Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Positioned for Blessing!

1 Kings 8 v 23:  And he said, O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing mercy and loving-kindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart.

Obviously the important bit here is that God is honourable and keeps His word and on top of that, He shows us His mercy and loving-kindness.  The point I want to make is the second bit ....to your servants who walk before You with ALL their heart!

If you serve God with all your heart, trying to live in His ways, humbling yourself before Him, drawing others to Him with the way you live, in your home, at work, in church, you are positioning yourself for blessing.

Growing daily in His ways
Even if, for a season, it does not feel as though you are experiencing God's blessings....you will!

You have to be:
  • persistent (like Jacob), 
  • reliable (like Joseph), 
  • push through (like Moses), 
  • have faith (like Abraham) and
  • have guts (like Esther).

I pray this encourages you!

God bless
Tracy

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Monday, 27 February 2012

Is faith illogical?

I've been doing the 90 day challenge with Kelly and her facebook group and as I read through, some really random verses have been catching my eye.  (Then again - I doubt anything in the Word is random - every word there is on purpose and meant for our eyes, ears, and heart).

2 Kings 6 v 5-6:  But as one was felling his beam, the axhead fell into the water, and he cried, alas, my master, for it was borrowed!  (6) The man of God said, where did it fall?  When shown the place, Elisha cut off a stick and threw it in there, and the iron floated.

Well, seriously, logically that axhead is just not going to float!  Right?

God's creativity outstrips our creativity!

2 Kings 13 v 21:  So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha, and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood to his feet.

OK then, logically, not going to happen, right?

freaky right?

This is why I say faith in God is illogical BUT truly, is faith illogical?  Only to us humans who cannot see the bigger picture.  But on thinking this through I think I can say with certainty that faith is logical.  There are lots of stories reports in the word where illogical things happened by the hand of God:

  • Parting the Red Sea
  • Water filling pits in the desert with no sign of rain
  • Axheads floating
  • Men being raised from the dead .........and many more..........
So, logically, if God can make a walking staff bud, a bush burst into flame spontaneously, provide manna to a rebellious hungry nation, make 5 fish and 2 loaves feed thousands (with leftovers), open prison doors, etc, etc, then faith in our God makes perfect sense.


My encouragement to you is faith in Christ is logical and makes sense.  Have no doubt in your God.  He will never let you down.

God bless
Tracy

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Fear - A guest post by Tamsyn Teppler


This is my second guest post in a series of posts on My Daily Walk in His Grace by the young people in my life.  Tamsyn is my eldest daughter and I am very proud of her.  She tutors autistic children, has a passion for the creative things in life and a sense of humour that'll have you howling with laughter!.  It makes my heart glad when I see her paintings or hear her play guitar or when I barge into her room and she's having a quiet time.  


Herewith, her post:

Fear; dictionary defined as: "A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain - whether the threat is real or imagined; concern, anxiety, solicitude."





I fear. You fear. We all fear. 
But God doesn't want us to fear.


God's promises are immense, but they are difficult to obtain when we live our lives in fear. Think about the things you dreamed of doing as a child. An actress or singer? A writer, choreographer, geographer, artist? How many of those things did you give up along the way because of fear? 
   What if I audition for the part but they reject me? 
   What if I'm not as beautiful as the other women? 
   What if people find out I have to study this on a bursary? 
   What if nobody agrees with what I am writing about? 

Fear is debilitating. Fear can take a strong, confident and talented person and cripple them. The thing is, we don't even have to fear.

Deuteronomy 1 vs 17 says: you shall NOT BE AFRAID in any man's presence for the judgement is God's.

A couple verses later, Deuteronomy 1 vs 21 says: Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; GO UP and POSSESS IT, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; DO NOT FEAR or be discouraged. 

Later God speaks of Caleb in Deuteronomy 1 vs 36 saying: he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because he WHOLLY FOLLOWED THE LORD. 

Yes, God's promises are immense, but they're difficult to obtain when we fear people, when we are too afraid to step up and claim the things God has set aside for us, when we are too afraid to trust and just follow. Fear prevents us from growing and being happy. Fear prevents us from walking with God and living in the fullness of his promises. 

Psalm 34 vs 4 says: I prayed to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me of all my fears. 

God alone has the power to release us from the fear that keeps us from Him. We must learn to rely on the strength of God, walking in faith, refusing to fear.


I'd love for you to leave your comments for Tamsyn here!
God bless
Tracy


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Questions and Answers!


 Twice this past month I've been sent this and its awesome.  So I thought I'd share it.  If you've seen it, you'll smile.  If you haven't , enjoy!


Me: God can I ask u a question?
God: Sure
Me: Promise u won't get mad
God: I promise
Me: Why did u let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do u mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late,
God: Yes
Me: My car took forever to start,
God: Okay~
Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait,
God:Huummmm...
Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call.....
God: All right~
Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
God: Let me see, the death Angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that~
Me (humbled): OH
GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed).........
God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed):Ok
God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see God~
God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I'm sorry God
God: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust me.....in all things , the good & the bad.
Me: I will trust you~
God: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.
God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.....



Duet 31 v 8:  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.  He will be with you: He will never fail you or abandon you.

God bless
Tracy


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Monday, 20 February 2012

Outright Obedience!

We have all been told how Joseph is a precursor for Christ.  His early years were sacrificed in order that he could save his family from famine later.

I read something that really got my attention:  In Gen 44 v 2 Joseph tells a steward to put his silver cup in Benjamin's sack along with the money they had used to buy grain and the steward did according to what Joseph had said.


That jumped out at me.  Firstly, Joseph asked the steward to do something odd.  And secondly, the steward just obeyed!  He did not question the request!  I felt the Lord was telling me, "I know I ask you to do things that in the world don't make sense, but just obey in faith because I have things under control."


Another example of outright obedience despite the request sounding, um.., somewhat odd, was the walking around the walls of Jericho.  Would you have raised your eyebrows just a little bit?  I would have!
Obey - and watch your spiritual walls come down!

All I can say to this is Isaiah 55 v 8:  "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways," declares the Lord.

My encouragement to you is to trust and obey God outright.  Obedience brings blessings.  God's blessings are much to be desired.  And believe me, obedience is something I have to work on big time too so don't feel alone.

God bless
Tracy

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Friday, 17 February 2012

The bigger Picture - The bigger Plan! Guest post by Michael Arlow

This is my first in a series of guests posting on My daily walk in His Grace by one of the 'young' people in my life.  I would like to introduce to you  Michael Arlow. He is a second year varsity student who loves the Lord passionately.  I have known Michael since he started school but have only gotten to know him in the last nearly 2 years as he has dated one of my daughters, (smiles).  


Herewith, Michael's post:

Psalm 115 vs 1
 Not to us be the glory O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
Since I can last recall I have been a swimmer. Day in and day out I have given all I can to the sport of my dreams. God has enabled me to reach a high level of swimming which requires me to train 4-5 hours a day, thus not leaving much time for sleep or anything else! I give my all into a sport that I love, just as anyone one would, but I do it all for Gods glory.


I prayed many years ago that God would use me. That He would use me in my swimming and that He’d create a platform for me to shout out His name. My prayer last year specifically was that God would break me and mold me into whatever it was He wanted me to be.
1 Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
 faithfully administrating God’s grace in its various forms…. If anyone serves He should do so with the strength God provides,
So that in ALL things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
However, at the start of last year – also the year I started studying at Stellenbosch University- I found myself feeling far from God. I felt this way because I couldn’t believe God would allow me to get as sick as I did.
The year started out and not a week into it I had a pulled neck muscle which put me back a month. Thereafter I trained and not even a month back I was coughing blood and the doctors assumed I had TB. After recovering from whatever it was the doctors called it, I trained for 5 weeks. I then took a big knock in May. I went in for a double hernia repair and lost 7kg in two weeks (a huge positive I thought!) It took me a lot of patience and a full 2 months to completely recover!  And in July I was back into the pool. By September I had another big knock! The same mesh that was placed in the abdomen to repair the hernia was rejected by my body and I would need two operations to successfully remove it. But our exams were a month away and I had no intention of failing first year.
I fought with God and argued that He couldn’t use me if I wasn’t in the pool!!! I also couldn’t study and took over 300 S5 painkillers in a month to attempt to work through my study work! I felt like the world was against me, the operation was a dangerous one and could have left me completely paralyzed, castrated or on the off chance dead. (The fact that the doctor ‘had’ to say that didn’t help!) I was in a terrible place and to admit it- feeling very sorry for myself.
I ended up having the 2nd operation on the 6th of December and stayed in a week. The doctors could only remove 40% of the mesh as it was too dangerous to continue, however it has been a success so far.

BUT now!!!! After all the background! Is God's part!!!

I was lying in my bed in hospital, after 5 or so days, finally getting used to it when a very elderly man walked in. He announced with self-pity to the rest of the room that he had 2 months to live as he was dying of cancer. As my mother and my twin sister have both died of cancer I thought that his attitude was unnecessary but understandable. So I tolerated his obnoxious outbursts and hurtful comments to everyone around him… to a point! Where finally he crossed a line and comment falsely about my God!
“You are wrong!” I shouted back across the room. He was so shocked that someone actually stood up against him that he mumbled he wasn’t. The nurse could sense the hostility in the room and she left telling us she’d give us our space. We then proceeded to argue and debate until I made a point that he could not rebut.  He then started asking questions until! It finally came up to the point where God said lets go. I then asked him, by this time peacefully, would you like to give your life to the Lord…
2 months to go in a hospital room, a man dying of cancer gave his life to the Lord, not because of anything I had done but because of how awesome God was. I then nearly started to cry when it hit me like a bullet that I had asked God to use me, to break me!! In glory of Him… But I had complained and moaned all year through.
Very seldom do we see how God uses our situation; I was blessed to have seen that. But if you believe that God can use you, and you want Him to, have faith that what you are going through is not only part of His plan, but is part of His bigger picture!
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Never give up!

At the beginning of this year I had a strong feeling that this year is going to be awesome. I felt that things we have been waiting for are going to come to fruition.  I believe that a lot of the heart-ache we have been through is going to be vindicated and restoration is going to happen, God's way.  I just felt it strong in my spirit.

I still believe it!  But... it feels like I am walking into a strong head wind, with big chains or hands or something trying to pull me back.  This year is one and half months old and so much has happened that ordinarily would trip me up.  BUT.... I BELIEVE WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS IN ME  this year is going to be awesome.  And because of this resistance I am more convinced than ever.

My verse for this year convinces me further:  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. 

I want to encourage you, do you feel resistance to the promises of God?  Don't be surprised.  The devil does not want you to be blessed and for you to grow stronger in faith and favour in Christ!  That is why that scripture in James is so profound:  James 1 v 2:  Consider is wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Never give up sweet friends, never give up!  You may be minutes, hours, days within reach of what God has in store for you!

God bless
Tracy

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Monday, 13 February 2012

God will grow you where you are!

Joseph suffered much before he was made second in command over all of Egypt.  You see snippets of his feelings here and there in Genesis.  One of these verses says a lot:
Gen 41 v 52:  And the second he called Ephraim (to be fruitful), for (he said) God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
God will grow you where you are!
This really spoke to me.  There have been so many times when I said, "When this trying time is over, then things will get better" or "if we sell and move here or there, things will be better."

Well, no actually!  That is not true on two levels.  Firstly, God wants us to be content where we are and despite not having what we feel we 'need' or 'want' to trust Him anyway.  And secondly, if we are content, content to trust God despite our circumstances God will cause us to be 'fruitful' wherever we are.

Whether we are where we are meant to be, or in a horrible time or situation, as long as we are content to trust our God for change, for a good outcome, God will prosper or promote us spiritually, naturally, in whatever way He so chooses exactly where we are.
In a rocky place? God will grow you there!

My encouragement to you is to stop wishing you were 'out of this' or 'over there' or 'doing something else'.  God will cause you to be fruitful exactly where you are.  Trust Him.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Winsome Wednesday - The fruit of the Spirit!

Gal 5 v 22-23:  But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is
  • Love, 
  • Joy (gladness),
  • Peace,
  • Patience (an even temper, forbearance),
  • Faithfulness,
  • (23) Gentleness (meekness, humility),
  • Self-control ( self-restraint, continence).
Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

What is the fruit that you desire the most?  Obviously we desire all of them but the one that I would like to see come to fruition in my life is self-control.  It seems to be one of the many character traits of mine that is most lacking!


So what does the 'fruit of the Spirit' mean?  To me it means that the more time I spend in the word and the more I seek the Lord the more my life will be infused with the Holy Spirit - and - the more infused one is with the Holy Spirit the more the fruit that blossoms will be of the Holy Spirit.

So, to exhibit more of the fruit of the Spirit we need to spend more time in the word and seeking God!  What an encouragement!

"The work which His presence within accomplishes is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control!"

I kept thinking something was missing from this post and now I realize what it was - The fruit of the spirit is not what we do, its the Holy Spirit working in us who changes us from the inside and that reflects as fruit, these fruit, on the outside.

God bless
Tracy


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Monday, 6 February 2012

God's mercies are new EVERY DAY!

In Exodus God tells Moses a whole lot of rules and regulations and as I was breezing reading through, this verse caught my eye:
Ex 29 v 36(a):  You shall offer every day a bull as a sin offering for atonement.
and
Ex 29 v 39:  Now this is what you shall offer on the alter: 2 lambs a year old shall be offered day by day, continually
We need forgiveness every day!

Well, people are people and I reckon we are pretty much the same as the people of that time and they needed a sin offering EVERY DAY.  They needed lambs and bulls offered EVERY DAY for their sins!

This made me realise that I am very very grateful that Christ made a one time forever ultimate sacrifice to suffer for my sins and those of everyone else.  And that I am in need of His mercy and grace EVERY DAY.  I am far from perfect and the word says:
Lam 3 v 22-23:  It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning, great and abundant is your stability and faithfulness.
We are in need of our Saviour, His grace, His mercy EVERY DAY.


What does He require of us?
  • Our thanksgiving
  • Our praise
  • Our trust
  • Our lives.
My encouragement to you is to thank God for His ultimate sacrifice (His Son) to save us, and for His grace and mercy, fresh and new EVERY DAY.
Amen and amen

God bless
Tracy

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Saturday, 4 February 2012

A new Blog award! - Great Encouragement!


Thank you Cathy from Thoughts on Books for this lovely award.

As I believe in encouraging I love receiving and passing on these awards so here goes:

The rules for accepting this award are:

1.  Share 7 things about yourself
2.  Pass the award to 10 other bloggers


7 Things about me!

  1. I love my garden
  2. I have become passionate about blogging about God's word
  3. Its important to me to laugh often and see the funny side of things
  4. I love carbohydrates way too much
  5. I love spending car time with my daughters
  6. My dogs make me laugh and I love how they love me no matter my mood
  7. I am grateful for how God makes the tough times bearable and He brings beauty out of ashes
I'm passing this award onto these 10 wonderful blogs:

  1. Stefanie of Semplydone
  2. Hazel of A Joyful Noise
  3. Liesl of After His Heart
  4. Gayle of Bible Love Notes
  5. Robin of Laughtershock
  6. Maria of Life Lessons
  7. Rhoda of Living to Please God
  8. LeAnn of My Day in the Making
  9. Tracy of My Slice of Sanity
  10. Tricia of Saintbound Sinner

I am a firm believer in encouragement.  Encouraging people, particularly women, is what I have always been passionate about but never knew how to go about doing so.  On top of that, I believe the devil knows encouraging is a gift from God for me and has tried to hijack me over the years.  Its hard to encourage when you're emotionally handicapped.
But greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world (1 John 4 v 4).  I believe that my blog is a great place for me to encourage others.  I am certainly encouraged by all of you!

God bless
Tracy

PS:  Another lovely blogger honoured me with another award but I cannot find it so I just wanted to say, thank you and I'm sorry I can't find it.  I feel extra encouraged!  Thank you!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Being deliberate in giving!

I was browsing through my bible and stumbled across this verse:
Isaiah 32 v 8:  But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.

And it hit me like a ton of bricks - one must be deliberate in doing good and in giving!  Think up ways and means of being generous.  Giving of your wealth, time, etc.  I also believe when you do something for someone, do it as unto the Lord.  That way, your motives are pure, God gets the glory, and 'people' can't disappoint you.  Remember, you reap what you sow FROM God, not necessarily from whom you have given whatever to.


2 Corinth 9 v 8:  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
God will make sure that you will always have sufficiency in your giving assuming your giving is from pure motives.  You cannot out give God.

God bless
Tracy

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