Tuesday, 29 March 2011

God - The One you can trust

Verse: Psalm 18 v 30:  As for God, His way is perfect!  The word of the Lord is tested and tried;  He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him.

Verse:  Psalm 19 v 7:  The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the whole person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Sometimes I am so confused about ‘stuff’ and I feel the only way I am going to figure something out is to go and talk to someone.  I sometimes feel I am broken and don’t know how to get fixed, like I need counselling or someone else’s help to put perspective on something. Well, who do you talk to?  Someone you trust?  Well, one’s spouse is a good place to start but sometimes the things that confuse you are a non-issue to them.  Someone in the church?  The person who is considered trustworthy has probably got so many confidences to bare and people to be there for that I would not want to add myself as another.  I am not trying to belittle the use of or importance of counsellors or the need to talk to someone.  I just felt for myself that there was no one I felt confident talking to.  Family for me is also out.

Then in my quiet time I came upon the verses above.  There is only one source a person can go to where complete trust is not an option, it’s a given!  God!  I thought, ‘How can I go to God?  I know He is all knowing and has all the answers but I want to talk it through with someone.’   The part of the scripture above that got me was the part that says; “The law of the Lord is perfect, RESTORING THE WHOLE PERSON;…”  It made me stand up and notice. 

What does that mean?  Well for me it meant that as I read and focus on God’s word, it will bring healing and peace, understanding and knowledge, TO THE WHOLE PERSON that is me.  In other words, for whatever my issue is today or any other day, God has the answer.  God may only show me one step at a time but when I look back, I will see how He has brought healing and completion and peace and grace and problem solving and wisdom into my life as and when I need it.  

 Proverbs 3 v 6 saysIn all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
That tells me that as I strive to do things God’s way, He will make the path I have to follow easier to find and negotiate.

My encouragement to you is, God’s word is trustworthy, proven and will bring healing to your whole being, spirit, body and soul and guide your paths in His will and God wants good things for you as any parent wants for their child.

God bless

Monday, 28 March 2011

Ps 119 v 105: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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.

The Bible is an awesome book.

1.  Its the user's manual full of practical advice.  I was once told
if you want to know how to talk with God, you should read the Psalms and if you want to know how to deal with people, (which requires much wisdom!) you should read Proverbs.  Is'nt it amazing how there are 31 chapters in Proverbs?  One for each day of the month, filled with practical advice and wisdom. 

2.  Its a history book filled with lots of stories of heroism, wars, hardship, victory and triumphs.  All these stories tell of the heart of God and how He went before His people, how He rescued them from their enemies and from themselves.  Stories of great overcoming in the face of great pain, eg Job.

3.  Its a book with love stories.  Adam and Eve, Sampson and Delilah, Solomon and his bride (Song or Solomon), David and Bathsheba.  Abraham and Sarah.  God shows in His word how the choices we make in relationships harm or bless us.  The greatest love story of all is Jesus and His bride, us the church.  Look at the depth of His love for us.   The gospels tell us all He went through to demonstrate His love for us.  They show us that God gave His son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins so that you and I never have to.  All He asks in return is our heart and to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour.  He is the only way to God the father!

4.  Its a book filled with prophecy.  Much of the prophecy has been fulfilled but there is still more to come.  The bible shows us this in books like Daniel and The Revelation.

The bible is many faceted and God gave it to us so that we could be led, guided, chastised, encouraged, uplifted, healed, delivered, comforted, and taught.  Ps 119 v 50:  This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.   It is complete and the word says that we are to never add to it or take away from it.

In church the other day the pastor said that there are times when we read the word and it does not feel like we get anything out of it.  He said we should see studying the word like mining.  You dig and dig and just find dirt but if you persevere you come across a vein of gold.  Something so valuable that all the digging was worth while.

So, my encouragement to you today is to read the word.  It is God-given, God-inspired and God's word to us and for us.  You will change when reading it and you will grow even at those times when you dont feel you are growing, you are.   And when a scripture stands out for you, hold on to it for those times when you feel as though you are on your own.  Dont forsake the bible for other literature.  Read other stuff, enjoy it but God's word is where its at. 

God bless

Saturday, 26 March 2011

New Year's Resolutions revisited

I normally start every year with a short list of new year's resolutions. The reason being, its hard enough to try keep ONE resolution, never mind a long list of them.  However, they are normally the same:  Lose weight, get fit, read my bible more, be a better wife and mother.  And to a degree I achieve some of them, for example, I lose hundreds of kilos, only problem its normally the same one!!  If driving counted for getting fit I'd be so buff its just not funny.  The most important one, reading my bible more always seems to elude me.

So, I decided to do things differently this year.  I decided that I am going to have only ONE new year's resolution and that is:  Matt 6 v 33:  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Prov 3 v 6 says:  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths

I believe that as I spend time in God's word, His word will start to work in my heart and as I acknowledge Him in all that I do, He shall guide me.  I believe that my attitudes will start to change for the better, my habits will start changing for the better.  My speech will be more positive and I will see people in a better light.  I believe I will have more compassion and understanding for others and my heart will start to be full of His light as I spend time in His word which will squeeze all the worldy fleshly things that have place in my heart.

This is of course conditional on actually spending time in God's word and seeking His kingdom.  I have to prioritize quiet times and put God ahead of the traffic rush or the school emergencies or work related happenings.  Therein lies the challenge, the resolution.  Therein lies the nitty-gritty. 

I would like to say at the end of this year that I lost weight, got fitter, am a better wife and mother than the year before - all because I spent time in the word and sought the Lord!  That is my resolution!

My encouragement to you is don't burden yourself with tons of resolutions - seek God daily and He will start making changes in you as in  2 Corinth 3 v 18:  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

God bless

Proverbs 31 Woman wannabe!

Proverbs 31 v 10 - 31
 I dont think there is any Christian woman out there who does not think that the Proverbs 31 woman is the ideal and I would not be surprised if many have given up trying as I do not think it is possible to achieve this standard this side of heaven.  The 10th verse says it all:  'Who can find a virtuous wife?'  My point is that it is an ideal to which we as Christian women should strive.  She is our bench mark.  Having said that we also have to realise what our own individual strengths are.  I have a friend who is really very creative.  She inspired me by her example to start a blog.  Mine serves a different purpose and hers is a whole lot more creative.  This is just one of her many creative outlets. (Prov 31 v 22)  Another friend is an amazing hostess.  You do not eat dinner at her home on blah plates on trays in front of the tv.  Nope, at her home, its at the table on smart dinner ware with all sorts of fancy goodies decorating the plates and the table. And its not just dinner!  Its a starter, a main meal and pudding.  (Prov 31 v 15)

Another friend of mine was amazing with decor.  She could match old furniture with new, colour schemes which separately could damage your eyes, she could put together with flare.  She was also very generous to all. (Prov 31 v 20)  Then there is my mom who is retired now so bakes up a storm on a regular basis, curries her home grown beans, banana bread's her bananas, jams her peaches, etc. (Prov 31 v 15)  
Then we move onto another friend who is the breadwinner in her home.  She makes sure her kids have a roof over their heads and all their needs met.  At school, I would have pictured her as the stay at home mom idly having tea with friends and shopping up a storm.  But necessity has made her a business woman of note. (Prov 31 v 16)  There are also those women we all know to whom we can turn for advice and wisdom and they know the scriptures well. (Prov 31 v 26). 

None of these women are lazy.  They are all constantly looking to do things with their hands and to do things for others (Prov 18(b) and Prov 31 v 27). 

I remember listening to Joyce Meyer tell of how she tried to be the perfect little housewife.  Tried to grow veggies, but the bugs ate them.  Tried to crochet, but could'nt get the hang of it.  Felt guilty for not being the best mom chef ever.  But she came to terms with that and realized her gifting is different and we all know what her gifting is and the impact it has had on the world!

I also have come to terms with the fact that I will never be all the aspects of the Prov 31 woman.  However, I must keep trying and where my gifting is, give it my all.  I think maybe that too is the point made in prov 31, that this particular woman went the extra mile.  She did'nt do half measures.  So do what you do, well, and do it as unto the Lord.

You know how in 1 Corinth 13 v 13 it says: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love?  I believe a similar thing is said in Prov 31 v 30: Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  I believe this to mean that all those things she does are great, but the most important of all that she does is to fear the Lord. 

So my encouragement to you is:  if you are not the ultimate wife and mommy model 2011, know that if God is your centre and you seek Him first, you are the Proverbs 31 woman.

God bless  

Friday, 25 March 2011


Prov 15 v 1 - 2:   A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly.

I am not known for my diplomacy.  I tend to be direct and some people think I am being rude when all I am doing is cutting out all the fluff in the conversation.  Don’t get me wrong, my friends and family get me.  They know that I'm not being obnoxious.  I have no time for pretence and embellishments in conversation.   Especially in business.  For example, I am phoning to give you some information and my concern is this information, not whether you are enjoying the weather and what you did on the weekend (this is of course for someone with whom I only have business dealings).  However, I could improve.  Its not easy for me as when I try diplomacy, I usually muck that up too.  I think what I am trying to say is that my interpersonal skills are not the best.  

I believe that is why God has so much in His word about the tongue and words.  We are to be examples of how Jesus would deal with something and many people judge Jesus by what we say.  It’s a huge responsibility but one which God gives us the grace and tools to handle.  And if we handle it wrong, we need be humble enough to go and apologise for how or what we said.  When you approach someone with humility you normally take the wind out of their anger sails and things can be resolved.  No one can say that the bible, God’s written word to us, does not contain practical and useful advise on how to behave and handle situations.

There are many scriptures that deal with how we use our words: 

Prov 10 v 19:  In a multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Psalm 34 v 13:  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.
Psalm 39 v 1:  I said, "I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,  while the wicked are before me."

I really like that scripture because it says 2 things to me.  1stly, I must muzzle my mouth which implies I must bite my tongue even though there is so much to be said!!! and 2ndly, what is my witness in front of those who do not know the Lord as their personal saviour.  Which leads me to the scripture right on top, with all this knowledge, if we are wise (or trying ever so hard to be so) we would use this knowledge rightly.

My encouragement to you is dont despair and dont give up and use every opportunity  that comes your way to by wise with your tongue (and if you are anything like me those opportunities are generously available), try to give a soft answer, or be wise and be quiet.  There is a scripture which I cant find right now that says even a fool looks wise when he holds his tongue.  When our mothers told us "If you have nothing nice to say, dont say it" it may not be straight out the bible but biblical nevertheless! 

Remember the power that is in the tongue to give life or death!
God bless


Thursday, 24 March 2011

Lollipop Trees!

 About 8 or 9 years ago I went through some counciling and I can     remember at one stage when my councilor and I were praying and she said for me to be still and quiet and listen and that God would show me a picture or scripture of how He sees me.  I felt quite daft but kept quiet and tried not to think of anything else and slowly but surely a picture formed in my mind.  It was of a young sapling tree planted by the river.   I saw how the sapling bent with the wind and the storms but did not break.   
Its stem was flexible and the reason for this was because it was planted on the river bank.  God showed me that the tree was me.  That turmoil and hurt will bend me but because I am planted at the stream of living water, Jesus my Lord and Saviour, I would not break.  It was eye-opening for me.  It showed me that the more we seek the living waters of Christ through His word and through prayer, the more able we will be to handle the storms that come our way.  Picture that as the tree grows, it does'nt bend as much anymore!

Soon after that, my quiet time lead me to Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER, THAT BRING FORTH ITS FRUIT IN ITS SEASON, whose leaf also shall not wither;  and whatever he does shall prosper.

This is the reason why lollipop trees mean so much to me.  Especially those that bare fruit.  My home is full of them, lollipop tree ornaments, lollipop tree sandblasted at my front door.  They are there to remind me!

My encouragement to you is to hold onto those pictures or scriptures or meanings that God has given to you so when you are going through something hard and hurtful, you know He is right there with you and is working in you because He loves you.

God bless

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

My First Blog ever!

I have no idea what I am doing but have had a desire on my heart for a long time to blog as a christian woman.  My hope is to encourage other women as I have been encouraged.  I have called my blog "My daily walk in His grace!" because for me I could not cope without the knowledge that daily God forgives us and daily He restores us when we turn to Him for forgiveness and restoration.  Amazing grace!

His way is the only way on this path for me.  Daily I mess up and daily I need to come before Him, and His mercy and grace, both unmerited and undeserved, are available to me and any other person who has given their lives and hearts to the Father through Jesus Christ.

We as a family have gone through many things over the years and when you look back, you see how gracious God has been.  I think that is why David often wrote and sang of what God had done for him and is forefathers.  He took them out of Egypt, He parted the sea to save them from Pharoah.  He brought them out of captivity, He gave them Jericho and took them to the promised land, etc.  Its encouraging and gives hope for the future.  So, anyway, we now live on this property which we feel God has given us and we wanted to give it an appropriate name for how we feel about the things God has done for us and is still doing.  So I started browsing through the index in my bible and saw this name, El Hanan.  It means God is gracious or God has been gracious.  For us, its a constant reminder that no matter how you feel today, 'look what God has done for you and look what He has saved you from'.  Imagine how things may have turned out WITHOUT God!  Its also a testimony because people ask what it means and we can witness to them how God delivered us from the things that have been hard and testing for us.

I suppose my encouragement for anyone viewing this blog is do as David did and verbalise what God has done for you and saved you from.  It gives you hope in your current situation to know that God has a plan and although you cannot see what He is doing behind the scenes, rest in the knowledge that HE IS DOING SOMETHING. 

Let me end my 'first blog ever' with this scripture:  Romans 8 v 28:  And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

God bless


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