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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Earth hour 2015

Taking time out this past Saturday to celebrate Earth hour at home was a quiet affair.  Just me, my fire and the bugs, the kitties weren't too interested in this one.  I sat there enjoying the glow of the fire light thinking about what this meant to me.  In one moment when I needed to go inside the thought crossed my mind, how nice it was to have power (electricity) but to choose not to use it. 

That hit home really deeply.  In my own personal life I know that I have had many struggles about my fears and need for control and thinking that I need to give this up can be really scary.  But Jesus faced the same issue and showed us exactly how to deal with it. 

As Jesus sat outside Jerusalem and wept for this Holy city, contemplating the path He must now take, I know that He would have had similar thoughts.  You see Jesus was born of the line of David and was an heir to the throne of Israel through both Joseph and Mary's blood line.  He could have chosen at that moment to ride into Jerusalem and declare His Kingship and legally taken His place as the King of Israel. 

What Jesus chose to do however was the complete opposite.  He did not ride into Jerusalem that Palm Sunday on horse and chariot but on a lowly donkey.  He surrendered His claim to the throne of Israel so that He could earn a much greater title, King of Kings and Lord of Lords over all the earth.....but more importantly, King of our hearts and lives! 

Will you let Jesus be King in your heart today? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Just a perfect evening

This mornings rain and load shedding meant chaos on the roads and getting to work was a nightmare, leaving me stressed from the start of the day.  The rest of the day was so so but then our office area got hit with load shedding at 3pm and our network was down and unlikely to get back up any time soon.  When the boss said we could leave, I didn't need a second invitation.  I guess I'll have to pay for my being late sins later, tee hee!

Getting home early though meant that I had enough time to get all the house work done before darting off to art group, which was then thoroughly enjoyed.  Hopefully I'll get to bed early and will be able to get an early start to Friday. 

I told our art group leader that this is heaven for the melancholy in me....structured art time!  Lol!  Being able to just be present in soul and spirit in something creative is just the best thing ever, it keeps me fully connected to what is happening right in front of me.

Have you found your thoughts wondering of in a hundred directions?  Ask yourself, what is in my chore?  Then make the time to do that.  God will honour every endeavour you set out to do in order to be feel gratitude for the here and now.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Subtle shades of paint

When I renovated my bedroom and bathroom I was determined to get rid of the white walls and boy am I glad I did that.  The toffee main wall brings an awesome warmth into the room like.  I seldom complain if I have to light the candles at night now as the warm candle light against the wall is incredible. The rest of the walls have been painted a light egg shell white which relaxes the eye.  Most importantly the ceiling is now clearly separated and white, which is actually good and gives dimension to the space.

I was in an office this evening after work that also made me ponder the colour of walls.  It was a new block and they had used a pale grey.  I've never liked grey but done like that looked real unique.  You see its all about contrast and the balance that brings to a room.

In our relationships with others we will be attracted to individuals who bring some of the same but most likely a little different views of life to what we have, be that professional or romantic.  These contrasts bring balance to the relationship and helps forge new ways of thinking.

God likes to do that.  He likes to challenge the way we think and bring about paradigm shifts into our lives that become the catalysts of change.  In my teenage years I remember many a youth camp that left me fascinated and pondering the our awesome God.

When last did you allow God to challenge your train of thought or the way you do things?  Maybe it is time to let God set the chess board and let the games begin. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Oooeeeee! So close!

Ooooohhh!  It was so close but yet so far!  2 balls from SA remaining with 5 runs needed by New Zealand and they smacked it for a 6!  Heart break for SA but joy for New Zealand in front of  their home crowd. 

On the team sports field there is always one looser and one winner.  In the spiritual realm that's no different.  Satan looses, God wins, it has been scripted from the dawn of time.  That is why we can boldly proclaim, "Christ in me, the hope of Glory!"  We know the end and in the end, we win! 

But take that down to a very personal level into our everyday lives.  The devil will do anything, I mean anything, to break our spirit and destroy our morale.  That's when you need to look yourself in the mirror and boldly proclaim:
  • Devil, you're a liar, I am already victorious in Christ!
  • I am capable of achieving anything I set my heart to!
  • I am God's unique creation, beautiful in every way! 
That's right, time to talk like a winner!

Monday, March 23, 2015

No words

Over the last four or so years that I have been writing I have become so accustomed to writing through life's joys and life's pains. Sometimes though it is just inappropriate to do so and that has left me with a loss for words over the last few days. I had taken some time to attend to some personal issues but even though I had the time to write, the words just wouldn't come.

Tonight is no different really but I know I made a commitment to make this blog a part of my life and thus I have to honour that decision. So are there times in our spiritual lives when we need to keep things hidden or secret? Most definitely.

In Matthew 6 Jesus addresses the issues of charitable deeds, giving and prayer and says that all of these should be done in secret or without boasting as when we display these openly we receive our reward from man, but we will miss the rewards of God's approval and blessing. Therefore we should check our hearts and our attitudes when give and when we spend time with God in prayer and keep these things hidden in our secret place.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What thunder?

During tonight's lovely thunder storm one loud clap had me peering over to my kitty's to check if they were okay.  Why?  Because at the beginning of the spring rainy season, after months of winter drought and silence, my kitties get a real nasty fright at the thunder storms and it usually sends them into hiding.  Well this time however, they were completely relaxed. 

I talked last night about fear and how that holds us back, but the amazing thing is that if we face our fears and deal with things head on, we usually get to a point of complete peace faced with a similar situation later on. 

So how do we minimize our fears?  One good acronym I've seen for fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real.  That is what the devil does, he makes us afraid and blows things totally out of proportion. The next is to focus on what God's word tells us and to listen to God's voice when He says: 

Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

When we turn our eyes and our hearts towards God and trust in His will for our lives, we can have complete confidence that God will fulfill His word. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back to the muppets: Moving right along

This subject has popped up twice tonight in different conversations so I guess it bares attention.  That subject being why we don't let go and move forward with life in a positive direction.  Again I was reminded of one of my favourite Muppet songs, "Moving right along." 

Moving right along, duppy dum, foot loose and fancy free.......... If only!

So why do we hang on so tight, be it to a relationship, a financial disaster a death in the family or any other catastrophe?  Well primarily it is because we haven't dealt with all the seven stages of grief, and grief is not only limited to death.  One very key factor I believe we get stuck is because of fear. 

The fear of letting go is primarily because we believe there is nothing better out there than what we have already experienced.  We don't feel good enough to have another relationship; we don't feel that we are good enough to find another job; we don't feel we are wise enough to make better choices with our money....ring true?  Certainly does for me and if we are honest we have all been there. 

So what do we do?  I could say it like it was a cliche, "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me", but look at that sentence closely:  I can [I believe I can], do all things [that really does mean anything I need to do], through Christ [for He is the only one that is able to truly be my source] who strengthens [He gives me all His power and might] me [yes ME]

Once again I have to go back to the basis of our faith and that is that it is real and that Christ really can do anything we ask Him to do in our lives and in that we can and must have confidence.