Tuesday, May 31

The Visitation



The Magnificat
 
My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty,
hath done great things to me;
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations,
to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant,
being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
Luke 1:46-55

Sunday, May 29

Miracles with dolls and hot water bottles

This is a story written by a doctor who worked in Africa . 
It was sent to me by a friend.

One night I had worked hard to help a mother
 in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could
do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature
baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We
would have difficulty keeping the baby alive;
as we had no incubator (we had no electricity
to run an incubator).

We also had no special feeding facilities.
Although we lived on the equator, nights were
often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student
midwife went for the box we had for such
babies and the cotton wool that the baby
would be wrapped in.

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a
hot water bottle. She came back shortly in
distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it
had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical
climates)..

'And it is our last hot water bottle!' she
exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying
over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might
be considered no good crying over burst
water bottles.

They do not grow on trees, and there are no
drugstores down forest pathways.

'All right,' I said, 'put the baby as near the
fire as you safely can, and sleep between the
baby and the door to keep it free from drafts
Your job is to keep the baby warm.'

The following noon, as I did most days, I went
to have prayers with any of the orphanage
children who chose to gather with me. I gave
the youngsters various suggestions of things
to pray about and told them about the tiny
baby. I explained our problem about keeping
the baby warm enough,mentioning the hot
water bottle, and that the baby could so easily
die if it got chills. I also told them of the
two-year-old sister, crying because her mother
had died.

During prayer time, one ten -year-old girl,
Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness
of our African children. 'Please, God' she
prayed, 'Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll
be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will
be dead, so please send it this afternoon.'

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the
prayer, she added, 'And while You are about it,
would You please send a dolly for the little girl
so she'll know You really love her?'

As often with children's prayers, I was put on
the spot. Could I honestly say 'Amen?' I just
did not believe that God could do this.

Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything;
the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't
there? The only way God could answer this
particular prayer would be by sending me a
parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa
for almost four years at that time, and I had
never, ever, received a parcel from home.

Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who
would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the
equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was
teaching in the nurses' training school, a
message was sent that there was a car at my
front door. By the time I reached home, the
car had gone, but there on the verandah was
a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking
my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so
I sent for the orphanage children..

Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot.
We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly
Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or
forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large
cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out
brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes
sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were
the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients,
and the children looked a little bored..
Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas -
that would make a batch of buns for the
weekend.

Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the.....
could it really be?

I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new
rubber hot water bottle. I cried.

I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly
believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She
rushed forward, crying out, 'If God has sent
the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!'

Rummaging down to the bottom of the box,
she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed
dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!

Looking up at me, she asked, 'Can I go over
with you and give this dolly to that little girl,
so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?'

'Of course,' I replied!

That parcel had been on the way for five
whole months, packed up by my former
Sunday school class, whose leader had heard
and obeyed God's prompting to send a
hot water bottle, even to the equator.

And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an
African child - five months before, in answer
to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to
bring it 'that afternoon.'

'Before they call, I will answer.'
(Isaiah 65:24)
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Also a COMMENT would be very much appreciated !!!!!!!
Sara

Friday, May 27

Under the Scope

SCOPE this out: science is everywhere.
It’s behind the technology we use, the food we eat, the houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the medicine we take, the bridges we cross, the roads we travel, the athletes who become our sporting heroes and the health of the planet we call home.

Now there’s a science show for kids called Scope to explain the science that’s all around us.

Scope is a half hour of fast, funny and informative scientific entertainment for children aged 8-14 years. Each week Scope explores a different theme to discover the science behind everything. Each week, host, Dr Rob tackles a different topic, tears it apart, explores it, relates it to a child’s life and finally catapults the concept into the realms of technology and the future.

Dr Rob is not alone in his quest for all the answers and is joined by Julia, who seeks out cool experiments and scientific facts. Along for the ride are the scientists themselves who present many of the stories about their research and discoveries.

Scope’s mission is for its audience to never stop questioning how the world works to make the impossible become possible. Scope answers the how and the why, but more importantly, the ‘what if’ as it makes the ordinary extraordinary - under the SCOPE.

The Team

Dr Rob Bell
The term “mad scientist” may well be appropriate for the CSIRO’s Dr Robert Bell. He’ll tackle a hot vindaloo to explain chillies, eat a raw fish to better understand dolphins or spend a day on the slopes to better comprehend the physics of skiing (someone’s got to do it!). A madcap but dedicated scientist, Dr Rob gives his all to uncovering and explaining the ways and whys of our ever amazing world.
Growing up on a pineapple farm on the Sunshine Coast, Rob became passionate about the environment, and in particular the impact humans have on it and its resources.
Dr Rob, achieved his Bachelor of Science with Honours plus his PhD in the area of Materials Chemistry (awarded in 2000) at the University of Queensland, where he also held the prestigious title of “President – The Chocolate Appreciation Society” with over 700 sweet-toothed members.
Formerly Dr Rob was a science education officer for the CSIRO, enticing and educating our young minds in the many and varied fields of science, perfect training for SCOPE.

Julia Cleghorn
As soon as Julia learnt to talk, she was asking questions about the world around her.
Since then, she has done everything possible to find out the answers. Her love of science started at an early age and she has been questioning, and answering, and talking ever since.
Originally from Melbourne, Julia received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne before heading to the Nation's Capital to join the circus; well, the Science Circus that is. As part of this travelling group, she brought the fascinating and often explosive world of science to every corner of Australia.
Julia currently presents the weekly Scope experiments where she uses everyday stuff to make, demonstrate and explain all things science.


Ted Petrie – Newscaster
Ted Theodore Petrie has been a familiar face to Australian television audiences for over 30 years.
Legend has it that this icon of TV journalism was born with a microphone in his hand and that his first words were his now immortal catch cry, "It's great to be with me."
Ted began his career as the rural reporter for the Launceston Times but he had far greater ambitions and it wasn't long before he had become the news anchor of Newcastle Tonight on UHF channel 31. Nominated 16 years a row for the Logie for best regional news anchor*, Ted has read the autocue on some of the biggest stories of our time including The Berlin Wall coming down and Bec and Lleyton's wedding. Ted now continues his very unique, award nominated newscasting style on Channel Ten's Scope.
* Ted's 16 nominations without a win is a record that experts believe will never be beaten

The Scientists
The real stars of Scope are the scientists and experts themselves who present stories about their research and discoveries in a simple, informative and fun way.

Scope is an amazing show! I watch it every Saturday after ICarly and Me and My Monsters. Some of the BEST shows ever! Though I my eyes, Roman Mysterys will never be beaten. WOW!!!! I have just found out that all these shows have a website!!!! awesome!!!! just move your mouse over the words and click!!!!!!
Please check them out!!!! and comment on my blog!

Do YOU have a suggestion for a blog post? please tell me by commenting!!!!

Well, I'll see you next time, Under the Scope!
Sara

PS. the Roman Mysterys have a book series. check your local libary for them NOW!
Sara

PPS. look at my Photos Page; click HERE
Sara

Saturday, May 14

a cute little doggy

This is a piture of cute little doggies:


Sunday, May 1

Blessed Pope John Paul II

WOW! I was just watching Pope Benedict the 16th beatify Blessed Pope John Paul the 2nd, on EWTN, and gosh! WOW! you just have to watch it, to see it click HERE to see it yourself! it is AMAZING!!!!! Please watch it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

St. Peter of Alcantara and Blessed JP both have the same feast day: 22nd of October. Click HERE  to read his biography. Also HERE  For some information on Blessed JP II.
So Dignified
Blessed Mother Teresa with Blessed Pope John Paul II

Blessing the People

Thousands of Millions

HA HA!!! Great sense of Humor!



Beautiful Blessed John Paul II


Thank you for reading this. Please comment!!! or tick one of those boxes down the bottom of each post currently called  Reactions.  I will be giving out an award to 5 of the next 20 commenters. (People who comment!!)


Oh, PS. you don't really have to watch all of the EWTN, unless you enjoy that sort of thing! Its still going on Mums laptop. But then again it is Mass (in Latin!!!)