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Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to the drawing board

There are times when you think you have a plan all figured out, then something crops up and you have to go back to the drawing board and try and figure it out all over again. It can all be a bit frustrating, but once again that's where learning to take council is so vital. I'll admit that is one area in the past I have been good at in some ways and bad in others.

In case I haven't said it before, I am writing about all these things not mearly to put life experience on paper but because I too am on a continuous growth path and recognize that until the day we are with Jesus we will be continuously formed and shaped to Christ's image. I'm grateful that through sharing my heart it allows opportunity and times of reflection.

Reflections are good and the amazing thing about them is that they never lie. A true reflection in a mirror tells you exactly what you look like and I don't mean those funny bent ones that make you look all out of shape.

The word of God is our hearts mirror that allows us the opportunity to reflect on our spiritual growth. Have you take a look in the mirror lately and wondered why things look a little distorted? Maybe it is because you are overly critical of yourself. Maybe it is because you've chosen to ignore some issues that actually need attention. Either way put away the mirrors of self doubt or deceit and look unto to Jesus. Ask God to show you how He sees you. I believe with all my heart that when you do you will look into the eyes of grace and forgiveness and you'll have no other choice than to raise your head tall and take the courage to change what needs to be changed.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Getting closer

It was with nerves and excitement that I headed off to CTM on Saturday to make my final selection and purchases for the tiling job to be done next month. The nerves were from the fear of making mistakes with my purchases. Thankfully there was a very helpful and professional staff member who did a great job with making sure I got everything right. He even cautioned me about certain products and recommended others where he felt I would get a better long term result. By next Saturday all the goodies will be here and then its one more week to go.

At times in our spiritual walk with God we also need guidance to ensure we make the best decisions and at times like this we should choose to walk with people who have gone on the road before us. Both David and Solomon urge us to 'walk with the wise' and to seek wise council.

Whatever tough life decisions you have to make right now, do not fear! Take heart in God's goodness and don't be ashamed to ask others for advice and wisdom.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mid week break

Oh you just can't beat a public holiday on a Wednesday. Before the weeks stress has even kicked in you get a day off and then its a breeze till Friday. I sure enjoyed the day off. I didn't do anything special but just being home with my cats was a treat.

Honey drove me crazy, its moulting season so he meowed incessantly to be brushed. I eventually escaped to the gym and then headed back home to water the garden and enjoy the tranquility of my back yard.

It really was no great shakes but I was unbelievably grateful to have had the day off. Learning to be grateful for the small blessings of life is such an amazing place to be that fills your heart with peace, joy and strength.

Thank you God for small blessings and to a beautiful day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Emotionally vested

It is a very painful truth but there are times in life when you just have to say enough! It is a time when you've been giving your all into something, be it a relationship, a business decision or any other situation that has been draining the life out of you. The difficulty is knowing when to cut yourself loose emotionally and when to dig your heals in and hold on for dear life. Making that differentiation is difficult.

When and where is it appropriate for us to decide to withdraw emotionally? For starters if you are the only person involved and it doesn't involve a group of people the decision is up to you. Another time may be when continuing to invest emotionally will end in long term damage to your emotional well being.

Do we have a scriptural right to put our own emotional health first? We most certainly do. We are told in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” That means that we should look after our own emotional well being because all of our actions are governed from that space.

If you are in a place now where you are totally drained and need to make a change, ask God to give you His strength so that you can find the courage you need to make the right decision.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Seedlings and cover

Friday evenings reckie of the garden revealed something utterly delightful! Somehow some seeds from my raspberry bush must have landed in the flower bed below the main plant and were lying dormant through winter and now they had sprouted into cute little seedlings. I could hardly believe my eyes and I was so glad that I had not weeded that bed two weeks ago as planned as I may have mistaken the small seedlings for another pesky plant the wild strawberries I've been trying to get rid of.

That really made me think. Sometimes in life we pull out or throw away something really valuable because we can't yet see its full potential. Maybe it is a friendship that never quite got going because we refused to make the time to get to know that person. I'm sure there are many more examples but I'll stop there.

Sadly Saturday evening we had quite the storm with rain, wind and hail and my garden took a knock. I have no idea if my seedlings will recover, but now that they are in a separate pot it will be easy to keep an eye on them. The storm revealed one more thing. I had taken a lot of effort to lay new top soil and compost throughout the winter and sadly the storm had washed most of this down the path but the areas that were well covered with ground cover however succeeded in retaining their soil. I will therefore have to make a huge effort to ensure that there is sufficient ground cover planted by the end of this season.

I guess this means that in our spiritual lives we need covering as well. Nothing will achieve this more than having a strong knowledge of God's word. Lets make a commitment together to value people and get to know Gods word so that we can weather the storms of life and see great fruit in the seasons ahead.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pink spectacle

The arrival of the pink flamingo's at Kimberly's Kamfers dam is greeted with much excitement especially this year. The breeding grounds for these beautiful birds was being threatened by pollution. Thankfully it seems that a solution has been found and they have returned in their glory.

This colony is unique as it is among only 4 such colonies in Africa and their numbers can range from anywhere between 20,000 and 50,000 each year. That is so awesome and truly mind blowing. The flamingo's are attracted to the area because of the high algae presence in the dam and their breeding has been encouraged with the building of a man made island in the middle of the dam.

In both instances the encouraged breeding and the birds disappearance were both affected by man. It is truly amazing how much of a direct impact mankind has on our planet and nature and yet we ignore all the signs that our planet needs our help in order to sustain life.

OR - Is there another side to this?

I think there is. Our planet has proven that should the threat of our damage to our planet become too severe, she will simply wipe us out. In life and spirit we need to be able to maintain the balance of our affects on other human beings as well as nature and we should never underestimate the power and strength of God's beautiful planet.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bed time for babies

Oh my goodness, don't tell me that pets don't behave like children! Well ja, I know cats don't normally sleep well at night due to being nocturnal but in our crowded suburbs where other cats lurk around it just isn't safe to let them have free reign of the house. That's not to mention the problems you have trying to keep other cats out. The best solution is that we all go to bed at the same time.

That doesn't mean that all is well in the land of kitties. Every evening there is a long drawn out process of get them to settle down while they sit around batting their eyelids (the same way tired children do), all the while fighting the urge to go to sleep.

Why is it that we fight the things that are good for us? We do it in our spiritual walk as well. God draws us to a closer relationship with Him and what do we do? We pull away and avoid His presence.

If that is where you are at right now I encourage you to surrender to God's love, His presence and His peace. When you do you will find spiritual rest for your soul and the benefits far outweigh the those of physical sleep.

Nighty night, little ones!