Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Question for you...

What is the one thing you are battling with?  
What is that one thing that you just don't seem able to overcome?
(okay, for me there are many minor and one or two major ones)

I've been trying to assess mine!  Trying to figure it out.  I know what it is.  I feel unworthy.   Not in general.  In general I don't have a problem with what others think of me.  No, its just those closest to me.  I'm going to spend sometime with the Lord on this because I need to deal with it as I do feel more is being affected by it.

I know that I am worthy because of the Lord.  My worth comes from Him.  I need for that to drop from my mind into my heart, to become a revelation in my being, because until then... its going to affect my life.


I remember reading a tweet the other day that said my worth, my value is in what the Lord thinks of me, not what others think of me.  I should add to that, "or what I think of me!"  And we know that the Lord sees in us all He created us to be, not the mess we are most of the time.  Its hard to believe in the person God created us to be when we focus on the mistakes we've made of our lives.  Yes, there are successes!  Yes, we do have friends!  Yes, we have plans for the future!  But the primary thing is to focus on God and these things do figure themselves out, we do overcome!  The fact that I haven't overcome my "thing" is a reflection of how much time, or for that matter, how little time, I spend with the Lord!

So, what is your "thing"?  Can I pray for you?

God bless
Tracy

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Wise Words for the Week

A busy week ahead for me.  Paperwork and more paperwork.  So, in my attempt to encourage you weekly I have a wise word for the week which I found nicely depicted on Pinterest!  (Thank the Lord for Pinterest)

These words are for me as much as for anyone else out there who may need them.  I pray you have an awesome week and see God daily as you try your best to walk with Him.

From Pinterest!
God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Winsome Wednesday - So How is Your Vehicle Doing?

My lovely sister-in-law, Minky, sent the following to me that she shared with her prayer/inspiration group on her phone.  Now, I am someone who loves cars.  Not to own, although I am fond (very) of my own car (love all the gadgets).  I used to drive on business trips with my dad as a pre-teen as he went around the province servicing cash-registers and we used to play games identifying all the cars.  I have that unusual quirk for a woman, that I can identify most cars (in South Africa), make and model I'll have you know, lol!


I also was short-sighted as a youngster and could not really see into cars very well, as to who was driving, so I tended to recognize people by what they drove and then confirmed who they were by their number plates.  So if the moms are talking about another mom (not in a bad way you understand) at school and I'm trying to identify her, I ask, "What does she drive?"  which most times illicits a response of, "a white car!"  Not very helpful, but you get my quirk right?!

So Minky's encouragement to her prayer group really got to me and I loved the analogy:

"Hi Tracy.  I started a prayer/ inspiration group on whatsapp with my cell group and when I read your status this morning,  it was confirmation!  I have to share this something that is turning and twirling in my rock spider mind. When I got the polo, I was so proud, I want to wash it and keep it clean. I didn't want to park too close to other cars, etc., etc, its like my baby.  But then the thought came to me, my life is like my car and I wrote this and shared it with my Home cell group:

 "One's life is like your car, what you put in is what you get out.  If you wash and polish it, it will not rust and will always shine, and dirt won't stick to it.  If you spot some rust, fix it before your car becomes permanently marked.  If you regularly check your oil and water, your pistons will always run smooth, you won't smoke and, you will not overheat, and you won't blow your top. But if you overheat, start smoking and blow your top, eish!  Big cost to fix the damage. Check your wheel pressure, that you can drive another mile if you have to and make sure the nuts are fastened, that those wheels can't come off  ~  So girls, look after your Car even if it feels like a "Tjorra" (car with personality) some days. Its a free gift, all you have to do is to Fill up with the GOOD quality petrol, oil and water (prayers, positive thinking, gratefulness,happiness laughter, caring...) Pump your wheels and fasten the nuts. Wash it With Jesus shampoo and polish it with His Spirit inside and out, that it can shine. Come on girls, Pump up "da performance".  "



Are you encouraged to spend some time on your vehicle?  As in you?
I hope you are encouraged to do so.

God bless
Tracy



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Monday, 20 May 2013

A GOD Word When you Need It!

The other night my teen daughter had a nightmare, scary enough for her to come to my room.  I asked her what it was about and her one-line statement made me so sad and mad!  This nightmare should NOT BE HERS!  This nightmare was the result of the last 6 years of family drama.  THIS-WAS-NOT-HER-FIGHT!

I prayed!  I asked God to please give me a scripture I could give her to remove her fear and give her peace in the situation.  By this time I was getting anxious myself because her nightmare has been a fear of ours on and off over the last 6 years too.  The rest of the night was restless for us all.

In the morning I checked my phone for messages as I do and there was a daily word which gets sent every morning from Alive To God!
This is the word sent that morning:  Isaiah 41 v 10:  Do not fear for I am with you, Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God!



AMAZING!  ASTOUNDING!  HUMBLING!  This so spoke into our feelings and fears of the night before!  I quickly shared this with my daughter.  We determined to pray together before she went to sleep that night and we both felt easier for God's word!

And as that morning progressed I was thinking how awesome it was that God gave that scripture right away.  I was grateful!  I was thinking how maybe the nightmare was a warning from the Lord perhaps... And immediately a thought came to me: "What did the nightmare produce?  FEAR!  Thus it is not from the Lord!   The Lord does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of sound mind (2 Tim 1 v 7)".

AMEN and AMEN!  We can discount that nightmare because we know who sent it - NOT THE LORD!  Nope, God cancelled it out with His word.  Thank you Jesus!!!! 

My encouragement to you is to recognise a nightmare for what it is, a trigger for fear!  Thus not of God.  Replace that fear with the truth of His word!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Profound!

Today I'm going to share with you a simple, but profound statement I saw this week.  I'm sure many of you have seen this before but don't you find it amazing how God brings things like this across your path just when you need to hear or see them?  God is a gentle Father who never forces His hand...

Found on Pinterest...
Very profound right?

Prov 12 v 18:  There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Let what we say and write be wise and bring healing, not hurt and harm.

God bless
Tracy


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Monday, 13 May 2013

Mother's Day - A Different Perspective!

I know we as mothers tend to be the ones giving and giving and giving.  Giving of our resources, our time, our energy, our natural hair colour (lol)!  Seriously, I look forward to Mother's Day to get a guilt free cup of tea made for me (smiles)!

This past week I was wondering, as my girls are older, what were they going to do for me this Mother's Day?  I thought, if I get a cup of tea made for me, a hug and a kiss and the desire to be "available" all day, I would be happy.  And my mind kept mulling...

Then a thought came across my mind!  Why not bake up a storm?  Why not instead of just phoning my Mom (I know, not very loving and daughter-like right?) invite her over for lunch.  I thought, I am going to be a blessing this Mother's day, instead of waiting for my kids to bless me, I'm going to bless them.  I felt so inspired, so free, so happy.  I was going to use this opportunity to bless my girls so they go away feeling happy and lucky blessed to be my daughters!

I have been so excited to do just that.  The focus of Mother's day for me, was not on me!  It was on them.  Now I know we daily try to bless our children but in myself it was a mind shift, a perspective change of instead of waiting to be blessed, or expecting nothing so as to not be disappointed (have you done this before?), I chose to bless first.  It felt good.  And in looking to bless them, they blessed me anyway and I was so chuffed!

Cupcake teapot from my girls :)
My point is, an attitude shift, a change in perspective away from ourselves and our needs is certainly freeing. Now I am not trying to say give and give and give some more!  I am just saying that for me, instead of feeling sorry for myself for not being acknowledged for my great sacrifices (sarcasm here), I pre-empted that negativity in me - by blessing!  I feel as though it was a lesson from the Lord to say, if you are feeling sorry for yourself, turn it around and bless someone else!  IT WILL LIFT your heart and joy and peace.

Acts 20 v 35(b):...And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." 

I encourage you today as you acknowledge the Lord's blessing in your life, to bless others, so they see Him too.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Winsome Wednesday - To God ALL the Glory!

Today I celebrate a victory.  A victory in Christ.  God's word shows us in so many places where He gives His people victory and all He wants in return is the glory.  Today I declare, "Lord, all the glory is Yours!"

Glory to You Lord!

My faith has been tested and in my mind, my faith failed me often.  But, despite ourselves, God remains faithful.  He does what He says He will do!  It is really that simple.  All of God's promises are conditional.  They are dependent on our hearts.  Our hearts are to be towards God.  He knows we are going to mess up, He knows we will not always get it right!  But He is gracious and merciful and His desire is for us to come to Him daily, for relationship with Him.  It is why He created us in the first place, for relationship!

I leave you with this scripture:
Proverbs 16 v 3:  Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.  

With God on your side, you need never fear and you need never lose heart!  His strength and His love WILL sustain you and see you through your desert!

God bless
Tracy


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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A Word from God! (Guest-posting over at She Stands!)


I love how God uses people and I love it and am humbled by when the Lord sometimes uses me in some small way.  I love when someone is desperate for a touch, a word, from God and... they get it.  I love when one is in church and you see how people have been touched by God.

I WANT THAT TOO...

I WANT THAT... for me too......
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I would love for you to come back and comment here, or comment over there as I love hearing from you!

God bless
Tracy

Monday, 6 May 2013

Follow Up on My Self inflicted Challenge!

Last Monday I stated that I was challenging myself to get up early and have a quiet time every morning that week.  Well.... I failed!  Miserably!


I did not get up earlier once!  I did not in any way start working on a new habit!  Now I tell you this awful thing about myself for 2 reasons.  One is, I'm human, I messed up!  And Two, although I did not achieve my goal, I did spend more time in the word last week.

Also, I really enjoyed the comments.  Some made me feel like I was on the right path, which I still feel I am.  Any attempt to spend more time in the word is good.  But I also really appreciated Hazel's comment which goes like this:
"I gave up! I read my Bible at night, and devotionals in the morning. The last time I asked the Lord to wake me up at 5:30 so I could pray and read my Bible and he did - - - I rolled over and said, 'I was just kidding." :-) I think God knows me better than I do myself. "


Now this comment really gave me pause for thought.  Firstly, I felt maybe I was setting myself up for failure and secondly, I felt release from self-imposed guilt!!!  Thank you Hazel!  

The point is, I can spend time with the Lord any time of the day that suits.  Yes, first thing in the morning is ideal because it starts my day and ultimately this is my goal long-term.  But I am not going to beat myself up because I only get to spend time in His word just before I go to sleep.  The fact that I am committing to reading His word is a great start.

So, for those of you who beat yourself up because you didn't start your day the way you wanted or intended to, just remember, like Hazel said, God knows us way better than we know ourselves.  And if we consider how we as parents would appreciate the efforts of our children to do something they know we would like them to do, so does God, our Father, appreciate our efforts.  

Early or late, does not matter,  just DO IT!

Just a few reminders of the benefits of spending time in the word:
  • Ps 119 v 105:  Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
  • Ps 119 v 50:  This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
  • Ps 119 v 11:  Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
  • Heb 4 v 12:  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Wise Woman?

I've been married nearly 25 years this year and one thing I have realized is how I, as the woman of the home, can affect the temperature of the home. In a way it kind of annoys me because it make me feel responsible for how things are at my home and truth be told, to a degree I am responsible. I have read this scripture many times in the past and sometimes then, and currently now, I am spending some time reflecting on how I, as the woman in my home, can make the temperature more pleasant, more inviting and more acceptable not only to and for my family, but more importantly, for my God.

Am I doing all I can to "build" my home?

 Prov 14 v 1:  EVERY wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

Just a little something for us ladies to think about today as we go about our homes.    :)

God bless
Tracy


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