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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

As  a small child I was led to believe that poor old Humpty Dumpty was an egg. I knew that if I were to put an egg on a wall and push it off, it would smash into pieces never to be whole again. So I. too, thought the story was about an egg.

My children loved this nursery rhyme, I even made a Humpty Dumpty birthday cake for my eldest daughter’s second birthday, and one also had a huge Humpty Dumpty toy. In the case of the cake, it wasn’t an egg sitting on the wall, but a plastic money box in the shape of an egg. I can’t remember what ever happened to it; I think perhaps it was filled with money, taken to the bank and cut open….poor Humpty Dumpty 🙂

My little granddaughter, Lily, is following in the family tradition; she cannot wait to sit on my lap for me to play out the actions of this rhyme whilst I sing the words. Before I can get to him falling down she throws herself backwards and screams with great delight squealing for more.

There are many versions of what or who Humpty Dumpty was. It has even been said that Richard the 3rd had a hunchback, which looked like an egg, and was referred to as Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty also appears in the classic story, Alice in Wonderland.

The most logical version would have to be that Humpty Dumpty was a cannon used in the siege of Colchester during the English Civil war in 1648. The Rhyme below gives us an insight as to what happened.

In Sixteen Hundred and Forty-Eight
When England suffered the pains of state
The Roundheads lay siege to Colchester town
Where the king’s men still fought for the crown

There One-Eyed Thompson stood on the wall
A gunner of deadliest aim of all
From St. Mary’s Tower his cannon he fired
Humpty-Dumpty was its name

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

I often become so upset with all the hate, violence, and prejudice in the world that I sometimes just cannot think straight. One night just recently I could not sleep and was thinking about all these things when into my mind came my little 15 month old granddaughter. All she sees is love, she does not know the meaning of hate; everyone around her just loves her to pieces. All she wants is to be loved...she loves us unconditionally.

Humpty Dumpty was a piece of machinery; a cannon which sat on a tower wall and crumbled to the ground, never to be repaired, and it was true that the king’s men and their horses could not put it back together again….machinery back then is the same as machinery today, just as in the Avatar movie…machinery lost out, it died in the wars, they crumbled into pieces.

God made us in His image. We have not changed in all the centuries of our existence; nor has God. But over the centuries man continues to make new machinery, new warfare, trying to get it right. There is just nothing as the perfect piece of machinery.

All machinery /technology becomes outdated and turns into scrap, or lies rusting in rubbish tips.  We, on the other hand, have a choice to live forever: forever in eternity.

If you happened to see the movie Avatar, there was an unbelievable amount of warfare, enough to frighten anyone into thinking that they would die and the race would be wiped out…But they had faith, they had beliefs and they won.

I would like to add what my dear friend, who, after reading the rough copy of this post, wrote to me:

“we are living in a lost and fallen world – and as you mentioned Lily…Jesus said, “Unless you become as little children you will not inherit the kingdom of God.” We are not to be childish, of course, but child-like. It’s so important. As you say regarding faith, the whole idea behind Humpty Dumpty…the Holy Spirit was impressing this on me just last night; don’t despair, don’t lose faith, don’t give up...”

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” There was a Crooked Man”

“There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house”
…Author unknown

Last night I did not get too much sleep, this nursery rhyme wouldn’t leave my head. This morning I was lead to read Isaiah 40. It wasn’t until I reached verse 4 that I found the connection with the Rhyme .

“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.”   Isaiah 40 verse 4 DSC04741

The origin of the Nursery rhyme “There was a crooked man” stems from British history around the time of King Charles 1. (1600’s)The crooked man was said to be Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie. He signed a Covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland.The Crooked Stile” was the border between England and Scotland.” They all lived together in a little crooked house refers to the fact that the English and Scots had at last come to an agreement. The words reflect the times when there was great animosity between them.

It makes me stop and think of times when I have been angry or been in disagreement with someone , be it a neighbour, a friend, a relative or someone I don’t know personally. Its easy to take crooked turns and damage relationships. WE need to mend what is crooked in our lives and not go through life with a crooked heart. It is so easy to cool off, take the time to think about what has happened and make what is crooked straight.

Straighten out our failures and forgive ; come to an agreement as did The English and the Scots and rid ourselves of animosity amongst ourselves.

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God’s Surprises


“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

God continues to surprise me everyday, I took this photo a week a go whilst holidaying in The Snowy Mountains. We stayed on a 600 acre property in a quaint little village called Adaminaby….Each morning I was up for sunrise and each morning I took a different photo and each day I was just as much surprised with each sunrise .DSC04679

There are  many stories of God’s surprises written, and he continues to surprise us each day with little hints of what heaven will be like.

When we move from this life to the next, we will receive the biggest surprise of all.


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Pay attention to God’s Nudges

Often we say “yes” to a request to pray for someone and more than often we will. However, I must admit that there are times when I just completely forget to include the request in my prayers for the day…

When my children were little I found it a battle at times for them to clean up their rooms, do their homework, bath etc., many times I would have to give them a nudge; sometimes a soft nudge others a firmer one. I would help them to get started and they would happily ( mostly) continue along until something distracted them, like a toy they had not seen for sometime, or it was time for a special tv show or they were hungry anything to sidetrack them from finishing my request. In our house it was homework, cleanup and bath before TV. Many times my nudges didn’t work with them and it ended up with tears and promises and punishments.

Just as it was with my children through out the day I can feel God as my father, nudging me, reminding me to stop and do it right now..and pray, pray especially for special requests. ” Just don’t say you will pray, do it” Stop what you are doing now and feel God nudging you.050909 011

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A Clean Heart

Help us to forgive those who have hurt us, let go of any unpleasantness

with Gods help we can remove roots of sin to make room for joyfulness



” Create a clean heart in me, O God,and renew a faithful spirit within me” (ps51:10)