Cherished


Nourish Me!

My (church) small group, began a new bible study this week, and in the introduction the speaker mentioned the word ‘cherish’, as in how his wife felt about his attitude and actions towards her – it got my attention, because it is very easy to say to someone “I love you”, but they are just words if actions do not support them.

To cherish someone means – to encourage; to treasure above everyone else; to make much of; to comfort; sustain; to be tender towards; in other words to make a person feel special, feel loved and not just be content to hear those words from your lips and just get on with life and your bad attitudes and behaviour making one feel hustled through life – living at your pace and to your demands, without your support or a sense of value shown, above all else!

SO – do you feel cherished, because someone has said they ‘love you’?  Do you share that nourishment of spirit to others?  I have to be honest and say that I do not always feel cherished – but perhaps, perhaps I don’t convey that feeling myself!  To feel safe, secure and important – is indeed ‘food to the spirit’, no matter our age – God can give that to us any time, we just have to ask!  Perhaps, we need to go to Him first and foremost and ask for His nourishment and refreshment, on our spirit – perhaps, then we’d begin to feel cherished – and not depend on people to supply that for us!

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 says:  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.  (NKJV)

“You are mine, I cherish you”.

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Come Sit With Me!


Come Sit With Me

 

I’m steadily becoming more and more frustrated and irrational!  In fact, I do this often:  I sit at my computer (which seems to have a never-ending need to scan, update or download) just when I want to use it – but because it’s busy – it is also SLOW!  I talk to it!  I’m not polite!

 –         I’ve got more important things to do, than sit here waiting for you to ‘do your thing’ – so hurry up!

–         For goodness sake – get a move on!

–         Pur-leese, come along, I want to get this done!

–         Why on earth are you so slow – you’re supposed to be hi-speed!

On and on, I rant – sound familiar? (I do hope not – one irrational person is enough).

Then I receive a devotional from a (writer) friend:  I manage (at last) to open it and it immediately gets my attention, because she’s sharing more of the last days of her husband’s life here on earth.  He eventually lost all interest in ‘earthly stuff’, including favorite foods, and seemed more and more content to prayerfully spend time with God and her –  “What are you doing”, he would say, “Come and sit with me, you can do that stuff later’.

There in that moment I got ‘zapped’ with Godly conviction!  Here I was wasting time plus getting agitated (and talking to) a machine – knowing I have other things to do – but yet I continue to expect a mechanical piece of (junk I often call it) technology to perform at the speed I want (demand).  It occurs to me that this might very well be a God-moment, and I hear Him saying, “Stop what you’re doing – can you not see you are wasting your time, it does not hear you.  Come and sit with me and I will listen to you”.

Zap!  I could suddenly see and hear myself, and how ridiculous I become as soon as my computer refuses to do what I want it to do – WHEN I want it to do it.  So, I stop behaving like an irrational person and thank God for insight – I stop expecting the impossible from this finite machine, and choose instead to focus on and spend time with my infinite Father in Heaven, whose wisdom far exceeds my own (and how)!   Thank you Abba – I think I’m feeling better behaved now!

Note: – on deciding to change my tactics – the computer ‘pops’ a message on the screen telling me that it has been doing a background scan – good thing God scans my thoughts, words and actions each day, and sends me messages on how to focus on important matters rather than on the unimportant:  Goodness, I’d be sitting here practically exploding with anger or (and this has come to mind on more than one occasion) – throwing the machine out the window!  Of course, that would accomplish absolutely nothing worthwhile – but the thought feels good while it’s there! 

Prayer:  Abba, thank you for bringing my attention to the fact that I waste so much time and energy, admonishing a machine that is not complying with my demands, when all I have to do is come to you to be refreshed with rationality and become productive and sane.  Amen.

Refreshed and Filled


Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends

I have been away for a few days (my husband and were at Point Pelee) and this morning – enjoying morning coffee, looking out onto the bird feeders in the garden – it astonished me because they (the feeders) were completely empty!  Of course, at once I started thinking – ahh, the greedy grackles have been here and have cleaned out all the seed – but then, methinks, it could also have been the squirrels (the grease on the pole had obviously dried out and they could climb it again): so, diligently I refilled the feeders and almost immediately birds flew in again – of course they all had had a part in the emptying – one by one in perfect pecking order. ……..I hadn’t realized they ate so much!  🙂

I was very happy to refill the feeders; what’s the point of having a garden, if it is not visited by birds (preferably the smaller, prettier birds).

How very fortunate we are that we have a diligent Father, taking care of us – refilling us when we are empty!

Prayer:  Let us find joy in all Your creations and care for it on Your behalf, as You would have us do.  Amen