Stand

When facing life’s challenges, its like being in a shallow pond. If you lie in it, you’ll be consumed but if you stand the water won’t even reach your knees.

You see, God said that He would never give us more than we could bare, so I’m reminded today not to drown myself in it. This too shall pass. In the midst of the mess, Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armour of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil”.

I will stand firm.

To be or not to be successful

Aim for excellence, then success will follow.

I’ve often struggled to picture what success looks like, so it’s been a little difficult to know when I have it. The thing is, if I choose to do everything with excellence, success becomes the by-product. Its like the aroma from a well cooked meal or the sound music makes……inevitable!

When you allow success to be that which comes out of an excellent approach, you dont find yourself chasing after cliche ‘success’ markers. The cars, big houses, jacuzzis in the garage. Yes, these are all nice to haves, but it doesn’t always mean success when you get them.

I look at my life as a whole, a complete circle with no breaks. Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit….. nourished. The choices I make to seek out the best to feed and fuel the whole will invariably lead me to live a successful life. Its encouraging to know that success is by choice, not chance.

It is written

Speak what the word of God says, not how you feel.

For every situation or circumstance, there is a word to overcome.

Sickness.
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.

Indebtedness.
Deuteronomy 15:6 “For the Lord your God will bless you, as he has promised and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

Barren.
Psalm 113:9 “He makes the barren women abide in the house as a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord.

Sorrowful.
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.

Scared.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Weak.
Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”

Atracked.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgement, you will condemn.

Tempted.
1Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except that which is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bare. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out, so that you can endure it.”

God has it all covered, literally everything you need is in His Word. The fulfillment of our lives has already been written.

Hard Questions

I’ve always felt some how about asking someone when they were going to start having children. More so now that we’ve been going through fertility challenges ourselves.

I was recently having a conversation with some friends at church. They are all currently single but they were saying that when they get married they are going to have kids straight away. They were like, it doesn’t make sense why anyone would wait or why they would want to get to know their partner first before having children.

Its almost like the possibility of infertility didn’t even cross their minds. Now to a point this is a good thing. I pray it’s not something they have to ever deal with but it was amazing that they didnt even consider that this could be going on in the lives of the couples they talk to about having children.

You see, I’ve learnt to tell stories. I’ve had people ask, so no children yet? I usually follow with a yeah I know, we better get it sorted soon? Like its something we haven’t been aching for in years. Brushing it off so that they don’t ask any more questions.

To be honest, I am blessed to have wonderful friends and family that put no pressure and only really speak of it when I raise it. Regardless, it still hangs in the air like a grey cloud ready to blow, when they ask that general question “so…..How are things with you?” It’s a general question but you cant help but wonder if it’s a cover up for what they really want to know…”Whats going on with you guys having children?” Oh how I wish sometimes that I had an answer…..

What seat.

The seat that Jesus occupies in our car of life determines the position He holds.

The boot. Jesus is hidden away. Someone that we store away until things become desperate. If your car is like my boot, you dont even remember half the stuff you have in it. I know that it’s all necessary but not for my every day. When we keep God in the boot, He is not a part of our daily lives.

Back seat. Jesus is in our lives but He has no control over the direction. We look back at Him every now and again through the review mirror. With the radio on, AKA the distractions of life, we rarely hear what He is saying.

Passenger seat. He is someone whom we have relationship with. Someone whom we listen to, maybe trust for directions and counsel but we still have the ultimate control of the wheel.

Drivers seat. I was like, “yes, this is where my Jesus is!”. Hand on the wheel. Full control over my life. But then I was reminded of the many times I’d become one of those back seat drivers. “Why are you making that exit?” “You’re going too fast….too slow!?” “Are you sure this is the best route?”

In Psalm 127:1 AMP it reads ” Unless the Lord builds, they labour in vain who build it Unless the Lord guards the city. The watchman keeps awake in vain. I now realise that if we dont allow God to take His rightful position in our lives, ALL that we do will be in vain.

Heal the world

To heal the nation, we must FIRST impact our own world.

For a great majority of us our sphere of influence is in our immediate environment.

Want to see the world know Jesus, talk to your neighbour, colleague.

Want to see no one ever go hungry…volunteer at your local food bank.

Want to live in a world where peace and love reigns, let that be what you promote with all your personal relationships.

Surely if we all influenced our immediate space for Christ, then we would see change everywhere.

I’m challenged to be the change I seek. Even when I don’t feel like it! I’ve noticed that I can be good with the words but true wisdom comes from doing what I know needs to be done.

Picture Perfect

Reminded to make something out of life’s broken pieces. Right now, it feels like my life is fractured. Pieces everywhere. Essentially my life looks like one of those really complicated puzzles. The parameters are done but all the bits in the middle are not. You see, there are broken pieces, but in Gods hands they fit together to make the whole.

I may feel broken but it is God that has made me whole. I may not always feel like it but I am beautifully and wonderfully made. It may not look like anything is in working order but God has worked it all out for my good.

This life, I realise, is a beautiful picture in the making. My hope is causing me to hear the song of my promised future. My Faith will give me the courage to dance to it today.