Wednesday 16 April 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Milestones....

While we were away my blog passed a milestone!  I have been blogging now for 3 years!  I cannot believe that I am still as excited about blogging now, as I was in the beginning.  I think I know the answer to that!  This blog is God-centred!  It is my attempt to focus on the Lord and to point others to Him in all they do as well and to use what I have learnt or been through to focus on the Lord.

My youngest daughter has moved overseas in the hope of a great job and is learning that everything does not come as easily as she had assumed.  Yes, she is learning to dig deep!  She is learning to push through.  And as a Mom, I am so grateful that she is choosing to do this with the Lord.  She sent me pictures of the church she went to, and sent me messages of how others where she is staying, have heard she went to church, and this has led to chats, deep heartfelt chats, about the Lord.  Letting her go has been another milestone for me.


My eldest is also digging down deep into the living waters of the Lord.  It is so humbling and so joyous to see one's children lean on the Lord.  I know in my life I could never manage what has come my way without Him.  So, I trust they stick with the Lord too.  Choosing His way, His path, leads always to blessing and life!

Thank you Father for this great blessing.

Another milestone is that we have lived in the same place for nearly 9 years now.  That is a VERY VERY long time for us.  I remember when we started going through a very tough time 7 years ago, I felt the Lord saying we would be putting our roots down, and that He would not pull us up.  We would be grounded and secure and those who had tried to destroy us, would no longer be here.  Well, some of that has happened, but mostly, we are rooted.  I believe it was a heavy season of digging deep and God honoured all that He said He would do concerning us in this time.  Yes, another milestone!

Jer 44 v 9-10:  And he said to them, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to Whom you sent me to present your supplication before Him: (10) If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pull you up; for I will relent and comfort and easy Myself concerning the evil that [in chastisement] I have done to you [and I will substitute mercy and loving-kindness for judgement].

Another very blessed milestone is the number of lovely ladies who have linked up with my bloghop every week.  Thank you!  You have blessed me more than you know.

Let us continue to encourage and lift up one another as we choose to live the Lord's way every day.

God bless
Tracy


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Monday 14 April 2014

There is always hope isn't there?

Recently my husband and I went on a cruise which left Cape Town and made its way up Africa, stopping off at various places along the way, and ending in Genoa, Italy.  One of the places we stopped at is a place called Dakar, a city of Senagal, in Africa.

Well, being that I am from Africa, and being that I am a Christian, I was unsure as to what to expect in this African country that claims to be 95% Islamic and 4% Christian and 1% everything else!  They claim to be religion tolerant.  Granted, I was on a 2 hour bus tour so I did not see much of everything, but if their outing was the best they had to offer, I was very disappointed and very saddened.

All I saw was poverty.  Every woman I saw had shoes on that were 2/3's the size of their feet.  I saw open meat markets and fly saturated fruit and veg.  Now I am not saying that these people are not happy.  Nor am I saying that any of this is unacceptable.  What I am saying is that it saddened me.  I saw ONE building with a cross on it - Yes, there is always hope.  Always always!


Our final stop was a little village of people living at the back of the sand dunes.  Their living conditions were barren and dusty and barely a green twig in sight.  There was, however, a water well.  I would hate to be around there on a windy day.  The babies looked sick and unwell and sounded chesty.  The youngsters seemed to be on their own mission!  I am not judging their way of living, just saddened by their lack of, well, everything.

There was one sight that really warmed my heart.  Two young boys walking arms around one another, marching around with smiles on their faces.  Yes, there is always hope.


Another saddening thing was when we returned to the ship, in the lift one lady was happy and felt they had had a very "fun" outing!  She asked if we too had enjoyed it!  I couldn't answer her!  What could I say?  "Um, no!" Seriously, what did she see?  I saw this great need for resources.  I saw a great need for love and care.  I saw a great need for Christ and His representatives to spread the hope of the gospel.

But, there is always hope!  

Ps 10v17-18:  O Lord, You have heard the desire and the longing of the humble and oppressed;  You will prepare and strengthen and direct their hearts, You will cause Your ear to hear (18) To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man, who is of the earth, may not terrify them anymore.

I do not know how I can help, but I know I can pray for those I saw.  If God wants more from me than that, He will speak into my heart.  God is aware of each and everyone of them.

I have missed chatting with you ladies :)

God bless
Tracy


Monday 17 March 2014

Winsome Wednesday - The Seasons, they are Changing....

Its getting cooler in the mornings and the evenings.  With a little bit of summer in-between!  The winds are cooler.  The days are shorter.... Yes, the seasons are changing.

My daughters are transitioning from teens to young adults and all that involves for them, they're away for longer periods of time, they need me less, they are growing up.... Yes, the seasons are changing.

My home is emptier, we feel like we are rattling around in it, we're thinking of moving, scaling down..... Yes, the seasons are changing.


We are doing things we never thought we would be able to do, we are taking opportunities to enjoy this life God has given us, despite all the bad news one hears every day, we are more content with who we are and where we are going.... Yes, the seasons are changing!

BUT:

GOD NEVER CHANGES!  Thank the Lord, He remains the same.  No matter the changes daily, weekly, monthly, annually!  He remains unchangeable!!!

Hebrews 13v8:  Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

2 Tim 2v13:  If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

Yes, the seasons are changing, But God is not!  And for that I am truly grateful!  Thank You Jesus that You remain the same no matter what chaos reigns in our lives.  Amen

God bless
Tracy

Please note the following:  This Winsome Wednesday is open until 9 April.... Please feel free to add God honouring posts every week until then.   :)

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Wednesday 12 March 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Yours, Lord...

In my quest to Read the Bible Through like a novel, I have come across some really precious reminders of WHO God is and who I am.  It is ALL about God.  He is the Alpha and Omega.  He is the Creator, our Rock and our Safe place.  He is our Saviour, our strong Tower.  He is the LIGHT.  He KNOWS us, He LOVES us, He WANTS us, and He LONGS for us.  He CARES for us and He disciplines us because of His love for us.

1 Chron 29 v 11:  Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours;  Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all.



The earth and everything in it is His.  And we are His!  What an honour to belong to God, to Whom our lives matter.  Instead of fearing the future or longing for the past, or wanting stuff that is out of our reach, or being unhappy with what we have, we should be humbled, I should be humbled, by the magnitude of His great love for us, for me!

Join me today as I give Him all the honour and glory due His name.

 He is worthy, worthy, worthy!

God bless
Tracy


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Tuesday 04 March 2014

Winsome Wednesday - In HIS Presence....

When I figured out, for me, my word for 2014 was JOY I could see why!  On a day to day basis I'm cool.  I'm happy, content (sort of) and life is better now that an enormous burden has been lifted from our shoulders.  But, inside, I feel no JOY!  It doesn't bubble forth!  I know not to live on "feelings" but I sense this is more than just what I feel.

Its like my daughter.  She has iron deficiency anaemia.  She gets regular iron given intravenously but because her body won't absorb it, she constantly needs more given.  {As an aside, I'm trusting for the Lord to heal her completely of this}.  This is what I feel like with JOY!  I feel I get regular injections of JOY, a fun day, a great service, BUT... my heart is just not absorbing and retaining it!  THUS, my word for this year...

So in my attempt to seek JOY, God's JOY, I have come across this scripture:
Ps 16v11:  You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at You right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

WOW!  What an answer!  If I want JOY in all its fullness, I need to be in my Father's presence.  I need to soak Him and His word up.  I need more than emergency bible study, you know, when you hit the bible for help when in need?!  I need to immerse myself in His word!


In a previous POST I spoke about reading the BIBLE through like any other book that I read, not on a timetable but as and when I would ordinarily read a book for relaxation etc (on top of normal quiet times mind you) and I find that in this I am immersing myself more in the Lord.  Its a start!  And I know that the Lord's word is precious, alive and you do not read it and remain the same.  I know I will have fullness of JOY - in God's presence.

My encouragement for you today is to immerse yourself in God!  If like me you need more!  More JOY, more love, more hope, more faith!  Immerse yourself in His presence!

God bless
Tracy

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