Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Winsome Wednesday - On the Back Burner!

I love linking up on various blogs and I love when others link up with me.  But I am finding that because of the link up (on my blog) I am losing sight of what my blog is all about.  So, for the next while I will be blogging when I have something on my heart and I will link up with others, something I have not done in a while.  Also, I will be visiting those who I have gotten to know well here and get to know new people I meet here in this space.

In seeking others to link up with me, I have lost touch with those with whom I have already made a connection with, in the Lord.  I have swapped quality of connection with other wonderful ladies serving the Lord, for numbers of blogs linking on the bloghop.

My original goals for my blog you will find HERE.  A new goal, which completely falls in line with my old goals is to visit with any genuine commenter who has read a post I put out there and I will encourage you in the Lord and we will all grow in relationship with one another and with the Lord, one connection at a time.


Thank you to all those who always link up on the bloghop.  I truly appreciate it.  I am still here, I will visit when I see comments and as I go back to my original goals I will be visiting where I discover other Godly women.

So, for now, Winsome Wednesday Bloghop is on the back-burner but now doubt it'll be back some time in the future.  But for now, please feel free to link up..... :)

Rom 12 v 5:  So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].

God bless
Tracy

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Monday, 1 December 2014

December JOY Boghop - Reflecting Back on JOY!

I can't say that I went out of my way to seek verses on JOY but I can say that I wondered about JOY or my lack of it, and I tried to understand it more and find it.

This is what I have figured out about JOY as it relates to me:
  • JOY is not happiness
  • JOY is about being in God's will
  • JOY is confidence in the Lord despite what circumstances look like
  • JOY is knowing that God's word is true
  • JOY is that feeling you get when you just know God is in control no matter how things look
  • JOY is that wonderful "INHALE" and "EXHALE" moment you get when you settle down for a quiet time and just know you are at the Father's feet.
  • JOY is knowing that something you have, or don't have, is a gift from the Lord
  • JOY is God's presence, protection, strength, mercy and grace in your life
  • JOY comes in that moment you realize God's forgiveness is real
  • JOY is that moment when you understand God's grace and mercy are for you and new EVERY morning!
  • JOY is watching your children grow in the Lord
  • JOY is realizing that every day is a gift from the Lord
  • JOY is not shallow, but comes from deep within your heart as you rely more and more on the Lord
  • JOY is not fleeting.  As your relationship with the Lord grows you realize that even in tough stuff, one can have JOY.  
  • JOY comes when you leave stuff at the foot of the cross and know God has got this!
  • JOY is evident in those close to the Lord
  • JOY is present when you witness to someone about the Lord, and you see its been heard
  • JOY can be found in realizing the power of God, when watching a storm, admiring a mountain range, seeing waves break on boulders with thunderous crashes


I do believe people can practice JOY.  I think what I have realized this year when I have found scripture about JOY, in moments of silence or reflection I can sense there is JOY in me.  I think I have realized that to still all that is going on in my life, for even a moment, makes my heart be able to recognize that there is JOY inside of me.  And its in recognizing this JOY inside me that I am able to let it grow.  How?  But thanking the Lord for it, by reading more of His word, by trusting the Lord in His word and in my circumstances.

Yes, I have JOY!  JOY that comes from the Lord!  JOY that one can only know by being in the Lord.  JOY is not a pat on the back from the Lord for something good you've done, but its a manifestation of God in your heart, a heart that believes in Him, a heart that is broken and human and far from perfect.  A heart made whole by His presence!

Yes, JOY is a direct result of knowing WHO God is and believing in Him.

1 Peter 1 v 8:  Without having seen Him, you love Him;  though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) JOY.

Instead of a blog hop for a few days every week I am opening this post for the month of December for anyone to link up!

 Lets call this the DECEMBER JOY Bloghop! 


and

its open NOW!

Please feel free to link any God honouring post, one or more, preferably about JOY but any post that gives God the glory is JOYous isn't it?

LINK NOW!



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - What is Christianity?

"Christianity is not a philosophy of life, nor a moral code. It is not a system of social upliftment, nor a way of living by which a person can try to be made right with God! 
Christianity is a life changing encounter with the Living God, through faith in Christ Jesus. It is a revelation of the Love of God & of the forgiveness He has given. It primarily is the experience of Gods power, reaching into the depths of a human soul which profoundly changes the attitudes, intents & desires of the person. It is an exchanged life-Christ's for & Christ's in ours. It is a new knowing of & walking with God, hearing His voice, seeing & experiencing Him move. 
It is a vital relationship of Life, which changes the entire person, creating an entirely new one from the old, with a new Identity & a new purpose for living!"
Powerful words from Andrew Selley (Leading Pastor at Joshua Generation - Cape Town)


To be a Christian is not WHAT you are, it's WHO you are in CHRIST!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Is it Really about Patience?

We have been going through a season of waiting.  Waiting on what the Lord has given us, waiting on things that ordinarily we would just decide and do!  Waiting.... And we have believed that we are in a waiting season and have dug in and decided to learn to wait, learn to be patient (as much as is possible for us impatient people)!

But I'm starting to wonder if the waiting is about, well, learning to wait, or something else!  It obviously is about learning to wait otherwise the learning of it is for nothing.  But I think its deeper than that.  I think its in the learning to wait that the Lord brings us blessing in the form of overcoming, resolving stuff His way, learning to trust Him and His way, learning to have faith in Him.

For example, I am by nature a person who wants to fix things NOW.  I can't rest until its sorted, I'm fidgety and frustrated and I couldn't read a good book if I tried in that moment.  My mind would only relax once the issue is resolved.  This applies to me in relationships too.  And as I am sure you all know, relationships just don't "fix" that easy.  There is all that emotion and history and hurt or anger or misunderstanding to delve through first!  And then once all that has been waded through, there is pride, arrogance, hurt, embarrassment at maybe being wrong, self-righteousness at maybe being right.  Yup, relationships are tough.  And then heaven forbid I have to deal with more than one relationship that needs "fixing" at a time!

It is exhausting.  Relationships are not like cars or a repairable chair , or a solvable puzzle.  They are WAY MORE COMPLICATED!  And I think it is in this that the Lord is trying to teach me patience and learn to wait - ON HIM - I don't need to fix anything.  Actually, when I try to fix anything in a relationship, I make it worse!!!! Am I the only one?  It is really tough waiting on the Lord to deal with the other person, or for that matter, deal with me!


Its in the waiting, and practicing of patience, that the Lord works on the other person, or on me and the real truth of the matter gets attended to.  Now, I am not saying don't work on your relationship because we all have to.  We all have to try our best to be fair, open, honest, pliable, giving and more... But what I am saying, if there is something there that is not an easy quick fix or goes a lot deeper, a situation where there are issues, old or new, that are unfathomable, then we have to wait on the Lord prayerfully.

I'm the type of person who is quick to apologize and because of that I expect others to be the same towards me.  Now, if the other person doesn't feel they did wrong, or won't acknowledge their part in a situation, I tend to try point it out to them.  I am speaking of my nearest and dearests.  But that just makes it worse.  I find it very easy to forgive if a person says sorry, but really difficult if I have to forgive without an apology.  I believe the Lord is teaching me to not fix the situation, but to wait on Him to resolve it because in the waiting, He speaks into the heart of the other person, and mine and so long as there is a desire on the part of both parties, "fixing" occurs God's way, and God's way always works out for the best in the end.

So is the waiting really about learning patience?  Or is there more to it?  Yes, there certainly is more to it, the waiting teaches us patience, yes, but also trust in the Lord, faith in His ways, gets us me into less trouble too.

Ps 27 v 14:  Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring.  Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Do you see that extra something special in this verse?  Wait with expectation, wait with hope, good courage or good attitude, trusting the Lord to resolve it.  Yes, in the waiting we need to be expectant and positive and hopeful of a good outcome.

So my encouragement to you is to ask the Lord in the waiting to show you what its really about.  He will, because He doesn't want us to keep making the same mistakes we always do, trying to do things our own way.

God bless
Tracy


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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Stubborn Mind!

For the last few years, stuff that I was really true to in my mind started to change.  Slowly, insidiously, my belief patterns about certain things.....were starting to change.  Now, I have to say that mentally, and physically I denied these thoughts.  I was telling myself that A is what I believe and stand by and not B!  But B kept forming in my mind and becoming bigger.

Sigh... It is very important to realize the devil is a master at mind games, and I, like many others, am not.  I'm not the type of person who can manipulate others by emotionally and mentally bending them.  No, I'm more outright and in your face.  Not always the better option, but certainly the most honest, for me any way.

But in all this I did keep up my quiet times.  I have trusted the Lord and tried to walk the way He wants me to walk.  I will say too, I have failed miserably in many ways but I have not turned my back on my faith.  Its been a tough few years, yes, but I tell myself, "imagine these last few years WITHOUT the Lord!"  Horrifying I tell you.

But this mental war, that's been building.... finally came to a conclusion this week.  I have been reading Psalms.  Kind of like I have to.  I carry on doing what I suppose I should be doing... and then this week, at least 7 times...yes, that's right!  At least 7 times, in different places, this scripture popped up....
Psalm 51 v 10:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.



Well, eventually I started saying to myself, oh, there it is again.  Then I would see it again, and I started pausing and reading it properly.  Really reading it.  Oh my word!  Yes, that is exactly what I need.  I knew my thinking was skewed, but I was starting to not care.  Maybe even justify it a little.  And WAM!!!!!  God's word hit me between the eyes!  Yes, Lord, create in me a clean heart!  O yes Lord, renew my heart, my thinking to Your way of thinking.  Let it be a steadfast thinking, let it be a persevering thinking, a spirit of You within me!  Yes Lord, a clean heart!

Firstly, I felt like the Lord had confirmed what I knew to be true!  "You're thinking wrong Tracy" and secondly I felt relief, because the Lord cares enough about me getting my thinking straight so instead of punishing me for it, He made sure I found the answer, even if it was more that the answer found me!

It must be said that this train of thought has been growing steadily for a couple of years so it was not an overnight thing.  So be encouraged if your answer still evades you, it is out there, and the Lord will let it be found by you.  Having said that, when the answer presented itself, and hit me in the face, immediately that thought pattern straightened itself out.  Yes, I am dousing that particular thought pattern with the Love of the Lord and His word.  Replacing it with His truth.  I suppose that although I knew it to be skew, I did not want to acknowledge the offness of it because truly, I wanted to think like that.  No more!  Its not worth it to be anywhere but where God wants you to be, even in your thinking.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Winsome Wednesday - The Highs and Lows

I've had a rough few weeks.  So many highs and a good many lows, emotionally.  I understand why they say moving is close to the top of the stress list!  Today my fur babies came home after being away for nearly a month as we waited for the house sale to go through.  I had to re-home two of my fur family because I am only allowed 4 dogs and I had 6!  I've had a random stranger judge me for that, and that just adds to the lows!  But on the other hand, I have had a special friend and another stranger reach out with grace and kindness, and well, that kind of softens the heart.....adding to the highs!

Anyway, I decided to have a proper quiet time this morning and read this scripture:
Psalm 143 v 11:  Save my life, O Lord, for Your name's sake; in Your righteousness, bring my life out of trouble and free me from distress.

Immediately the thought came to replace "life" with whatever it is that is troubling you.  For example:
"Save my house, O lord,..." or "Save my marriage, O Lord,..." or "Save my child, O Lord,..." yes Lord, for Your name's sake...."


God will save our lives, our children, our marriages, our hopes, our dreams.  But not necessarily because we WANT Him to!  But He does it for His name's sake.  He rescued Israel, for His name's sake many times.  And just btw, He will do it again.  Just putting that out there :)

And as I continued into my quiet time I was led to Psalm 16 v 11:  You will show me the path of life;  in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Doesn't that almost answer the previous Psalm?
  • Lord save my life..... You will show me the path
  • For Your name's sake .... In Your presence is fullness of joy
Oh Lord how great thou art!  

So, when we seek Him, He will be found.  When we read His word, He does guide us.  Yes, I know and have experienced what seemed to be silence, but its just a matter of waiting on the Lord for His timing.  

My encouragement to you is no matter what you're going through, a high, a low, He is there.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Pace Yourself!

I'm exhausted.  Its not just moving and all that entails.  Its the stress and frustrations that go with it.  Also there are highs.  The highs of being where you want to be, the highs of all the plans you have for the new place.  Yup, highs and lows.  All very exhausting.

Finally I got to my paperwork.  Man, I left that stuff way too long.  So right now, I am exhausted.  So I am going to leave you with an encouraging scripture and pray the week ahead is blessed and filled with God-surprises at every turn, or, God-strength, wherever you need it!  He knows your needs.



Psalm 127
A Song of [a]Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.


I read this, this morning!  Maybe the Lord is trying to tell me not to overdo it?  He is always the One in control!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - New Growth!

New day
New season
New growth
New life.....

Having just moved into a new home, and having just come out of a 7 year horrible season, I have been thinking about newness.  I love being in this house.  I am so looking forward to changing it and molding it to our family and making it a home.  It feels like a new season.  A physical manifestation of the new season God has led us into.

I have such a sense of newness.  Such a sense of new life in us.  I am so grateful to the Lord for this.

But the evil one does not want us to appreciate or enjoy this newness, this new season, and so challenges keep cropping up!  I see them as joy-stealers!  But what I feel different in us, is how we are seeing these challenges.  In the past few years I felt these challenges crush me, no matter how small or big.  I didn't feel strong or capable.  But I feel differently about the current challenges.  They are not pleasant.  A few are quite scary if the truth be told.  God has shown me in the last few years that to wait on Him, and trust Him is the ONLY way of overcoming these things successfully.  Praise Him, pray to Him, trust Him.... Yes, there is no other way.


I want to encourage you with this statement our pastor said in church (the gist of it is:)  There is a common phrase we as Christians often say, "God will not test us with more than we are able to bare".  But our pastor sees it differently, he said God DOES allow us to be tested beyond our capabilities, so that we WILL TURN TO Him!  Isn't that a powerful statement?  It also took a lot of pressure off me as someone who felt like I just could not cope!  I was obviously letting the Lord down.  No, He wanted me to lean on and rely on HIM.  What a relief.

Prov 3 v 5-6:  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  (6) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Making a House a Home

So we are in!  5 days already.  We are exhausted!!!  And happy!!!  Now its time to make the house a home.

That is what we all should be working at in our relationships!  With each other, with our work space, or living space, our spiritual space.... that is, our relationship with the Lord!  We need to grow and learn and seek and lean into Him so that the house that is this relationship, becomes a home.

What do I mean by that?
  • Our relationship with the Lord should ultimately be a safe space, safe from storms, our hiding place.
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be a place where we receive nourishment, and sustenance.
  • Our relationship with the Lord is a place where we constantly work at improving and maintaining and repairing (seeking forgiveness when needed and seeking the Lord more to get to know Him more).
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be comfortable, yes, but because we maintain it, keep the "rooms" in our lives clean and free from "dirt" (sin) where we can sit at His feet and exhale with a smile on our faces.
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be where we can run to when we hurt or need alone time or need to cry or seek comfort from the hurts of the world.
  • Our relationship with the Lord should be where we can draw others in, to know Him...

Yes, God should be our home....

Psalm 90 v 1:  Lord, You have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all generations [says Moses].


In moving into a new house we see ourselves changing and personalizing this space into a home we can enjoy and flourish in.  It has made me think about how God is my home spiritually and there is no other place I would rather be. 

God bless
Tracy
PS:  Thank you to all you lovely ladies who wished us well and prayed for us in our move.  It is MUCH appreciated :)

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Today is the Day!

We're moving today!  Well, over the next couple of days.  We used to move a lot in the beginning of our marriage so we're good at it, and we always moved ourselves.  We haven't moved for over 9 years which is a LONNNNG time for us, smiles!  This time we're older, with more junk and fragile backs so we are sharing the load a little, and having a moving company take all our furniture.


We're not moving far.  Just changing our living arrangements based on our changing circumstances, older kids, less space required, etc....

AND I AM SO EXCITED!  Its the only thing keeping this middle aged body going!

I look forward to seeing all the posts connected when I get a chance to sit down!  There is nothing like a good cup of tea, a comfortable couch, and a laptop, to view my favourite God-honouring blogs.

My prayer for you this week is that God shows His hand in your life with such visibility, you are amazed and awed at His great love for you.  Thank you for linking up, it is a huge blessing for me.

1 Thess 5 v 11:  Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.

Wish me well ladies, I'm off to move more junk collected over the years.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Patience!!!!!!!!!!!

Man, I am struggling with patience.  And its really just dawning on me that a lot of what I am currently going through, is patience related.

Yes, I realized it in this situation.  Yes, I realized it in that situation.  I even felt it in another situation.  And yes, patience was something I figured out for a completely different situation.

AND then it hit me!

I AM GOING THROUGH A SEASON OF LEARNING PATIENCE

Can I just say...... URGHHHHHHH!

Patience is not my favourite personal trait.  Nope, I get good at it in one small area and it completely flounders in another.  I think I will request of the Lord to rather give me an abundance of patience as apposed to giving me situations in which patience is required!  Long sighhhhh!

Having said all that, I realize that my life is about patience right now and obviously the Lord wishes to deal with this "not so good" trait of mine, NOW!

We are the microwave society aren't we.  We want results NOW.  We want answers NOW.  We want solutions NOW.  We want healing NOW.  We want peace NOW!  We basically want it NOW.

It is obvious to me at the moment though, that God wants me to be patient.  He wants me to have a better attitude in the waiting.  He wants me to inhale, exhale, and praise Him and show faith by waiting with a heart that KNOWS the Lord will not let me down.  He wants me to exude patience!  He wants me to "talk" and "walk" faith in the waiting.  He wants me to smile and wave, if that's all I can do.  :)

I read a tweet recently that kind of hit my attitude in the face:

"Does YOUR life reflect what YOU claim to believe? Is God really YOUR peace, strength, security, and HOPE? Then LIVE like you BELIEVE it!"

Ummmm,  no, this has not been my attitude or demeanour AT ALL!


If you are going through something similar, I encourage you today to join me as I seek out scripture about patience and waiting and being content in the waiting.  That's a biggie too.  God's word always changes my heart!  Lets do this!  Let us be the ones who by our lives encourage others to hang in there with a smile on their faces, because of the Lord.

Romans 12 v 12:  Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. 

Galatians 6 v 9:  And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

Romans 5 v 3-4:  Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in out sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.  (4) And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity).  And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. 

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Breathe in, Breathe out!

As we get closer to moving the stress builds doesn't it?  Its not only the packing and organizing, and planning.  No, that's just the back drop to the tough stuff.  Its now that one gets challenged with big stuff because its hard to focus, hard to take the time to approach things properly, with the right amount of prayer, the right amount of bible searching.  Its by the seat of your pants and often times that causes new problems.  For me anyway.

I always thought I was good with words and I have come to realize that on paper, in type, that is sort of true.  But straight out of my mouth, in the heat of the moment, even if I've thought about what I need to say, even when I try to say the right things in the right way.... Nope, it all just seems to be mis-interpreted!

So, today, in the midst of packing, in the midst of dealing with tough stuff along the way, I am going to take the time to inhale..... and exhale..... and spend time in the word, just because.....


Part of the reward of doing that is in focusing on the Lord, on the word, we are "...seeking first the kingdom of God.... and all His righteousness"..... and?  The result of this is that He "...adds all the rest to you...!"

You cannot go wrong if you decide in the midst of life (daily if possible) - (hourly if necessary) - to focus on God.  His word says that when you do, He makes straight your paths.

Matt 6 v 33: But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

I am trusting for that right now, for me and for you.  God is good all the time!

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Wrongly directed Anger!

Last week I was SO ANGRY!  And if you asked me why I would not have been able to tell you!  I was biting people's heads off and that anger was instant and harsh!  I did not like myself AT ALL!  I even threw my phone.  I don't normally throw things in anger (maybe 4 times in my whole life), I've slammed a few doors..... But I dislike being angry.  Especially if I don't know why I'm angry.

So Sunday morning I sat with a cup of tea and started putting my feelings down on paper and started to figure out why I was so angry!  I was angry at God!!!!  Can you believe it?  What right do I have to be angry at God?  Who do I think I am after all?  He is the All sufficient One, the beginning and the end, the Maker of heaven and earth!  Seriously?  What was my problem?

My problem was that God had done an amazing thing for us.  He sold our house!  We wanted to sell but knew it wouldn't be easy.  Its a special kind of property that would require special kind of people and they are not in abundance out there.  And while mulling over this God sent buyers, for the full amount, without agents, thus no commission.  And then the cherry on top....He gave us the best home for us, in a great neighbourhood, exactly what we wanted where we wanted it!  We were floored, we were happy and thankful!

BUT

Everything to put these sales and purchases in place has been like chewing bricks!  Walking on glass!  Everything has been a delay after delay, frustration after frustration.  And deep down I realized this Sunday morning I was blaming God for all that.  What was the point of giving us exactly what we wanted, and then make the getting of it painful and hard and annoying?  And finally it dawned on me!  God wasn't doing that!  He had blessed us out of our socks but the devil wanted us to lose sight of that.  He wants us to be so busy being frustrated that we forget or overlook the amazing things He has done for us.


I think many times over the years I have wondered, "How come if God is in this, are things so difficult?"  "If this is God's will for us, then why are things not going smoothly?"  And the truth is, we do have God's favour, we are being blessed, He is leading and guiding us!  But the evil one wants to take our attention off God and onto our problems and take away the power of God's grace in our lives.   And also, maybe God is allowing these things to deepen our faith in Him, and to grow and mature.

So, if you are convinced you have been blessed, or God has done something amazing for you, but you now seem to be fighting an uphill battle, remember to keep focused on His promises and know that every obstacle is an opportunity to state in faith your belief in God's favour in your life.  Remember too, the Lord uses these "opportunities" to strengthen and temper us, make us grow and push through, to all He has promised.

Thank you for linking up here and putting up with my haphazard blogs of late.  :)  You bless me big!
James 1 v 12:  Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Not Matter your Feelings....

No matter your feelings, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, go to God's word.

This last week has been a tough one for me emotionally.  No particular reason!  Nothing devastating happened.  Just a number of little things that added up to a BIG "I can't do this anymore" bunch of feelings!

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Sigh.... It is amazing the rabbit trails one's mind will go on if you let it.  And eventually, I make my way to the Word.  But my feelings blurred my vision, and my mind was fogged over with emotion.  I was tired, sore, let down, disappointed..... BUT.... you have to persevere until the words on the page stop swirling and you can read what the Lord puts infront of you.

Yesterday, I was at my lowest in this feelings fest of mine and I determined before I went to bed I would just read some pages of God's word because I KNOW that even if there is nothing specific to my situation, His word is God breathed, alive, current, healing, because He loves me.  Just reading His Word will centre me again, will bring my emotions back into balance.

And that is exactly what happened.  I did not read any major revelation.  But my spirit calmed within me, I slept better, I felt hopeful for the morning.  Yes... He restores my soul.
Psalm 74 v 16:  The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;  You have established the starry light and the sun.

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My encouragement to you is don't leave going to the word too late.  Get into it as soon as you feel those emotions that want to pull you down.  Yes, push into Him, lean on Him!  Desire and crave Him as your solution and your everything.

God bless
Tracy



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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Trust God anyway...

  • Is your enemy prospering?  Does it look like all is sunshine and roses on their side of the fence?  Trust God anyway.
  • Is your enemy laughing?  Having fun?  Seems to not be affected by all that has gone by?  Praise the Lord anyway.
  • Remember too that although the grass seems to look green and healthy on that side, all is not always as it seems.  However, even if all is all wonderful, balloons, rainbows and harps over on that side, Trust God anyway.

His word says He is your defense! (Psalm 94 v 22)
His word says He sees what your enemy has done! (Romans 12 v 19)
His word says He will vindicate you and protect you! (Psalm 37 v 6)


Focus on God and His word, rather than what is going on over there.

And

Trust God anyway.... He is in control after all!

I hope I have encouraged you to look up and not around at the grass of others.  Remember, all is not always as it seems, and over there, on that side of the fence, they might even desperately need your prayers.

God bless
Tracy


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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Have you been wronged?

I want to encourage you today to never give up.  For a long time we were wronged and I cried out to the Lord and I tried to open the eyes of those who chose to believe the lies about us, until I finally gave up.  On one hand I gave up, but truly, I finally listened to the Lord when He said, "Leave them to me!"

The Lord has promised vindication in His word, Psalm 17 v 2:  Let my sentence of vindication come from You!  May Your eyes behold the things that are just and upright.



The lesson I have learnt here is that true vindication comes from the Lord, not from me convincing someone of my being in the right.  And God's way leads to healing and restoration.

Be encouraged if you too are waiting for the eyes of those who refuse to see to be opened.  Trust the Lord to do it and He will, in His way and in His time.

God bless
Tracy

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Open to the Voice of the Lord!

Well firstly, sorry this post is so late!  I have been running around since early and completely forgot!  But, rather late than never!

Upper most on my heart today is to be open to the voice of the Lord!  Now I am not sure how you all have heard from the Lord.  I know I haven't heard God's audible voice and I probably would jump out of my skin if I did.  But God certainly speaks to us in ways that we can relate to.  His word is a great source of His voice!  Christian music.  My husband is often humming a song not realizing what he is humming until the words of the song make an impression.  He then realizes the song is an answer or encouragement and he believes its a way the Lord speaks to him.

What about church?  Home cells?  A friend's encouragement!  An advert on TV can get you too.  A book, a story line!  So many ways the Lord can get our attention.  What about in an aisle of the shopping centre?  Yup, many a weird and wonderful thing has gotten my attention, or confirmed something, or well, just made sense.


I often try to trust my gut!  You know, I feel uncomfortable about something and then decide that I will see that as the Lord guiding me.  I feel good about something, or have peace, then I walk in that direction.  Yes, God will "talk" to you if you keep yourself open to Him.  I would caution you though to test everything against the word.  Sometimes we can be influenced by wrong sources!

Anyway, my encouragement to you is to firstly know God wants to communicate with you, and secondly, remain open to Him and His word.  He loves you and wants to be in your life every moment.

Psalm 34 v 4:  I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears

God bless
Tracy

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