Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Well that is because spiritual and emotional seasons are also a reality of life. I wish God had told us more about why this happens but perhaps it is due to our own unique identities and that we all have particular issues that we need to deal with as our own "thorn in the side" that Paul spoke of.
I think the quicker we accept that this is real the easier it is for us to work through these issues. I think we need to learn to be grateful that God cares enough about us to give us these wonderful opportunities to grow and learn to flow with the Holy Spirit as He works in our lives.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The last few months have been rough in various ways. My regular domestic worker went on maternity leave, leaving me back to square one with little help but that was partly my fault. Honey's passing in June hit me really hard and now introducing Topaz to my home has been stressful as well, but the right thing to do. There have been other pressure points as well.
Stress and pressure really force us to evaluate our priorities and see what is important to us and make decisions accordingly. Topaz was one such decision. For me the joy of having cats is watching them play together.
Finding our source of joy is not just an emotional journey but a spiritual one as well. Joy is supernatural, it carries us when nothing else can and pulls us through.
Scripture tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. To me the joy of Lord is knowing that I am living in His will and doing what He wants me to do, for the season he wants me to do it for.
What is your source of joy?
Monday, August 15, 2016
That really makes me think. We do exactly the same thing in an office environment and even a strong social circle. All new people are treated at arms length. I remember learning about the forming, storming, norming and performing phenominon so animal behaviour is much like our own.
Do we do that in our relationship with God though? That would be hard for me to say as I have walked with God since childhood, so I have never learned what it means to have God be a "new" part of my life. I do however know what if feels like to feel like you are being forced to go to church...and no, not by my parents, by myself and my own church attendance habits. I think I have finally found a balance that makes me feel that my own needs are met as well as God's.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
On voting day, 3 August, I was walking through the garden when I spotted some buds on the blackberry. I decided that some rushed pruning needed to be done. Normally I prune in late autumn but last spring I didn't get a good crop so figured I would try pruning in late winter and see what works best.
Pruning is such a necessary part of the gardening process and if it isn't done each year plants will actually die off or not grow to their full potential. Interestingly enough it is sometimes not only dead branches that need to be pruned but live growing branches as well.
If used correctly the live cut branches can be used as slips and planted directly into the ground to grow new plants.
Cutting away the dead parts of our spiritual lives is necessary as well but often we need to cut from our living spiritual matter to give life elsewhere. We may feel that we don't want to do that but in later years we will certainly see the benefits of that life that we gave when mature Christians around us can attribute their own growth directly to our gift of life.
I encourage you to give life today!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Well preparations for the new baby's arrival are now well under way and part of that got me thinking that it won't be fair for Ginger to have a nice burger bed and not Topaz. I headed back to the store and to my disappointment they were sold out (and I checked two branches). I did however see another bed I liked that had a wider opening but higher roof. I figured the opening could be closed by draping a small blankie over it and that should work. Well I was right, Ginger took one look at this and was delighted. I think he likes the "stretching" room it allows him.
So Princess Topaz will be getting the burger bed and bunch of other nice goodies to settle her in so I should be able to start preparing the "baby room" soon. I am hoping that I won't need to keep her confined for too long but we'll have to take things at her pace.
Sometimes things don't work out the way we want them too but rather better than expected. In our faith that is no different so when things don't work out quite the way you planned it might be a good idea to go with the flow and allow God to direct you to the solution He wants for your life.