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The “illuminated” Bible?

The “illuminated” Bible?

You may read the Bible continuously and yet never learn anything by it, unless it is illuminated by the Spirit.

Then the words shine forth like stars. Then the book seems made of gold leaf; every single letter glitters like a diamond.

Oh! it is a blessed thing to read an “illuminated Bible”lit up by the radiance of the Holy Spirit.

Have you read the Bible, and yet have your eyes been unenlightened? Go and say, “O Lord, illuminate it; shine upon it; for I cannot read it to profit, unless You enlighten me.”

Blind men may read the Bible with their fingers, but blind souls cannot.

We need a light to read the Bible by; there is no reading it in the dark.

by Spurgeon

A Living Hope

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1 Peter 1:3-5 Amplified Bible

Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

[Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,

Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that [a]final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.

Are You Dying To Love?

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Galatians 2:20 The Voice

I have been crucified with the Anointed One—I am no longer alive—but the Anointed is living in me; and whatever life I have left in this failing body I live by the faithfulness of God’s Son, the One who loves me and gave His body on the cross for me.

1 Corinthians 12:31 The Voice 

Pursue the greater gifts, and let me tell you of a more excellent way—love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

It’s a loving God who birthed creation and now pursues a broken people in the most spectacular way. That same love must guide believers.

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.

Matthew 10:38 The Voice

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me on the narrow road, then you are not worthy of Me.

You’re Blessed

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Matthew 5:1-12 The Message

You’re Blessed

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

Update #3 On ‘Join Me In Prayer For Sarah’

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A big thanks again to all of you faithful prayer warriors for your continued prayer for Sarah & i. We feel so blessed to have so many loving brothers & sisters here. God bless you all.

We’ve just arrived home from Sarah’s latest appointment with the eye consultant. It’s good news as the really painful irritation has gone, no scratches or damage to the cornea and the thick grey curtain that Sarah was seeing, is now a thin grey voile, so healing nicely! 🙂

Sarah still has Corneal Oedema, and we’d love if you could continue pray for this particular healing.

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Blessed Is He That Readeth

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Revelation 1:1-3 King James Version

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Everlasting Life

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John 3:16-21 The Voice

For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction.

No one who believes in Him has to fear condemnation, yet condemnation is already the reality for everyone who refuses to believe because they reject the name of the only Son of God. Why does God allow for judgment and condemnation? Because the Light, sent from God, pierced through the world’s darkness to expose ill motives, hatred, gossip, greed, violence, and the like. Still some people preferred the darkness over the light because their actions were dark. Some of humankind hated the light. They scampered hurriedly back into the darkness where vices thrive and wickedness flourishes. Those who abandon deceit and embrace what is true, they will enter into the light where it will be clear that all their deeds come from God.

Jesus makes the point clear: stay connected to Him, and have no reason to fear. Jesus doesn’t mean that at the instant someone has faith, fear simply vanishes or only good things happen in that person’s life. In fact, the blessings that come with eternal life often have nothing to do with present or future circumstances, but they have everything to do with the individual’s connections to God and others. That is John’s message to his listeners. God came to earth embodied in flesh, and then He reached His greatest acclaim through a torturous death. If this is all true, then believers will find strength and beauty in places never imagined. Abiding in Jesus the Anointed is the good life, regardless of the external circumstances.

Just Wait In His Presence

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The whole duty and blessedness of waiting on God has its root in this, that He is such a blessed Being, full, to overflowing, of goodness and power and life and joy, that we, however wretched, cannot for any time come into contact with Him, without that life and power secretly, silently, beginning to enter into us and blessing us. God is Love! God’s love is just His delight to impart Himself and His blessedness to His children. Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you.

Andrew Murray

Blessed Is The One Who…..

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Psalm 1:1-6 (NIV) 

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Blessed Is The One Who…..

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Psalms 1:1-6 (NIV)

 

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Sunshine Award :D

The Sunshine Award

After a lovely sunny day I returned home and was stunned to find that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine award by Kristy at Family, friends and everything in between. So i’d like to say a huge thanks to her and also urge you to go and check out her amazing blog.

Rules for receiving the Sunshine Award:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • 10 other fabulous bloggers must be nominated.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

The 10 Questions:

  1. Favourite colour: Dark Blue/Purple
  2. Favourite animal: Bruce THE Boxer Dog & Penguins
  3. Favourite number: 7, My wedding day was 07/07/07
  4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee, and also Banana & Coconut Fizz
  5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter? For the pure accessibility reason I prefer Facebook
  6. My passion: To try and be the most loving Husband I can be!
  7. Prefer getting or giving presents: I love Giving. Although receiving presents from Sarah is amazing, she gives the best presents. My first ever present from her was a pair of Tama Iron Cobra twin bass Pedals for my drum kit! 😀
  8. Favourite pattern: Macassar Ebony (the wood on one of my Custom Taylor acoustic guitars)
  9. Favourite day of the week: Can I say all of them?! 😀
  10. Favourite flower: The one thats made of chocolate!

 Ten fabulous bloggers who deserve The Sunshine Award!:

  1.  WannabePhotographer87
  2. Photography Art Plus
  3.  Unwalled
  4. The One Thing I Know For Sure
  5. Theafraser
  6. Wings Of The Dawn
  7. Lexiedache
  8. Follow His Light
  9. Phyllis Georgina Rose – Maine Author
  10. Sheryl’s Bloggy Blog

Once again I would love to add more here! 😀 

The Versatile Blogger Award

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A huge thanks to Adeline at Dancing In The Storm for nominating me for this award. What an amazing blog she has showing how God works his will through people. I was worried that my blog might come across as messy as my posts can vary a bit. So when I received this award I realised my blog must actually be described as versatile! lol.

 Just checking I am following all of the rules;

1) Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post
2) Thank the person who presented you with the award and link back to him or her in your post
3) Share seven things about yourself
4) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers you’ve recently discovered. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Now for the challenging part: 7 Things about me…

1. I have more than a few guitars! My hope is for part of my legacy is to set up/give them to a charity for under privileged children who could learn to play, create and enjoy music.

2. I’ve got two tattoos

3. I have the best Wife in the world. Sarah is the custard on my apple crumble. (this might only be a compliment in the UK) 😀

4. I’ve never travelled abroad (yes i’m serious)……yet! lol

5. I still really miss my Boxer dog ‘Bruce’ even after 16 months! see ‘Bruce THE Boxer

6. I love coffee!

7. I still don’t understand why I can take half decent photos when I can’t see what I am taking!  A gift I just don’t understand! lol

And now, I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award, in no particular order:

God’s Enduring Love

 The One Thing I Know For Sure

IShaiyaFreshlySqueezed

 Maryanne Mistretta

Simplyenjoy

SimplyJuliana.com

 Its not really about me

 My Wall

 TheFeminineHeart

 Unshakable Hope

Here are 10 fantastic blogs so far, I will add more soon! 😀

 

The Reality Blog Award!

Reality Blog AwardWow, I am honoured to announce that I have been nominated for the Reality Blog Award by Pam, please check out her fantastic blog at animalpalooza. I am deeply touched to be thought of for having an inspiring blog. This is exciting for me as this is my first award. 😀

Those who are blessed enough to receive this award, are asked to post the picture of the award on their blog and link back to the person who nominated you.

There are 5 questions that go along with this award so here goes…

  1. If you could change one thing, what would you change? I would like to change peoples mindset on thinking that the church is a building Christians go to on a sunday morning!
  2. If you have just one book with you on a deserted island, what would it be? It would have to be the Bible, but as I am blind I have the audio version on my iPhone, so if its ok I would also like to take a solar powered battery pack so I can continue listening.
  3. What is one thing that really scares you? I would probably have to say spiders and creepy crawlies. As I can’t see them I always imagine them about five times the size, so I panic even more.
  4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you will be able to complete it? To be able to sing so that I can play and record some of the songs I have written. This is a huge task but I hope one day I will be able to hold a tune!
  5. If you could meet any TV or movie star who is still alive, who would it be? It would have to be Alice Cooper. I would love to talk with him about this amazing Christian journey

A few blogs that have inspired & moved me (in no particular order:

Deeply Rooted in Him

40YearWanderer

Dancing in the Storm

Peace of my Heart

The Most Excellent Way

Wannabephotographer87

Nancy Loderick’s Blog

Wings of the Dawn

I’m not sure how many amazing blogs I am allowed to nominate here? Sorry to anyone who is not on this list above, it seems unfair that I can’t add all of the blogs that have truly inspired me! So if I can’t add any more then this award is to everyone that I follow. God bless.

Thank You All!

 

200 Followers Badge

I was checking my notifications this morning and I was stunned to have found this badge. When I started this blog I had no idea of what the Lord had in store for me, only that he wanted me to share my story on here. I have no writing experience (as you may have guessed by now) and I’m a listener, not a talker so words don’t come easy for me.

Reading all of your comments of love and encouragement, and being able to learn so much through your personal testimonies, truly wise teachings, amazing photography and building friends through fellowship I feel deeply touched!

What I am trying to say is… THANK YOU ALL! 

I hope I can continue to be a small blessing or inspiration to you! God bless you all!

 

Thank You!

I would like to say a Huge Thank You to everyone who read’s/follows my Blog! When i started my Blog earlier this year i had no idea that anyone would read it never mind follow it. I am so Blessed that you take a little time to read some of the posts i upload and i hope that you are inspired and continue to follow as i try to make it more interesting in the future.

God Bless you all! 😀


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