Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Winsome Wednesday - How colourful is your Bible?

On Sunday morning, I was sitting in church waiting for the service to start and as I often do, I started flipping through my bible.  No idea why, maybe I am waiting on divine inspiration or something.  Maybe its a nervous action to fill time space between seeing someone you know to say hi to, and waiting for the worship team to start.  Who knows why we do some things right?!

Anyway, I digress....  (love saying that)!  As I flipped through my bible I noticed how colourful the pages were round about Psalms and Proverbs.  And small splashes of colour in and around the New Testament.  But I noticed how really blank (devoid of colour) it was almost everywhere else!  Hmmm!  I have had this bible for a few years so, well, it should be more colourful.  More highlighting and underlining should be present!  Made me think!  This book needs more reading and studying done in it!


So I challenge you to get your bible more colourful.  It tells a story of how much time you've spent in it and how much understanding you are receiving from it! And if your bible is very colourful, consider getting a new one and start all over.  How many times have we read the same scripture and then one day, suddenly, that scripture comes to life in a whole new way?

Hebrews 4 v 12:  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective];  it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Looking forward to seeing you link up below!

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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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Fruity Words

I read a great scripture yesterday in Proverbs 18 v 21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].  I always remember the bit about your words speaking life or death into a situation but I never read further (or absorbed it) to the fruit part!
  • It goes right back to sowing and reaping!  
  • It goes right back to consequences!  
This message does not only tell me, "think about what you saying".  This message also tells me that "what I say will come back to me" in the form of life or death in MY life!

THAT is powerful and scary and above all, true!  



I want to encourage you today to join me and try, wherever possible, to say something good to everyone who crosses your path today, tomorrow, onwards.  I know it is not easy nor always possible and thank goodness God's mercies are new every morning.  But God honours our intent and our actions and He is gracious to forgive when we mess up!

We can do this!!!!!

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, 18 November 2013

Follow Up on my 2013 word - TRUST! Part 1

Isn't it amazing how wrong we get it sometimes?  When I chose my word for 2013, TRUST, I knew I was trusting the Lord for a BIG thing.  It was a frightening and worrying and awful thing and I was trusting the Lord to resolve it with truth, favour and mercy.  Well, the Lord over and abundantly came through for us.  After 6 long years in this issue, the Lord gave us victory in Him, His mercy and grace were not reliant on my behaviour or what I did or did not do!  No, His mercy and grace were reliant on WHO HE IS!  And thankfully, He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

So, after that, midway through the year I felt my word might be a bit redundant!  Um..... NO!  There is so much more I have to trust for.  So much more I have to lean into Him and push through for!

  • My precious daughters are spreading their wings and experiencing life through their own decisions - I have to trust the Lord with them
  • There are plans we have that we believe the Lord has opened doors for - I have to trust Him for those
  • My husband is walking a new business path - I have to trust the Lord with and for him as he seeks to do what he feels is right as the bread-winner
  • And the list goes on
Yes, this is a year where my trust has been tested BIG time!  But I think each new challenge brings a whole new level of trust.  


Not only that, 
  • Do I remember how God came through for me before?  
  • Will I apply that faith I learnt last time?  
  • Will that faith rise automatically or will I stub my toe (again) a few times before the truth of the fact that God never changes lights my heart and mind?
So, my word "TRUST" remains one I have to hang onto through this year (and forever).  I need to and want to learn to respond automatically in faith to "TRUST" my Lord and Saviour.  I do not want these painful lessons to go to waste (or be repeated - urgh).  

My encouragement to you today is that your trust in the Lord, operated in faith, is never wasted!  Things might not pan out the way you expect, but you can TRUST that His way is ALWAYS the best way!

Joshua 1 v 9:  Have I not commanded you?   Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

God bless
Tracy

NEXT WEEK:  Part 2 - Blind Trust! 
Please come back next week as I share what I have learnt by trusting blindly in the Lord
(and this Wednesday for Winsome Wednesday Bloghop :)  )


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Forever!

The Lord is the same, yesterday, today and forever.  It is something to remember when we face challenges.  He will always do what He sets out to do and if you are trying to walk closely with Him, He will always do as His word says He will do for you.

It is one of the reasons the Israelites always told stories from generation to generation, about Noah and the flood, about Moses and the exodus into the dessert, Daniel in the lion's den, David, Solomon.... all these people experienced God's miraculous power and salvation in times of trouble.  They repeat these stories to encourage and remind one another, God is the same today as He was then, as He always and forever will be.


I encourage you likewise.  God can do anything!  He is not limited by what we can imagine.  He knows your situation and He can and will change it when He is ready to.  And we have tons of history of His work to see He can do what He says He will do.  Your job is to trust Him, praise Him and wait on Him.

Eccl 3 v 14:  I know that whatever God does, it endures forever;  nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it.  And God does it so that men will reverently fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is].

Stay Encouraged
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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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Winsome Wednesday - My Rock....

The rock outcrop in the picture below is 20 minutes from my home.  Its called Paarl Rock and whenever I see it or any other rock formation, it reminds me that the Lord is unmovable, unchangeable.  The same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.  That gives me peace in this ever-changing world where nothing is certain or can be counted on.

Psalm 18 v 2:  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;  my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;  my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.


Be encouraged today that God will never leave you nor forsake you!  You are His child, His pride and joy, His creation.

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, 4 November 2013

Great "How to behave" Scripture!

It is a daily challenge to do things God's way but seriously, what other way is as rewarding?  I came across this scripture the other day and it has really stuck in my heart.

Micah 6 v 8:  He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?

To live like this requires God's mercy and grace and thankfully, He gives us a fresh start every morning.  I am realizing more and more how gracious is our God.  I mess up so much and so often and without the hope of knowing He forgives, and is gracious in forgiving, DAILY (hourly if required), I would have looked for the end of the world to jump off by now.  You know, "Stop the world, I want to get off already!"


We serve a mighty and powerful God, who handles us with such love and such care and gentleness.  How can we not but be humbled and in awe?

I hope that you are encouraged today to walk each day, no matter what circumstances come your way in that day, walk it with the Lord.  He longs for our attention and friendship!

God bless
Tracy

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