Monday, 16 January 2017

Do you Know God's Will for your Life?

In church recently, the pastor mentioned how we as individuals often ask what is God's will for our lives.  This was not the theme of the service but the following scripture and the pastor's breakdown of it has been floating around in my brain and spirit for days now... I kind of love it!

1 Thess 5 v 16-18:  
(16)Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 
(17) be unceasing and persistent in prayer
(18) in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
(underlining, italics and bold print all my additions for empasis)

God's will for us is:
  • rejoice always
  • delight in your faith
  • pray unceasingly and persistently
  • be thankful in EVERY situation, and
  • continually give thanks
It really is that simple.


Its when doing the above that God is able to speak into our hearts, work in our hearts and minds and lead and guide us.  Proverbs 16 v 3 speaks on this:  Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
(underlining, italics and bold print all my additions for empasis)

This post is short and sweet.  But it leaves much thinking to be done and I feel, relieves one of trying to figure out what God's will is for us.  His word says, rejoice, pray, be thankful, persistently, always, in all situations, this is His will for us, and in doing so, He guides us to line our thinking up with His.  No pressure on us to figure it out!  Be encouraged by this!

God bless
Tracy

Saturday, 31 December 2016

My "One Word" for 2017

I have been simplifying my life.  Getting rid of unnecessary junk, using leftover wool to make something useful, tidying the odd cupboard slowly but surely.  Throwing away broken stuff, giving away stuff we no longer use, but that still can be used, etc... I am doing the same thing with my blog.

I decided to delete myself off twitter.... lots of followers, and following lots of people but I never give it any attention... Just a time-waste for me.  I am contemplating leaving Facebook too......or instagram......?!?

I cannot let go of my blog though but I do want to get back to what it was originally intended for.

When I first started blogging it was a journal of sorts, but as I linked up with so many like-minded women over the years it was about encouraging others and being encouraged.  I have sort of lost the plot this last year!  I have lost my footing and instead of offering some encouragement, I have offered none!!!!  👀 NOT good!!!

So, to refresh my memory, the following are My Blog Goals
  • My goal is to be encouraging and positive
  • I want to journal what I feel God wants me to write
  • I will write my blog not desiring responses, but really grateful and encouraged to receive them
  • My blog is not about my day to day life, unless its to make a point in a message
  • If I can make someone smile, thats good too!
  • As much as I enjoy blogging, my family must not lose out because I'm glued to the computer
  • Most importantly, if I can point anyone to God and His word, I would have achieved my goal.

Isaiah 50 v 4(a):  The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.  

This scripture is my goal for my blog!

So, in my attempt to streamline things in my life and thus in my blog, I have removed some pages, removed stuff I never use, and decided to focus on those things that are important to me.  Like encouragement!  I love encouraging others, and have found that very hard in 2016... Not sure why, but my goal for 2017 is to bring "encouragement" back!

Having said all of the above, I have decided on my "one word" for 2017!

Consistency!

Yes, you didn't see that one coming hey! 😉


I find that I am not consistent in going to church, reading the word, reaching out to others, eating healthily, exercising, blogging, etc etc... Now, I am not trying to change the world or myself overnight.  Just one thing at a time, and to achieve consistency in those things, one at a time.  Starting off with the most important of all these things, spending time in the Word!!!!  Refresh, renew, restore, daily!

In line with my word, for now my scripture for the year is as follows:

1 Corinthians 15:58:  Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

So, this is my word for 2017.... what is yours?

God bless
Tracy

Monday, 28 November 2016

Introspective Much?!

I haven't blogged much this year.  Its not because I don't have much to say.  Its more that I'm not sure how to put it all out there on paper.

There have been quite a few challenges this year.  And, quite a few victories.  I have been so humbled by God's faithfulness and His grace and mercy.  Yet I am unable to speak on it.  I have been devastated by stuff that has come to light and yet overwhelmed by God's hand in salvaging, healing and causing growth and completion in things.  Even so, I am unable to speak on it.  I have been frustrated by the lack of loyalties shown by those who demand loyalty.  I've been struggling to not let that stuff impact my connection with people, but truth be told, it has....

I was reflecting on my word for 2016, and for a minute I could not remember what it was.  Truly!  I had to go to my blog to check.  Ah yes, Choice!  It has been a really interesting word to delve into.  I have come to realise how much choice matters in my life.  It has been a learning curve to realise that my attitude is a choice.  Okay, I knew that, but I don't put it into practice much.  I am trying to be more mindful of my attitude in situations and then choose a right attitude.  I have grown enough to choose how I react in a volatile situation.  I am learning to keep quiet or walk away, or not take offence.  Not easy though is it?!

I'm an emotional eater!  I eat whatever the emotion! 😋 I'm finding it very tough to choose not to be like that.  Easy to say, "just do it".  I suppose it is so ingrained in me to use food as a weapon against or reward, for myself.  I'm trying to choose life in this area and not death!

I have found relationships changing this year.  Old ones I have fought for, new ones I am grateful for.  Appreciating those who accept me the way I am.  Letting go of those whose interest in me is not genuine.  Struggling through some that are exhausting but worth it.

I've decided to figure out who I am and try to hang on to that, and not let others squash it or change to make them happy.  God made me a certain way for a reason and although I never had much of a problem speaking my mind, I have found in the last few years I have lost myself and have wavered in being "me" because I have not been sure who "me" is.  That search is on, and who I am in the Lord is coming back to life, and with the Lord I will figure out what He wants me to do and how He wants me to serve.


I think not truly knowing who I am of late might be why I have backed off from social media and my blogger friends.  I watch, observe, but I don't participate.  Not even with close friends.  I have withdrawn but not to have a pity party 😝.  Its not until now that I am realising that stepping back has been about rediscovering myself and being true to myself.  I can't just say stuff to be heard, I want to say stuff because I mean it, or it means something.  Its also hard to encourage someone when you don't believe it yourself.  So, I have had to push through in my own understanding of things, so that encouraging others comes from a place of truth and belief.

This year is nearly over and although much has changed, and much has stayed the same, I can truly say I am choosing to hang on to what is good and let go of what is not.  God willing, this time next year I will have grown more in all these areas.  It is a journey, a race.  The win is in running it, not in winning it!  I choose to run it better, not faster!  I choose to stop and smell the roses once in a while.

Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

Philippians 1:6 I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 3:18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.


God bless
Tracy

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Be content already!!!

(Note:  This is a post I shared on another lovely blogger's blog about 3 years ago.... Still valid, still trying 😉 )

This last week I have spent sooooo much time in front of my computer making changes on my blog.  Firstly to a new domain (or two), then to change the look and after a week of tweaking and primping and changing.... it dawned on me... "The way I had it works better, is more versatile, has more options, etc etc."  Man, how annoying is that.  So then I spent the better part of a Saturday morning (sigh) undoing all I had done!

Really?  And while I was busy undoing I was thinking, "Why did you do all that?"  "What was the goal?"  "What had I hoped to achieve or better?"  And really, I had no answers.  Although, truth be told, my lack of knowledge of computer lingo did lead me to believe I was getting something I ultimately wasn't.  Isn't that the way of worldly advertising?

But, I digress..... (I still love saying that....)

The point is my dissatisfaction led me to waste a WHOLE lot of time.  Had I been content with what ultimately turned out to be what was best for me anyway, I would not have lost all that time.  And I believe that maybe God used all this to remind me about my discontent in general.  Someone asked on facebook last week, "What is your word for next year?"  And I thought, "um, what is my word for this year?" I had to go back and look.  Sad, I know.  And guess what it is?  You got it, CONTENT!



Okay, okay, God certainly has a way of getting one's attention.  So, I did a little soul searching and realized that I am more content, I do leave more in God's hand, BUT.... that has been slowly eroding.

So, today, I stand before you (via a seat in front of my computer, lol) reminded that I am to be content IN ALL THINGS.  And I remind you in-turn, leave all those things you can do nothing about, in God's hands and be content to know that, well, He has got this...

Heb 13 v 5:  Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." 

Phil 4 v 11:  Not that I speak  in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

So, thank you bloggers for reading my post and I would love for you to comment here at my (now re-unchanged) blog!  I always am blessed by your encouraging words

God bless
Tracy

Monday, 31 October 2016

Am I really so Blind?

It has come to my attention of late, that there are so many things, important things, spiritual things, that I have not picked up on.  And, in having not had a clue, people have got hurt on my watch!

Did God allow this to protect me?  I don't know, because in so doing, others got hurt.  I would have preferred to be able to protect them.  In fact I think it would be fair to say that it was my job to protect them.  But, I was clueless, therefore did not extend the protection....

What if God allowed this hurt for a reason?  When you examine the life of Job you can see the point, Job would serve God no matter the cost.  But it all seems like such a senseless game with a man's life, to prove a point?  I don't think so.  I can only imagine that there was and is a much higher plan that God had in mind.  So too here then.  God must have a much higher plan than I am able to fathom.

I feel I should be angry, at myself, at others, at the situation.... But there is no anger!  Just incredible sadness.  Sadness that these things could even happen, that they happened and I was blind to it, that spiritually I never sensed anything.... One could eventually create a huge rod with which to beat oneself up....


And then onto things to which all this world of hurt has led.... the present!  Stuff I again should have been spiritually in tune with.  Why am I not seeing these things?  Is it because its not my life that is being impacted directly and because God has a plan in all this, He keeps me blinded to it all?  I am impacted there is no doubt!!!!  But peripherally...... Its the hurt and damage to others and how it affects them that is affecting me.  I feel its not mine to pick up, not my path to walk, but feel so burdened by what, if anything, I can do about it.  Right now, I just feel I can be there.  But in seeing and not understanding the hurt, I feel I am insensitive to the emotions and impacts and thus not very much help at all.

I can only trust that the Lord has a much bigger plan than I can see or imagine.  I can only trust that what has been intended for harm, God WILL use for good.  I can only trust His word that says vengeance is His and He will extract it.  I can only trust Him... That is all I can do.... and pray!  That too!  A weapon of immeasurable strength and impact!

Gen 50 vs 20:  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day].

Rom 12 v 19: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord

Rom 12 v 21: Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Isaiah 55 v 8 - 9:  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.  (9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.

God bless
Tracy


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