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A friend of mine (yes I do have some) posted the following on Facebook.

It is listed as Author Unknown

I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.

Praying The Lord’s Prayer

pray105“Our Father which art in heaven,”
Yes?
“Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying”
But you called me
“Called you? I didn’t call you. I’m praying. “‘Our  Father which art in heaven,”
There you did it again
“Did what?”
Called me.  You said, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Here I am.  What’s on your mind?
“But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying  my prayers for the day. I always say the  Lord’s Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like  getting a duty done.”
All right. Go on.
“Hallowed be Thy name.”
Hold it.  What do you mean by that?
“By what?”
By “Hallowed be Thy name?”
“It means. It means …. Good grief, I don’t know what it means.  How should I know?  It’s just a part of the prayer.  By the way, what does it mean?”
It means honoured,  holy, wonderful.
“Hey that makes sense. I never thought about what ‘hallowed’ meant before.” “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth  as it is in heaven.”
Do you really mean that?
” Sure, why not?”
What are you doing about it?
“Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up  there.”
Have I got control of you?
” Well, I go to  church.”
That isn’t what I asked you.  What about your  temper? You’ve really got a  problem there, you know.  And then there’s the  way you spend your money – all on yourself. And what about the kinds of  books you read
and what you watch on TV?

“Stop picking on me!  I’m just as  good as the rest of those people at church.”
Excuse me. I thought you were praying for my will to be done.  If that is to happen, it will have  to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you, for example.
“Oh,  all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups.  Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.”
So could I!!
“I haven’t thought about it very  much  until now, but I’d really like to cut out some of  those things. I would  like to, you know, be really free.”
Good.  Now we’re getting somewhere. We’ll work together, you and I. Some victories can be truly won. I’m proud of you.
“Look, Lord, I need to finish this up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does … Give us this day our daily bread.”
You could cut out the bread. It would help you lose weight.
“Hey, wait a minute! What is this, ‘Criticize, ME day?’ Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.”
Praying is a dangerous thing. You could wind  up changed, you know.  That’s what I’m trying to get across to you. Keep praying.  I’m interested in the next part of your prayer.
(Pause)
Well, go on.
“I’m scared to.”
Scared?  Of what?
“I know what you’ll say.”
Try me and see.
“Forgive us our sins, as we  forgive those who sin against us.”
What about Ann?
“See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why Lord she’s told lies about me, spread stories about my family. She
never paid back the money she owes me.  I’ve sworn to get even with her!”
But your prayer?  What about your prayer?
“I  didn’t mean it.”
Well, at least you’re honest.  But it’s not much fun carrying that load of bitterness inside you, is it?
“No. But, I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I got some plans for that neighbour. She’ll wish she had never moved into this neighbourhood.”
You won’t feel any better. You’ll feel worse. Revenge isn’t sweet. Think of how unhappy you already are. But, I can change  all that.
“You can? How?”
Forgive Ann. Then you’ll sense better My forgiveness for you. Then the hate and sin will be Ann’s problem and not yours. You will have settled your heart.
“Oh, you’re right. You always are. And, more than I want to get revenge against Ann, I want to be right with you. But, (Pause) … (Sigh) … All right. I forgive her.  Help her to find the  right  road in life, Lord.  She’s bound to be awfully miserable now that I think about it.  Anybody who goes around doing the things she does to  others has  to be out of it.  Someway, somehow, show her the right way.
There now!  Wonderful!  How do you feel?
“Hmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all. I feel pretty  great. You know, I don’t think I’ll have to go to bed uptight tonight for the first time since I can remember. Maybe I won’t be so tired from now on because I’m not getting enough rest.”
You’re not through with your prayers. Go on.
“Oh, all right. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Good! Good! I’ll do that. Just don’t put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.
“What do you mean by that?”
Don’t turn the TV on when you know the  laundry needs to be done and the house needs to be picked up.  Also about the time you spend with your friends, if you can’t influence the conversation  to positive things,
perhaps you should rethink the value of those friendships. Another thing, your neighbours and friends shouldn’t be your standard for “keeping up.” And please don’t use me as an escape hatch.

“I don’t understand that  last part.”
Sure you do. You’ve done it a lot of times.  You get caught in a bad situation. You get in trouble  and then you come  running to me: “Lord, help me out of this mess, and I promise you I’ll never do it again.” You remember some of those bargains you tried to make with me?
“Yes, and I’m ashamed, Lord, I really am.”
Which bargain are you remembering?
“Well, there was the night that my husband was gone and the children and I were  home alone.  The wind was blowing so hard I thought the  roof would go any minute and tornado warnings were out. I remember saying, ‘Oh God, if you  spare us,  I’ll never skip my devotions again.”
I protected you, but you didn’t keep your promise, did you?
“I’m sorry, Lord I really am. Up until now I thought that  if I just prayed the Lord’s Prayer every day, then I could do what I liked.  I didn’t expect anything  to happen like this.”
Go ahead and finish your prayer.
“For Thine is  the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen”
Do you know what would bring me glory? What would really make me happy?
“No, but I’d like to know. I want to please  you. I can see what a mess I’ve made of my life. And I can see  how great it  would be to really be one of your followers.”
You just answered the question.
“I did?”
Yes. The thing that would bring me glory is to have  people like you truly love Me. And I see that happening between us. Now that some of these old sins are exposed and out of the way, there is no  telling what we can do together.
“Lord, let’s see what we can make of me, OK?”

God bless you

Ray

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God at work ‘ behind the scene’

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Coincidence. I think not

I love hearing stories of how God works ‘behind the scene’

 Recently a new couple joined Christian House Sitters and asked us to help them find someone to look after their rather lovely home.

Great that is what we are here for. But it was very short notice. They needed a suitable sitter very soon as they were booked to go away on vacation.

 When they contacted me they sent an additional note explaining the short notice. It said;
“It is last minute so we appreciate that it may not be possible to find someone at short notice.
My daughter was going to look after the house and pets but her sister is now coming back from New Zealand and so they both want to join us on vacation.
Our postman (name removed) who knows us and our dog told me about your site as his sister (name removed) uses your service It was a God- incidence conversation!”

 God moves in mysterious ways.

 One of our members told her brother about Christian House Sitters
The brother happens to be the postman serving a family who need a sitter.
They happen to get into conversation.
The postman remembers what his sister said and tells them
Praise God.Romans 11:25-36

If you are needing someone to look after your home and pets or if you are interested in a rent-free vacation don’t wait to be told by your postman have a look at our website www.christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

 

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Read This – Highly recommended

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Hi

In this blog post I am diverting from our normal type of post in order to tell everyone about a wonderful new book.Hurting in Hope

Let me give you a little background.

About 60 years ago I became friends with a lovely family who had moved onto a farm near where we lived in South Africa. It was through this family that I was introduced to the message of God’s love and salvation so I will always be thankful to them. I am happy to say that after all these years we are still in contact even though their one son who was my closest friend now lives in America and I now live in England.

Their oldest son has a son called Alan Lester who is a sound, solid and lovely man whose life is dedicated to God.

Alan’s wife died very suddenly and from his grief Alan has written this wonderful book.

Yes I may be slightly biased in favour of him because of our history but as a (retired) Psychologist and as one who has trained literally hundreds of Christians as Counsellors up to the standard where they could be fully accredited I am not easily impressed by books on bereavement or the grief process. This book is different!

I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Get a copy. You never know when the information found in it may be just what you need to help someone else or even for your self.

I downloaded the e-book from Amazon and it was only £1.80

The book is called Hurting in Hope: Mom has Died by Alan Lester

God bless you

Ray

 

 

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Orphan elephant adopted by family of buffalo

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A friend of mine posted an article to Facebook about an elephant that has lived as a buffalo for over 40 years.

Elephant with Buffalo
If you want to read the full article you can do so by simply clicking here. But briefly it seems this elephant was orphaned in 1970 and adopted by a heard of buffalo. She has lived with the herd of buffalo ever since and has no interest in being reintroduced to elephant herds. She has become a buffalo.

The story touched my heart.

It also brought to mind the children that we provide for at Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. Many are orphans. Often because of the effects of AIDS, malaria and other local health problems. These children have been ‘adopted’ into the home. Not a heard of buffalo but a family of other children, adults who love and care for them, an opportunity for an education, clothing, medical care and a strong Christian environment.

Our Administrator at the Home is Erick Owino who was himself an orphan living on the streets as a young child, frequently hungry, always in danger before he was taken into a Christian Children’s Home. Now as an educated adult he helps look after the next generation of struggling children.

Please help us to help these children.

Their only income is from Christian House Sitters. (All our income goes to the home) and from people who choose to either sponsor a child or to make an occasional donation.

All funds are passed through our charity arm T.L.C. Children’s Trust (Registered Charity Number 1156786) and we carefully monitor where it is used. We are in contact with the home a few times every week and know exactly where the money is used.

Please also join us in praying as we urgently need £6,000 to build 2 more dormitories as our facilities are simply not sufficient for the number of children.

If you or your church can help even in a very small way please get in touch.

If you would like to know more about the home or the charitable trust please click here.

To find out more about Christian House Sitters click here

God bless you,

Ray

 

 

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Some people are unbelievable

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Understanding PeopleI will never understand people.

That is a strange remark from someone who has a doctorate in Psychology, who taught Counselling and has spent years working with people but I am still constantly surprised by people.

Let me give you an example.

Christian House Sitters offers people all over the world an opportunity to enjoy a rent free vacation. This has blessed hundreds of people. Yet yesterday I got an email from someone complaining that they are expected to cover their own travelling expenses to get to the place where they will be staying rent-free.

The lady said that she wanted to have a 2 week vacation with her husband and 3 children, they found an ideal house through our site with a swimming pool, 4 bedrooms, beautiful garden and a lovely location and on this occasion not even any pets to look after. Ideal for them but she wanted to know why she should cover the cost of the journey from where she lives to the vacation property.

Out of interest I looked it up and she would be driving about 100 miles.

Who does she think should pay this? The people who are allowing her the privilege of staying free of charge in their home?

It works both ways. Our home owners are normally delighted that someone is going to stay in their home, protect the property from intruders, and often look after their animals free of charge. But recently a potential owner decided not to register because we refused to allow him to demand that a sitter spend their time doing some major repairs to his roof. Why should they?

Our philosophy is really simple. We believe everyone benefits from our system. Sitters enjoy a rent-free vacation and owners enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their home and pets (if they have any) are looked after. Both sides also have the joy of being able to help another Christian.

We therefore do not allow either side to charge a fee nor do we allow owners to demand that the sitters spend their vacation working.

Ahh I hear someone object but surely Christian House Sitters is making lots of money through this.

NO!

Marilyn and I personally cover all the costs of running this ministry and ever penny of income goes via our registered charity (T.L.C. Children’s Trust charity number 1156786) to support a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya where really needy children are helped with accommodation, schooling, clothing, food and medical care.

If you would like a rent-free vacation or to have someone look after your home free of charge please visit our website for more details. CLICK HERE

If you would like to know more about the Children’s Home then please CLICK HERE

God bless you,

Ray

 

 

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Seeing life differently.

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A different view

Those of you who’ve been following this blog will know that I have been waiting for an operation on my eye. I had it yesterday.

I am thrilled with the result but it is going to take some time to adjust.

All my life I have been shortsighted and have therefore had to wear glasses in order to do everything. Even though I have worn them for almost 60 years I have never liked wearing glasses. They cause problems in the rain and they are just a bit of a pain at times but I have got used to them.

Over the years my shortsightedness has got progressively worse until I could only see clearly for about 8 inches in front of my face. Anything beyond that I needed my glasses.

To make things slightly more difficult I started to develop cataracts in both eyes and have been waiting for them to mature and then be removed.

The operation I had yesterday was to remove the cataract from my left eye but the hospital now do things somewhat differently. They not only removed the cataract but they actually removed the entire lens from my eye and replaced it with an artificial lens adjusted to my prescription to give me perfect distance vision with that eye.

As result I can now see very clearly from the horizon until about 3 feet from my face. I don’t think I have ever seen as clearly. The operation itself was not at all traumatic and I am delighted with the result.

I still need to have my right eye done. I understand that the waiting list for this will be a few months as they have to wait one month after doing the first eye to check on its progress before booking the appointment for the second eye.

The result is that I can now see clearly for the first 8 inches from my face through my right eye after which everything becomes out of focus and I can see from about 3 feet away to the horizon through my left.

This leaves a gap from about 8 inches to 3 feet where I can’t see clearly with either eye.

That is a little awkward as I need vision in that particular area in order to work the computer, run Christian housesitters, do my duties as a church treasurer, preaching etc.

I’ve been experimenting today and find that the best solution, at the moment, is to put an eye patch over my repaired left eye and then put on my old glasses which enables my right eye to see for those tasks. Now all I need is a parrot on my shoulder and I will be a bona fides pirate.Pirate

Thank you for everyone who has sent messages of support and prayers. God has done a wonderful job, as he always does, and I am thrilled with the results of yesterday’s operation.

I would still appreciate your prayers for the next couple of months that the appointment for my second eye will come through quickly and that I will find the best way to do those jobs which require vision in the section where I am at present still having problems.

God bless you,

Ray.

 

 

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I was frustrated but……

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I was feeling frustrated.

My vision is not as good as it should be because of cataracts and I am on the waiting list for cataract surgery at the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset. The wait has dragged on and on making life a little difficult at times as I depend on my vision for almost everything that I do from running Christian House Sitters through driving, preaching and even on to handling the finances as church treasurer.

Eventually I was contacted and told the operation would take place on the 12th of May. I was delighted but then got a call to say “sorry it has to be postponed” Grrrr

Then another call saying it was re booked for the 23rd of May. Phew relief.

A few days before the due date another phone call “sorry we have to cancel the appointment due to unforeseen circumstances but we will re book you asap

The frustration began.

Every morning I watched for the postman and waited for a phone call.

So far nothing.

Every day I moaned at God “Why did you let then cancel my appointment you know I need it?”

Today I read the local newspaper and saw the following article.

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Cataract patients suffer complications after private firm’s operations at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
9:00am Thursday 29th May 2014
A PRIVATE firm hired to perform routine eye surgery at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital had its contract terminated after dozens of patients suffered mystery complications. More than half the 62 patients who had cataracts removed earlier this month experienced blurred vision and swollen corneas – normally one in 400 have such side effects, according to Musgrove.
Patients, who were treated under local anaesthetic in a mobile unit beside the day surgery unit, have been recalled and given treatment to ease the problem, but some may need further surgery in the future……..

God knows what He is doing.Perfect Timing

His timing is perfect.
His delays are for our good.
I am reminded that I need to trust Him and stop my complaining.

God bless you,

Ray

 

 

 

Funny Picture of Operating Theatre

 

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