Soulful Saturday : Fear

  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalms 118 : 6

Such an incredibly bold statement. 
I am convinced many have no idea what they are saying when they quote it.

Another perfect example would be the famous “God is my judge” line. Do you know what you are confessing when you say things like that?

Well, I have given it some thought.
If I were to confess this with my mouth and, at the same time, believe it in my heart it would mean the following:

My life would change drastically. Can anyone say “radical”?
I wonder what would happen should we decide to be radical about living for God alone….. what changes would take place? In my career choices… with my family… who would you be today? Would people be shocked?

It always strikes me how much value we place on the opinion of others.  It threatens to become the very things that define us.
The way we eat or dress or speak and even what we do in out spare time.

But what if I applied this verse? What CAN man do unto me?
The answer is nothing worth anything. When you live for God nothing any man or woman does, no matter who they are, has any value.
The best thing about that is that in serving God only, my service to others will have to become exceptional.

As for God being my judge…what a scary thought! That alone should be enough to keep you in line.

Sadly, it doesn’t.  Its more of a license to do your own nonsense than a reminder that you will answer for everything you do.

What kind of holy fear would it take for you to change how you do things now?

Don’t waste time worrying or fearing what people can do or say. Their opinion counts for nought.

Take time to reflect on what you find is more important to you.
If its lacking, be bold, make the change, stand strong.

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Thankful Thursday: Another list…

Brownie in a cup (yes again)

An opportunity to spend time watching my little girl play in a blow up pool for the first time.

A man who decided to make lunch for me

Having my man at home for the holidays

A new hair care regimen that seems like it could actually work

New found confidence only made possible by my King

Angry Birds 🙂

The hope of new job opportunities

We have much to be grateful for. It’s weird, for me, to have to actually think about what I am thankful for each week. Makes me feel a bit guilty. Truth is, the things I am thankful for don’t often change much. But I am truly grateful for them. Having my husband go out and work for me and our daughter each day is something that takes my breath away. All the time. He looks after us so well and I count myself privileged to be able to call myself his wife. Many women never get to experience what I do on a daily basis. And I am honoured.

Another thing I stay amazed at is the blessing of having someone to speak to who truly gets what I am saying. They listen without prejudice or judgement and they aren’t afraid to tell me when I am wrong. And when I speak, I don’t have to explain myself in excess.

Isn’t it strange how people think they have the right to judge you just because they think they know you?  Ok, I know, that had nothing to do with my list or reasons for posting today. But it has made me incredibly grateful for what I have in my only human friend.

I know many may never experience what I have and it always boils down to just one thing…. God loves me. Now I love Him with my life.

Soulful Saturday: A Little Praise, Worship & Thanksgiving

My soul magnifies the Lord!
My heart joys in the God of my salvation
I will sing and dance in the presence of my Saviour
For He is mighty
For He is worthy
Great and awesome is the Lord our God
He is mighty to save, heal and deliver
He is indescribable
Great in battle
Great in wonder
All of creation bows in awe

I stand in awe of You
In awe of Your greatness and Your wondrous love
I love You Abba because You loved me first
You took me as I am
Without question as to my many faults and failures
You inspire me to love and worship with reckless abandon
I will extol Thee oh God
You are rock
You are my Defender
I have nothing if I do not have You
Each day I am overwhelmed by Your everlasting love towards me
Oh that I may dwell in Your house forevermore
Your love has perfected me

Thank You for loving me
Thank You for justifying me
Thank You for Your awesome Grace and Your perfect mercy
Thank You for thinking of me
Thank You for being just
Thank You for being real with me

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Empty Words

If you have something to say about something that bothers you why not say it to the people involved. 

There are too many people who have too much to say but they don’t want to say it to the people they have issue with.
However, what surprises me is that they have no problem mouthing off at random acquaintances on social media.
Now I realize this post could sound like I am doing exactly the same thing. But I’m not. I am very passionate about telling it like it is to the people who actually need to hear it.
I just thought I’d share my view.

If you’re not willing to effect a change and make a difference with what you say its just empty words taking up vacant space.
Just keep quiet.

May all of our words aid in fulfilling the purpose we have been created for.

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Thankful Thursday: God Knows

This post is a tiny bit late and I am sorry but the last two days have been beyond hectic.

Sometimes things happens to us that we don’t understand immediately.  But somewhere down the line the gt to look bak and go “ohhhhh!” Suddenly it becomes clear.

I’ve been having that kind of experience lately. And I realise that God knows best. And I’m thankful.

I’ve been plagued by a particular situation in my life for a few months now. At some point about a month ago I started planning the use of the law to get it sorted. Ofcourse that meant some money but I needed to be free of this burden.
One night I just decided I’m going to ask God to deliver me from the unpleasant situation and two days ago He did just that.
No struggle or fighting required. GOD IS AWESOME

I am also thankful for God’s hand on the life of the mother of my Godsons. She almost died but God answered our prayers and kept her alive.

Some of the people in my life traveled to Indonesia this week too. My gratitude for journey’s mercies and especially for sanity. Usually I’d be a mess of worry and panic. But God knows how to keep me grounded.

I’m thankful that God knows exactly what I need when I need it. And that He provides it.

I’m incredibly thankful for my family of three 🙂 that we are healthy, happy and blessed. 
That when life looks like its falling apart and you might have to dig your way out of the rubble…
God knows best.

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What a Wednesday!

Today, with the help of God, I kept it together really well in the face of what could have been a terrible loss.

It was so hot, still is actually.
But in the midst of crises, a potty training setback and looking after all our animals I found some solidity in trying my hand at ravioli!

Needless to say practise makes perfect and I need some practise!

Below… a pic of my very tasty attempt at ravioli (my own homemade pasta of course) filled with fresh made ricotta and blue cheese, fried quickly in garlic, butter and thyme. I added some ricotta on top.
Delicious and creamy. Definitely worth doing again.

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Embrace life. All too soon yours may be over.

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Today’s Thoughts

Today I went to church twice. Both times to pray. It was a sweltering heat that accompanied me to and fro. Still it always feels good to spend time with the brethren.

I feel a bit sad tonight though. Some people I know are going through some rough patches in their lives.
Rough things are a part of life in general.  I have no problem with that. What makes this sad to me is that their rough patch is because of the way someone handled them.

We develop thicker ‘skins’ every time we get beaten. Every lashing, every stabbing, every bruising session creates callouses on our hearts and souls. And then we are most likely the ones who need to work with great diligence to smooth away these tell tale signs of abuse. Painstakingly soothing away discolouration. Patching up the wounds. The wounds other people have inflicted for reasons unbeknownst to us.

Makes me cry.  I hate injustice. 
That’s why its vital to me to stay linked to the God who rights all wrongs. I simply wouldn’t be able to bear living in this world otherwise.

Just wanted to share mu supper wuth you. Making pasta has proven to be very therapeutic.  Especially when you end up with futtucine and a bolognese sauce like in the pic. I topped it with some blue stilton cheese.

Delish!

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Wish my bestie had been here to share it with me. Mayb one day hey!

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