripture
It's not something that I do
But sharing God's love widely
Help's others see His truth














This we did today
Us and three friends
We went to pottery painting
And chatted with busy hands














There are many BOGOFs in the shops
And we took advantage of every one
We brought the extras into church
As donations for the food bank














Today Rach and I apologised
To each other we must say
We were both feeling narky
But we forgave for a happier day














I've been in touch
Again today
And I won't stop
No matter what you say

Daily Lectionary in Poetry Wednesday 11th March 2015



Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
4 Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise.Selah
5 Happy are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[a]
6 As they go through the valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
    the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
    look on the face of your anointed.
10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than live in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    happy is everyone who trusts in you.

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Oh Lord
You live in beauty
My heart longs for you
All I wish is to live in you
I would rather 
Be in your court
Than ever banished
From your side

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Ezra 6:1-16

Then King Darius made a decree, and they searched the archives where the documents were stored in Babylon. 2 But it was in Ecbatana, the capital in the province of Media, that a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record. 3 In the first year of his reign, King Cyrus issued a decree: Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be rebuilt, the place where sacrifices are offered and burnt offerings are brought;[a] its height shall be sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits, 4 with three courses of hewn stones and one course of timber; let the cost be paid from the royal treasury. 5 Moreover, let the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought back to the temple in Jerusalem, each to its place; you shall put them in the house of God.”

6 “Now you, Tattenai, governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and you, their associates, the envoys in the province Beyond the River, keep away; 7 let the work on this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. 8 Moreover I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God: the cost is to be paid to these people, in full and without delay, from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province Beyond the River. 9 Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests in Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, 10 so that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his children. 11 Furthermore I decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of the house of the perpetrator, who then shall be impaled on it. The house shall be made a dunghill. 12 May the God who has established his name there overthrow any king or people that shall put forth a hand to alter this, or to destroy this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, make a decree; let it be done with all diligence.”

Completion and Dedication of the Temple
13 Then, according to the word sent by King Darius, Tattenai, the governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and their associates did with all diligence what King Darius had ordered. 14 So the elders of the Jews built and prospered, through the prophesying of the prophet Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo. They finished their building by command of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus, Darius, and King Artaxerxes of Persia; 15 and this house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

16 The people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
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Darius built a temple
He told everyone how to live
They completed the building in worship
And celebrated with God when completed
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Mark 11:15-19

Jesus Cleanses the Temple
15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; 16 and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written,

‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
    But you have made it a den of robbers.”
18 And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. 19 And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples[a] went out of the city.

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Jesus chased out the sellers
Shouting at them as they went
He said they have destroyed the sacred
That was when they decided to kill him
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