Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Winsome Wednesday - Joy

I wanted to bring to mind things that bring me joy so I sat down and just jotted down some stuff as it came to mind.  I want to just 'stew' in all things "JOY" for a moment - a bit like jelly in custard.  OK, so that doesn't make sense but here goes:


  • I'm no art fundi  but I love paintings that make me smile, strong colours and joyful emotions
  • I love hearing my teenage daughters roaring with laughter with each other
  • I get great joy filling a vase full of flowers from my own garden
  • there is joy in the satisfaction of completing something creative
  • I love reading some scripture and having a light-bulb moment, a moment of clarity
  • When I'm driving alone and my ipod selects a praise song that just touches me to the core, that's joyful
  • I have great joy in being part of a random act of kindness, I imagine their surprise and that brings me joy too
  • I love connecting with old friends, and joy comes in the realization that they serve the Lord
  • I love sitting on my stoep, sunrise or sunset with a cup of tea and enjoying the sight and smell of freshly cut grass, happy sigh!
Such JOY - it seems to be in the simple things, doesn't it?


I believe my joy is more full because I try to see the thankfulness in everything.  Thanking God for everything good is changing my attitudes and perspectives.  So when I say 'oh joy' now, its no longer in a sarcasm font!!

Ps 16 v 11:  You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of JOY:  At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore!

Drop a sentence in the comments of what comes to mind when thinking about JOY in your life.

"O JOY" 
God bless
Tracy


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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Feeling Worthless? Read more....

When Melissa at Beautiful Mommy Feet asked me to guest post I was really excited.  She asked me to pray about it and then write about a time in my life that God made an impact on me. 


So, firstly, thank you Melissa for this opportunity and secondly, here goes:



Have you ever felt worthless?  Have you ever felt not good enough?  I remember going through a stage where I was defending who I was.  Subconsciously you know you have value but when you're an emotional wreck you don't have the confidence to see it.  To stand up for yourself when despite your feelings - you know you have value!  


Read more HERE....



I hope you are blessed by your visit to Beautiful Mommy Feet
God bless
Tracy

(PS:  Ladies, I need and would greatly appreciate your prayers for tomorrow as I go into hospital for an op, nothing earth-shattering just me being a scaredy cat! Thanking you in faith)


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Monday, 28 November 2011

Random acts of kindness!

Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness?  I'm sure if we all think about it we can think of something someone's done for us that was not expected, yet so appreciated.

More rewarding than that is being the giver of a random act of kindness.  Many times people give in the hope of receiving - but I am talking here about giving, expecting NOTHING in return, and being BLESSED by that act.


My husband and I often go out for a breakfast or brunch when out and about for work and we look around and see who God draws our attention to.  When we pay our bill, we pay theirs, anonymously.  We love doing it!  If the waitress wants to know who to say paid their bill, we tell her to tell them its from the Lord  because He wants to bless them, and then we leave.  We have found the waitresses are often shocked so we feel its a blessing to the patrons but also a testimony to the waitress!  Double whammy!

My encouragement to you - look for opportunities to randomly bless people in any way you can with no expectations and see how BLESSED you are!  Not only are you being a blessing to someone, you are sowing seeds and the word says YOU WILL REAP what you SOW!


2 Peter 1 v 5-8:  But also for this reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,(6)  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  (8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God bless
Tracy

Linking today with Joan at The beauty in His grip for:

and
Jen at Finding Heaven for:

Friday, 25 November 2011

5 Minute Friday - Grateful

Here goes: unscripted, unedited (scary stuff):


Everyone has been posting lately about thankfulness and sometimes I find myself mixing up the two words, thankful and grateful and in doing that I keep coming to the recurring thought that I am so grateful for Gods' grace, unmerited and given so freely.




My husband and I were talking today about situations in which we remember God's grace:

  • Driving on the open road and coasting into a fuel station just as the vehicle broke down - God's grace
  • Driving long distance and pulling into a fuel station to refuel and realizing that when the car was serviced the day before , they never put the oil drainage plug back in correctly, and nearly all the oil had leaked out, but noticing it at a place where something could be done about it AND before the engine seized - God's grace
  • Being mightily attacked spiritually which resulted in huge financial consequences and those to whom money was owed have been unnaturally gracious - only God's grace
  • Surrounding us with good godly people when those we love turned their backs on us - God's grace 
  • Restoring our reputation in business without us saying a word - God's grace
  • Drawing us as a family closer in difficult times when it could have torn us apart - God's grace
  • When I withdrew and self-protected, God showed me to this forum of bloggers who have helped restore me to me - God's grace
These are just a few of the things that come to mind in my "5 minutes" , God's grace is abundant in my life and in yours too.
I am so GRATEFUL and fully HUMBLED by God's AMAZING GRACE!

2 Cor 4 v 15:  For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and rebound] to the glory of God.


God bless
Tracy

Linking today with The Gypsy Mama for:

and 
Laura from Beholding Glory for:


Thursday, 24 November 2011

How to prosper!

I am not big on prosperity teachings but I do believe that when we focus on God and strive to be in His will, we do have His favour.  I believe God wants to bless us, but as He knows us better than we know ourselves, He knows how much and when to bless us!

I believe that God trusts us with a 'little' - and when we prove ourselves able to handle that 'little' He trusts us with more.  Not because HE CAN'T TRUST US but because HE KNOW OUR LIMITS and ABILITIES.


2 Chron 31 v 20-21:  Thus Hezekiah did through out all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. (21) And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, SO HE PROSPERED.

Two things come to mind when I read this:
  1. God loves us unconditionally, but His promises are conditional.  You do this - and I'll do this.  If you only ever receive His promise of salvation, conditional on your asking for it, acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Saviour and repenting, you WILL go to heaven one day.  But God has so many more promises He offers you!
  2. The second thing that stands out for me is that to prosper is not just 'wealth'.  It is health, favour with God and man, inner peace, peace with the people you come into contact with, wisdom, etc.  Hezekiah did his best - to honour his Lord - and he prospered!
For me to prosper in this world, I must put God first, do what He asks of me TO THE BEST of my ability, with a good attitude, and for His glory!  

The word says in Ps 37 v 4:  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
If I got the desires of my heart, to me that would be God prospering me!


My encouragement to you is to delight yourself in Christ and His word, and see Him prosper you!

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Joan today at Reflections of His Grace for:


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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Winsome Wednesday - He only is my Rock!

Ps 62 v 1-2:  Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.  (2) He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

When I thing of a rock, I think of something that is not easy to move.  My salvation through Him makes God my rock.  God's salvation is my strength to stand firm.  My ability to stand firm, to not be moved, is because God is my ROCK!
Lord, you are my Rock, my Fortress, My strong tower!

Thank you Lord, for being my Rock, my Salvation, my Shelter, my Strong tower.  Because of You, I can stand firm and not be greatly moved!

God bless
Tracy

BLOG HOP TIME!



Please join with me today for Winsome Wednesday to encourage and be encouraged.  No particular post required, just maybe, if you have time, encourage another blogger on the list and hopefully you too, will be encouraged.  Look forward to seeing you here!

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

God's mercy for us!

Ps 103v8:  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy

Vs 10:  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

This verse tells me how merciful God is that He does not deal with us as we deserve.  When we repent and ask His forgiveness, He forgives and He is gracious with us in the consequences.


Have you ever said or done something, regretted it and repented and knowing you are forgiven and being aware that there will be consequences anyway, gritted your teeth with the attitude, "I've been forgiven but with God's help I will now deal with the consequences."  You go out there, expecting the worst, and ... God has already gone before you.  He has worked in the heart of the person you need to face, or they unexpectedly welcome you, or are really happy to see you.  You expected disdain, hurt hearts or hardness, but God changed that!

This is what I believe that verse means.  He is merciful and gracious despite ourselves!


The next verse is so humbling:
Vs 11:  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so GREAT is His mercy toward those who fear Him.

I, for one, am very grateful, very thankful, for His grace and for His mercy.  Without it, I'd be doomed.

My encouragement to you is to acknowledge God's grace and mercy in your life.  You will begin to see how blessed you truly are.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Shanda today at A Pause on the Path for:

Monday, 21 November 2011

There is NO other god like our God!

Isa 64 v 4:  For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like You, who works for those who wait for Him!

There is NO other god out there like our God!  The word says no one has seen or heard of another.  There are lots of "gods" out there that people worship.  But only our God works on our behalf for our good, defends us, protects and leads us, who wait on Him!


ONLY our GOD sent His only Son as a sacrifice to save us and take the burden of our sins on Himself.

ONLY our GOD created us to have fellowship with Him

Our GOD - the ONE and ONLY - GOD

My encouragement to you is not to seek out anyone, anything, other that the Lord God Almighty.  Nothing the world has to offer satisfies.  He is waiting for you with arms open wide.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Joan at The beauty in His grip for:

And

linking with Jen atFinding Heaven for:

Friday, 18 November 2011

I'm being interviewed over at Marja's

I never ever thought I'd be writing THAT sentence.

Who?  Me?  Really?

Well, I am honoured to be interviewed by Marja Meijers.  She is a published author and awesome blogger and she is a huge encouragement to me.  I'd love for you to click over and visit her blog, get to know her better, and if you'd like, read my interview!


I am away this weekend so won't be blogging or catching up or linking up, as I won't have internet where I'm going but look forward to linking with you all again on Monday.  I will most definitely miss you all.  And I will definitely be over to say hi to everyone who has commented in the last few days.

Have a blessed, peace filled, smiley weekend.

God bless
Tracy

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Want Joy?

Ps 16 v 11:  You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This scripture says "In Your presence is fullness of joy."  Thus, want joy?

  • Spend time with God
  • Spend time in prayer
  • Spend time in His word
  • Sing His praises, and worship Him in song
and JOY will come.
(remember that joy has nothing to do with happiness)

I encourage you, when you are feeling down or you feel God is far away, first remember to measure your feelings against the word, and secondly, despite how you feel, I encourage you, spend time in the word, sing His praises, thank Him for whatever you can in the moment, even your very breath - balance will be restored, Joy will come.  My prayer for you is to rise above your feelings, to Joy!


God bless
Tracy

Linking today with Joan at Reflections of His grace for:

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Winsome Wednesday - Nothing can separate us from God's love!

We have all read these scriptures before but this time read it and put your name in where I have put in mine!

Rom 8 v 35-39:  Can anything separate Tracy from Christ's love?  Does it mean He no longer loves Tracy if Tracy has trouble or calamity, or is persecuted, or is hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?  (36) (Even the scriptures say, "for Your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep").  (37) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is Tracy's through Christ, who loves Tracy.
(38) and I am convinced that nothing can ever separate Tracy from His love.  Death can't, and life can't.  The angels can't, and the demons can't.  Tracy's fears for today, Tracy's worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away.  (39) Whether Tracy is high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate Tracy from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So today, I encourage you to read this scripture aloud, with your name inserted and renew your mind with the knowledge that nothing you do or don't do, nothing you are going through, not the way you feel - will remove God's love from you.

God bless
Tracy

BLOGHOP TIME


Please join with me today for Winsome Wednesday to encourage and be encouraged.  No particular post required, just maybe, if you have time, encourage another blogger on the list and hopefully you too, will be encouraged.  Look forward to seeing you here!

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

We have a choice!

Duet 30 v 19:  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING;  therefore choose LIFE, that both you and your descendants may live.



I think all of us would stand up and say, "Yes, I choose life, I choose blessing."  I don't think any of us would choose the alternative.

The thing is though, we often do choose the alternative by our behaviour, by our words, by our thoughts and deeds.

When choosing life and blessing, we have to speak positively, speak God's word.  Renew our minds with His ways, act in faith and do good deeds because of our faith.
There are easier ways to renew your mind

Many of us bring cursing, and therefore spiritual death by our words, which sometimes translates into actions.
For example:
  • God will never do that for me
  • This blessing is not meant for me
  • I know He heals, but my thing is not important
  • I've sinned too much for God's favour
  • God's not concerned about my problems
  • God won't forgive me for that, etc

Speaking this stuff is bringing curses in your life and then you start to act in this way and it becomes an inner belief.  NONE of the above is true!  NONE of this lines up with God's word.


If you don't know how to choose life and blessings start by choosing to read His word and speak aloud His promises - they are meant for YOU!

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Shanda today at A Pause on the Path for:

Monday, 14 November 2011

Which bird are you?

Ps 102 v 4-7:  My heart is stricken and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread. (5) Because of the sound of my groaning my bones cling to my skin. (6) I am like a PELICAN of the wilderness; I am like an OWL of the desert.  (7) I lie awake, and am like a SPARROW alone on the housetop.



Isa 40 v 31:  But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like EAGLES, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.



Which bird are you?
Which bird do you want to be?

Wait on the Lord and you will renew your strength and soar like an EAGLE!

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Joan today at The beauty in His grip for:

and
Jen at Finding Heaven for:

Friday, 11 November 2011

5 Minute Friday - Unexpected

Here goes: unscripted, unedited (scary stuff):


I have been posting a lot lately about God coming through for us.  I've been saying things like, "Don't try to figure out what God is going to do, or how He is going to do it, just know that He WILL come through for you"  
What's He going to do? And how?


I say these things because I have spent many hours doing exactly that.  Imagining God is going to resolve this issue in this manner and maybe if He did that, then this will happen and....... And so the merry-go-round goes round and not so merrily I might add!


The thing is, 
  • God wants us to wait with expectation.  
  • He wants us to believe Him when He says that He works all things together for our good.  
  • He wants us to know as we know as we know, that He has this covered.  
The thing about trusting God in this way and not trying to second guess His every move, if we relax in His word and trust it to be true, then God does come through in the most amazing and unexpected ways.


What about:
  • the sea parting?  Think they thought that would be God's solution?
  • the 3 in the furnace?  Didn't think that COULD happen
  • Daniel in the lion's den? no way, hungry lions NOT eating?
  • Mordecai  and the gallows set up for him by Haman?  Think Haman thought he was going to parade Mordecai through the city to show the king's favour on him, and then hang on his own gallows?  Don't think so.
  • Debt released miraculously?  Companies don't just do that, right?
  • that accident you so nearly were a part of?  God knew how to direct you
  • what you are going through now?  God WILL do the unexpected and you WILL have a testimony
I am trusting in God for vindication, and restoration of family and I have decided to wait on Him for the unexpected!   He is a mighty God.  Creator of all, how can I doubt His word for the unexpected!


Isa 43 v 18-19:  Do not (earnestly) remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert


This is the scripture from my post yesterday and for me, today's word is a confirmation to expect the unexpected - to expect the way in the wilderness and the rivers in the desert.


My encouragement to you - expect the unexpected!


God bless
Tracy


Linking today with Laura at Beholding Glory for:

and

Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama for:


Thursday, 10 November 2011

A new thing!

Isa 43 v 18-19:  Do not (earnestly) remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert


Did you see that?  God will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  Who but God can do that?

Going through a tough time?  Can't understand why?  Maybe God is doing a new thing in your life.  Align your emotions and actions with the truth of God's word and see the awesome thing He is about to do in your life.
Open wide your arms to receive!

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Joan today at Reflections of His grace for:

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Winsome Wednesday - He has a plan

Are you going through something and you just cannot see how God could make a way?  You just cannot imagine a way out of your situation?
Frustrated, confused, at your wits end?

God's word says the following:
Is 55 v 8-9:  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  (9)For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

My encouragement to you is to STOP trying to figure out a way to solve your problem.  STOP trying to figure out what God could possibly do to change things for you.  Just in faith accept and claim that He can and will.  Seek Him first - look up - focus of Him, and all that around you WILL start to change.


His word says that His desire for you is to have life, abundant.  Let go and Let God!





Bloghop Time
Please join with me today for Winsome Wednesday to encourage and be encouraged.  No particular post required, just maybe, if you have time, encourage another blogger on the list and hopefully you too, will be encouraged.  Let the light of Christ shine through you.  Look forward to seeing you here!


God bless
Tracy


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