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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nothing instant about art

I have realized this weekend how many of my artistic endeavours take a very long time to finish. My garden has been a labour of love for many years and every year it changes little by little into the perfect garden I have desired. My recent endeavour to build small fairy and Gnome houses has surprised me as to how long it can take to stick some rocks on a pot. Each little house takes several days to build as the glue can only hold so many stones at a time before they slide off.

My other current project to make more polar fleece curtains is taking ages to do as I really am not very good yet at all and just cutting and pinning them this Saturday took hours. Then there is the painting that I haven't done anything of in recent weeks, that really takes weeks to finish when I do start. Being creative is not a quick business at all.

So why is it that we expect everything to be quick when it comes to our spiritual walk? Why do we ask God to create love, family, our careers, or anything else for that matter overnight? Are we not God's greatest masterpiece? No there is nothing quick about being artistic and that is why God is in no hurray to paint our lives in the brilliant colours that He sees when He looks at us.

So if you have been wondering why it is taking so long to see God at work in your life, know this....

God is working in your life, one stroke, one stitch, one piece at a time and He is patient with us. Let us learn to be patient with ourselves and with His processes working in our lives.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chicken or beef

My choice to eliminate meat products as much as possible from my life was a choice of preference and not a rule that I enforce on others, I do however always appreciate it when I can stick to that as closely as possible. Unfortunately sometimes circumstances require compromise. Such was the case with my recent visit to Kimberly.

Mom made every effort to accommodate me and that was hugely appreciated, however when she felt like a quick meal of pies, I was happy to return the favour by accepting a chicken pie. It came time for lunch to be served and mom handed me mine. As I sliced it open my pie, I noticed the sauce looked a little different. I tasted it and it tasted like pepper and I was confused but I didn't want to seem ungrateful so I took a few bites, only to discover that it wasn't quite the chicken I thought it would be.

Nevertheless I kept quite and ate away. Lenn finished his pie too, only to pipe up afterwards with “June, where did you buy these pies?” Here came trouble...tee hee...Mom replied with the store name and he politely asked that she ask them next time what had happened to his pepper steak ...Lol! Busted!

Well an amusing fight ensued with mom denying that she had accidentally switched the pies, while she was mad that we didn't pipe up sooner about the mistake rather than eating each others pies. Oh my gosh what a laugh!

Well what pray tell would be the moral of this story.....?

When in doubt, ask. Ask for clarity, ask for more information, ask for help, ask for reassurance, ask for strength, ask for wisdom and above all else, ask for forgiveness, mercy and grace. When we ask God, we can trust God and expect the blessing of receiving that for which we have asked.........

…. and if you doubt this to be true..... Ask for Faith!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The usual blessing

I have come to get used to the pace of the short breakaway's that I get when I go to Kimberly. I truly have an amazing mother who loves to be a blessing and there is nothing ordinary about that. Kimberly is a dry and desolate place yet I have seen time and time again that when the residents water their gardens they flourish and produce great beauty and such it is with a mothers love. Love creates beauty within the soul.

It was wonderful to be able to spend mother's day with my mom and Lenn and be treated by him to a braai, which is something I haven't had in a while. One thing that I did notice clearly on this trip is that it was a clear switch over from autumn to winter and by the time I came home, some of the trees that had been holding onto their last leaves were now bare. Yes the cold of winter has arrived.

I came home to my beautiful kitties and I realize their love for me as Ginger immediately starts demanding walkies and even Topaz greeted me with with an unusually long and loving meow, she has now even come to show appreciation at my return home. I'm all too sure they are grateful to have me back as I have just tucked them into warm beds with warm blankies to cover them and keep them snug.

Oh the usual...we have come to see it as normal yet we so often forget how amazing the “usual” really is. Its a blessing to be alive, to be able to give and receive love and to know that normal can be extraordinary if we just have a grateful heart!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sew what?

Another long weekend at home and the usual pottering around happens, but I also decided to get stuck into trying to make some knee blankets for work. Well did I get it all wrong! Mother was right, I needed a thicker foot or something, I struggled to find the right stitch and boy the finishing was horrible. I was annoyed because the pace at which I am trying new things isn't keeping pace with my skill set (I know that should read differently but wait!)..... then it dawned on me....

I am trying NEW things!

How many adults without kids, or with kids that matter, would teach themselves to make fairy houses to build a fairy garden? How many people my age are learning to sew again for the first time in 30 years? And more importantly, how many people are trying new ways to connect with God?

Trying new things is sometimes a bit scary but most times just frustrating because you never know how things are going to turn our......well try them anyway! You may just surprise yourself! My little fairy houses are looking delightful and I am enjoying making every one. So I might need to practice and then still not get it right with the fleecy curtains, but at least I am giving it a go and not sitting back to afraid to try.

Trying new things in your relationship with God is also scary and maybe you're coming to God for the first time as a mature adult and realizing that learning out about God is like a baby trying to figure out his toes. Do it anyway! If you are a mature Christian, trying to figure out how to connect with God in new ways is also just as difficult. Do it anyway!

Don't hold back in fear in life, just do it anyway!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Reminded

It seems this time of year is going to be filled with some painful reminders. Late April 2015 was the last time I got to spend a holiday with my Gran-Babe Smith and we all miss her so dearly. May 2016 was the final month I had with my beloved Honey-Bear. My “year of grief” has been a painful and lonely time. Although I can for the most part hold back the tears now, the pain is till very real. Missing someone we've lost is always so very difficult.

But.... Freedom day in South Africa, reminds us of a joyous celebration, because it was for the very first time in 1994 that all citizens of our beautiful country were able to cast their vote in a free and fair election and not a single one of us who voted that year will ever forget it. For the first time in the history of our nation a vote had to be run over 2 days because everyone, yes absolutely everyone wanted to make their voice heard.

Now 23 years later we are back at the same precipice. We are standing on the edge of a time period in our country's history that will once again make history and a time never to be forgotten, because it is now that we are once again fighting for our freedom. Not the right to vote in a free country but a right to live in a country governed by......at least.... principled people who will not fall prey to corruption. This freedom that we are fighting is bringing our nation together in ways never seen before.

Only a few short days ago Angus Buchan lead a church service as never before seen. Approximately 1.7 million South African's arrived just outside Bloemfontein to do the one thing we all know is so needed right now, to pray! And pray they did and I know, that I know, that I know God has heard them! We will see the tides of change and the power of God sweep across our nation once again........

Hold onto your seat.....it is coming!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cremora cat

You guessed it, Ginger.....and why Cremora cat?  Because he is always on top of the cupboards.  So much so that I have to make sure he has a place to sleep on top of the one.  For some time it was a way to get a away from the baby but not so much any more.  I can't quite figure out why he always likes being high up.....but I think I might have an idea.

Back in the good old days they built houses with built in cupboards they were strong and sturdy, not like the cheap melamine rubbish you find today and they had quite a bit of space up top.  I remember as a very young child, playing with my then best friend Tammy at her house and Tammy had made the top of her cupboard, her little "secret hiding place".  Well not so secret if mom knows where to find you....tee hee!

Well in Psalm 57:1 David says that he will find shelter under the shadow of God's wing and that he will find refuge there.
Psalm 57

Psalm 91 Tells us that when we dwell in the secret place of the most High, we can call Him our refuge and fortress.  

Psalm 91

I have in recent days been crying out to God to draw me closer to Him and to keep my soul protected from the worries that plague my mind.  It has required setting new daily disciplines but as I have I feel most certain that my relationship with God is growing even stronger. 

I want to encourage you not to skip the links inserted in today's blog, click on them and read Psalm 57 & 91 and call on your God to be your refuge and strength.


Monday, April 17, 2017

All creative and stuff

When we celebrate Easter we use the symbol of the egg as a symbol of new life and new things.  Well having spent the long weekend at home I grabbed the opportunity to do anything and everything creative that I could.  I am building a fairy/gnome garden.  I have finished the first house and placed it in the garden and then I have painted the stones for the yellow brick road which will hopefully get laid today.

While working in the garden I decided I had to tame the shrew that had become my 4 gooseberry bushes that had grown completely wild and uncontrollable.  I split them up and placed two in the front garden to give them more space to grow. 

I started learning to sew again with my friends mom and went for my first "lesson" which was really just to get to know my machine and what it can do.  Now I need to start finding time to practice and get something made soon so that I don't loose the knack of it. 

New things come in all shapes and forms and I know that God loves it when we are creative and build/make beautiful new things to bring him glory.  God in His essence is still the most magnificent creator of them all.  To this day new stars are born in the galaxies, new plants grow, new babies are born to both human and animal parents every day.  God has never stopped creating and so should we. 

If you haven't tapped into your creative side for a long time then I really want to encourage you to do that.  Being creative brings forth new life both physically and to the soul.