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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Senseless murder

As another senseless murder of a school teacher takes place, we are enraged and angry at the absolute depravity of it all!  The thought that crossed my mind is, what gives people the thought that they have the right to just take what they want?  They take sex, they take money, they take lives with zero conscience or thought to the wake of destruction they leave behind!  Heck I'm sure they even enjoy it!

The rampant crime we live with is enough to drive you insane and leave you depressed for days!  But that's exactly what the devil wants, he keeps us circling around in a negative spiral that simply destroys the soul, making it almost impossible to lift your emotions. 

That is why Paul admonishes us to live a different way. 

Philippians 4:8 (KJV):  
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

To put that in other words, change the direction and focus of your thoughts.   

So - when you are angry at another senseless murder - thank God that he is a God of justice and that His word says, "vengeance is mine."
When you are angry that people lie, cheat and steal - thank God that there are many, many wonderful people who give and bless others far beyond what we can comprehend. 
When you are angry that life makes not sense - thank God that He is the one who directs your path and that He will make all things work together for your good.  

Yes, think on these wonderful and amazing things!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's your skill set?

I've been known to get a little impatient with people who just don't get it!  They are just not as good at doing something that I'm real good at and that can frustrate me no end, because it seems as if they do not understand the consequences if things go wrong.  This week I've been challenged to see things a little differently.  I realize now that I'm wrong and I need to exercise patience, understanding and grace and at times that may mean that I have to do a little more work. 

That may mean helping a colleague at work, getting involved in a group that needs my financial skills or just playing a support role.  The really difficult part is learning to do so in a way that will build up the other person and let them shine and admittedly that can be difficult because our ego's get in the way. 

The body of Christ is no different though.  In fields of ministry there are things that some people are naturally talented at and other things not so much.  Firstly we need to make sure we take up our place and play our part and then we need to help others to fulfill their calling or gifting and allow them to experience the joy of service to God in a positive way. 

So what is your skill set and how are you using it to build the kingdom of God? 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Who's house is it anyway?

I have often joked that my cats own my house and I just maintain it for them.  Lol!  After all they get to enjoy my bed, warm house, blankets, couches, food and water for a solid 24 hours a day.  Me?  I get a measly 8 hours on week days, give or take, and a couple more hours on weekends. 

That begs the question, am I the master or the servant? 

Well we go to church on Sundays to do what?  Worship God of course, so you could say we are the servant.  But...we go there to get ministered too by the five fold ministry and these ministers feed and minister into our lives, so does that not make them servants too?  Yip I'd say that. 

But what about God?  We said we go to church to worship God, but what does God do in return?  He pours out his love, healing power and grace to us, so is He not serving us when He does so?  Quite right, yes he does! 

So who's house is the church then anyway?  I don't know.... (wink), you tell me? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Daunted

After my  bold announcement on Christmas eve that I was going to seriously look into adopting I had made some ground in the first few months of the year.  I'd read a book, done some research and reached out to a few contacts.  At some stage though fear started to creep in and I just felt I wasn't going to be able to do it.  On top of that it is amazing that when you have a clear goal time just flies and I've never felt a year fly by so quickly as this one is going.  I'll admit it has been totally daunting. 

One thing I've learned over the years is to sometimes just let things take a pause, even if it feels as though you are wasting time, you get the sense that God is busy doing something and you just need to hang 10 a bit.  Doing that, trusting God and comitting your plans to Him can only result in one thing.....

God will confirm His word!

Out of the blue I had an sms from someone I'd been trying to meet with to learn about her experience of adoption and a hurried meeting was scheduled for tonight.  Over coffee I learned that all of the fears I have are normal and that having a child, by birth or adoption, is done in God's time not in ours....

And so it is with most things in life!  :-)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dig, dig, dig and dig some more!

This weekend marked the real beginning of the front garden re-modelling project.  I'm anticipating this will take at least the next 8 months, winter stop off included.  The first and probably most ugly phase is getting stuck into the removal of all unwanted plants. 

Now in the past I've made the mistake of rushing things.  I would dig up an old plant or even the grass and immediately plant the new plants.  This was a big mistake as any old roots left behind just sprung up again.  Therefore this time I have decided it must be done right.  I have to make sure that I dig it all up properly....that's going to take a lot of work. 

When God works in our lives it is often with similar result.  There may be times when we are not ready to do more than dig up the surface, but when we are ready and willing to allow God to do so, He will dig up absolutely everything, all the bad roots and all. 

There are times when this process will be painful, but thankfully there are also times when our soul is ready and although it takes work, the process can run quite smoothly.  I guess it all depends on how ready we are to let God do the work He needs to do in us. 

So if you are in a place right now where you feel God is really digging through your soul, allow Him room to work.  God has a wonderful plan for your life and He sees the end picture of what the garden of your heart will look like once He is done. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Simply sublime

Yesterday was just one of those days that had me stressed out.  By the time I got home the only thing I could think of was getting into a hot bubble bath and soaking all the stress away.  The funny thing is that for the three months I was camping downstairs last year, I HAD to use the bath, so it had lost its enjoyment factor but since moving upstairs, my divine new shower has just been bliss.  Last night though, bathing took on its old world charm of being the most relaxing thing I could do. 

Some times all we need is a little comfort to ease our soul and refresh the mind.  In our spiritual walk that is no different.  There are times when our spirit can feel battered and bruised and we could use some spiritual comfort.  So how about we put together a spiritual bubble bath and soak in the word of God???

Stressed about finances:  Phil 4:19 - My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
Stressed about health:  1 Pet 2:24 -  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Feeling emotionally wounded: Col 2:10 - and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Feeling lost and have no direction:  Prov 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Needing peace in a difficult situation:  Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Yes, a good soak in the word of God can melt away all kinds of stress, so put your faith and trust in Him!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

They call it Xenophobia

They call it Xenophobia when nationals turn on foreigners and attack them for living in their country and feeding off their land.  I ask myself, how is this different to apartheid?  Quite frankly, I don't care what you call it, one nation, people or language group asserting dominance over another, is evil beyond words. 

Galatians 3:28 tells us how we should view our fellow man/christian, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."


The ethics of this should remain the same whether we are dealing with Christians or non-Christians, for God has called us to show love and compassion on all of mankind.  Let us choose to treat mankind, or even all of God's creatures, with love, compassion and kindness.