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
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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.

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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

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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
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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,

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Open wide the windows

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"Open wide the window of our spirits, O Lord, and fill us full of light;
open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain you
with all our powers of adoration and praise." - Christina Rossetti

Why don't you pray this prayer as your open one of the windows in your home, work or even while driving in your car.

Acts 1:8 -  He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

God of goodness

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“God, of thy goodness, give me Thyself;
for Thou art enough for me,
and I can ask for nothing less
that can be full honour to Thee.
And if I ask anything that is less,
ever Shall I be in want,
for only in Thee have I all.”
Julian of Norwich 

Jesus encouraged us to depend on his father's love and provisions. God knows what we need and God has promised to take care of us.

Matthew 6:30-33 (The Message)
 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Living in Grace
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Monday, 6 January 2020

Make me Lord

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Alan Paton loved this prayer from Mother Theresa, which he subsequently adjusted for our South African context. I hope you enjoy it and are able to use it for your own prayers.

Make me, O Lord, the instrument of your love, that I may bring comfort to those who sorrow and joy to those who are regarded as persons of little account. In this country of many races make me courteous to those who are humble and understanding to those who are resentful. Teach me what I should be to the arrogant, the cruel, for I do not know.

And as for me myself, make me more joyful than I am, especially if this is needed for the sake of others. Let me remember my many experiences of joy and thankfulness. And may I this coming day do some work of peace for thee. Amen.
— Alan Paton

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Saturday, 4 January 2020

God can do anything






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These words may not be familiar to you as they come from the paraphrase of Eugene Peterson - however, I have included the original at the end of the post. The are wonderful words of promise and hope for a new year.
 
"God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!" - Ephesians 3:20-21

Hold onto these words and allow them to fill your heart with promise and peace.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

Living in Grace
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Friday, 3 January 2020

O God, our help in ages past

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"O God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home." - Isaac Watts

It is wonderfully reassuring to know that God has been with us from the dawn of time and God will continue to be there for his people.

Let us find our rest in home of God.

Living in Grace
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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Faithful God

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As I bring the last month's reflections on Micah to an end, let us use his words as a starting point for our fresh start to 2020. They are a wonderful reminder of God's mercy, compassion and FAITHFULNESS.

"Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
    in days long ago." - Micah 7:18-20

Our God is Faithful.

Living in Grace
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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year Pose

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As you embark upon another New Year what pose are you taking? It make seem like a weird question, but if you think about it, the word Pose can mean "to stand or sit in preparation for something". 

We take on a pose for most things in our lives - even if the pose over the festive season is one of sitting on the couch, eating or spending time with family - that's still a pose.

How about this as a Godly pose for 2020?
 
"But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;
    my God will hear me." - Micah 7:7

Let's get ourselves ready for what the Lord has in store for us this year.

Living in Grace
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