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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Take those vitamins

While my body was ill fighting the flu, I was asking myself the question, does it really help taking my vitamins every day if I still get sick?  In my opinion, yes it does help.  I mentioned before that the immune system is the shield against disease, so what are the vitamins to us then?  Vitamins are the support structure that helps our bodies recover from illness. If we likened our immune system to the shield of faith and if it is impossible to please God without faith, then we have to have something to underpin or support our faith. The support structure to faith consists of two things: The word of God and Hope.

The word of God gives us our knowledge of God and belief in God because it tells us about His great works. We have enough evidence to support the fact that the word of God has been fairly accurately translated throughout the centuries to believe in the word of God’s truthfulness. Therefore we can rely on the message that it gives us. The message that the word gives us are the promises of God.

These promises from God are the messages that give us hope to anchor our faith into.  When we have hope for the future we are able to stabilize our emotions in difficult and trying times. 

So have you taken your spiritual vitamins today?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stripped away

Well its nearly three weeks now since the geyser incident and I'm still sleeping downstairs on the sleeper cough waiting for the insurance approvals. I'll only be able to do the work once I go on leave, so I'm guessing I've got at least a minimum of another three weeks to go. Each night I try to bring down a few things and make space for them downstairs and all the while, it feels like I'm stripping something away from my life.

That may sound strange considering it is just furniture, clothes and other normal living items but wrapped up in all that are the memories. Memories of the day I first walked into my house nearly 10 years ago and looked at the bare apartment and decided to make this building home. Memories of great joy and wonderful experiences, and memories of sadness and pain.

With every item that is removed from the current room I prepare my heart for the joy of closure. The joy of being able to look at the past and celebrate the successes and let go of the failures and look forward to something new. I have faith that God has brought me through a difficult season and as much as my home is about to start a process of renovation, this mirrors the truth of the renovation that has taken place within my soul.

Whatever season you are facing right now, have faith in God! He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Minature crime fighters

I'm finally in recovery from a bout of the flu bug. While my body was ill I was doing everything I could to eliminate the bug, from antibacterial throat lozenge's to bathing with antiseptics and taking vitamins like they were sweets. All the while I could feel my body's immune system fighting as hard as it could.

Our bodies immune system is designed to fight sickness and disease. Without it we have no defence against bacteria or viruses and even a normal cold could spell disaster. In our spiritual lives there is one defence we have against the enemy that is absolutely vital to our spiritual survival and that is the shield of Faith. Of such importance is this part of our spiritual armour that the bible says that without it, it is impossible to please God.

A question you may ask is, how do I develop my faith? Well you see that is where trials come in. God uses trials in our lives to strengthen our resolve and as we put our faith in God in ever greater measure, He then secures our faith with the breakthroughs that we need.

By faith you can overcome any trial God allows to cross your path so raise that shield and believe!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Measuring and more measuring

The insurance quotes and claim have now been submitted and now I wait. In the mean time though I have to figure out how I'm going to squeeze 3 rooms furniture into 2 rooms. Some pieces will land up on the patio, but I don't think it will be a good idea to put any more wardrobes out there, especially seeing as there will be people carting all sorts of equipment up and down the stairs for days on end.

That being said, there ain't much space. Now I could dump it all in the lounge but I figured it might be a good idea to play around with the furniture layout so that I can see if I can fit one more piece of furniture downstairs as upstairs I have just one too many. So tonight I measured some pieces and tried to work out a few options. Time will tell what lasts and what doesn't.

There are times in life when taking risks is not an option. We have to act carefully with well thought out plans and we have to ask God for guidance when to make a leap of faith or when to measure our actions in response to the situations we face. I'll never forget in my first week of Bible School back in '94 we watched a video called, “Faith, foolishness or presumption.” The preacher made it clear that although we may claim to be taking a leap of faith in some areas, that this is not the case and indeed it is utter foolishness.

If you are facing some big decisions right now, sit back, take a deep breath and take stock of where you are at in life. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and to lead you to make the right decision. If you do that and have peace in your heart, then your actions in faith will render miraculous results and your caution when warned will show wisdom, strength and maturity.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is this thing real?

A week and half later, I finally have all my quotes. Now I need to get the insurance claim prepared and send it through and hope for the best. I'm sure there are many people that handle these situations all the time but it is a first for me and I am a little unsure if I am handling things correctly. I've never had a household incident of this nature.

Well it is normal to feel unsure of new processes but the good thing is that we learn something new and we grow from the experience, giving us skills that we can use down the line again. Is it possible for us to feel unsure about our relationship with God? Yes, I think it does happen, especially in the early days of our walk with Him. We may have had an amazing experience and truly felt the power of the Holy Spirit move in us, but once the goose bumps are gone and the church music fades, we may ask ourselves if it is truly real.

My friend, I assure you, this thing is real! I'm not being sacrilegious when I say that. I mean whole heartily that a relationship with God is more real than anything you will ever experience. God's power, glory and majesty are displayed in the great expanses of the heavens and in the smallest micro organism that only a microscope can see.

So the next time you are looking for God...look up, look down, look all around, because God is present in all we can see!

Monday, July 21, 2014

What's going on upstairs?

Well once again, I nearly died laughing!!!!! Since our little catastrophe I've seen the kitties run upstairs constantly to check up as to the goings on. Honestly, I just don't have the energy to tidy up or clean up right now, knowing that the room will be gutted and refitted some time in the near future. All the while, for kitties, this is a good thing! You see the bed base is folded up (futon) and the mattress is standing upright against the wall and the furniture is bunched up in the middle of the floor. This of course leaves plenty of spaces for kitties to crawl through, hide behind and pounce around.

Of course tonight was no different. Now with cats the same rules as with kids applies. By this I mean that if you can't hear them or see them they are most likely either getting up to mischief or into trouble, so best you go hunting for them. Lol! Honey had been missing for a few minutes so I decided to check upstairs.......I can barely hold the laughter.....but there was kitty, stranded at the top of the mattress like a cat up a tree! Bwwahhhh hhaaa haa hah haa! I laughed so hard that a few minutes later he came to me with the tiniest meeeeew as if to say, “But mommy, that really wasn't funny,” bwhaaahhaaaahaaa!

Well God expects something different from us to kids and cats. You see when His back is turned He needs to know that we WON'T be getting up to mischief or in trouble. God expects us to live life maturely and with personal self control. To what areas does this expectation apply? Pretty much all areas of life. He requires that we exercise a healthy balance between, spirit, soul and body and that we take care of ourselves as best we can. That does not mean we need to now condemn our behaviour but give ourselves the same love and grace that he would and grow in Godly maturity.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wonderfully ordinary

After the mayhem that had hit my little home last week, I cannot describe the pleasure of being able to come home to the normal routine. I have grumbled and complained so often about all the chores, but for once they all became a joy!

There are so many things in life that we take for granted. I know I'm not alone when I say that so many people live with fantasies of grandeur that the normal chores, habits and routines in life become a total frustration.

Learning to live more simply and see the blessings that God has ordained for us to enjoy in everyday life is part and parcel of our spiritual journey towards a centred and balanced life. I believe that walking simply with God daily is God's greatest desire for us.

If you are stressed with life today, I pray God's peace into your situation and stand in faith with you that you too will be able to enjoy God in the ordinary.