HAPPY MOTHER HAPPY BABY

The Duchess of Cambridge at Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-SchoolThe duchess appeared on the podcast after visiting children at a nursery in south London

The Duchess of Cambridge has said her parenting inspiration is her “amazing granny” who involved her as a child in arts and crafts, gardening and cooking. In her first podcast interview, she said she wants to replicate experiences with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The episode of Five Big Questions On The Under Fives is survey launched by Catherine starts debate on early childhood has 200,000 responses so far. Speaking on Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Catherine told author and host Giovanna Fletcher the survey aims to ask people “what is it that matters for them in raising their children today.” I had amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us,” she said. I incorporate lot of experiences she gave us at the time into experiences I give my children now.” The duchess said her priorities include providing her children with a “happy home” and “safe environment” she enjoyed as a child. So she is “passionate” about the children spending a lot of time outside is “great for physical and mental wellbeing to lay foundations for a healthy development. The Duchess of Cambridge and Giovanna FletcherIt is the first timeIt’s a great environment to spend time in, building quality relationship without distraction of ‘I’ve got to cook’ or ‘I’ve got to do this’. And actually, it’s so simple,” she said. A generational change starts from seeds sown in early years throughout family. Even if not ‘highly educated,’ one can invest time and resources in simple way to help children to be happy. Its possible to help children to progress beyond the parents by preparing them in the early years. Choices and priorities of focus to include learning materials from nature found free outdoors on walks to create opportunities for children. So it is the responsibility of the parents to help the children early not to depend entirely on schools for all learning experiences in life. A month-long online poll conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Catherine’s Royal Foundation is to “spark a national conversation” on early childhood as the Kensington Palace has said. Launched in January, it is thought to be the biggest survey of its kind and the results are intended to guide duchess’ future work.The Duchess of Cambridge and Giovanna FletcherIt is the first time the duchess has been interviewed on a podcast. “It’s going to take a long time, I’m talking about a generational change, but hopefully is a first small step: to start a conversation around importance of early childhood development,” Catherine said. “It’s not just about happy, healthy children. This has lifelong consequences of outcomes.” Ms Fletcher, married to Tom Fletcher from McFly has said Kate is “passionate” about the subject. Its ‘beyond wonderful to sit and talk further about the survey, and her work for she has so much real knowledge, and her own experiences of being a mother.” “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, or where you come from we’re all try to do our best with our children while continuously learning from decisions and wondering if we get it right. Talking helps unite us all,” she said on the ‘five big questions.’The Duchess of Cambridge at Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-School1. What do you believe is most important for children growing up in UK today to live a happy adult life? Rank from most important to least important:

  • Good physical and mental health
  • Good friendships & relationships
  • Access to opportunities
  • Access to a good education

2. Which of these statements is closest to your opinion?

  • It is primarily the responsibility of parents to give children aged 0-5 best chance of health & happiness
  • Primarily responsibility of others in society to give children aged 0-5 best chance of health & happiness
  • Shared responsibility of parents or others in society to give children aged 0-5 best chance of health and happiness
  • Don’t know

3. How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? Mental health or wellbeing of parents, carers has a great impact on development of child(ren).

  • Strongly agree
  • Tend to agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Tend to disagree
  • Strongly disagree

4. Which of the following is closest to your opinion of what influences how children develop from the start of pregnancy to age five?

  • Traits child is born with (nature)
  • Experiences of a child in the early years (i.e. nurture)
  • Both nature and nurture equally
  • Don’t know

5. Which period of a child and young person’s life do you think is the most important for health and happiness in adulthood?

  • Start of pregnancy to five years
  • 5-11 years (primary school)
  • 11-16 years (secondary school)
  • 16-18 years (further education)
  • 18-24 years (young adulthood)
  • Don’t know
  • All equally important

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    12 February 2020
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    6 February 2020 

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DEALING WITH LONELINESS

wp-1578499253965.jpgI lifted my windshield wiper to retrieve a frozen pink rose on a cold Valentine’s Day years ago. A freshman in college, I stopped by my car to eat a snack after a morning class. And excitedly wondered who sent me this surprise as my heart pounded in anticipation. Starting up the engine for warmth, I rubbed my palms together and opened the attached card. The rose was from my mother and her words in the card is kind, encouraging, so why did I still feel empty inside? The truth is, I wished the rose was from a secret admirer. A young man, not my mother. My last date spaced far after a previous one I longed for romance to fill me up. My loneliness combined into a frustrating mixture like a cup with no bottom. No matter what I put inside the cup, I didn’t feel full. Roses, chocolates, books, TV shows, fantasies relationships couldn’t fill it. Loneliness seemed to be the only thing filling a bottomless space, and I am weary of its constant haunting presence. My parents divorced when I was 4 years old, the day my daddy left was a day loneliness took up permanent residence in my heart and mind; though I wished it will go away I had no power to push it out the door loneliness lingers on every time I crave love and attention from people’s love its in short supply.wp-1578512659626.jpgIn high school, I developed resentment over flowers and gifts I saw lined up in the cafeteria every February 14. None of them were for me. I believed the devil’s whispered lie, None of them will ever be for you. You’ll always be lonely. About 15 years after that frozen-rose morning, I sat in a counselor’s office. Listening to my stories of constant loneliness, he said, “Relationships are very important to you, aren’t they?” It was his simple, judgment-free question that became a pivotal point in my spiritual journey. A few days after counseling session, God nudged me with a new idea: Perhaps its relationships too important to me yet I was a wife, mother of three and a friend to many, I still felt lonely. God showed me truth to learn from HIS Word: “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people” says Psalm 118:8. For far too long, I looked to people to fill me up. My husband, children, best friend, small group companions couldn’t remove my loneliness. They were never designed to completely fill my needs and I realized only God could is my refuge so my safe place and my salvation.wp-1577904684292.jpgThough people are wonderful, they are not infinite so are not always available when we need them, and none of them provide perfect understanding. God is infinite Revelation 1:8, everpresent says Deuteronomy 31:6 and all-knowing says 1 Chronicles 28:9. As we study His ways, we learn God is ready, able and willing to fill us with HIS LOVE. We learn this best by hiding in HIS place of refuge so the more time I spent in God’s presence, the less I depended on relationships to meet all my needs. My time with loved ones became bonuses on top of loving intimacy I enjoyed with Jesus. No longer required evident proof of a human love on Valentine’s Day or any other day. God is our refuge in lonely times and more than enough proof He loves us. Yet some inherit loneliness from mothers Angel KissiAngel Kissi says she has struggled with loneliness since she a child so do we inherit loneliness from our parents in the same way we inherit our hair and eye colour? Two women explain how loneliness played a part in their lives and how it relates to their parents and children. “Loneliness is constant. No matter where I am, it just doesn’t go away. It’s like you can feel it in your bones, this deep feeling of wanting to fit in and wanting to be around people you know and love, but you can’t. “I do think I inherited it. It’s kind of been passed on to me. Angel Kissi and her mum Hayley, struggle with anxiety, depression and loneliness. Her mum’s spark by severe post-natal depression in Angel, it started when she was a child. “My family stood out in Peterborough. Everyone knew who we were because we look different. I’m tall and mixed race and I stood out,” says the 20-year-old. “When I went to university, things were good but I still felt like I didn’t fit in. I thought moving to London would change it but it didn’t. “I felt like I was quiet and awkward. I struggled to connect with people, make friends straight away. Some go out for drinks after class, I was never invited. I felt like I was doing something wrong. I stopped going to lectures, get up, ready to go and go back to bed. I avoid going to shared areas of my flat, I shut myself away and isolated myself. I went into the loneliness and let it take over.”Angel and HayleyHayley struggle with anxiety depression and loneliness after Angel was born. So unable to cope, Angel left the university before first year was over. She felt a strong desire to go home and be close to her mum rented a room close-by. “It’s good we don’t live together because we bring each other up, down all the time. She helped me with some aspects of my mental health but at times I didn’t want to speak to her because I didn’t want to make her worse. “If she was different, I will be different. I don’t blame her at all, she didn’t choose to be like this, it’s not her fault. It’s something I have got from her. Personality traits or attitudes I’ve learnt from her without meaning to.”Angel Kissi struggled with loneliness from a young age According to Age UK, loneliness is defined as feeling a lack of affection, closeness or social interaction with others.The charity Mind says it is not a mental health issue but research says its associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and stress triggered by major life events of bereavement, relationship break-ups or retirement, changing jobs and moving. Dr Rebecca Nowland, who researched the subject of loneliness said it can be passed down in families. “I don’t think we will find a gene for loneliness but it’s response to an experience of loneliness that may be genetic,” she said. “There is a number of studies that loneliness is hereditary so runs in families and there might be associations between parent’s loneliness and a child’s loneliness. The parented who has been in a lonely state for some time might transmit some of the negative feelings of negativity might be happening than their experience of loneliness itself.”Kirsty and sonKirsty McGrath fears passing feelings of loneliness to her children. Kirsty McGrath thinks loneliness was problem for her after her son was born five years ago. She tried going to mother and baby groups to make new friends but a struggle to organise play dates so found herself increasingly isolated. Although her husband supports her in evening, she finds daytimes difficult because she is alone and has no-one to talk to. The 33-year-old teacher, lives in Eltham, south London says she is worried of not being able to socialise her children will have an effect on them. She might pass own feelings of loneliness, described as a “grey cloud.“I am paranoid of passing it on to the kids, I wouldn’t be surprised if I did. I am aware of so I want them to feel comfortable around others and not feel like they don’t fit in. “My son came home from school and said to me he did not have friends and he hasn’t played with anyone. I’m worried he is like this because of me didn’t put him in enough social situations to know how to mix with others.” Loneliness is the common experience among new parents finding groups with shared interests to focus on new parenting skill way to cope says Dr Nowland. Dr Faruq Fazal a GP worked in mental health services on loneliness sats people lack a support network and believes teaching coping skills in school could help. “Nobody really teaches you how to cope through life’s challenges. For those suffering from loneliness, it’s not just about physically having people around you, it’s when you feel you’re not able to talk to people and you don’t have any emotional support,” he says. “I see people don’t have a support network so their coping strategy is gone.” Do not isolate yourself from family or friends.Child and parent holding handsExperts say parents may transmit their feelings to their children. Mind suggests a number of ways to manage loneliness, includes peer support talking therapies. Dr Nowland says seeking professional advice can help those stuck in a cycle of behaviour brought about by loneliness. “Loneliness leaves you with emotional feeling quite painful and distressing. If someone is lonely and they felt it for a long time but realising it’s not ok helps overcome developed negative thought patterns. “You need help with cognitive behaviour therapy to help you think and reframe things.” Angel’s counselling helped with anxiety but not helped with her feelings of loneliness. She returned to university but decided to focus on her mental health, work, and learning to drive. “Loneliness is different from anxiety and it’s different from not being able to make friends,” she says. “Anxiety isolates but loneliness felt at university separate from people in your own little world. “I’m in a relationship and close to my family but loneliness is still there. Overall, things improve a lot, but I don’t know if it’s ever going to go.” A Mayor inundated with lonely citizens appoints specialist councillor says, ‘Bureaucracy dehumanises so we are becoming living robots,’ is mayor of a small Italian town.Antonella Argenti, mayor of Villa del Conte in the Veneto region.The mayor of a small town in northern Italy appointed a loneliness councillor being overwhelmed by citizens calling to discuss their problems. So Antonella Argenti elected mayor of Villa del Conte, town of 5,400 people in Veneto region, in May last year noted some inhabitants struggling to cope “You wouldn’t believe it,” she told La Stampa. “In the first few months of my mandate, so many people came to see me. All, young, old, wo/men, complained about problems of the same type of loneliness, the lack of a support network. “Alone with phone take care of bills talk to the automated switchboard refers you to yet other recorded voices. Relationships are missing. Bureaucracy dehumanise all becoming living robots. The Pescueza village in Spain with 130 people with two thirds over 65 years old is adapted to care and provide for their needs. Rails attached to walls to hold on to while walking out and about, slipfree floor to ensure the don’t slip and fall. Its said they are given phones to press red button for emergency needs urgently attended to. They are fed, their clothes are washed for them and transport sent to those who find walking challenging. They have a daycentre where they meet to socialise and a gym tailored to their needs to exercise daily. 20200215_113722

Lord, thank You for never abandoning me in my lonely times. I confess I have tried too hard to fill up my lonely spaces with relationships or things that can never fill me up. Remind me when I hide away in my safe place with You, I will experience Your perfect peace. Meet me in my loneliness with Your loving presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:

Psalm 118:8-9 Its better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people so put your CONFIDENCE IN GOD.

Jeremiah 17:5-8, Thus says the LORD God, Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength so he heart departs from the LORD God.

Psalm 59:17, “O God my Strength, to you I sing praises, O God, my refuge, shows me unfailing love”

Psalm 142:5, “I pray to you, O LORD. I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life above all things”

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PEOPLE TACKLING POVERTY

Micah Lammie sitting in car

Photo exhibition showcases the people tackling the impact of poverty in 21st Century Britain. The focus of the new exhibition showcases those trying to help their struggling neighbours. And four people making a difference in their communities explain how they became involved.

‘I want to be a spark in the plug’


Micah Lammie says he learned from everyone in his community

Battersea and Brixton helped shape Micah Lammie into the man he is today, so now he is repaying the debt. “Life was difficult as a kid from a one-parent family,” the 30-year-old said. “I was defiant and in a lot of trouble at school. It takes a village to raise a child so I didn’t just learn from my parents, I learned from everyone in community. “Those are things I want to continue on, raising our next generation.” He initially found work in call centres then a chance encounter at a funeral with Brixton Soup Kitchen founder Solomon Smith gave him his true calling.Micah Lammie close upA chance meeting saw him end up at the Brixton Soup Kitchen. “I’ve known Solomon from back in the day,” Micah said. “I asked to get involved and I’ve never looked back.”Now he is the centre manager of the service which offers food and legal advice to rough sleepers and the community. “It’s a safe haven for misunderstood people. Everything starts somewhere, there’s been ups and downs but we’re helping people. I want to be a spark in the plug, I won’t change the world but I’ll invest in a person who will.”Micah Lammie at workMicah is now its centre manager

‘I knew hunger’

After having experienced her own financial struggles, Mary Brennan saw her neighbours in Cross Green, Leeds, were also facing difficulties. “I knew hunger and poverty,” the 68-year-old said.Mary Brennan

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“It used to be just families round here, then landlords started bedding seven people in four-bedroom terraced houses. I noticed they were hungry.”Cross GreenImage copyrightJILLIAN EDELSTEIN

Image captionShe settled in Cross Green, where she witnessed the struggles of her neighbours

So she helped set up Community Unity, a neighbourhood group that runs a lunch club at St Hilda’s Church and created a garden on a disused railway bridge where the community can pick their own food.”We don’t have many facilities round here, no shop where you can buy fresh food and [there’s] terrible problems with transport,” she added.

‘If you’re poor, you can’t afford ideas’Steve Arnott

Steve Arnott says hip-hop has always been his love

Poverty can be a barrier to creativity because people can’t afford either the money or time to do it, according to Steve Arnott. The 44-year-old from Hull said hip-hop helped him through a tough childhood and he saw how it could do the same for others. “Hip-hop has always been my love,” he said. “There were local workshops which weren’t getting many kids because families couldn’t afford the fares into town. “I had idea of taking it to them.”Beats BusThe workshops were aimed at helping children in the community. In 2017, his hometown was the UK City of Culture, so he launched the Beats Bus – a mobile recording studio which he takes into the communities to attract youngsters eager to learn more about hip-hop, DJing, break-dancing and graffiti art. “If you’re poor, you can’t afford the time to create ideas,” Steve said. “The Beats Bus is trying to change that, bringing free studio time to talented kids.”Close up showing tattoo of microphone on Steve's lower armSteve has a tattoo of a microphone on his forearm.

‘There’s no shame in being poor through no fault of your own’

The issues blighting the Sholes area of Wigan are being tackled by Barbara Nettleton. She previously spearheaded a residents’ association to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve services, before taking over the running of the Sunshine House community centre. The site opened in 2005, runs art groups and youth projects with a view to helping people find work. It also operates three shops in the area offering necessities including second-hand clothes and prams, toys and baby clothes.Barbara Nettleton covers her faceBarbara Nettleton was a bit shy about being photographed. “When the mines, steelworks and mills closed years ago, it took the apprenticeships away, broke families and industrial areas like ours,” Barbara said. There is no shame in being poor when you work hard all your life and end up poor. God judges a nation by how it treats the poor in the society. Jesus said, in Matthew 25:40-46 whoever cares for the poor by feeding them, gives them water to drink or had provided shelter for the “least of these” receives JESUS. The poor are priceless in God’s sight because HE created them in HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS. Bible says value of material possessions is not true measure of quality of human life in God’s sight as mankind thinks. Its loving care and fair share of all the resources provided by God as Marslow hierarchy shows God counts towards eternal life.Greg and MarieThis homeless couple moved in with a millionaire in America. The homeless couple moved in with the millionaire after living on California’s streets for 20 years Greg and Marie invited to stay in the home of the millionaire. The local businessman asked if they wanted to share his $4m home. A year later other rich neighbours complain so call police tells us about homelessness crisis in the Western countries. Luke 16 says a rich man enjoyed all great wealth on earth but ended in hell for abuse of the poor Lazarus who went into heaven and is comforted by Abraham. So God judges mankind by how HIS RESOURCES are shared on this earth. Gospel of Matthew 25, 34-46 34 says, KING of Kings “Jesus will say to those on His right, ‘Come in, you who are blessed by my Father God because you the fed poor and you clothe them by your kindness, you did it to me so enter heaven. You didn’t do it to show off to get praise of people but you did it genuinely from kibdness of your heart to help those who are worse off than you. 

Produced by Hannah Long-Higgins, Chelsea Bailey and Cody Godwin; edited by Hannah Long-Higgins.

The film is part of the BBC’s Crossing Divides season and a collaboration with the San Francisco Chronicle. Read Otis Taylor Jr’s column on Greg and Marie.

Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and created by photographer Jillian Edelstein and investigative journalist Stephen Armstrong. It will be at Borough Market, London, from 20 February to 8 March.

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    6 September 2016
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    1 August 2016 

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BIBLICAL ENDTIME PLAGUES

20200208_141358The Bible talks of pandemic plagues and diseases causing sicknesses written to cause people to become aware of unfolding prophecies foretold. Various outbreaks of pandemic diseases, such as Ebola or coronavirus prompted many to ask why God allows or causes pandemic diseases or illnesses as the signs of end times. In the Old Testament it describes numerous occasions when God brought plagues, diseases on HIS people or HIS enemies “to make you see MY POWER” in Exodus 9:14, 16. God used plagues on Egypt to force Pharaoh to free Israelites from bondage but HE spared His people from effects on them in Exodus 12:13; 15:26. God has Sovereign  control over diseases and afflictions so warns people of consequences of any disobedience by plagues in Leviticus 26:21,25. Twice God destroyed 14,700 and 24,000 people for disobedience in Numbers 16:49 & 25:9. After the Mosaic Law God commands the people to obey or suffer many evils, including plagues like Ebola: “The LORD will strike with wasting disease of fever inflammation plague until perished” in Deuteronomy 28:22 is a few example of the many plagues, diseases God caused.GL-MAP-locust-v2downloadfile-9 20200208_103442

It’s hard to imagine how a LOVING and MERCIFUL God displayis wrath or anger towards His people. God’s punishments always have the goal of repentance and restoration. In 2 Chronicles 7:13–14, God said to Solomon, “I shut up the heavens so there is no rain and command locusts to devour the land. I send plague among MY people so if MY people called by MY name humble themselves and pray and seek MY face and turn from the wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Here we see God using disaster to draw His people to Himself and to bring about repentance and desire to come to Him as children to the heavenly Father.20200208_1332251-s2.0-S0022191011002964-gr15

Bible in New Testament says, Jesus healed “every disease and sickness,” as well as plagues in the areas He visited in Matthew 9:35; 10:1; Mark 3:10. Just as God chose to use plagues and disease to show HIS  POWER to the Israelites, Jesus healed exhibiting the same POWER to us to verify He is TRULY the Son of God. He gave the same healing POWER to His disciples to verify their ministry in Luke 9:1. So God allows sickness for HIS own purposes but sometimes disease and a worldwide pandemic are simply results of living in a fallen world. There is no way to determine if or not a pandemic has a specific spiritual cause. But we do know God has sovereign control over all things in Romans 11:36 and so will work all things together for good of those who know and love Him says Romans 8:28.20200208_15205720200208_143022Spread of sicknesses like coronavirus is foretaste of pandemics that will be part of end times. Jesus referred to a future of plagues associated with the last days in Luke 21:11. And the two witnesses of Revelation 11 will have power “to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want” in Revelation 11:6. Seven angels will wield seven plagues in God’s series of a final severe judgments described in Revelation 16 in the Bible.20200208_15352920200208_17044220200208_170922The appearance of pandemic diseases may or may not be tied to God’s specific judgment of sin. It could simply be the result of living in a fallen world. Since no one knows the time of Jesus’ return, we must be careful about saying global pandemics are proof that we are living in the end times. For those who do not know Jesus Christ as the Saviour disease should be a reminder life on this earth is tenuous so can be lost at any moment. As bad as plague pandemics are hell is worse. Christians have the assurance of salvation and hope of eternity because of the Blood of Christ shed on the Cross in Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21. You may be aware few years ago in London a high number of people dropped dead like flys dying from plagues, or foot and mouth disease and the salmonella food poisoning. So race was on to save those in intensive care to stop raising death toll. It was crucial to locate the source of the contamination etc. finally traced to exclusive restaurant owned by popular well known celebrity chef. After several months up to a year cause was difficult to pinpoint, the restaurant was spotless from bottom to top. Finally discovered it is Clams sea creature served there was source contaminated with human waste excrement poured into the sea. Certain types of sea, land creatures like catfish, prawns, pigs, rabbits, birds, etc. are the scavenger nature’s waste bin.10032890-3x2-700x46720199114837294SABats_Bracken 20200208_171326They are not created to be eaten; their purposes is similar to vultures or flies created solely to do cleaning up to get rid of nature’s waste on planet. Those located in the sea work on bottom of the sea to gobble up dead things etc. So land counterparts do the same performance on land some eat their own dead babies. Be alert to ensure food cooked properly to avoid raw sea food unless you know source. Disregarding God’s specification clarifying HIS law on what is suitable or not suitable to consume often can cause pain and suffering not solely for those indulging in such acts but can spread to those whom are not. Due to spreading of diseases from affected animal every now and then outbreaks like in China happens around the world. Avoid eating some of the creatures forbidden by God consumed by man as delicious to eat. So take time to listen to information on you tube messages on creatures like infected monkeys eaten causing Ebola or bats in China spreading Corona virus. Locusts in Saudi Arabia during Hajj, bats in Las Vegas and now Australia after the fires.

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HOPE THRU VALENTINE TIME

wp-1580499421456.jpgValentine time brings joy for married and single lovers celebrating love life but its also one of the saddest times for some people struggling in relationships.  It is often said festive seasons can affect people’s love life causing rift or damage. In such times is necessary to have hope and first count all your blessings despite adversity going through. It will surprise what the LORD has done in your life so thank God and be grateful for your life. 20200206_121949Write down good times in your life you felt most happy within yourself and felt good about yourself. What made you so happy and content you felt life is good and wonderful? When you felt happy can you recall how you celebrated those times. Did your happiness last long or did you self sabotage by indulgence that ruined the moment and you regret loss?20200206_122049How did you bounce back in the past when you felt hopeless and thought all was lost? What did you do to pick yourself up to start all over again? Did you learn from your experience to grow wiser or repeated same problems over and over again although you vowed never again! What changed inside your heart, mind, feelings and emotions about yourself? 20200206_122332Are you honest with yourself in all your choices or decision making to think of a good outcome for yourself first so to be able to stay strong without compromise. We are not talking about the “love tank” syndrome of shifting responsibilities of your life to be “filled” by another person all the time. It is impossible, unrealistic to expect your life to be lived through a person demanding same from you void of fulfilled genuine love and affection. wp-1580750543586.jpgTina Turner song says what has love got to do with it?  To expect love life to face no challenges and no uphill struggles is delusion causing pain of dissatisfaction. Life is tough so demanding perfection in a relationship of two people adjusting in a couple’s life is insanity driving people crazy. There is no such thing as perfect families though grass seems greener it’s a different story on a closer look. IMG-20200206-WA0007Changing circumstances in relationship can be shocking so cause anger, hatred bitterness and disappointment because if unmet needs or expectations. Its good to know NO SINGLE INDIVIDUAL is able to fulfil your entire life exclusively. This is why no wo/man is an island everyone in your life is put there by God for these reason to build you up and to encourage you. Do not cut yourself off from family or loved ones in the name of love it is a coercive controlling behaviour abuse.wp-1580750500770.jpgRecall the good times of personal joy of things you DID BY YOURSELF and made your life happy and feel fulfilled. Loving yourself FIRST is a command: Going for walk, read a book, listening to favourite music, write a story, visit, invite friends over, don’t isolate yourself. Meet up in a public place with friends, swim go for massage in reputable place, do not wait for people to validate or tell you what to do. Do not think a damaged relationship means your life is destroyed beyond the repair of your circumstances. Although you may feel sad, recall past times you overcame and recovered your life. You seem better than before so what doesn’t kill you makes you STRONGER and WISER. Avoid repeating mistakes to lose precious time, waste money to miss friends, family, lose houses and lands, family but remember Creator God owns people not you. God restores a hundred times the loses in life and in life after no matter how wonderful your love life is you will account to God for your life, abilities, gifts, skills, God given talents. Its God who gives POWER  to get wealth to eat is a gift from God so look to God your maker your Source of life. Don’t put anyone on a pedestal above God in your life. Celebrate the people in life in your life and remember to celebrate yourself too. Do not abandon your life to be controlled by anyone its not love, its coercive abuse Stockholm syndrome.

IS MEGHAN RACISM VICTIM?

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Reported deliberately left behind old clothes in storage in Canada despite the intention to become British citizen after marriage. Without clothes to wear was given the chance to order clothes and it became clear as reported in news a ploy to buy the similar clothes to copy Diana. Images shown quickly amounted to the plans to accumulate expensive clothes imitating Diana impressed son to fall in love allegedly. Back into old clothes seen again strategy worked refusal to wear tights, hats, black nail varnish negative attention “racism” to justify leaving UK. As a picture speaks thousand words the real intentions reported by newspapers then revealed the plans set up all along. wp-1580499286808.jpgwp-1580506607825.jpgwp-1580506691734.jpg20200208_181713wp-1580563965874.jpgwp-1580513649728.jpgwp-1580513632101.jpg20200208_18184720200208_181809

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wp-1580499009941.jpg20200204_18204120200204_181919People who paid for Wimbledon seats to get up seats emptied at the request of a security order of Meghan and nobody is allowed to take selfies near her at the public stadium during a tennis match in UK. This action upset lots of people who look up to the royals as role models not self-centred attention seeking in public. People are not allowed to wear a hat to block view of others behind but she put a hat on as usual breaks protocol rules.

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wp-1580499906284.jpgwp-1580499353869.jpgwp-1580500114034.jpgwp-1580500164843.jpgwp-1580499336732.jpgwp-1580499322134.jpgIMG-20200212-WA001520200207_16202020200209_010814wp-1580499961923.jpgwp-1580499945966.jpgAchievements mean nothing in life if a person self indulges, self centred, selfish rude to majesty bamboozled by lies says will have birthday at home but fly many private jet flights. Said baby to be born at home so money spent though warned against it by expert doctors ends up at a private hospital. The baby detail secrets create suspicion hiding surrogate birth? The listed 10 commandments of privacy asking neighbours don’t talk, touch, ask, go near them etc people obeyed isolated so themselves. But moan nobody asks if OK. Pregnancy announced on Eugene’s wedding day at the family meal, megxit announced on Kate’s birthday, hands on the stomach 300 days till birth hands on hair. Royals holding hands in public not allowed, insults royal family publicly on TV washing her dirty linen in public. So sues British press, demands progressive financial independent using royal titles of “toxic” family she does not child to be raised in although none sees their baby. Insults and sues the media by her rules against the 1000 year established royal family contract existing over 100 years. Fixated newspapers and media exposes their shenanigans trying to throw wool over British people’s eyes. Told queen St George church smells so wants to spray perfume during their wedding. Wanted red carpet treatment like a celebrity of Hollywood. She wants painful memory scandal crown of Russian family killed as abandoned by Britain to embarrass them but queen shuts down spoilt brat behaviour of what ‘she wants she gets’ refused so she gets what she is given. Lobbied to endorse product advertised with royal name to eat cake and have it it but despises royal duty list on you tube. Lies press chases her like Diana killed by drunk driver and the French press. Rejects royal protocol on duty as member of royal family, insults British stiff upper lip. Refused to go to Balmoral saying baby too young to travel but flew with baby yet refused to visit the queen even Prime Minusters visit. Refused to join family at Christmas and took away Harry loved bombed from his brother, family and UK people. Preaches climate change but flies more than necessary with the high carbon footprints. Threw out all staff of listed property and took whole house, stopped them using a carpark, built extensively on the listed property outdoor kitchen without planning permission. 5 million total for home not good enough to live in anymore. Diary plan ensuref queen absent at son’s christening as thinks a minor royal. Wakes her staff at 5am to give orders non stop during day but the working day from 9am to 5pm. Rejects security advise so swamped in a market security steps in to remove her. Royals are not allowed to earn an extra money alongside the money given them but got contract from Disney to do voice overs she did a conflict of interest. Took Harry from military duty to red carpet Disney event to ask for work said “this is why we are here.” Rate of spending spree on clothes so high engagement dress alone £80,000, maternity to Morocco £98,000+ queen stopped high costs before royals get bankrupted. Refused to wear a dress in the royal box so royal paranoia won’t allow anyone near her at tennis cleared viewers sat in a public domain with her guests from US so her security told off a man taking selfie. Pharrel and Beyonce told, “British don’t make her life easy yet taxpayers paid for £50 million wedding including security. Private jets £500,000 baby showers not allowed in this Royal family in austerity Britain. Seven staff members resigned in 18 months for no consideration for others. Abandons her father, siblings, family, friends over 30 years except her mother. Claims “toxic” “racist” ‘suffocating’ family hates son due to racism but holds on to their title, “internationally protected person” funding for 24 hour security but wants “financially independence.” And gets millions from royal family for pocket money. Don’t gain whole world and lose soul. Foresight could have set up better plans. Coincident birthday is 4th August of Queen mother, dogs corgies, so which of all these actions people see through are racism?

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Articles rebloged from the public domain and are views and opinions of various people. ‘Meghan can’t have it all’ says Royal author Anna Pasternak who warns the Duchess must realise she can’t live ‘like an A-lister’ while enjoying privileges of her role in the Royal family. So insists it’s crucial to the monarchy to respect, value, honour the queen and nation as a whole. Do you think these views are fair and accurate? What do you think about these comments?

TACKLING DIFFICULT PEOPLE

wp-1578833977605.jpgQuestion: “What does Bible say about dealing with difficult people?”

Answer: We all know people we find so “difficult”and deal with difficult people. A difficult person is very condescending argumentative, belligerent, selfish, and flippant, obtuse, simply rude. Difficult people “push one’s buttons” and stir up trouble. Dealing with difficult people is an exercise in patience, love, and grace. Response to difficult people from Jesus’ interactions He never displayed attitude of harsh superiority or dismissive pride. He showed His authority under control to rebuke when necessary in John 8:47 to deal with the difficult people, remain silent in John 8:6 when asked questions in Mark 11:28–29 in Scripture in Mark 10:2–3 tells story in Luke 7:40–42. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus dealt with difficult people in love and humility: “I tell you: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you pray for all who mistreat you.wp-1578834206139.jpg If someone strikes you on a cheek turn the other. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to who asks you, if anyone takes what belongs to you don’t demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you” in Luke 6:27–31. Never give tit for tat: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult repay evil with blessing, for this you were called inherit blessing” in 1 Peter 3:9. In dealing with difficult people guard against pride.wp-1578834096919.jpg Its important to recall advise given by apostle Paul in Romans 12:3: “By grace of God I say to you don’t think too highly of yourself. Think of yourself with the humility by faith God has given you” in Philippians 2:3–4. When difficult people approach you deal with the situation in meekness. Love is the key to “Love your neighbour as yourself” in Galatians 5:14 to show God’s love to all difficult people. Wisdom is needed to deal with difficult people. In Proverbs 12:16 patience is the key to such relationships: “A fool shows his annoyance at once but the prudent man overlooks insult.” Proverbs 20:3 says peace-making of honour to avoid strife but fools quickly quarrel.”wp-1578834341622.jpg Proverbs 10:12, encourages giving love, “Hatred stirs up conflict but love covers all wrongs.” Proverbs 17:14 is foresight on “Starting quarrel like breaching dam as disputes breaks out” Best to avoid the situation altogether choosing carefully whom we associate with: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered” in Proverbs 22:24. Dealing with difficult people in life is unavoidable but do not respond in the flesh to bring out worst in you. Deal with difficult people by the fruit of Spirit in us in Galatians 5:22–23.wp-1578834322634.jpg By the grace of God, deal with difficult people in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Extend love, grace, and mercy God extends to us, careful not to be difficult people ourselves. 2 Timothy 3 says in the last days the perilous times shall come. People will be lovers of  self, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful and ungrateful. 4 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, fierce, despisers of those who are good traitors, 5 heady, highminded lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; wp-1578833839523.jpgHaving a form of Godliness, but deny HIS power from such turn away. 6 This sort creep into houses and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth. 8 As Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses they resist truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 They will proceed no further their folly manifests to all 10 Know God’s doctrine for life’s purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, love, forgive like Jesus.wp-1578833896562.jpg9 They will proceed no further 11 So endure persecutions afflictions for the LORD delivers out of all. 12 Live Godly life in Christ Jesus despite persecution. 13 Evil people and seducers get worse deceiving and deceived 14 Continue in the things you learn and know 15 From childhood. You know Holy Scriptures to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God is profitable doctrine for correction and instruction in righteousness 17 so the people of God perfectly furnished to do good works.

Recommended Resource: Who’s Pushing Your Buttons? Handling the Difficult People in Your Life by Dr. John Townsend

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