Monthly Archives: July 2016

I was thinking…

I was thinking…

I was thinking about this blog. Thinking too of my approach to blogging. Thinking too of my desire to wear (as you have heard me say before) different hats, when blogging.

All the ‘P’s’ (see my ‘ABOUT’) expressing my person, parent, painter, preacher approach. Thinking too of how I should have added another P – that of a Poet, followed by my conundrum: ‘What is poetry anyway?’

Thinking too of the people who decide to follow seedsinmotiontruthnart.wordpress.com.

A diverse bunch of bloggers, with equally diverse types of blogs.

All kinds of different personalities, some I never hear from or receive ‘likes’ from, almost since they started following this blog.

Was musing on the different accents of folks from different cultural backgrounds, it’s always interesting adjusting to their use of certain words, accent etc. in audio-type blogs.

Thinking too of some that ‘follow’, that I (as yet) don’t follow back.

Thinking of the fact that some things just plane don’t interest me in other folks blogs. I wonder if this is a politically incorrect statement? 😎

Those who follow this blog, who never hit the like button are surely not engaged enough or interested in what is being written?

No big deal. That’s ok. I’m not out to break the Guinness book of Records ‘Most Likes’ record. (Does such a record exist? – (sorry not really interested enough to find out).

What about you? Are you sizzling with blog ambition? Wanting to see your ambitions in the field of writing realised?

Can’t really say I’m pre-occupied with that goal. In fact though it’s nice to have a lot of people read our blogs, it’s also nice that anybody reads it, regardless of how many.

Then there’s the question of the technical side – those who start following we are told ‘will receive an email every time you publish a post. Congratulations’. So does that mean that every time I publish a post – 126 people/followers (and rising) are being told about it?

The above statement would lead me to believe they are being informed. (‘will receive an email…’) But is it true?

Maybe you folks who are more into the technical side of things can ‘enlighten’ me through ‘comments’ on that one?

Is it some kind of automatic informing – or does a wordpress ‘big brother’ person control the ‘to whom and when’ in this?

I was thinking too – do you ever get the feeling that after someone has read your blog – what you have written is suddenly the subject matter of their next blog? (Or is that just my imagination?)

They don’t acknowledge this of course – but just write on the same subject, shortly after reading your blog.

Again no big deal is it? I mean they are not stealing copyright or plagiarising. If I’m a little naughty I might suggest they can’t think of something to write about, but if this was true – at least I’m helping them out, so that’s ok. But I’m not sure of this suspicion so it remains in my inconclusive middle drawer – you’ve gathered that – right?

There’s no copyright on ‘subjects’, – feel free.

I’m thinking too, like most have done, about other folk’s blogs that I like or favour most. Other bloggers usually follow this with a ‘shout out’ for those blogs.

Well can I, rather than do this, admit to missing (haven’t searched enough I guess) a good post on art theory, as in why painters paint. Open to your suggestions/recommendations, if you know of any.

Great to be able to start so many sentences with ‘I was thinking…’ without being concerned about being repetitive 😊

As I was saying… ahhm… thinking…

Haven’t had any interest from anyone wanting to purchase a piece of my original artwork – (as explained in my pages – it’s not what the blog is about i.e. setting up shop).

I must admit though, that the artwork I have enjoyed on other blogs, and hit like buttons to communicate the fact – have not (although I enjoyed them) motivated me enough – to desire to own them. So I shouldn’t be surprised if no one is straining to enquire after mine.😄
Perhaps you need to have a particular tendency to ‘collect’ before taking such trouble to obtain.

I was thinking too about those that I follow, but who don’t follow back – i.e. they follow my blog, but show no interest expressed in ‘like’ or ‘comment’.

Surely this shouldn’t bother us – at least we are getting something from their blog, and they are getting something from us getting something from their blog, ahmm – if you see what I mean? 😐

If there is no reciprocation isn’t that ok?

Well Mostly its ok – it’s just that an added footnote might be: one wonders if reciprocation communication enters their ethos?

And then I was thinking about enthusiastic bloggers, who suddenly are not heard from for quite a while.

For example how is marksshoesbyevamarks getting on? Does anyone know? Is she still posting? Always an encouraging ‘liker’. Is she still blogging? Best wishes if she is.

So what else was I thinking?

Well I was also wondering if anyone receives private (as in email) communications, of the friendly and acceptable kind from other bloggers? In which, conversations can be continued that will not take up reams and reams of ‘comments’ space.

Emails being a preferred means for ‘long’ discussions. Or is it part of the bloggers unwritten rules of engagement – that personal emails are a ‘no no?’

Lastly I was thinking if anyone would respond to some of my thoughts here – I’m sure you can help me out 😇? So I suppose that’s a way of saying ‘I was wondering what you are thinking…?’

Lastly – lastly – I smile at bloggers who hit the like button on their own blog after they have posted something.
Why not!! But that tickles my funny bone every time.😂

Oh yes…and one more thing – my post about the man ‘in the long black coat’. Well, got no answers to the question about what artist/what song. Guess people didn’t realise it was a question?

Pearls before swine?

Matthew 7/6 (Amp.)
“Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

As a follower of Christ, I’m aware of the fact that we (as professing Christians) are called to share His message.

We are also called to not throw our ‘pearls before swine…’ (Matthew 7/6)

In other words take what is precious to us and offer it to those who will show no respect and at worse despise out of hand anything we offer as the good news of the gospel.

In certain extreme case scenarios we are told to walk away and wipe our feet in response to those who despise and reject the message we bring. (Mk. 6/11)

Because of course they are not rejecting our message but Christ’s – provided it is Christ’s message we are bringing in the first place.

There are many perversions of the message of Christ that create a bias against the real thing.

Not everyone who says: ‘Lord Lord’ will enter the kingdom of God. Jesus tells us that. (Matt. 7/21)

The message of the gospel is a balanced one. The manifold wisdom of God, is just that – manifold – many sided, and just when you think you have the things of God sussed, God reveals another aspect of His infinite knowledge and wisdom.

But there are the basic principles of the Gospel of Christ. The basic as it were – 1st Form (as in first class to join) -teachings that are for those who will be introduced to Christ through the experience of salvation we call conversion, or being born again. These teachings need established in our life if we are to go on to ‘meatier’ matters.

Paul the Apostle exhorts some believers along the lines of needing to mature, when he informs us that they had need that someone teach them again the first or basic principles. He is saying you have not grown, you have not matured. (Hebrews 5/12)

On another occasion he informs them that he couldn’t speak to them of spiritual matters, when they were behaving still in a certain unspiritual way or manner. (I Cor. 3/1)

It is a fact that becoming a Christian does not guarantee that you will never sin again.

But we are told that if anyone sins – we have an advocate representing us before a holy God the Father. Jesus Christ the righteous. Who is willing and just to forgive us for sin over which we sorrow.

John the apostle writes to us in order to provide the instruction we need to keep us from sinning.

I John 2/1
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Maturity in the Christian faith is growing to a place where we make infrequent mistakes. Things that we indulged in to hurt God, to hurt others, or ourselves,  – decrease in our lives.

A baby has to be born first before it progresses. It does not ‘slide’ from the womb and start it’s ABC’s.

Being born again, takes place when we seek God through the Son of God, and we have an encounter with Him. The same encounter that multitudes down through the decades have had.

An encounter that may ‘experientially’ differ from person to person but always with the same end result – a relationship in spirit with the only begotten Son of God.

When I say ‘experientially differ’ – I mean how a person is effected inside involving their thought life and emotions.

It is the same salvation experience for all true Christians but entails an internal experience unique to the individual, depending on what Jesus reveals to that individual regarding their internal state of being.

We all have a different story to tell. We all have come on our own personal journey. But we all have the same inner needs. And must find faith in Christ by firstly hearing the message of the true gospel.

Some come moved by deep emotion, being set free and liberated from all kinds of baggage and damaged inner beings.

Others have already come to a place where they are glad to submit to the offer of a loving saviour to come into their lives – and on repentance from sin experience the great joy of all guilt and condemnation falling from their hearts and minds.

Others have a spiritual revelation of the fact that they have been believing lies, and now the truth makes them free as they discovery truly that Jesus is ‘The Way, The Truth, and The Life’.

In all of these unique inner experiences – the end result is placing your life wholeheartedly into the hands of Christ Jesus, through prayer. And acceptance of the fact that He is the only way to heaven.

There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. That’s as plain as God can make it.

Acts 4/12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

To stumble at this point is to entertain everything and anything – except this plain statement of truth.

Because everything and anything that does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of the world – paves the way for us to proceed into error.

That’s why except a man become as a little child he shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. We are not to be ‘childish’ but child-like in our acceptance of Jesus.

The gospel is simple but profound. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. (Acts 16/31)

Repentance means among other things that we change our minds and our way of living, and acknowledge by prayer to Jesus, that our life has not included Him.

Sorry for the fact that it hasn’t, – we ask Him into our lives to take over – body soul and spirit.

The cross of Christ is a stumbling block to those who believe not. To those who believe – it is the power of God unto salvation.

I Corinthians 1/18: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…

On the cross He willingly died.

There are probably innumerable imitations, and wrong concepts when it comes to the gospel.

Because confusion will increase more and more and the true gospel undermined by an unbelieving world, you – if you are a sincere person looking for the real thing, will find yourself being helped and drawn by the Holy Spirit.

Maybe this is happening as we speak?

If so take a step towards God in Christ and ask for His help. Come to faith and commitment and don’t look back.

Lord Jesus I know I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins, I turn away from the desire to sin. I ask you to come into my innermost being. I pray this sincerely. Make yourself known to me from this time forth and day by day as I seek you in prayer.

Thank you for forgiving my sins – I receive you by faith, as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Offered help – ken.riddles@btinternet.com

 

Bully Fight

 

vrooom copyjpeg copyArtwork: Ken Riddles (Photoshop)

Poem 2016

BULLY FIGHT
(a teenage memory)

So here I am – (was)
Standing still in a pause

In assembly of teenage schoolers
Incessant, chewing-gum droolers

As called for – lined up we are
Bustling, bouncing, on a par

Then suddenly the biggest bully
Shoulder charges fully

My weak frame in a spin
I attempt a grin

‘Don’t push me’ he suggests
When I’mthe chicken chest

‘I’ll knock your head off…’
his intelligent offer
His big bully friend also the scoffer

‘Outside at a quarter to four…’
(I thought – Pictures of me on the floor)

‘Ok any day…’ I hear myself say
He is twice my size, time to pray

No intention of meeting him again
My agenda is – avoidance of pain

Ah! Alas! Lunchtime what took place?
Bumped into him face to face

Straightaway I put on a front
Whilst he:
‘Now’s the time you skinny runt…’

Vroom! Grunch! Pow! Crash!
Tried to kick back – I was up for a bash

My shoe flies off – hopping on one
He finishes the job, he’s having fun

Swollen lip – I tried to disguise
The teacher doesn’t notice – to my surprise

‘Why are you late for class’ he asks
‘Sir I was breaking up a fight, quite a task”

You see as a Prefect we were there
to keep order
No one informed me there was no border

The badge on my lapel
Up to now, had served me well

Even though I hid it from view
On the back of my lapel – (it’s true)

But bullies don’t recognise skinny guys
Who carry Prefect badges in disguise

He should have known I was one of those.
He didn’t – that’s how it goes

From that time on did the badge have
an effect?
Having been moved to the front from the back?

NB: Later in life I saw the guy
no recognition given by he or I.

That rings a bell

THAT RINGS A BELL
When anyone has been through an experience in life – whether positive or negative, they become ‘experienced’.

Experienced in a given field. They have acquired something other than simply what is ‘written in books’.

Recently my daughter came to help her younger brother put together a flat pack storage unit. She came to help because she had put many of them together before, in her own home.

She is not a carpenter, or an electrician, or a tradesperson – but she has had ‘experience’ in putting things together.

Her experience helped in putting the unit together in perhaps, half the time it would have taken my ‘inexperienced’ son to do so.

In recent days I taught the kids in my daughter’s Sunday school class on what it is to ‘experience’ The Lord Jesus Christ in your life.

The teaching holds true for adult or child. To illustrate the lesson I asked for a volunteer to sit on a chair at the front of the class.

I picked the right child! The young lady was a little ‘performer’ – liked to give her co-operation with enthusiasm.

She sat on the chair, and my wife blindfolded her.
We then proceeded to give her different experiences, all pleasant.

First we wafted a cardboard sheet at the side of her face, creating a wind or draft, (like many of us do in hot sticky weather). She of course got it straight away. She got what she was experiencing.

Following each experience, I affirmed to the children, what she did not need in order still, to have the legitimate experience.

She did not see, smell, hear, taste or touch the wind (it touched her) – but she still experienced it.
(A question we might ask is ‘Has Jesus Christ ever touched you?)

This was followed by a piece of chocolate placed in her mouth.

‘Hmmmm…’ was her response. She didn’t see, smell, hear, or touch the chocolate but tasted it.

Again proof enough that it was there, she experienced the chocolate – if you like – in a specific part of her being. Proof indeed that it was real.

Next we rang a bell, which she didn’t see, smell, taste, or feel – but she knew without a shadow of doubt that it was a bell ringing, her ears told her so.

Then my wife massaged her shoulders, again she over-responded, creating laughter in the class, and again the same lesson, not seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting did not prevent her from ‘experiencing’ the reality of a massage.

God’s desire is to reach our minds, to address our understanding.

He does this by presenting a message.

A message to respond to – or reject. We are free-willed and able to do either.

The Holy Spirit of God, draws alongside the message we hear or read and causes us to experience His words – inside, where, if He is allowed to – He will bring inner spiritual revelation and transformation.

Christian’s share the message, and always there is a mixed response.

Nothing new there.

Jesus Himself got, and still gets a mixed response to His message of offered forgiveness, on His terms.

To share the message is not to force it on people.

What would be the point of doing so?

And yet sharing the message is often perceived without justification – as forcing it upon others.

God is a Spirit. And…

John 4/23
…the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

The Father is SEEKING such to worship Him.

To put all this together in one sentence:

God is a Spirit, not to be found by seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, touching – but rather by spiritually experiencing Him.

Experiencing by repentance and faith.

Firstly the human mind/heart must be aware of it’s need.

Then there is a seeking, a knocking, and an asking for the reality of a spiritual experience known as conversion to Christ.

Firstly recognising that without His death on the cross, there could be no experiencing of His love and forgiveness, in the first place. As the penalty for sin would not have been paid.

The deep seated spiritual need in all human beings can only be met through peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s also true that ‘one way Jesus Christ’ is being too dogmatic in the mindsets of many, who consider there are innumerous ways to God. I beg to differ – if you must conclude I am dogmatic – then so be it. Here is God’s dogmatism –

Acts 4/12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This experience of conversion takes place after the mind has been informed, the emotions stirred, and the will activated to choose Christ as saviour, through sincere prayer.

In response to a prayer of repentance and confession of our sin and our dilemma, accompanied with a desire to turn away from sin – Christ Jesus can and will come into your life, by your invitation only.

God is seeking such to worship Him, as we come spiritually alive through turning our lives completely over to Him – in an unmistakeable way, we are able to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

So as one, just now, doing the work of an evangelist (that’s the hat I’m wearing today) the question remains at what stage are you, on this personal journey to Christ?

Answers if you wish to –
(ken.riddles@btinternet.com)

The same only different

 

 

art student jpeg
Art Student (pencil on paper)

The same only different

We can’t go back in time.
Except in our mind’s eye.
As we try to – unfortunately it is often with little exactitude.

Nevertheless we remember the feeling state of youthfulness and anticipation of the future.

So the teenager, part-time visitor to
the College of Art.

What was he feeling at that time? At that time of trying his hand, at his first attempts, at working from the model.

Students hoping to make an extra few pounds, offered their modelling services.

Likeness? Pretty sure none was captured.

And yet the drawings represent a time gone past, when youthful zeal in it’s searching mode, was intent on finding something in the art.

I can’t see – as you can’t, that this was the same girl, – but I’m pretty sure it was. (What was her nose really like?)

(And one wonders what ever happened to her – did she have a life after her pose? Who was she? Did she ‘make it’ as an artist herself? What was her name anyway?)

The two drawings – meritorious only – because they are ‘of a time’ – nothing to do with the art – what they capture is in-memoriam.

Memory stirred by the pencils record on paper –

Poetically –

Feelings, ‘of a time’, when the oyster world beckoned – when everything was possible in youthful wellness.

Drawings,
paper and marks and marks on paper –
stuffed away in a dilapidated, damp smelling portfolio
that joins the secret society of portfolios
stuffed and stuck in innumerous attics across the globe
amidst the junk affirming years gone by,
and owned by the would-be artistic geniuses
who drifted into suburban lifestyles –
from clerks to family planning consultants – to train drivers and window dressers instead –

Portfolios that are stumbled on
to renew melancholy and considerations of exhilarated bygones –
with strained muscles pulled out from below dumped books and
explored and separated

and the chosen few finding their throne
of golden picture frame and mount –
now permanently –

newly displayed
reminiscences…

Conversation pieces –
Talking points –
“cast your mind back…”
“you were with me at college…”
“remember how we used to…”

Amidst
acrylic stiffened pieces of
hand labour
they thought their day
would never come –
Imprisoned in portfolio prison

they thought they would
never
be thought of again

when suddenly
the girl with the two types of nose
whose ‘bump’ never found it’s exact place
is the celebrated choice
paroled from the leather smelling dungeon

released in Mandela-like return
Wants to say:
“framed, framed at last
thank God Almighty I’m framed at last”.

…but I digress.