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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Landscape

Life changing events happen at the strangest of times. They throw us off balance and leave us wondering what happened. Whether they are good or bad, the one thing they do is to change the landscape of our lives.

I remember being in awe of this very fact when I went to Parys. Before making the decision to go there I had no idea about the geological significance of the area and what had taken place at that very site. If you haven't heard about it, I'll give you the short version.

The Vrederfort dome area was the site of one of 5 earth changing extinction level events that scientists believe have changed the landscape of our planet. A massive asteroid hit our planet at that exact point and changed everything.

The strange thing is that this is all just part of nature. We don't want to believe that something like this is normal, but in the scale of our universe it most certainly is. If you are in the middle of a life changing event, hang on tight to God and he will guide you through the change.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Insolence

Insolence is an ugly thing. It rears its ugly head at the worst time and when it is leveled at you then it can really leave you feeling angry. The question is what is its origin. I believe insolence comes from a base belief that you are somehow better than someone else or that your opinion is more important than the whole picture.

The Apostle Paul gives us some insight into how we should behave in this regard: Romans 12:3Amplified, “For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.”

The Apostle James weighs in on this subject as well: James 4:10 NKJV, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

These principles apply to every area of our lives from personal relationships, to work, to friendships and ministry all alike. In practicality though when a disagreement arises if you take the path of first lowering yourself to try and see the other persons version then when they have finished, your case may well receive higher value because you have been considerate to another's expression.

Let us not place ourselves on a pedestal and even if others place you there, get off quickly.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Colour filled

I love colour, so a 'grey' office space just doesn't work for me. So when one of my best friends gave me a beautiful calendar, once used, I used all the pictures to cover my workspace walls. One of my colleagues started asking me about some of the pictures and that got me all excited, especially the geological ones which are quite spectacular. She mentioned that it is a pity that I did not study that full time as I have such a passion for it.

Truth is that I have a passion for both geology and history, so it doesn't take much to prick my curiosity and I'm off like a rabbit wanting to know and learn more. The amazing thing is that history and geology teach us so much about God and that is why I had to do 3 years of bible school, I just had to know more.

Creation is God's masterpiece declaring His character and His love to all who will pay attention. Volcano's and earth quakes remind us of His power, river streams and quiet ponds of His great gentleness and sunrise and sunset of His warmth and love.

How about we get excited and share about God's great love for us to others today!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Too heavy a load

It is seriously taking me a lot longer to get all the bits and pieces of the house and garden back to normal after the renovation. Inside is done, just the top of the kitchen cupboards left to clean, but the patio was another story, so before I could tackle my first serious gardening for the season, that had to be sorted.

Well all was going fine, until I came across the one and a half boxes of floor tiles left over from the job. Now they say you are supposed to keep these for any future repairs, so I thought I could just shunt them over to the corner and leave them there. NOT. I had no clue how heavy the darn things were. No wonder the delivery guys were looking at my cross eyed when they brought them in.

I tugged and I pushed and I did everything I possibly could to get them to move, but it just wasn't happening. I eventually had to give in to the fact that I was going to have to move one or two at a time. This wasn't the best idea but the only solution I could manage. Eventually it got done.

This made me think about the divide and conquer strategy that the devil uses against our marriages today. He puts husband and wife at war with each other and then the kids and then we wonder why we are not able to achieve Godly submission within the marriage and why marriages fail.

You may disagree with me on my next point but take some time to think it through and ask God to open your heart to this spiritual reality. Yes, God made man to be the head of the husband and wife relationship and head of the family, but in order to succeed at this the husband has to expose his heart to allow him to love and care for his family. It is the wife's role therefore to act as spiritual guardian over her husbands heart and to protect him from attack from the enemy.

Ladies, God made us strong, strong enough to endure childbirth, so yes we can do this!
Gentlemen, encourage your lady to stand up to her role so that she protect you where necessary.
When we work together, the devil will not have his way and our marriages will be strong!

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.