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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Wednesday 25 June 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Magnify The Lord!

All I have to say today is:

Psalm 40 v 16:  Let all those that seek and require You rejoice and be glad in You;  let such as love Your salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified!



Yes and amen!  That's all I have to say today!

God bless
Tracy




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Wednesday 18 June 2014

Winsome Wednesday - A Great Idea?

Yesterday I was scrolling through my facebook page as one does and came upon this picture:

From the happy Wives Club

And it occurred to me that I am at a time in my life where my children are growing up, learning how to cope with their own lives, etc and I have a little more (a lot more) time on my hands.  So when I saw this I thought, "yes, time to put more concerted effort into my marriage!"

I love blogging and decided there and then to start a blog, which is private, for my use where I am going to start listing and marking all those "marriage moments" that I can remember and that happen as time goes along.  I thought it would be a great idea for me to document these moments as there have been so many that I have forgotten (and plan to try remember) and this is also a tool I can use to focus on my marriage more positively and look to make new moments.  Afterall, whose marriage does not need all the work and attention it can get?  It is a blessing one has to keep trying to fine tune and appreciate.

Col 3 v 23:  Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.

My encouragement to you today is twofold, firstly, today, look for a marriage moment and remember it and celebrate it, and secondly, if you don't see one, be the cause of one, a good one!  Marriage is a precious and very under-appreciated blessing (I speak loudly to myself here too).  

God bless
Tracy

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