Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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7.1.2018 [DAY 7]

Comfort zone

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Scriptures:  “You are the salt of the earth”. Matthew 15:13a

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The purpose of salt these days is to savour food. Some still use it to preserve food by salting, and especially brining with fish, but with modern-day preserving agents, refrigeration and freezers it’s not so widely used. Here are some interesting facts about salt:

Salting is the preservation of food with dry edible salt. It is related to pickling in general and more specifically to brining (preparing food with brine, that is, salty water) and is one form of curing. It is one of the oldest methods of preserving food, and two historically significant salt-cured foods are salted fish (usually dried and salted cod or salted herring) and salt-cured meat (such as bacon). Vegetables such as runner beans and cabbage are also often preserved in this manner. Salting is used because most bacteriafungi and other potentially pathogenic organisms cannot survive in a highly salty environment, due to the hypertonic nature of salt. Any living cell in such an environment will become dehydrated through osmosis and die or become temporarily inactivated. The food hence preserved stays healthy and fresh for days avoiding bacterial decay.

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Application: Jesus says that we [the Church] are the salt of the earth! When we use salt today it is usually in salt cellars or salt mills [for coarse grain salt] There are two ways to get the salt out of the cellar or mill: by [1] SHAKING or [2] GRINDING. Both ways agitate the salt to get out and do the job it was designed to do: “TO SAVOUR FOOD OR PRESERVE FROM IT CORRUPTION”. In other words to have a tasteful and preserving influence over food! 

Now, translate that into us [the Church] being the salt of the earth, [that is] ‘that the Church should bring a good savour, flavour and preserving influence on to the earth, or our nation, community or neighborhood!’ The question is are we being and doing what we were designed and destined to do? Am I bringing a savour and preserving effect upon my nation, community and neighborhood? You see, the problem is, we like the comfort zones of the salt cellars and mills, ‘that is the Church!’ So, there are times when God has to SHAKE us or grindingly AGITATE us to get us out of the Church comfort zone which is already full of salt and out into the earth which has little or no salt! We’ll dig a bit more into that next time.

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5.1.2018 [DAY 5]

Comfort zone

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Scriptures: At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.  Hebrews 12:26-28 English Standard Version (ESV)

We have been seeing how God sometimes has to shake our lives and stir our comfort zones to get us moving and busy. We saw this with the eagle analogy and how the mother has to sometimes withhold food, stir up the downy comfort of the nest and even start breaking up the nest also and more dramatically shove them off the nest to force them to do what God designed the to do! God designed eagles to soar and not sit comfortably at home in the nest or for Christians to fill a pew with nothing else to do. Listen to these words of Paul:

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The word in the Greek for masterpiece is ‘poema’ or poem or work of art. Poems are meant to be read and works of art to be displayed. Our lives have been planned or better still PREDESTINED to do good works that display God’s greatness.

Application: God has preplanned a purpose, a destiny for your life! Have you discovered yours yet? The secular, practical and spiritual works he preordained for your life so that your life would honour Him and bring Him glory? If not why not and what are you going to do about it? I have and still am discovering my own. So join me in a prayer and ask our heavenly Father to help us Discover, Develop and Deploy our callings and gifting’s:


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3.1.2018 [DAY 3]

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Image result for comfort zone pics ScripturesAs an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, He spread abroad His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions. Deuteronomy 32:11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition.

 Like an eagle that shakes its nest, that flies over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His wings. New Life Translation.

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Here are some more observations of Eagles from ornithology and the Bible:


Eventually, parent eagles return to the nest less frequently and with less food. When parents do return they may thrash about removing the comforts lining the nest. Bewildered, frustrated, and confused the eaglet moves, branches out of the nest, and begins to test out her wings out of desperation. Frustration, hunger, and discomfort are her parents’ intention.

The parents wisely know that without this disruptive environment their young will not grow, learn, and develop the essential skills for survival. Though the eaglet does not understand this at the time, the lack of food and removal of comfort is an act of tender care and love, a gift of provision by her parents who know that without the ability to fly, she cannot survive and thrive. Unknown to the eaglet, the parents are giving her the gift of flight . . . the gift of life.

Faith for the Christian is like flight for an eagle: essential to survive and thrive. Often times we feel like an eaglet: striving, flapping, flustered. Yet as we flap, forage, and fluster, our strength is given. Much like the eaglet bewildered by her parents, we may be bewildered by our Father God’s actions (or lack thereof). We may even feel our Father has forgotten us, abandoned us, or withheld good from us, sidelined us and benched us.

Yet, as the Lord did for the Israelite’s in the desert, so he encircles us, he cares for us, he keeps us as the apple of his eye. Though it may feel painful, and confusing, in stirring our nest, shaking our world and breaking up our comfort zone, our heavenly Father is actually giving us the gift of life . . . the gift of faith . . . the gift of flight.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Application: Ponder for a moment! Is there any area of your life where you feel unsettled, confused, misused or underused? Do you feel like your life’s being shaken but until now you’ve been unstirred, unmoved, comfortable? However, you are getting itchy feet, you long to fly and soar, you’re hungry for more of God and you are getting more and more dissatisfied with your comfort zone? Well, JOIN THE CLUB!! So too am I! Therefore I am doing this study as much for myself as yourselves! So, join me in prayer and make my prayer your own!

Prayer: Heavenly and loving Father God. I feel so unsettled and dissatisfied in certain area of my life. If it is you that’s stirring my nest, my comfort zone because it’s time to move on, time to fly the nest and soar much higher, then please keep shaking me and stirring me till I take off, fly and do what I’m destined to do. Thank you Lord  Amen.

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2.1.2018 [DAY 2]

Comfort zone

Image result for comfort zone pics ScripturesAs an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, He spread abroad His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions. Deuteronomy 32:11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition.

 Like an eagle that shakes its nest, that flies over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His wings. New Life Translation.

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Here are some observations of Eagles from ornithology:

Let me show you “the ways of an eagle” in the nest, and give you a picture of our lives as well. After the eaglets get to a certain size, or maturity, everything changes! One day the mother eagle comes back from being gone, but this time there’s no food in her beak, and she doesn’t land on the edge of the nest. Instead, she hovers over the nest.

Why does the mother do this? She is demonstrating that those curious appendages on the babies’ backs have a useful function. Eagles, of course, were meant to fly, but they don’t know that. If we take an eagle and separate it at birth from its parents, it will never learn to fly. It will just grovel around in the dirt like a chicken. It might even look up and see eagles soaring overhead and never guess that it was meant to soar in the heavens.

Eagles have to be taught, and that’s the mother’s job. So first she just demonstrates. The next thing she does is come down into the nest and surprise her young. One can imagine how warm it must normally be for the little eagles to snuggle with their mother and be enshrouded with her feathers, but this time she puts her head up against one of the little ones, and pushes that little one closer and closer to the edge of the nest.

All at once she pushes the little one out of the nest, and the eaglet falls down the face of the cliff, surely to be destroyed. But not so! In a flash the great mother eagle flies down, catches the little one on her back, and flies up and deposits it in the nest. The mother bird  then pushes the little one out again, and again, over and over until it begins to flap and fly.

Why would a mother do that to her young? Does she hates the little one? Not at all. It’s just that those little birds were made to fly, and they don’t know it, so she is going to push them out of the nest. She never lets them hit bottom, but she does let them fall, because they have to learn something they don’t know that they too can fly.

Application: Sometimes we all get into a comfort zone and settle into it. It’s warm and safe, but we’ll never do what we are called to do if we stay in it. So, like the mother eagle, there are times when God has to give us a gentle nudge and send us soaring down. He’ll then catch us, lift us up and repeat the process until we begin to learn to fly [spiritually] as we were designed and destined to do. More of this tomorrow.

Prayer: Heavenly and loving Father God. I know I was destined to soar on wings like eagles but spiritually. Sadly, like most of us I get caught in comfort zones and decide to settle into them. And even when at times I am shaken, nevertheless I am sometimes not stirred to get out my comfort zone. So you come as the mother eagle does to her young and stirs the nest. Lord if you have to shake me and stir up my comfort zone, then please do it as I do want to fly in my destiny. Thank You. Amen.

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2.1.2018 [DAY 1]

Comfort zone

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I would like to kick off this new year with the theme “shaken but not stirred!” [No it’s nothing to do with James Bond!] I will be doing a 31 days devotional to help encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and succeed like never before. Now, as we are already into day 2 of January, I’ll post two today. This will be day 1 and later day 2!

I’ll be using my S.A.P. format! Scripture Application Prayer. Sap is the life force of every plant or tree! Jesus said we are His branches connected to Him [the True Vine] so the life force that flows into us is the Holy Spirit [sap] who produces the fruit that we bear!


This year get out of your comfort zone.

Scripture: ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’

Isaiah 41:10

Two of our biggest fears are – failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge. It’s in accepting fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, that you learn to conquer it. Indeed, as you look back at what you’ve already overcome, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage – you actually grow stronger through it. If you’re anxious today, God is saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’ So trust Him, and get out of your comfort zone! An unknown poet wrote: ‘I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I couldn’t fail; the same four walls of busy work were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, but stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much; I said I didn’t care for things like dreams and goals and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone, but deep inside I longed for something special of my own. I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win; I held my breath and stepped outside and let the change begin. I took a step, and with new strength I’d never felt before, I kissed my comfort zone goodbye, then closed and locked the door. If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.’ The word for you today is: this year, get out of your comfort zone.  [Bob Gass]

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Application: I think the best way to apply Bob Gass’ thoughts and mulling’s are to get before the Lord at the start of this year and ask Holy Spirit to help you identify your comfort zone! Do your utmost not to follow the pattern of your comfort from last year, but determine to WRITE out what your comfort zone is and determine TO DO something about it this year. Make a prayer and promise before the Lord, then take a deep breath and just jump. Happy successes.

Prayer: Gracious God and Father. Thank you for all the good things you did for me last year! [Name them]…………………………………………………………………………………………………….  This year Lord Holy Spirit I want to go one step further, I want to get out of my comfort zone. Help me identify that zone of comfort, help me to face and overcome any fear, then help me to jump as a leap of faith into the divine destiny you have laid out for me. Thank you. Amen.

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January 1st 2018

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So Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,  in order to register with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was with child.

And so I will conclude these meditations on God’s perfect timing and how He brings about situations and events and allows things to happen and then blends them all together as the Perfect Spirit chef to bake a good and perfect outcome! He did this with Mary and Joseph! Their homeland was occupied by the Roman empire and likewise my dad’s family were forced into submitting to Germany’s occupying forces in a similar way as Mary and Joseph were to the Roman occupying forces. But God brought about a perfect outcome for them and he brought a good outcome for my dad and I have to say for myself also I guess? And we can all say that too in one degree or another of our Great and awesome God who knows the end from the beginning!

Whilst all this was happening in Europe, my mum’s family lived in Hill and Cakemore [Halesowen U.K.] My mum was about 15 years old at the onset of the war and so she was drafted into the land army to work on a farm in Welland Malvern. She spent all the war years there and in 1945 at the end of hostilities she returned to her dad and mum’s house in Halesowen. My dad also came down to and settled in Halesowen as a lodger to an old dear named Mrs Parsons. She just happened to live in King’s street which was a stones throw away from the borough hall [which was a kind of small town hall!] On a certain Friday night there was as big band dance night [old-fashioned disco!] My dad decided to go and enjoy himself, so too did my mum and I guess some of her family and friends. She took a shine to my dad and likewise he to her and the rest as they say is history.

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Some folk would look at these two stories and say “coincidence!” However in regards to Joseph and Mary it was not coincidence but a “God-incidence” that brought the Messiah into the world in God’s perfect time! As for my mum and dad, I believe it was destiny. If I get into the “what if” cycle it drives me nuts! What if Neville Chamberlain the then Prime minister of Great Britain had stood up to Hitler and threatened him not to attack Poland? Or what if my dad would’ve chosen POW camp instead of joining the German army? What if he’d been shot for desertion? And so it goes on. No, as far as I am concerned it was destiny or a better word is predestination. God’s will and perfect plan and it amazes me every time I think about it!

PRAYER. Heavenly Father and gracious God. I thank you that all your ways are perfect and your timing is spot on. Thank you that you know the end from the beginning and you knew exactly what you were doing in Mary and Joseph’s life, my mum and dad’s life and my life. You are amazing God. Now I pray, just as you were with me in 2017 where you blessed and prospered us so we could be a blessing to others, please continue to bless and prosper us so we can continually bless others. Thank you heavenly Father. Amen.


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December 30th 2017 

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So Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,  in order to register with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was with child.

So to my story. My dad was born and raised in Torun Poland! However, on September 1, 1939 because of the German-Soviet Pact of August 1939, which stated that Poland was to be partitioned between the two powers, this enabled Germany to attack Poland without the fear of Soviet intervention. On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. Just imagine how my dad felt as a young 17/18 year old knowing his homeland’s fate was to be the same as Czechoslovakia’s and Austria’s!? He, his dad, mum, sister and 2 brothers were carted off to Germany as pow’s. Fortunately because of their German/Austrian surname and ancestry the German authorities were lenient to them. My dad [the oldest male son] had the choice, go with the family into a reasonable pow camp or join the German army. So my dad knowing who the winning team was at this point joined up! I don’t blame him, I may have done the same thing.

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He didn’t tell us much about what happened, but I knew by his eyes that he saw some horrors so I never pursued it. However, he and some of his Polish friends were stationed near France as Germany moved in for the kill there! He never told us what they did [use your imagination] but they deserted, managed to get over the French border without being shot which was the penalty for desertion! He was shipped to Great Britain and my dad with his naval background served Britain in a Port in north east Scotland, somewhere near Aberdeen! Then at the end of the war he moved from Scotland to the Midlands! So, want to know what happened next? Then come back tomorrow for the conclusion of this amazing way God brings about His will and purposes in individual and corporate lives of people! How He can move people from one place to another to fulfill His plans and purpose to bring the right people together to fulfill His plans at the right time, in the right season and in the right places. God can and does work ALL THINGS together for good for those who love Him.


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