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.

Thankful Thursday: Kindred Spirits

I don’t often make the time to read too many other blogs.

Mainly because I often get lost in them or rather lost in the reading of them. I’ve mentioned it before but I have to say it again…. I love reading. 

So when I go to my reader I get right in there and its very hard to stop.

One of the things that keep me there is when I find a freshly pressed post that hits the nail on the head and causes me to pause and think. It makes me want to check what else the blogger has to say. Before I know it I’ve been through their entire blog, read most of the comments and ofcourse, subscribed to their blog.

One thing that I am always grateful for is when I find a post or blogger that resonates what I have within me. Especially when they are saying something I have  yet to find a way to put into words.

It becomes one of those moments you sit back and go… Thats what I would have said. Someone else gets it. I am not alone.

Today has been a day like that. Where I have found, amongst my fellow bloggers, kindred spirits whose hearts seem to be beating in a rhythm similar to mine.
We will never be exactly the same but in being, believing or thinking alike we share a channel (regardless of its size or shape) in this gigantic universe.

It’s a wonderfully beautiful thing 😀 ❤

This post is a shout out to all my homies who get it along with me…. helllllooooooooooooo my peoples! I love you!
:-*

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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That Which Is True

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As my minutes turn into hours turn into days turn into weeks… you get the gist… I am made increasingly aware of the significance, the vitality of truth.
Especially the truth of self.

Realising who you actually are is life-giving in itself and you can only do so by recognizing and accepting who God has created you to be.

One of the saddest ways we can ever inflict pain on ourselves is by lying to ourselves about ourselves.

Accept and love who you are.
It is only then that you can make a decision that will effect positive, significant and lasting change in the wonderful essence that is you!

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Own up. Stand up.

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One of the most important things in life is to accept that EVERYBODY does something at some or other time that offends or uplifts someone else.

Not too long ago I was made aware of someone who really looks forward to my status updates on Facebook. 

It blew my mind. I barely know this person but yet my daily goings on holds value to them.

So now I realise, it is vital to take ownership of what you contribute in life. Decide what kind of message you want to send out of the essence that is your life. Accept ownership and responsibility for that message. (FYI : That includes all byproducts and consequences)

And then….

Live on purpose.

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Soulful Saturday: A Clear Path

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I love that God’s Word is able to direct us in life.

I’d be completely lost without it.

Today, my pray for you and I is that we always walk the path lit by God’s word.

Its absolutely vital especially in the world we live in today. Where you cannot trust many people to watch out on your behalf.
When you rely on God’s leadership through His written and spoken word you are destined to win.

Looking forward to tomorrow 😀

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Thankful Thursday: The Wine Press

I am reading a book on Discipleship called The Journey Of A Disciple by Stuart & Jill Briscoe.
(Brilliant read)

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Last night I read a chapter written by Jill Briscoe about Hannah, Samuel’s mother. (From 1 Samuel 1)

Hers is really a story of pain, bitterness, faith and surrender.

There are more than two reasons I feel I can relate with her. She remains an absolute inspiration to me and not only because she was barren and then had children. But because of the general space she found herself in.

One of the things I was made aware of was back then, having children sort of equaled God having blessed and favoured you. So Hannah must’ve felt completely in disfavour with God. Yet there she was, running to the temple to speak to Him.
Good thing though because no one else could ever really get what she was going through.
I’m thankful today that I can do that too. Regardless of what is happening in my life I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I can take my woes and worries to God.

Jill concludes the chapter by writing about the three ways grapes used to be pressed back in biblical times. And how its the not so comfortable pressing that produces wine in the vineyard of our lives. 
Its very insightful and it really got me thinking.

If its the pressing I’m experiencing currently then that means wine is sure to follow from my own vineyard. And to make it tasty and delicious I am making a point of being thankful for the fruit of my harvest.

– restoration
– deliverance for my family
– wholesome fellowship
– an even closer relationship with my man
– better homemaker skills
– an awesome blog
– a self hosted site

I’m also thankful for yummy chats with my friend. I miss him so much but I’m thankful he is happy and healthy and blessed.

Thank God for the wine press of life.

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