February 2018 - This month brings us Valentine's day and Ash Wednesday (the beginning of lent) on the same day. Lent is generally a time for giving something up, but this year I want to do something for lent instead. I have decided that I want to try and pray more every day. Even if it just to quietly speak to God on my own, I believe this is something that I can do to increase my spiritual faith and praise of God. It is also something that I can do to help others.
Prayers for Healing - in the wake of the Me Too movement and allegations of abuse within the entertainment industry and indeed other industries, which have affected both men and women alike, I wanted to say a prayer as follows:
Dear Lord please bring to justice all those who have caused harm to others in the form of sexual violence. Please also protect the survivors of such violence and make sure that they are given the right support to heal in their own time. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer Amen.
Well here we are and it is almost Springtime. The clocks will soon go forward and I can already see the daffodils sprouting up everywhere! Easter has fallen early this year so we look forward to our Easter Eggs and celebrating the resurrection of Our Lord. This month in the UK also sees the celebration of mothers day and I always think of Our Lady, Mary the Blessed Virgin Mother of God. This is the one mother that everyone can pray to for healing and help. With that in mind I would like to offer up the following prayer:
Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.
I wish you all a very happy, peaceful and inspired Springtime:-)
As I write this I apologise, as the month of April is almost over, but I feel that personally I have accomplished a great deal. I have managed to send off some items to knit for peace, I have caught up with a dear friend whom I have not seen for a while and I have managed to lose a few pounds in weight...which is always a bonus...especially when you are going through the menopause groan!
The month of April has also been a historic one especially for those women who have been fighting for justice....I speak of the case against Bill Cosby who was recently found guilty in a court of law. I pray that all the survivors of sexual violence, may take comfort in the fact that justice has finally been done, and that they will be able to find peace in their own lives.
I hope and pray that wherever you are in your life, that you can pray for hope during tough times and know that Our Lord Jesus is always there, watching over us, and helping us through our difficulties. God bless you all wherever you are Amen.
This month of May is very special to me because it reminds me of the month that I got sober. On the 10th May every year, I celebrate my sobriety birthday and I am delighted to say that I am now 20 years sober!!! Time goes by quickly, but I feel so grateful that the Lord has stayed by my side every step of my sober journey and indeed continues to do so. On the left you can see the wonderful cake that my friend Katherine made for me to celebrate this special occasion :-)
May also highlights the rosary dedicated to Our Lady and is important to remember to honour Our Lady with our prayers, as she continues to plays such an important role in deepening our faith journey. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful month of May Amen.
P.S. I have also had the opportunity visit Durham Cathedral here in the UK and I have to say it was amazing! Me and my boyfriend Paul were lucky enough to visit the sacred shrine of St Cuthbert and see the nine altars, dedicated to various saints through the ages. See left for a picture of me posing outside the cathedral!
Here we are in June the month that has the shortest day of the year and when strawberries and cream are an ideal pudding for these summer months ahead!
This month I have been reading a wonderful book called 'Knit Together - Discover God's pattern for your life' by Debbie Macomber. It is full of great ideas to inspire you to set achievable goals and work towards them. It has inspired me to build my own prayer altar. Which is basically a small table with a knitted throw on top, a chalk board, chalks, prayer book and my Bible. It is just nice to have somewhere in the house that is mine, that I can go to for quiet reflection.
I am also trying to incorporate an 'attitude of gratitude 'for all the blessings that I have in my life. That way I believe it will keep me more positive and will enable me to heal more quickly when life throws me a curve ball. That's all from me so far, I am currently looking after my cat Dexter, who is doing well on his special renal diet. A big thank you to Sister Mary and all the nuns at the Tyburn Convent for their prayers of healing xxx
Wow, the weather here in the UK is hot, hot, hot!! It takes some getting used to...so I write this with my fan on full blast to cool me down!
This month I have been impressed by 2 different organisations, the first one is Tracys Street Kitchen based in Nottingham, UK which has been set up by Tracy, to help homeless people access nutritious food on a regular basis. This organisation is funded by Tracy herself and the generosity of donations from others. If you would like to donate to this most worthy cause please visit Tracys-street-kitchen for more information.
My second organisation is Big Vision NYC based in New York City, USA. This amazing organisation has been set up in the memory of Isaac Goldberg Volkmar and it helps to create a sober, joyous and fun filled environment, for young people to experience and enjoy during their recovery journey. I personally know how difficult it is to deal with addiction.... and therefore to have a place to go, where you can enjoy your life, with like minded people is so important in the process of recovery. I wish BIG Vision much continued success and if you would like to find out more or make a donation please visit BIGVISION-NYC
Also a big plug for the Knitting-Event on 7th August for Big Vision...shame I am across the pond, or I would be there with you guys, still I shall be with you in spirit! Have fun and happy knitting love from Anita xxx
The month of September is a special one, as it is my birthday month and I have turned 50. I would like to say a special thank you to all my friends and colleagues for the wonderful cards and gifts they are amazing! Big thanks to Dad and Anne for the gift and card xxxx
September also marks the beginning of the academic year and for me that allows me to almost begin again, and take stock of where I am in life. A huge thank you to Paul for always being there no matter what I love you forever xxx
I now take this opportunity to thank God for all the blessings that I have in my life Amen.
Apologies if I have not got pictures of everyone, I can only fit on so much xxx
THANKS TO STELLA AND FRIENDS.....
Big thanks to Stella and friends from St Paul's and St Mary's RC church in Nottingham for their kind donation of hand knitted scarves. These items will be sent off to charities, helping women to rebuild their lives after domestic abuse.
So here we are in July already and people are enjoying both the World Cup and the summer weather. It also reminds me that we are over half way through the calendar year and the nights will start to get a little shorter as time goes on.
In order to keep my faith alive, I have put together a prayer altar (see pictures to the left) which helps me focus on God, especially when my life starts to get too hectic, and I need to find my quiet space in the house to pray and meditate. Whilst I enjoy going to church on Sunday, I still find it important to have a chat with God daily, so that he can set me straight, for each day ahead. This helps me to stay both confident, and focused for whatever life may throw at me.
If you want to build your own prayer altar in your home, it is very simple. All I have used is a table which I have placed a throw over, my bible and other faith books and I purchased a chalk board and coloured chalks, that I can write inspirational quotes from the bible on.
This prayer altar is also a place that I can go to when I need some quiet time to reflect on the Bible, so God bless you all wherever you are on your faith journey and have a wonderful summer xxx
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Welcome to January and here we are at the beginning of another year. This year I will be mainly concentrating on HEALTH, for both for myself and others.
Health problems affect everyone at some point in their lives, and so it is important that we remain patient and kind for both ourselves and others particularly when dealing with chronic illnesses.
Jesus Christ himself was a healer and his endless love for all people encouraged him to bring hope and healing to those who he encountered, who asked him for help. Thank you Lord for helping me today and help me to follow in your ways towards the light of your goodness Amen.