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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