Friday, 30 November 2012

Be Content Already - Guest Posting at Shari


This last week I have spent sooooo much time in front of my computer making changes on my blog.  Firstly to a new domain (or two), then to change the look and after a week of tweaking and primping and changing.... it dawned on me... "The way I had it works better, is more versatile, has more options, etc etc."  Man, how annoying is that.  So then I spent the better part of a Saturday morning (sigh) undoing all I had done!

Really?

Click HERE (at Leaving a Legacy) to read more.....

And then please come back and leave a comment.  I love hearing from you.

God bless
Tracy

PS:  Winsome Wednesday Bloghop is still open, click HERE for a quick hop over to link up....

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Daily

I am so grateful that God's mercies are new every morning.  There is not a day that goes by that I don't mess up in some way shape, or form.  I speak out of turn, let someone down, my diplomacy skills are very blunt to say the least!  I mess up every day.  Knowing that I can come to the throne every day and make right with my Saviour, wipe the slate  clean, and start again each day, is humbling!  Yes, I don't necessarily escape the consequences of my actions, but I am forgiven, daily...




Having said that, what can I do daily for my relationship with the Lord?
  • Daily, I can read His word, learn, grow, absorb
  • Daily, I can forgive others for hurts, etc
  • Daily, I can speak of the Lord to someone
  • Daily, I can do a kindness for someone in His name
  • Daily, I can have an attitude of thankfulness.
A relationship requires maintenance and I think we have the easy side of the relationship with Christ.  He did all the hard stuff, so join with me today as we daily work on our relationship with Him, with humility and thanksgiving.
1 Corinth 17 v 11(b): ...in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
God bless
Tracy
BLOGHOP TIME


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Monday, 26 November 2012

Perspective - What is yours?

I have been thinking a lot lately about perspective!  My husband bought me a camera for Christmas (yes, it is early but I am enjoying it thoroughly) and I cannot go anywhere without looking at things differently. 



You can read the rest of this post HERE at She Stands where I am blessed to be guest posting....

Please come back and comment here or leave a comment there, either way, I look forward to hearing from you.

God bless
Tracy


Linking this week with these lovely ladies:

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Captive?

What is holding you captive?
  • Is it an idol? (TV, sports, hobbies, etc)
  • Something that steals your joy, your peace, your time?
  • Are you trying hard to please someone? (a spouse, your boss, your children)
  • Are you trying hard to excel, achieve?
  • Something or someone in your past?
Are any of these things holding you captive?

The word says Christ has come to set the captive free - that is you and me - Luke 4 v 18(b): ... He has sent Me (Christ) to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed. 

               
I think we have been set free but we still "feel" the marks and tightness of the shackles so we still "feel" captive.  The thing is though, in Christ Jesus, through Christ Jesus, WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE.  So, it does not matter how it "feels".  It only matters that "it is" as the Word, God's Word, says it is!

God bless
Tracy


BLOGHOP TIME:


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

More is less......

You know that saying:  "The more you know the more you realise how little you know?" (or something like that right?)  I've been thinking about that lately with regards to spiritual growth.

Do you sometimes wonder why you don't feel as excited by your life in Christ as much as you did when you first gave your heart to Him?  Do you feel like maybe you are further away than you ever were?


I feel like that sometimes.  Like I'm getting nowhere fast!  And then I got to thinking.....

  • I react when hurt or attacked, but not as badly or as over the top as I used to.
  • I get hurt when people lie about me, but not as much as I used to
  • I get scared when a new storm rages in my life, but not as much as I used to.
NOW
  • I "feel" more when I see brokenness in others, way more than I used to
  • When I see a need I don't just observe it and move on, I help way more than I used to
  • When my kids freak out, I'm calm way more than I used to be
  • When the economy affects us, I don't stress as much as I used to.
The storms seem bigger the older I get, the issues seem more complex...

BUT

I TRUST more, I LEAN more, I RELY on God more!  More than ever before!  Ultimately, is that not what God wants?  More dependence on Him?  Maybe its that dependence that makes us feel less in control?


So, Yes, the more I know the more I realise how little I know, the more I'm humbled BUT there has been growth and progress and as Joyce Meyer always says, "I'm not where I should be, but I'm not where I was either."  (or something like that).  

2 Corinth 3 v 18:  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Remember, if you are not bouncing off the walls with joy and fervour, don't be too hard on yourself, you're growing....

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with these lovely ladies:

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Winsome Wednesday - BELIEVE!


  • Do you believe that you are valuable to Christ?
  • Do you believe that He knows your name?
  • Do you believe that He has a plan and purpose for your life?
  • Do you believe He loves you?
The answers to the above questions should all be a resounding YES!!!!
WHY?
  • Because He gave His own life to save you from hell and the eternal taunting of the devil (John3v16)
  • He knows every star by name, He knows every hair on your head (and truly does not care if they're grey - just saying :) ) (Ps 147v4)
  • His plan and purpose is for you to grow, to overcome, to prosper in life, and to lead others to Him for their salvation. (Jer 29v11)
  • He loves you so much, He loved you  before you were born, He designed you with love, He died for you before you knew Him, before you chose to follow Him. (Jer 1v5).

Do you FEEL loved by Him?  If not, forget your feelings!  Only BELIEVE His word and what it says about His great love for you.  Remember too, that He loves you right now, faults and all, as you are!  
And, He believes in you!

God bless
Tracy

BLOGHOP TIME:

This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Why indeed?

I read this the other day:
Why would God promise a refuge unless He knew we would need a place to hide once in a while? - Neva Coyle
I was not amused!!!  Okay, I get it.  There are going to be tough times and .... yes, they will/are/can be/have been painful.  But God promises us a refuge, a hiding place.  A place where we can sit on His lap, turn our faces into His heart and TRUST Him to make it all better.  And He does, in His time!

Ps 144 v 1-2:  Blessed be the Lord, 
  • my Rock and 
  • my keen and firm Strength, 
  • Who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight - 
  • (2)  My Steadfast Love and 
  • my Fortress, 
  • my High Tower and 
  • my Deliverer, 
  • my Shield and 
  • He in Whom I trust and take refuge...

My encouragement to you is don't give up, run to God, He will never leave you nor forsake you.  His word says so and although sometimes you don't hear or see Him, He is there, just like the sun at night!  Its there!

God bless
Tracy

Linking with these lovely ladies this week:

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Liebster Blog Award - from Stacey



I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award!

I was nominated by Stacey of Shakin' the Foundation.
You can check her awesome blog out HERE

The Liebster award is given to new and up coming bloggers who have not hit the 200 follower mark.  (This week I did thanks to all you awesome bloggers out there)

It is a "keep up the good work" award. 
Liebster is German for "favourite" and I am so honoured Stacey has nominated me for the Liebster "favourite" award!!


The rules.

1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. 
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. 
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. 

11 Facts about myself (oi vey)
  1. I'm happily married for 24 years
  2. I have 2 daughters
  3. I love sunsets and sunrises
  4. I am falling in love with taking pictures
  5. I am addicted to loving blogging
  6. Spring is my favourite time of year when all the leaves come back
  7. I hate intensely dislike road hogs
  8. I love that my car can drive over pavements if need be :)
  9. My favourite movies are action/comedy/romance/edge of your seat stuff, lol
  10. I love the sound of rain on a tin roof
  11. My heart's desire is to meet more of my bloggy friends
Questions Stacey has for me:
1. What is your favourite food?
Sadly, carbs, lots and lots of carbs, sigh
2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Encouraging other women and the great friendships I'm forming with like-minded ladies
3. What is your favourite holiday?
Any day I can sleep in a little :)
4. Flip flops or Heels ?
Definitely flipflops
5. What is your favourite book in the bible?
Proverbs
6. Coffee or Tea?
Tea of course
7. Where is your favourite vacation spot?
Haven't really done much "vacationing" but anywhere near the sea
8. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?
One or three of my favourite bloggers
9. What would be your dream job?

Full-time blogging, seriously
10. Cake or pie?
Argh, do I have to choose? Both
11. What has blogging done for you on a personal level?
It has made me realize how many of us out there need encouragement and how many of us have valuable help and words of wisdom and encouragement to offer.  It has become very very important to me to the point I feel its become a part of me, because of the friendships built and developing. IT IS AWESOME, just saying...

My questions for the nominees:
  1. Favourite movie
  2. Favourite book of the Bible
  3. Favourite blogger, no only kidding, favourite book to knuckle down with on a cold day
  4. Who has inspired you to be a better person?
  5. Who would you want to have lunch with?
  6. What is your favourite place in the whole world?
  7. What quirk do you have that secretly you love?
  8. What irritates you most on a day to day basis?
  9. What makes you cry easiest?
  10. Do you collect anything?
  11. What is your favourite scripture right now?
The Nominees are (no matter how many followers you have):
  1. Christina at To show them Jesus
  2. Meredith at My Journey to Authenticity
  3. Shari at Leaving a Legacy
  4. Maria at Life Lessons
  5. Kelly at INKspiration
  6. CaryJo at caryjo-roadrunner
  7. Lori at Be not Weary
Thank you Stacey again for the nomination!! I am truly honoured and blessed :))

Hope all my nominee's feel the same 

God bless 
Tracy

Liebster Blog award - from Angie



I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award!

I was nominated by Angie of Womanhood with Purpose.
You can check her awesome blog out HERE

The Liebster award is given to new and up coming bloggers who have not hit the 200 follower mark.  (This week I did thanks to all you awesome bloggers out there)

It is a "keep up the good work award".
Liebster is German for "favorite" and I am so honored Angie has nominated me for the Liebster "favorite" award!!

The rules.

1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. 
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. 
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. 

11 Facts about myself:
  1. I am happily married for 24 years
  2. I have 2 amazing daughters
  3. I love blogging way more than I should
  4. I want to be thinner (who doesn't right?) and fitter, improve with age
  5. I love knitting when its cold
  6. I love spring
  7. I love when my daughters laugh with abandon
  8. I love sunsets and sunrises
  9. People who are selfish in the traffic annoy me
  10. I love sitcoms
  11. I don't like watching stuff about old wars
Questions Angie has for me:
  1. Are you married?  How old were you when you got married? Yes, for 24 yrs now and I was 19 yrs old
  2. How many children do you have? 2 Daughters, 19 and 17 years old
  3. Your favourite colour, hmmmm, purple, and any shade thereof :)
  4. Your favourite drink, tea for hot, coke lite for cold
  5. Skirt or jeans?  jeans always
  6. Favourite book in the bible.  Proverbs
  7. Favourite Character from the bible. David
  8. How long have you been blogging? a year and a half
  9. Favourite Hobby.  lol, blogging
  10. Favourite pet.  I have 4 labradors and 2 sausage dogs, and they are all my favourite
  11. Favourite bible verse?, In general it is Isaiah 58 v11:  The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
My questions for the Nominees:
  1. Who has inspired you the most lately?
  2. What is your favourite type of movie?
  3. What is your favourite book of the bible?
  4. Who would you like to have lunch with?
  5. Favourite place to be right now
  6. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
  7. What is your favourite type of food?
  8. How has blogging impacted your life? (try answer that one in a sentence, lol)
  9. What is your next bloggy goal?
  10. What would you change in your neighbourhood right now?
  11. What is a quirk about yourself that you secretly love?
The Nominees are (no matter how many followers you have :)  ):
  1. Nicole at 7 Flowers
  2. MaryAnn at It is well with my Soul
  3. Wanda at The Watered Soul
  4. Kristin at Ponderings
  5. Dawn at Beneath the Surface
  6. Renee at Great Peace Academy 
  7. Jedidja at Kosbaar!
Thank you Angie again for the nomination!! I am truly honoured and blessed 

God bless 
Tracy


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Anguish!

Sometimes when things are really tough I wonder if this is all life has to offer?  Really?  Do I really have to deal with this?  Is there nothing better for me?  Woeful I know.  But I think we all feel this way every once in a while.

But then I remind myself that life is just a fraction of a moment in eternity.  Like a tape measure, Life is just the first increment on that tape measure.  Eternity is way longer than 'life'!


In this scripture Jesus says it well:  John 16 v 21:  "A woman, when she is in labour, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world."

and v 22:  "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

Wow, what a great thing to look forward to.  Now, just to get through 'life' in one piece!

My encouragement to you is to remember that life is just a fraction of eternity and eternity with Christ is pain free, joy-filled, and abundant in ways we cannot even imagine.

God bless
Tracy

BLOGHOP TIME....


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.

Feel free to link up below:
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Monday, 5 November 2012

Am I in the eye of the storm?

Anyone who has read my blog regularly will know that as a family we have been going through some tough stuff and it is not done yet!

BUT:  At the moment all seems well in my world.  I have peace in my heart.  I don't feel anxious and I don't look over my shoulder every 5 minutes in angst, and I was wondering if I am in the eye of the storm?  You know, that time of peace before the rest of it all breaks loose?  Or is this a "God peace" in the midst of the storm?


WELL, I know this situation is far from over and much healing, restoration, and vindication still needs to come to fruition!

SO, I choose to believe this is heart-peace!  God-given, other-worldly God peace!!!

God's word says in Phil 4 v 7:  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
and
1 Col 3 v 15:  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.



My encouragement to you is to seek God's peace in your hearts in the midst of your storm and trust in God to get you through the storm whole, renewed and refreshed!  You might be wind-blown, storm-drenched and weather-worn but in Christ your heart WILL be whole because God says He comes to heal the brokenhearted (Ps 147 v 3).

God bless
Tracy

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