Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Winsome Wednesday - Prayer, a Powerful Tool!

Firstly, I want to thank each one of you who left comments and emailed me over the years to let me know that you were praying for my family and I.  God placed it on your hearts to pray and I believe every prayer went straight to the ears of the Father.  THANK YOU!


Secondly, I want to return the favour.  I was discussing with a friend recently that to say "I will pray for you" and then not do it was a bad thing.  Its like breaking a promise.  If my word is my word and I say I will pray for you, then I must.  I am the type of person that if I don't want to do something, I won't offer.  So having said that, I have been mulling over the blessing of prayer and how I can add to it.



So this is my plan:  If you want prayer I'd like for you to leave me a comment,
  • HERE, at My Daily Walk in His Grace,
  • HERE, at my Prayer Room Page
  • on "My Daily Walk in His Grace" Facebook page which you can find HERE, or 
  • leave me a message on twitter which you can find HERE.
You don't have to explain what you want prayer for unless you want to.  You can leave one word or a statement, like "relationships" or "complications at work".  I will note and diarise these comments and I commit to pray for you daily, for one week.  Now that may not sound very long or very much, but it will be one week of someone, somewhere, praying for you, seeking God's will in your life with you.

I have opened a Prayer page called "My Prayer Room" HERE and it will be where we can meet for prayer.

Plan of Action:
  1. Read this post
  2. Take action and add your request HERE(on the blog), or HERE(Facebook), or HERE (Twitter) or HERE(prayer room)
  3. I will pray for you, daily, for a week
  4. Send a praise report once you have one, because God DOES answer prayer
  5. Join in and pray for others too.  It is an awesome and humbling blessing to lift others up in Christ
James 5:16 - Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Timothy 2:1 - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men.


God bless
Tracy

BLOGHOP TIME


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Winsome Wednesday - 5th Year Bloggerversary!

I cannot believe I have been blogging for just over 5 years.  I missed the date but knew I had reached it!  For me, blogging is cathartic and healing and encouraging and, well, .... I just love it!

Yes, I have moments when I don't have anything to say write, and sometimes there is lots to write but I don't know how to get it down on paper so to speak.  Also, sometimes, its just too personal right?!


I want to use this opportunity to thank all my blogger friends for the encouragement you offer through the hardships and victories in your own lives and also for being real!  You have helped me find my way many times over the last 5 years.  I hope I too encourage you in return!

So, happy bloggerversary to me!  Woot Woot!  My heart is full!

Ps 149 v 1:  Praise the Lord!  Sing to the Lord a new song, and praise Him in the congregation of His godly ones (believers).

God bless
Tracy

BLOGHOP TIME


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Winsome Wednesday - Dissolve Disappointment!

I was so excited about doing this thing and I could not wait for the results to see how well it was going, and....

Not much happened!

I was so disappointed!  So, muttering under my breath I resolved to plod on and if nothing more came of it, I'd quit and change direction,

and then God....

He reminded me that I need to be thankful for what did come of it!  I need to change my attitude from one of disappointment to one of thankfulness and its in this attitude change that what I set out to achieve and what I did achieve, will line up and be a blessing both to me, and for whom it was intended.


God wants us to view things through the eyes of thankfulness.  So much changes when we do!

So, today I am thankful for a new day, a new opportunity to encourage, a new opportunity to be creative, a new day for relationships and growth, a new day to reflect on God's word!  Yes, today I am thankful.

Ps 100 v 4-5:  (4) Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. (5) For the Lord is good;  His mercy and loving kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.

God bless
Tracy

BLOGHOP TIME


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Winsome Wednesday - That Elusive thing .... Contentment!

It is a challenge isn't it?  To be content in all circumstances!  Not an easy one for me but one has to keep trying.  I think we feel that a certain circumstance demands discontentment because to be content, means we have accepted a wrong or unhappy place to be.  And that is not so!


Content in all things means trust, and faith, in God.  It means that despite what we are going through, despite how we feel, despite how things look, HE IS IN CONTROL!  Contentment in all things reflects an understanding of that.  However, being that we are emotional beings, it is not always easy to rest in that truth.  It takes practice!  It takes patience with ourselves mostly, and it takes faith, to stand in the face of those circumstances, content!

I do believe though that one can practice being discontent by not being happy with what we have and that is something we CAN work on.  We need to be happy, content, with where we stand in life and with what we have and if all we think we have is the breath we breathe, that is a great place to start.  I believe that contentment works hand in hand with thankfulness, which stems from humility, which stems from knowing that our God is the head of  and creator of us, and that He cares for and longs for us to know Him and He longs to bless us too.

Phil 4 v 11:  Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. (italics mine)

Even Paul, who is a great example of fighting the good fight, needed to LEARN contentment!

So, as I call on you to link up on Winsome Wednesday Bloghop today, be encouraged that contentment is a place you can get to.  It takes practice, faith and thankfulness.  We can do it!

God bless
Tracy


BLOGHOP TIME


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Has your problem moved into your neighbourhood?

So you think you have overcome a "thing"?  You feel free and joyful about it all and looking forward to new things and not looking back on unpleasant "things".  And then your problem moves into your neighbourhood!

And BOOM!
You THOUGHT you had dealt with all that!
You THOUGHT those "things" were things of the past!
You THOUGHT you had overcome!

Well, in some ways this may be true.  There is probably stuff you have dealt with, stuff you have overcome.  But maybe, just maybe, there are residual issues just under the surface.  Our God wants you to have complete victory over those "things" and the only way to do that is to have them move into your neighbourhood.  Forcing you to confront what needs to be confronted.  Be it a fear, a person, unforgiveness, hurt... Whatever it is, if it moves into your neighbourhood and FREAKS YOU OUT, it is NOT dealt with.

I found this out at the end of last year.  I thought I had dealt with stuff, come to a place of contentment in it and then all that stuff blew up into a myriad of emotions that just came out of no where!!!?  But it did force me to confront those emotions.  It did force me to come to terms with my half-hearted forgiveness and it did help me come to that point of contentment in Christ that no matter what was done, no matter how I had been hurt, I could leave all that to Him and let Him deal with it.  I DID NOT have to solve any issues, I just had to lay down what I was harbouring and holding onto, at His feet!  At the foot of the cross.

Now I was not able to do any of this without much reading of the Word.  I can't say that any great solutions sprang up from the pages of the Word, but just the act of obedience of going to the word in the first place, God honoured that by dealing with my heart.  I do not know the hearts of those who have hurt me, but the personal pressure I placed on myself to resolve and restore things was removed from me.  All that was left was to leave them to God.  Let Him deal with whatever it is that is in their hearts.  I also came to that place of rest, knowing that even if I were to never receive the vindication my heart so longs for, its okay, because I have Christ.  He is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my DEFENSE, and my vindication.


Because I started letting go of all of these unresolved issues, I have been able to hear the Lord a little more clearly I like to think.  For example, I was having a quiet time the other morning when I read the following:  (now keep in mind I have been trusting and desiring and wanting and seeking for vindication, an apology, an acknowledgement of wrong doing - I know, I know, I expect a lot!!)
Isaiah 54 v 17:  But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall show to be in the wrong.  This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced];  this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord. 

Did you see that??!!!  

When I read this I nearly fell off my chair!  Based on the scripture above we ALREADY have received our vindication.  Why?  Our enemy tried to form weapons of lies and deceit and false claims against us, and they did not prosper in that.  They took us to court and the court found them to be WRONG.  We retained our peace and our security as children of God and because we are God's children our heritage is this vindication that we will not be dragged through the mud wrongfully.

I had such a moment of release in the realization that the vindication I have sought, I have already received.  So my problem moving into the neighbourhood lost its power to concern me or hurt me anymore.  God is in control and they are His problem, not mine!

He is faithful and just to do as He says He will do.

I hope the above has given you the encouragement to know to lean into God as much as possible and when your problem moves into your neighbourhood, He will deal with it, and He will remove its power to hurt you!  It is your heritage as children of God, in Christ!

God bless
Tracy

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