Happiness Week

The comedian, and sometimes singer, Ken Dodd, sang about happiness: –

“Happiness, happiness,
The greatest gift that I possess,
I thank the Lord that I possess,
More than my share of happiness.”

And: –

If you are happy and you know it,
Clap your hands,
If you are happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
If you are happy and you know it,
And really want to show it,
If you are happy and you know it,
Clap your hands!

You get the idea.

If you are happy everyone around you will be happy. Happiness is contagious!

And when you are happy you will make other people happy and they will then make you happy because you made them happy!

This is happiness week. How many people are you going to make happy today?

Happiness

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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I said to the Man

I said to the Man who stood at the gate of the year,
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than the light and safer than a known way!”

(Minnie Louise Haskins)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Little Sins

“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” DEUTERONOMY 10:14

“But you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” GENESIS 2:17

What has man done to God’s wonderful world? A world He created to benefit living, With every provision for body and mind. How deep is His love, how gracious His giving! Yet man in his limited knowledge and power Has sought to be God. Destroying and tainting The intricate detail and balance created By wisdom and overall infinite planning.

It began in the garden with dissatisfaction Of all the provision that God had ordained. And has grown through the centuries, out of proportion As Satan has tempted, deceived and profaned. Man: always wanting what God has forbidden, Reaching out for the fruit of untouchable tree!

How can we rectify, correct the damage This world has suffered through man’s liberty? God gave us free will to choose our vocation, To accept His provision and live by His plan, Or go our own way in search of authority, Fortune and fame and the things that tempt man!

But this path is proving the world’s sad undoing, This path is leading to horrors unknown, And until man awakes from his slumber of sinning God’s wonderful world cannot be His true home! Because of His love for this world and its people, Made in His image, yet gone far astray, He offered His Son that the world be delivered And His people return to His perfect way.

Still in His mercy God gives us the choices To continue the path leading only to death, Or return to the One Who made full provision And acknowledge His Sovereignty o’er all the earth!

“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.”—Matt. 5:19.

A great many people are careful about breaking large commandments and committing grave sins, while they continually do little wrong things. They would not tell a direct lie for the world, but their speech is full of little falsehoods. They would not take money from the pocket or drawer of another, and yet they continually commit small thefts.

For example, the grocer by mistake gives them a little too much change, and they do not think of returning it. Through carelessness, the postage-stamp on a letter is left uncancelled, and they take it off and use it a second time.

They would not try to blacken a neighbour’s name or destroy his character, and yet they repeat to others the evil whispers about him which they have heard, and thus soil his reputation.

They would not swear or curse in the coarse way of the street, but they are continually using such words as “Gracious!” “Goodness!” “Mercy!” and other mild, timid substitutes for profane oaths.

They would not do flagrant acts of wickedness to disgrace themselves, but their lives are honeycombed with all manner of little meannesses, impurities, selfishnesses, and bad tempers. We need to remember that little disobediences bring one down to an inferior place in the kingdom of heaven. Little sins mar the beauty of the character. Then they are sure to grow.

Often, too, they are infinite in their consequences. The trickling leak in the dyke becomes a torrent, deluging vast plains. We ought never to indulge even the smallest faults or evil habits, but should aim always at perfection.

We ought to be satisfied with nothing less than perfection in character, and perfection is made up of small things.

(J R Miller)

The Power of Kindness

The year was 1863, on a spring day in Northern Pennsylvania. A poor boy was selling goods door-to-door to pay his way through school.

He realized he had only a dime left, and that he was hungry. So he decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.

She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation.

When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room, determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.

Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words: –

PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK
Dr Howard Kelly

*Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. 

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Our Faith Ministry

I have just created a special page for people who wish to make donations to help us expand our Ministry.
This is something completely new to us – and something that we have never done before – but I know that there are people ‘out there’ who would like to make a donation, however small, towards our ever increasing financial commitments in the expansion of our Ministry.
Our Donations page may be found at:-
We work as a Faith Ministry.
Much of our work is through Facebook messages and emails – very time consuming but also very rewarding as people ask us for all kinds of help that they are unable to receive from other sources.
Please help us to help them. A donation, whether large, or small, will enable us to help  an even greater number of people.
Thanking you, in advance, for all your love and support
God Bless
Geoffrey

 

 

On the Lighter Side

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his granny’s house.

 When Johnny received his plate, he started eating at once.

 “Johnny! Please wait until we say a prayer,” said his mother.

 “I don’t need to,” Johnny replied.

 “Of course you do,” his mother insisted.

 “We always say a prayer before eating in our house.”

 “That’s at our house,” Johnny explained. “But this is Granny’s house and she knows how to cook!”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Work of the Holy Spirit

My wife, Marlene, and I have a Faith Ministry.

This means that we have no regular source of income; we rely on God to help provide all our needs (Philippians 4: 19).

And through our absolute Faith and Trust in God we wait upon Him to open the minds and hearts of many people with whom we come into contact and who feel drawn towards giving us a freewill donation.

And if you would like to do so you can make a freewill offering to the Work of the Holy Spirit by going to:-

https://godsholyspiritdotnet.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/holy-spirit-donations/

At the moment our laptops are very old and both have seen better days. And, since nearly dying my poor old eyes find the laptop screen too small and tiring to look at.

Many years ago I used to have a desktop computer with a 21″ screen. I am now looking to find the money (or perhaps a blessed soul will donate one to us?) so that my eye strain will be a thing of the past and I know that I shall find it much easier to write my books using a large screen desktop computer.

I know that our Father God will bless you mightily in everything you say and in everything you do.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11: 1)

Your loving support of our Faith Ministry is incredibly important to us.

God Bless

Geoffrey