Wednesday 30 July 2014

Winsome Wednesday - But GOD.....

Oh this past week was hard!  We are waiting on and believing on the Lord for something and as the time drags by, you get despondent and easily side-tracked by, well.... the devil!  Am I right?!

This weekend friends pop by unexpectedly and though unwillingly, tell us of lies been said about us and although this is something we are aware of, it kind of gets you when you are already down.  By the time these friends left I was feeling weepy, bitter and let down by the waiting process....

But GOD....

And so I leaned into God's word!  And let me tell you, I may be waiting on Him for something big, a dream I thought near impossible... I may think that the time is jusssssst stretching.....

But GOD....

He answered me straight away with regards to this hurt, these lies:
  • I started reading where I left off in Psalms and see this.... Ps 62 v 6:  He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved.  God is telling me, "Yes, he is still spreading lies, but don't be moved by it!  I am your Rock, your Salvation, your Defense". 
  • And then I read further:  Ps 63 v 3-4:  Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You, (4) So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.  Like living water refreshing my soul!  I am His, He is mine and His loving-kindness is better than life (and all its hurts and disappointments).
  • And then the Lord spoke right into the heart of my hurt... Ps 63 v 11: But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him; every such one shall glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies shall be stopped.  HE WILL STOP THE LIES!  I rejoice in the Lord because He alone is faithful and just!

Now let me just add this little reinforcement for you:
  1. I read Psalms in desperation and chapter 63 v 3-4 jumped out at me
  2. During the course of the day Pinterest hit me with....Ps 63 v 3-4
  3. A little later, facebook slayed me with Ps 63 v 3-4
  4. And.... as I cleared my phone of messages before bed, you got it, my reading for the next morning.....Ps 63 v 1-4.
I am humbled, I am grateful, and I am encouraged!

I hope in turn I have encouraged you.

God bless
Tracy


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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Its hard to Let Go!

Its hard to let the old go right?!  You know that the Lord has worked in your situation, you know that your life is moving forward and that "thing", that "issue", is a thing of the past!  Right?

Sort of....

I think that leaving the past behind is like repentance or forgiveness.  You have to make it an act of your will, a physical step, until your emotions and heart catch up and that forgiveness or repentance is part of your being.

In my case, we had a 6 1/2 year long battle that left the family splintered.  We tried to do things God's way (and failed many times I might add) but He fought the battle.  He gave us the victory, He has given us and is still giving us vindication, and I long for and hope for, in faith, restoration in the family.  But sometimes it is really hard to let go of the past hurt and loss.

I have forgiven, as an act of my will and will continue to do so until that forgiveness is part of my being.  I have to repent of my attitude still because sometimes the hurt rears its ugly head and I fall into the trap of focusing on it, which then works its way into my words as bitterness and resentment!  Yup, lots of work still to be done there!

One way to see things differently is to pray for those who hate you, ask God to give you compassion for them, to see them as He sees them... It certainly helps soften one's heart!

Because restoration is not complete and because I don't like broken relationships within the family, I want to fix things, but God has shown me that my attempts have come to nothing.  My frustration at that has probably added to the distance.  God has repeatedly shown me to let them go, leave them in His hands and trust Him for restoration.


So, like with forgiveness and repentance, letting go is sometimes an act of one's will.  A physical letting go.  For me I no longer try to contact those with whom I seek restoration.  I will no longer stalk view them on social media to see what is going on in their lives.  No, I will let them go and reach out to those in my life today, those who want to be part of my life and those who God places in my path.  Yes, I will wait on the Lord for restoration in His time and in His way!  Because ultimately, His way is BEST!

Phil 3 v 13(b):  But one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

I hope I have encouraged you today to let go of that which you cannot change or should stay in the past.  Leave that to the Lord, and walk in today with the light and blessing God has given you for today.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 16 July 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Its hard NOT to share sometimes...

Of all the things I've read and seen on facebook, twitter and pinterest this week, this statement from Joyce Meyer stands out for me:
You can increase your peace immediately if you would just make a decision today that you are not ever going to give your opinion to anybody again unless they ask you for it.
Do you KNOW how difficult that is?

So I decided that I would give this a try and in doing so I realized how often I DO give my opinion without being asked.  It also made me think about the impact of giving it without being asked and in giving it WITH being asked!

The difference?  Without being asked for my opinion, but giving it anyway, kinda seemed to make no impact!  Giving it when asked, firstly made me think about how and what I was going to say, and then noticing that the person asking, actually took note of my words, thought about them, mulled them over and either accepted or rejected it, but with grace.  I have with joy seen someone take something I've said and grown from it or grown closer to the Lord and its wonderful, and humbling.  But when my words, uninvited, get fobbed off, well thats kind of my problem isn't it?


The last few nights when I've gone to bed, I've considered my words for the day and realized a lot of what I said, that I felt was good advice or helpful words, were in fact, uninvited!  Sigh..... !

Proverbs 17 v 27:  He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.

So, my encouragement to you is if you want your words to have an impact, wait until you are invited to offer your opinion.  This does promote peace as no conflict can arise from it.  Such wise words from Joyce Meyer!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 09 July 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Mountains and Majesty

One of the reasons I love to have a view of the mountains around us, and I love to drive around taking photos or just day-tripping through them, is that they give me a feeling of majesty, God's majesty!  They give me a feeling of peace.  Peace because God is the creator of those mountains and if they were easy-peasy for Him, then my problems are small and manageable for Him too!

When I am worried or hassled or something is going on inside or in my circumstances, those mountains help me to focus on how little and insignificant all those worries are.  Seeing those mountains makes me realize that nothing is too difficult for my God, my Saviour, my Friend.  And although my problems are small in comparison to His great majesty and might, He cares about every one of them and He cares for me through every worry or problem.


He cares for what you are going through too!  Its time to focus on His majesty, His might, His greatness!  Not on our worries and circumstances.  For great and mighty is He, ruler and maker of the earth.

Jer 32 v 17:  Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You.

Jer 32 v 27:  Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything to hard for Me?

God bless
Tracy

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Tuesday 01 July 2014

Winsome Wednesday - To Worry or not to Worry? That is the question!

This past week I was an emotional wreck, a miserable person, a moody and sarcastic person!  All because I was so frustrated at not being able to get something sorted out.  I was doing what I could do, which was not much, to try make something happen and what I couldn't do I tried to beg and plead and reason and ask my husband to do, but... he wanted to wait.  He wanted to wait it out and see which way this thing would go.  I wanted him to preempt it and give me the peace I wanted!

Yeah right!  That went well!  NOT!  Eventually I did what I should have done at the beginning of the week.  I had a good quiet time, where I just sat and absorbed the Word of the Lord and didn't go to Him for answers, just for His word.  And then little snippets of His will start filtering in....

A quote I see on instagram
"Don't pull out in doubt what you planted in faith!"

Yep Tracy!  You planted that in faith!  What is your problem?  You know God's got this!  And if it doesn't work out the way you want it, you know enough that the Lord has a better plan!

Another quote on pinterest: 
 "Be a warrior - not a worrier!"

Yep Tracy!  Quit worrying.  It gets you no where anyway.  God's will, will prevail!  And He has your best in heart and in mind!  Seriously, what is the point of the worrying?

Yet another snippet of Godly advice read in my devotional
"When you try things in your own strength you are left with frustration, anxiety, anger and emotional see-sawing!  Leave things in the Lord's hand and focus on His word and He straightens things out." 

I know all this to be true but I let it all get the better of me anyway!  Sigh!  What I can say is that I did get back on track quicker.  But I still felt like a failure and had to go back to hubby and humble myself and ask his forgiveness for my lousy attitude.  Oh well, this week I am sticking to standing in faith and when doubt knocks on my heart's door, I am refusing it entry, ditching the worry and focusing on God's word!  And I say in faith, that soon I will report back on how God has given me the desire of my heart!  Yep!  He cares and He will straighten my path, when I eventually stop running around in circles!


Matt 6 v 33:  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all His righteousness, and then all the rest shall be added unto you.

Yes, God's way is always the best.  My encouragement to you today is no matter the problem, focus on God and see how your path straightens out in peace and doors open and close as God guides you.

God bless my friends
Tracy

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