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Are you flexing God’s muscles?

Muscle 350x350 Are you flexing God’s muscles?I don’t know about you but sometimes I ‘wake up’ and find that I’ve stopped dreaming. I’m no longer believing God for all that He wants to give me and life feels a little flat and routine.

I guess we all get caught up in the ‘day to day’ and sometimes we lose focus on what we want beyond what we think needs to happen in the near future. Does that ever happen to you?
You’re a parent who is focused on helping your kids grow up right or the deadlines at work keep your attention fixed on little else. The bills keep piling up and it’s all you can do to keep on top of them or your relationships are falling apart at the seams and you’re scrabbling to keep them together. All of these things can make you lose track of your own dreams because you’re so concentrated on keeping your head above water right now.

The good news is that you’re not alone. All of us go through phases like this. All of us need a reminder and a ‘wake up call’ every now and then.
That’s when God taps us on the shoulder and reminds us of how much more there can be when we stretch our faith and believe Him for greater things. Things beyond the circumstances we see in front of our eyes. Things beyond the current crises we’re dealing with. Things beyond what is keeping us thinking small at the moment.
His Word is full of Him telling us that He has so much more in store for us. Talk about ‘thinking outside the box’ – God doesn’t even see the box!

The oft quoted Jeremiah 29:11 is just the start: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”. Wow!
And how about the utterly amazing Ephesians 3:20: “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us”

Let that REALLY sink in for a moment.

God has planned for good things to happen in our lives. Things so amazingly good that they go beyond anything we can even ever imagine. Beyond our wildest dreams. Greater than anything we’ve ever desired. OH MY WORD!
AND – it’s His power that is working in us in order to make them happen!

Now that’s put a big fat smile on my face!

So, what can we do with that?

STOP … and take a little time to step out of the immediate situations and give a little attention to these promises.

Take your eyes off the issues surrounding your children right now and ask God to help you to dream about the amazing things He has for them (and for you) as you’re raising them.

Let Him help you to see your work in a whole new light. Beyond the deadlines that loom and the people around you. See the future that He has for you and the way He wants to bless you by making the desires that He’s put in your heart come true.

Lift your eyes off your current financial circumstances and let Him show you how to access His financial system and way of doing things. When you walk in those ways, He’ll be able to activate His abundant supply and you’ll never have to be worried about being short of money again.

Push aside the feelings of hurt, bitterness and despair you have about your relationships and dream with Him about what they look like from His point of view. Let Him show you what they’d look like as He helps you to walk in love, forgiveness and mercy. Let Him show you how to be happy.

Imagine what life would look like if we took God at His word and stretched our faith and believed with Him for the greater things He so badly wants to give us!

We could dare to do amazing things that would blow the socks off the world.

Our kids could grow up healthy and strong in the knowledge of who they are and what they can do, with God.
Our jobs and businesses could be amazingly successful as we listen to the genius who is the Holy Spirit and let Him show us how to really operate in a way that blesses everyone.
We could have finances not only enough for ourselves, but loads left over to give away to others and help them when they’re in a bind. Living in a way where it feels so good to be able to be a generous giver.
Our marriages could be healthy and filled with love, compassion and joy. Our households could be places that we love to come home to – our havens where we’re loved, nurtured and feel safe.

What a wonderful way to live.

So … STOP and take a little time today to dream with God. Let Him show You all that He’s excited to do in, and through, your life. Let Him show you what He has in store for you beyond your current circumstances. Let Him take you along with Him as He gives you a glimpse of all that He wants to do with you.

Let Him stretch your faith and believe Him for greater things.

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Beyond your wildest dreams

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Do yourself a favour and read that again.

The Amplified version says it this way:

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the (action of His) power that is at work within us, is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly, far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams)

Let that really sink in a moment

The power of God Himself is at work in you. The power that created the Universes. The power that causes the sun to shine and sustain life. The power that thought of all the millions of processes that keep you not only alive, but flourishing on the Earth. The power that formed your individual body, with its astounding intricacies. THAT POWER is at work in YOUR life today!

As a consequence of THAT power being at work in you. It is God’s power is at work in you. Not your own limited power and, as a consequence of that…

 He is able… He can do what He’s planned for you. You don’t have to do it alone. You don’t have to try and do things that you don’t know how to do. The Holy Spirit is a Genius. He knows how to look after a new born baby. He knows how to fix your car. He knows how to run a business. He understands teenagers. He knows who you’re to marry how to keep a marriage strong.

…to carry out His purposes. His amazing plan for you! The place you’re to live. The people He’s created to be your friends. The job He’s made for you to contribute to. The timings of your life – what you’re to do where and when.

and do superabundantly, far over and above. Create a FAR better outcome than we could ever have hoped for. Impacting more lives. Experiencing more joy. Seeing more miracles. spending every moment of the day with Him.

all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams. The dreams you have are so big to you, but God promises that He can do so much more than you can ever imagine. Not only that, but He does it in ways different to the ways you imagine. Like when you thought you HAD to have that job in order to succeed or you HAD to get that house you bid on or you HAD to be married by a certain age. God doesn’t do things in our way or in our timing. He has a MUCH better plan for us!

 

So, as we trust Him, He unfolds it for us day by day.

He delights in showing us how He’s allowing our character to be developed (would you give your car keys to a 5 year old and let them drive?). It puts a smile on His face when we discover a new facet of His nature – like when He paints an exquisite sunset to cheer us up on a bad day or when He sends someone to bless us with a home cooked meal or when He protects us from dangers we cannot even see.

Imagine getting to the state of mind where ALL you want is what God wants. All you want to happen every day is what God has planned to happen, so that you know that the events that are taking place in front of you right this minute, are exactly as God planned them to be. And you’re so grateful that He’s in control.

The Truth is that that’s exactly where you are right now. Do you choose to look at it that way? Will you choose to dream big with God and know that He will bring you outcomes that are even bigger than what you dream – when you surrender to Him and let Him be almighty God?

What an awesome way to live! Thank You LORD

 

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Always there

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I saw this sign and, because I love to walk in nature, I thought I’d go and see what there was to see!

 

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Look at what I found!… (and the revelation God gave me along the way)

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Self confidence – The Truth behind the myth

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I love ME Self confidence   The Truth behind the mythIt has often been said of me that I’m self-confident. Today, I’m sitting down to figure out what that really means.

The dictionary definition of ‘self-confident’ is:

1. realistic confidence in one’s own judgment, ability, power, etc.

2. excessive or inflated confidence in one’s own judgment, ability etc.

Isn’t that interesting? Where do we draw the line between realistic and excessive or inflated confidence? Who determines which is which and where the one becomes the other? Thoughts differ between societies, social groups and even families. One person’s natural confidence can be seen as excessive by someone who is shy etc.

Basically, when it comes right down to it, it means to be confident in one’s own ability to perform tasks, be successful and generally cope well with life (whether that be realistic or inflated).

Now, as Christians, we’re continually told by God that we don’t have to rely on our own abilities, judgment or power. We acknowledge that God is far greater at everything than we could ever be. And what a relief that is!

Just realizing that God knows more about the situations we face than we do, brings me a great sense of peace. I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that my own limited abilities don’t have to be what determines my success. I can rely on God who knows everything, to come alongside me and work everything out.

 

Now that doesn’t mean to say that we are useless, weak and incompetent. Quite the opposite in fact. God Himself created us for a specific purpose. He lovingly concentrated on each one of us as He put together exactly what we would be like. The color of our eyes and hair, the shape of our body, our personality type, our likes and dislikes and – even right down to our sense of humor and what we would find funny. Such great, specific and loving attention to detail in itself means that we are amazing and have every right to be confident in who God made us to be.

Think about it. There is no-one else like you in the whole world. Even biologically nearly identical twins are their own unique person. Add to that the combinations of different experiences we all go through and the different way we see and react to what happens to us throughout life and you can see that these all contribute to making each of us into a tapestry consisting of millions of individual strands, that make up a unique and intricately beautiful person.

So, when we look at the definition above we realize that we don’t have to rely on only our own:

  • Judgment
  • Ability
  • Power

When it comes to being able to judge a situation, God is amazing at it. He knows just what to do in any given situation, which will cause it to turn out perfectly according to His bigger view of things.

God’s ability to do anything is greater than ours. The beautiful thing is that he wants to do things WITH us. That’s the nature of relationship. That’s Him adding his ‘super’ to our ‘natural’ and making it…(you guessed it) SUPERNATURAL!

God is the most powerful being that exists. Over and over throughout the Bible He tells us that we don’t have to do things in our own power. He is right there waiting for us to ask Him to help. He absolutely delights in being with us as we discover the astounding things He’s put in place on the earth. It puts a big smile on His face when we want to do things with Him, want to learn from Him and want to spend each day with Him.

Wow, what a privilege we have!

When all is said and done it basically comes down to the fact that it is confidence in who God made us to be and what He made us to do, that should be what we measure our ‘self-confidence’ by. Then we’re free to have excessive and inflated confidence in God’s ability in, through and WITH us!

 

 

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What a relief!

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No fear 350x350 What a relief!There is a lot going on in my life at the moment because I’m asking God a lot of questions. I’m asking Him to show me what He has planned and I’m getting those answers coming thick and fast.

Recently I’ve been getting some real wake up calls about my behavior. Things are being highlighted that have lain dormant for years and it feels as if my world is being turned upside down. I’m beginning to realize that this is all part and parcel of the next level that God is taking me to. He loves me too much to leave me with those issues and, seeing as I’ve surrendered and asked Him to do what only He can do – He’s doing it! It’s all part of the adventure of being a believer.

I had a weird dream the other night, which woke me up in the early hours of the morning. I record all of my dreams because I know that God talks to us through them. After I’d written it out, I went in search of some answers. I know that dream interpretation belongs to the Lord, so I prayed about it and looked on the net for people who are particularly gifted in dream interpretation from a Christian viewpoint.

I came across a website of a well known Prophet and as I was surfing through his site, my attention was drawn to a video. I clicked ‘play’ and settled back to watch the 30 min episode.

Almost immediately he started talking about something that happened to him and, as I watched, the tears just started to pour down my face. I couldn’t stop crying. What he said struck such a deep cord with me and resonated so strongly with what I have been experiencing, that I was totally convicted. I’ve learned that when this happens I need to just let the tears flow and ask the Holy Spirit to let me know what my part is to do, while He does what only He knows how to do.

The tears eventually dried and as I continued to watch, he then brought up an issue that I have seen in my own life for years. I knew that I was being shown how hurtful and detrimental this issue has been in not only my life, but also the lives of my family. I saw how the root of this behavior was based in deep fear and realized that the time had obviously come to get rid of it. I was being given an opportunity to face the fear and let the Holy Spirit help me to root it out of my life – once and for all.

Now what often happens to me is that I begin to feel despondent when the Lord highlights something in my life and I think thoughts like:

  • ‘How long have I been a Christian and I’m still not over this issue?’
  • ‘I’m never going to be good enough, no matter how hard I try, so I might as well just give up’

This ever happened to you? I know, right! It’s like all the voices of negativity and hopelessness all converge on your thinking at the same time, threatening to overwhelm you and keep you bound.

As I was sitting there thinking about what would need to be done in order to deal with this new revelation, and feeling rotten, I had a really hopeful thought.

I thought ‘Lisa, you must not let the negativity get you down. This has been a revelation given to you so that you can realize that without Me, you cannot do all that I’ve put in your heart to do. We are going to need to do it together, so come to Me and let Me help you.’

It was like a light bulb went on in my head and I realized that I had a choice to make. Which thought would I listen to? Which path would I take? Which way would I choose to go?

I literally stood up and made a decision. I knew that dealing with the fear would be painful, but I also know that when the Holy Spirit helps you to face something, He does it kindly and gently and it always has a good outcome. I said out loud

“Holy Spirit, I am so sorry for ignoring this issue for so long and for letting it hang around. I choose to let You help me to heal it. I completely surrender to Your help, wisdom, love and guidance. Do what only You can do and let me know what my part is”.

It was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and all the feelings of guilt and hopelessness left. Instantaneously. Make no mistake, the thoughts tried to come back again, but I wouldn’t let them.

I stood and reminded myself of all the verses I’d read in the Bible that tell me that God loves me, that He’s on my side, that He will finish the work in me that He started and all I need to do is to believe that he’ll keep His promise.

A new sense of strength coursed through me and as I ran my bath, I made up my mind to just take a deep breath and rest and let God do what only He can do. What a relief!

Thank You LORD!

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Day 30 – To fast…or not to?

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Day 30 350x350 Day 30   To fast...or not to?Every month we have what is called ‘Sacred Assemblies’ at our Church. During this 3 day period we collectively fast and pray. It’s a time that we set aside and dedicate to letting God know how much we love Him. We ask Him specifically for what we long for and we fast as a way of letting Him know that getting to know Him and receiving His direction on the issues we’ve brought to Him, is more important to us than food (or whatever we’re fasting).

I must admit to having a difficult time with the fasting bit of this equation. It’s a bit of a ‘catch-22’ for me. I struggle so much to go without food that it’s a really difficult thing for me to do. All the multitude of reasons that I have for not wanting/being able to fast, come rushing into my head. They all sound perfectly reasonable, totally logical and have a good deal of emotional ‘fact’ backing them up ☺. I’ve got really good reasons for not missing so many meals! In my own head at least.

Number 1 on the list is the fact that I’m already quite slim and I’d be making myself ill if I didn’t eat. What about the fact that I get all dizzy and cranky when I get hungry? The there’s the unfairness of making meals for everyone else in the household and not being able to eat them myself. All very valid reasons and surely God understands my concerns and wouldn’t want me to have to ‘suffer’ like that?

BUT

And it’s a big one…

My comfort isn’t the aim of fasting, is it?

The aim of fasting is to obey what we’re told to do in the Bible (examples of prayer and fasting appear all through both Testaments). If it’s in there, I want to do what God tells me to – it’s part of a loving relationship.

It also puts us in the best possible position for a breakthrough that God has for us. If God has a solution to an area of my life that I’m struggling with, then I’ll gladly fast and pray in order to get that breakthrough. It breaks whatever is stopping the revelation and releases God’s wisdom and solution. And I need as much of that as I can get.

The discipline of fasting builds our ability to resist things that are ‘fleshly’ – habits that aren’t good for us. It also heightens our ability to hear and act on ‘spiritual’ things – things that help us to walk in the amazing way God has planned for us to. God calls us to pursue, think on and act upon what is good whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Phil 4:8)

So, my conclusion is that if I want to bless God with obedience to fasting as well as get all the benefits, I have a decision to make. I think it will be a great lesson in asking for, and receiving, God’s help in an area where I really need it.

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Day 29 – Men, eugh…..

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Day 29 350x282 Day 29   Men, eugh.....I was sitting having coffee with a friend of mine today, when the subject of the ‘equality of the sexes’ came up. I love talking about this topic because, many years ago, someone helped me to see things from a completely new perspective – and it changed my life.

I had just started with a network marketing company and we were invited to hear a speaker named Allan Pease talk about the differences between men and women. At this time of my life, my attitude towards the ‘battle of the sexes’ was one of ‘anything a man can do, a woman can do better’ and I would battle any man in my life who tried to keep me down or tell me I couldn’t do something.

He started to talk about not only the personality differences between men and women but even broke it down to the physiological differences. I began to learn that men have been specifically created to function one way and women specifically created to function another. Then, the icing on the cake is that these two ways of functioning are completely complementary to one another and not in the least competitive.

I was bowled over!

This went beyond the normal arguments I had heard (and often offered myself) that centered purely around performance – which assumes an identical playing field.

I learned that men and women are completely EQUAL, yet they are completely DIFFERENT – and those two things are not the same!

Women have unique innate ways of functioning (gestating and giving birth to a baby, breastfeeding etc) that men are not physically capable of doing because they weren’t created to perform that function. Similarly, a man has unique innate ways of functioning (providing the sperm that fertilizes the egg). These two are examples of the unique qualities of a man and the unique qualities of a woman. Each then needs the other in order to create a baby. It can’t be done without an egg, sperm and a womb.

I began to look at my ‘struggle’ with equality in a whole new light. I began to appreciate the things that my husband was created to do and stopped trying to compete with him in those areas. It was an amazing feeling for both of us. For me, I learned to appreciate what my husband could do for our family. I began to build him up and thank him for being our provider, for carrying the heavy bags, for being the spiritual head of our home. We began to ask him for guidance and acknowledge the wisdom God gives him in his position as the head of our family.

He began to take back the responsibility that I had wrestled away from him because I wanted to prove that I was ‘as good as a man’. As I stepped back from doing what wasn’t mine to do, he stepped in and assumed his rightful place. I began to feel nurtured, looked after and safe because ‘my man’ was where he was supposed to be. It felt good to be able to go to him and ask him to help me carry heavy things, open jam jars and give me advice from a male perspective.

The most amazing healing and feeling of safety, equality and respect came out of this mindset shift. I realized that he and I are completely equal, yet totally opposite – and that’s just the way it’s meant to be. Man fulfilling his role and woman fulfilling hers and together, complementing each other to form a ‘match made in heaven’.

As I told my friend this story, we realized that relationships in all spheres of life would be so much healthier and more productive if we all understood this concept. Men and women don’t have to be good at the same things; they just need to be good at their things. When we are, we complement each other and produce a far better result than when we try to compete against each other.

I came home and gave my husband a great big kiss and thanked him for being a wonderful man. icon wink Day 29   Men, eugh.....

That realisation has set me free!

 

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Day 28 – The Gift of Worship

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Day 28 320x350 Day 28   The Gift of WorshipWe were at church on Sunday and full into the flow of worship. As I was walking up and down just singing to God, I realised that worship comes in all sorts of forms.

As I asked the Lord to help me expand on this idea, I realised that our whole day has opportunities to be able to offer worship.

One of the things that always puts a huge smile on my face, is being able to go for a walk in the park across the road from where we live. The moment I look ahead of me and see the beautiful green grass contrasted against the brilliant blue sky, I can feel my shoulders relax. As I see the huge, majestic trees and the beautiful little flowers at their feet, I can’t help but grin from ear to ear.

It’s one of the things that lift me up and makes me feel better every day. This, is an act of worship. All of this green grass and the trees and beauty of the little flowers and beautiful blue sky, are all made by God. He knows how much this scene pulls at our heartstrings. He loves nature and that love of nature has been put into us too.

When we smile because something tugs at our heart like that, it’s a way of knowing that the same thing that puts a smile on our face, puts a smile on God’s face too. We are created in His image and He has put within our hearts the same things that delight His heart.

I started to think of other ways that we can worship God during the day. It stands to reason that the things that delight His heart, will delight ours. Ergo, the opposite must also be true. The things that delight our hearts come from Him.

As I was singing, I heard the beautiful voices around me. Something that really thrills my heart is when we’re singing a song – the notes are crystal clear and the harmonies blend beautifully together. This is a way that we can worship God with the voices that He’s given us. The ability to sing notes and harmonise and put melodies and choruses and verses together and sing those words from the pit of our stomach is straight from God.

What about when we look at somebody we love and that beautiful, warm feeling of total love rolls over us. That’s the way God feels about when He looks at us. So, the next time you look at someone you love and are just overwhelmed by that feeling of love, know that that is an act of worship too because we’re feeling with God’s love.

When we care for one another, we are also worshipping God. It’s one of God’s main character traits. He, loves to help. When we see someone that is in need of help, we get to be able to help them and pass on a little bit of our love to them. It puts such a huge smile on God’s face when He sees His children helping one another, loving one another and nurturing one another. Wow, what an act of worship.

One of the things that I am learning now, is realising that these many little things that happen to me during the day and swell my heart, are acts of worship. When I recognise what they are, I stop and look up to the sky and just smile at God. I’m learning to see Him in little things all through the day and they’re really thrilling to my heart. When this happens I just have to stop and say, “I love spending time with You. I love the way You put blessings everywhere for us to be able to see and use. I love the smile you put on my face throughout the day.”

This becomes a way of being able to offer worship to God all through the day.

It’s not as something that you have to consciously think about doing. You just spontaneously worship Him when something touches your heart, or something lights up your face or you feel deeply loved and cared for by someone else.

Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of these opportunities all through the day. Opportunities to see the blessings that God sends in a multitude of forms throughout the day. As you see them, stop and take a minute to smile and tell Him how much you love Him.

This is the most amazing way to spend your whole day worshipping God.

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Day 27 – Better ‘felt’ than ‘telt’

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IMG 1477 350x350 Day 27   Better felt than teltWe’ve had a lovely weekend! It’s been full of family fun all round.

One of the people who was with us this weekend is a total ‘foodie’ and, even though I don’t particularly like cooking, I had a treat for her. We’ve recently bought a fabulous bread making machine and it makes lovely bread. It has a timer and so, the evening before, I put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl and we all woke up to the heavenly smell of freshly baked bread.

It so happens that one of her favourite foods is …freshly baked bread! I took her round the kitchen and showed her how I prepped and we set the machine. Some 10 hours later she woke up to a newly baked loaf, with the smell wafting all through the house. She was amazed and totally sold on the idea of buying a breadmaking machine for herself. It really struck me – the power of actually experiencing what is promised is far more powerful than just hearing the ‘sales pitch’. It adds layers of depth, emotion and experience that is far better ‘felt’ than ‘telt’.

You know, it’s like that in our lives too. When people actually see the evidence of Jesus in us – actually feel the love and experience acceptance, mercy and grace – it’s a far more powerful way to let them know how wonderful He is, than to simply tell them. I got so excited by this revelation that I want to be someone who lives the reality of Jesus every day. I want to be so surrendered that people see is Him in me, all the time. I want to be so reliant on the Holy Spirit’s power that people see, feel and experience Jesus in everything I do. Then, the evidence is irrefutable. It will go beyond being something I talk about, to something I live. And when it gets to that point, people will see Him for who He really is and trust Him instead of feeling ‘sold to’. Oh man, I want that so much!

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Day 26 – I am a friend of God

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Gods friend 350x350 Day 26   I am a friend of GodSomething is really blowing my mind at the moment. This concept of being a friend of God’s. I suppose we all have our pre-conceived ideas of what God is like, but I doubt that we naturally think of ourselves as being able to be friends with the Creator of the Universe!

I’m reading ‘The Supernatural Ways of Royalty’ by Kris Vallotton and he’s just outlined this concept in really simple detail, which has really opened up my eyes and is beautifully messing with my previous beliefs.

I’ve sat asking God to really explain to me what our friendship would look like. So, as a starting point He’s been taking me through what my friendship with Frans, my husband, looks like.

What do I do to look after and nurture my friendship with Frans? Well, I

  • Do things that I know he likes.
    • I make him coffee, just the way he likes it, without being asked.
    • I stop what I’m doing and concentrate on him when he wants to hug me.
    • I do all the organizing that he doesn’t like to do, so that it’s all just done for him.
    • I make his food in the way he likes it, so that he enjoys eating
    • Etc etc
    • Don’t do things I know he doesn’t like
    • Tell him I love him, all the time
    • Purposefully thank him of being a wonderful man and loving me the way he does
    • Leave him to do what he loves to do without nagging
    • Respect his opinion and listen to him when he wants to share something he’s found out
    • Honour his gifts and passions

So, if that’s what friendship looks like between Frans & I, how does it compare with my relationship with God?

Well, I set aside a specific time to talk to God and spend time with him, every day. But then once that time is finished, I don’t tend to talk to him throughout the day, like I would with Frans. I often have short little bursts of being aware of Him and hearing Him gently correct me, or see something that puts a huge grin on my face and know that it’s God sending me a hug, but as for having a gentle undercurrent awareness of Him, I don’t have that.

I don’t consciously think of things that I can do or say that will bless Him and put a smile on His face. There are things that I know He doesn’t like and yet I still do them (e.g. – being offended at someone’s behaviour). I don’t always respect what He tells to me to do (e.g. – I’m too scared that the person will laugh at me). Have you ever behaved this way?

This exercise was a real eye-opener for me. Not only did I see what I don’t do to nurture a friendship between God and I, but I also identified areas that, if I put in some conscious effort, I could really get closer to God! Wow, exciting times!

So, I sat and thought about what I could do that would put a smile on God’s face. I could:

  • Do little things throughout the day that are in line with what He talks about in the Bible.
    • Forgive someone quickly when I’m offended or hurt
    • Listen to and act on the little instructions and invitations that He offers. Like picking up the trash where I’m walking so that the path looks good. Helping someone to get something off a high shelf. Being patient with myself when I do something wrong. Sending someone an encouraging text when prompted to do so. All these little acts of obedience show that I value what He’s saying.
    • When I start to worry about a situation, stop and hand it over to Him to deal with and totally rely on Him to do so. Ask Him for the wisdom to know what my part is to do and do it with His help.
    • Tell Him I love Him
    • Thank Him for the privilege of being His daughter.
    • Ask Him about things. Ask Him to explain what I don’t understand. Ask Him to help the people I care about. Ask Him to help me sort out what I think of as problems. Ask Him to help me get to know Him better. Ask…
    • Trust that whatever He has planned is good for me, even when I can’t see how it will work out for good.

Just looking at this list puts a smile on my face. I get to bless God by doing these things and that will help our friendship be stronger and more intimate every day.

Now, all that’s left is to ask Him to help me be aware of Him throughout the day. Help me to be a good friend to Him and to love Him with all of my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength.

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Day 25 – Stop wasting my time!

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Day 25 300x350 Day 25   Stop wasting my time!We can all get a little off track sometimes, can’t we? It’s just in the nature of everyday living. Stuff happens, thoughts come and actions follow – often without us stopping to check that they’re going according to the plan we had for the day or indeed, for our lives.

An airplane intends to go to New York but ends up in Michigan – all because it wandered a degree or two off course at the beginning and wasn’t corrected. We too can find ourselves in a totally different place from where we intended to be, because we don’t make the little vitally necessary course corrections in our thinking along the way.

One of the ones that I have a particular challenge with is the thought pattern of ‘wasting time’. I am so excited by the vision that God has shown me of what I am here to do, that I try really hard to stay focused on it. There are times though when I let an old mindset creep in or I get tired and discouraged and, before I know it, I’m way off course. When I ‘wake up’ to what’s happening I get really mad at myself for the time I’ve wasted. Time that has been taken away from doing what God has called me to do.

Lately, I’ve just got tired of ending up in a place in my thinking where I no longer want to be. I know that condemnation and getting so mad at myself is NOT from God. So, if it’s not from Him, then it must be from the enemy…and I’m tired of listening to the wrong voice.

I have a mentor. If you don’t have someone that you can trust to speak into your life then you need to ask God for one. Surrounding yourself with people who will encourage you, challenge you and love on you is vitally important.

During our chat the other day I brought this subject up and these are some of the points that came out of us both asking God what to do about the situation:

  • God is big enough to help me overcome this problem and see that, as long as my heart is right with Him, everything He has planned for my life will happen just right.
  • As I ask the Holy Spirit what to do every day – and do it – then I’m doing exactly the right thing that is in God’s plan to do and therefore, it WILL be successful.
  • He’s capable of nudging me back onto the right path when I get side-tracked.
  • When the thought of condemnation comes up I need to immediately counter it with the Truth and the thought will go. (So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time – James 4:7-8 MSG)
  • Ask ‘who is in control here? Who is reigning in this circumstance?’ and if it’s not you then get back in control.

The results have been amazing. I start to feel bad about ‘wasting time’ and the moment I stop and ask myself ‘Who is in control here?”, I take the situation back, speak the Truth and I’m right back on track. Amazing!

Quickly realize, quickly repent (change thought direction), quickly speak God’s Truth and quickly back on track. All done in less than 30 seconds!

I’m going to keep on holding onto the Holy Spirit and let Him help me to change this mindset – once and for al!

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