Friday, 10 July 2020

Prayer for this weekend

Christina Rossetti Quotes - QuotesNStories
Christina Rossetti wrote some beautiful poetry in her day, as well as many prayers and songs. Here is a prayer of hers that I have slightly modernised. Enjoy it and have a blessed day.

"O Lord, who is the shadow of a great rock in a weary land,
who notices your weak creatures,
weary of labour,
weary of pleasures,
weary of heart from hope deferred,
and weary of self.
In your abundant compassion
and unspeakable tenderness,
bring us, we pray, 
into your rest, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Luke 2:14 - “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Approaching storm

Approaching Storm | Tony Corso Images
As I write todays blogpost we are expecting a massive storm to hit the Cape any moment. The weather has already changed and we are bracing ourselves for heavy winds, driving rain and even snow on the mountains.

All of this got me thinking about the storms we face in our lives and how different they would be if we had a little forewarning before they arrived. Take for example any of the storms you have faced in your life and imagine if you had been given a "storm report" beforehand. Would this have made a differnce for you? I think it would have made a huge difference for most of us. But, sadly we are not granted that privilege.

Of course, Jesus did give us some warning about the troubles we would face, but I guess we have short memories or perhaps we never thought the storms would effect us.

John 16:33 - I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Proverbs 10:25 -When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

May God guide you through the storms you may face.

For those who had trouble watching the video yesterday please click on this link and hopefully it works :)


Living in Grace
D3LM3

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Two powerful words - THANK YOU

Hi friends,

This is a THANK YOU message to you all for your support and encouragement over the last 13 years of this incredible journey (see video below). This blog wouldn't be anything if it weren't for your willingness to read these thoughts. God bless you and I look forward to the future.

If for some reason you can't open this video then you can check it out on Youtube and Facebook. If all of that fails let me know:)

Thanks again
Living in Grace
D3LM3

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Fan the flame


Fan into flame the gift of God | Henry Center
"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you." - 2 Timothy 1:6

In this single verse Paul touches on such an important aspect of our Christian lives. He reminds Timothy (and us) that when we receive God as our Saviour we are given a spiritual gift and we are meant to use this gift for God's glory.

One of the reasons why I feel many church-goers get frustrated in our faith is because we don't recognise what that gift is and so never get to enjoy using it for the Lord. So, here is the challenge for each of us:

1. Do you know what your spiritual gift is?
2. Are you fanning this into a flame so that it can glorify Jesus and the church?

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Monday, 6 July 2020

Growth or decline?

Region's outlook marred by uncertainty and risks of hard Brexit ...
In reflecting on Jeff Manion's book The Land Between, he delves into the Israelites struggle to see God's plan as they travelled out of slavery into the new land. Sometimes we also struggle to see God's will and plan in the painful journey's we go through and I think that this season of Covid-19 is no exception. The real challenge for me lies in what we make of this time of transition. As Manion says:

“Our response to God while in the Land Between is what will determine whether our journey through this desert will result in deep, positive growth or spiritual decline.” – Jeff Manion

When we look back over this time of intense trial and difficulty what kind of things will we see in our spiritual lives? Will we recognise Spiritual growth or will we have to acknowledge that our faith has taken a huge step backwards?

Whatever the outcome of this 'Land Between' for us, we should never forget that God's desire is always to bring about a hope and future for each one of us.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

Living in Grace

D3LM3

   

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Complaining

One Of The Few Things I Complain About: Complaining
I am finding it so hard during this time of lockdown to remain focused on the good things that are out there and not let the negative change my mind-set. When I catch myself complaining I try to get a handle on it and rather try to count my blessings instead. I am not sure if you are better at it than I am, but it is worth reflecting on. Some of the things I complain about are not really major issues in the big scheme of things I guess.

I used to give the Israelites a tough time for being so grumpy when they were in the desert, but on reading through Exodus again, I have come to understand why they were complaining. They felt as if God had led them from one bad situation into another. Complaing about no water and no food is a really big deal and none of us would be excluded from doing the same thing.

Exodus 16:7 - In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaints, which are against him, not against us. What have we done that you should complain about us?”

As we start a new week, let us resolve to do a few things:
1. Refrain from complaining about trivial matters
2. Give thanks for our many blessings
3. Help those in need.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Maya Angelou

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Friday, 3 July 2020

Unsettled


Unsettled – Advent Truth
"But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." - James 1:6

As I read these words from James I am trying to work out if I am doubting the Lord in these uncertain times and I would have to say.... 'not really.' I am stumped in terms of what the future holds, but I don't believe I am doubting God's grace and love in the midst of this storm.

However, if I am being honest I must admit that I am feeling very unsettled. And James is so right when he says that being unsettled makes you feel like a wave of the sea, tossed about and blown everywhere by the wind. This is the time when we need to allow our stability to be found in the person of Jesus and not in our circumstances. Seasons will come and go, but the Love of God remains firm and secure.

The other thing about feeling unsettled is that it makes us start to become very miserable and our actions can easily hurt other people. We need to be on our guard against allowing our feelings to spill over into the lves of those we love.

“An unsettled person will constantly rant about inconsequential things” - Charmaine J Forde

Prayer: Lord, even though I am feeling unsettled in these turbulent times, teach me to place my trust and hope in you. You are the only stable Factor in my life at this time. Amen.

Living in Grace
D3LM3