SPIRITUALITY in our Daily Lives

Spirituality is not a luxury, something for people who have nothing else to do but sit around and meditate. In fact, it is the lack of spirituality in daily life that is causing the breakdown and destruction of our planet and our civilisation. As we restore spirituality we can find methods of working together to … Continue reading

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Calming the Mind

I received this via email today and love it so thought I would share it with everyone. Don’t give your mind permission to get disturbed.  A disturbed mind is easily influenced.  This will cost you your peace.  Learn to maintain your peace by freeing yourself from attachments.  Competing or comparing yourself with others will not … Continue reading

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The lighter side to life – Chuckle and Smile

Sitting in a ‘diner’ booth, the old  husband leans over and asks his old  wife, ‘Do you remember when we were newly married, and had sex in the park close-by over fifty years ago? Yes, she says, ‘I remember it well.’ OK,’ he says, ‘How about taking a stroll to the same place in the … Continue reading

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Delicious Fettuccine and Sauce

Paglia E Fieno with Bacon,  Peas and Mushrooms If dried porcini mushrooms can’t be found, look for boletus or cepes.   If reducing the amount of parsley, reduce the amount of cream also  so that the sauce retains the right consistency. Ingredients: 225 g fresh plain fettuccine or 150 g dried fettuccine 225 g fresh … Continue reading

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The Dove of Peace – Conflict

Dove of Peace There has probably never been a time where there has been so much fear and conflict across the world, not just across oceans and borders but across the breakfast table. In fact it is said that many now prefer conflict to peace, as they become addicted to the actions of anger and … Continue reading

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The Original

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” ~Judy Garland “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”  ~John Mason “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 (NASB

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Butterfly Cottage – Home

I spent the most amazing day with my hubby today – all we did was work in our garden!  The amazing thing… is that we are so in unison with one another – we work so well together.  We are just so good for one another.  A while ago I promised to post some pics … Continue reading

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Marck & Michael

I don’t have a post for today… but I do, however, have a photograph of my two sons taken on my Elder Son’s 30th Birthday in Cape Town, South Africa.  I wasn’t there to share this with him and this photo means the world to me!!! “If I must boast, I will boast of the … Continue reading

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Judging Me

 Don’t judge me by my past because I don’t live there anymore! “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

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Amy Winehouse

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Died:  Today You are finally at peace Amy Winehouse…  and you leave this world with … Continue reading

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Enjoy Moments of Silence

When you open your eyes in the morning, sit for a moment and appreciate the gift of the new day, create a peaceful thought and enjoy some moments of silence throughout the whole day. See the beauty that surrounds you – out of the darkness, there comes light! Every negative can be turned into a … Continue reading

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God in the Stars

“There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows what He is doing.  (They hang there, the stars, like notes on a page of music, free-form verse, silent mysteries swirling in the blue like jazz.)  And as I lay there, it occurred to me that God is up there … Continue reading

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Blackberry and Slow Gin Jam/Jelly

Although blackberries are full of wonderful flavour, they are also full of pips. Turning them into a deep-coloured jelly is a good way to make the most of this full-flavoured hedgegrow harvest.  This preserve is delicious served with richly flavoured roast meat, e.g. lamb. I like a dab of jelly on a square of cheese … Continue reading

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Shirley’s Story

I see a little girl skipping home from school in the later afternoon sun.  Her dress is a hand-me-down, her shoes are unpolished and her socks no longer have elastic around the top.  She walks across a barren yard toward a small house.  It is badly in need of paint and repair. How tenderly I … Continue reading

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Failure and Success

Pereseverance is failing ….. (19) nineteen times and….. succeeding the (20th) twentieth time!!! ~  Julie Andrews

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Weight GAIN

I am really upset with myself today!   Not at what has happened …. but the fact that I have NOT taken control and,  have allowed it to happen! I can’t blame anyone else, accept myself.  The first thing that came to mind was to blame my husband. It’s all his fault 😦 He is … Continue reading

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Think before you Speak LIFE IS A GIFT

Today before you think of saying an unkind word  ~ think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food  ~ think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife  ~ Think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion. Today before … Continue reading

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A Poem – Rejoice and be Thankful

Each day, upon my daily round, I find myself on holy ground – The morning-glories on my fence Inspire quiet reverence. Just one small, tender seedling grew, And now, this miracle in blue. A robin in the apple tree Sings out his glad doxology. I hear the pure, unsullied joy Of laughter from a little … Continue reading

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A Holy Life

Have you ever had difficulty with this Scripture verse: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ (Leviticus 11v44; 1 Peter 1v16)? Since most people think being holy is synonymous with being sinless, who could possibly be holy?  It’s unattainable ….. unimaginable! A friend once said, ”I know holy means ‘set apart”, but I don’t want to be set apart.  … Continue reading

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REJOICE

                                   When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves, Praise the Lord. Hear this, you kings!  Listen you rulers! I will sing to the Lord, I will sing; I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel. You who ride on white donkeys, sitting on your … Continue reading

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An Ancient Peace

I….. thought this was quite amazing. This morning My Post was on Peace (allbeit a different kind) tonight I received this message via email which I thought I would share with you as well!! There is a silence into which the world cannot intrude. There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have … Continue reading

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Seeds of Peace

                                                         I g n o r a n c e makes you believe that life functions haphazardly. W i s d o m teaches you that everything that happens in this  ‘theatre of life’ has profound significance. What you see today is not the fruit of chance but a fruit from seeds planted in the … Continue reading

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Beef Sate – Chinese Style

Recipe and Photo Source: Chinese Cooking Class Cookbook ‘Australian Womens Weekly’                                                         I found a recipe the other day that I haven’t used for absolutely a.g.e.s.    It is FANTASTIC! Beef in most Chinese recipes is generally cut into very fine slices.  TIP:  Put the beef into the freezer for 30 minutes to make slicing easier. Ingredients: … Continue reading

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Worship in Our Daily Lives

I will say it again…… I love blogging and bringing different scenarios into the fro from the Bible. As many have said.. there are so many different versions from so many different translations and so much has got muddled up over the long lost years……… but at the end of the day, the most important … Continue reading

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Chicken Cacciatore with Chutney – Debra’s Way

  Ingredients 1.5kg of chicken pieces 1 and a half cups of chutney 2 tablespoons of oil 2 finely chopped onions 3 cloves of crushed garlic half a cup of white wine 1 and a half tablespoons of vinegar 1 chicken stock cube half a cup of water 1 full teaspoon of dry basil 1 … Continue reading

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Unlawful Sexual Relations – Old Testament

Original Image : Tamson Weston Modified for this Post : Debra Archibald                                                MOSES writes the book of Leviticus while the Israelites are in the wilderness, before they enter the promised land. In it he reports to them the numerous religious, civil and moral laws that Gods revealed to him on Mount Sinai. As you … Continue reading

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The MELODY of Life

          In music there is a wonderful thing called ‘phrasing’ where the performer punctuates or caresses the flow of sound according to the mood and emotion he or she wants to convey. The rising and the falling, the peaks and the valleys are what makes music so interesting. This is what allows the artist to … Continue reading

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Emerald, another photo

Photo taken 05/07/2011

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Chicken and Chicklet Update 05 July 2011

I didn’t realise that I have missed giving everyone an update. Petunia was FINALLY accepted into the ‘family’ and Tony and I breathed a heavy sigh of relief.  Thanks to all the encouragement from friends 🙂 Then, Petal got extremely broody and wouldn’t leave the nest (all this being a learning curve for me 🙂 We took … Continue reading

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Introduction to Emerald

”Emerald” Taken today 04/07/2011 Today I would like to introduce you to “Emerald!” (Note the colour of her eyes! ..  😉 Wizard is MY first ‘Kitty Love’ but Emerald is my second… Wizard was supposed to be MY CAT but my husband Tony, hi-jacked him! ;( Now… I have Emerald, Tony has Wizard (below) and … WE have … Continue reading

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Petal and her Chicklets

Just thought I would add an updated photo of the ‘new one’s.  We still cant ‘sex’ them as yet; hope they are all girls otherwise my hubby is going to give away the male one’s ;(    not happy ! 4 of the 5 little one’s ~ (Bluebell is not in the picture) Photo taken … Continue reading

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Light and Darkness

                                                         “Why begin a Christian meeting by rebuking all the powers of evil in the place? If people gather together in the name of Jesus, demons definitely don’t! In fact, if they had any sense, they’d keep well away! BUT, there’s someone who is there every time people gather in Christ’s name ~ the HOLY … Continue reading

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PLAIN Basic MARINARA Seafood Sauce

Please remember that this is a very Basic/Plain Sauce version…… I like to spice mine up and add onions, lots of chilli etc but that’s for another time….. Ingredients: 500g prawns (de-veined) and peeled 250g scallops 8 oysters 45g can flat anchovy fillets 5 large ripe tomatoes half a cup of dry white wine half … Continue reading

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I’m totally relaxed

WIZARD 22/06/2011

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Women

I don’t know where this originates from, it was shared some time ago on Facebook and I like it!

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Father’s Day – 2011

This is terrible… I just realised that I don’t have a photo of My Dad!!!! Saturday 18th June 2011.   With our move from South Africa to the United Kingdom, a couple of boxes got lost with a lot of family photos in it 😦 (Sunday:  19th – I found a photo of my Dad Yeahhhhh … Continue reading

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Menopause Part 1

Dr Christine Northrup and the book ‘The Wisdom of Menopause’. This book helped me understand what I was going through, making this life situation a little easier.  I thought  I was going MAD but after reading this book, realised that I am a normal woman going through The Menopause 🙂  A lot of the information I am … Continue reading

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A Living Sacrifice

The Joy of the Lord is MY strength I have noted a scripture below and am interested to hear how YOU interpret presenting your bodies as a living sacrifice? In short – to me, it is ‘the lifestyle I LIVE!’ The transparency of my life – being a living testament to Jesus! (walking in HIS Grace). … Continue reading

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A Gentle Reminder – Especially to Myself

Picture taken from PhotoBucket                                                        BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble”. So we will not fear! Psalm 46. To me …. one of the qualities that characterizes a spiritual person is the great calm he/she maintains under every circumstance. … Continue reading

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Divine Macaroni Pasta with RICH CHEESE SAUCE

This picture is from  askamum.co.uk on the web. Although it is not THIS recipe, it looks very similar at the end! This is not for the ‘faint hearted’ or diet conscious person.  (Lots and lots of cheese)which makes this a rich and creamy sauce for a macaroni/pasta dish which uses Fontina, a slightly sweet and nutty cheese.  It … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Gods Creation amongst Chaos

I have had a lot of bother and sleepless nights with recent incidents in my life. Waking up to a new day with everything that can possibly go wrong in a day ….. happening! I had forgotten to take meat out of the deep-freeze to defrost naturally for supper.  Thinking I will defrost this in the microwave, … Continue reading

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Faith

                                                      Courtesy of blogcritics.org Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. 1Timothy 1:19~NLT ♥ “He will have no fear of bad news;  his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm 112:7 (NIV)

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For a Friend

I know you believe you understand what I said,  but I’m not sure you realize that what you read is not what I meant. Don’t walk in front of me Don’t walk behind me Walk beside me …. and just be my friend Friends are jewels from Heaven and should be treasured Photo:  courtesy of … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

Conversation is exercise of the mind.. Gossip is simply exercise of the tongue.  If you didn’t see it with your eyes it shouldn’t be coming out of your mouth (~~,) I personally think this is good advice! A friend recently posted this on her profile and I sent her a private message relating to this. … Continue reading

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Andrew Roebert GIVING GOD CONTROL

I receive a message in my email every day from (Alive to God Ministries) and felt led to share this with you today as it really touched my heart! WINTER: We write to you from a chilly Pretoria, here in South Africa. The winter has made itself felt but our hearts are warmed as we … Continue reading

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Jenny Parker – Guest Post on LOVE

Today I would like to share a Message/Sermon given by a fellow Christian Woman!  Photo by dixianbaptist on Photo Bucket LOVE The state of the world is a cause for concern; constant strife; conflict and hatred amongst people that are flooding the world like an ominous wave. The evidence that God loves us is irrefutable.  God gave … Continue reading

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REFLECTION True or False

Do ‘other’s see you’ as you think you see yourself!        You reflect yourself by the friends you seek,  By the very manner in which you speak, By the way you employ your leisure time, By the use you make of pound and penny. You tell what you are by the clothes you wear, By the … Continue reading

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Holy Ground – John 17 vs 26

                                    It’s time to TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES.  You are about to move on HOLY GROUND. In the literature written by human beings on this planet, John 17 is the only lengthy conversation ever recorded between God and God! ‘Let us make man in our image’ (Genesis: 1v26). ‘I praise you, Father …. because you … Continue reading

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Sadness vs Life

                                                         “You cannot prevent the birds of ‘sadness’ from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.” – Unknown

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Introduction to Wizard

I don’t know if I have shared before… but I have been aching to get a kitten/cat!  I have tried every trick in the book and finally, my hubby succumbed to saying yes!!! ‘He wants to encourage the birds in the garden and he was afraid that a cat might throw a pigeon in the works….’ … Continue reading

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A DIFFERENT Vegetarian Sweetcorn Curry *** Slimmers Version

Tender yellow sweetcorn kernels are cooked with red peppers and tomatoes in this tasty DIFFERENT vegetarian curry. You can use canned sweetcorn kernels (I actually prefer the tinned version) 2 fresh corn-on-the-cob Light oil spray 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 red peppers, de-seeded and cut into 2 cm cubes 1 fresh green chilli, cut in … Continue reading

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Faith in action

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas

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Home

Some of our hidden strength comes from knowing……. where our home is! I remember different holidays over different periods of time…. Sleeping in different beds, a hotel, a cabana, a boat, a gullet etc…..  We literally lived out of our suitcases.  Whilst on holiday, my Bible, my notebook and the different beds… became home.   Could … Continue reading

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Trust

My 2 Son’s, Marck & Michael A Mother comes equipped with an internal anxiety meter.  It’s right in the middle of her heart and has each child’s name engraved on it.  There are certain phrases in the English Language that cause it to jump and spin ….. ”Mom, my principal wants a meeting with you right away!. … Continue reading

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The ‘I Can’t Club’!!!!

                                                          Under the bylaws, club members are required to make ‘I can’t’ statements with conviction: ”I can’t quit this sin. ”I can’t forgive – again!” ”I can’t help but hate after what he/she/they has/have done to me”. Because of the fervor of these statements, it sounds as if each is an unchangeable, universal law. Everyone … Continue reading

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Hot Cross Buns (Hubby Tony’s Recipe)

Easter is celebrated  in different ways all over the world. Hot cross buns & spice buns which are similar,  decorated with the symbolic cross are generally eaten on Good Friday. Ingredients 375 ml Milk 60 g butter 4 x 250 ml cake flour 15 ml mixed spice 5 ml ground cinnamon 5 ml salt 55 … Continue reading

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Chilli-Spiced Squid/Calamari ***

                                          Try to make sure that you have FRESH Squid/Calamari. Remember …. this only needs a very short time to cook – you don’t want it all rubbery and tough! The entire cooking time for this recipe should be about 20 minutes. The preparation time should be about 10 minutes. Ingredients 700g/1lb/ 8oz of fresh squid/calamari … Continue reading

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Easter & Jesus

Greatest man in history (Past/Present/Future), named Jesus, who had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He … Continue reading

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Financial Wealth & Fellowship

Some of us feel that it is a lack of money that holds us down! Gideon repled to God’s request, ”But Lord …. how can I save Israel?  My clan is the weakest in Mannaseh, and I am the least of my family”.  (Judges:  6v15)  With no finances behind him at all, Gideon was turned into … Continue reading

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Going upPPPPP – for now ;(

                                          No ….. no no no no I don’t have a big smile on my face! but….. I am still POsitiVe!!!!!! Instead of losing a couple of pounds, I have gained a couple of pounds. OH DeAr……  :O I have gained 2 of these so far :o( Keep smiling, keep persevering…. keep drinking lots of … Continue reading

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Trust..Pray..Trust..Pray

I woke up this morning feeling a bit ‘grey’ – Not my normal sprightly self!  The words that keep pounding in my head are Trust Pray Trust Pray ……. I can’t seem to get them out of my mind! This brought me to a poem, written by:  Louisa M R Stead that I would like to share … Continue reading

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You only have ONE life

                                         We only have one life ….                                          and this is it!  Irrespective of the hand we have been dealt the luck we have had or the family we come from this is the only shot we have so we better make the most of it. Be the best we can be make the most … Continue reading

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A Whale of a Time :)

What a glorious day!   The weather was beautiful.  My ‘girls’ (the chickens) weren’t fighting …. tooo much…. anyway. ‘big smile on my face! I walked around the entire garden.  Gave it a lovely sprinkling of water and once again was amazed at the amount of growth on the trees and flowers etc.  My darling hubby, digging away … Continue reading

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Courgette & Lentil Curry *** (Baby Marrow, Zucchini-a type of squash)

Ingredients 6 green cardamom pods – crush lightly 2 teaspoon cumin seeds 3 cloves 1 red onion, finely diced 5 crushed garlic cloves 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger (peeled first) 2 fresh sliced red chillies  225 g washed and drained split yellow lentils  1 teaspoon turmeric 2 teaspoons of ground cumin 2 courgettes, chopped roughly 2 roughly … Continue reading

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Self Sacrifice

Once upon a time, there were  two porcupines – desiring to get warm, they drew close to each other.  As they did, they needled one another.  It hurt so much that they pulled apart.   But when they did, they got cold again, so they drew close once more, and hurt each other as before.  Their predicament, … Continue reading

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Honour & Hope

Honour and reverence, and the good repute that follows faithful service as its fruit, be unto him, whom, living, we salute. Morituri Salutamus Hope is the certain expection of glory in the hereafter, which preceedeth From grace divine and merit precedent. Dante’s Paradise – Trans.

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Petunia

Flower (white), Petal (Grey) Poppy (Black/Brown) Please take note the ‘three’ girls are having their sand-bath and excluding little ‘Petunia’. Petunia’s First Egg (In the kitchen) Just before bed-time at about 19h30 in the evening Petunia about to lay her ‘first egg ‘These Pictures have been taken with my Nokia Phone Camera as they are … Continue reading

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An addition to the family…. (no, it’s not a baby!)

Day One A day that should have been a happy one, turned into sadness! As everyone knows – We have three beautiful chickens (my babies)  Petal, Poppy & Flower.  Yesterday, my hubby and I bought another (and called her, Petunia).  I was quite excited and couldn’t wait to get home to introduce her to the other three. I was so … Continue reading

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Today – A lifetime of Experience

Treat TODAY as if it were your last day on this Earth!     Look at it as a ‘New Beginning’ or an End!   I choose ‘New Beginning’!!!! CRY  ~  LAUGH  ~  LOVE  ~  LIVE

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De-Clutter

De-Clutter : Is there such a word? I’m going through a funny phase of life right now…  All I want to do is ‘de-clutter’.  I have too many ‘things’. I used to live in a very large house with lots of lovely ‘things’ .  Now, I live in a smaller house with lots of lovely … Continue reading

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Spicy Carrot & Coriander Soup *** Hot/Cold

This is a lovely soup, gently spiced with cumin, cardamom and coriander Serves 4 Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon of ground cumin half a teaspoon of ground coriander quarter teaspoon of mild/medium/strong (your choice) chilli powder quarter teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds 2 garlic cloves – crushed 600g peeled and chopped carrots salt freshly … Continue reading

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Debra’s Chinese Sweet & Sour Sauce

In my opinion, this is probably one of the most popular sauces served in Chinese Restaurants. Ingredients 15 ml of vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, finally chopped 1 spring onion, but into short sections 1 small green pepper, seeded and diced 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and thinly shredded 15 ml light soy sauce 30 … Continue reading

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A Butterfly’s Courage

I came across this wonderful little story about courage that I would like to share with you. I hope you will be as inspired by it as I was!   Walking down a path through some woods in Georgia in 1977, I saw a water puddle ahead on the path. I angled my direction to go … Continue reading

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COURAGE

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

We all know that mirrors don’t lie… I’m just grateful that they don’t laugh, as well                                       

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My Darling Hubby

Mostly everyone who know’s me  is aware that I have an extremely sensitive nose (which is a good thing …..:) The sensitive ‘nose’ thing ! I woke up this morning to a whiff of something lovely coming from the kitchen! Off course, I immediately knew it was a cake – Yummy!!! only…. it was a chocolate … Continue reading

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True Friends

Pray for those we love – and be reminded,  once again, that God’s love unites people as friends – forever! Friends with a common bond! TIME has a way of defining true friends.  I have discovered that passing years and growing distance are ineffective obstacles to the mutual love between my friends and me.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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My Garden

Out of the darkness & despair comes life & light Butterfly Cottage Photo’s ~ December 2010 I am sharing ‘just this ONE photo’ today, with more to follow  as part of my Journey through Life! Life is so Fragile and yet ………..

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Going d.o.w.n ………. Yippeeeeeeeeee !

40 pounds to go 21 pounds lost since December 2010 Lost 1 inch around my waist Lost another inch around my hips 🙂 I was thinking  ….. hmmmmm :  what exactly am  I doing differently – besides eating less and being more observant of ‘how/what’ I cook my food in?  I do so LOVE my … Continue reading

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A Classic Indian Curry – Chicken ***

If my recipe has 3 stars *** after the name, then you know it’s a special recipe for those of us trying to lose weight and still enjoy the goodness and flavour of lovely food! Ingredients 1 kg chicken thighs (remove the skin and debone then cut into large pieces) Salt Ground Black Pepper Oil … Continue reading

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Woe …. sniff sniff :( is me!

Surely this is an honest admission.  What Christian has not sincerely grieved over her own spiritual shortcomings:  over ‘doing those things I ought not to have done and leaving undone those things I ought to have done’  (to paraphrase the Book of Common Prayer). No follower of  Christ was ever more acutely conscious of this … Continue reading

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F A I T H

When you come to the end of all the light  you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness  of the unknown, Faith, is  ………………  knowing that one of two things will happen: Either ……  you will be given something solid to stand on, or… You will be able to fly ~Edward Teller ·       

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Pork Vindaloo ***

If my recipe has 3 stars *** after the name, then you know it’s a special recipe for those of us trying to lose weight and still enjoy the goodness and flavour of lovely food! Ingredients 500gsm pork cut into bit size chunks (alll visible fat removed) 125ml vinegar 2 peeled onions, largely grated 2 teaspoons oc … Continue reading

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Thy Word ‘A Lamp unto My Feet’

Music inspired from the Book of Psalms (119) I have a “nagging in my belly” to play the following for ‘all of us out there’ that are feeling kind of lonely or lost today! You will see that there isn’t a single word to add to this: as it says it all…….. J Two great … Continue reading

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Distant Lamps

We see but dimly through the mists and vapours Amid these earthly damps; What seems to us but sad, funeral tapers, May be heaven’s distant lamps.                                                                                                                             Resignation

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Debra’s Gardening Corner

 As you get to know me, you will learn that I am truly passionate about many things.  Somehow I don’t tend to do things in small measures!  I decide on something and just run with it……. before I know it, I have either got myself into ‘trouble’ of sorts – 😉 or just living another dream! One … Continue reading

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No East or West

With the current state of affairs in the world (Japan) earthquakes, tsunamis, different languages and people… I thought I would share this message written by Linda Ching Sledge. MY Hometown Church is on a winding street on the outskirts of old Honolulu.  It was built in the 1880’s by Boston missionaries who served the earliest … Continue reading

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Thai Green Curry Soup ***

If my recipe has 3 stars *** after the name, then you know it’s a special recipe for those of us trying to lose weight and still enjoy the goodness and flavour of lovely food! A rich and aromatic soup made from fresh chicken breasts flavoured with lemon grass, lime leaves, galangal (a type of … Continue reading

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The Decision or Choice is Yours :)

YOU decide what you eat, when you eat it and, nearly always, how much you eat. YOU decide how you want to deal with social occasions where tempting food will be on offer. YOU decide how much weight you would like to lose and how long you would like to take doing it. IN SHORT:  … Continue reading

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Espagnole Sauce

This is a classic rich brown sauce which I also use as a base for a lot of my ‘brown sauces‘. The consistency should not be too thick but gently run off the back of a spoon. Ingredients 25 gsm butter 50 gsm chopped bacon 2 shallots which have been finely chopped 1 celery stick … Continue reading

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Chasseur Sauce

INGREDIENTS 25 gsm butter 1 shallot – finely chopped 115 gsm sliced mushrooms 120 ml red wine 30 ml brandy espagnole sauce – 1 unit 15 ml chopped fresh tarragon METHOD Melt the butter in a medium or large pan over a medium hear and fry the shallot, stirring often, until soft and transparent but not … Continue reading

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Weight Loss March 13 2011

I am very pleased indeed to announce that I have lost a total of 19 pounds since December.  I had lost 20 pounds, but with Christmas etc I picked up a little and dont even feel bad about it – because it isn’t much considering it’s been winter (and…. I tend to eat a lot … Continue reading

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Death and Re-birth

I spent the morning with my hubby working in the garden. I walked around and was amazed at all the new shoots on the trees and shrubs. Something that looked like it had died has suddently come back to life! Death, Cleanse & Rebirth A fire rages and it looks as though everything has been destroyed!  … Continue reading

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Footsteps of Angels

When the hours of Day are numbered, and the voices of the Night Footsteps of Angels Wake the better soul, that slumbered, To a holy, calm delight; Then the forms of the departed enter the open door; The beloved, the tue-hearted, Come to visit me once more.

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Bechamel Sauce

There is nothing nicer than a ‘good old fashioned Bechamel Sauce’. What is a Bechamel Sauce?  Simply put – a creamy white savoury sauce. Ingredients 1 small onion 1 small carrot 1 celery stick Bouquet garni 8 black peppercorns A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 300 ml of milk 25 g of butter 25 g … Continue reading

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A prelude of things to come …. :)

A sauce can be many things to many meals – from the simplest aside to accentuate the taste of plain cooking, to the integral part of a more complex dish.  Savoury or sweet, fragile or full of punch, the one characteristic shared by all sauces is their liquid content. Unlike dry toppings, spice mixes or … Continue reading

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Busy Busy Busy

I haven’t been blogging as often as I would like lately, which brings me to today’s post. MOST people are just soooo busy.  This should be a point for quick agreement, but the subtle danger involved in our busy lives is that most of us never stop to realise that in most cases we can do … Continue reading

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Making a ‘spectacle’ of myself :)

I dont know what it is but lately I have been going a little crazy (my hubby would say; …….  Lately?) I have been wandering around our home, looking in every corner of the house and I cannot find my classes (spectacles) anywhere. I can type without looking at the keyboard, so that’s not a problem.  … Continue reading

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The right foot and the wrong foot or ……. (Weird)

So… anything weird/different/strange  happen to you today? I woke up this morning happy to be going to the hairdressers (my hair is incredibly thick) and I have to keep it cut regularly otherwise even brushes wont do the trick. I heard my hubby calling from downstairs and I wasn’t even dresseed yet!   Rush rush rush  … Continue reading

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Petal, Poppy & Flower

It’s been a while since I spoke about my 3 babies. Petal (Grey) Poppy (Black/Brown) Flower (White) They are used to us now and a pleasure to have.  Besides the fact that they give us at least 3 large eggs every day, I am amazed at how sociable these creatures are.  They love it when … Continue reading

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Who do YOU have beside you?

My first log-in to Facebook this morning and this is the message that jumped out at me – posted by a friend!  I have God before me, Jesus beside me, the Holy Ghost within me and,  the Angels around me. Who or what shall I fear? All circumstances are temporary and,  one way or another … Continue reading

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A compromising position GOD IS IN CONTROL!

My hubby & I spent the morning at the bank.  Our bank accounts had been compromised! A blessing was that we didn’t lose much!  The bank had also just managed to stop a transaction from overseas for over £600.00. New cards have been ordered and we now have to be patient …. easier said than … Continue reading

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Souskluitjies (Cinnamon Dumplings)

SOUSKLUITJIES (Cinnamon Dumplings) Tony’s Recipe   This picture was taken off the internet. My camera is playing up ;( Our souskluitjies are smaller and smothered in custard) Ingredients: 250 ml cake flour (140 g) 10 ml baking powder 2 ml salt 50 ml margarine or butter additional:  seperate: 25 ml butter or margerine 2 eggs 120 … Continue reading

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Another Day

A SMILE Smiles are great investments: the more you collect, the better you feel. ‘Universal Language’ Wake Up ! Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” Psalms: 118v24 Dress Up ! The best way to dress up is to put … Continue reading

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Koeksisters – Another South African Speciality

This is also a classic South African ‘sweet‘ temptation! SOUTH AFRICAN ‘KOEKSISTERS’ Tony’s Recipe   Syrup 6 x 250 ml sugar (1.2 kg) 750 ml water 3 ml cream of tartar 5 ml cold water       5 ml ground ginger 1 cinnamon stick OR ….. 1 ml ground cinnamon rind of one lemon 20 ml lemon … Continue reading

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The Will of God

A quotation from my late Father-In-Law’s little ‘Longfellow Book’ for you to ponder on by yourselves. To will what God doth will, That is the only science That gives us ANY rest. Consolation  

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A Little bit of Kindness

I have not been well of late… ‘the dreaded tummy bug’. Out of darkness, there comes light – the light in this instance, is that it is helping with my weight loss – albeit not in a good way J and also, a reminder of kindness & love. My darling husband has been a pillar … Continue reading

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The Past, the Present & the Future

Don’t allow your future to be a second helping of your past. Stop nurturing what needs to die! Forgive and keep on forgiving, …………… until the past loses it’s power to infect your speech or influence your thoughts! Psalm 25:1-2 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in You I trust, O my … Continue reading

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Being Obedient to the Holy Spirit

The reason for this message today is that whilst praying in my quiet time this morning – I had a rush of warmth come over me and engulf my entire body. (no….. it wasn’t the rush of warm air that comes to a women of a certain age) I felt that I had to pray … Continue reading

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The Heart & Sunshine

17 February 2011 As promised, daily poem/quotation from Dad’s little Longfellow Book for you to ponder on by yourselves. The storm is over, and through the parting clouds the radiant sunshine breaks upon my path. The Pilgrim’s Salutation Oh flames that glowed! Oh hearts that yearned! They were indeed too much akin; The driftwood fire … Continue reading

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Romance

As promised, a daily poem/quotation from Dad’s little Longfellow Book for you to ponder on by yourselves. Sooner or later some passages of everyone’s romance must be written either in words or actions. Hyperion I am like a happy lover Who illumines life with dreaming. The Golden Legend Francis Healy Muir Archibald : Dedication

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Everlasting Love

I thought this quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day coming up and all those single people out there who feel left out because they don’t feel loved or have anyone to love them. I grew up knowing that Jesus loved people.  So, as an adult, I thought I knew Gods love until tragedy hit my life. … Continue reading

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The Village Blacksmith

As promised, a quotation from Dad’s little Longfellow Book for you to ponder on by yourselves. At the flaming forge of life …  our fortunes must be wrought, On its sounding anvil shaped …  each burning deed and thought. The Village Blacksmith Francis Healy Muir Archibald : Dedication

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A New addition & Feeling Spoilt

My Hubby has always loved Emeralds and promised me that he would replace one I had lost. Only, I wasn’t to know when or where. Well, I was surprised and given this beautiful ring as a present – and needless to say am feeling very spoilt at the moment.  Having the majority of my lady friends who love jewellery … Continue reading

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Scales of Life

This morning my Dearest gave me a little book that belonged to His Dad who in turn was given this on his 16th Birthday, by a Percy E Patrick 28 November 1928. As I read my Bible on a daily basis and share our Lord’s Love, I will read daily, one quotation from this little … Continue reading

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Today

I woke up this morning to a beautiful blue sky… it’s now only 11h46 and what happened to the blue:  it’s grey and dark and threatening rain….. What to do …. What to do ….. I can carry on with the book I have been writing  …. ? I have been so inspired by friends’ … Continue reading

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‘LOVE’ & FORGIVENESS IN SPITE OF OURSELVES

The following was quoted by Mother Theresa  and  I would like to share this with you today. Reach Out I tell my sisters: ‘’Let us not love in words but let us love until it hurts. It hurt Jesus to love us:  he died for us; and today it is your turn and my turn … Continue reading

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Petal, Poppy & Flower

My chickens are all totally ‘free range now’. Tony clipped their wings and they roam around our garden freely.  Trust me, if you want your flower beds free of weeds…. chickens do the trick!  The strangest thing for me to watch today was my white chicken having a sand bath!  A site to behold, believe … Continue reading

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WOMEN WHO MULTI-TASK in their Daily Lives

The majority of women lead an active life! …. Yes? It simply feels like life gets out of control.. Do you find yourself waking up in the morning, dreading to face the new day and the seemingly endless chores and duties.  Do you find your prayer time suffering and have a feeling of being totally … Continue reading

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French Toast & Tea

French Toast, Apricot Jam & Earl Grey Tea for Breakfast today and brought to me ‘in bed’.  Aren’t I blessed  …… ? One of the many ‘little ways’ my hubby shows me how much he loves me!

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Burnt Orange Nailpolish

I have been hunting for a ‘burnt orange‘ nailpolish and I found this one on the internet – by Attitude. This one will be for ‘summer’. Now, I’m looking for a ‘burnt orange shade’ for the ‘winter’.  Any suggestions out there?

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Do YOU have a ‘Mole’ in Your Camp?

I LOVE a good espionage novel, although I often go on a treasure hunt to find a wholesome story of intrigue.   A mole is a guy/girl who works for the enemy and leaks ‘information’ to the ‘bad guys’ in order to hurt, or tarnish the reputation of, or destroy the ‘’good guys’’.  Moles generally … Continue reading

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The Flue Bug

I’m feeling pretty lousy with sore eyes, throat and body…. Need to stay in bed and fight this bug… ! (James 5:14 KJV) “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:” 

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Lemon Meringue Pie

This was my surprise tonight ~ Given to me  by my Darling Husband, Tony – a lovely slice of home-made ”Lemon Meringue Pie” & a cup of Earl Grey Tea . Yummy !!! So much for the diet Ooooooo 😉 What diet? ha ha

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BABOTIE : A Tradional South African Recipe

I have decided to share one of my Hubby’s favourite, lovely, Traditional South African Recipe’s with you today.  This is a classic South African dish and if you visit a restaurant serving traditional South African foods you are almost sure to come across this meal.  It’s a dish that reflects the history of the country … Continue reading

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He is near!

I can remember a long time ago – after my (then) husband had died (murdered in JHB) and my children and I had moved from our lovely home, to one place to another place.  I lost my job because my mind wasn’t on work and was too worried about how to feed my children and … Continue reading

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Today: 14 August 2011

Past Present Future ~ A Journey of the Mind Body & Soul

Hello, my name is Debra – Sounds like I’m starting a meeting 🙂   ….. Actually, I am ~ A meeting place for like minded people. who want to share their life experiences in order to encourage, motivate and possibly help others out there. I have been through so much in my life and had to deal with many challenges. … Continue reading

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