The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of pie. Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.(Courtesy of Happify Daily)

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How many times do we takes things for granted, living our lives as if there were no tomorrow? How many times to we busily go about our daily life and then something happens and it shatters us to the core.

But if you are Christ centred then you  will be able to cope better and keep sadness, and depression  away because it’s when we give thanks and praise to the creator that we receive what we need and if it’s not what we need, it’s because God has a better plan for you. A plan better than the one you mapped out for yourself, if you believe. It’s only when we stop to smell the roses, share what we have that we get to appreciate the things we love.

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How do we do that?

1. Keep a digital gratitude journal

There are a number of apps that focus on cultivating a spirit of thankfulness. The Gratitude! app challenges users to write five things they’re grateful for every day. Developers say that recording gratitude consecutively for three weeks creates a brighter outlook and a new habit of happiness. Plus, it’s pretty cool to be able to look back on all of the things that made you thankful. Other apps to try include Gratitude 365 and The Gratitude Journal.

2. Take a thankfulness challenge

Chances are you’ve seen one of these challenges floating around your Facebook news feed at one point or another. The premise is simple: every day, for a week, or two weeks, or a month, post what you’re thankful for. Hesitant to be so public? Try private messaging different friends every day, letting them know why you’re grateful to have them in your life.

3. Get some Twitter inspiration

When Thanksgiving rolls around, many people turn to Twitter to share the reasons why they’re thankful, but several trending hashtags prompt sharing your appreciation all year long. Follow the hashtags #AttitudeofGratitude, #WhyImThankful, and #Thankful to read through thousands of reasons why people all over the world are giving thanks. Tweet your own to join the uplifting conversation.

4. Master the “thank you” email

While it’s no handwritten letter, sending a short “thank you” email can be a huge pick-me-up for someone in the middle of a long day. Thank a coworker for his or her hard work preparing for the morning meeting, or send digital appreciation to your roommate for listening to your worries about tomorrow’s big presentation. Knowing someone’s thinking of you makes a person feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

5. Pay it forward

Random acts of kindness work in the digital world, too. Browse through Kickstarter campaigns, and donate a few dollars towards somebody’s dream of opening a gallery or creating a documentary. Visit, a fundraising platform where people raise money for loved ones in need. Can’t contribute financially? Share a story that speaks to your heart and offer words of encouragement.


Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.

Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices, and you have provided me with advisors that help me with the difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.

And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me. I am just so grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am, and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned kind acts. Thank you, Lord. In your name, Amen.







Many people and reports I have read, seem to have got onto this bandwagon that you can change your sex given at birth, later on in life, according to how you feel. The report below shows clearly, that this is all misleading and bringing more confusion to the problem of gender dysphoria. All we have heard in the media are theories, with a life changing decision that requires surgery, intrusive procedures, drugs  etc… wouldn’t you want to rely on scientific data? Feelings like Patrick had,(see below) are psychological and should be treated as such, not with a sex change.

The Patrick Mitchell’s story viewed on 60 Minutes in Australia-on Sunday-10th September, was backed up with scientific stats and figures. It gave proof that you can change your appearance but you cannot change what’s on the inside. So then, according to the Safe Schools Programme in schools here in Australia, children like Patrick, who are confused, will have to role play being a male/female depending on their feelings, cross dress, change his pronoun, be indoctrinated to accept that it’s normal,all to confuse him more as to what gender he is. The report did mention that he was suicidal prior to him transgending back to a male. Professor Whitehall a leading paediatrician,  makes a lot of sense. He said that children grow out of gender dysphoria, given the right support, not what’s on trend.                                        The 60 minutes report- PATRICK MITCHELL’S STORY CLICK here

more scientific information on gender dysphoria-click here

The media is not after your well being, but sensationalism. Politicians are worried about votes, doctors are not necessarily focussed on your total wellbeing and in the 60 Minutes report above, doctors are over diagnosing the gender dysphoria theory, which that’s all it is- A theory.







God created the heavens and the Earth as a way of communicating with His people

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I’m hearing a lot on christian radio about September 23rd. What’s it about?

Please know, that I’m taking a lighthearted look at this and not stating that it will definitely happen, only God knows the absolute truth. However, I’m sharing my thoughts and wisdom with you for the purpose of imparting information. You can disregard all or part of this. BUT!!!!!   Wouldn’t it be nice to know and be prepared and live each day as if it were our last?

My parish priest who is an astronomy enthusiast and wrote in the church, Christmas bulletin a couple of years ago, about the constellation of stars found in the sky at the time of Jesus’ birth. He researched this through an app and it revealed the coming of Christ. That’s how the three wise men (who were learned men and it has been said that they had studied the stars) found out about Jesus.  When I saw the utube clip below, I realized that they had used the same app as my parish priest, to find out what will be in our skies on the 23rd September, 2017. Click below  for more

Prophesy, 23rd September, 2017

So my view on this is, that God has a plan. Yes! God does give us signs to help us, to remind us of His power and majesty and how we are not equal to HIM. I know that our ways are not His ways and that He is not politically correct either.

God wants us to live our lives right according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus who is God, will protect those who follow Him . That we are to stay close to Jesus and live our days doing what pleases God, what brings glory to Him, doing what is righteous and what is praiseworthy.  I believe that God loves His people, that at the time of His choosing, He will send His Son Jesus to protect us against the evil one and take His people home to live in heaven with HIM .

However, I also believe that we don’t have a direct passage either, that we need to have our own individual plan, a heaven perspective, a plan on how we can work in this life in order to live our next life in the presence of God.

Some people call me boring, some people call me old fashioned, some people just don’t want to hang out with me because of my views but, I have decided that I would rather have fewer friends and be judged by God than by my fellow man or woman.


Holy Spirit prepare the way for me and let your will be done over my life


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Some people say to me that they hate their jobs, hate their lives, hate their friends, can’t afford to pay their bills, their wives/husbands are mean to them, the kids are playing up etc. etc…. No one is immune to life’s challenges, we all go through this in life. I do get it!

Some people struggle all their lives and never seek God out. But perhaps they don’t realize that during those moments when we struggle, we need God more.

Some people I’ve met, think that they are all in control and they can do it all. How wrong could they be? We have limited knowledge and power, God has infinite knowledge and power. God gave us His Son Jesus to help us fight battles in our lives through the cross, so why wouldn’t you take the lead?

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But one cannot expect things to change without us first making changes in our lives. God is not going to change, but through prayer God will help align His will with our will. God will help us change and cope better with difficulties that we may find in life. God will give us the strength to cope, grow and change. God may also grant you favours and a miracle if it’s part of His plan.

In saying that, God doesn’t want us to suffer, He wants us to stay close to Him, persevere and be steadfast and He will clear the path for us.

If God can build mountains, create the heavens and the earth, part the Red Sea, make the Sun shine on a daily basis, surely He can help us.

Recently a friend developed a sore knee, he had to walk on crutches, it was getting worse and it was so badly swollen that the doctors said that there could be muscle and nerve damage, that if the swelling didn’t come down soon, they would have to operate. On a another visit the nurse asked him if he believed in Jesus. My friend said YES, he did! The nurse prayed over him in the name of Jesus Christ and after a day the swelling came down without any intervention. The doctors couldn’t believe it and said other cases never turned out like this, they were astonished!!!!! This morning my husband saw him and he looked as if nothing had ever happened, now this is a matter of a week from the time is first happened to full recovery.

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Evil as a result of sins we have committed or sins our family and friends have committed against us, can manifest in us in a physical way, sin can affect our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. So forgiveness and repentance is needed also (see older posts under HEALING).

The problem is that our perspective is limited.

  • God is infinite, we are finite.
  • God sees the whole, we see only the part.
  • God’s ways aren’t our ways. Is. 55:8-9 “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
  • God in His wisdom allows sorrow to come into our lives and we must remember that His plan is best.                              Here’s the evidence
  • Psalm 46:1 

    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

    Psalm 68:6 

    “God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”

    Proverbs 3:5-6 

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

    Matthew 7:7 

    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

     Hebrews 4:15-16 

    “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

    Hebrews 13:5-6 

    “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”


    So going back to the heading…….”You reap what you sow in this life, ” I mean that if you don’t have faith then healing can’t happen, if there is no prayer and staying close to Jesus then it means you don’t care for Jesus’power in your life, if you don’t live out your faith and do good works for God then you are not a follower but a fan. My friend is not exclusive, the healing power of God is available to all.

  • SOURCE: “Life, Hope and Truth””

Gender Theory- A real deception, an attack on humanity

Apparently there are 63 different genders and rising. If you’re confused, so am I. Imagine teaching this to students at school????  This gender philosophy is not about tolerance and acceptance is about changing the very fabric of how and why we were made.


I have great concern about the hidden agendas of minor political groups pushing gender theory, the gender neutral philosophies or gender spectrum.

The “SAFE SCHOOLS” programme that has been introduced in Victorian schools-Australia is deceiving, it’s not a programme against bullying, it was designed by transgenders to introduce the above theories.

When gender ideologies and being gender neutral is portrayed to children and teenagers who  are still formulating their ideas , it can confuse their feelings and perceptions which can then manifest as psychological problems (see link to  scientific paper below).

People are having gender reassignment surgery or taking hormones to block or change gender characteristics.  There is a push now towards CHANGING YOUR GENDER BECAUSE OF HOW YOU FEEL. First of all, when God created male and female, He didn’t intend for it to be so open and complicated.

We are all created by God, in His image we are created. At birth, doctors and pediatricians determine whether you are a boy or a girl. I am not discounting that there may be gene mutations and on the odd occasion nature gets it wrong. I have listened to biophysicists speak about how the number of genes play a huge factor in determining gender and that anomalies can be rectified at birth with medical intervention.

Environments can influence how a person feels. Feelings change, this should not determine gender however. Here’s an analogy, for example, a man  goes to his psychologist and expresses his fears. Ok! so they discuss it and try to resolve where this is coming from. On another day, the same man says that he feels like a girl. Ok, the psychologist suggests gender reassignment. On another day, the man says he feels like a chinese male, ok then we can reassign you with facial plastic surgery to a chinese transgender male. On yet another day he feels like an african, bisexual lion. Where will it end? Do you get my drift???????

As adults we have an obligation to present the purest ideas to children and only those that come from the true source-God Almighty, the intelligent designer, the creator of all things living and non-living, seen and unseen. Denying all this, does not mean that God is not at work or that God got it wrong.

Leaving it to people who have limited knowledge (comparing it to God) and biases which may affect people’s thinking away from the real truth, can be detrimental to the individual and society.   If God had meant for us to be gender neutral and that our feelings determine who and what we are,  Jesus would have addressed that in His teachings.

Below is a link to scientific evidence.

Paper by American College of Paediatricians

So, what do we do? We must offer genuine love to our gender dysphoric neighbor (Mark 12:30–31). But as Christians, we’re also required to confront new challenges with biblical truth. God made men and women unique and complementary (Gen. 1:27). God is love , His laws are there to protect us.

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King of rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, soul,  YES HE WAS!!! 


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Below you will find two versions of one of my favorite song from Elvis, “If I could dream” The first is a remix  with Celine Dion and the other, in his leather. Not only was Elvis gifted musically but what a body?????

When fans spread a massive banner that announced his status irrefutably as ‘Elvis is King’ – he paused a song he was singing, looked deep into the room, and with that charming smirk on his face, said ‘there’s only king honey, and he is Jesus Christ’.


The lyrics below show that he metaphorically expressed how he was looking for a better land and dreamed a warmer sun. Here he was looking for answers that we all aspire to. Knowing the kind of life he had, I’m sure he was used and abused by the people around him. He must have felt trapped, the mountain he faced became too high too climb. I wish he had fought harder and sought more help.

Why am I writing this now you might ask? Because what Elvis went through, we all go through in one form or another, being used and betrayed by people, losing money, greedy friends who take advantage of you, exploitation by employers/work partners, loss of a partner or a marriage, problems with children etc……….               Elvis sings….. “We are lost in a cloud with too much rain.” Beautifully mastered lyrics and sung by such a heavenly voice that God gave him. If Elvis made more of a quest for Jesus, he could have had it all. Happiness, health, harmony, humbleness, hope, honor, and heroism.

So where is the answer to all this?????????????????????  JESUS CHRIST of course!

The answers to all of life’s problems are answered in the New Testament gospels.

song lyrics below                                                                                                                          There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
oh why
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear

We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle

And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

Elvis loved Jesus and even though he died tragically and in a disturbed frame of mind, God, who is all loving, forgiving and merciful would have known his heart and redeemed him.

I wish you all the hope, a peaceful heart and happiness that only Jesus brings.



Please help me to rest in your happiness,
To allow a smile to linger on my lips,
To dwell within a wonderful memory,
To walk back through sunlit places.

Please help me to awake with hope,
To engage with life in all its variety,
To take in the beauty of others joys,
To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.

Please help me to sing with faith,
To carry the truth close in my heart always,
To rejoice at new life and 
To have peace as I age.

Please help me to indulge in love
To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy,
To taste the kindness of friendship,
To feel the warmth of embrace.

Please help me not to miss 
A single drop of heaven,
To catch each moment 
And drink in the great joy of life.

Through Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.



May God Guide The Leadership Of Our Nation

How do we pray for our nation and its leaders, current and future? Does our vote really matter? And for whom do we vote? Can we or our prayers help turn the tide of our nation? If you’re seeking answers for any of these questions, here’s a prayer that might help!

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Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

RELATED: 10 Scriptures To Pray For Our Nation And Our Leaders

Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.

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Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.

As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.

We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.

Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.

Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves, but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.

RELATED: A Cappella Performance Of Patriotic Classic (click here for song)

We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in praying and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter, and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,
Amen (SOURCE: godupdates)