Saturday, 18 January 2020

You have a Hope

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We are reminded again that God is more interested in our future than in our past. When Jesus meets Simon Peter the following interaction takes place.


"The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter)." - John 1:41-42

For many of us we can't undo the past, but through the Grace of Jesus we have a glorious future. Jesus knows who Simon is (his background, hopes, dreams and failures), BUT he knows what he can become. He will called the Stone, the Rock - Cephas.

Our struggle for 2020 may need to begin in letting go of our past and believing in the amazing future Christ has in store for us.

Living in Grace
D3LM3


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Chasing the wind

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We are having a lot of strong South Easterly winds at the moment in the Western Cape. All this wind reminded me of the thoughts of Solomon who spoke about a 'chasing after the wind', which is obviously an impossible task.
 
"Fools fold their hands
    and ruin themselves.

Better one handful with tranquillity
    than two handfuls with toil
    and chasing after the wind." - Ecclesiastes 4:5-6

As we head into the 3rd week of 2020 let us resolve to focus our hearts on things of value and not on things that are a 'chasing after the wind.'

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Reorientation

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Children and families have begun the process of "reorientation" this week as they head back to school, work and further studies. Reorientation simply means to "familiarise ourselves with something again" or to "change direction or focus".

I believe that this is also such an important task for all Christians to undertake. Just as starting a new year comes with its own set of challenges, so the process of doing a spiritual reorientation will also take something out of us. Are we willing to do this?

Joshua 3:4 -  "Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before."

Living in Grace
D3LM3


Sunday, 12 January 2020

Lord, open unto me...

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Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me
Open unto me, light for my darkness

Open unto me, courage for my fear

Open unto me, hope for my despair

Open unto me, peace for my turmoil

Open unto me, joy for my sorrow

Open unto me, strength for my weakness

Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion

Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins

Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness

Open unto me, love for my hates

Open unto me, Thy Self for myself

Lord, Lord, open unto me!


- Howard Thurman.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Day by Day

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"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens." - Psalm 68:19

Remember that Jesus invited us to take our needs to him on a daily basis. Not only does God help us with the troubles of today, but also the provisions we so desperately need.

"Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast given me,
for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly, day by day.
Amen." - Richard of Chichester

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Friday, 10 January 2020

Inspiring Prayer

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Sometimes we just don't know what to pray, that is why I find it helpful to use prayer from the Bible or those written by others. Today's post includes a lovely prayer written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you also find it helpful.

O God,
early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray,
and to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
but you know the way for me …

Restore me to liberty,
And enable me so to live now
that I may answer before you and before me,
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
Amen.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Running to your embrace



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‘Let our lives run to Your embrace… and breathe the breath of Eternity. O God Supreme! Most secret and most present, most beautiful and strong. Constant yet Incomprehensible, changeless yet changing all! What can I say, my God, my Life, my Holy Joy… You are the only reality…’ - Evelyn Underhill

Thank you Lord for the gift of being able to come to you in prayer, any time and in any circumstance.

John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Living in grace
D3LM3