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Monday, May 25, 2015

Little foxes

Have you had those ah-ha moments when something so simple becomes so clear?  I had one of those today thanks to a colleague and her reminder made me realize that the devil comes to steal tender truths from our lives and destroy them while they are still growing. 

That made me think about this verse in Song of Solomon 2:15, "Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes."  I may be taking it a little out of context but I think what King Solomon was trying to tell us to do is to catch those little negative thoughts that creep in and stop them, because if we don't they will steal our precious fruit of love, joy and peace.  

Often in life we just need a little reminder to make a course corrections and when we do we can go back to our business and forget about the niggly things that are holding us back.  So if you've had thoughts that have run wild, make haste to catch that little fox and lock it away. 


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Awesome!

I have noticed lately how often I use the word 'awesome' and my favourite punctuation mark seems to be '!'   So what's the big deal about that?  Well maybe it has something to say about an underlying frame of mind.  I often get caught in the trap of thinking that my life thoughts are predominantly negative, but if there is an 'awesome' in there something doesn't fit. 

Maybe my deepest frame of mind is an undeniable belief that life simply can be awesome and that there truly are things to be positive and passionate about, hence the '!'  Sure there are moments when life is tough and darkness can grip the soul, but by enlarge we have so much to be grateful for.

More important than that though is the fact that we truly do serve a magnificent, powerful and almighty God who is able to do amazing work in our hearts, minds and body's at any given moment.  Therefore, yes, let us be passionate!!!!  And let us exclaim.....

Our God is Mighty!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throw back Thursday

Something that we have all seen trend for some time now is 'throw back thursday'.  Its an opportunity to reminisce and remember something from the past that we really loved.  I do ask myself though if there isn't more to it than just a reminder of the 'good old days'?  I definitely think so.

Life now days has become so hard that everybody is looking for an opportunity to just take our thoughts back to a time when life seemed easier.  Truth be told though, was it really better back then?  I think not!

Let's kick this back to Moses time.  After hundreds of years in slavery they are free in the desert and what happens?  The Israelites start complaining about the conditions and they want to go back.  Fast forward maybe to our grand parents and their parents age and world war 1 and 2 come to mind.  And then what about our own country's history and the disaster that was apartheid.....I can go on, but I think you get the picture.....there really isn't a time in history that has been perfect.

Ouch!  But maybe that's what we need, a reality check!   How about we learn to find the good in each day and each week and maybe life won't seem so gloomy!  Set your mind on Christ and let the world just melt away. 



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Poor little pinkie

I was busy trying to work through queries with  a colleague when I rolled the chair I was sitting on too close to the desk and somehow caught my little finger between my knee and the corner of the desk.  The result was an agonizing cut. 

They barely had the dressing on when it was covered in blood and I decided I needed to head to the doctors office.  Luckily no stitches were needed but it is still really darn sore.  It really is amazing how painful an injury to your little finger can be.

Isn't that what we learn when we are told that when one part of the body of Christ is in pain, then the whole body feels it?  Therefore if you know someone who is hurting, don't leave them unattended.  Be there to love and encourage them as much as you can!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pumped up

There are times when I know that I haven't taken my vitamins for the day, especially the vitamin B.  My shoulders just cramp up and nothing other than vitamin B solves the problem.  Generally speaking though I am a big supporter of using supplements to maintain good health. 

So I wonder how my spiritual vitamins stack up against their cousins....tee hee?  Well let's do a check:


Vitamin B - For stress the peace of God must guard our heart and mind in Christ Jesus
Vitamin C - For healing and immunity, you are healed by His stripes
Iron - The sword of the Spirit should give us wisdom and discernment
Calcium - For strength the belt of truth should be our covering
Ginseng - For energy the word of God should be our source of power
L-tyrosine - For a healthy spiritual thyroid a living walk with Jesus will keep our us strong and steady
Multivitamin - For all the above and dose of a bit of everything the word of God is our provider

Yip I think we could all do with staying spiritually pumped up, don't you? 



Monday, May 18, 2015

He will go anywhere for you!

As the words Jesus spoke into my heart last night have had time to germinate in my soul, I have suddenly found much greater joy and meaning in the words inscribed in Hebrews 4:14-16, which reads as follows:

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Grace, that's what I really needed to hear.  Depression is such an 'ugly' word and for those who seldom feel its grip it is simply not understood..... But here I see Jesus once again saying, "Do not fear, I know what you are going through."  More comforting words I have never heard.  

In all points....yes in all things, Jesus was pushed to the limit of what He could endure and because of this, He knows our joys and more deeply, He knows our sorrows.  Because of this great truth I need not be ashamed, I can do as the writer of Hebrews says, I can hold my head up high as I boldly enter the presence of God and I can feel His love for me radiating from the throne of Grace.   

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How deep is the darkness?

Today wasn't my best.  I had planned to take a rest/sleep day next weekend but my body decided that today was the day.  I'll admit that I've learned that at times like these, when my body takes over, it means that I am battling with a bout of depression and today that was true.

In the past I have often tried to 'rectify' my depressed state by focusing on steps to force my mind to go in a more positive direction, but that just wasn't working today.  It was only a few moments ago that my spirit reminded me of one important fact.

Yes there are times when our soul will fall to the bottom of the darkest abyss but we do not need to fear the darkness, for wasn't it Jesus Himself that descended to death, hell and the grave and set the captives free?  Oh yes He did and because of that I need only raise my eyes to the light and see the cross and know that my saviour is near.  Jesus is not afraid of the darkness I find myself in but instead He only says, "Come, from this place I will take you to paradise!"