16 January 2018

Commit thy works

"Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." Proverbs 16:3

To commit your works to the Lord literally means to roll them to God as if you were carrying a burden too heavy for you to carry. You don't have to carry around the weight of your burdens. God wants to carry them for you.
To roll means to let go. You can't roll a ball to someone and still hang on to it. To roll means to give the control to someone else.
Your decisions, worries about tomorrow, problems, challenges, time, etc.---give them all to God and let him carry the burden. Give control of your life to God. He has far more wisdom than you. Then you can trust Him to work things out in whatever way is best.
It's not always easy to give things to God. We want to be in control. But, oh the peace and freedom that comes afterwards!
Isn't it great that we have a God who wants to carry our burdens for us? The heavy ones and the tiny ones!



15 January 2018

Give Others the Sunshine---

Are you a complainer? Do you only share your difficulties and complaints?
Sometimes we need to talk about our problems. We need to be honest and open and to ask for help when we need it. But there is a difference between that and always having something negative to say about everything and everyone. I have met people like that and they're not nice to be around. But I am sometimes like that, too!
Pray about what bothers you. God can change people, whereas others can't do that for us.
Count your blessings each day and share them with others. Blessings brighten them when you count them!

8 January 2018

A Prayer for the New Year

What is your prayer for this year?
I am learning to pray for God to give me what I need. He knows exactly what I need. Sometimes its encouragement, sometimes it's a trial. Sometimes it's stress, sometimes it's rest.

I read this little story thismorning and it sums it up.

"I need oil," said an ancient monk; so he planted an olive sapling. "Lord," he prayed, "it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers." And the Lord sent gentle showers. "Lord," prayed the monk, "my tree needs sun. Send sun, I pray Thee." And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds. "Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues," cried the monk. And behold, the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.
Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience. "I, too, planted a little tree," he said, "and see! it thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not ways or means. 'Lord, send what it needs,' I prayed, 'storm or sunshine, wind, rain or frost. Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.'"

17 December 2017

Faith

I prayed for faith, and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, "Now faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." I had closed my Bible, and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and faith has been growing every since.
                                                                                   ~D.L.Moody~

11 November 2017

Disguises

This is a repost from a couple of years ago.

(Lessons from Jeroboam's Wife #2)
Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself.”
“She shall feign herself (pretend) to be another woman.” (different looking from the wife of the king)
“Why feignest thou to be another?' 1 Kings 14:2,5-6

Are you like Jeroboam's wife? Do you try to disguise yourself? Is there something you are trying to hide? Are you pretending to be what you're not?
Here are a few disguises people wear.

The Happy Disguise
My husband and I once visited a family who were going through something awful. After telling us the bad news, the father laughed and joked most of the evening. If he hadn't told us what had happened in their family, we would never have guessed from the way he was acting. Yet underneath he must have been really hurting.
We used to have a young couple living next door to us who were very rough. When they had parties with their friends we would hear them all laughing together so loud. But then the next morning when their friends were gone we would hear them yelling and fighting. Or we might see a police car parked outside. It really struck me that people are often not as happy as they seem. You can laugh loudly while you're crying inside.
Proverbs 14:13 says Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Sometimes the most sad and empty people can act like the happiest people on earth. It's a disguise to cover their pain, insecurity, struggles or emptiness.
Are you trying to cover up a hurting heart by pretending nothing is up? Take your hurt to God in prayer, but don't be afraid to open up and share your troubles with someone who cares about you. Talking with the right person can be far more helpful than keeping it all inside. If people don't know, they won't pray for you and try to help you.
Be real!

The Religious Disguise
In Brother Andrew's book, God's Smuggler, he shares how he would go to church each Sunday with his parents. His parents thought he was sitting at the back, but he would actually slip out of church and just come back at the end. He would listen to the other comments people made about the sermon so he knew what it was about, then he would discuss the sermon too. His parents never suspected he hadn't been in church. He was wearing a religious disguise.
Are you the Christian that you appear to be? Are you a Christian 24/7? Is your faith real or are you just 'religious'? Are you a Christian at home?

The Worldly Disguise
It's easy to be a Christian when you're around other Christians. But when you're around people who don't believe the same way, it's easy to put on a disguise and pretend you're the same as them. It's easy to be ashamed of what you believe and blend in with the others.
 Sometimes we're ashamed to show who we really are.
What about you? Do people around you know you're a Christian? Or are you pretending to be what you're not?
Be real!


8 October 2017

When a Little Goes a Long Way

(I wrote this on my Mum's blog, but the principles apply to everybody, so will share here too!)
One of my favourite stories is the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. When Jesus takes a little boy's lunch and makes it into more than enough to feed 5,000+ people.
When I was a teenager, I loved this story because I could see an application to my life. I had a big desire to see people saved and I prayed that God would take my 'little' life and use it to spiritually feed/help many people.
That is still my prayer, but recently I have learned another application.
A while back I was preparing for our plane trip to Holland. Since we live on the other side of the world, it is a very long way to go with four small children. I was unsure how flying would go. I prepared and brought lots of activities for them to do on the plane. But anything I packed, we would need to carry on the airports, so I couldn't take too much.
Usually I can't sleep when I am flying, so the thought of going so far with so little sleep and so many hours of looking after children in a small space was very overwhelming.
So little sleep and so few activities for the children for so many hours of flying.
Then I saw a new application in this story.
I prayed that God would take the little sleep I would get and the few activities we could carry and make them go a long way!
And He did. Our flights were far better than I had thought possible. The children slept for about half of each flight, and I got some sleep at a motel at our stopover. The children used a few activities on the plane, but between eating, sleeping and watching videos or playing games, they hardly needed them. I expected to be completely exhausted by the time we got to Holland, but I hardly felt sleepy at all in spite of my lack of sleep. The same kind of thing happened on our way home again. I was amazed! I still have a box of activities to find a place for!
I applied this same principle in another way this week. I was very organized with my shopping and got everything ticked off my list. Our child also had a birthday which I did shopping for. But afterwards, I realized there were other urgent expenses and things we needed that I had either forgotten about or simply hadn't realized. By now, I had spent the majority of my shopping money. Uh oh! Feeling a little stressed, I wrote down all the needs/expenses in my prayer journal. I prayed that God would do the same thing again. That he would use the 'little' money I had left to go a long way.
The next morning I got two emails. The first one said that one 'expense' was postphoned for another month. The second one said that something I had put on Trademe the night before had sold for the full 'buy now' price.
 Wow! One less expense and enough money for the other expenses!
He did it again!
What overwhelms you?
God can take the little resources you have and make them go a long way. The key is to give them to Him for His blessing.
Praise God!