The Small Places of GOD…..

Dear Reader,

Hugh Mann here, after a long absence! I haven’t been away, just quiet. I don’t mind the quiet as it enables me to think without explanation. Life is far too rushed, almost as if you are busy then you are considered worthy. Poppycock! To live well doesn’t mean one needs to prove oneself to be worthy by rushing here, rushing there, achieving this and that and generally elevating oneself to the martyrdom status of busyness. The mantra of ‘to achieve is to receive’ accolades and back-patting is rubbish in my humble opinion. Of course you may disagree! In my advancing years I am finding that life is found in the smallness of things, a touch, a hug, a smell of the roses, and yes, in the smell of coffee as well. And within the smallness of things I come across the Bigness of GOD! I find Him in the quiet places where He speaks volumes in a small, still Voice. Bit of a paradox really but I do encourage you dear reader to try it for yourself. Venture into a quiet place and say hello to GOD. Quietly listen and you will hear His Voice, which is the Voice of love, forgiveness and peace. His Name is JESUS. Talk to Him and wait to listen for His reply, for He longs to hear your voice.

Yours in CHRIST,

Hugh Mann.

JESUS, the Bread of Life…..

O noble Son of the Living GOD
unselfishly your virtue flows,
a River born of Righteousness
that gives Life wherever it goes.
Sin was never found in You,
just goodness, faith and love;
enabling us to partake of these
with the help of the Holy Dove.
Immerse me LORD in the River
that is flowing out from Heaven
forgiving me of my prideful ways,
      with the Bread that has no leaven.....

Salvation Found in CHRIST…..

Are you about to explode
with all the world's nonsense
circulating faster and faster
confusing minds with disaster
after disaster and so on and so forth;
a crazy round-a-bout at the World fair
that takes all and sundry for a ride?
But wait!
There is a place where you can shelter
a mighty Fortress, a cleft in the Rock!
A refuge in these times of trouble and war.
JESUS CHRIST, the One Who has won,
with the Victory already done, on our behalf.
Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Peace, Love!
 You just need to ask Him into your heart.
Don't wait!

The Mooing of Doing…..

The ‘sacred cows’ of religion will, at times, challenge one’s faith in JESUS CHRIST. They delight in pointing out rules and regulations, what one should be doing or not be doing, all the while attempting to place restrictions upon you, according to their own stiff and stifling protocols.

When CHRIST sets us free we are free indeed, so if you ‘hear the mooing of a sacred cow’ nearby, remember you have been set free!

CHRIST has set us free
from the old Covenant Law
by Grace we are saved!

Waxing Lyrical…..

I love the phrase ‘waxing lyrical’ and it certainly can be enthusiastically applied to anything one loves to do! It’s funny, for I wax lyrical about poetry, if I can find someone who also loves poetry. But therein lies the rub, for mostly that someone is shy to be exposed as a possible poetry lover. Therefore, to find like-minded folk online has boosted my enjoyment of poetry tremendously. I drink in your words as water in a parched land and thus I am refreshed and encouraged to journey on, with your ‘waxing lyrical’ words my companions. This is very much my journey with JESUS too. I can wax lyrical about Him, the Darling of Heaven, but to find someone who also desires to drink from the Living Waters is quite rare, apart from a few like-minded followers of JESUS. Once again, my online community is at hand and one finds refreshment and encouragement there. My companion for this journey is HOLY SPIRIT as He is always pointing the Way forward and without Him it would be a lonely sojourn indeed. He has promised that He will NEVER leave us or forsake us so every day we travel together into territory that is wonderful, yet a bit scary at times. GOD is with us…..

Waxing lyrical
about JESUS our Saviour.
Hallowed be His Name.....

The Release from a Thromise…..

Over the last two days or so, I have become aware of words that were declared over me years ago that had left their mark. I was threatened, and if I didn’t comply to their demands I was then promised that there would be consequences. Today I chose to walk out from underneath those harmful words, and to continue onwards and upwards on my journey with JESUS.

[There is such a word as thromise!]

A threat or a promise
is a thromise no less;
that holds one to ransom
unless you confess
to their jurisdiction
of stagnant control.
If you continue to bow 
to this thromise keeper
you'll only be emmeshed
much deeper and deeper.
Walk away from their power
that hinders your progress
for your life is worth more
than their stronghold of 'less'.
Be bold and be brave
 dear one of His making, 
and allow the LORD JESUS
to take hold of the shaking.
You're the head, not the tail
so come out from the threats,
for JESUS has freed you 
from their perceived debts.
Forgive and release those
folk who've been mean,
it's the grace of GOD 
that then will redeem.....

Two Bridges…..

A bridge
mortal doorway
for sojourners to cross,
man-made from 
concrete and steel
 providing access for crossing over
from old life to no life.
A toll will be demanded.

The Bridge
portal Doorway 
for sinners to cross,
GOD-made and man-made
from Blood and Holy Spirit
providing access for crossing over
from old life to new Life.
JESUS has fully paid.....

The Least of These…..

A beggar looks hopefully,
 with eyes reminding me of JESUS,
to see if my heart will melt.
It does, so I give him money.
 He thanks me through
 a gentle toothless smile
and calls me 'Miss'.
Will he spend it on food,
 meth or perhaps cheap wine?
I do not know for the
unraveling is unseen
yet essentially Divine.....

The Meaning of the Cross…..

  Centuries long ago
  on this old wooden
Cross JESUS hung
and died so that
through His death
we might have new life and forgiveness from sin and death.
He took the punishment that should have been ours from
the outset as we are all sinners with not one of us perfect.
The cry goes out to
repent and to look
at the One Who died
for us on the Cross
 His Blood poured out
 for all of mankind.
Today is the day of
salvation. Repent of
your sins, asking Him
   to reign in your heart. 

Pickle v Peace…..

What a pickle we are in;
chunks of this and pieces of that
a touch of spice with a pinch of salt
lukewarm opinions that matter not
a crazy hotchpot of he said she said
and so on and so forth day by day
mixed altogether by the strange stirring
of this life as we don't know it.
What a pickle we are in.

And then, there is JESUS.....

The Cooing of the Dove…..

In the dark places 
  rustling can be heard,
a heartfelt call echoes 
from an unseen bird;
'Stay true! Stay true!'

For here in this place 
fears are real and unlit, 
so the call from this Dove
 is very timely and fit.
'Stay true! Stay true!'

It's Wisdom that calls 
 to those who are lost;
wooing them from despair
 and waves of being tossed.
'Stay true! Stay true!'

Some say whoever walks
in the company of fear,
will never leave unscathed
with their futures unclear.
'Not true! Not true!'

Courage dear lost ones, 
there's hope from above;
 for the Light of JESUS shines,
demonstrating His Love,
'For you! For you!'

A Sobering Dream…..

I was dreaming…..

‘Driving through a nearby town I noticed a house on fire. Quickly stopping my car I ran over to see if I could help. There was no-one home thankfully but a neighbour also arrived to offer assistance. Grabbing a hose I began to squirt water onto the flames whilst calling out to the neighbour to ring the emergency number for the Fire Brigade. She didn’t think it was necessary as she thought the size of the fire didn’t warrant that. I quickly rushed inside the house, found the phone and dialed the emergency number, only to find I was talking to a TV presenter! I asked him if I had indeed connected to the Fire Dept to which he replied in the affirmative. Begging him to send a fire crew he nonchalantly said he would, perhaps. Repeating the nature of the emergency I insisted he send the fire crew immediately! This TV man unconvincingly said he would, and then wished me a ‘very happy Christmas!’ Next thing the owners of the house arrived home but they too were unfazed by the fire and were laughing saying it wasn’t serious, even as the flames were licking up the walls of the house by now. In the end I had to just drive away leaving them to their foolishness.’

The dream ended…..

And so it shall be in the last days: people unconvinced of the times we are living in, the media sharing their biased opinions as wisdom, as well as scoffers who ‘know better’. But there will be some who will be snatched from the fire of the wrath to come, as they suddenly realize their predicament of separation from GOD and call out to JESUS to be saved…..

[Jude v 17 – 25]

The Holy Exchange…..

What amazing grace and mercy
the LORD has shown me,
for all my sin and iniquities
were hung upon a Tree.
HE took the punishment that was due,
bruised and whipped for all;
then cruelly nailed up on the Cross
fulfilling His Father's call.
As we acknowledge this loving act
our sins are then expunged;
drawing us from the inky darkness
of depths so deeply plunged.
The Light of JESUS brightly shines
lighting up the Way before us
with no more baggage of wasteful lives
we join the Heavenly chorus.
With our past records now erased,
obliterated, struck out, removed;
we are washed, loved and forgiven,
with His Passion faithfully proved.....

The Root of Jesse…..

Here in the Southern Hemisphere Spring is in full swing. Days are becoming warmer, birds are busy nesting, flowers are blooming and all in all everything appears fresh. I love this season! Of note are the beautiful cherry trees which are flowering, masses of pink and white petals which will eventually carpet the ground. Some cherry trees have been grafted onto stock that will improve the fruit yield. This seedling stock is called a mazzard.

Romans 11 speaks of us being grafted into CHRIST as part of GOD’s plan for our redemption. [Not onto a cherry stock of course but rather into the olive tree.]

Being grafted in
there is nothing haphazard
GOD's Holy Mazzard.....

A Missed Encounter…..

Shopping at our local Mall today I noticed shops were beginning to display their Christmas stock already! It always seems far too soon. Anyway, there were santas, elves, reindeer, trees, lights and all kinds of cute creatures arranged to entice the customers inside to shop. But there was no sign of JESUS…..

As I drove out from the Mall’s carpark I noticed a man who was squatting in the middle of the road next to the traffic lights. He had a sign which read he needed blankets, furniture, food, and anything one could spare. He was begging. Stopped at the traffic lights there was nothing I could do as other cars were around me, all of us waiting for the lights to change. This man looked directly at me but I couldn’t hold his gaze for long as I felt so bad as I had nothing with me that I could give him, not even having any cash on me. The lights changed to green and off I drove…..

Once I got home I realized that JESUS had been on display all along, next to the traffic lights…..