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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Choices

Today I was faced with a situation that presented me with some interesting choices. I could get angry and take my anger out on the wrong person who was just as much a victim of the circumstances as I was, or I could bridle my tongue and use that frustration to find a solution to the problem.

Now finding that solution won't be easy. It will take time, research, effort and more stress than I think I can handle right now, but it is the right thing to do. These choices are never easy.

So when did Jesus face the same dilemma?

At the back end of the desert after 40 days of fasting! I know that all he wanted to do was get home and rest and one Lucifer comes knocking at his door with an interesting proposal, worship me and I'll give you everything! We think it was easy for Jesus to refuse this offer, but in His weakened state this was no small feat.

But Jesus did the right thing and turned Lucifer down and walked the path from His first miracle at the wedding in Cana all the way through to Golgotha! It wasn't easy, it required every ounce of his strength, an unbelievable mental stress and rejection from His disciples...... But it was the right thing to do!

The result? Salvation for all mankind, for all time!
I think it was worth it!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Where we left off

Do you have friends whom you may see now only once in a while, but in years gone by you were almost inseparable choosing to spend time together as often as possible? Do you find now that when you see those friends that there is no need for small talk and pleasantries but you really can pick up where you left off and just carry on? Well those relationships are rare and precious.

We can have the same relationship with the word of God today. When we have made friends with the word of God and we know each other well, we can have the freedom to just pick up our scriptures where we left and enjoy wonderful fellowship with God through His Word.

Where is your relationship with God's word at right now? Have you been ignoring your time? Don't feel guilty but know that God is waiting with open arms to receive you and bless you through His presence and love, so why not pick up where you left off with the Word of God today?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Getting there

It took a whole week for the cement smell to dissipate but it is finally gone and I was able to move back into my bedroom this weekend. It was time to get stuck into the spare room and get it back to being a 'spare' room. Lol! I had wanted to tackle the patio this weekend too but that just didn't happen. I get so impatient with myself sometimes but my mom always reminds me that Rome wasn't built in a day.

We do that in our spiritual lives too. We get excited about an area in our lives we want to grow in and we throw everything at it, but it just doesn't happen fast enough and then we get frustrated with the process.

Paul gives us some encouragement in this are in Philippians 2:12 where he says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

What does this mean? It means that we should work through the scriptures and allow them to impact our lives and that we should do so with reverence and respect for the word of God. When we follow and heed this principle we can be guaranteed that God will work through us to make his glory manifest within our lives.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thank goodness for gas

This morning I woke up to another power failure.  Thankfully the geyser stays warm for a while, so guess what?  I took my first shower in my new shower....super cool!  Luckily for me I have gas, so boiling a quick kettle for breakfast was no stress. 

What would I do without gas in my home, struggle!  I have come to depend on it so much as my backup in these difficult times we are going through as a country with our power supply. 

Do we have a spiritual backup power supply?  Yes, but unlike Eishkom, He never runs out of power.  The Holy Spirit is our helper in times of need and he is our comforter when we need strength.  More importantly too, He is the active working of the power of God within us. 

Are you linked up to your Holy Spirit power supply?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Needs recycling

I had a grand plan but now I'm not so sure. I hate the thought of waste so I thought that I would try and recycle the broken tiles that came out of my bathroom into a feature in the herb garden. Trouble is, I didn't count on how much it would really be and now I have a stack of rubble along side the house. I know I can use some of it, but there will still be whole lot that will need to be discarded.

When I have time over the weekend, I'm still going to give it a shot and see what I can do. I know there are bits and bobs that I can donate to charity and maybe even give some stuff to someone who has been of help to me in the past.

Sometime our best laid plans don't work out and we need to find a new solution. That doesn't mean that our intentions weren't good, it just means that we didn't necessarily put enough thought into planning.

The great thing about God's love and forgiveness is that God judges the thoughts and intents of the heart. That means that if we have sinned unintentionally and we come to God to repent that he will always forgive us. The most important thing that God requires from us is a heart that is repentant when we sin.

So if you have slipped and fallen and sinned before God, don't waste another minute to come before Him and repent, for our Father is waiting with open arms to receive us.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Moving back

Trying to get everything moved back to where it is supposed to be is quite a mission, but I have great joy in knowing that I have a finished product that I am proud of. Like everything else though restoration is a process.

That's exactly how God works in our spiritual lives too. He allows times for us to experience His grace and forgiveness through things in our world returning to a place of wholeness. But restoration is not just a returning something to what was before we experienced pain and brokenness, it is about bringing that area of our lives to a place of newness but with the strength of wisdom that this experience has now brought into our lives.

If you are in a place of pain and brokenness right now, know that God will honour His word and that His true joy will come in the morning! So hold fast to God's promises and believe that Christ is your redeemer and restorer now and forever more!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Home Reno – It's doooooooone!

Saturday, day 3 of the home reno was by far the most stressful. I think I heard the guy accepting another job starting Sunday, so I'm guessing he decided it was time to hurry up and get done. The problem was he called in the cavalry with two extra men and didn't let me know before hand, left me feeling very uncomfortable.

Anyway, I was about to rush out to go and get the paint when they called me upstairs with a problem. Seems the original builders did a nasty and installed the drain trap diagonally across the base of the shower instead of straight. The new drain fitted but the metal plate at the top did not want to fit in the normal position. Their solution was that I needed to go and get new piping and an elbow fitting. I wasn't having any of that. After looking at the problem myself I figured the plate would fit and that all that was needed to fix the problem was to add two small metal washers so that it would hook in properly.

With solution in hand I rushed off to get the goodies and paint and then once that was done things smoothed out for the day. What frustrated me though was that here are guys who do this every day for a living, why could they not figure it out? Why did I have to find the solution, a women with no plumbing experience....... :-(

In our spiritual lives we can get ourselves into a similar situation. Something small just doesn't fit and then we want to throw in the towel. Lets use a practical example. You feel you should have a quiet time in the mornings but you are just not a morning person. Well then, grab a verse for the day in the morning and do your quiet time at night.... problem solved!

I'd like to encourage you not to let small things trap you up in your relationship with God. Focus on the bigger picture and figure it out.