Sunday 25 January 2015

Patience - Urghhhhh!

We as a family have been through a season of being patient.  I believe it is coming to an end, this particular season, because, well.... its driving me nuts and my patience is wearing thin...VERY thin.

I see people's lack of concern about how their not doing their jobs properly impacts the lives of others.  I see people who do as little as possible because whether they work or not, they get their pay and can't be removed from their posts.  I'm seeing lots of unnecessary work being done and redone, because no one bothers to communicate....

And now I find myself becoming intolerant of their behaviour and needing to keep away from the phone because I am getting to that point where I want to be RUDE!!!!

BUT...... PATIENCE!

I have to ask myself some questions:
  • Is there anything I can do about it?
  • Have I done everything I can to make sure everything moves smoothly as far as it is my responsibility?
  • What more can I do?

This thing we are waiting for is a final step in a long line of things we were waiting for.  I need to remind myself that God is in control and my frustration should lead me to pray and release any anxiety and surrender it all to Him.  Also, a great time to be a testimony of grace under stress!  Not my strong suit!

Sigh, what does the Word say about patience?
  • Prov 19 v 2:  Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.
  • Galatians 5 v 22-23:  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF-CONTROL;  against such things there is no law.
  • Colossians 1 v 11-12:  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and PATIENCE with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
  • 2 Peter 1 v 6: And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (PATIENCE, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety).

There are so many more scriptures about patience.  God's patience with us, our patience with our fellow man, and patience in trials and tribulations.  

So, in terms of patience I believe the Lord is encouraging me through the Word to be gracious in the waiting and to trust Him that He is in control.  I think He is showing me that patience is a fruit of the Spirit, proof that I am growing in Him and of course, practicing patience is also a reflection of self-control, another fruit of the Spirit.  Being patient is not about the situation, nor about what I want!  Its about growing in Christ, becoming more like Him, and overcoming!  Yes, blessed overcoming. 

I want my life to reflect that WAITING is not a big deal!  Yup, food for growth!

God bless
Tracy


With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom.  This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.  

#wisdom   What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe the Lord is teaching me that patience is a tool He uses to refine me.  Its not about what I am waiting for, but more about how I handle the waiting.  It results in spiritual growth and a more balanced and deep attitude that becomes a testimony to someone else who sees my behaviour in the waiting.  A tool that could be used to draw others closer to Him.


Monday 12 January 2015

Hey! Neighbour!

In a recent quiet time I was reading Proverbs 11.  There is so much stuff there I considered concentrating on only a few verses at a time.  Isn't it amazing when your focus changes you realize how meaty the Word truly is?

Anyway, I digress....

 The one verse that stood out for me was vs 9:  With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbour, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered. 
and
v 12:  He who belittles and despises his neighbour lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.

As I read that I was thinking about the mouth, and the power of words to heal or hurt.... But the Lord brought something else to mind.

We moved recently, and I ABSOLUTELY love our new space, I love where it is, I love what it is, I love the neighbourhood.  I love the potential of the house!  Truly, I love everything about HERE!  And I have met 3 of the neighbours.  I like them all.  But one irks me a little.  She is very sweet and friendly and every time we have bumped into her she tells me things like, "I see you water your garden twice a day" and "yes, I see you have redone the (back) garden (where she can't see)".  You know, the kind of thing that tells you she kind of knows what goes on around here!  Now on one hand that is good.  After-all, she would always phone the previous owner to tell her that her garage door was open.  Yup, she told us!  But on the other hand, we are very private people!


Now feeling this way, I have already told two of my friends that THAT neighbour is nosey etc.  I felt the Lord convict me this morning of speaking negatively about my neighbour.  If I want a good relationship with my neighbours I need to speak life over them.  I need to pray for them and be grateful and thankful for them!  I need to honour God with my actions and my words.  I don't want to in any way destroy my neighbour.

I think part of understanding Godly wisdom is to start acting on it.  Understanding comes from practical application of God's word.  So, I state here that I have awesome neighbours.  They are a blessing and I believe God has placed us here to bless us with them and I hope we are a blessing to them in return.

Matthew 22 v 37-40 pretty much sums up how we should treat our neighbours:

(37) And He replied to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).  (38) This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.  (39) And a second is like it:  You shall love your neighbour as [you do] yourself.  (40) These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Join me in appreciating and speaking life over our neighbours.

God bless
Tracy


With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom.  This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.  

#wisdom   What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

  • It is wise to be friendly to your neighbours, you may need their help one day
  • In choosing words that promote life about and to your neighbours, you benefit.  In Proverbs 11 v 17 says:  The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.
  • If one belittles and despises his neighbour it is he or she that looks foolish.  The wisdom here is to learn to keep quiet.  Maybe we have an annoying neighbour.  But our behaviour is in our hands.  Better to be silent!  That is the wise choice.
  • It is biblical that when one sets out to destroy another, that same one is destroyed themselves.  How is that in any way wise?  It would seem to me that wisdom benefits the one being wise.
  • Wisdom is evident in our actions and our WORDS.  I need to learn to use them wisely.


Sunday 04 January 2015

My ONE Word for 2015 - WISDOM



I don't think anyone can have too much wisdom.  Godly wisdom that is.  I think the more Godly wisdom one seeks and obtains the more one realizes how little we know, how insignificant we are in the big picture, how gracious our God is that He cares about every hair on our heads....

And I love Proverbs.  I never fail to find some new morsel of much needed wisdom when reading through it.  I have heard it said that there are 31 chapters of Proverbs, one for each day of the month.  And I think this is an awesome plan for myself to start this year in my quest for seeking wisdom.  However, there is so much more wisdom in the pages of the bible and to find it is my goal this year.  To seek it out and get to know it better and have it be a part of my being.

In James 1 vs 5 it says:  If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.  

It goes on further to say in vs 6:  Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting).  For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.

I believe from these verses that God wants me to seek out His wisdom and in doing so, if I seek in faith, He will give liberally and willingly.



Yes, I want to be wise.  It would certainly help in my day to day life because I definitely could do with a BIG dose of wisdom most days.  There have been those older women in my life over the years who have exuded that grace and wisdom and quiet confidence that comes from spending lots of time with God, and who have gotten through the good times and the bad, with God.  And I have always thought that I would like to be like that one day.  I want to be a woman that other women look to for wisdom and grace and acceptance, and love, and guidance in their life walk.



What is your ONE Word for 2015?

Leave a comment with your one word and I will be popping over to encourage you.

God bless
Tracy

NOTE to One Word Bloggers:  Traci Michele, who you will find HERE... designed my One Word for this year!  For the sake of uniformity, please pop over to her and get your One Word designed by her.  She has blessed me BIG :) 

Wednesday 31 December 2014

Winsome Wednesday - On the Back Burner!

I love linking up on various blogs and I love when others link up with me.  But I am finding that because of the link up (on my blog) I am losing sight of what my blog is all about.  So, for the next while I will be blogging when I have something on my heart and I will link up with others, something I have not done in a while.  Also, I will be visiting those who I have gotten to know well here and get to know new people I meet here in this space.

In seeking others to link up with me, I have lost touch with those with whom I have already made a connection with, in the Lord.  I have swapped quality of connection with other wonderful ladies serving the Lord, for numbers of blogs linking on the bloghop.

My original goals for my blog you will find HERE.  A new goal, which completely falls in line with my old goals is to visit with any genuine commenter who has read a post I put out there and I will encourage you in the Lord and we will all grow in relationship with one another and with the Lord, one connection at a time.


Thank you to all those who always link up on the bloghop.  I truly appreciate it.  I am still here, I will visit when I see comments and as I go back to my original goals I will be visiting where I discover other Godly women.

So, for now, Winsome Wednesday Bloghop is on the back-burner but now doubt it'll be back some time in the future.  But for now, please feel free to link up..... :)

Rom 12 v 5:  So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].

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.
 Feel free to link up below:



Monday 01 December 2014

December JOY Boghop - Reflecting Back on JOY!

I can't say that I went out of my way to seek verses on JOY but I can say that I wondered about JOY or my lack of it, and I tried to understand it more and find it.

This is what I have figured out about JOY as it relates to me:
  • JOY is not happiness
  • JOY is about being in God's will
  • JOY is confidence in the Lord despite what circumstances look like
  • JOY is knowing that God's word is true
  • JOY is that feeling you get when you just know God is in control no matter how things look
  • JOY is that wonderful "INHALE" and "EXHALE" moment you get when you settle down for a quiet time and just know you are at the Father's feet.
  • JOY is knowing that something you have, or don't have, is a gift from the Lord
  • JOY is God's presence, protection, strength, mercy and grace in your life
  • JOY comes in that moment you realize God's forgiveness is real
  • JOY is that moment when you understand God's grace and mercy are for you and new EVERY morning!
  • JOY is watching your children grow in the Lord
  • JOY is realizing that every day is a gift from the Lord
  • JOY is not shallow, but comes from deep within your heart as you rely more and more on the Lord
  • JOY is not fleeting.  As your relationship with the Lord grows you realize that even in tough stuff, one can have JOY.  
  • JOY comes when you leave stuff at the foot of the cross and know God has got this!
  • JOY is evident in those close to the Lord
  • JOY is present when you witness to someone about the Lord, and you see its been heard
  • JOY can be found in realizing the power of God, when watching a storm, admiring a mountain range, seeing waves break on boulders with thunderous crashes


I do believe people can practice JOY.  I think what I have realized this year when I have found scripture about JOY, in moments of silence or reflection I can sense there is JOY in me.  I think I have realized that to still all that is going on in my life, for even a moment, makes my heart be able to recognize that there is JOY inside of me.  And its in recognizing this JOY inside me that I am able to let it grow.  How?  But thanking the Lord for it, by reading more of His word, by trusting the Lord in His word and in my circumstances.

Yes, I have JOY!  JOY that comes from the Lord!  JOY that one can only know by being in the Lord.  JOY is not a pat on the back from the Lord for something good you've done, but its a manifestation of God in your heart, a heart that believes in Him, a heart that is broken and human and far from perfect.  A heart made whole by His presence!

Yes, JOY is a direct result of knowing WHO God is and believing in Him.

1 Peter 1 v 8:  Without having seen Him, you love Him;  though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) JOY.

Instead of a blog hop for a few days every week I am opening this post for the month of December for anyone to link up!

 Lets call this the DECEMBER JOY Bloghop! 


and

its open NOW!

Please feel free to link any God honouring post, one or more, preferably about JOY but any post that gives God the glory is JOYous isn't it?

LINK NOW!



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