May your year be one of unlocking your talent, heart, wishes and love.
Hi, My name is Marie Seltenrych and I own this website.
I have been telling stories for a long time and writing them down over the past 20 years or so. I just love a good yarn and the excitement of seeing someone's eyes widen as the story progresses. During covid last year 2019-2020 I completed a full story about a knight in broken armour, Garty Musdo. He is seriously funny but charming.
My husband was the first to review this book and he could not stop praising the character. It is the first time I have written thoughts and desires from a male perspective and it was really a great exercise and fun to do. Men seem so much less complex than women. As a complex woman, I believe this to be true.
I love all the books I have written. I fall in love with my characters and allow them to rule my life while I am writing their stories. It is a very exciting method of writing and sometimes challenging when I reach a writer's block. It should be called, a "character" block. Because it is the character who will not yield to the master!!
Wishing everyone the best Christmas despite the Covid warnings and the terrible news items we are all seeing daily. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered loss this year including my own family, who lost our beloved Sam in Scotland. (R.I.P) Those of us who have survived must be thankful for just that at least.
Please obey the medical directions for the Covid challenges we are receiving daily. Those medics and leaders are doing their utmost for us all to reach another milestone, 2022. God bless you and keep you and may His Face shine upon you continually. Love Marie
Thursday, February 24 2022
Being brokenhearted is a sorrowful condition that can take your smile away for a long time and even bring your life to a standstill.
Jesus Christ created you and knows how you are feeling today and every day.
If you are brokenhearted today, there is hope for you.
King of Assyria. (Pic from Pixabay)
Tuesday, January 11 2022
Jonah was a true anti-vaxer, he did not wish to obey anyone, even the Lord.
Can we learn from his events in the book of his name, Jonah?
What can we apply to our situation with the vaccine rollout here in Australia and around the globe?
What will you do?
Friday, December 31 2021
Has Covid19 won the victory?
All over the world this virus needs no introduction. After more than two years of battling this virus, we are still in the thick of the pandemic. (With a few waves along the way)
What have we learned from all the experts, lines of folk waiting for tests, the way this thing moves silently from person to person, like a ghost from times past, or a demonic invasion from Hell?
How will our generation be remembered? The lineups of masked people, the doctors with other masks, the funerals, the graves, the sick under layers of plastic or for our intelligence and care of each other?
How does God see this? Is God involved in the scenario? Immediately we think of the great effort of our doctors and paramedics who are right there in the fray. We remember the old woman waving from her nursing home, distraught and unable to get out of her final prison on earth except through death!
From a scientific perspective, I took a look at this fabulous website:
Here you shall find intelligent information about this virus, how it mutates and evolves, and effects vaccines.
We can learn from this virus:
It is a true picture of evolution or more aptly, mutation.
This blog makes the statement that our human DNA is greater than this virus and quickly returns to its own normality.
We need not fear in the long term because our DNA will eventually get the better of this uninvited mRNA enemy of humanity and even of our animals.
This virus pretends to be a human cell, and it is close, but utterly destructive.
We must fight this to the bitter end, and use every weapon against it.
It is like the sin that can enter our lives subtly, and cause enormous changes in our behaviour and our destiny.
Ephesians Six verse ten:
Put on the whole armour of God, so that you can take a stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual powers of this dark world... The belt of truth buckled on your waist, the breastplate of righteousnes (heart) on. Your feet shod with the speedy gospel of peace. And take up the shield of faith, which can extinguish the flaming fire of the arrows. Finally, take the sword of the spirit, which is the Bible. Pray in the spirit at all times. Keep praying for everyone.
Just like the virus, we must defend our lives, our families, and our country against this purge.
Can everyone pray for God's help and see what happens.
Love is eternal, our prayers are eternal, and God is eternal. We too can be eternal.
Monday, December 06 2021
When we think about Christmas, what comes to mind? For me, I remember being taken by the hand by my older sister, Dolores, to see the lights in Jacob's shop window.
The year was 1952 and I was four years of age. I can remember that evening as being dusky and windy. We ran along the narrow footpath precariously, being blown about by a steady wind. Finally, (about 5 houses along) we reached the magical shop window. I remember staring at the lights as if mesmerised for what may have been a long time or a few minutes. It was an awesome moment in my young life.
Being very good girls we had to go home after our viewing. My sister was super careful to be obedient, so I reluctantly left the sparkling window.
It was Christmas. Our dad was not around as he had gone by ship to UK earlier in the year, seeking work. Our family consisted of Mum and four children. Two were younger than I was. But, nothing could prevent me from feeling very excited by those brilliant lights.
Everything that happened seemed so exciting. We saw baby Jesus at the church stable and of course that was just a little doll. Santa also managed to light our fire upstairs in the front bedroom (two bedrooms were both at the front anyway). Santa locked the door and left the key, clever man. Inside the upper room were two little strollers, one for each of the two oldest children, my sister and me. Unfortunately Santa forgot to leave us a dolly to put in there, so I became the baby in the stroller, which I dearly hated as I considered myself a "big girl" because I had a little brother and sister. But, my sister and our friend next door (they owned a shop) used to play "Housey" with me being the baby. I remember the anger I felt even now! I also remember a black cat with a red ribbon coming into our house, which was good luck, but bad luck if it turned up within certain days of Christmas. (It was a hoax by a fun neighbour) I remember that we were all laughing when we found out, but I still had suspicions about bad luck, whatever that might be for a four year old.
Christmastime can bring people to a different place, such as bad memories and loved ones who strayed or are gone from this world. As we get older we amass more sad memories and experience more sad days of tragedy and sorrow.
But, God, in His Wisdom, sent his son as a helpless baby to come to our planet. Indeed Jesus was and is an alien who does not belong here in the human sense, yet he was prepared to let go of his own glory in Heaven to become a baby. A child who was destined to die a cruel death on the cross at Calvary. We all know this story and still marvel at what happened, bad and good.
Jesus Christ (anointed Saviour) is still the one waiting to bring the light of life to everyone who calls on His name. Jesus claims mount up to declare Himself as God, (My Lord and my God) said doubting Thomas. Jesus sits on the right hand of the Throne, always alive to make intercession (like a court witness) for people down on planet earth. Jesus himself said, "I am the light of the world".
Light is very attractive to those who have known only darkness. People are sometimes seen as "lights" in the world. My mother was a light for us kids. She had to cope with four little ones on her own for two and a half years, which must have seemed an eternity. During that period of time, I came to love Jesus the little baby and often imagined Jesus standing in his crib in heaven looking down at me at night when we said "Our Prayers" which Mum taught us.
My journey with Jesus Christ, my Teacher, my Friend, my Saviour, Redeemer and my God, began at Christmas after I saw the lights in Jacob's shop window in a humble town called Leixlip.
I began my new "life" in 1983 when I turned to Jesus for salvation from sin and death and condemnation. He has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."
He waits for you. He is coming back.
"Pixabay" picture thank you.
Image by reblbug Pixabay
Monday, November 08 2021
Mark 8:34 "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me."
Chapter 8 of Mark gives us insights into how Jesus was training his disciples in various situations.
Jesus feeds the hungry followers (4,000 people).
This was in the region of the Ten Cities of Scythopolis (Beisan), Hippos (Susiyeh), Gadara (Umm Qeis), Pella (Fahil), Philadelphia (`Amman), Gerasa (Jerash), Dion (Adun?), Canatha (Qanawat), Damascus and Raphan. (Biblehub Bible map: Decapolis, exerpt.)
You can see why there was such a big crowd that were also hungry for bread and the Word of the Lord Jesus.
Jesus then headed across the sea of Galilee in a boat. (8:10)
This is in the region of Dalmanutha, (Magdala) West side of the Sea of Galilee.
At this point the Pharisees (Jewish Sect) came to challenge Jesus.
Jesus warned them about the Pharisees "leaven" but they could not fathom the meaning. (8:16)
Next, them came to Bethsaida and he healed a blind man. (North of Sea of Galilee)
Then Jesus and his disciples went around the cities of Philippi in Ceasearea, during which trek he questioned his disciples about who he was. (8:29 -30)
He then told them that he must suffer many things and be rejected by the leaders of the Jews. He told them he would be killed and would rise again on the third day.
After a sound protest by Peter, who was severely rebuked by Jesus, who called Peter "Satan" Jesus called the crowd and disciples closer.
Jesus told the disciples and the crowd the obligation to Himself in making a decision to "Follow Jesus".
In a nutshell, Jesus said to those who decide to follow him. "You you must take up your cross, deny yourself, and follow me." (Read verses 34 - 38)
If we view this lesson in a whole, it is clear that to follow Jesus is not simply having a picnic or watching miracles happen, it is a continual journey over the hills and dales of life. You will need to carry your own "cross" as directed by Jesus all the way to the end of your life's journey. For Jesus it was "Death by crucifixion."
For you it can be anything that is difficult but very personal. You must carry the burden as permitted by Jesus to the end of your journey of life, unless he gives you a different burden, but it seems that we will always have to "pick up our cross" to follow Jesus.
When we think of our own individual "burden" "Cross" (heavy and hard to do) we can remind ourselves that Apostle Paul had eye problems, Peter kept making mistakes, Thomas was a doubter.
Recently I saw a message on quora to a person suffering from Bipolar disorder who was thinking of "stopping his/her medication". The advice was to carry the burden of taking medication as it was helping the sufferer to feel well and to cope with life. My friend has a similar disorder and often times we see Christians telling folk to "stop taking their medication" because they are "healed", however, this passage from Jesus tells us to "Do the hard thing" "Pick it up" and follow after him. So, if you have prescribed medication, pick it up, drink it down and get on with your day, following Jesus across the thorny pathways of life along with the picnic days and the days of wine and roses and love.
Pic from Pixabay.com thanks so much. (May they be blessed)
Thursday, September 30 2021
The subject of Theodicy is covered in the volume, Christianity, the Complete Guide pp 444. The conclusion of theologists from 47 - 1759 AD was that if God is bigger than evil, then evil must not exist, therefore God does not exist. We know that Evil is no illusion!
I am shocked by the discussions that clearly miss the mark by a good mile! Any devoted Christian who reads their Bible regularly knows that evil began at the beginning.
We look back to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve resided for a time, until they fell into temptation and sinned, causing a whole tumble in their world.
However, we need to take a deeper look into the origin of evil. When God created in the six days according to Genesis, it says, "It was good".
God created a garden East of Eden, where He put the man. This now turns a corner. At this point the Lord gives a warning to Adam to not eat of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, for he would surely die. (Gen 2:15)
So, the word evil appears right there just when man was being given his first lease! Remember, Eve was not yet created if we take this as being the first moment of mankind. Adam still had to name all the animals before Eve was finally created.
If we read Ezekiel 28, we will find the original source of evil. This is depicted by the King of Tyre, but refers back to the Garden of God and the Mount of God.
We can now put the pieces of the puzzle of evil together. This beautiful creature, adorned with jewels and perfect in every way, was in the Garden of Eden, Guardian of the Garden, beautiful in every way, on the day it was created. Evil was found in this beautiful creature. This appears to be a heavenly place where there will be an eternal garden of God, the real garden with its depiction in Eden where Adam and Eve lived. How do we know this?
The next verse (17) the creature was thrown from Heaven to earth. We know from elsewhere that Lucifer is the name of this creature, who was created before mankind and who was a giant of his kind, fearless and beautiful, but who became too proud and was therefore thrown out of heaven.
Similarly, Adam and Eve were thrown out of their garden, tempted by this creature in the guise of a serpent, who obviously plotted against his creator to take the heart of the first human being on earth.
We know that the garden of Eden was buried during the flood.
Evil was something that came out against God, the Creator of all living things. Because of this aspect of God, human beings, made in the image of God, must also battle against evil and conquer it.
Jesus said, when he taught his disciples how to pray. "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil."
When I read these great classical pieces I see enormous problems and would venture to call it "disinformation".
(Information designed to lead people astray)
Jesus said, "The truth will set you free." (not somebody else)
Virus and Evil:
We all know that this virus is evil, designed to kill and maim people, and the cure is the vaccine, prepared by scientists who care. They may or may not know God, but they are already created in the image of God, therefore have God's likness and God gives us a way of escaping evil if we take care to notice. Every medic, nurse, doctor or assistant carer has the spirit of God inside to do good for people at any cost, even their own lives. They too are just like God, sending his beloved, only son, Jesus, to die for our sins. "He gave me power to give my life and to take it up again." (Jesus said) So, being buried, he rose from the dead locked tomb with the rock at its mouth.
God does have all the answers. We just need to ask Him and we will find out.
Thanks to Pixabay, Johnhain, for good pic.
Sunday, September 12 2021
9/11 stories permeate the TV bringing us to recall that fatal moment 20 years ago. I remember I went to attend classes at BCQ College, Toowong, Brisbane, when the news erupted. At first people were saying that over 30,000 people were inside the tower. At the end of the day the truth was known. Yesterday a memorial was carried out for the almost 3,000 victims of this horrible crime.
In the midst of the trauma there were decisions made that did nothing to save the people. Other decisions were made that saved possibly many more souls. Aeroplanes were missing and tragedy unfolded minute by minute as innocent travellers and good hearted people commuted or attended their office to commence their day.
No matter how we look at this moment in time, we are all shocked, aghast at the impertinence of a handful of thugs who decided to end their own lives and also to end the lives of others. As President Bush said, "They had the same foul spirit." Nothing could be closer to the truth of this matter.
What does Jesus say about such an event? He says,
"Blessed are those who mourne, for they shall be comforted."
If we study the life of Jesus we can see that this is a very meaningful statement by the Son of God. When we listen to the survivors and family, friends of those who were murdered on that day, we see the love of God in every heart of each person who read out the names of those who perished in the terror attack. They have mourned for 20 years. The day I saw the vision on TV instead of having a Theological study class shall ever be etched in my mind. I mourned from that day to this day for those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Despite the fact that I did not know anyone personally, I feel the horror and therefore the grief and torment of soul for every person who was struck down before their time on that day. There were around ten Australians murdered, and that is terrible. No matter where they had come from, they had found their place in the most successful city of the world, New York, where everyone has a second chance, and in other parts of America, the Home of the Free.
When I read the commentaries on the words of Jesus in the beatitudes (Matthew 5) these words of Jesus come through loud and clear.
Although I know that many in Israel were in mourning at that time because of the occupation of the Romans and their severity on the people, I now turn your attention to an even more relevant fact about what Jesus may have been thinking at that moment.
Do you remember when the Apostles and disciples mourned? They mourned for Jesus.
Jesus was crucified and buried and left in a tomb guarded by soldiers and a huge stone?
We know that at Easter we recall that moment when Jesus died and rose again!
Blessed are those who mourne, for they shall be comforted. Jesus Christ rose from the dead! This fact was attested to by many people who lived in Jerusalem and Galilee at the time. Over 500 at one time saw Jesus.
His disciples had a meal with Jesus. Two disciples walked with Jesus and then he disappeared.
All of those who were cut off from their earthly destiny will be there with Jesus on the Day of Judgement. Jesus defeated death, which is the "Last Enemy" and shall be destroyed on the final Judgement.
Were the disciples comforted? Yes, very much so. Would you not be? Almost every person who read out the names of those who died on 9/11 indicated that they would see their loved one one day.
They are right. Blessed are those who mourne, for they shall be comforted. Just like Jesus' disciples, they shall meet their loved ones on that Day.
They shall rise once again and be reunited with their loving families and with their creator, Jesus Christ.
They shall be truly comforted and elated.
I hope you will be there with the blessed.
Was this Jesus' hidden meaning of this beatitude? It is for me and families of the tragedy of 9/11
R.I.P. my brother, Liam, who was murdered in London at age 49. He would have turned 72 today. Hope to see you in Heaven Liam Rafferty.
Pic thanks to Pixabay
Monday, September 06 2021
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life."
Today I baked bread with my new bread maker! (Thanks ©Breville). Not joking, it was super delicious! Hubby ate 3 huge slices (half the loaf) and was satisfied.
Of course, Jesus says, "Man cannot live by bread alone...but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God..."
That is something we must listen to in these pandemic and tragic days.
Every day brings with it news of horror and vice, mainly of men and beasts.
How can we survive this pandemic? We keep hearing "Get vaccinated" every day from the premiers and medics.
After talking with my dear friend, Mary, who is the most ardent Christian in the world, we found a new answer for everyone who is looking for answers.
"This is the cure" These were her words. I take these as prophetic and compelling.
Having a good memory and read the Bible many times over, I recall a time in the wilderness when the people turned angrily against God. They wanted bread. "There is no bread," they cried. (Numbers 20:5)
The Lord, with his amicable humour sent them snakes that bit and many died. (Numbers 20:6)
A solution for the following carnage that happened in the wilderness was a bronze snake and Moses placed it on a pole. When those afflicted by the snakes looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Later they turned this into an idol and it was destroyed by King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:4)
Jesus referred to this incident in John 3:14 regarding faith in his work.
The cure for hunger is bread. (Especially home made fresh and hot!)
The cure for the pandemic is the vaccine!
(This was our inspiration, thanks Mary).
It is sent from God, not a poison, but a cure! Not a cure for the pandemic but a cure for the destruction of all the peoples in the world. Just like the Bible, we should get vaccinated and thank God for this privilege, and then go and eat hot, fresh bread. (Learn how to make it)
The cure for our sin(s) is Jesus Christ, who hung on the "Pole" until dead, thus satisfying the requisites of God Himself.
Thanks Jesus! You did it all in one day and rose again in three days. Who could ask for more? Can you?
Thanks to Marie for pic.
Thursday, September 02 2021
Proverbs 27: 1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring
Song of Songs: 14 ...Show me your face. Let me hear your voice.
Song of Songs: 16...My lover is mine and I am his...
In these terrifying days when we do not know what will happen next, we will be wise to take the advice of King Solomon, the author of the Book of Proverbs and the Song of Songs.
Solomon was a very wise king who had wisdom above all of his peers, including the Queen of Sheba, who found him magnificent.
Solomon was also a man of means, with wealth above any before or after him. He had over 1,000 wives and concubines, yet few children considering all these women, waiting for his kind touch for one night.
Solomon did love one woman, and she is depicted in the Song of Songs. He was the most famous Bachelor in history, with as many women as he wanted, yet he was not satisfied. This one woman enchanted him and she gave him a run for his money. She also fell in love with him and gave her heart away.
She was not a famous person but a humble worker from a vineyard, yet she took the king by storm and he adored her.
King Solomon was a depiction for the Kingdom of Heaven, and through the genes from the people of Israel, the true king was born, Jesus Christ. There are many passages and writings about this in the Bible, and we would do well to consider God's call on our love.
Like King Solomon, he chose one woman, a beautiful black haired female as his chosen one to lavish his love upon her.
The Lord Jesus Christ is now seated in the highest place, far above every principality and power. Jesus is searching through the Spirit on earth for that one soul he wants to join him.
In some way the story of the Bachelor Australia is similar to what Jesus is looking out for. Someone who will give him her undying love for all eternity.
In the same way, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, is lonely, like a bachelor, and waiting for you today.
Why not give Him your heart. You are made in His image and Heaven will not be the same without you. There is a place set for you at the banquet, the wedding feast of the Lamb and it will be the best celebration ever, with love flowing freely over all who are present.
Before you make your plans for tomorrow, speak to the Lord through your lips and heart. The Lord will welcome you and you will find love everlasting.
Picture courtesy of Pixabay.com Thank you. What a splendid place this is.