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2. In all things, give thanks!

Sometimes we forget to take a moment and breathe in and out and say Thank you God for all I have and all that I am. And so today, I would like to take that opportunity to say thanks, publicly because sometimes by sharing our testimonies, we can encourage or strengthen each other.

  1. The freedom to enjoy my religion. To worship God openly, freely and with most of my friends around me.
  2. My nuclear family and all of our spouses and now the children. I am so thankful for each of them. Also the specific joy they each bring and the fact that the heart is such a curious thing, with each new person you think it’s impossible to love like this, except your hearts ability keeps growing and growing.
  3. Good health. A strong body and being able to exercise regularly, while loving it and enjoying it. For my all time love, PILATES.
  4. A great bunch of friends back home and now here. Friends to talk through serious topics with, laugh at things, encourage each other, set goals with, watch get married, have babies, hear of their joys and lows …
  5. A job and a career that I love and that I am passionate about.
  6. Wise money decisions and a partner that feels the same. To be seemingly debt free, not as a boast, but because I have forced myself to forfeit so many things to maintain this status.
  7. For the ability to read and all the books that I currently have on my to-read-list.
  8. My car had an issue this week and it hit me then, how much I have come to rely on it. So I am grateful for that!! A lot.
  9. I have had a great week of listening to podcasts and my soul is so much better. If I ever had one choice between TV and Radio, easy, Radio any day!!
  10. Kind of a repetition of #2 but I am most grateful for my Mr and the life we have built up together and the fact that right now we have so much to look forward to, jointly and singly. I would not change things if I could and I am so happy that you are in my life, until the bitter end ❤

What are you most grateful for this day?

Prompt courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Two thoughts on a Monday

* The title is taken from a popular devotion that my brother in law sends at the right time as his quiet way of showing that he is praying for you and thinking of you.

Yesterday’s sermon was about testing your faith, stepping out of your comfort zone and seeing how your perception of God’s love and His being changes as you question and test your understanding. This was done in the context of a (spiritual) life journey and attempting to see how we update newer understanding of who and what God is with older and previously accepted beliefs. He went through the example of how children come to know about the profound and inexplicable love that Christ has for us through the Easter egg and how as they get older, they update previously held beliefs. My question for you: what knowledge of Christ have you come to update over time. Off the top of my head I would have to say, my understanding of Him as a personal and living God who speaks to you and interacts with you individually and one whose being is similar to what is written in the Word of God. I remember ten years back being in this small group fellowship led by a friend who spoke of God so intimately and so lovingly and all I desired at the time was for that same faith and conviction to materialise in my life. And it has, today I can certainly attest to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

Later in the afternoon, I spoke to some of my dearest female friends and we were talking about how in the midst of a trying time in life we tend to often focus on the negative, darker aspects forgetting the fact that God has (and continues) to be faithful and there are so many things to be thankful for. Indeed, one of the girls had to remind us of this post-it that she has stuck above her bed stating: “What story will you believe about yourself?” And sometimes that’s all one has to ask, will I believe all the stuff around me or will I dig deep and focus on past joys and really truths that apply in spite of the current situation. I don’t particularly share much about my professional life and probably won’t start now save to say that that focusing on truths about my strength and my weaknesses and professional achievements has really helped me to pull through and not tear out my hair or dissolve into this ball of nerves. I have had to say to myself, I am here on merit, I can do this job and I will not focus on partial truths that serve to break me and not build you.

What have you heard recently that has encouraged and/or motivated you through a difficult time or just for future reference to hang in there despite trying times?

Inspiration over the past year

In this last year I have drawn on various quotes and verses for strength at different points.

I have a great need for Christ, I have a great Christ for my needs. Charles H Spudgeon

I do not merely want to possess a faith, I want to have a faith that possesses me. Charles Kingsley

Love is blind, marriage is the eye-opener. Pauline Thomason

Jesus Christ will be Lord of everything, or not be Lord at all. St Augustine of Hippo

Your best mentor isn’t usually somebody in the newspaper. ‘Your first mentor will be someone in the next layer. Within that layer, figure out who management likes and what they do. If one of them is consistently delivering and beating the odds on benchmarks, then they are being rewarded for the right things, so copy them.’  Monhla Hlanla – Destiny SA  October

In a storm, the wise man does not pray for safety from danger, but for release from fear. The inner storm is the dangerous one, NOT the outer one. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. (Job 8:7)

The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth be silent before Him. ( Habakkuk 2:20)

O Lord, you are my God:  I will exalt you and praise your holy name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvellous things. Things planned long ago. (Isaiah 23:1)

Looking back on this year, what words or image have given you strength for the moment and the day?

Strength to pick up the broken pieces

We all deal with failure or loss in one way or another. What I have learnt in the last few years. (In no particular order)

  1. Acknowledge it. Ride that boat, allow yourself to grieve and mourn and lash out and just acknowledge that its happening to you.
  2. Think back to a previous success and recall how you made it through. What lessons did you learn that you can apply now.
  3. Make some kind of a plan. With me, it helps to come up with some kind of a plan and to have actual steps to overcoming and getting out of the present darkness.
  4. Get on your knees and PRAY. Over the years my Bible has all these different dates against verses that have encouraged me and sustained me through past difficulties and the thing that helps me is the faithfulness of God. In times past, I have been through darker periods and always, without fail, HE has come through for me.
  5. Talk to others. It doesn’t have to be the whole village but you have to have some trusted people that you can let your guard down with and draw on their experiences and help yourself.
  6. Guard against unhealthy lifestyle practices. I am scared of falling into the “comfort eating” trap and so I closely monitor my eating patterns, opting to drink a lot of water, juice and healthy drinks ; eating fruit and fibre and highly balance meals and just watching on the junk and oily foods.
  7. Get active or you won’t sleep at night and will just keep mulling on the upset or set-back. Do something so physically demanding, you will be forced to sleep through the night.

How do you deal with life’s setbacks?