Blessed and Highly Favored!

My husband often uses the term, that he is  “Blessed and Highly Favored”,  in reference to his work and income, which, because he is self-employed and is in the service industry, can vary greatly day by day.

Many times when our income does not stretch to meet our outgoings, he and I question what, if anything, we are doing wrong – we tithe on every cent of income we receive and help in other ways whenever we can, when we are challenged by really low-income and it takes strength to dismiss the negative thoughts and bring ourselves back to ‘just being thankful’ for what we do have, and not what we think we should have, or need.

Stirrings of discontent, or fear, or envy are not of God – His presence and blessing in our lives gives us contentment;  strength to overcome and face whatever challenges us and additionally, causes us to be thankful for what we have – however modest our material wealth might be.  95% of the population of the world are poorer than our poorest here in Canada.  So – would you rather be who you are with what you have – or would you rather be one of the 95% who have far less – some do not have a home – have little or no income, having to beg for their daily needs, some are traumatized every day by conflicts within their country and they do not feel safe at any time of the day or night.  Is that how you would prefer to live?

God can and does, give us true peace within when we accept Him and His Holy Spirit, into our hearts. He accepts us just as we are and chooses to bless us anyway, with all that we need!

Colossians 1:21-23  And you, who once were alientated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven…..     (NKJV)

Pray:  Father God, help us to recognize our blessings and to be thankful for each and every need you fill.  Keep us from harboring resentments that are grown from thoughts of what we think we need, when in reality they are just “wants”  – which never bring true satisfaction, even when we get them.

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Be Vigilant!

We are aware that there is much evil, as well as much good, all around us, and so each day we need to remain observant in our surroundings wherever we are, and the people with whom we come into contact.  Many of the folk we meet are good and kind and they mean us no harm, but there are those who have dark minds and intentions, and because they have no conscience regarding harm they may inflict on others, we need to be ‘on our guard’, and learn to be discerning and wise – lest we also, fall prey to a dark, menacing and powerful person with destructive thoughts and plans.

Romans 12:9-12  Be sincere in your love for others.  Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good.  Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself.  Never give up.  Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord.  Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.

Prayer:  Father God, help us to stay focused and prayerful, in a world that can be threatening and unkind.  Help us to make the right choices and to stay vigilant in all things, in all ways, by Your Grace.  Amen

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Good Question!

Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press  ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ and start all over? AMEN,AMEN!

 Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

 Why is it that our children can’t read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?
A completely brilliant question!!!!!!!

 Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?  Another completely brilliant question!!!!

 Enjoy your day!

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Joy in the Morning

Loss of a loved one is very painful.  Whatever your beliefs or your faith, the death of a family member or close friend leaves a vast emptiness inside your heart, that can overwhelm you and cause tears to fall without warning, and anger to burst forth without reservation.  You don’t want to see anyone – talk to anyone or do anything – because you hurt so much!

There is a beautiful passage in the bible, that can reassure you and, if you ‘hang on to it’, can give you a sense of hope while it creates peace within you, little by little. 

Psalm 39:5  –  “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. 

So, go ahead,  cry and grieve for as long as you need (your ‘night of mourning’) – because you will eventually experience the joy and gradual lifting of the sadness (the morning).

Don’t allow others to pressure you to ‘get over it’ and ‘get on with your life’ – give yourself the time you need to mourn but then, recognize when it comes time to get on with the everyday ‘stuff’ and get on with your life.

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God’s Love Letters to You (book review)

Beautifully written ‘letters’ that touch your heart and soul. 

Take a break from the bustle of your day and spend a few quiet moments reading one letter a day (for 40 days) – take time to reflect on each one and then take a moment to pray. 

A spiritual spa-time during which you will begin to develop a closer and more personal relationship with the one and only God, who knows you by name and calls you to be one of His chosen ‘children’.

I received this book free, from Booksneeze in exchange for a review.  My review is not required to be positive.


Distress Call

 The quiet of early morning was broken suddenly by numerous loud distress calls from robins at the back of our house.  The usual calm of their early morning routine – feeding, bathing and teaching their young, had been disturbed by the arrival of three large crows, and further investigation revealed the cause of the alarm calls – the crows had one of the baby robins!   The crows – dark and menacing, determined and much larger than the robins, had destroyed another little innocent in their quest for domination and appeased appetites, whatever the cost.  They must seem to be akin to ‘black devils’ in the bird world – loud and dangerous.

God must be similarly distressed, when He loses one of us to sin: with its immense power to draw us into its destructive darkness; it pervades and tears apart innocent hearts and minds, leaving nothing but a few scraps of our former self; our spirit undermined, and our credibility often shattered because we were led astray or abducted by a destructive power, much stronger than ourselves. 

God outlines very clearly, in the Bible, a very strong warning that we should pay attention to at all times, together with a direction to protect ourselves with His armour each day, to be prepared for the fiery ‘arrows’ of the devil and his minions.

1 Peter 5:8 ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’.

Ephesians 6:10 17 ….. let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong.  Put on all the armour that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks.  We are not fighting against humans.  We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above.  So put on all the armour that God gives.  Then when that evil day comes (the present or the day of judgment), you will be able to defend yourself.  And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.  Be ready!  Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armour.  Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet.  Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the spirit.

So, please understand that evil (as well as good) is all around us, and so each day we need to be very aware of our surroundings and the people with whom we come into contact.  Many are good and kind and mean us no harm, but there are those who have dark minds and intentions, and because they have no conscience regarding harm they do to others, we need to be ‘on our guard’, and learn to be discerning and wise – lest we also, fall prey to a dark, menacing and powerful person with destructive thoughts and intentions.

Prayer:  Abba, let us always stay close to You.  Protect us from all that is not safe.  Help us to humbly submit to Your Love and direction and develop Your discernment and wisdom.  We don Your armour willingly, knowing that it will protect us from all that is not of You.  Amen.






Dark Imaginings

Follow-up to ‘Keeping My Distance’

In my imagination – my neighbour  –

a) had possibly fallen again – and she was unable to get up!

b) was in so much pain, that she was not even able to get out of bed!

c) couldn’t reach the telephone to call for help!

d) didn’t want anyone ‘bothering’ her, so chose to not answer the door!

e) was preferring to dismiss my telephone message, inquiring ‘if she was OK’!

On and on the images played……………………………………

It was somewhat discomforting for me;  ‘just not hearing from or seeing’ her out and about.  I knew that she relished her independence and did not like anyone prying into her life, and so I was reticent in taking any more ‘steps into her space’  – I didn’t want to be considered a nosey neighbour or a nuisance, after all, we barely knew each other and I did not want to jeopardize our new ‘relationship’.

As the next few days passed – I couldn’t get rid of an inner nagging feeling, that I should make one more attempt to check on her – after all, the last time I had talked with her had been through the previous week, now it was Tuesday!  One hears so many reports of a single person having an accident indoors but was not found in time to get medical, or other, assistance – ‘if only we’d found her/him sooner, we might have saved her/him’,  is often heard when a hapless victim is discovered by a chance visitor. I decided to risk being considered intrusive – I would deal with the consequences, after the fact and not let it stop me: I did not want to find out in later days that if I had only persevered, it could have made a huge difference, to her well-being.

‘Biting the bullet’ that Tuesday evening, I decided to take a chance on perhaps, being considered a nosey-neighbour;  so over I go, armed with a small posy of sweet peas gathered from my garden!  Who could resist fresh flowers?

I rang her doorbell and she appeared: I thrust the flowers forward and said, ‘Please forgive me if I’m being a nuisance – I just had to make sure all was well with you’.

She invited me in – thanked me for the flowers – then proceeded to ask if I had ‘phoned her the previous weekend?  I told her I’d visited during the day on Saturday, and on not getting a response had gone home and, yes, I had telephoned her, leaving a message to say that ‘I was just making sure she was alright – I didn’t want to be a pesky nuisance – just needed to know she was well and to let me know, if she needed anything’.

She laughed (kindly) and said, ‘Oh, thank you for caring so much, but my neighbours across the road invited me out for the day then took me out for supper, and I couldn’t understand the message, because the voice was so soft – I couldn’t identify who it was!

Well, praise You Lord, for Your Grace!  My ‘dark imaginings’ were just that:  dark imaginings!  In my mind, dreadful scenarios were being played out, when in actual fact everything was really very rosy!  My neighbour is practically ‘bouncing around’, because the discomfort she was experiencing is now gone!  Well, waddya know – and I was wasting my time and mental energy ‘seeing’ her trying to deal various other accidents indoors, when she wasn’t even at home – she was ‘getting on with her life, very nicely thank you’- which is what I should have been doing too!

Life’s like that, don’t you find?  We can spend so much time, thinking about what ‘might be’ and do so much thinking about something that we bring ourselves to a ‘full stop’ – which renders us completely useless, personally and to everyone around us.  Our mind likes to occupy us in the negative, and we often allow it to proceed.  It stops however, the moment we take action and ‘face up to’ the challenge, and confront it! 

Prayer:  Abba, Let us not spend time dwelling on things that we can do nothing about, or that we choose to not address with positive action.   Let us care enough about others to ‘come alongside’ as needed so we honor You and bring You the glory!  We choose to be lights for You.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Mercy before Favouritism

We humans, have an inherent tendency to discriminate; it is not always done with any malice in mind – in fact, it is that we have been raised with differing views or opinions on and about people, by our parents and their parents and others in our family or social circle; and so it can blur our judgements too, until we are old enough to know better.  One would think, that we ourselves were perfect in every way. What, I wonder,  makes us think we are better than the next person, whether that individual be of questionable appearance; poor achievements; devious ancestry; young – old – in or between; rich or poor!

You may ‘live on the wrong side of the tracks’; according to some – but that does not make them better than you, or you worse than them.

The Bible (God’s breathed Word) has a great deal to say about how we need to treat one another. I thank God constantly for His guidance in His Word, because oft times my sentiments can be very different from His – and so, thankfully, He leads me back onto good old solid ground with His advice.  What a wonderful world it would be, if we all followed the same teaching and treated others as we prefer to be treated.

Here’s some points to consider:

James 2:1  My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won’t treat some people better than others.  (CEV)  (don’t show favouritism)

Romans 15:7 Honour God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you. (CEV) or Philippians 2:3 Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.  (CEV)

(accept everybody – this does not mean we approve of all that they do – but we need to consider others better than ourselves, because we cannot know what a persons heart or abilities are like, any more than they can know ours).

So, it is important to ‘not get hung up on unimportant stuff!  You know – favouritism – envy – judging

; in so doing we can unwittingly be cruel or insensitive, to someone who might onlly need a smile, or a quick ‘hello’ to make their day brighter or to make them feel worthwhile!

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Keeping My Distance

I’ve made the acquaintance of a dear lady, who is a neighbour in our new community.  She is vibrant, funny, well-educated, world-travelled, and well – VERY independent; so when she recently shared with me that she had slipped in the bath and badly bruised her side (she could walk, but with obvious difficulty) – I was concerned for her.  She has refused all offers of help and I am OK with that, as long as I see her out and about.  I am very independent myself and certainly wouldn’t want to pressure her in any way that I, myself would find intrusive. 

I have been concerned about her, nevertheless,  because in the past few days,  I’ve seen her outside, less and less.  Respecting her privacy, as I hope mine would be observed, I satisfy myself with the reassurance that she is OK, when I see her window blinds open up in the morning – then at least, I know she is up and about and taking care of herself.

I’ll keep close watch, from a distance and be content to be a respectful (but nevertheless vigilant – not nosey)  neighbour.

When I put this all into perspective, I think about God – I guess He does the same with us; He knows we need help and must, at times, desperately want to “jump in” to assist, but we  display very clearly that we can manage, so leave us alone but thank you for your offer to assist.

I am not at all hurt by my neighbours refusal, but God must be saddened by our continual attempts to “go it alone”, and disappointed that we choose to do things our way, without His ever-present help-line being available to us 24/7.  However, thankfully, He’s a good guy and doesn’t get upset with us; He patiently “keeps His distance”, until we realize that, we’re not doing so well, and perhaps could use some of His help after all.  God just wants us to want Him in our lives, just as  I suppose,  I want to be needed in my neighbours life.  I, too, can be patient – but I hope too, that she recovers and is fully able to re-establish her daily routines, quite independently, whatever they might be.

Praising God for Grace and Understanding (Wisdom).

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The media idea in our modern ‘throw-away’ society, instills in us (if we choose to believe it), that if it doesn’t work ‘get rid of it’ – whether it is a tool, a piece of furniture, a utensil or, more importantly, a person!  Seems that ‘modern’ thinking does not readily repair or work at improving much at all.

True love does not give up easily; it puts up with people in all their ways and all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (CEV)

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud or rude.

Love isn’t selfish or quick-tempered.

It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.

Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.

Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting.

Love never fails!

I pray for you a pathway that leads to true contentment and love!