Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Forgiveness

Just read a great post by Jennifer Dukes Lee. 'How to deal with people who try to bring you down.'

Such a good reminder. I have been in this place of 'having' to extend grace - how can I not, after everything Jesus has done for me?

But it is the hardest thing. I have found that I have to maintain this attitude, keeping kindness on repeat when I REALLY REALLY want to get revenge, expose the wrongdoer, be openly vindicated.

It brings me closer to God and I recognise - and try to be thankful for - that this hurt and rejection is therefore a useful tool in transforming my character.

Doesn't make it any easier, though!?

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Lent. Communication.

Learning to use time wisely, I sometimes feel it is a waste if time to do little projects just because I want to do them.

Take the tray I plan to restore, for instance.

I have long wanted a larger tray and found one in a junk shop recently. It needs stripping down and repainting. Then I plan to create a collage with some old maps. I might even start today on my return from school.

Yet a little part of me feels guilty. I don't need to do it. Perhaps I should be using my time in other ways: good works of some kind, or dedicated prayer.

No. Working creatively - restoring a piece of junk, crocheting a baby toy, cooking or baking, colouring a doodle on a journal page - all these free my spirit to worship as I work.

It is not a waste of time, but an exercise in becoming more aware of God and his amazing creative presence in my life.

An awesome use of time. Pity I have to go to work in half an hour.

Time to get creative in the way I dress, perhaps....!

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Lent. Listen.

How would I know what to do?
Listen.

Listen to his voice
whispering quietly in my heart.

Listen to his voice
murmuring in the morning wind.

Listen to his voice
Speaking in winter trees waiting
for spring.

Listen for the moment
to speak,
to act in obedience.

Listen to his voice
of encouragement.

Today. Today is the day.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Lent. Focus

Be still.
Find that space apart
to be with Jesus.

Let him
be the altar I
build my life upon.

Take time
to listen to his voice.
Hide his words in my heart.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Lent. Sacrifice. Ash Wednesday.

Lent 2019, Day 10 Ash Wednesday, 6th March.

Ezra 2:68 '...some...gave freewill offerings...'

Some of them. Not all.  Generosity is a decision for oneself, not looking to left or right to see what others are or are not doing.

My family motto: 'Choose for yourselves which way you shall go...As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.'

This is a day of challenge, of self-denial. I shall choose...

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Authority


Jesus speaks. Authority
is in His words. He is THE
Son of David, Christ.

He commands us to
give God our everything.
He is worth our all.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Strive

When Jesus visits
the lure of being with him
is irresistible.

Like Zaccheus, we
strive our best to see him,
be undignified.

How far will we go?
To the wise men, Bethlehem
far across their world.

Perhaps we also
could patiently make our way
wherever he is.

He deserves our best.
Distance or difficulty
should not deter us.

Advice

A word to the wise,
to those who follow Jesus:
PRAY! Do NOT stop, but keep on

praying and asking
God to intercede for us.
And He WILL answer.

Yet, perhaps, there is
a condition? Be humble,
give your life to Him.

After all, He gave
HIS life to us and for us
in His birth and death.

Nothing is too big
nor too small in return, when
He has done so much.

Be aware

Watch ourselves. Jesus
warns to keep faith, unfailing
in constant duty.

Let us continue
to love and serve and praise God.
This is the Kingdom

he preaches: this the
Way, this is Him among us.
Lord Emmanuel.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Riches

Jesus comes. He warns
to use our money wisely.
For eternity.

This tiny babe grew
to have so much wisdom, that
we might see truth.

Wealth is for this world.
How we use it affects our
heavenly destiny.