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Christian and Arabella

Love stronger than anything imaginable Imagine Catherine Cookson writing a story set in the year 2012. This would best describe Christian and Arabella. They were from two different worlds. Christian would do anything to win Arabella's heart but most of his attempts were intercepted by the cruel Randy and life itself. Arabella seemed on a downward spiral and life for her was filled with one heart ache after another. Christian never lost hope and never stopped loving her to the point that it would cost him everything. If ever there was a tale of true romance and the power of one man's love, this is it. Astonishing and enchanting, Christian and Arabella kept intact all the details of a modern tale of passion. Sumptuously captivating, Christian and Arabella are the most unlikely match. He devotes his life to protecting her. She devotes her time to throwing her life away. He will not rest until he wins her heart and helps to re

He Restores My Soul - Fasting

“ Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly .”  - Jesus, Matthew 6 : 16-18  Jesus gave us instructions on fasting based on the assumption that fasting would be part of our lifestyle. Christians who don’t believe in fasting are like car owners not believing in having their cars serviced or flowers thinking they don’t need the rain. Sure, you can avoid giving your car a service but you know what will eventually happen if it isn’t serviced. You car will break down because the engine and other working parts will be all clogged up. Fasting is not only a powerful spiritual tool but also has significant health ben

Being a Friend - Invitation

Today’s women seem to underestimate the value of a good friend. Social networking sites, Internet, email and mobile phones have devalued good old fashioned friendships in many ways. Technology is great to speed up the pace of our already fast paced life but why not slow down and take some time to get to know someone. To really know someone. Get some real friends that don’t only like your Facebook status but actually know you enough to like who you are. I challenge you to join me on this journey to discover God's design and purpose for friendship. Friendships are powerful and highly valuable. Friendships are God’s idea and a necessary part of His plan for planet earth. Friendships are good and they are worth the effort.  The Cambridge dictionary’s definition of friend is “ a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family ” or “ someone who is not an enemy and who you can trust ”. The Bible however, goes much deepe

Being a Friend

Being a Friend is a part of the 'Being' series.  Here we take a look at what being a good friend means according to the Bible. A refreshing read on being a friend with lively, real discussion with a group of every day ordinary friends - it's NOT at all what you might think. Available at: | | Kindle Contents: Invitation The Five Stages of Being a Friend Being a Friend      Who is a Friend      Who Lays Down Their Life      Who is Fun      Who is Loyal      Who is Honest      Who has Purpose      Who Stands in the Gap      Who Offers Godly Advice      Who Doesn't Flatter      Who is Wise      Who is Humble      Who Judges Herself      Who Covers Transgressions      Who is a Friend of Jesus      Who is a Friend of God      Who Befriends the Lost Purchase Options Full Set Study Notes £20.00 GBP Individual Study Notes £1.20 GBP Being a Friend Book £10.00 GBP Which chapter would you like?

Nature's Way - Hair Treatments

I struggled to find much information on hair treatments. It seems that the information is similar to that of a conditioner. If you know your ingredients and know what to avoid you should be safe. Most hair treatments have a similar cancer risk to conditioners and shampoos. One thing stood out though and that was the new research on Keratin based treatments. Keratin is the latest thing to get frizz free hair. It is found in our body naturally and is a family of fibrous structural proteins that make up the outer layer of human skin and is also the key structural component of our hair and nails. When the Keratin in our body is damaged it makes our hair and skin look dull which is why many people tend to have a Keratin treatment.     These treatments are made by taking the keratin from animals, like the wool from sheep, and making a mixture out of it. This mixture will be applied to the hair as a Keratin treatment to replenish the hair’s damaged Keratin.     Sadly this seemingly ‘n

King's Daughters in Kampala, Uganda

It is with great joy that I want to introduce you to Caroline Emmy Mwawasi who is heading up King's Daughters in Kampala, Uganda. Please pray for her as she begins her preparations to start a King's Daughters Mum's Group next month. Caroline along with her lovely children support her husband at Africa Resource Ministries where he trains and equips African pastors and church leaders.  Caroline knows God is wanting her to reach out the women in her area and has recently run a one day seminar for ladies dealing with health and hygiene in their homes.  Follow Caroline on her brand new Facebook page for more exciting news and updates.  If you would like to start a King's Daughters Mum's Group , run a Girl's Night or do anything along these lines please get in touch and we will support you, send you teaching material and do whatever we can to ensure your success.

Being a Mother

Being a Mother is a part of the 'Being' series.  We take a deep look into the Biblical role of the woman and all the hats she has to wear.  A refreshing read on being a mother with lively, real discussion with a group of every day ordinary mothers - it's NOT at all what you might think. Coming soon to: | | Kindle Contents: Invitation The Five Stages of Being a Mother Being a Mother      Who Loves      Who Disciplines      Who Sets Boundaries      Who is Available      Who is Involved      Who Trains and Teaches      Who Nurture      Who Speaks Life      Who Listens      Who is Free from Fear      Who Forgives      Who Prays      Who Knows When to Let Go      Who Mothers Others Purchase Options Full Set Study Notes £20.00 GBP Individual Study Notes £1.20 GBP Being a Mother Book £10.00 GBP Which chapter would you like? Study Notes: For small group study, printable P

Nature's Way - Serum and Heat Protection

As with all hair care products, serums and heat protectors can come with high health risks and may contain several cancer causing ingredients. Most of these products contain silicones such as Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone. These silicones are heavy and very difficult to wash out and more importantly may interfere with hormone function and damage the liver. Logically, if you think about it, silicone coats the hair, trapping anything beneath it, and does not allow the hair to breathe. Silicones do give the hair a shine at first by coating the hair strands with oils but these oils are extremely bad for the hair. Long term use will only make your hair worst not better. Nature’s Way Alternatives Natural oils help to enhance absorbability of other natural ingredients to promote healing of damaged hair shaft. These oils are fantastic for both serum and as a heat protector. I have found that extra virgin olive oil and grapeseed oil are fantastic oils for these and many other purposes.

A Place Called Blessing

This morning I received a book to review for Thomas Nelson.  My intention was to start reading a chapter of it today but the story was so gripping that I couldn't put it down until I had read the very last word.  I can honestly say that this is the best book I have ever read.  I cried my eyes out in some place and had a good chuckle at times too.  Josh's story made me think of people in my world that could have a similar story to his.  His story made me think that perhaps we write people off too soon or judge them too quickly.  Who knows the heart and pain of another person?  Who are we to judge?  As you approach the end of the book, hold on to your seat and make sure you have a box of tissues handy. *  This book was provided to me for free by Thomas Nelson for my honest review.  

He Restores My Soul - Sleep

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.   - Psalm 127:2 I was about to wrap the book up when I realised that we haven’t discussed the most obvious rest that we all need daily which is of course sleep.  The importance of sleep is often overlooked and I believe that if we fully understand the significance of a good night’s sleep we might make more of an effort to discipline ourselves in this area. It might sound silly that we need to make an effort to sleep well but few people actually have a healthy sleeping routine. We have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” and sleep is quite a miraculous part of God’s design indeed. "Sleep needs to be thought of in the same context as diet and exercise with regard to health," says Carl E. Hunt, M.D., director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in Bethesda, Md. "There's no substitute for getting a good night's sleep on a consist

Nature's Way - Conditioner

Out of all my research conditioner has turned up as one of the most harmful of all the products we have looked at thus far. Even the children’s conditioners and some of the organic ones have shown cancer risks.  Marianne Kapfer, a librarian in Washington, D.C., likes a natural look. She doesn't wear much makeup but loves to indulge in a good shampoo and conditioner. When she started reading labels more closely, however, "I realized that my 'natural' shampoo wasn't so natural," Marianne says. And that's not all. Due to labelling loopholes, many ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ personal-care products contain hazardous chemicals, some of which, at high exposures, have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, damage to nervous and reproductive systems and liver damage in lab animals.  Sadly, you cannot assume that a conditioner that says it’s ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ is safe. You either need to know your ingredients really well and scrutinise the labels or simply s

He Restores My Soul - Stillness

“ He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul ”                                                           - David, Psalm 23:2-3 It was with great conviction, a few years ago, that I felt God calling me to still waters. He had called me so that I would know that He is God and so that He could restore my soul. Understanding the seasons in my life has been an essential key to my survival and to my joy in this life. I have found that many people love being called to busyness and to do things for God but few people love being called to the still seasons. Most people completely avoid God's call to be still. I have been guilty of this in past times but not on this occasion. Excitement filled me as I contemplated the beautiful green pastures that He would lead me to. The thought of rest and some time out actually thrilled me. Be still, and know that I am God;...          - Psalm 46:10 ...He leads me beside the still waters. 

Being a Wife - Who Desires God

I came across a fantastic article by Wendy Alsup that totally demystified Genesis 3:16 for me for once and for all. So with her permission I have included her article here so that you too can enjoy the revelation that I had. So without further ado, over to Wendy: After the fall of man, God is very clear in Genesis 3:16 about the consequences for women. To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you." Conservative, complementarian evangelicals (of which I am one) regularly interpret the next to last line to mean that her desire will be to rule over her husband. But that simply is not what Scripture says. And before you label me liberal (and it’s amazing these days what can get you labelled that way), hear me out. If we can think about this topic anew, I think those who minister to women will be better equipped to apply the gospel to th