Wednesday 22 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - New Growth!

New day
New season
New growth
New life.....

Having just moved into a new home, and having just come out of a 7 year horrible season, I have been thinking about newness.  I love being in this house.  I am so looking forward to changing it and molding it to our family and making it a home.  It feels like a new season.  A physical manifestation of the new season God has led us into.

I have such a sense of newness.  Such a sense of new life in us.  I am so grateful to the Lord for this.

But the evil one does not want us to appreciate or enjoy this newness, this new season, and so challenges keep cropping up!  I see them as joy-stealers!  But what I feel different in us, is how we are seeing these challenges.  In the past few years I felt these challenges crush me, no matter how small or big.  I didn't feel strong or capable.  But I feel differently about the current challenges.  They are not pleasant.  A few are quite scary if the truth be told.  God has shown me in the last few years that to wait on Him, and trust Him is the ONLY way of overcoming these things successfully.  Praise Him, pray to Him, trust Him.... Yes, there is no other way.


I want to encourage you with this statement our pastor said in church (the gist of it is:)  There is a common phrase we as Christians often say, "God will not test us with more than we are able to bare".  But our pastor sees it differently, he said God DOES allow us to be tested beyond our capabilities, so that we WILL TURN TO Him!  Isn't that a powerful statement?  It also took a lot of pressure off me as someone who felt like I just could not cope!  I was obviously letting the Lord down.  No, He wanted me to lean on and rely on HIM.  What a relief.

Prov 3 v 5-6:  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  (6) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Making a House a Home

So we are in!  5 days already.  We are exhausted!!!  And happy!!!  Now its time to make the house a home.

That is what we all should be working at in our relationships!  With each other, with our work space, or living space, our spiritual space.... that is, our relationship with the Lord!  We need to grow and learn and seek and lean into Him so that the house that is this relationship, becomes a home.

What do I mean by that?
  • Our relationship with the Lord should ultimately be a safe space, safe from storms, our hiding place.
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be a place where we receive nourishment, and sustenance.
  • Our relationship with the Lord is a place where we constantly work at improving and maintaining and repairing (seeking forgiveness when needed and seeking the Lord more to get to know Him more).
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be comfortable, yes, but because we maintain it, keep the "rooms" in our lives clean and free from "dirt" (sin) where we can sit at His feet and exhale with a smile on our faces.
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be where we can run to when we hurt or need alone time or need to cry or seek comfort from the hurts of the world.
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be where we can draw others in, to know Him...

Yes, God should be our home....

Psalm 90 v 1:  Lord, You have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all generations [says Moses].


In moving into a new house we see ourselves changing and personalizing this space into a home we can enjoy and flourish in.  It has made me think about how God is my home spiritually and there is no other place I would rather be. 

God bless
Tracy
PS:  Thank you to all you lovely ladies who wished us well and prayed for us in our move.  It is MUCH appreciated :)

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Wednesday 08 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Today is the Day!

We're moving today!  Well, over the next couple of days.  We used to move a lot in the beginning of our marriage so we're good at it, and we always moved ourselves.  We haven't moved for over 9 years which is a LONNNNG time for us, smiles!  This time we're older, with more junk and fragile backs so we are sharing the load a little, and having a moving company take all our furniture.


We're not moving far.  Just changing our living arrangements based on our changing circumstances, older kids, less space required, etc....

AND I AM SO EXCITED!  Its the only thing keeping this middle aged body going!

I look forward to seeing all the posts connected when I get a chance to sit down!  There is nothing like a good cup of tea, a comfortable couch, and a laptop, to view my favourite God-honouring blogs.

My prayer for you this week is that God shows His hand in your life with such visibility, you are amazed and awed at His great love for you.  Thank you for linking up, it is a huge blessing for me.

1 Thess 5 v 11:  Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.

Wish me well ladies, I'm off to move more junk collected over the years.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 01 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Patience!!!!!!!!!!!

Man, I am struggling with patience.  And its really just dawning on me that a lot of what I am currently going through, is patience related.

Yes, I realized it in this situation.  Yes, I realized it in that situation.  I even felt it in another situation.  And yes, patience was something I figured out for a completely different situation.

AND then it hit me!

I AM GOING THROUGH A SEASON OF LEARNING PATIENCE

Can I just say...... URGHHHHHHH!

Patience is not my favourite personal trait.  Nope, I get good at it in one small area and it completely flounders in another.  I think I will request of the Lord to rather give me an abundance of patience as apposed to giving me situations in which patience is required!  Long sighhhhh!

Having said all that, I realize that my life is about patience right now and obviously the Lord wishes to deal with this "not so good" trait of mine, NOW!

We are the microwave society aren't we.  We want results NOW.  We want answers NOW.  We want solutions NOW.  We want healing NOW.  We want peace NOW!  We basically want it NOW.

It is obvious to me at the moment though, that God wants me to be patient.  He wants me to have a better attitude in the waiting.  He wants me to inhale, exhale, and praise Him and show faith by waiting with a heart that KNOWS the Lord will not let me down.  He wants me to exude patience!  He wants me to "talk" and "walk" faith in the waiting.  He wants me to smile and wave, if that's all I can do.  :)

I read a tweet recently that kind of hit my attitude in the face:

"Does YOUR life reflect what YOU claim to believe? Is God really YOUR peace, strength, security, and HOPE? Then LIVE like you BELIEVE it!"

Ummmm,  no, this has not been my attitude or demeanour AT ALL!


If you are going through something similar, I encourage you today to join me as I seek out scripture about patience and waiting and being content in the waiting.  That's a biggie too.  God's word always changes my heart!  Lets do this!  Let us be the ones who by our lives encourage others to hang in there with a smile on their faces, because of the Lord.

Romans 12 v 12:  Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. 

Galatians 6 v 9:  And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

Romans 5 v 3-4:  Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in out sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.  (4) And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity).  And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. 

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Breathe in, Breathe out!

As we get closer to moving the stress builds doesn't it?  Its not only the packing and organizing, and planning.  No, that's just the back drop to the tough stuff.  Its now that one gets challenged with big stuff because its hard to focus, hard to take the time to approach things properly, with the right amount of prayer, the right amount of bible searching.  Its by the seat of your pants and often times that causes new problems.  For me anyway.

I always thought I was good with words and I have come to realize that on paper, in type, that is sort of true.  But straight out of my mouth, in the heat of the moment, even if I've thought about what I need to say, even when I try to say the right things in the right way.... Nope, it all just seems to be mis-interpreted!

So, today, in the midst of packing, in the midst of dealing with tough stuff along the way, I am going to take the time to inhale..... and exhale..... and spend time in the word, just because.....


Part of the reward of doing that is in focusing on the Lord, on the word, we are "...seeking first the kingdom of God.... and all His righteousness"..... and?  The result of this is that He "...adds all the rest to you...!"

You cannot go wrong if you decide in the midst of life (daily if possible) - (hourly if necessary) - to focus on God.  His word says that when you do, He makes straight your paths.

Matt 6 v 33: But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

I am trusting for that right now, for me and for you.  God is good all the time!

God bless
Tracy

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