A channel of your peace

Happy Sunday loves!

I hope you’re having a great one so far. Everyday on listening to the news, I always hear about all the suffering and hardships this world is facing. It is an era of unrest and turmoil. But it is also a world of compassion, kindness and love. We must not lose courage and strive to become a channel of God’s peace and love. There is always hope that one day we can all live together in peace and harmony.

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Below is one of my favourite hymns titled “Make me a channel of your peace”

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring you love; 

Where there is injury, your healing power,

And where there's doubt, true faith in you. 

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope; 
Where there is darkness - only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy. 

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand, 
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all that we receive,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

 

Amen!

 

40 acts and lent

I first came across what 40acts was all about on a busy day at work. It was 2016 and I remember worrying about all the jobs I still had to complete for the day and finish on time for once. Lost in my own thoughts and engulfed by all the tasks lying ahead of me,  is when I bumped into a friend and her colleague on the corridor. It was lent time and since all of us belonged to the same faith, the usual question of “oh, what are you giving up for lent this year” came up. I don’t think I had thought about anything in particular – maybe sweets/chocolates was my answer. This is when both of them told me that they were doing this 40 acts challenge. 40 acts are acts of compassion, kindness or generosity – however big or small, that you perform each day of lent, which enriches your soul. What a beautiful way of going through lent and enhancing one’s spiritual being. I thought I would pen down my 40 acts journey here – I am a bit late as I was poorly these past few days, but now I am on the mend, here goes (better late than never right?);

If this is something you might be interested in here is the link

40acts.org.uk

Day 5 – Favourite. 

Here is the challenge:

What are your favourite things? Favourite film? Favourite coffee shop? A view where you go to be alone? Get ready to fly in the face of your impulses – and give those personal favourites away. Give away the novel. Pass on the scarf you think someone would look fantastic in. Share the introvert hang-out spot.

I have always been an avid reader. Over the past few years I have fallen in love with the books written by a turkish author – Eli Shafak. My favourite one being – The forty rules of love. It was presented by my mother to me a couple of years ago – and is about the relation between the poet Rumi and his guru Shamz-e-tabrizi, one of immense love, trust, honesty and understanding. Here is a link on when I had written a bit about the book Reflections and Resolutions 

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You can also read more about it here – www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-forty-rules-of-love-by-elif-shafak-2021678.html

I would love to share it with one of you, if you are interesting in reading it. Just comment on here (not just like) and I will be happy pick one via a draw and contact you in the next couple of weeks to arrange sending a copy across to you 🙂

“You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God.”
(2 Corinthians 9:11–12 NET) – from 40acts 

Have a blessed lent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday Blessings

“Thou that has given so much to me,
Give one thing more–a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.”

– George Herbert

Desire is endless once we let it engulf our soul. Throughout our lives, we strive to progress and better our life; materialistically for definite but very seldom spiritually. Whilst I do not think it is wrong to want something for yourself, be it a new car, a more spacious house or that xbox and work towards it; it is important to be detached to these to a certain extent, if not completely. It’s easier said than done though, I do love that pair of jimmy choos I bought! However, once the vicious cycle starts it doesn’t end. The more you get the more you want and are never satisfied at the end of the day!

I for sure, whenever I pray always ask for something; for myself or others. But seldom am I grateful for what I have and count my blessings. There are a number of things to be grateful for in our lives and we so easily forget this. So I know what I am doing today; being grateful for what I have: for giving me such a loving and caring family, a roof over my head and food to eat, and a job which puts me in a position to reach out and help others.

There is also no greater joy than seeing a smile on someone else’s face than doing something for your own self. Giving is hands down better than receiving. I grew up in a very loving home, close to my extended family and cousins. Infact, my cousins are like my brothers and sisters and also my friends. Most of them have gorgeous children and great partners now. Whilst I do not see them and their families that often, I always stay in touch with them on whatsaspp (the perks of social media and technology).

Whilst thinking about them, I stumbled upon the NSPCC website (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) nspcc.org.uk where you can send a letter from Santa to a child you know and donate a certain amount of money for each letter you send to their cause. When I was a child I used to absolutely love Santa, he was one of my favourite things about Christmas! And what better way to wish my little nieces and nephews a Merry Christmas from Santa than to send them a personalised letter praising them for being so good this year 🙂 www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/make-a-donation/letter-from-santa/

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A Love-ly Breakfast

I am not sure how I feel about Sundays. My Sundays usually commence mid-day at the latest followed by a good few hours of procrastination, until I feel utterly depressed around evening time for being such a sloth coupled with the knowledge of the impending doom of Monday and the week ahead. But no feeling like that today, because I am off work (please read my first post if you have a burning desire to learn why). https://onedayatatime665.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/img_5893.jpg?w=1462

I actively attempted not to browse any of my usual online retail therapy stores, thanks to my bulging wardrobe, my rapidly decreasing bank balance and my new resolve to not be so in love with all things material and embark on more of a spiritual journey.

I did however, browse amazon for items to make my flat a home (I am newly married and also a bit in love with interior designing) and lo behold! I do not know how but after a great deal of browsing, tabs, websites and what not I found out that certain organisations and institutes did an amazon wish list where you could buy things required by them. And trust me, not all items are expensive! The ones that stumbled upon were Ronald McDonald House (rmhc.org.uk), which provides free accommodation to families whose children are in the hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (childsplaycharity.org). Did I really need that extra lamp for the living room? Nope,I didn’t! But wouldn’t it be nice to buy that toy for a sick child in the hospital? Or those paper plates and flower bracelets? And this is what I exactly did!
By this time, my husband was up unexpectantly from a deep slumber post his night shift on call due to an even deeper rumble in his belly. And suddenly I realised that I hadn’t eaten since I had woken up (it was 2pm), just a cup of delicious coffee, oh how I love you so! And so after a long time we decided to cook ‘breakfast’ together. He was in charge of the chopping and washing and I was in charge of making the omelette stuffed with tomatoes, cheese, peppers, chilli and onion. It turned out to be absolutely delicious and I am afraid I do not have evidence in pictures of our lovely breakfast as we devoured it because both of us (me especially) were on the brink of being ‘hangry’. 

But wasn’t it just lovely to do something together as a team, to share this small portion of the day. We didn’t do a great deal of talking except cooking related, but coupled with the music, a number of silly dance moves and trying to show off our culinary skills….a lot was said unknowingly and filled me with so much warmth and love. Next time you get a chance from your busy schedules, do try this; the cooking not the silly dance moves, although thats entirely up to you 🙂 – could be a partner, friend, sibling, parent, anyone.

Not such a bad Sunday after all eh?

ps: I have to post a picture of my beloved coffee machine here, please pay special attention to the mug 😉