Sunday, 29 September 2013

Hard-hearted? Bitter?

The Israelites often remembered what the Lord had done for them in the past as a way to build up their faith.  When we were going through a really tough time, I tried to do the same thing, think of and list all the things God had been doing for us, in an attempt to build my faith!

My faith does build, but also there is another thing that happens!  You realize how involved God is in your life.  You realize He has not abandoned you.  I would think about a situation and see how the Lord sent a great friend to encourage me, or a stranger to remind me of God's love for me, or an obstacle would be moved out of the way that I could not in my wildest dreams imagine resolving!

Now, as I sit here, thinking of all the Lord has done, and feeling humbled and grateful, I also acknowledge a certain level of bitterness.  I certain level of heart-hardness.  And, you know what?  God is not going to sit idly by while I water those seeds.

Heb 3 v 8:  Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
Eph 4 v 31:  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.

On a completely human level that bitterness and hurt and hard-heartedness is completely reasonable.  Completely understandable.  But in God's economy, that is not good enough.  Nope!  He wants me to let go of these horrible emotions before they become leafy green healthy water-sucking plants in my heart.  He wants me to cut them down now, at the root!  Remove them with vigour and determination, and replace them with the beauty and strength of God's foliage!  Fill those holes with His love and His desires!  And to water them with love, hope, faith.... and watch with anticipation as God grows awesome fruit in my life.

HOW?
Eph 4 v 32:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


So, I encourage you if you are feeling similar feelings, despite knowing God has made changes in your life, despite knowing that God has worked miracles in your life, you still feel those niggly emotions that are not of God, I encourage you to take a step of faith with me as we let them go and place them before the Lord to deal with and replace those things with the things of the Lord.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Your Word.....


God bless
Tracy

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Sarcasm - It's got to Go....

I am pretty proficient in the language of sarcasm and generally up until recently pretty proud of that fact.  You know, people will say "But sarcasm is the lowest form of wit." To which I would proudly respond, "Ahh, but wit is the highest form of intelligence!"  Made me feel clever!  Really?  High intelligence should probably point out to me that sarcasm is not productive.


Its my go to place in an argument!  No wonder the arguments go wrong!

The other day someone close to me misread my response.  I was trying to keep quiet and give them space and they saw that as non-interest.  I kind of felt no matter what, I get it wrong!  So, I explained to her that I was trying to give her space and her response was something along the lines of "Well the least you could do is say xyz!!!!"  So my response: "I'll send a letter next time, in triplicate!!!"  Dripping with sarcasm.  Smart remark coming from a place of hurt!  To do what?  To hurt in return.

Sigh....

Then I read an article called SARCASM KILLS.

It is so true that sarcasm is designed to cut someone off at the ankles.  Its designed to flatten and deflate someone.  Its designed to hurt and injure the heart!  Its designed to laugh at another's pain or inadequacy! Sarcasm is showing disdain for another.  Granted, it often comes from a place of hurt in the first place but also too, from a place of,  "I'm going to put you in your place good and proper and don't mess with me!"

It goes back to what the word says about the tongue and how we use it.  Do we use our words for good or evil?  Sarcasm is definitely on the high end of evil!  Time for me to put that particular tool back into the toolbox in the drawer marked "useless and unnecessary equipment"!  Sarcasm - It has got to go!

Proverbs 18v21:  Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  

Ouch!  What fruit do I want to eat?  Good fruit!  And good words DO produce good fruit!  Bad words?  Well, bad fruit, hurt and anger and negative reactions, and broken relationship.  Hmmm.... makes a person think!

Prov 15v1:  A soft answer turneth away wrath:  but grievous words stir up anger.

I encourage you to use your words more wisely.  Believe me when I say I am speaking firmly and directly to myself here too.  We can do this, with the Lord's help.  He knows this weakness we have because He has mentioned it numerous times in the Word!  Only through Him can we overcome.  So, in Him, let us overcome!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Winsome Wednesday - To Whom are you Anchored?


Heb 6 v 19:  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast and which enters the Presence behind the veil.


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Monday, 16 September 2013

Not Always as it Seems!

This last week had its ups and downs!  Okay, it was quite a stressful and emotional week for me.  Things that I never thought would be an issue, became an issue.  And by the end of the week, I came to the realization that it wasn't actually about the "issue" at hand anyway.

I believe the Lord allowed this series of events to teach me something!  To remind me of something.  It was more, "Tracy, this is not about what it seems, its about what I want you to learn, so that when this "issue" arises again, you know how to handle it!"

Okay, having learnt that painful lesson, yes, I get the point.


I don't really want to elaborate except to say that often times there is another reason why we are going through what we are going through.   God never allows stuff to happen for "sport"!  He never allows anything to happen that you can't handle and there is always a growth element involved.  Some stuff is short term and quick to overcome if we get the lesson.  Other stuff lasts a lot longer.  That stuff can be incredibly painful and we can go through every emotion known to man woman, before we get through it, trusting God more, leaning on Him more, seeking Him more.  Which sometimes, is all He wants.  Your complete attention so you do not become lost to Him.

My encouragement to you is to trust the Lord no matter where you are on your journey through life because He is with you, He does have a reason for it, and He loves you so much He is prepared to harm the flesh to win your soul.

Eph 3 v 20:  Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Compromised Walls

My last post was about thinking before speaking and guess what?  Yep!  I messed up royally!  I had a real ding dong battle of words and the volume escalated and the hurt feelings grew.  Sigh....

After a night of tossing and turning and feeling like a failure I determined the following morning to have a quiet time.  I needed to be centred by the Word of God.  I needed to read His Word and absorb it and have the gentle waves of His love wash over me.

And what usually happens when I go to the word is I find something that helps me step back into line!  Yes, the Lord admonishing me.  I read of His love for me, but at the same time, I read of how my behaviour affects others.  The scripture I read is Prov 25 v 28:  Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.



Okay okay, I get it!  That which I don't have control over, has control over me.  Yep!  My "city" has broken walls because I am unable to control my temper or my emotions.  Sigh!  I am not strong enough myself to get to grips with this weakness but God is my strength.  He will help me!  He will change me as I seek Him out and focus on His word and on relationship with Him.

Although I felt really low about all this, the Lord reminded me while I was listening to praise music, that He loves me and nothing I do will remove His love from me.  I have done what I can do now, I've apologised, and spent time in the word, and now I trust the Lord to help me restore.  He is so gracious with us when we humble ourselves before Him.

My encouragement to you is no matter how you feel you have tripped up, God will be there for you.  He is just waiting for you to reach out to Him and He reaches right back.

God bless
Tracy


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Monday, 9 September 2013

Did I say that?

Sometimes when I consider the words that come out of my mouth, I am ashamed.  Did I have to use that tone?  Did I have to shout like that?  Was sarcasm (one of my strengths weaknesses) necessary?

I am challenging myself and this week to "think" before I speak.  I am challenging myself to gentle my tone.  I am challenging myself to have patience and grace.  I am challenging myself to speak with kindness.


Oh my word, what have I set myself up for?

Prov 15 v 1:  A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

Ephesians 4 v 29:  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Join me?

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Who is Stronger?

In the world today its about who is prettier, cleverer, wealthier, stronger, etc, etc!  But God's way is not like that.  For example, David was chosen not for his looks, he was chosen because God looks at the heart (1 Sam 16v7).

The same applies to strength!  Prov 24 v 5:  A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man, and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power.

Gideon did not overcome his enemies with a multitude of men to fight.  He overcame them by being obedient to God.  God reduced his army to a handful, and then sent them into the enemies camp with a trumpet in one hand and a torch in the other (Judges 7 vs 9-23).  The point being, he did not lay a hand on the enemy.  God did it all.


Are you feeling small in the world?  Do you feel that the world sees you as weak?  Do you feel judged by the world to be not as attractive or as clever or as wealthy as another?  I want to remind you loudly and clearly those are the standards brought by the devil to bring condemnation.

God does not bring condemnation!  He brings conviction!  And it is conviction that helps us and guides us where it it God wants us to be.

Be encouraged today, if God is your strength, you are stronger than the world's standard.  They cannot even fathom it because they have no understanding of it.

God bless
Tracy

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Frozen in time!

This is a post I wrote about a six months ago as a guest post.  Wow, how things change when God's plans start being realized.  I want to encourage you today with this post that whatever you are going through, "THIS TOO SHALL PASS!"

Frozen in Time!

I feel frozen.  I feel unable to do anything!  I love being creative, although I am not a creative person.  I'm good at following a pattern and I'm practical and get stuff done.  But, this thing that hangs over us constantly, is freezing me up.
  • My emotions are freaking out!  Either really calm or really over the top
  • I am getting nothing done.
  • I'm not trying anything new
  • I am not completing projects I've started
I suppose at the end of the day, that is exactly what the devil wants.  So, I suppose the plan is to do what the devil does not want me to do.  In that case, 
  • I need to continue on with existing projects.  I will go hunt down that knitting thing I started.
  • I need to try new things, eg something new to cook, tackle making that lamp shade cover, maybe go somewhere new
  • I need to praise and worship until all those negative thoughts have no room left in my head.
Your Word Lord, keeps me from freezing....

Yep, that is my plan of action.  I will put on my praise music, take out my half-finished project, look for a new recipe to try and get on with it.  I know God will restore all this situation has stolen, but I mustn't add to this thievery by freezing up and stopping living.  That, I know God does not want for me!

Joel 2 v 25:  I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten....
Amen and amen!

Today, the things I speak of above are a thing of the past.  God gave us victory where victory seemed vague and unsure.  My encouragement to you is to hang in there.  God is not done!

God bless
Tracy

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