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Peasholm Park, Scarborough

“The heavens are Yours, and Yours also the earth; You founded the world and all that is in it.” (Psalm 89:11)

Hello again. I’m including some more pictures from our holiday. There are so many I want to share with you. Going on holiday and seeing new places really makes me appreciate God’s beautiful creation. The picture above was taken in Peasholm Park in Scarborough, which is stunningly beautiful. It has been voted the sixth best park in the UK and has recently received a Green Flag Award. The design is Japanese-themed, based on the Willow pattern crockery. We fell in love with the place and it was a warm and sunny day, too.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)

This verse popped up on the Christian Quotes Facebook page. I really felt that I should include it, as it’s very appropriate in these times. Fear of people can hamper everything you try to do. In extreme cases, it can even make you afraid to leave your home. By contrast, fear of God – respect, reverence and trust – is liberating. Why fear people who can do no eternal harm to you? Instead, fear God, who can turn the harm intended by others into good for those who trust Him. Easy enough to say in these politically-correct times – it’s a brave person who will cling to the word of God on social media, in the face of so much opposition. I certainly don’t have the strength to do this on my own – I have to look to God for courage.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

This verse is on the July church calendar page but, again, I had the urge to include it in my blog. In this passage, Jesus was speaking to His disciples. His words affirm the reality of the Trinity. Theologians are sometimes accused of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into scripture. As we can see from this verse, however, the concept comes directly from Jesus Himself. He didn’t say, “Baptise them in the names, but in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word ‘Trinity’ does not occur in the Bible but the three-in-one nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is clearly indicated.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Christians are called to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world”, with its behaviour and customs that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Many Christians wisely decide that much worldly behaviour is off limits for them.

As anyone who knows me well will testify, I am rather fond of an alcoholic drink. Before becoming a Christian, I really did over-indulge to the detriment of my health and safety. Since coming to Christ, I am aware that drunkenness is a sin and I do try to keep my drinking within sensible limits; however, as a deeply flawed human, I sometimes lose the battle! It does help to have a husband who is a take-it-or-leave it drinker, and his influence certainly helps me to keep on track most of the time.

It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews our minds are we truly transformed. I feel as though I let the Lord down most days with my thoughts, words and deeds, so am constantly apologising to Him! But I am confident that the Holy Spirit is working within me and that I am a work in progress.

Robin Hood's Bay

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 1:13)

The Holy Spirit is God’s seal that we belong to Him, and His deposit guaranteeing that He will do what He has promised. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the genuineness of our faith, proves we are God’s children and secures eternal life for us. His power works in us to transform us now, and what we experience now is a taste of the total change we will experience in eternity.

Salvation is a gift that’s available to everyone. You cannot be too bad to receive it. No matter how big and unforgiveable you think your sins are, God will forgive you. No sin is too bad to forgive, if you are genuinely sorry and tell the Lord this.

On the other hand, no matter how good you are, you still need salvation. We all fall short of God’s standards and need to accept the gift of salvation. We can’t do anything to earn this gift; it’s free! All you have to do is accept that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for sinners, and ask Jesus to come into your life.

Once you accept Christ into your heart and your life, your future is secure. It is sealed in the life, death, and the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus. All believers have a certain hope of spending eternity with the Lord.

Whitby Abbey

“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.” (2 Timothy 4:17)

God always gives us the strength to do what He has asked us to do. This strength may not be evident, however, until we step out in faith and actually begin doing the task. This sometimes takes a lot of courage and faith but they are there for the asking.

I couldn't resist this quirky display in Goathland!

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)

Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behaviours – the people we associate with, places we go to, activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and results in preoccupation with physical desires, craving and accumulating things (the god of materialism) and an obsession with status and importance.

I have to confess to my own area of greed, which is cook books! My book shelves are groaning with all the editions I just couldn’t resist on my visits to charity shops. It’s my ‘thing’ and I can’t seem to stop buying them, including kindle cook books. I love perusing them but have to say that a lot of them have never been used. I tend to get a lot of my recipes from Readly, the online magazine app, which I love. I am aware of this weakness, though, and consequently have bagged up a load to take to the charity shop on Saturday. That leaves more space but I suppose I could fill that with Christian books, which I also enjoy.

Goathland Station

Dear Lord Jesus

Thank you for being born into this world. Thank you for your life and ministry, teaching us how to live for you. Thank you for putting yourself through a horrible death. Thank you for fulfilling your promise of rising from the dead, proving once and for all that you have conquered death and sin – all for the love of us. Please help us to live for you.

Amen

Whitby Harbour

Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8)

Hello again. I hope you’re all enjoying this decent spell of weather we’re having. There was no blog last week because I was on holiday in North Yorkshire, a beautiful area of the country, which Kev and I love. We rented a cottage in a small village called Weaverthorpe – a very peaceful place. We managed to see lots of places – some new, some old – and came back home feeling quite refreshed.

Thornton-le-Dale

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 92:1)

When things are going well, we focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. But we should really thank Him every day. Thanksgiving should be a part of our everyday life. Easy to say, I know!

Bempton Cliffs

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

When we feel down, we may find it difficult to give thanks. We should remember, though, that God works for our good in all things, if we love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28). We obviously don’t thank God for our problems but for the strength He is building in us through the difficulties of our lives. We can be sure that God’s perfect love will see us through the bad times, as well as the good.

Bridlington

Scarborough

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

We’re not expected to thank God for everything that happens to us, but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we shouldn’t thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and for the good that He will accomplish through our bad times.

Staithes

Filey

Flamborough Head

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise.” (Psalm 138:1)

I was browsing my Bible, looking for verses for this week’s blog. I was at a bit of a loss, as I sometimes lack inspiration and wonder what I can talk about. This doesn’t happen much but I always look to the Lord for ideas and I believe He put the theme of thankfulness into my head. We certainly have much to be thankful for – each other, our health, our home, Kev’s job – not to mention our greatest gift, Jesus Christ!

We had been looking forward to visiting Flamborough Head during our holiday and we managed to do this on the Sunday. We had researched the area and Kev used a walking app he has on his phone. All was going well until his phone died and we were unable to access the directions! I did panic at first – I’m never at ease when I’m lost – but we eventually had to retrace our steps, as we had no idea of which way to go to get back to the car park. We walked over ten miles that day – a bit of a marathon for me! But the weather was beautiful and it was a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.

I really hope you have the chance to get away soon. We have written off trips abroad for the foreseeable future, as we think it would just be too much hassle. The UK has some beautiful places to see and we have a very long wish list! We would have to live to a ripe old age to be able to visit all the places on our list. Whatever your plans, I wish you a peaceful, healthy and safe week.

Love, Ann ❤

No Christ, no hope - know Christ, know hope!

Flamborough Lighthouse