Friday, 23 June 2017

Leviticus - a word on rest!

You can't work the whole time! 
You need to rest!
You will burn yourself out!

Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? It is often the concern of a loved one who speaks these words to us, especially if we are at the end of a long, busy run at work. Each one of these statements speaks a truth into our lives and reminds us of the words of God from Leviticus 23:

"You may work for six days each week, but on the seventh day all work must come to a complete stop. It is the Lord's Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day to assemble for worship. It must be observed wherever you live." - v.3

So, when are you going to listen to this advice from Leviticus? What will it take for you to have a rest and to observe the sabbath? Please don't let yourself reach burnout before you take some time out.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Exodus

The Exodus story is another powerful reminder of God's grace and providential care. It is right that we wrestle with Questions like: "Why did the Israelites have to suffer so much at first?" or "Why did God take so long to answer their prayers?" However, we should never lost sight of the fact that God journeyed with them from Egypt into the Promised land.

21 The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. 22 And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people." - Exodus 13:21-22

Day and night, God is watching over us. We may not notice his hand of guidance and protection in the moment, but when we stop and look at the full picture we will see how God has been with us.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Genesis

Joseph was just 30 years of age when he was made second in command of Egypt. He had been through an incredibly tough few years, but God had stood by his side and honoured his faithfulness and perseverance.

The book of Genesis is long, but these verses from chapter 43 mark a special moment in the story of Joseph. They remind me that God is always redemptive and just when we think all is lost, God does amazing things. By reading these words may we all be encouraged to NEVER give up Hope.

37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”
41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Monday, 19 June 2017

To be Hopeful

To be hopeful in difficult times is not easy! However, as Christ-followers we are given extra incentive to be hopeful because of the great promise we have been given. Our troubles will last a moment compared with the future that is in store for us.

"The hopeful person sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storms." - O.S. Marden

For the Apostle Paul LOVE was the foundation of his HOPE. Not human love, but the LOVE of God. It was this love that gave him hope in every circumstance.

"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." - 1 Corinthians 13:7

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Good, good Father

Chris Tomlin sings a beautiful song called 'Good, good Father', as an ode to our heavenly Father. This is such an appropriate song to sing on Father's Day and if you would like to listen the song you can click here

These are the words to the song - enjoy.
Living in Grace
D3LM3


Oh, I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone

Chorus: You're a Good, Good Father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am


Oh, and I've seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we're all searching
For answers only you provide
'Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

Chorus:

 'cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it's love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still [3x]
Into love, love, love

Friday, 16 June 2017

Grabbing a dog by the ears

You just have to love the images that flow from the chapters of Proverbs. Take this classic one as an example:

"Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears    is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own." - Proverbs 26:17

Everyone knows that if you grab a dog by the ears it is going to end badly. And so the wisdom from Solomon is simple. Just like a stray dog is going to turn around and bite you (if you grab her ears), so then will a quarrel end badly if you rush into it, especially if we should stay out of it.

What do you think?

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Cold Within

We are dying inside! If you find yourself living in 'this Generation' and particularly in places where there is so much negativity, hate and pain, then you may echo my words - we are all slowly dying inside!

I came across this famous poem by James Patrick Kinney, who wrote these words in the 1960's. The words were controversial then and perhaps even a little today, BUT they are so true. Before you read them, remember that we ALL have a choice as to how we will live our lives. I don't want to die from the COLD within!

Jesus came to give us LIFE in all its fullness. That is what I want.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Six humans trapped by happenstance
In bleak and bitter cold.
Each one possessed a stick of wood
Or so the story’s told.


Their dying fire in need of logs
The first man held his back
For of the faces round the fire
He noticed one was black.


The next man looking ‘cross the way
Saw one not of his church
And couldn’t bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.


The third one sat in tattered clothes.
He gave his coat a hitch.
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?


The rich man just sat back and thought
Of the wealth he had in store
And how to keep what he had earned
From the lazy shiftless poor.


The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight.
For all he saw in his stick of wood
Was a chance to spite the white.


The last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain.
Giving only to those who gave
Was how he played the game.


Their logs held tight in death’s still hands
Was proof of human sin.
They didn’t die from the cold without
They died from the cold within.