ELVIS PRESLEY- A KING OR NOT?

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’.

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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.

PRAYER 

Father, 

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.

 

HAPPY 4TH JULY AMERICA – MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND PROSPER YOU, 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.

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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)

NEXT TIME YOU COMPLAIN CONSIDER THIS……………

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I know it is hard when difficulty strikes:-pain, hard work, betrayal, being bullied, stress, anxiety, etc…..But have you ever stopped to consider the fruits that come from hard work, being steadfast, sacrificing, putting others before yourself, going without, putting up with unsavory elements from family members, friends etc…???????? Just know that God is at work moment by moment.

I believe that we should always have a heaven perspective, a plan to help us get to our final destination. Here’s how…..

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GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY HE GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.

 

INSPIRATION THAT WILL FEED YOUR SOUL – BY R.A. TORREY

I recently came across R. A. Torrey-a great evangelist with interesting things to say that caught my eye (see link) –R.A.Torrey history.

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 HERE IS SOME FOOD TO FEED YOUR SOUL

It is very easy to put our trust and beliefs in the power of man, but not so in giving God the gratitude He deserves. Giving gratitude to God who allows goodness and success into our lives and who takes away what is harmful and evil, are often dismissed as coincidences or the work of men.  Because these are often intangibles and that which we cannot immediately see, they often go unnoticed.  Make no mistake about it, God is at work in our lives moment by moment, weaving a web of connectedness that will affect all spheres of our lives and others around us.

Some things God does are to teach us something, some things are to give us something, some things are for us to hold on to and some things are for us to give away. Some things are immediate while some things take time because all that we think and do is in keeping with the gift of free will. Sometimes we hold ourselves back because we don’t understand things or because we don’t trust in God. But God is patient, loving, rich in mercy and kind. Think of Him as your Father and what does a Father want for His children? The best of course!

In patience and trust is how we should live our lives, because God has mapped out all of it for us. All we need do is pray and communicate with God through prayer. All we need do is claim it, that which God has already given to us in a box and is sitting there with Him in heaven with your name on it. We should ask for mercy and forgiveness and have a heaven perspective. Make each day a little sacrifice or offering to God so that He can grant you His peace, His grace and His abundance.

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PRAYER 

Come Holy Spirit and infill us afresh with your gifts of patience, love, awe in your presence, kindness, knowledge, wisdom and understanding so that we may know and fulfill Your will for us. AMEN

MOBILE PHONE ETIQUETTE-OR SHOULD THERE BE ANY?

The answer is a firm YES!

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Rude mobile phone users are anywhere. Most people who are being impolite don’t even realize that they’re doing it. I would encourage mobile users to realize that the space they occupy when in public, is to be shared with others, not dominated upon.

The dangers some mobile phone users are placing on themselves and others, may be selfish or thoughtless.

The noise pollution that one has to endure while people are avoiding their responsibilities is growing.

By choice, I have resisted getting a mobile phone for many years because some of the things I have had to endure as a motorist, as a pedestrian, as a passenger on a train/tram or while entertaining dinner guests. Here are some reasons why.

When I have guests over for dinner and they have their mobile phones on the table and then answer it, I have to look at the tops of their heads, it stifles conversation and it’s disrespectful.

When I see pedestrians walking on the phone while trying to cross the road and holding motorists up, it’s annoying.

When I see young mothers pushing a pram, walking the dog and talking on the phone while walking on the footpath, it’s dangerous.

When I see others on public transport shouting into their mobile phones, it’s distracting.

When I see others talking into their mobile phones and I can hear their private conversations, it’s embarrassing.

When I see others multi tasking then dropping shopping, bags, papers or bumping into you, it’s disrespectful.

When in church and people are making business deals during the ceremony, its sheer tactless and blasphemous.

Who decides on the answering time for missed phone calls? I have friends who are stressed because they have to answer phone calls the same day.

Someone who asks you to turn your mobile phone down or off is in good faith, and you should comply in good faith. They have a reason for asking, and it’s probably not that they’re trying to dominate you or hassle you or restrict you.

It is not other people’s responsibility to cope with your mobile phone use, it is your responsibility to use your mobile phone inoffensively. The word “inoffensively” is not defined by what you expect others to tolerate.

If people don’t answer calls or emails on the same day could it be because they are busy or not feeling well? Could it be because they are prioritizing their work load and communications?

I’m not against mobile phones, but I say a healthy dose with respect for others, using discretion and balance, would make life easier for all. Following etiquette would give us more time for family and friends and improve our relationships  with others.

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Jesus calls for “kingdom behavior.” God is our ultimate host, and we, as hosts should behave as guests.

 

Parents and parenting-difficult but not impossible

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I see this happen all the time and it annoys me to no end. Parents asking their children 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 13 year olds to make decisions for them. eg, the house and furniture they buy, the school they will go to, the holidays they will go on, the restaurant they choose etc, etc.

I thought life was one of those things that you grew into, that parents have wisdom to draw from and guide and lead their children into what is good for them. That life experiences teach us valuable life lessons, that scars follow growth and change.

Consider this, a child wants to go to a particular school because his friends are going there, not considering educational or financial factors. Parents sacrificing financially to buy a house that’s in keeping with their child’s vision or commodities.  Parents giving into having a lavish birthday party with alcohol, amidst underage teenagers. Parents giving into Facebook/Mobile phone accounts when it’s not a necessity and the child is underage etc… etc..

As an educator, I have seen the aftermath of parents giving into these things. As a parent, I had to resist giving into some of these. I was told by my children that I was the worst parent. Well!!!!!!!!!!! How many parents had they had? ( one set of course). I figured that as a parent, I wasn’t meant to be their friend (not yet anyway, although my children and I are best friends now).

The important thing here is to remember, that because parents have given into their children’s whims, they run the risk of having spoilt children. Children who don’t adapt well. Children who have little resilience. Children who cannot regulate their feelings or emotions, children who cannot face challenges in life because they’re too hard. Children who are lazy, children who are not independent enough or self starters. I’m speaking from first hand experience here, all this can manifest in the child getting headaches, sore stomachs, children who cannot cope at school or at work in some cases, I have seen children as young as 5 year olds suffer from anxiety, depression and stress because school is too hard.

Mind you, I’m not trying to pick on parents here, because parenting is very testing but as an educator I can see the benefits of tough love. Setting boundaries and having consequences for not adhering to them, are important in establishing order and character.

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At the beginning of each school year the students and I formulate 3-4 goals/values for the smooth running of the classroom. We establish together, positive and negative consequences. The classroom has to be a fair and a happy environment to work in. Explicit teaching of the pros and cons and of the consequences are paramount.

This is not fail-proof, things don’t always work to plan, however, with routine and consistency and prayer I see a change in the students and standards rise as they aspire to be better.  I believe this is good psychology for parenting as well.

Discipline of children can be hard and sometimes seemingly unrewarding for a moment, but you eventually reap the rewards. After parenting two children and having spent many years in education myself, I can look back on the hardships and see the rewards that have come after, worth the effort.

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With some explicit teaching, children learn what they live:-

  • If the children see a parent praying they will learn to pray.
  • If the children see order they will learn to appreciate and aspire to it.
  • If a parent gives praise they will praise others.
  • If a parent shows respect they will learn to respect.
  • If a parent sees the glass as half full they will see life as too hard.
  • If a parent is hardworking and a go getter, they will go and get what they need.    There is no magic formula, what you put into the bucket is what you get in return.
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PSALM 23 – Explained

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEAT OF JESUS-Friday, 23rd June, 2017

The symbol of Jesus’ heart represents His great love for all mankind

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Lamb of God Latin: Agnus Deī [ˈaŋ.nʊs ˈde.iː]) is a title for Jesus that appears in the Gospel of John. It appears at John 1:29, where John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”Image result

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Psalm 23 Explained

The Lord is my shepherd –

That’s Relationship!

 I shall not want –

That’s Supply!

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures –

That’s Rest!

 He leadeth me beside the still waters –

That’s Refreshment!

 He restoreth my soul –

That’s Healing!

 He leadeth me in the path of righteousness –

That’s Guidance!

 For His name’s sake –

That’s Purpose!

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death –

That’s Testing!

 I will fear no evil –

That’s Protection!

 For Thou art with me –

That’s Faithfulness!

 Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me –

That’s Discipline!

 Thou preparest a table for me in front of my enemies –

That’s Hope!

 Thou anointest my head with oil –

That’s Consecration!

 My cup runneth over –

That’s Abundance!

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life –

That’s Blessing!

 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord –

That’s Security!

 Forever –

That’s Eternity!

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