I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us.
Romans 8:18 TPT
Www p5K - Day 7
It is a good thing the Bible
Never says If you feel like it...
I might not feel like talking
But God’s word always stands
God, You are
The King of Kings
and The Lord of Lords
Jesus, You are
worthy to be praise
Monday, with a new found realisation
What the enemy taught for evil
God will use it for the good of those
who love Him.
The weather is very cold today
Definitely not a day to go out for a walk
As I walked, it became a revelation
To me why I spend every free time walking
It is therapy to me, everyone finds different ways
To cope with this pandemic
Mine was or is walking
Since the lockdown
Not a single day have I stayed inside the house
without stepping outside the front door
I have come to release that
It takes me away from the house
And work environment
And the funeral environment
And the laughter with friends environment
And the Bible school environment
And the Church environment
The House has become every envirnoment
made me appreciate what I have
The people around me
And most importantly God
It clears my head...
Lord I thank You for always encouraging me
To step outside the house
And get fresh air
You have given me beauty for ashes
The oil of Joy for mourning
The garment of praise for the Spirit
I will greatly rejoice in You
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptureswe might have hope. Romans 15:4 ESV
The nugget for the the day is REST
R - review the day both in the morning
and evening by taking time to reflect
on what God did and what He will do (expectancy)
If God said to write something down,
then it must be good for us.
Remember [with awe and gratitude] the wonderful thingswhich He has done, His amazing deeds and the judgmentsuttered by His mouth [on His enemies, as in Egypt],Psalms 105:5 AMP
Writing it down means we remember the goodness of
God and we can also share it with others.
It also brings encouragement and hope
I always find that my heart swells up when
I read my old journal of prayers
Or sometimes it brings back memories:
oh yes I did ask for that wow God You listen.
Imagine if Paul did not write how he met Jesus.
The Bible is our example of why we should write
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 ESV
Imagine if Moses had not written anything down
anything and said I will remember.
We read it and that tells us who He is.
I like tangible evidence.
In my time of rest, I will write down what You have done for me. Lord Help me to always remember to write it down Not just for myself but to give You glory and praise.
Exercise the mind:
Meditating on the word day and night.
The world says empty your mind, Jesus says if you empty your mind and not fill it up with the things of God then we call the trouble in not just one but seven. Matthew 12:43-45. Think about it.
God says meditate on my word day and night.
Do not let it depart from you.
Thank You Father that Your word is a Lamp to my feet and a light to my path, may I always recognise and look to You in Jesus name. Amen
The first thing we experience when God created us was to rest, when Adam was created on the six day,
God rested on the seven day and
that says a lot about it.
I have always found it fascinating the way
God has built our body to heal itself naturally.
Which is why it is nice to journal the thoughts in our head before bed, thinking too much can lead to
It is while we sleep that the body starts to work. If we can't get any sleep then it is always a good idea to get some help. It easier said than done, but seeking advice is better than a sleepless night.
Time and Thanks:
Time waits for no one and it is something
everyone has in common.
Twenty-four hours, use it wisely and it will
be your friend.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV
Take time to say thanks to the people around you.
It is a season to be grateful and no excuse is better than “It's Christmas, and I am in the Christmas mood and want to say thank you for this year."
In everything give thanks to our God.
Thank You Father, for this year. It had its ups and
downs, I will say possibly more downs than ever.
But what I have come to know is that You have been there
through it all. I have seen Your faithfulness in my life
and my loved loves. Some are not here anymore, and that
is Your will. God help me to remember that Your ways are
not my ways and Your thoughts are not mine. Forgive me
for trying to manipulate You, for doing what I want
forgetting that You know best and see everything.
Let me be Humble to remember and give thanks for
everything, In Your Son’s name. Amen.
“I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.” Daniel 2:23 NKJV
Www p5K - Day 6
As I open my eyes, thank You
Father for giving me another.
It is the first Sunday of December
And we are meeting
In the Church with mask and all
Lord thank you that I get to worship
You with others not that the YouTube is
Not great, it is just different with others around.
Together we worship You,
Something was different this time
I was singing from the heart and my mind
was focused on the words as wearing masks
means voice on the inside of my head
So it silent all other taughts
As I went for a walk to meditate on
Your word that I have heard
The word on spiritual gifts
What a wonderful God You are
To consider Your servant and give me a gift
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Your hands have made me
And fashioned me, give me
Understanding that I may learn
You are good, and do good
Teach me Your status
I pray that Your merciful
kindness be for my comfort
Blessed be the Lord my Rock
Who has given me the feet to walk
The mind to think and discern
My lovingkindness and my fortress
My High tower and my deliverer
Praise the Lord, O my soul
While I live I will praise the Lord.
Thank You Father for another day to see
Your glory and the rock that I lean on
Solid, unshakable and everlasting
You never fade away or move
With this I lay my head down
Thinking that it might be an ordinary day
But it was a good day to give You thanks
If I could not think of anything to
Say to You then thank You for waking me up.
If the Lord wills, I will see you tomorrow
Who knows what God has in store for you and I
Good night LORD
The number of our days make 70 years, or maybe 80 years if we are strong enough. Yet, even in the best years of our lives, we have trouble and pain. Our lives quickly pass, and we hurry towards death. Psalms 90:10 EASY
Choices – Free or busy:
We are now into the festive season and it feels like it was only yesterday, the year started. This year, is a year to remember of the things we have missed and what we have taken for granted.
Getting an advent calendar or doing a tradition for the month of December, it is a joyful season to celebrate Jesus, and to celebrate life. I have a tradition that I started last year not sure if it counts as a tradition if I have only done it once but I am definitely doing it this year.
Writing three things that I am grateful for each day leading to the end of the year. The catch is not to repeat anything. It did get me thinking each day from my coffee in the morning to braiding my hair. At the end of the day I look back to see if any repeat and it was fun to put my thinking hats on because after twenty days I must confess I did start thinking. We have so many things to be thankful for. Every little thing matters to God.
Our choice is to reflect on the months past and make sure the chains that are anchored to Christ Jesus are secure and to process the season with our heart. Knowing that our strength is not our will power but God’s power through us.
To be in Christ means being truthful to ourselves and how we are feeling is so important at this time because when we bottle it all up, we are bound to explode at the wrong time “on a passby that gets the splash of water”.
Busyness is easy to do, but making the free time is intentional and has to be done in advance. Looking at our calender or schedules and saying no for the things that matters to us will be a choice.
Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, ‘I wish I had’, or ‘I’m glad I did.’ ~Zig Ziglar
Either way, I choose to spend time with them and look at the past as a stepping stone to the new adventure ahead.
Why I choose to be free?
To be free means lots of opportunities and knowing what matters to us. It also helps us to grow in faith.
Spending time with God because He is great:
The biggest bonus is getting time to spend with God. Quality time, even if it is five minutes.
For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Psalms 86:10 NKJV
Life is short :
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14 NKJV
I get so busy and often forget that life is like a smoke and I don’t have any idea what my life will be like tomorrow. So why not enjoy the moment, the job will get someone else “if I was to never show up” in a heartbeat. Now COVID 19 has made some of us stay at home and not see anyone for over nine months, some have lost loved ones. Crazy year, who knew?
Every moment counts. Thank You Jesus for each opportunity You give me to see my loved ones, please help me to always be grateful for those precious moments. Amen.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and remember ” It is because of freedom that Christ has set us free not partially but completely and wonderfully free.” This is good news.
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! James (Jacob) 1:2 TPT
My Nugget today is Joy in the midst of everything. How can we be joyful when everything's falling apart and when we are in a cave all alone?
During this season, reading the Bible has taught me to be intentional about everything. When I feel sad, in grief because of a loss of a friends family member or someone I know passed away I have to intentionally run to God in prayer instead of my usually pushing Him away. And He brings that comfort that I need at the time, sending someone my way to give me counsel.
Teaching me to run to the throne first before the phone.
When everything is fine and nothing to worry about, instead of looking the other way or carry on as normal. This is the time to give Him thanks and praise because He alone deserves that praise.
Joy is a Choice Purposefully Made and it becomes a habit. Joy is not a feeling but an action that we are required to do.
To have the Joy that James says we should be very thankful and that requires:
Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness (Google definition)
Normal people like us are in the entire bible that face all things and have a reason to be thankful but complaining we see how that ends. Complaining leads us further away from the purpose in life that we are destined to have.
The attitude of gratitude is so important in our everyday life that it not only brings a smile to our Father's face but to everyone around us and that includes ourselves..
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful."
Our Joy can not be based on the circumstances around us but on God’s Grace. The Grace of God which is an unmerited favor gives us all the energy we need each day.
So when the joy we have that is not a feeling is purely based on receiving God’s Grace daily then it does not matter the circumstance we face because that only shows us who we are in Christ and we can confidently choose how we face the day.
We can choose to be joyful or fretting about the situations around us at the time
We can choose to spend beyond our means or save for the future
We can choose envy or gratitude
We can choose real foods or ones that will delight in our taste buds
We can choose to sleep over one more hour of channel surfing or internet browsing.
All these choices we make are through the help of our Lord Jesus, so we should consider it pure joy because through Him and the help of the Holy Spirit we can make the right choice.
How do we stay joyful? We purposely choose to stay in Christ, abide in Him and let the Holy Spirit guide us through the obstacles we are facing at the time.
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2: 4 - 6 NIV
Thank You for stopping by, pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us through the day and give us that sense of His presence daily as you get closer to Him. In Jesus Name.
Hannah Michaela " We cannot change what happens around us but we can change our responses"
Have a wonderful day.