A Saved Wretch

A personal blog

Archive for February 2011

15-year-old Christian girl still missing

Reporting by Simba Tian, Compass Direct News NAIROBI, Kenya, February 22 – A Christian widow in north Sudan is agonizing over the kidnapping of her daughter eight months ago by suspected Islamic extremists in Khartoum. “Since my daughter was kidnapped, I have been living in a state of fear and terror,” said Ikhlas Anglo, 35, a mother of two daughters. She said her 15-year-old daughter, Hiba Abdelfadil Anglo, went missing […]

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Such relief to turn off the TV and allow silence to settle upon me after being saturated with news casts of crumpled buildings, dust, distraught survivors, sirens, fires, a toppled cathedral, and bodies in the rubble. I run water, hot water, to wash dishes and thank God for this – a simple, everyday thing which requires major city infrastructure to function and I almost never consider it. The residents in […]

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Devastating earthquake

Please pray for the people of Christchurch after a large, shallow earthquake (magnitude 6.3, 5km depth, 10km SE of Christchurch city) struck at 12:51pm today. There is severe damage to buildings, including the cathedral and police have confirmed fatalities. There was also a large aftershock at 2:57pm.

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He gave Himself up for her, will I?

At the beginning of this year I decided that for me 2011 should be a year committed to essentials. I have given this some thought at times but, as is human nature, it really isn’t until things start getting a bit unbalanced that I have paused to consider whether I am on track with what I should be doing as opposed to what I have actually been doing. And then […]

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Learning to play nicely

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.(Isaiah 30:29 ESV) Today I played my flute for the first time since before my son was born. Needless to say I’m a bit rusty! I was never […]

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Am I reflective?

How do you see? We see an object when light reflected off it’s surface enters our eyes and is translated into an image by retina and nerves. The light does not usually come from the object itself, mostly it is from the sun in daytime. As the light shines it reveals to our eyes all that was hidden by darkness. If my life is pure and holy others will see Christ clearly reflected with minimal distortion. If I am corrupt and filthy Christ’s glory will remain brilliant, but my filth will be starkly illuminated against his holiness.

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My work is no good – I’m no good

This morning I was literally given a beautiful gift, which in my semi-awake, cold-clogged grumpiness I fobbed off, telling a nine-year-old artist to put her offering on the kitchen bench unviewed. I have been thinking, reading and writing lately about seeing the beauty and grace of God and giving thanks to Him for it, yet I wouldn’t even look when directly asked to. Fortunately her Mum took the time to […]

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Thank you Ann

Dear Ann,Thank you for your beautiful words. I first began reading your blog (A Holy Experience) in the middle of last year and was captivated by the honest, encouraging and inspiring words you write there. Today your book (One Thousand Gifts) arrived at my door all the way from America and again I am lifted up by your words. As I have been keeping my own list of gifts given […]

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