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Photo album

Today is my daughter’s birthday! I can hardly believe she is 6! God is so good! She is such a delight to us and fills our lives with fun and happiness! This week I spent a long time looking through photos we have been taking all these years because I wanted to make a selection for a collage. It took me a long time to do that but it was so nice to remember each of those moments! It was almost as if I could hear the laughter, the noise or smell the baby skin, feel the cuddles and little hands on mine! I could even remember little details of the rooms or places we were in when the photos were taken. A love so immense that one might think it wouldn’t fit inside ones heart! What a precious gift! Memories stored through those images on my computer! Every time I look at them I can only thank God for his goodness and his love.

As I set out to school to collect the kids it occurred to me that the Bible is a bit like a photo album. It contains snippets of amazing story that God wrote even before time began. It is full of details to help us understand and remember the plan designed to rescue us through Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. I love the fact we can open this incredible book and look through its pages and get all the details we need to live to please God.

The more I look at the photos on my computer, the more my heart rejoices in the Lord for He is the One who brought all this happiness to my life. It is the same with the Bible, the more I open it and read it, the more I recognize what God has done for me and in me. I am reminded of the times when I found comfort, security, joy, thankfulness and love.

Thank you Jesus for how you use small things to remind me each day of your presence in my life. Thank you for the beautiful photo album you have left us to help us look back and be prepared for a glorious future with you.

God bless!

“Mirror Mirror on the wall…”

When my parents were here visiting over the summer holidays, they watched Snow White with the kids many times. I believe the most famous sentence in the entire movie is the question the queen would ask her magic mirror every day: “Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who Is the Fairest of Them All?”. The queen was someone obsessed by the way she looked and she wanted to be the prittiest woman alive. When she found out Snow White was more beautiful than she was, she was consumed by hate and wanted to destroy Snow White. I think we are all familiar with the story.

Sadly we live in a world where women are pressured to look beautiful and young all the time. There is always a product claiming to be better and to make you look better. And when we look in the mirror, we might not be asking the same question, but we are often concerned with the extra wrinkle that has just appeared or the white hairs that keep insisting in growing back.

I have been reading Genesis with our kids and it was so nice to read what the Bible teaches us about creation and how special we are.

“26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ 27 So God created mankind in his own image,  in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and  subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” Genesis 1:26-28

God created us in His image! He created us in His likeness! In the beginning, in God’s perfect world, before sin had entered the world, HE created man in His image! I was thinking about that and the mirror on the wall… we get so preoccupied with how we should look externally so that we can fit in with what the world dictates to us that we forget that we were made in God’s image. All the goodness, compassion, holiness, justice, perfection, the love and all the other characteristics of God are in us too. What an amazing truth! What a relief! I don’t have to look better for the world to see – I am already made perfect!

This amazing truth comes with a great responsibility, specially when we know Jesus personally and trust in Him. Do we live our lives to reflect God’s image? What do I see when I look in the mirror? Am I worried about wrinkles and hair? What do people see in me when they look at me? A fashionable hair style? The last trend in make up? Do they see a young face? Please don’t get me wrong, I think we all need to look after ourselves and look after our bodies too. Wouldn’t it be nice though that we could have people say to us that what they see in us is Jesus? They see someone different and exciting and attractive? They see someone compassionate and loving, someone that does not conform to the world? Perhaps a better question for us Christians would be something like: Mirror Mirror on the wall, can people see in me the God who loves them all?

God bless.

A little holiday?

What a joy to know that I have nearly 6 weeks with my children at home! It will be amazing! And I am also excited to have my parents come to visit in 3 weeks time! I was thinking earlier today about what I would write and nothing. No ideas came to my mind. I carried on with my grand plan to clean the house with the children! They were brilliant and very helpful, but it is still hard work  cleaning when they pretty much want to play! I am exhausted! I am sure you mums out there know exactly what I mean.

Anyway, I have just read Psalm 51 and verse 10 is among one of my favourites:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Many times during my life I have prayed this prayer. I long for the day when my heart will be pure and I will only choose to live to please the One who seats on the throne of my life. I want Him to be in the centre of everything I do all the time. I want my thoughts to be filled with things that He wants me to think about.

Summer is here and yes, I am busier than ever, doing the best job in the world, but I don’t want that to be an excuse to push Him away or take a holiday from being His follower. So my prayer today is that during these next few weeks I can still desire a pure heart and a renewed steadfast spirit within me. For His glory.

God bless!

Passion fruit!


Last Friday my husband and I went out for a meal at our local pub! The food was amazing as always and I had a delicious pudding: passion fruit roulade! What a treat! For a few minutes I had a glimpse of home: the sweetness of the passion fruit, the smell and the lovely memories of drinking passion fruit juice in a hot summer’s day by the pool at my parents’ house! The laughter and the noise of the family and friends enjoying time together! Passion fruit is one of my favourite fruit and in Brazil it is called Maracuja. My mum makes a delicious passion fruit mouse!

Yesterday at church we had a little glimpse of home as well! It was so nice to be reminded of what HOME will be like! We looked at the Bible and through 9 months (every last Sunday of the month) we saw how men turned away from God and God loved men and rescued them. He sent the ultimate rescue, His Son Jesus, to die on the cross for us, so we could have a perfect relationship with Him again. Jesus bought us back to Him. His sacrifice was perfect  and it had been planned from the beginning.

We read Revelations 21:1-4

“Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death”[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”

What an amazing glimpse of our perfect future in our perfect home! God will be dwelling among his people! My heart was filled with joy to be reminded that no matter what our lives are like here we are going to live in God’s presence for an eternity! All of those who have, through Jesus, trusted in God will be part of this amazing picture! What a wonderful truth to look forward to!

I really enjoyed my pudding and the passion fruit bits on Friday –  but they only lasted a few minutes. Spending an eternity with God will be FOREVER! How exciting is that?!

God bless!

Hope for the future?


It has been a while since my last post! Life is pretty busy at the moment! I Have been thinking about a verse that seemed to pop up a few times during the past week in different occasions and thought I would share it with you.

Our church organized a beautiful flower and music festival last week and many people from our village and other places were able to see flower displays that illustrated some verses from the Bible. All the people involved organising it and the effort behind the scenes were unbelievable. God is good! His Name was exalted and many people heard about His love and what He offers through Jesus this weekend.

The verses that stayed with me throughout this past week are:

‘All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures for ever.’ Isaiah 40:6-8

It was really amazing and very real to see all those flowers in the church and hear these verses and see that it is so true. The flowers are so beautiful but they wither and die and all that beauty is gone. Our life is so fragile. So short. Where are we putting our hope? The Bible tells us that the Word of our God endures forever. Do we trust Him? Do we put our hope in Him? Do we take great joy in learning from His word and trying to practice it in our lives?

I have been a Christian for many years and I was very challenged this weekend to look in my own heart and check if I am putting my hope in things that will wither and die or if all my hope is in God, through Jesus.

May He grant us all a deeper desire to follow Him and cherish His Word more!

God bless.

God does not need advice!

One of the things that really frustrates me, and actually, makes me really uncomfortable is someone giving me advice about my driving, when I am driving. Things like: watch out, or there was a space back there, or you are miles away from the pavement, or you are going too slow, for example.

Effectively what they are implying when they are saying that is I am not a good driver.  Hearing those pieces of advice affect my pride and my ego, because I am, automatically putting my guard up and thinking: I am a good driver.

Have you ever stopped to think about the way we approach our God when we pray? Are we telling Him what to do? Suggesting, perhaps that He missed something, or is not doing what we asked Him to? How are we approaching our relationship with our Lord? Are we complaining day in and day out about our circumstances? Are pointing out to Him that we are not content with His decisions? Are we behaving like stroppy kids and saying to God: I will not play this game of being a Christian anymore and won’t go to church anymore, because we are not getting our way?

The truth is, God does not need our advice! He does not need us to tell Him how He should direct our lives. How illogical is that anyway? We mere humans, limited, sinful, mortal pretending we know better!

The Bible tells us:

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9


33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?’[j] 35 ‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?’[k] 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36

The best thing we can do is take the back seat. Normally it is the passenger right next to the driver that gives advice about the driving. However seats in the back seat normally relaxes and trusts the driver to do his job! We must be in the back seat and trust that our Great God knows what is best for us. So, all we have to do is enjoy the ride until we get to our final destination: eternal life in heaven with HIM!

God bless.

Face painting!

Recently I have started to do some face painting on my children and even helped at their school summer fair. I have really enjoyed learning different designs and I love the way the kids smile and jump around happy with the result!

I could not stop but think of the times we paint our face with a Christian like mask and are kind happy with ourselves and with the fact that what people see on the outside is a Christian. What about our hearts? What is our life really like? Are we living and walking as a follower of Jesus? Are we making sure what we have on our faces is not a mask? Can people see Jesus in us?

I am thankful that God is forever reminding me that it is so important to truly walk with Him in a way that His love can be seen in me. My prayer is that HE would help me to be more like Him.

God bless!


I am not sure about you, but if there is one thing I dislike in this part of the UK is limescale! It is awful! I was cleaning the bathrooms today, and the tiles and the bath were disgusting. The marks left were horrible. I cleaned the bathrooms a week ago and it looked like they hadn’t been touched for years!

While I was scrubbing away I started thinking about sin in our lives… I guess it is a little bit like limescale! When you are showering or having a bath you can’t see it, and, provided you dry them quickly the effects of the limescale should be minimum, but, if we leave it, it gets really disgusting in appearance and it is quite unpleasant and dirty. So is sin. Sometimes we can’t even recognize it in our lives. We got so attached to little sins that they just don’t appear to be there anymore. For example, it could be as simple as a thought of jealousy or a bad comment we make about someone else, a white lie we tell.

If we sin and recognize we sinned and we bow before the King and ask for His forgiveness and strength to fight sin in our lives, we will be in a better position and hopefully the marks/consequences of our sins won’t scare us too much. The Bible tells us in 1 John 1:9

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

When we get too comfortable with sin in our lives that it clouds our perception of things than it is already taking hold and giving our lives a very horrible appearance… like the limescale.

We all make sure we clean our bathrooms once a week, sometimes even more often than that. We don’t want people to come to our houses and think it is dirty and we look after our family. Why not scrub our hearts once a week or even once a day? We need to look deep inside and confess our sins to God, so sin won’t take hold or us.

Get scrubbing!

God bless!

Beautiful noise!

I love listening to an orchestra play! There is an interesting part of the musicians performance that is not very attractive though: the tuning of their instruments! When you are sitting there listening to all of them tuning their different instruments, the noise is awful! It is like a loud, confusing chaos! Then, the maestro, the conductor, taps his baton and immediately there is silence in the room. All eyes are on him. When he starts conducting all the chaos is gone and what is left is beautiful music! Every musician is attentive to the guidance of the conductor and the music fills the air!

In our walk with God, it is like that too. Sometimes it might seem all that is going on is tuning, and the noise produced sounds more like chaos. It is a beautiful noise preparing us for the part we have to play in God’s big orchestra! He is the great Maestro. The most amazing conductor ever seen and the music He directs is of indescribable beauty and complexity! He knows every note, tempo, dynamics and rhythm. HE composed and arranged the music! All we have to do as the “musicians” is keep our eyes on Him and follow His lead. Each one playing their part at the right time in harmony! When we do that, music fills our hearts and gives joy to those around us!

God bless!

Father’s day!

It is hard to believe we are already half way through June and today is father’s day! I had a request for a lemon meringue pie (I was assured it was delicious) and we had a fabulous day celebrating the amazing father my husband is! I am very grateful to God for his life! It is not father’s day in Brazil though, so, I have not sent my dad a card, but I spoke to him and he is an amazing dad too.

I cannot stop but think of our great Father in heaven! The Lord of the universe, the One who spoke and things came into being, the Sustainer of all life – He has adopted us unto His family and through Jesus (if we believe in Him) we can call Him Father.

12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

What an amazing thing that is! How could this be that He would love someone like me and give me an inheritance in heaven! Thank you Lord for loving me! Please help me live in a way that is pleasing to you!