Gift

God has a way of sending blessing when you least expect it.

We have been in a bit of a tight spot recently, finance wise, and both my husband and I have been wondering just how we were going to manage. We have bills to pay, rent, cars to fuel and maintain, food and other grocery items to buy and our oldest is starting school next week so we have had the added expense of uniforms, stationary and school fees. Sometimes we are left wondering just how we are going to make it until the next time we get paid.

Then something happens, like my husband over budgeted for something and we ended up with a bit of extra money, or we receive a gift from someone or a group of someone’s, or we get paid a little bit more than what we thought we would get paid. The people who have given know who they are and we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts that you followed the Lord’s leading and allowed His love and his kindness to flow through you. 

Just the day before we received one of those gifts my husband and I had both had a talk with the Lord about trusting Him and waiting for Him to provide. Neither of us knew that the other had had this conversation with God, we only told each other after the gift had been given to us. But isn’t it wonderful how God can use these moments to really bless us and to establish our faith. When I think of the people God has used over the last couple of months I am reminded of this verse.

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Praise the Lord for those who are willing to be cheerful givers, I pray that the Lord would bless you greatly. We should be willing to listen to God’s gentle voice when it comes to giving to others, sometimes we may not feel we have anything that we can give but like the lady with the vial of oil and the little bit of flour fed her son and herself and Elisha in 2 Kings 4 for the whole of the famine, perhaps what we need is not more to give but more faith that God will meet our needs if we give what we have. 

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Thoughts

The thoughts that we think about our spouse, our kids, our friends and family members impact how we act and react. They shape our opinion of those people and we act or react accordingly. But we need to be careful that our thoughts and emotions don’t lead us astray and cause us to misconstrue peoples actions or intentions. We need to as 1 Corinthians 13 says “think no evil” if we love someone we should always try to think the best of them and focus on their good qualities rather than on those which offend us.
Now I am not saying that there is not a time and place to speak to them about certain behaviours etc of course we need to be involved in helping them in that way as well, however the problem comes when we spend so much time dwelling on the things that we don’t like that we begin to NOT SEE the things we do like. Encouragement is sometimes the best tool we can use to help them change a behavior. Let’s try to say something encouraging to our loved ones this week and focus on the good qualities rather than the bad.

Lead your heart to Joy

I was attempting to do a bible study the other week and I read this and thought I would share it.

“…you must take the view that instead of following your heart, you are choosing to lead it. The world says to follow your heart, but if you are not leading it, then someone or something else is (I would add that we need to choose to lead our hearts as we allow Christ to lead us.) The bible says that the heart is more deceitful than all else (Jeremiah 17:9) and it will always pursue that which feels right at the moment. We dare you to think differently, choosing instead to lead your heart toward that which is best in the long run. This is the key to lasting, fulfilling relationships.”

How many of us have been leading our hearts? When we allow our feelings, our desires, our dreams to take over the inevitable result is that we become desperately unhappy because we have not learnt to “be content with such things as ye have” (Hebrews 13:5) When we go through times of trial and testing do we choose to lead our hearts towards God and away from despair? Our hearts very easily deceive us into thinking that we deserve better, that we have done the hard yards and so now we deserve a velvet cushion to sit on. Having joy when things are going well is easy. Having joy when you “fall into divers temptation” (James 1:2) that is the real test. We cannot say we have faith in God and then fall into despair when things are not going so well. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:6,7)

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:3,4).

Do we let the trials in our lives point us to Christ? Or when we have has it been for a fleeting moment in time? We need to find the joy of the Lord regardless of whether we are in walking on cloud nine or cowering in the midst of a storm. Having joy and peace and contentment is a choice, and it is often a hard learned lesson, one that comes through much hardship. But Jesus has told us to “cast all your cares upon him, for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). God loves us so much and he wants to be with us and carry us through the storms and to calm our souls and give us peace but I also believe we need to learn to CHOOSE to be happy, come what may.

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

 

 

Christmas Break

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy and safe Christmas and New Years. I should have posted and told everyone I wouldn’t be blogging over the Christmas break but I’ve been so busy it quite escaped my notice. This is my first time doing all this kind of thing on the internet. Oh well I know for next year. I will be back on schedule this week and I should have a post up tonight. Thankyou for all your support in 2015 and I look forward to what 2016 will bring xo
Rach