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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell


We've just had the boys for three days...........

Crazy golf, soft play, pool, house golf (?), pinball, colouring, sandcastle building (twice), I wonder when they'll feel too old to build sandcastles? Hopefully not soon, Jean and I still enjoy building them and love being part of their world building 'Sandonia' well we are in Wales.

We also had some quieter moments with quizzes and in particular a Bible quiz followed by a Bible Study on the beatitudes, Matthew Chapter 5, it is never too early or too late to instill Biblical values in a child or in yourself.

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it.

We looked at verses 3 - 11 of Matthew 5, on how to be happy, how to treat others and how to react when others don't treat you well.

Matthew 5:3-11 Good News Translation

True Happiness

3 “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor;

the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

4 “Happy are those who mourn;

God will comfort them!

5 “Happy are those who are humble;

they will receive what God has promised!

6 “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires;

God will satisfy them fully!

7 “Happy are those who are merciful to others;

God will be merciful to them!

8 “Happy are the pure in heart;

they will see God!

9 “Happy are those who work for peace;

God will call them his children!

10 “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires;

the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

11 “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers.

How happy are you and what adjustments do you need to make in order to be happy, or as in other better known versions of the beatitudes 'Blessed', a lot of people prefer 'blessed' to 'happy', but that is a whole other story.

For me being blessed or happy comes down to our attitude and our choices, you cannot keep making wrong choices and expect to be blessed or happy. You can be happy for a while but it is far better to be blessed for eternity.

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