Wednesday 19 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Is it Really about Patience?

We have been going through a season of waiting.  Waiting on what the Lord has given us, waiting on things that ordinarily we would just decide and do!  Waiting.... And we have believed that we are in a waiting season and have dug in and decided to learn to wait, learn to be patient (as much as is possible for us impatient people)!

But I'm starting to wonder if the waiting is about, well, learning to wait, or something else!  It obviously is about learning to wait otherwise the learning of it is for nothing.  But I think its deeper than that.  I think its in the learning to wait that the Lord brings us blessing in the form of overcoming, resolving stuff His way, learning to trust Him and His way, learning to have faith in Him.

For example, I am by nature a person who wants to fix things NOW.  I can't rest until its sorted, I'm fidgety and frustrated and I couldn't read a good book if I tried in that moment.  My mind would only relax once the issue is resolved.  This applies to me in relationships too.  And as I am sure you all know, relationships just don't "fix" that easy.  There is all that emotion and history and hurt or anger or misunderstanding to delve through first!  And then once all that has been waded through, there is pride, arrogance, hurt, embarrassment at maybe being wrong, self-righteousness at maybe being right.  Yup, relationships are tough.  And then heaven forbid I have to deal with more than one relationship that needs "fixing" at a time!

It is exhausting.  Relationships are not like cars or a repairable chair , or a solvable puzzle.  They are WAY MORE COMPLICATED!  And I think it is in this that the Lord is trying to teach me patience and learn to wait - ON HIM - I don't need to fix anything.  Actually, when I try to fix anything in a relationship, I make it worse!!!! Am I the only one?  It is really tough waiting on the Lord to deal with the other person, or for that matter, deal with me!


Its in the waiting, and practicing of patience, that the Lord works on the other person, or on me and the real truth of the matter gets attended to.  Now, I am not saying don't work on your relationship because we all have to.  We all have to try our best to be fair, open, honest, pliable, giving and more... But what I am saying, if there is something there that is not an easy quick fix or goes a lot deeper, a situation where there are issues, old or new, that are unfathomable, then we have to wait on the Lord prayerfully.

I'm the type of person who is quick to apologize and because of that I expect others to be the same towards me.  Now, if the other person doesn't feel they did wrong, or won't acknowledge their part in a situation, I tend to try point it out to them.  I am speaking of my nearest and dearests.  But that just makes it worse.  I find it very easy to forgive if a person says sorry, but really difficult if I have to forgive without an apology.  I believe the Lord is teaching me to not fix the situation, but to wait on Him to resolve it because in the waiting, He speaks into the heart of the other person, and mine and so long as there is a desire on the part of both parties, "fixing" occurs God's way, and God's way always works out for the best in the end.

So is the waiting really about learning patience?  Or is there more to it?  Yes, there certainly is more to it, the waiting teaches us patience, yes, but also trust in the Lord, faith in His ways, gets us me into less trouble too.

Ps 27 v 14:  Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring.  Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Do you see that extra something special in this verse?  Wait with expectation, wait with hope, good courage or good attitude, trusting the Lord to resolve it.  Yes, in the waiting we need to be expectant and positive and hopeful of a good outcome.

So my encouragement to you is to ask the Lord in the waiting to show you what its really about.  He will, because He doesn't want us to keep making the same mistakes we always do, trying to do things our own way.

God bless
Tracy


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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Stubborn Mind!

For the last few years, stuff that I was really true to in my mind started to change.  Slowly, insidiously, my belief patterns about certain things.....were starting to change.  Now, I have to say that mentally, and physically I denied these thoughts.  I was telling myself that A is what I believe and stand by and not B!  But B kept forming in my mind and becoming bigger.

Sigh... It is very important to realize the devil is a master at mind games, and I, like many others, am not.  I'm not the type of person who can manipulate others by emotionally and mentally bending them.  No, I'm more outright and in your face.  Not always the better option, but certainly the most honest, for me any way.

But in all this I did keep up my quiet times.  I have trusted the Lord and tried to walk the way He wants me to walk.  I will say too, I have failed miserably in many ways but I have not turned my back on my faith.  Its been a tough few years, yes, but I tell myself, "imagine these last few years WITHOUT the Lord!"  Horrifying I tell you.

But this mental war, that's been building.... finally came to a conclusion this week.  I have been reading Psalms.  Kind of like I have to.  I carry on doing what I suppose I should be doing... and then this week, at least 7 times...yes, that's right!  At least 7 times, in different places, this scripture popped up....
Psalm 51 v 10:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.



Well, eventually I started saying to myself, oh, there it is again.  Then I would see it again, and I started pausing and reading it properly.  Really reading it.  Oh my word!  Yes, that is exactly what I need.  I knew my thinking was skewed, but I was starting to not care.  Maybe even justify it a little.  And WAM!!!!!  God's word hit me between the eyes!  Yes, Lord, create in me a clean heart!  O yes Lord, renew my heart, my thinking to Your way of thinking.  Let it be a steadfast thinking, let it be a persevering thinking, a spirit of You within me!  Yes Lord, a clean heart!

Firstly, I felt like the Lord had confirmed what I knew to be true!  "You're thinking wrong Tracy" and secondly I felt relief, because the Lord cares enough about me getting my thinking straight so instead of punishing me for it, He made sure I found the answer, even if it was more that the answer found me!

It must be said that this train of thought has been growing steadily for a couple of years so it was not an overnight thing.  So be encouraged if your answer still evades you, it is out there, and the Lord will let it be found by you.  Having said that, when the answer presented itself, and hit me in the face, immediately that thought pattern straightened itself out.  Yes, I am dousing that particular thought pattern with the Love of the Lord and His word.  Replacing it with His truth.  I suppose that although I knew it to be skew, I did not want to acknowledge the offness of it because truly, I wanted to think like that.  No more!  Its not worth it to be anywhere but where God wants you to be, even in your thinking.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 05 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - The Highs and Lows

I've had a rough few weeks.  So many highs and a good many lows, emotionally.  I understand why they say moving is close to the top of the stress list!  Today my fur babies came home after being away for nearly a month as we waited for the house sale to go through.  I had to re-home two of my fur family because I am only allowed 4 dogs and I had 6!  I've had a random stranger judge me for that, and that just adds to the lows!  But on the other hand, I have had a special friend and another stranger reach out with grace and kindness, and well, that kind of softens the heart.....adding to the highs!

Anyway, I decided to have a proper quiet time this morning and read this scripture:
Psalm 143 v 11:  Save my life, O Lord, for Your name's sake; in Your righteousness, bring my life out of trouble and free me from distress.

Immediately the thought came to replace "life" with whatever it is that is troubling you.  For example:
"Save my house, O lord,..." or "Save my marriage, O Lord,..." or "Save my child, O Lord,..." yes Lord, for Your name's sake...."


God will save our lives, our children, our marriages, our hopes, our dreams.  But not necessarily because we WANT Him to!  But He does it for His name's sake.  He rescued Israel, for His name's sake many times.  And just btw, He will do it again.  Just putting that out there :)

And as I continued into my quiet time I was led to Psalm 16 v 11:  You will show me the path of life;  in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Doesn't that almost answer the previous Psalm?
  • Lord save my life..... You will show me the path
  • For Your name's sake .... In Your presence is fullness of joy
Oh Lord how great thou art!  

So, when we seek Him, He will be found.  When we read His word, He does guide us.  Yes, I know and have experienced what seemed to be silence, but its just a matter of waiting on the Lord for His timing.  

My encouragement to you is no matter what you're going through, a high, a low, He is there.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 29 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Pace Yourself!

I'm exhausted.  Its not just moving and all that entails.  Its the stress and frustrations that go with it.  Also there are highs.  The highs of being where you want to be, the highs of all the plans you have for the new place.  Yup, highs and lows.  All very exhausting.

Finally I got to my paperwork.  Man, I left that stuff way too long.  So right now, I am exhausted.  So I am going to leave you with an encouraging scripture and pray the week ahead is blessed and filled with God-surprises at every turn, or, God-strength, wherever you need it!  He knows your needs.



Psalm 127
A Song of [a]Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.


I read this, this morning!  Maybe the Lord is trying to tell me not to overdo it?  He is always the One in control!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - New Growth!

New day
New season
New growth
New life.....

Having just moved into a new home, and having just come out of a 7 year horrible season, I have been thinking about newness.  I love being in this house.  I am so looking forward to changing it and molding it to our family and making it a home.  It feels like a new season.  A physical manifestation of the new season God has led us into.

I have such a sense of newness.  Such a sense of new life in us.  I am so grateful to the Lord for this.

But the evil one does not want us to appreciate or enjoy this newness, this new season, and so challenges keep cropping up!  I see them as joy-stealers!  But what I feel different in us, is how we are seeing these challenges.  In the past few years I felt these challenges crush me, no matter how small or big.  I didn't feel strong or capable.  But I feel differently about the current challenges.  They are not pleasant.  A few are quite scary if the truth be told.  God has shown me in the last few years that to wait on Him, and trust Him is the ONLY way of overcoming these things successfully.  Praise Him, pray to Him, trust Him.... Yes, there is no other way.


I want to encourage you with this statement our pastor said in church (the gist of it is:)  There is a common phrase we as Christians often say, "God will not test us with more than we are able to bare".  But our pastor sees it differently, he said God DOES allow us to be tested beyond our capabilities, so that we WILL TURN TO Him!  Isn't that a powerful statement?  It also took a lot of pressure off me as someone who felt like I just could not cope!  I was obviously letting the Lord down.  No, He wanted me to lean on and rely on HIM.  What a relief.

Prov 3 v 5-6:  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  (6) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

God bless
Tracy

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