Wednesday 17 September 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Wrongly directed Anger!

Last week I was SO ANGRY!  And if you asked me why I would not have been able to tell you!  I was biting people's heads off and that anger was instant and harsh!  I did not like myself AT ALL!  I even threw my phone.  I don't normally throw things in anger (maybe 4 times in my whole life), I've slammed a few doors..... But I dislike being angry.  Especially if I don't know why I'm angry.

So Sunday morning I sat with a cup of tea and started putting my feelings down on paper and started to figure out why I was so angry!  I was angry at God!!!!  Can you believe it?  What right do I have to be angry at God?  Who do I think I am after all?  He is the All sufficient One, the beginning and the end, the Maker of heaven and earth!  Seriously?  What was my problem?

My problem was that God had done an amazing thing for us.  He sold our house!  We wanted to sell but knew it wouldn't be easy.  Its a special kind of property that would require special kind of people and they are not in abundance out there.  And while mulling over this God sent buyers, for the full amount, without agents, thus no commission.  And then the cherry on top....He gave us the best home for us, in a great neighbourhood, exactly what we wanted where we wanted it!  We were floored, we were happy and thankful!

BUT

Everything to put these sales and purchases in place has been like chewing bricks!  Walking on glass!  Everything has been a delay after delay, frustration after frustration.  And deep down I realized this Sunday morning I was blaming God for all that.  What was the point of giving us exactly what we wanted, and then make the getting of it painful and hard and annoying?  And finally it dawned on me!  God wasn't doing that!  He had blessed us out of our socks but the devil wanted us to lose sight of that.  He wants us to be so busy being frustrated that we forget or overlook the amazing things He has done for us.


I think many times over the years I have wondered, "How come if God is in this, are things so difficult?"  "If this is God's will for us, then why are things not going smoothly?"  And the truth is, we do have God's favour, we are being blessed, He is leading and guiding us!  But the evil one wants to take our attention off God and onto our problems and take away the power of God's grace in our lives.   And also, maybe God is allowing these things to deepen our faith in Him, and to grow and mature.

So, if you are convinced you have been blessed, or God has done something amazing for you, but you now seem to be fighting an uphill battle, remember to keep focused on His promises and know that every obstacle is an opportunity to state in faith your belief in God's favour in your life.  Remember too, the Lord uses these "opportunities" to strengthen and temper us, make us grow and push through, to all He has promised.

Thank you for linking up here and putting up with my haphazard blogs of late.  :)  You bless me big!
James 1 v 12:  Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 03 September 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Not Matter your Feelings....

No matter your feelings, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, go to God's word.

This last week has been a tough one for me emotionally.  No particular reason!  Nothing devastating happened.  Just a number of little things that added up to a BIG "I can't do this anymore" bunch of feelings!

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Sigh.... It is amazing the rabbit trails one's mind will go on if you let it.  And eventually, I make my way to the Word.  But my feelings blurred my vision, and my mind was fogged over with emotion.  I was tired, sore, let down, disappointed..... BUT.... you have to persevere until the words on the page stop swirling and you can read what the Lord puts infront of you.

Yesterday, I was at my lowest in this feelings fest of mine and I determined before I went to bed I would just read some pages of God's word because I KNOW that even if there is nothing specific to my situation, His word is God breathed, alive, current, healing, because He loves me.  Just reading His Word will centre me again, will bring my emotions back into balance.

And that is exactly what happened.  I did not read any major revelation.  But my spirit calmed within me, I slept better, I felt hopeful for the morning.  Yes... He restores my soul.
Psalm 74 v 16:  The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;  You have established the starry light and the sun.

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My encouragement to you is don't leave going to the word too late.  Get into it as soon as you feel those emotions that want to pull you down.  Yes, push into Him, lean on Him!  Desire and crave Him as your solution and your everything.

God bless
Tracy



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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Trust God anyway...

  • Is your enemy prospering?  Does it look like all is sunshine and roses on their side of the fence?  Trust God anyway.
  • Is your enemy laughing?  Having fun?  Seems to not be affected by all that has gone by?  Praise the Lord anyway.
  • Remember too that although the grass seems to look green and healthy on that side, all is not always as it seems.  However, even if all is all wonderful, balloons, rainbows and harps over on that side, Trust God anyway.

His word says He is your defense! (Psalm 94 v 22)
His word says He sees what your enemy has done! (Romans 12 v 19)
His word says He will vindicate you and protect you! (Psalm 37 v 6)


Focus on God and His word, rather than what is going on over there.

And

Trust God anyway.... He is in control after all!

I hope I have encouraged you to look up and not around at the grass of others.  Remember, all is not always as it seems, and over there, on that side of the fence, they might even desperately need your prayers.

God bless
Tracy


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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Have you been wronged?

I want to encourage you today to never give up.  For a long time we were wronged and I cried out to the Lord and I tried to open the eyes of those who chose to believe the lies about us, until I finally gave up.  On one hand I gave up, but truly, I finally listened to the Lord when He said, "Leave them to me!"

The Lord has promised vindication in His word, Psalm 17 v 2:  Let my sentence of vindication come from You!  May Your eyes behold the things that are just and upright.



The lesson I have learnt here is that true vindication comes from the Lord, not from me convincing someone of my being in the right.  And God's way leads to healing and restoration.

Be encouraged if you too are waiting for the eyes of those who refuse to see to be opened.  Trust the Lord to do it and He will, in His way and in His time.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Open to the Voice of the Lord!

Well firstly, sorry this post is so late!  I have been running around since early and completely forgot!  But, rather late than never!

Upper most on my heart today is to be open to the voice of the Lord!  Now I am not sure how you all have heard from the Lord.  I know I haven't heard God's audible voice and I probably would jump out of my skin if I did.  But God certainly speaks to us in ways that we can relate to.  His word is a great source of His voice!  Christian music.  My husband is often humming a song not realizing what he is humming until the words of the song make an impression.  He then realizes the song is an answer or encouragement and he believes its a way the Lord speaks to him.

What about church?  Home cells?  A friend's encouragement!  An advert on TV can get you too.  A book, a story line!  So many ways the Lord can get our attention.  What about in an aisle of the shopping centre?  Yup, many a weird and wonderful thing has gotten my attention, or confirmed something, or well, just made sense.


I often try to trust my gut!  You know, I feel uncomfortable about something and then decide that I will see that as the Lord guiding me.  I feel good about something, or have peace, then I walk in that direction.  Yes, God will "talk" to you if you keep yourself open to Him.  I would caution you though to test everything against the word.  Sometimes we can be influenced by wrong sources!

Anyway, my encouragement to you is to firstly know God wants to communicate with you, and secondly, remain open to Him and His word.  He loves you and wants to be in your life every moment.

Psalm 34 v 4:  I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears

God bless
Tracy

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