WE WILL ALL MEET AGAIN

The Queen’s royal speech addressed the nation with a message titled, “we will meet again” to tell people life goes on despite Covid-19. The Palace  stressed unity and giving thanks to the frontline workers so the broadcast is designed to reassure and inspire all people, in times like this. People across the UK gathered to watch the Queen’s address. But most of all the recast of coronavirus crisis is a defining moment for all nations forever in efforts to save vulnerable lives. NHS staff under enormous pressure to work without PPE adequate equipment. With Second World War metaphors around at the moment, the Queen remembers by a direct reference to her first radio broadcast in 1940. Then, Queen a young princess and her sister Margaret spoke to the children who were evacuated.

The Queen: “We will be with our friends again we will be with our families again we will meet again.” Reminds of times of innocence of childhood and sacrifices earlier generation of a long perspective on Britain’s history. Echoes of a struggle of the 1940s defined Britain’s self-image, through broadcast. Winston Churchill said, after fall of France in 1940, after a thousand years Britons say, “still finest hour.” The Queen says history will judge the nation and “those that come after us will say Britons of this generation are as strong as any.” “Life of who we are isn’t part of our past,” “it defines our present and our future.” The Queen celebrated communal feeling existing today by an  applause for care and essential workers. She said, “expression of our national spirit” and “symbols of rainbows drawn by children” displayed on the windows share hope in perilous times. The talk of peaceful national traits, “self-discipline” “quiet, good-humoured resolve” “fellow-feeling” of common good of the nation.Prince CharlesThe Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, spent seven days in isolation on testing positive for coronavirus. The queen’s speech is about collective effort to help each other. “Together we are tackling a disease,” she said. “If we remain united and resolute, we will overcome it.” “We will succeed,” she insisted, “and success belongs to each and every one of us.” So was time for some great-grandmotherly wisdom occupying often lonely position, offered her thoughts to all alone in self-isolation. In UK, almost all front pages carry photograph of Queen, delivering address to nation from Windsor Castle.A family watching the Queen's coronavirus speech on TVA family in Hampshire watched Queen’s TV address on coronavirus outbreak as The Daily Mirror and the Sun pick out the same message for headlines: “We will meet again.” For the Daily Mail, the historic address evoked the memories of Vera Lynn and “Britain’s Blitz spirit.” Thd Guardian’s sketch writer John Crace says monarch’s address is  “clear moral leadership” many political leaders have failed to provide in the current crisis. It is only a certain amount of head of state who can speak in times like these but a reference to the government’s efforts to tackle the outbreak is notably absent. It is important to support each other and to pray for prime minister in hospital with the Corona virus.A family watching the Queen's coronavirus speech on TVThe Queen’s speech encourages people to seek God, if a believer pray, meditate or non believer reflect. God’s earth faces things happening globally affects as the Bible in Isaiah 24 says apocalyptic event will happen to whole earth. 1. The LORD God makes earth empty to waste it. God distort plans of earth scatter inhabitants abroad. 2. Cataclysmic events shakes the people priests, servants, masters, maids, mistress, buyer, seller, lender, borrower creditor, debtor 3 The land is so empty its plundered as the LORD’s said. 4 The earth mourns, languishes and haughty proud panic. 5. The earth is destroyed as inhabitants transgressed God’s laws by breaking Covenant. 6. So curse devoures earth and all who dwell in it so desolate. The inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. 7. The new wine fails, vine languishes, the merry-hearted sigh. 8 The sound of tambourine ceases, noise of jubilants end, joy of harp cease. 9 They shall not drink wine with a song, strong drink is bitter to who drinks it. A 10 city of confusion is broken down the  houses are shut up so no one goes in. 11 There is cry for wine in streets, joy and pleasure of land is gone 12 The city is desolate gates struck with destruction. Prime minister hospitalized in intensive care unit as Covid-19 affects globally.People in Leicester watch the Queen deliver her addressThe Queen’s prayer is said for nations as 13. Land shake like olive trees, gleaning of grapes. 14 They will lift up their voice and sing; People sing on balconies and the majesty of the LORD is heard aloud from the sea. 15 Glorify the LORD at the dawn of light so name of the LORD God of Israel heard in coastlands of the sea. 16 From ends of earth we hear songs: “GLORY to the righteous God but some say, “I am ruined, ruined! Woe to me! Treacherous dealers deal treacherously. 17 Fear and snare on the inhabitants of earth. 18 All who flee from noise by fear fall into pit and are caught in snare. The windows on high open and foundations of earth is shaken. 19 The earth broken, splits open is shaken. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like drunkard shakes. So transgressions shall be heavy it will fall and not rise again. 21 And shall come to pass that day the LORD  will punish the exalted ones on the earth and kings of the earth. 22 They are gathered together as prisoners shut in a prison after many days will be punished. 23 The moon will change, sun flare for the LORD of hosts reign at Mount Zion Jerusalem with HIS people GLORIOUSLY on earth.

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know Tell them I won’t be long
They’ll be happy to
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

1 God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep in love enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

2 God be with you till we meet again!
’Neath His wings protecting hide you,
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again!

3 God be with you till we meet again!
When life’s perils thick confound you,
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again!

4 God be with you till we meet again!
Keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
Smite death’s threaten wave before you. God be with you till we meet again!

During self-isolation trust God in Christ.20200406_21365220200411_195113A 99-year-old war veteran raised £23m for NHS to be guest of honour to open Nightingale hospital in Harrogate. He aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together to complete 100 laps in garden before his 100th birthday. The veteran, born in Keighley, West Yorkshire appear via video link at opening on Tuesday. He said its an honour and chance to thank NHS workers directly. May God bless all NHS workers sacrificing their precious lives in the frontlines to help others in these times. Thank you all soooo much.Harrogate Convention CentreCapt Tom, lives in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, said: “I am still amazed by the amount of kindness and generosity from UK public who continue to give in spite uncertain times for many. “I think the amount raised demonstrates how much we all value the dedication and sacrifices made by our NHS workers. I fought during a war they are fighting in a war too. NHS Charities Together said is truly inspired and humbled by his efforts. What a great example to us all no matter what we are going through to do what it takes to help and support others. No effort is too small too insignificant to make a difference. Its so encouraging God bless him.

Simon Stevens, the NHS chief executive, said: “On behalf of the NHS our heartfelt thanks go to Captain Tom Moore for his remarkable fundraising efforts for NHS charities. “Inviting Captain Moore to be our guest of honour at opening of NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and Humber is to thank him. The Harrogate Convention Centre will be used for 500 beds the first of the field hospitals to be built outside a city. The veteran, served in Myanmar in Second World War, praised by Duke of Cambridge, described as a “one-man fundraising machine.” Prince William  donated undisclosed amount. God bless him and the royal family and all people.screenshot-2020-06-02-at-24449-pmhqdefault-1

IS MEGHAN RACISM VICTIM?

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wp-1580499009941.jpg20200204_18204120200204_18191920200524_22021320200526_23412520200526_233330People pay for Wimbledon seats told to get up to empty seats ordered by Meghan so nobody allowed to take selfies near her at public stadium during a tennis match in UK. Her actions upset lots of people who look up to the royals as role models not to be self-centred attention seekers. People are not allowed to wear hats to block other’s views behind she put hat on breaks protocol rules. Exposed herself to seduce Ohanan instead of being at Balmoral said baby too young to travel. But flew him in private jets to watch Serena play tennis in US told not to attend because she distracts Serena with attention seeking behaviour is beamed on screen and her focus is on her husband not her game.

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IMG-20200212-WA001520200207_16202020200209_010814People don’t care what you know until they know you CARE because ACTIONS speaks LOUDER than word salads. So all achievements in life is nothing if self-centred, selfish, self-indulgent and rude to her majesty bamboozled by lies. Says will stay at home for quiet birthday but flys on private jet to celebrate in Ibiza. Said its a home birth and money spent to build room warned against by expert doctors. She wore fake prosthetic moon bumps but pretends to be pregnant and given “birth” in private hospital. Wasn’t pregant but lied nobody asked if she is OK going through “pregnancy.” Baby’s detail kept secret, a first in British Royal family history created more suspicions hiding surrogate birth? The privacy ten commandments to neighbours is don’t talk, touch, ask, go near them so people obeyed, isolated themselves but moans nobody asks if OK. The fake pregnancy announced on Eugene’s wedding day at their family meal, megxit announced on Kate’s birthday, hands on belly 300 days till ‘birth’ hands on hair. Royals not hold hands in public office insult queen or a family publicly on TV washing her dirty linen in public. They sue British press or demand more “progressive royal family and their financial independence.” But £100,000,000 is wasted by their reckless squandering of tax payer’s money. Uses royal titles but complain family “toxic” she does not want their child raised yet none saw baby. Insults and sues media by her artogant rules against 1000 year established royal family’s rota contract over 100 years. Fixated newspapers and media exposes their shenanigans trying to pull wool over British people’s eyes. Told queen St George church smells to spray perfume during wedding. Wanted red carpet treatment like a celebrity of Hollywood. She wants painful memory scandal crown of Russian family killed to embarrass queen stopped spoilt brat behaviour of ‘what she wants she gets’ “she gets what she is given.” Merching clothes, jewel, endorsing adverts a with royal eats cake and have it but despises royal duty. Lies the press chases her like Diana killed by drunk driver in France. Rejects royal protocol on duty members obey and insults the British stiff upper lip. Refused to go to Balmoral baby too young to travel flew baby. Refused visit to queen Prime Minusters visit. Refused to join family Christmas time took away Harry loved bombed from his brother, family and UK people. Preaches climate change but flies more unnecessarily has high carbon footprints. Threw out staff of listed property and took whole house, stopped them using carpark, rebuilt this listed property outdoor kitchen without planning permission. 5 million total for this home not good enough to live. Plans queen absent at son’s christening 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, as an “internationally protected person” funded 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 these actions people see through and call out is racism?

Articles rebloged from public domains are views and opinions of other people. So ‘Meghan can’t have it all’ says Royal author Anna Pasternak who warns that Meghan must realise she can’t live like an ‘A-lister’ while enjoying privileges of her role in the Royal family. Anna insists it is crucial to the monarchy to have respect, value to honour the queen and the 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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SHOE GIVING JOY IN AFRICA

Ian Payne with shoe donationsIan Payne noticed conditions of runners’ shoes when he started a running group in Kampala. When staff sergeant Ian Payne moved his family from the UK to Uganda for work, little did he know that he would also embark on a journey of generosity. For the past eight months Ian has been on secondment at the High Commission of Uganda in the capital Kampala. He started a running group at a local boxing club and saw condition of the runners’ shoes. “I looked down and saw the boys’ shoes were in a bad way,” says Ian, who is originally from London. Felt fortunate for myself and my family but very sad inside as I could see poverty and I did not like it. Yet they were smiling and happy getting on with life, humbled me and I wanted to help.Boxing club member with shoesA young boxing club member receiving a pair of trainers. Ian thought about the number of shoes he no longer wore and quickly decided to donate his shoes. He enlisted help of friends and family to give away their spare shoes too. When I received them kitted out guys but had loads of shoes left over, says Ian who is part of the Adjutant General’s Corps in the British Army. Ian stops at a roadside to give trainers to youngsters. When he drives out of Kampala for business, Ian says he sees many people walking on roads with no shoes. “Out west it’s really bad,” he said. I keep shoes at the back of my vehicle if I see people without shoes, I pull over and give them a pair.wp-1578331833242.jpg Faces light up given shoes that arrived Ian thought of where he could donate them, visited the local orphanage giving dozens of shoes to children. Joy makes a difference, evident straightaway. Seeing their faces light up, they are so happy to receive something that seems simple to us. Many dropped to their knees saying ‘God bless you’, and praying.” When Ian posted appeal for shoe sharing on social media, the response was huge. So some people have contacted him saying they have created shoe collection stations in their local areas. Ian’s colleagues on the operational tours send donations. Many people sent shoes that have hardly been worn and are in good condition. Others may be old but are better than no shoes.Boxes of shoes in lorrySo far, Ian has received the majority of donations from the UK, but he has had interest from other parts of the world from Cyprus to the US. Its snowballed a social media response,” says Ian. “Its full-time job replying to messages started with trainers expanded to any kind of shoes though don’t accept high heels! Its not convenient in long distance walks of types of jobs done. He says people wanted to send clothes but it was just him handling all donations. I’m a one-man band I  asked my daughters to help me. Ian wants to take trainers to more schools in the rural areas. Ian wants to go to more schools orphanages in rural areas he has identified in need for shoes for children. I can’t stress enough how grateful they are to receive the pair of shoes,” he says. “I still feel saddened I barely scratched surface so much more can be done.” African weather is so hot feet gets hard like egg cooked on stone. The sunshine heat hurt feet as thorns pricked soles of feet.wp-1578395647559.jpg

BRONCHOSCOPY/INTUBATION

Bronchospy intubation is a pulmonary function testing overview describing the bronchoscopy procedures and what it can be used for according to the experts from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Information pamphlet by the Thoracic Society describes the fiberoptic bronchoscopy and reasons its used and risks. After procedure a pulmonologist tells you how airways look right away. A health expert inserts and extracts these ventilation tubes for patient, dangerous procedures for clinical staff. Leads to a risk of exposure to aerosol generation a box designed to contain the coronavirus airborne prevent it from contaminating doctors and nurses ventilating a patient.The shield fits over the head of a patientDuring intubation and extubation of a Covid-19-positive patient, is increased risk of contamination to the clinicians carrying out the procedures. Brainwave neurology of the frontal cortex ability to understand risk or consequences affects some patients by morphine medication. Patient’s delirious aggressive behaviour doctors must not to label patients after administering morphine alters patient’s behaviour must use other pain killers. wp-1577915774187.jpgLab results take longer one to four days, time varies depending on the type of a test. Bronchoscopy is safe and painless procedure though first few days after a procedure may experience sore throat, cough, muscle aches or a hoarseness. Serious side effects uncommon but if experiences a chest pain, develop fever, difficulty breathing cough up more than tablespoon blood contact pulmonologist the immediately for further check up. wp-1577915760911.jpgA patient is required not to eat or drink after midnight before their procedure. If taking insulin, a regular essential oral medications pulmonologist gives special instructions to follow to ensure health is good for best results of bronchoscopy. If allergic to sedative or any medications notify doctor before the procedure takes place. If given sedation, must be driven home following procedure so arrange for a ride. Cannot eat or drink anything until numbness in throat wears off in which one to two hours. wp-1577918661230.jpgwp-1577915788742.jpgPulmonologist use the bronchoscopy to determine and assess the causes of lung problem. Bronchoscopy is used when a patient has: ​Lung Infections, Lung Spot (abnormal finding in an X-ray film or CT scan), Ongoing Lung Collapse, Bleeding, Tumors, Excess Mucus, Noisy Breathing/ Airway Narrowing, Airway Blockages of (piece of food, foreign objects in a lung). Before beginning procedure some given medication like Novocain, which numbs your nose and throat area helps prevent need to cough or gag during procedure.wp-1577918681619.jpgwp-1577915800617.jpgAlso for Diagnostic procedure, Alveolar hemorrhage, Malignancies, Infections or for immuno- compromised patients. Equipment Materials of Bronchoscope. Vacuum and light sources plus a Saline solution. Specimen trap. Given sedative through IV line help relaxes feel sleepy.  May have no memory of test preformed.

Bronchoscopy procedure allows your pulmonologist to examine your lung’s airways, bronchi, bronchioles, carrying air from windpipe to lungs. Procedure: a tube-like instrument bronchoscope is inserted through nose or mouth run down into lung airways. The tube’s tiny camera at tip carries images to a video screen. A procedure take 20 minutes, set up or post procedure observation takes about 2 hours. Some patients requested to be in Department for observation in rare cases stay in hospital overnight.wp-1577918704558.jpg A patient went to hospital complaining of back pain and fever doctors pulled the 7.8-inch blood clot shaped bronchial tube from his lungs. He had a breathing difficulty, low blood pressure, coughing up blood by doctors’ accounts published in BMJ Case Reports. He was placed in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust intensive care unit in London receiving treatment for sepsis on ventilator. A CT scan show pulmonary blockage in lung.wp-1577918641457.jpgThe clot stuck to his lungs impaired his breathing tube then removed from his lung. (BMJ Case Reports 2019). He began coughing up blood, doctors discovered through a bronchoscopy he had a “large pale blood clot” stuck inside his lungs so breathing tube optimum performance minister. Attempts to remove it through suction unsuccessful. Owing to the time of night, resources required for rigid bronchoscopy unavailable,” his doctors wrote in case report. “Having verified a grade I view of the epiglottis, the patient was paralyzed, sedated and extubated under suction in effort to remove ETT and contiguous clot.wp-1577918728845.jpgwp-1577918693134.jpgRemoving clot immediately improved breathing, but body could not recover from another underlying ailment. (BMJ Case Reports 2019) The removal was a success and so his breathing improved immediately, but he could not recover from his various other ailments. Photos of procedure show blood clot attached to end of endotracheal tube as removed from the patient’s chest. Another shows the clot formed in a perfect cast of the bronchial tube, and measured longer than his doctor’s finger. Video camera shows some objects on bronchoscopy.  wp-1577918741587.jpgFor three years a 30 year old man went to the hospital complaining about pain in his left leg and occasional chest pain. Never had thrombosis prior blood clots complications thought it was pain from bicycle riding or skating falls over the years. When he told his doctor about his inability to breathe and the chest pains further tests done revealed blood clot in his legs the first time. Several attempts to medically flush it in theatre intensive and critical care shifted the clot into his lung. Blood transfusion to help increase oxygen circulation due to his low blood pressure did not work. So clot lodged in his lungs, affected his breathing despite the air bag high tech ventilations. By the time a final attempt to flush it without bronschopy, using veins his exhausted body with low oxygen did not make it. If you read this article go for check up and do not be shy you are bothering doctor that is his job. If having a chest or back or leg pain with difficulty breathing get checked to be safe than sorry. If unable to afford medical bills or medication tell people around you to help with costs. If you hide illness it costs more to pay the funeral bills as same people for pay for burial ceremony. Above all, loved ones prefer you live to continue in this life as long as possible on earth. With medical advances do yourself a favour to get checked before it’s too late, prevention is better than cure. And listen to those encouraging you to get checked. Some willing to give you lift to appointments and accompany you if you ask them in advance to put you in diaries. And look after yourself and loved one’s priceless gift of life and value life. Foreign objects in lungs or other part of body unknown to person so get checked early and insist on scan even if reassured you are doing fine. Its your body that goes through the painful changes so if in pain or if feeling uncomfortable get checked early anyway.

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 workIMG-20200307-WA0002Its the first time duchess is interviewed on a podcast. “It takes family a long time for 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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PERIOD MENSTRUATION LIFE

IMG-20200216-WA0005 Periods are not disease shameful body fluids, GOD SAYS LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD so without periods there is no life cycle on earth. Indian college forcing students to strip to underwear or force relative in cold snake infested hut is wickedness judged by God who created the periods. Girls need a supply of pads in their bags in advance: store of pads in bathrooms, toilets, office or safe places to be used if needed without embarrassing women. Its necessary to EDUCATE BOYS & MEN on LIFE CYCLE VALUE OF PERIODS to understand its essential for children they want after marriage. Women are co-creators God chose to bear children and child birth labour is very painful but women endure it to produce families the men love and care about.maxresdefault-4Endometriosis pain affects women diagnosed now campaigning and fighting for better care. Endometriosis affects one in 10 UK women and can cause debilitating pain, very heavy periods and infertility. Endometriosis

  • Is tissue lining the womb grows elsewhere in the body around the reproductive organs, bowel and bladder.
  • Like womb lining, the tissue builds up and bleeds every month with no way to escape the body. The blood is trapped, leading to inflammation, pain and forms scar tissue.
  • For some women there are no symptoms, but for others it is debilitating and can cause chronic pelvic pain, painful sex, painful bowel and bladder movements, fatigue and difficulties getting pregnant
  • There is no cure, but treatments can reduce symptoms
  • They include hormone treatment, pain relief and surgery – including hysterectomy
  • In UK it takes an average of seven and a half years to be diagnosed

061b2a518b903b81d964c892bddd2a95 Cycles raise awareness of menstruation taboo in India’s uncomfortable reaction to periods is back in headlines. College students living in hostel in the western Indian state of Gujarat have complained that they were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove they were not menstruating. The 68 young women were pulled out of classrooms and taken to toilet, where they were asked to individually remove their knickers for inspection. Incident took place in a city of Bhuj on Tuesday. Young women undergraduate students at the Shree Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI) by Swaminarayan sect, a wealthy and conservative Hindu religious group. They said hostel official had complained to college principal on Monday some of the students break rules menstruating women are to follow. According to these rules, women are barred from entering the temple and the kitchen and are not allowed to touch other students during their periods. At meal times, they have to sit away from others, to clean their own dishes, and in the classroom, they are expected to sit on the last bench.Female students of SSGI college protested on the campusFemale students gather outside Shree Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI). And a student told BBC’s Gujarati’s Prashant Gupta the hostel maintain register they expect to enter their names during their periods which helps authorities identify them. For the past two months, not one student had entered their names in the register not surprising considering the restrictions they put up with if they do. On Monday, hostel official complained to principal menstruating students were entering kitchen, going near temple, or mingling with other hostellers. Students said the next day, they were abused by hostel official and principal before they were forced to strip. They described what has happened to them as a “very painful experience” is “traumatizing” and amounted to “mental torture.irregular-periods-menstrual-cycle1A wall painting about menstruation in Guwahati on May 28, 2019One student’s father said he arrived at the college his daughter and students came to him started crying. “They are in shock,” he said. On Thursday, a group of students held a protest on the campus, demanding action against the college officials who “humiliated” them. The college trustee Pravin Pindoria said the incident was “unfortunate”, adding that an investigation had been ordered and action would be taken against anyone found guilty of wrongdoing. Darshana Dholakia vice-chancellor of university the college is affiliated with, put blame on students. She said they broke rules and some of them apologised. However, some of the students told BBC Gujarati they are under pressure from the school authorities to play down incident not to speak of the ordeal. On Friday, Gujarat State Women’s Commission ordered an investigation into “shameful exercise” and asked students to “come forward to speak without fear of grievances.”  The police lodged a complaint.Comics to combat India’s menstruation taboos as female students humiliated on account of periods. So 70 students were stripped naked three years ago at their residential school northern India by the female warden after she found blood on bathroom door. Discriminations against women menstruation is widespread in India. Period’s taboo of a menstruating woman considered impure so excluded from social and religious events, denied entry to temples, shrines and kept out of kitchens. Urban educated women now challenge these regressive ideas. In the past few years, attempts made to help people see periods as natural biological function. But success is patchy. In 2018, the top court in a landmark order opens doors of Sabarimala shrine to women of all ages said keeping women out of the temple in the southern state of Kerala was discriminatory. But a year later, the judges agreed to review the order after massive protests in the state. Protesters included a large number of women – an indication of how deeply rooted stigma over menstruation is. Men must be the ones educated to treat women better with respect during menstruation and look after them. Women put up with a lot in society so must not be mistreated for period menstruation cycle beyond their control they live with to bear more children to replenish the earth. Provide good food to restore nutrients lost in the menstrual period time causes anaemia and hydration ensures water is drunk for healthy blood circulation. Employers need education to help women not to be embarrassed or punish them for God’s natural process taking place in the body.

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 can be my refuge and my safe place and my salvation in lone times.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 so is more than enough proof He LOVES us. Some inherit loneliness from their mothers. Angel KissiAngel Kissi says she has struggled with loneliness since she was a child she has inherited loneliness from her mother. A parent in the same way affects emotions inherited like hair and eye colour. Two women explain loneliness played a part in their lives and relates to their parents as children. “Loneliness is constant. No matter where I it just does not go away. It’s like you feel it in your bones a deep feeling of wanting to fit in and wanting to be around people you know and love, but you can’t. “So thinks inherited it. It’s been passed says Angel Kissi from her mum Hayley who struggles with anxiety depression and loneliness. Her mum’s spark by severe post-natal depression in Angel started when she was a child. “My family stood out in Peterborough. They all 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 still felt didn’t fit in. I thought moving to London would change it but it didn’t. “I felt I was quiet and awkward, struggled to connect with people or make friends straight away. Some go out for drinks after class but never invited. I felt like I did something wrong. I stopped going to lectures, got up, ready to go but back to bed. Avoids going to shared areas of my flat, shut myself away isolated. 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 then 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 have learnt from her without meaning to.”Angel Kissi struggled with the 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 parent who has been lonely for a time may transmit some the negative feelings happening share loneliness experience.”Kirsty and sonKirsty McGrath fears passing feelings of loneliness to her children too. So Kirsty McGrath said her loneliness problem is after her son was born five years ago. She tried going to the mother and baby groups to make new friends, struggled to organise play dates so found herself increasingly isolated. Her husband does support her in the evening but she finds daytimes difficult because she is alone with 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 of “grey cloud.“I am paranoid of passing it on to the kids, I wouldn’t be surprised if I did. I am aware so I want them to feel comfortable around others not to feel like they don’t fit in. “My son came home from school and said to me he didn’t have friends so 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 in 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 if suffering from loneliness. Its not about physically having people around you, it is when you feel you’re not able to talk to people without an emotional support. People need a support network so their coping strategy is better.” Do not isolate yourself from family or friends unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent virus.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. To overcome loneliness of Covid-19 in UK children drew rainbow picture put at a window to support each other. Its a fun idea but God is surrounded by rainbows so its appropriate to remind HIM of HIS BIBLE PROMISES to save HIS creation.Rourke and Quinn are seen with their rainbow in CoventryRourke and Quinn are seen with their rainbow in Coventry. Children in UK are placing rainbows in windows of their homed to help keep others entertained during the coronavirus outbreak. These youngsters have been asked to colour in templates of rainbows or to draw their own and display them by their schools. The rainbows are then used as a tool to entertain children as they go on their daily walks with their parents. So this movement dubbed “The Rainbow Trail” helps share common ground interest to deal with corona virus staying indoors.Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for Leicester, has displayed two rainbows in his window.Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for Leicester, has displayed two rainbows in his window. And Donna Corcoran, 40, from Coventry, praised this movement and said it was a real highlight for her sons, seven-year-old Rourke, six-year-old Quinn and two-year-old daughter, Pearl. So public is warned to respect the personal space to limit spreading virus. Most parts of the world is on lockdown to try to contain the virus. Things to get worse but improves a lot, don’t know if it’s going to go.” Mayor inundated with many lonely citizens appoints specialist councillor. ‘Bureaucracy dehumanises so becoming living robots,’ says a mayor of a small Italian town before the virus.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 meet at daycentre to socialise and a gym tailored to their needs to exercise daily but isolated during corona virus. 20200215_113722

A Facebook group had been set up for the people who want to help others and offer their services to neighbours who might be confined to their homes as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19. They volunteer to fetch their groceries, walk their dogs and pick up prescriptions or have a chat over the phone or Skype if they are feeling lonely or frightened. A young people’s chatroom also discusses people’s feelings and fears. And how to help prevent virus spreading by staying indoors at home. Not to meet in groups, or gather in large groups helps to deal with the virus to protect themselves and others. People are encouraged to try to be active indoors by being busy doing a favourite hobby or sing, dance, exercise write poems, be creative, draw, dribble use crayons, pens, paint with brushes to keep the mind occupied. Ask for help if in need, don’t be shy to suffer in silence people alone. Its said no one cares what you know but KNOW IF YOU CARE in a such a time as this. Actions speak louder than words so it is the time to be there for each other emotionally or physically in extreme cases for intervention by the experts. And for believers in God faith is shared to uplift with word of God in the Name of Jesus with texts, hymns, songs, music, prayer from Bible texts or verses.

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 never fill me up. Remind me when I hide away in a safe place with You I will experience Your perfect peace. Meet me in loneliness with Your loving presence. In Jesus Name Amen. Thank you God as your words say I am not alone for Father God is always with me. Jesus you said I am with you in Spirit so will never leave or forsake me to the end of the age. Thank you God. Thank you Jesus. Thank you my comforter Holy Spirit. Thank you for your love and care for me, you supply all my needs in Jesus Name and through people helping bless them all and protect their families too. 

TRUTH FOR TODAY FROM THE BIBLE:

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 a 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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FAMINES IN BIBLE HISTORY

IMG-20200401-WA0002In 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 God says If I shut heaven so there is no rain, send locusts to devour the land or pestilence among my people; 14 If my people called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. Pray and ask God to have mercy to forgive you. Pray loudly: Dear Father, Creator of heavens, earth, and universe we come humbly before you LORD in your Majesty, Sovereignty over all creation. We repent of all sins against you or others by rejecting Godly truth, counsel, we walked in wicked and deceit. Almighty God of all creation we bow our heads and submit to you LORD in agreement with the whole world we pray forgive us all in the Name of Jesus your dear Son. LORD God have MERCY on us. Let your compassion flow to us in Jesus blood shed to cleanse us from sin  wash and heal us from plagues. Forgive us LORD, PLEASE SHORTEN evil days to send Jesus in cloud in Rapture. Draw us to you to eternity in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen. Thank you LORD for your Grace, Mercy and Covenant of Abraham to all nations. Jehovah Jireh provider of needs thank you for supplying all our needs.slide5-l15686371235835954419660177108723.jpgFamine in Canaan Israel led Abraham to Egypt in Genesis 12:8-13:2. Severe food  shortages caused hunger, lack of basic resources and hard times. Challenging circumstances affects people in history. In Proverbs 12:11; Proverbs 28:19, food harvested by working the land is ruined by bliss, drought pestilence, enemy raid, suffered by Gideon God intervened and saved his family. Current global events affects abundant food supply, resources and basic necessities. Those who chased fantasies to waste time produce nothing and are poor. Proverbs 12:11 says tilling land satisfies with food, so do not follow vain people, who lack understanding of real life chase worthless pursuit without sense to ruin lives. In Genesis 12:10, that famine sent Abram to Egypt as Genesis 12:8-13:2 says Abraham tried in vain to find solution. Genesis 12:8-9 economic conditions forced him to Egypt. On their way Abraham’s wife Sarai attracted the attention of kings who gave them great wealth. Abraham lived in Canaan from 2100 B.C.E.-1875 B.C.E with Isaac, Jacob. On return to Canaan in Genesis 15:1, the LORD appeared to Abraham in a vision said: ‘Ten years passed since you lived in Hara for two years and seven years in Egypt. Its one year since your return from Egypt after age 75 Abram left Iraq Ur to Canaan Israel. Then to Egypt back to Canaan Israel. In Genesis 26:1 second famine occurs in the days of Abraham. So Isaac in Gerar went to Abimelech the king of Philistines. The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go into Egypt but live in this land I told you to live in so Isaac stayed in Gerar. After Abraham, for 430 years Israel is enslaved in Egypt from 1875 to 1445 B.C.E. Moses, Aaron in 1 Chronicles 5 are fourth-generation descendants of Levi son of Jacob. So 430 year’s slavery is generations of Isralites in Egypt new Pharaohs didn’t treat well.journeys_of_abraham_isaac_jacob-old_testament_map_1downloadfile-29In Genesis 26:12-33 Isaac sowed in the land in time of famine and same year he got hundredfold reward because the LORD blessed him. 13 He had riches so expanded his territory. 14. He possessed flocks, herds, servants Philistines envied him. 15 The wells his father’s servants dug in Abraham’s days the Philistines filled with earth. 16 And Abimelech told Isaac to leave as too strong in their land. 17 Isaac left pitched tent in the valley of Gerar and dwelt there. 18 So Isaac dug another well as Abraham’s was filled by Phillistines after the death of Abraham. Isaac called wells by name his father calls them. 19 Isaac’s servants found water in well 20 But herdsmen of Gerar told Isaac’s herdsmen, the water is theirs. So Isaac left Esek well, because they fought with him. 21 Isaac dug new well but Phillistines fought too so calls it Sitnah. 22 He moved to dig another well Rehoboth, the LORD made us fruitful in the land. 23 But moved to Beersheba 24 The LORD appears to him at night said, I AM God of Abraham your father so fear not I AM with you to bless and multiply your seed for Abraham’s sake. 25 Isaac built an altar to the LORD and pitched his tent there so his servants dug a well. 26 Abimelech went from Gerar to Isaac with Ahuzzath, Phichol chief captain of his army. 27 Isaac said to them Why did you come to me since you hate me and sent me away? 28 They said, The LORD is with you let us make an oath between us to make covenant with you 29 Do not hurt us for we have not touched you but did good by sending you away in peace. 30 You are blessed by LORD. Isaac made a feast so they ate and drunk together. 31 They left in the morning after oath so Isaac sent them away in peace. 32 Same day Isaac’s servants told him they found water in the sixth well dug. 33 Called city Sheba now Beersheba.jacob_map_15686470728505025652900209887770.jpgJacob took his family to Egypt in famine. Joseph interpreted famine of Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41:53-57 so promoted Prime Minister. Built silos in Egypt for harvests stored seven years to prepare for seven year’s famine God in a dream. Egypt tilled the land, stored grain, cured meat, prepared in advance. Egypt sold grains to nations and brought Joseph’s siblings to Egypt to buy grains despite jealousy hatred of his dreams and coat of many colours from Jacob their father. Jacob’s family moved into Egypt due to famine in 215 years after God’s promise to Abram. Israel descendants multiplied rapidly increasing their Jewish presence in Egypt, centuries. Toiled to built grand designs of Egypt, prospered at Goshen. Their hardwork built  nation but envy, jealousy of Pharaoh told midwives, kill boys. Some refused, blessed by God with houses in Egypt. Israel cried to God to save them sent Moses to deliver them. 1 Chronicles 7 Joshua is Moses’ successor is 12th generation descendant of Joseph Jacob’s son and Pharaoh’s vizier. And in 1 Chronicles 7 Israel’s 3rd to their 11th generations lived in Egypt since Abram, Isaac, Jacob left rich in Exodus of Moses and Joshua out of Egypt into wilderness. They borrowed gold and silver to repay them 430 years of slavery without pay, gave them abundant wealth to be used to build the tabernacle and provide for their families in a time of need. Instead, they made golden calf a god from gold God provided, many died except Levites who refused to join golden calf idolatry.20200402_224755bible-archeology-exodus-kadesh-barnea-water-from-rock-moses 20200329_123354In Exodus 15:22-17:7 the LORD God had to provide water in the desert for Israel at Shur after crossing the red sea. Moses was told to hit the rock after three days without water in the wilderness. Marah is bitter fountain of Israelites in Exodus 15:23, 24; Numbers 33:14 no water to drunk. Moses asked God Yahweh’s help shown piece of wood Moses threw into bitter in Exodus 15:23,24 to make water sweet and fit to drink. Moses by God’s divine direction made the water safe to drink. two times Moses threw stick into the water good to drink at Marah. The LORD in Exodus 17:6 said, Behold, I will stand before you by a rock in Bible and you will bring water from the rock to provide drink for the people and the livestock.” In Numbers 20:10 Moses  hit two rocks to produce water instead of doing what God asked him to do. Moses grieved loss of Miriam so in pain but the Israelites complained more instead of showing him compassion. His followers faced challenges of desert so not Moses fault but blamed him anyway. Its Moses who bore brunt of their anger of change of location after they CRIED TO GOD TO DELIVER them from slavery in Egypt. It was their choice to leave Egypt so God did exactly what they demanded. Forgot miracle of being spared in all plagues of Egypt, miracle crossing of red sea whine and moan about Moses not caring about them. Exodus 17 and Numbers 20 are  two separate events for water miracles. But people quarreled with Moses forgot the first time God provided water so can do so again. Told Moses, “Give us water to drink although Moses was thirsty too did not care or have any consideration it was life in dry desert. Israel’s journey  in stages from Egypt, told Moses to give them water. Moses cried out to God who told Moses to toss stick into some bitter water to make it good to drink. But  the congregation assembled against Moses and Aaron and grumbled. These people blamed Moses, and said they prefer to be in slavery in Egypt than die in desert. They complained of food shortages and craved, leeks, cucumbers, garlic, onions, old lifestyle as slaves of the rich to eat crumbs than own land to grow crops. fish_and_fruit_basketIn Numbers 11:4-28, craved fish eaten in Egypt with the leeks, cucumbers, onions garlic and watermelons. Told God they prefer to die by the hand of the LORD in the hands of Pharaoh than endure their eleven days journey into Canaan Israel. Instead of thanking God for answer to their prayer to be rescued from slavery complained and cried for scrumptious, comfort food while wandering in desert. Their timing lacked their reality check for a few days to reach Canaanland for fresh food. And focused on inhospitable environment murmured against Moses Aaron and God for nothing to eat but just manna collected everyday. God was so angry he told them they will perish to never reach Canaanland. God wanted to teach them to fish to have more food but preferred quick fix hand me down token of silve masters. And God delayed their journey each they complained God added extra years as punishment in the desert. Instead of enduring eleven days stayed 40 years longer for the insolence against. Forgot they brought a hardship on themselves by a disobedience to God agreed in Covenant warned in advance. Jeremiah 14:1-6 on LORD’S drought of “Judah mourns at her gates and sits on the ground in mourning and they cry in Jerusalem so are heard by God. “Nobles send servants for water, cisterns but no water return so vessels empty in shame cover their heads. In Jeremiah in 13th year of king Josiah in 626 BC to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction lived 570 BC in Egypt. Josiah’s difference to father reformed nation Jeremiah commended for doing justice and right thing for his people. Jehoahaz ruled three months in 2 Chronicles 36:2 reign marked turning point in king’s attitude toward Jeremiah prophet of God to the nation of Israel. In Israel another drought and famine that hit the people in search of food to eat.488929_ruth-and-boazRuth 1:1 says in the days judge’s ruled a famine in the land a man of Bethlehem in Judah, wife, two sons lived in Moab. 2. Elimelech’s wife Naomi and two son’s Mahlon and Kilion died. So Naomi and Ruth returned to Israel to glean fields of Boaz, collect wheat grains married Boaz bore Obed and Jesse, father of David is bloodline of Jesus. In 2 Samuel 21:1-14 a famine in days of David for three years David sought presence of the LORD. The LORD said, “Saul’s bloody house has put Gibeonites to death are not of Israel but survivors of Amorites. 2 Israel swore to spare them, Saul’s zeal for Israel, Judah tried to annihilate them. 3 David helped Gibeonites “made atonement so to bless the LORD’S  inheritance. 4 So Gibeonites didn’t want silver, gold from Saul or his family but right to Israel in death. 5 Saul destroyed and decimated so no place in Israel. 6 Let seven of male descendants be killed, bodies before the LORD God at Gibeah of Saul by you as LORD’S chosen 7 The king agreed spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, son of Saul due to oath before the LORD of David and Jonathan. The king chose Armoni, Mephibosheth two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah son of Saul, five sons Saul’s daughter Merab bore to Adriel Barzillai son Meholathite. 8 Handed to Gibeonites who killed them and exposed bodies on a hill before the LORD in the first days of barley harvest. 10 Rizpah’s daughter, Aiah in sackcloth,  beginning of harvest till the rain poured from heavens with bodies. She didn’t let birds touch them day or wild animals by night. 11 David told Aiah’s daughter Rizpah did 12 He took bones of Saul and Jonathan from Jabesh Gilead who stole bodies from public square at Beth Shan as Philistines hung them after stricking Saul down on Gilboa. 13 David brought bones of Saul, Jonathan and all killed so 14 buried in tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin. And God answered David’s prayer to heal the land of Israel. wp-1579942333083.jpgFamines in 1 Kings 17:1 Elijah a Tishbite settler in Gilead told Ahab, “The LORD, God of Israel who lives says, there will be no dew, rain, three years, except by my word.”Do drought punishment in 1 Kings 18 Jezebel abused nation held to ransom 2 So Ahab in famine in Samaria told Obadiah his governor of house who fears the LORD greatly to look for water and grass for animals. 4 Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD but Obadiah took hundred prophets hid fifty in two caves fed them with bread and water. 5 Obadiah told go search land, fountains of water, brooks to find grass to save horses and mules not lose all the beasts. 6 They divide the land between them, Ahab went one way Obadiah to another. 7 Obadiah met Elijah, fell on his face so Elijah sent him to call King Ahab, he did but feared Ahab will kill him if Elijah disappeared…18 The LORD told Elijah in the third year go show yourself to Ahab and tell I will send rain on the earth. To prove to Ahab God is fed up with pagan evil deeds of Jezebel, who took Naboth’s vineyard, abused whole nation a carmel contest set up to serve God only. Elijah pours water on altar but fire came from heaven so burnt offering God accepted.  Elijah took the pagan prophets to brook Kishon and slew them there… 41 Elijah told Ahab, Get up, eat and drink; there is a sound of abundance of rain coming. 42 Ahab to eat and to drink and Elijah went to the top of Carmel; cast himself upon the earth, put his face between his knees prayed to God. 43 Told servant Go look toward the sea he looked but saw nothing. He said, Go again seven times. 44 At the seventh time, saw a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. Elijah said, tell Ahab, Prepare your chariot to get home before the rain stops you. 45 It came heaven had clouds, wind, a great rain so Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46 The hand of the LORD on Elijah took him faster before Ahab into Jezreel.IMG-20200328-WA0004In 1 Kings 17:7-15 Elijah met a widow at Zarephath when brook dried in drought caused famine. 8 There was no rain in the land. 9 So the LORD told him, Go to Zarephath to Sidon, stay there. A widow will supply your food 10 In Zarephath a widow gathering sticks he asks to bring a little water to drink 11 And bring me a piece of bread 12 She said as the LORD God lives I have only a handful of flour in a jar and little oil collected few sticks to make a meal for myself and my son to eat it and die 13 Elijah said, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you said but first make bread and bring it to me. 14 This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not run out or jug of oil run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.’” 15 So she did as Elijah told her and there was food every day for Elijah the woman and son. And Later God sent a golden chariot to Elijah alive into heaven gives a double portion anointing to Elisha. Elijah is expected as one of two witnesses to save this world, authorized by God send plagues of God’s wrath punishment. Bible says endtimes plagues of Egypt in Exodus 8:22; & 9:34 fall on the earth during Tribulation. In Revelation 2: 21 & 6:16 Revelation 22:18 prophecy of Bible says if anyone adds to them God will add plagues to those who distort the word of God. In 2 Kings 4:38 Elisha returned to Gilgal, during famine in the land. Told sons of prophets, “Put on a large pot and boil stew to eat.” The stew was ready but as bitter toxic leaves could not eat the food. Elisha sprinkled salt in the pot and food was eaten. In 2 Kings 6:24-25 Ben-hadad king of Aram’s army attacked Samaria. A great famine in Samaria so a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, a fourth kab of dove’s dung sold five shekels of silver. A famine in Israel in dire times wildleaves food poison prophet cured with flour.20200328_193828 Children and babies died, some people ate grass, roots, abandoned infants died. Great famine in Samaria the LORD said the children eat a defiled bread among Gentile. Medieval Europe famines made some ate a dove or bird droppings, rats, cotton batting or kaolin clay. Their rich leaders abused powers to deny people meager rations. Some ate locust, insects, tree barks, mud, forage in Europe. Bible famine in Egypt and Canaan afflictions mean no food. Droppings of bird called ptarmigan delicacy parts of Greenland eat as haute cuisine. Dove dung “bird’s milk,”“bird’s dung” bulb roasted, boiled plant is “Star of Bethlehem” as Linnaeus botanist calls “dove’s dung. ” Parkinson, a British herbalist in 1800, said roasted bulb “sweeter than chestnut.”Is a white flower twelve-inch stem star-shape seed pods. New Jerusalem Bible says its wild onion Geneva Bible says dung used fuel for fire. Jewish historian Josephus it is dove’s dung salt substitute. Others say dove dung is falafel in Hebrew is locust-beans fruit of carob tree. 2 Kings 6-7:17 famine in Samaria attack by Ben-Hadad of Aram’s army so great famine in city. 26 King Jehoram passing on wall heard woman saying, “Help me my lord the king 27 The king said, “If the LORD does not help you how can I help you? All the threshing floors of winepress are empty. 28 What is the matter? So she said, “This woman told me, ‘share your son and so tomorrow we’ll eat mine.’ 29 We cooked my son and ate him and next day I told her, ‘Give your son to eat, she is hiding him.” 30 The king heard the woman’s words and tore his robes and the people saw under his robes a sackcloth. 31 He said, “God deal with me if head of Elisha son of Shaphat remain on his shoulders today.” 32 Elisha at home with elders as king’s word sent, Elisha told elders, “See he sent to cut off my head and when the messenger comes shut the door at the sound of his footsteps behind him. 33 A messenger of king said, “This disaster its only the LORD God who can rectify it to save the nation from the perilous times.20200328_192842Starving parents watch children die see no end of famine in sight cause of child eating of spiritual cause sin against God received punishment. Leviticus 26:22-29 says wild animals, people, eat children. In Deuteronomy 28:53 Ezekiel 5: 9-10 so parents eat children. Lamentations 2:20 &4 :10 says women cook children eaten. American skeleton of a 14 year teenage girl cannibalism in Jamestown colony is reconstructed by archaeologist of bones in 2017. Kelso took her remains of skull, tibia bone found in cave to Smithsonian. Dental analysis revealed her identity as Jane. Others use “ritual cults to get rich’ sacrifice children for wealth, plead with ‘gods’ during natural disasters to ‘avert’ tragedy of wars or gain evil “power” to rule the world. Or done for ‘fun’ online by a German. God deals with cannibals as HE created all the people attacked. To eat flesh is ‘normal’ to ‘imbibe’ power of their departed cooked to eat. American restaurants serve donated bodies eaten, reptilians eat human products. After the  seven years of famine in 2 Kings 7:1-11, Elisha said”tomorrow by this time there will be abundant food so the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley a shekel at gate of Samaria.”2 An officer of the king doubted, “If the LORD opens floodgates of heavens this cannot happen. Elisha said, “You will see it with your own eyes but you will not eat it.  3 Four lepers at city gate said, “Why stay here until we die? 4 ‘We’ll go to the city, if the famine is there, we will die if we stay here we will die let’s go to the camp of Arameans. 5 They went to the camp of Arameans but no one was there. 6 So the LORD caused the Arameans to hear sound of chariots and horses their army said, “The king of Israel hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to kill us.” 7 Got up fled, abandoned tents, horses donkeys, left camp and ran for their lives. 8 Four lepers entered the tents, ate, drank, took silver, gold, clothes and hid them. They returned to city with abundant riches. 9 So shared good news with royal palace.” 20200328_200539KurtRose17566236432710 City gatekeepers in Aramean camps told king lepers collected gold, food, saw 11 tethered horses, donkeys, tents, left behind. 12 But the king said, “Arameans know we are starving left their camp to hide to come so they take us into their city.” 13 The officers sent five horses to the camp to confirm testimony 14 Two chariots of horses were sent out to go to check Aramean army. 15 They went far to Jordan but found on the road clothes, equipment Arameans threw in flight as messengers reported to the king. 16 The people went into plunder camp of spoil of Arameans so a seah finest flour sold a shekel, two seahs of barley sold a shekel as the LORD said 17 The king put officer in charge of gate but trampled on in the gateway. 18 He died as man of God said. 19 Man of God told king finest flour sold sold shekel, two seahs of barley a shekel at gate of Samaria.” 20 People trampled on officer who doubted as God said. In 2 Kings 8:1-3 in another Famine a widow whose son Elisha brought to life told to avoid the LORD’S decreed famine in the land for seven years. 2 The woman did as man of God said. 3 So her household went to live in land of Philistines seven years. After seven years she returned to appeall to the king for her house, fields, left behind. 4 The king asked Gehazi the servant of the man of God, “Tell me all the great things Elisha did.” 5 So he told the king Elisha brought a dead boy back to life and woman is coming to appeal to you for her house and fields. Gehazi said, My lord the king this is the woman and her son, Elisha brought back to life. 6 The king asked the woman who told him so the king appointed a high official to her case to “Return all things which are hers and produce of her fields since day she left the land.” She got her house and lands with interest 14 Elisha was in  Dothan and horses, chariots and a great army that came by night surrounding the city. 15 The servant of man of God saw the army, with horses and chariots. He said, “Alas, my master what shall we do?”16 So Elisha said, “Don’t fear, those with us are more than those with them.14886 17 Elisha prayed, “LORD open his eyes to see so The LORD his eyes and he saw the mountain was full of horses chariots of fire around Elisha. 18 Syrians came to attack but Elisha prayed to the LORD, Strike this people with blindness so God did according to the word of Elisha. 19 Elisha told them, Follow me, I will bring you to the man you seek.” He led them into Samaria. 20 At Samaria, Elisha said, “LORD, open their eyes to see The LORD opened their eyes and they were, inside Samaria! 21 When the king of Israel saw them, told Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them?”22 He said, “Don’t kill those taken captive without sword or bow give food to eat and water to drink and go to their master.” So they were set free by Elisha. In Chronicles 21:12 a three year famine  or three month’s destruction by enemy with sword or three day’s sword by the LORD, pestilence in the land by angel of the LORD destroying all coasts of Israel. “The days are coming,” says the LORD God, “I will send famine on the land not famine of bread, thirst, diseases. Famine of lack of knowledge of God people face pestilence locusts and insects destroying produce of earth. Droughts, diseases are part of endtime birthpang warnings. In Italy money is so useless its thrown on the streets seen in these pictures. Love of money is root of all evil so what shall it profit you to gain the whole world but lose your soul? Money can’t buy God or save you from hell fire punishments so repent, accept Jesus to go in the Rapture alive to heaven before great tribulation.IMG-20200402-WA0001 IMG-20200402-WA0000Take heed, ask God for mercy in Jesus  Name. In Isaiah 51:19 two things befall the nations, mourning, devastation and destruction, famine sword. Ask God to forgive nations and comforts all in Jesus Name  In Acts 11:28 Agabus said, by the Spirit of God there will be great famine all over the world which took place in reign of Claudius. In Matthew 24:7 Jesus said, nations will rise against nations so kingdom against kingdom and in many places famines, earthquakes. Luke 4:25-27 says in truth many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah. The sky was shut three years and six months in great famine over all the land. Jesus warns of events and comes in Clouds in Rapture. Things get worse before it gets better so trust God so no weapon formed against you will prosper in Jesus Name. God is in control of your life hidden in Christ. In God live, move and have your being. Thank and Praise the LORD, Give HIM GLORY in all situations of life. Be ready for God’s intervention, confident in God. Pray God SHORTENS evil days.

Pray for God’s Peace on earth for God’s help and GIVE HIM NO REST DAY AND NIGHT UNTIL HE MAKES JERUSALEM A PRAISE IN ALL THE EARTH. All nations are connected to Israel and so belong to God. Your body is God’s Temple Holy so God’s Spirit dwells in you to help, teach, comfort, lead you to God’s Bible Truth. Value your life and your precious body is priceless take care follow instruction to be safe in Jesus Name. Keep in touch, check on others or text, phone, email, skype, letters. Pray and worship God at home it is well with you ask God to save you in the Rapture in Jesus Name. God bless you. Jesus appeared again in my dream three times is ready for Rapture. He is calling you to accept Him repent to rescue you in Rapture before its too late. Jesus warned 2000 years ago that these things will happen on the earth. Call on God to save your life so your soul will go in eternity on passing before Rapture. A peak view of heaven shows blissful life of joy, no more pain, grief, sorrow so no more death but eternal joy with Christ,  God, saints, angels, family reunion with loved ones forever in heaven. Ensure to have your name written in God’s BOOK OF LIFE. All whose names are found in book of life are Children of God go into eternal life in heaven in Jesus Name. Be sure to ask God to save you in Christ.  

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS LESSONS

wp-1577100682177.jpgChristmas can be truly happy if lessons learnt are applied to make it easy on all members of the family for the sake of Christ Jesus. Even enemies in combat at Christmas put down guns to celebrate Christmas together and exchange gifts. German soldiers joined British troops in frontline battle a 100 years ago to eat together at Christmas. Eve inter-sibling skirmish to reverting to your teenage self and scrapping over the TV remote on Christmas Day, the annual festivities can put family relationships on edge. So, when weather outside is frightful, how do you keep home life delightful to stop Christmas celebration turning sour?

1. Ease Christmas crushGrandfather and kids open presents

Going home for Christmas is great – but when you get there, will you be sleeping in your old teenage bedroom – maybe along with your partner and kids? “Even if we’re busy at work or at home, we have time alone don’t we?” says Relate counsellor Dee Holmes. But at Christmas people are often “forced too much into each other’s space. If you’ve got houseful of relatives, there’s always something to be done or someone who wants to talk to you.

Two young women looking cross

Christmas Eve inter-sibling skirmish to reverting “Children are used to having time when their parents ignore them, in front of the telly… and: ‘Aunty Freda’s here, let’s play a game…'” So appreciate that your nearest and dearest may need some space and having a happy family Christmas doesn’t mean you all want to be together 24/7. Instead of expecting everyone to join in every moment of Christmas Day, maybe agree some key times, like opening presents and Christmas lunch, but otherwise be flexible, she suggests.

2. Don’t be kitchen freakYoung women eating near sink

Let’s face it, Christmas catering is really hard work. And even if you prepare as much as you can in advance, timing a roast to perfection is a fine art – and if it goes wrong, can result in overcooked veg, cold turkey – and a large helping of stress. So if you’re the designated cook, don’t be afraid to ask for help, says Dee.

“Make sure there’s a bit of a rota about people all helping and everyone mucking in.” It’s important everyone has some downtime – including the cook, she says. And if cooking at home is just too much of a stress point, Kim Moore, a mental-health expert at Birmingham City University, advocates considering going out to eat.

3. Whose Christmas Is It?Baby in front of Christmas lights

“There’s the child-centred Christmas and there’s the adult-centred Christmas -and sometimes, in family environment, they clash,” says Dee. The danger points abound where different generations are forced into close proximity, she warns – from sleepy teens woken before it gets light by their over-excited younger cousins or people without children annoyed if they have to open all the presents before breakfast, to the adults who are drunk before it gets dark and argue heatedly about politics.

“Another big thing is how people revert to their traditional roles in the family when they all get back together,” Dee says. “So you know you live the rest of the year being a successful professional person or you’re doing your own thing and as soon as you get home, you’re the youngest one or the naughty one.” This sort of stereotyping is a big cause of Christmas rows, says Dee, who urges family members to cultivate tolerance, empathy and “a bit of sensitivity to other people’s expectations”.

4. A Christmas truce

Agreeing ground rules on subjects to avoid over Christmas can be a really good idea, says senior mental-health nursing lecturer Kim. In addition it’s wise to try to resolve in advance any outstanding issues between family members which could lead to rows on the day, she advises. “Try just to be respectful of the other people,” adds Dee. “And if you want to have argument with someone, is today really the day? “If someone said something that annoys you, maybe you say, ‘I’m just going to ignore that for now.'”

5. Remote & technologyClose-up remote control

Remember the days when there was one TV in the corner of the sitting room and rows over channel choice? The good news is that those days are long gone and everyone with a phone can potentially choose when and how to watch whatever they like. So traditional arguments over who controls remote less problematical, says Dee. She warns adults who want to recapture possibly  past family Christmases, everyone sat down to watch Doctor Who together, are unlikely to succeed. And then there’s the problem of prising teens away from their phones. “If you spend all year with your teenagers in their bedrooms… don’t have unrealistic expectations of family life being suddenly different because you wake up and it’s Christmas morning,” warns Dee. “Don’t expect a miracle.”

6. Christmas karaoke?Family playing a game

Music is one of great way of bringing families together and making everyone feel better, says Kim. Karaoke or just pass the parcel to Christmas songs can be “a great way to engage all family members from young to old” create some fantastic memories, she says. Alternatively, you might prefer charades or board games – but beware the Christmas scrabble row. Some families choose to go for walks on Christmas or Boxing Day but Dee says a relaxed family Christmas often depends on not expecting everyone to join in with everything. “Just because you have a ritual and you’ve always gone on a walk after the Queen’s speech doesn’t mean you always have to keep doing it.”

7. The spending trap

The urge to overspend at Christmas can be enormous, with families targeted by massive marketing campaigns months ahead. January is a tough month, too often made worse by credit card bills and overdrafts, so managing spending and expectation in the run-up to Christmas is key, says Dee. “I think it’s important to talk about what the limitations are, what the budgets are.” More and more families are choosing to discuss Christmas gift budgets with their children, she says, even when they’re quite young. “It’s not about saying we can’t afford it… or making them scared that you’ve no money, or anything like that, but being realistic.” And try to make gifts “fair”, she says. “Children will soon pick up if they feel there’s an unfairness.”

8. Stay safe

Christmas is meant to be a fun time so it is particularly tough when it goes wrong, throwing family problems into stark focus. People contact Relate for relationship counselling most in the weeks after Christmas than at any other time of year, says Dee. If disagreements spill into violence, Kim says not to be afraid to ask for help, even if this means calling the police. And if you fear for your safety, organisations such as Women’s Aid andMen’s Advice Line also offer advice.

9. Dry January: start earlyChristmas drink

If you’re worried about fuelling family rows over the festive season, why wait until January to go teetotal?

“The use and overuse of alcohol can be a major trigger of family discontent over Christmas,” Kim warns. Dee adds that the best-laid plans and intentions can all too easily be forgotten when you’ve had a few – tolerance and sensitivity can go out of the window and it’s all too easy to say the wrong thing, with minor disagreements becoming full-blown family bust-ups.

“I have certainly heard some horror stories,” she says. Dee says it’s really important to make sure drinkers have plenty to eat – and rather than banning booze altogether, she suggests spritzing wine and making bucks fizz with your champagne or prosecco, with plenty of suggestions available online for non-alcoholic festive drinks to lightly enhance feelings of goodwill to all – even your siblings.

Nine lessons for a happy family Christmas

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