Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Ben's language is still very behind compared to an 'average' 3 1/2 year old child. However he loves to pray at bed-time, and is the only one out of my 3 boys who actually makes up his own prayers, elaborately, and with much enthusiasm. Here he is saying thank you for Messy Play, and Miss Pollys, the nursery which he attends every Tuesday from 9 to 5.30 pm. He is also praying for Daddy to get better, and says thank you for Thomas (Toto), Samuel (Wowo), Ben, Mummy and Daddy. There are a couple of sentences which I really cannot decipher, and can only assume it was either tongues, or Benjibish - Ben's special language... Either way, what matters is that God understands.
Cute, huh?!? It's so wonderful to hear my kids pray!!
Friday, 11 July 2008
May the Lord smile on you. Numbers 6:25 (NLT)
The smile of God is the goal of life.
Since pleasing God is the first purpose of your life, your most important task is to discover how to do that. The Bible says, “Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it” (Ephesians 5:10 MSG).
Fortunately, the Bible gives us a clear example of a life that gives pleasure to God. The man’s name was Noah.
In Noah’s day, the entire world had become morally bankrupt. Everyone lived for their own pleasure, not God’s. God couldn’t find anyone on earth interested in pleasing him, so he was grieved and regretted making man. God became so disgusted with the human race that he considered wiping it out.
But there was one man who made God smile. The Bible says, “Noah was a pleasure to the Lord” (Genesis 6:8 LB).
God said, “This guy brings me pleasure. He makes me smile. I’ll start over with his family.” Because Noah brought pleasure to God, you and I are alive today.
God smiles when we love him supremely. Noah loved God more than anything else in the world, even when no one else did! The Bible tells us Noah “consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him” (Genesis 6:9 NLT).
This is what God wants most from you: a relationship! It’s the most astounding truth in the universe: our Creator wants to fellowship with us. God made you to love you, and he longs for you to love him back. He says, “I don’t want your sacrifices – I want your love; I don’t want your offerings – I want you to know me” (Hosea 6:6 LB).
Can you sense God’s passion for you in this verse? God deeply loves you and desires your love in return. He longs for you to know him and spend time with him. This is why learning to love God and to be loved by him should be the greatest objective of your life.
Nothing else comes close in importance. Jesus called it the greatest commandment. He said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38 NIV).
* This is my desire... More than anything, I want to make God smile, and give Him pleasure.
Saturday, 5 July 2008
I still have many unanswered questions, and, while I know God is holding my hand as I walk through this, my trust in Him is not steadfast as it should be.
There are many issues at stake here: trust (definitely); integrity; obedience; faithfulness; patience; holiness; sacrifice; and ultimately there is the issue of who/ what rules my heart, mind, and life...
Now the following may seem unrelated, but I am pretty sure it is not.
Over the last week, I felt the Lord ask me to fast, not from food, but rather from one or two things that were keeping me away from Him.
So I decided to take a break from my computer completely, and also to cut out of my diet all sweet, creamy, sugary 'treats'.
The first was so that I could spend more time with God, myself, my husband, my kids..., instead of reaching for the laptop every five minutes.
I was wasting SO MUCH TIME!!
Time which is so very precious in my very finite life on earth. Being 'on' the computer, on Facebook, blogging (wonderful as it is!), or just 'surfing the net' - had become one of my number one priorities. It was as if my life depended on it. And it was beginning to seriously affect a few very important relationships. So I seriously needed a break.
The second was in order to break a habit, a vicious cycle - that of reaching for the treats when I am bored or fed up (or both) - especially when winding down in front of the TV at the end of a long day. This has always been an issue for me, as it is for many people I know.
I have such a sweet tooth.
I love sweet..., creamy..., yummy puddings. And cookies... And chocolate. And cake!!
But after an indulgent session I feel SOOO guilty, so fat, so unhealthy, so depressed, so...filthy. Can anyone reading this relate to these feelings?
While it has been an interesting week, I can tell you God still hasn't finished what He has been doing.
I think the 'situation' which I mentioned at the beginning has taken my attention away from Him so much that a lot of things in my life have been affected as a result. So this 'fast', this break, is about me showing Him my desire to make Him number one again. To make me more sensitive to His whispers, and more able to see Him at work.
And to make me closer; much, much closer.
So I am going to continue my fast until I feel He says it is time to stop...
I will be back here then (try keeping me away!!) - but not before.
PS: I will continue to check my email but that is all. Please feel free to drop me a line on there, I would be glad of the support.