Friday, 30 December 2011

5 Minute Friday - Open!

Here we go - unedited and unscripted (Scary stuff!):

  • God's word opens eyes
  • God's word opens ears
  • God's word opens prison doors
When we obey God's word:


  • His hands open in provision (Ps 104 v 28)
  • He opens up the windows of heaven with blessing (Mal 3 v 10)

One day soon, the heavens will open and our Lord and Saviour will return on His white horse (Rev 19 v 11)

For 2012, I want to be open to the possibilities and opportunities the Lord presents to me and in order to do that I need to be open to His word, His instruction and guidance.





My encouragement to you - keep your eyes, ears, heart and mind open to the Lord - He will be found!  His word says He will never leave you nor forsake you.

God bless
Tracy

Linking today with Laura at Beholding Glory for:

and
Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama for:

Thursday, 29 December 2011

A Time for New Beginnings!

Hello there lovely people.  I have so missed you guys.  Are you looking forward to the New Year as much as I am?  Its a time of new beginnings, changes for the positive, changes for good, for health, for improvement.   I have in the past made a New Year's Resolutions list and ... well... they tend to be the same every year.


Last year was the first time I chose to select a scripture.  One that I could try to live by.  One I could try to aim for.  This year, 2011, it was  Matt 6 v 33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  

Well, I feel that many times this year this scripture is one I have held onto.  I believe it has helped me to grow and have a better attitude and better priorities with regards to my practical and prayer life.  This new year, 2012, the scripture I have chosen is Isaiah 43 vs 18-19:  Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. (19) Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth:  Shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Wow, what an amazing scripture.  Full of promise, positive and life-affirming!  I am going to hold onto this scripture for 2012.  I am trusting God for restoration and vindication.  I am trusting God for the promises I believe He has given us.  I am trusting Him, because His word says to do so and I know that I am not capable of bringing these things to pass, only God is!


What is your New Year's resolution?  I encourage you to seek a scriptural one.  One you can lean on when feeling low and defeated, one that will help restore your faith and hope in our God eternal.

God bless precious people
You all have changed my life for the better
God bless
Tracy

Linking with Shanda at A Pause on the Path for: 
Best of 2011 Bloghop

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Winsome Wednesday - Jesus, the Reason for the Season!

Isa 9 v 6:  For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulders.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Thank you Father, for the gift of Your Son, for Your love for us to sacrifice Your one and only Son on the cross to take all our sin so that we could have fellowship with You.  Thank you Father, for this opportunity to celebrate Your Jesus, Your gift to us!
Thank you Father
Amen.

I pray for you all a blessed season of remembering the birth of out Lord and Saviour, Jesus!  I pray every gift given and received brings Jesus and His love for you to remembrance.

God bless
Tracy

BLOG HOP TIME!


I'm leaving this blog hop open over Christmas and encourage you to link up or leave a comment and I will be back on line shortly before the New Year to post and catch up with you all!  No particular post required, just maybe, if you have the time, encourage another blogger on the link-up and hopefully you too will be encouraged.  Look forward to seeing you here!

I invite you to link up below....

Monday, 19 December 2011

Black or White, no Gray areas!!

Matt 12 v 30:  He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad!




Rev 3 v 1(b):..."I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead."




Rev 3 v 15-16:  "I know your works, that you are neither cold not hot.  I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I will spew you out of My mouth."


For or Against?
Alive or Dead?
Hot or Cold?
All or Nothing?


My encouragement to you is to be committed to your walk with Christ!  God wants us to be alive in Him, committed, dedicated and fully involved in our relationship with Him.  For God, its ALL or NOTHING!

God bless
Tracy

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

and
Jen of Finding Heaven for:

and
Shanda of A Pause on the Path for:

Please feel free to visit all these lovely ladies as they seek to encourage you and bring glory to the Father!

Friday, 16 December 2011

5 Minute Friday - Connected!

Here we go: unedited, unscripted (scary stuff)
This is what comes to mind with this word:
  • connected, to family
  • connected, to friends
  • connected, through sharing
  • connected, through cyber-space 
  • connected, through shared experiences
  • connected, by blood
  • connected, through work
  • connected, by accident (God nothing is accidental, right?!)
  • connected, through networking
  • connected, by shared interests
  • connected, by caring
EVERY ONE OF THESE CONNECTIONS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR GOD!


We are connected in high places, connected by and with His favour, His love, His grace, His mercy!
Godly connections build bridges, friendships, places of heart safety, havens of hope!

Matt 18 v 20:  Where two of three have gathered in My name, there I am amidst them


Eccl 4 v 9:  Two are better than one, for they have a good return for their labour.


Eccl 4 v 12:  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

All these verses demonstrate to me the state of being connected.  This is how God wants us to be, connected to Him and connected to one another.  He never created us to be loners!


My encouragement to you is to seek being connected, first to Christ, and second to those He puts in your path that uplift, exhort and encourage you, and seek to do likewise to them.

God bless
Tracy

Linking today with Joan of Reflections of His Grace for:

and
Laura of Beholding Glory for:

and
The Lisa-Jo of The Gypsy Mama for:


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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Winsome Wednesday - Obedience!

Trust and obey,
For there's no other way,
to be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey!

Never a truer word said, um, sung!

1 Sam 15v22:  But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice?  Obedience is far better than sacrifice.  Listening to Him is much better than offering the fat or rams."

Prov 21 v 3:  The Lord is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give Him sacrifice.



Do you exhaust every avenue before you trust the Lord enough to obey?  I do!  Stupid really, because when I finally take that step of faith into obedience, whatever it may be (doing something for someone, saying something to someone, giving something up, etc), it usually produces great blessing.

God is more concerned with us showing the the love of God, than pomp and ceremony.  His first 2 commandments, love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbour attest to this!

My encouragement to you is to choose to be obedient to God's call, you will never regret it!

God bless
Tracy

BLOG HOP TIME!


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

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

God prepares your heart!

I love reading.  I love a good novel, intrigue, throw in little romance perhaps, a great moral, a great mystery, humour threaded through.  I can be glued to a good book at the expense of all else!


One time, God used this love of books to prepare me for a really hard season in my life.  As per usual I found a great book from a favourite author, prepared myself and my life to sit down and read.  I sometimes can't get into a book until all the "has to be dones" are done.  So that done and dusted, a good cup of tea, and into my book I disappeared.  And it was a great book.  A novel based largely on a biblical story, one which revealed the character of God, with more modern characters, and I drank it all in.  It got into my heart and the God behind it absorbed my thoughts as to His long-suffering and goodness.

And then.... 2 weeks later I was devastated by some heartbreaking, rose-tinted glasses shattering news! And the first thing that came to mind was this book.  The immediate thought in my crushed heart was that God had led me to read this book to prepare me for this news and the gut-wrenching season that followed.

That was years ago and I overcame that time completely with God's help and His grace and mercy!  I have the victory, but the glory is His!

I believe God allows things that hurt to come into our lives:
  • so that we will push into Him, 
  • so that we will grow, 
  • so that we will trust Him and lean on Him,
  • so that we come to that point as Job did where he said, "Yet though He slay me, I will trust Him."(Job 13v15)
Press into God
But, I also believe:
Its so we can be there for those who go through the same thing.  Once we start healing God can use our experiences to help others.  To be a comfort, a help, a kind word, a sense of understanding, an ear to hear, arms to embrace, a presence when only that will help and ultimately, an arrow pointing to God!
2 Corin 1 v 3-4:  3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


I also believe that:
God prepares us and we don't always see that preparation until much later.
Duet 31 v 6:  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 
Sometimes He prepares you for the "event" and sometimes "the event" is preparation for that which He is leading you to.  For example, a ministry or sorts.  How much more effective is your ministry coming from the angle of experience, of overcoming in Christ?

My encouragement to you is to cling close to God, He will lead you through and reveal the "why" in time but TRUST HIM enough to know - He is not toying with you - He is preparing you for His work in your life and the lives of others.

God bless
Tracy

Linking up today with Joan at The Beauty in His grip for:

and
Jen from Finding Heaven for:

and 
Shanda of A Pause on the Path for:


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Friday, 9 December 2011

5 Minute Friday - Color!

Here goes, unedited, unscripted (scary stuff):

I am no artist but I love colours.  I love some for the calming they bring into my life.  I always tend to have creams and natural tones in my home for that very reason.  I love some colours because they make me feel happy.  Its like looking at a painting and just feeling a smile building up inside.  I love dramatic colours for the excitement they bring, but then I can only take them for so long and they begin to make me anxious, weird really!
Exciting and dramatic!

Right now, I'm thinking that much of what colour does in my life can be related to people who come into my life.  Some bring calmness, some excitement, some laughter and joy, and some anxiety, the dramatic ones!!!
Calming and restorative!

So, what does colour say to me about the Lord?
God is the creator of all colour - and what we see and experience is probably just a fraction of what He has out there for us.  God's colour palette is all around us:

  • in nature, bringing calm, and excitement and sometimes fear.  
  • With people, God's colour to bring variation, challenge, friendship, love and growth into our lives.
  • And spirituality, His word, His Son, His peace, His everlasting love, His eternity - these for me are the colours I want to paint my life with.  
A sample of God's palette!

My post today may seem a bit odd, but that's my take on the word 'color', unedited, unscripted, with a little time taken for a good picture (or 2 :)  )

Just so you know - my bloggy friends have brought tons of new and refreshing colour into my life and my life has been more colourful and creative because of God placing you in my life.

God bless
Tracy
Linking with Joan at Reflections of His grace for:

and
Laura at Beholding Glory for:

and


I would also love to thank both Joan of Reflections of His Grace and Crystal of My Life-Shepherd.  Both have awarded me the Liebster Blog award.  I am truly honoured and humbled as both these lovely ladies have awesome blogs of their own.  Please go and check them out if you haven't already.  God bless you guys.


I in turn award this blog award to:
  1. Kendra at Relying on Him for her transparency in Christ
  2. Kandi at Get out of the boat for her determination to do things Christ's way
  3. Heidi and Kelli at Mothers on Mission for their heart for the Lord
  4. Joan and Tricia at Blessings in His grip Prayers for their awesome prayer blog
  5. Hazel at A Joyful noise and Robert at Musings by Robert who I think are the coolest people blogging and together their wisdom is humbling.  Hope I'm even a little like you guys one day!
God bless
Tracy



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    Wednesday, 7 December 2011

    Winsome Wednesday - God's favour!

    I believe that God gives us favour when:
    • We seek Him in His word
    • Pray
    • Seek His peace in a circumstance
    • Reach out for prayer
    • Trust in Him for safety
    • ASK for His favour
    • Lean on His word

    This past week I went in for surgery.  Before the event I didn't really tell anyone until the last minute and decided that as a Christian I CAN ASK for PRAYER.  So I asked some people for prayer, not many, and I prayed because as it got closer to the time your mind starts reminding you of everything that can go wrong, can go wrong, can go wrong, ...  I also found that in asking for prayer those people not only offered prayer but great encouragement and everything that was said to me lifted and buoyed me up.

    All this led me to go into the operating theatre without any apprehension.  I don't even think I was nervous.  My upper most thought was, "God is in control."

    These are the facts of this event in my life:
    • It took 4 hours instead of 1 1/2 hrs ( I don't know why)
    • My doctor took great care of me and everything was seen to
    • My anesthetist made sure that the pain meds I had were all I needed, I never had to ask for more 
    • When in the ward I had the bed that was automatic, my roommate had the manual crank up one
    • My bed was at the window, with an awesome view and fresh air
    • I had lots of prayer coming in from all over that I had not expected but gladly absorbed
    • The nurses at first seemed distant but turned out to be awesome and saw to my every need
    • The operation has been a huge success

    View from my hospital Bed, Table Mountain! 
    All I can see above is GOD'S FAVOUR.  So many things could have turned out differently.  Take my roommate for example:  She was in pain and constantly calling for pain meds, her bed was not easy to manipulate, she irritated the nurses so although they did what they had to, not too many smiles were attached to that, everything for her was a bit more laboured.


    I believe I had God's favour!  I believe because I turned to Him, He gave me favour!  He made it possible for me to see His favour and I believe He deserves ALL the glory for every good thing.  So, here and now, I thank you Jesus for your favour in my life and in the lives of all Your children.

    My encouragement to you today is to know that because you are a child of the Living God, you have His favour, so act like it, in faith.  Even if it does not seem so, know it to be true!

    Ps 30 v 5:  for His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!

    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!

    I invite you to link up below.....
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    Monday, 5 December 2011

    What attitude are you choosing today?

    My husband and eldest daughter, ok ok, and me too, I admit it, when we get behind the wheel of a car with oomph, we utilize said oomph with gusto!


    I can remember a season when my husband bought an Isuzu diesel double-cab.  It sounded like a tractor and drove almost as slowly as one.  What I remember from that vehicle is that because it did not go very fast, my husband tended to be more, shall we say, sedentary in driving it.  I noticed a definite calming in his driving and consequently, a calming in him.  It did help that the tractor like noise lulled one into a calmness too!

    My point is that in realizing the car's limitations, he chose to drive it differently, more conservatively.  And in that 'choosing' his demeanour was more relaxed.  When I 'choose' to drive more relaxed, even though my car is more, hmm - excitable - I am more relaxed.

    I believe its in the 'choosing' that our attitude can be determined.  Are you 'choosing' a fast-paced, high stressed existence today?  Or  are you 'choosing' to smell the roses, make time for a stranger, or perhaps a child's concerns?  Are you ending this day blessed because of your choices?  I hope so.

    Duet 30 v 19:  Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!


    Choose LIFE today!

    God bless
    Tracy

    a HUGE ps:  Thank you ladies for praying for me.  My op went well and I believe God was with me the whole time.  There's a blog post or two in there for the future about God's favour!  I missed you all so much and will be spending this week catching up with you.  So glad to be back blogging!

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


    And
    Jen from Finding Heaven for:

    And
    Shanda (on Tuesday) from A Pause on the Path for:


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