Friday, 29 July 2011

D - Daily

What do I want to achieve daily?
(keeping in mind - this is my goal!)

  • Daily - I want to read God's word, preferably first thing in the morning.
  • Daily - I want to communicate with God.  
I want constantly lift my thoughts to Him throughout the day.

Seeing God's beauty
  • Daily - I want to see His beauty in my life, in nature, in my family, in others.
  • Daily - I want to thank God for all I have, all my blessings, His protection, His grace and mercy.
  • Daily - I want to leave all my burdens at the cross.  Rest in His promise to give me rest (Matt 28v11:  Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.)
  • Daily - I want to confirm my faith in Him, speak aloud my belief that God is Lord of my life.
  • Daily - I want to take captive wrong thoughts and replace them with God's truth.
  • Daily - I want to grow and learn and walk the narrow road knowing that though Christ all things are possible.
  • Daily - At the end of each day, I want to know, mistakes and all, I tried my best to live my day with Christ!

My encouragement to you - live each day God's way - His mercies are new every morning!

God bless

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

C - The 4 C's

When I got married the pastor told us of the 4 C's:

  • C ommitment
  • C ommunication
  • C ompromise
  • C hrist
1 - Commitment
Prov 3 v 16:  Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
 To commit to something or someone is to dedicate yourself to it/them.  Dedication implies 100% effort.  God is completely committed to His children.  I reckon commitment is a conscious decision that one takes.  We should commit our mind, body, and soul to our Creator and Saviour.  And God calls on us to commit all we do, to Him as well, and He will influence our thoughts for our benefit.
Commitment implies trust

2 - Communication
When I think of communication with God, I think of prayer and reading His word.  God communicates with us in a way that we, the individual will hear.  If you are a nature lover, God will be found there.  If you are a practical person, God will speak to you in a practical manner.  If you are a writer, God will speak to you through words.  I suppose you could say God is committed to communicating with us one way or another!

3 - Compromise
In terms of relationships with others, I think to get on with people we all need to find places of compromise.  God says in His word that where at all possible, get on with people!

God does not compromise!  His word is His Word!  We are not to add to it, or take away from it or water it down in any way!  If God says its wrong - its wrong!  His word is there to protect us and prevent us from falling into sin!  Its not a wooden spoon unless it has to be!

God sets high standards because, well, He is God.  God knows us and our fallible nature - that is why He extends He grace and mercy and forgiveness to us.

4 - Christ
Most importantly, Christ!  Without Christ we are nothing.  It is really that simple.  He is our Saviour, He died to save us.  He is our cloak of righteousness, so we are acceptable before God.  He is our example to which we strive to attain.

Phil 4 v 13:  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

My encouragement to you is to live your life in Christ, every day, every hour!  Without Him, everything we do is for nothing!

God bless

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

B - Believe!

Do you believe?

  • Do you believe Jesus died to take all your sins, to open the way to salvation in Him?
  • Do you believe that now that you are a child of God, He is your father?

As your father, He cares for you, He wants the best for you.  He wants you to grow and prosper in Him.

Jer 29 v 11:  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

  • Do you believe that God knows your comings and goings?
  • Do you believe He cares about everything you care about?
  • Do you believe that you have favour because of God?
Ps 139 v 17:  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!  How great is the sum of them!

  • Do you believe God protects you?
Ps 139 v 5:  You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.

God's word says He has redeemed you with His own Son's life!  He loves you so much just the way you are. He knows everything about you and despite your lack of belief in yourself - He believes in you!

Look at yourself in the mirror.  Tell yourself:

  • "I am a child of God"
  • "I believe He is for me"
  • "I can deal with today because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world"
  • "I am blessed because I am His"

My encouragement to you is to believe what God's word says about you, believe what it says about God and rest in the knowledge thereof!

God bless

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

A - Adoption

Adoption:  The legal act of investing with sonship

Israel's sonship
Deut 14v2:  For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

The Israelites are considered God's chosen nation, but because of their rejection of Christ as their Saviour, the door was opened to the gentiles to be brought into the family of God.  Upon acceptance of Christ as Lord and Saviour, we are adopted into His family!

What does adoption by God mean for us?
Gal 4 v 4-5:  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
We are redeemed - bought with a price!

Gal 4 v 6:  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
God is our father!

Vs 7:  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
We are heirs of God through Christ!

When you accept Christ you receive the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out Abba, father - (see Rom 8 v 15)

When did God decide to adopt us as His own?
Eph 1 v 4-5:  Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
When? - before the foundation of the world

Is this not amazing?  Awesome?  Mind-blowing?  How can we feel insecure knowing we were chosen before the foundation of the world?
I think therein lies the challenge - the KNOWING!
God chose YOU!
My encouragement to you is to come to the place of KNOWING your sonship in Christ.  You are not a last choice or second choice.  You were chosen long before your own birth.  God wanted you!!!

God bless

Monday, 25 July 2011

A to Z Challenge - my own challenge

 I've noticed on and off people have been doing A - Z challenges but haven't really found the source of them.  I was intrigued so decided to do my own challenge.  There is no time frame challenge, just 26 posts, alphabetically, with a Christian theme.  Preferably something that is real to me so that I can write a post with understanding.  I also want these posts to be encouraging and edifying and positive.  If anyone wants to join me and do the same challenge, it would be great to hear from you.

I'm creating a tag called A to Z Challenge, and as I complete each letter I will add a link to it in that tag.  

I have really enjoyed and hope to continue to receive your encouragement.  Much has been said about encouragement on many blogs and you can see why.  It is so uplifting to be encouraged.  My heart's desire is to encourage you in return.  So, tomorrow, I will post my first A to Z post and hope to have encouraged you!

Eph 4 v 29:  Let no corrupt communication proceed  out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

God bless

Friday, 22 July 2011

Proverbs 31 - I have been challenged!

This is my last post in my journey through Proverbs.  I hope it has been as rewarding for you as it has for me.  I would like to thank all the ladies I have met in the bloggy community out there.  You have inspired me, you have encouraged me, you have taught me, and you have challenged me.

I feel challenged to up my game:
  • To spend more time in the word
  • To think about what I say and to whom I say it
  • To be a light in this mixed up world
  • To be a better example to my kids
  • To make positive Godly changes
  • To cut out compromise
  • To practice grace and mercy
  • To reach out into my community and get my hands dirty
  • To be a better wife
  • To write more passionately about my Lord and Saviour
  • To see God in others and try to let them see Him in me
  • To judge less and accept others more
  • To be more grateful
  • To be more thankful and show it
  • To pray more
  • To up my 'domestic goddess' acumen

Your testimonies and insights have inspired me and humbled me.  I sometimes feel sorry for myself and think 'woe is me!'  But your stories and heart break has given me perspective in my own life.  Your desire to encourage others and be good wives and mothers is excellent.  If I am looking for examples of the Proverbs 31 woman, you guys are it!  

You all are her - the Prov 31 woman! 

So take this encouragement from me - keep up the good work - you are sowing into God's Kingdom in ways you cannot even imagine.  I am speaking to every person who follows my blog and to all those whose blogs I follow and every other woman out there doing the sowing, watering and planting of God's word.  Your Father in heaven knows your hearts and smiles.

Prov 31 v 26:  She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Prov 31 v 30:  Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

God bless you all ladies

Thursday, 21 July 2011

When Oh Lord, when?

Ps 138 vs 3:  In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.

I had been so confused and disappointed over the last few years because I had been waiting for the Lord to 'rescue' us from all these various situations that had arisen.  But God has been showing me that although He could do 'anything to rescue us' that is not the norm.  The rescuing comes after the "standing" and the "pushing through."

There are so many examples in God's word:

  • Daniel was thrown in the lion's den - God's rescue - the lions didn't touch him and God's judgement came to those against Daniel and were chucked into the den the next day and devoured.
  • Joseph was only elevated out of his circumstances after years of going through unfair and undeserved treatment - then God elevated him, - then God esteemed him before his brothers.
  • Paul was constantly in and out of jail and miraculously set free and saved
  • Jehoshaphat went to the battle, saw his enemies approach.  Then God rescued them as they stood firm in Him - and then gave them the victory.
  • Shadrack, Meschak, and Abednigo also first faced the furnace, stood firm on God, then He rescued them.
God always has a way out!

The scripture above basically confirms this for me.  God will walk with us through the hardships and He will rescue us - when we 'stand and wait on Him' - then He will give us the victory.  I have so much more peace about that than God just removing all the circumstances and making everything easy.  This way we rely on Him and show our trust in Him and our faith grows, despite the circumstances.  We also take His power and love for us seriously.

I hope this is an encouragement to you to stand firm no matter what your circumstance.

God bless
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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Proverbs 30

These are the verses that stood out for me in Proverbs 30:

Vs 5:  Every word of God is pure (tested, refined);  He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
God's word is truth - you CAN trust it!

Vs6:  Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.
God's word is complete - in no need of additions!

Vs 12:  There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.
Often times those people who judge and despise others the harshest are the ones in most need of salvation.

Vs 32-33:  32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. 33 for as the churning of milk produces butter, and as wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife.
For me, these verses speak of reaping what you sow - consequences for actions taken!

What have you been sowing?
My encouragement to you today, sow good seed, so that in God you will reap a healthy harvest.

God bless

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Battling with bitterness?

I've been thinking a lot lately about bitterness.  The reason being that I think there is a smidgen of it stuck in my heart.  Why?  Because when a certain someone says something to me, I snap at them so quickly, its unreasonable.  So I asked God to show me what to do about it and this is what He directed me to in my quiet time:

Eph 4 v 31:  Let all bitterness (oops) and indignation (ohoh) and wrath [passion, rage(who me?), bad temper (ok,ok)] and resentment (anger, animosity (me again)) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention (ok, who is reading my mind?)) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language (phew - not this one at least) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill-will, or baseness or any kind).
(all highlighted stuff added by me)

In short - Let all "stuff" be banished from you!

Let all that stuff go!

Not so easy to put into practice, but then God's word also says "all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me".

Don't let the Root take over!
And then God says, once you have banished these thoughts from your mind you are to:

Eph 4 v 32:  Become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another (readily and freely - (how?)), as God in Christ forgave you!
(all highlighted stuff added by me)

So God wants me to:
  • Banish all 'those' things from my mind
  • Replace them with the good things, which entail the practical (helpful, useful) and the spiritual (compassionate, loving), and
  • Forgive, as God has forgiven me!

My encouragement to you is:
  • Never give up if you feel bitterness in your heart, let God's word help you to unroot it
  • Be kind, compassionate and forgiving 'now' to those who have hurt you in the past
  • Press forward in faith knowing the God is in control and His word changes you from the inside.

Once we can learn to let go of bitterness and respond in love, an inner peace fills those places in your heart.  God is so gracious with us when we put our trust in Him.

God bless

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Joining with Shanda at On your Heart Tuesdays
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Monday, 18 July 2011

Proverbs 29

These are the verses in Proverbs 29 that stood out for me today:

Vs 9:  If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

This is so true.  Don't you often have discussions or arguments in your mind with certain people?  They always listen to reason - in your mind - There are some people you can't reason with, thus no peace.  The answer, don't bother getting into a discussion or debate with people like this, it'll just lead to arguments.

Vs 11:  A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.

I wonder if Solomon was being diplomatic here by saying  'fool' instead of 'woman'?  Only joking, only joking!  We don't vent like that!!  But really, this is a challenge for me - TO KEEP QUIET - but I shall persevere.  I don't want to be thought of as a fool.

Vs 23:  A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honour.

In God's economy things work opposite to the world's.  If you elevate yourself, become prideful, God allows you to be humbled.  The other day I was telling someone, "that person is worried I'll bump into his car, hmph, I'm a good driver, gee, what's his problem?"  and promptly reversed (slowly I might add) into a tree!  Nothing like being humbled.

If we remain humble though, God's word says He will elevate you.  Sadly, in the world the humble are looked down on and the prideful are icons.  As Christians, we shouldn't be too bothered by this as we should desire to please God and not man.

Proverbs speaks often of humility.  It is how God wants us to live our lives.  My encouragement to you is to strive to remain humble in all things, because to please God is more to be desired than to please man.

God bless

Sunday, 17 July 2011

This is what I want God to say of me!

Ps 91 v 14-16:
(14) Because Tracy has set her love upon Me, therefore will I deliver her; I will set Tracy on high, because she knows and understands My name [has personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness - trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake her, no, never].
(15) Tracy shall call upon Me, and I will answer her; I will be with Tracy in trouble, I will deliver her and honour her!
(16) With long life will I satisfy Tracy and show her My salvation.

Now put your name in there!  All scripture is for all of us.  Is this not an awesome goal - to have the Lord say this of us?

God bless

I am linking up with Laura at Brag on God friday 
My BRAG is God's word is life-giving and for each and every one of us!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Proverbs 28

These are the verse that stood out for me in Ch 28:

Money or man?
Vs 6:  Better is the poor who walk in his integrity that one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
We should without question value integrity over wealth.  Wealth most certainly does not make a person nicer, more honest, have integrity or morals.  It also does not make a person happy.  I'd rather be respected for having integrity than for having wealth.  People look at wealthy people differently, give them more leeway, as if they are better than anyone else with less.  God does not approve of that.  God looks at the heart, not the wallet!  So should we!

Vs 13:  He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Who will have mercy? - Whoever confesses and forsakes his sin!

Vs 23:  He who rebukes a man will find more favour afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.
Have you ever rebuked someone and for season there is awkwardness?  As time goes by the Lord works in the situation and that person comes back to you and acknowledges they needed to hear that.

Have you ever been flattered but you just KNOW its insincere?  You don't think much of the person doing the flattering, right?
So for me, the lesson is, don't flatter insincerely, people will see through it, and if you are rightfully rebuked or rebuking, consider it prayerfully.

What are your thoughts?

God bless

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Do whatever you do as unto the Lord!

Col 3 v 23-24:  Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as something done for the Lord and not for men.  Knowing with all certainty that it is from the Lord (and not from men) that you will receive the inheritance which is your real reward.  The one whom you are actually serving is the Lord Christ, the Messiah!

Over the years when I have done things for people, particularly my family, and I have found that it is not appreciated, I have gotten resentful.  But this scripture totally eliminates that from happening!  If you do what you are doing for whoever, be it a friend, an organisation, family - do it as unto the Lord - you don't desire a reward, a pat on the back, from those you're helping.  The reason being, you KNOW THAT GOD WILL REWARD YOU.  Maybe immediately, maybe later, or maybe only in heaven - But - He says He will reward you  and God is not a man the He would lie!

If doing something as unto the Lord is your motivation, then you desire to do it to the best of your ability, heartily!  At the end of the day, you are a happier person because you did a good job and did not have expectations, the person you are helping is happier because you did a great job, and God gets the glory.

God will reward you!

This is my goal!  My encouragement to you is to do what you do, whether it be child minding, office work, grocery shopping, painting, helping, whatever it is - do it as unto the Lord - your expectation being in Him alone!

God bless

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Proverbs 27

Vs1:  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
There is this secular song on the radio (don't know the name) and the first 2 lines of it always get my attention:
"My best friend gave me the best advice, He said each day's a gift and not a given right"

I think this speaks volumes about this verse.  Each day is a gift.  One we should be thankful for.

James 4 v13-14 says:  Come now, you who say 'today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, but and sell, and make a profit'  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

The next verse answers how we should speak about the future:
James 4 v 15:  Instead you ought to say, 'If the LORD WILLS, we shall live and do this or that.'

Vs 2:  Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Don't blow your own trumpet!  Let what is good about you be heard from the mouths of others.  Don't you feel so much more blessed when you hear something good has been said about you?

Vs 9:  Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man's friend does so by hearty council.
I want to be a friend whose council is a delight and to my friend.

Vs 19:  As in water face reveals face, so a man's heart reveals the man.
What is in the heart comes out the mouth and so his true colours are revealed.  Best we start filling our hearts with God's word and character and push all the rubbish out and replace it with good.

What is in your heart?

What do you lovely ladies think?

God bless

Monday, 11 July 2011

There is always hope in Christ!

Job 14 v 7-9:  (7) For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. (8) Though its roots may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, (9) yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.

Are we not like that too?  No matter how bruised or battered we are by life and the world, there is hope!  Hope in Christ!  At the scent of water, God's living water, we start to shoot out roots of change, which leads to growth, which leads to foliage, and ultimately, fruit in Christ!

My encouragement to you is to search out and tap into God's living waters.

God bless

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Randomness - My furry family!

I decided to have a bit of a fun post and introduce my furry family to you.  I am very thankful for the characters that they are.  They make me laugh, drive me insane, make me grateful that they have lots of space to run around in, and every one of them has an awesome loving personality.

So, let me introduce you:

This is Fudge and Phoebe, I call them granny and grandpa, as they are the oldest and set in their ways

Phoebe and Fudge
Then we have mom and dad, Toffie and Lulu-Belle, she is my princess.  She behaves like a royal, nose in the air, but she's a real sweety and is usually the one teasing all the others.

Then finally we have 2 of their children, Pepper and Blossom.  They are the most loving dogs ever and Blossom is a real poser.  Loves photos.
All of them love eating fish food when the Koi get fed.  Gives a whole new meaning to the term dog-fish!

Hope they gave you a bit of an aha moment.  Enjoy your weekends ladies.

God bless


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