And then I realised that God’s love is also better without anything added. It comes with a purity that requires nothing more than our acceptance. But human nature is to try and add to, or modify God. Instead of tasting all that He gives us in simplicity, we bring complication and eventually confusion into the equation
The lack of television must have been a challenge to the marketing people of the day. One company in the UK came up with the idea of using chimpanzees to market their tea. In the small island where I lived the children could go along to a church hall or other venue on a Saturday morning to watch films for free. The chimpanzees featured heavily in the films along with the manufacturer’s tea. At the end of the morning there were free gifts, including samples of tea to take home to our families.
Determined not to throw a good piece of furniture away I bought a furniture restoration kit on Amazon. I spent a quite bit of time working away on the unit and initially it looked good. But as the magic potions dried out the damage was just as evident as ever.
Sinking into quicksand is not a pleasant experience. As part of fieldwork while at university we used to play around …
I was amazed how quickly my life was over! Thirty minutes in a car. Compare that with the three score years and ten allotted to life on earth according to Psalm 90:10. Gone in a flash. So fast. I am fifty-three years old. Almost fifty-four! Middle-aged and old enough to be targeted by the marketing department of Saga! Yet I have clear memories of being three years old. I have so many memories.
But not all the Israelites exhibited the same lack of faith, or bad attitudes, or moaned and complained. After forty years wandering around in the desert twelve spies were sent out to evaluate the land promised to the people of Israel by God. All agreed it was a good place but ten of the twelve turned their report into a risk assessment rather than confirming that the land was as described to them by God. Only Caleb and Joshua stood up and encouraged the people to trust God and move forward.
“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will …
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Whenever I joined a new ship the first question used to be “where are you from?” It was not a …
When you assume you can will yourself to reach any goal, you’re forgetting that you’re only human. When you feel aggravated that you can’t stop stressing or worrying or crying over your current circumstances, you’re forgetting that you’re only human. When you think you should have known life would unfold this way and planned the next move, you’re forgetting that you’re only human.
I was pointing my boney, little index finger at Father and questioning His will with my own reasoning. “God, I’ve being praying and fasting about this… I was serious – very serious… and all You can say in return is ‘no’?”
Sometimes massive stuff happens to us and knocks us right off our feet. Sometimes there is nothing we can do about it. Some things are just too big
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Our society sees refinement as an end or a product or something to be consumed. But refinement is not just an end. It is not just a product. Refinement is also a process. And hardly ever a fun one.
My problem was how? How do I do life well? How can I live a life that pleases God? It must be possible, the bible talks about people who please Him. I found little success. I’d been taught that grace was only about being forgiven. Forgiveness is awesome, but on its own it can be a fresh start ready to be messed up again. My gratitude for God’s forgiveness didn’t seem to achieve much more than good intentions.
Have I planted much but harvested little? Where is my hunger? Where is my thirst? Do my wages disappear as though my pockets were full of holes? What exactly am I investing in? What am I building? More importantly, what is I Am building?
I don’t know about you but I want to contribute to life – I want a chance to give something of myself: to God, to my ‘neighbour’, to creation.
“There is a chamber also… -a chamber in God Himself, into which none can enter but the one, the individual, …
But the true spirit of Christmas was not on the platform at the front of the church. It was several rows behind us where a woman in her forties sat holding her disabled three-year-old daughter.
I love to look at the stars. As a young navigating officer in the Merchant Navy I knew many of …
Where was God during all the other times when things appeared to go belly up? Where was He when I desperately needed His hand to reach down and pick me up? When I needed Him to hold me? When I needed Him to protect me? When I needed Him to comfort me? Where was He?
For now I will continue to hope and pray: “When I called you answered me; you made me bold and stout-hearted… Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life… The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands”. (Psalm 138)
I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe God is good even when circumstances are not. I believe whatever this life throws at us, we will continue to trust in his unfailing love for it is he who holds us in the storms of life and gives us hope for the future. Even if all dreams in this life were unfulfilled I would still cling to the assurance of a new, eternal life in which all God’s promises are fulfilled and in which his creation is restored and perfected, when :He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more dearth or mourning our crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation).
Sometimes keeping the faith also feels like a hard slog, but I know that it shouldn’t. The challenges of my life and the so-called daily grind are nothing compared to what Jesus went through during those three long years of ministry. Sometimes I wonder why He didn’t give up?
I really did not want to say yes to the request, but found it difficult to say no, or justify a negative response. I woke this morning challenged by the dream, which raised several questions.
God allowed Joseph to fester in a stinking prison for years, while Moses initially lived the life of luxury in a palace.
This is not just about God knowing what was going on and having a plan – though this is incredible in itself. The psalmist proclaims that YOU knit me together. God, THE LORD, I AM, Alpha and Omega, King of Kings… knitting me?
It is very easy to feel rejected. There can be many causes. Some trivial, some not. As a three-year old …
Are we so different? We may not be match fixers but we all have our short cuts. Pornography can be a short cut for sex – it’s not as satisfying, or so I’m told! The lottery is a short cut to riches – if you’re lucky! Beer is a short cut to happiness and a good time. Facebook a short cut for friendship?! But do short cuts satisfy, or ultimately, do we just get lost?
One of the patients we visited was a small baby who was waiting for a liver transplant. The poor little lad was full of tubes, and a strange shade of yellow. As we walked into the room his parents jokingly asked what blood type I was – to see if I would share a piece of my liver! And this set me thinking… why not?
At the same stage in my life I was more focused on my career and saving the money I needed to get married and purchase a home.