“Are you ready to go?” … Are you prepared?

“Are you ready to go?”…

 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer…  therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short… The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer… with the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding… the holy spirit will teach you at that time what to say. (Romans 12:12 NIV, Revelations 12:12 NIV, Proverbs 23:3 ESV, Job 12:12 KJV, Luke 12:12 NIV.)

The people of the world are hurting.  The people of the world are aching. The people of world are stirring.  Be wise – be prudent – act with care and thought for the future – seek safety – there is no need to continue to suffer.  God knows the desires of your heart. He knows the desires of your heart – stay kingdom focused and the desires of your heart will be added to you.  Be alert and prudent – the devil is full of fury as he knows his time here is short – he prowls like a lion looking for someone to devour.

Be alert – aware of your surroundings.

Be joyful in hope – patient in this affliction and faithful in prayer – stand firm in your faith. Be at the ready with the sword of truth.

Be ready to respond.

Be prepared to give a reason for the hope you have.  Do not fear what or how to say it, for the words will be given to you by the Holy spirit – his wisdom is ancient and rich in understanding.

Be ready.

Be ready to act in love.

Be ready to love – act in kindness and patience.

Be ready to give and forgive.

Be ready for change.

Change is coming.

Be ready – are you prepared?

Are you ready to go?…

…. I sat at my computer typing, my father came to my bedroom doorway – I couldn’t see him but I knew he was there.  He asked, ‘are you ready to go?’ I looked at the time – 12:38 pm.  Confused.  I knew I had no plans other than write and didn’t need to pick up my son until 3pm.  We hadn’t organised anything.  I asked: ‘go – where?’

‘Are you ready to go?’

I immediately woke up.  The voice of my father startled me awake.  It was a dream  but it was as though he was right in the room with me.

Go – where?  Am I ready to go – what does this mean?

Are you prepared?

Are you prepared for what is going to happen next?

What is going to happen next?

… ?

Are you prepared to commit to the Lord if He intercepts your plans – are you ready to go? …But are you?

He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. (Luke 12:38 NLT)

God is asking – Are you prepared?

… Am I prepared?  At first glance and first response – I would say no, I am not prepared – I am not ready for this.  But I know this is my response to most things as I tend to act on the side of caution with everything.  I am like the living translation of prudent –  as I act with care towards my future… but I’ll also talk myself down and say, I am not ready because I don’t feel skilled enough or old enough or experienced enough.  I was then reminded of the first driving lesson I had with my father – which was in a vintage car.  I was dubious – I was like, are you sure this is ok?  A thought intercepted this query – he trusts you – he is trusting you with this – you will be fine – just trust yourself – just as he trusts you.

Are you prepared?

… At a second and deeper glance, I can see I have been prepared.  He – God has become number one priority; I have been kingdom focused in delving into his word and with prayer.  He is loved with all my heart, mind, and strength.  I have been obedient to the words and actions He has placed on my heart.  I know I am stronger in faith than I was a year ago.  I know I am stronger in faith than I was 8 weeks ago.  But I can see I could be stronger again… I can see I am prepared… I have been prepared within my means – I am ready to go.

… Father God – tell me where you are going and I will come with you – I am as ready as I will ever be – I will always say I am not ready – but I know you trust me and have given me everything I need and you will continue to equip me.

I am prepared – I am ready to go.

Lord, you have been preparing a way – preparing my heart and renewing my mind.  I pray you may further equip me to be ready – ready to respond – to act in love with kindness and patience – in a way that best represent you.  Equip me to be ready to give and forgive as you call me to do so.  I am your hands, your feet, your voice – I represent you.  I stand to represent your Son – the light of the world – I stand to represent your love and peace and stillness – in a world that is in chaotic darkness – in a world that is stirring – as the devil is full of fury and knows his time is short.

I submit myself to you, oh gracious lord – use my hands, my feet, and my voice to fulfil your will on earth.  I am yours.  I am dead to my flesh – to my wants.  I know you know the desires of my heart and you continue to meet those desires.  May your desires be planted in my heart to become my desires.  I do not know what you have in store for me next – or where you want to me to go with you – but I am ready.

I am ready to go.

I am prepared.

In Jesus name, I declare I am prepared and stand firm at the ready.  I am are suited in your armour with your shield.  I stand firm and am at the ready with your sword of truth.  In Jesus name, I declare we are ready. Amen.

Amen.

 

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Author: Elizabeth New

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Prayer for Protection over God’s Children

Prayer for Protection

 

You Lord are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high…  Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart…  You dear children are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in the world is greater than the one in the world… Jesus answered, “it is written: ‘man shall not live on bread alone, but from every word that comes from God… Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again. Rejoice!  (Psalm 3:3, Proverbs 3:3, 1 John 4:4, Matthew 4:4, Philippians 4:4 NIV).

 

Lord, your love and faithfulness fills my heart.  Your word is food for my soul – you keep me and sustain me.   You give me hope when the world looks bleak and hopeless.  Your love and continual faithfulness fills my heart and sustains me.  Your faithfulness to me – keeps me faithful to you, oh lord.  Your love never fails – your love perseveres and shines brighter when the world struggles.  The world may fail – but your greatness – and your love will never fail us.  Your love forever fills my heart.

Lord, guard my heart – let your love and faithfulness fill my heart – our hearts.  Reveal your love to us – when we feel lost, forgotten or unseen.  Reveal your faithfulness – so it may fill and replenish my – our hearts with faith when we feel troubled by the world – so this may enable us to stand with you in faith.  Guard my heart and be my shield – be the One who protects me from harm.  The one who protects us from harm.  Lord protect and shield those from harm who are troubled by the storm in the world.  Jesus – we know with you we are safe when we are in the storm – for you will enter and stop the storm in a second – we trust in you – whatever storm we are faced with – you will enter – and winds will cease, rain will stop, the waters will become calm again – the dark storm clouds will clear to reveal a fresh blue sky.   Jesus we need you in this storm – this storm that is the pandemic, the storm in racial oppression and hatred, the storm in unemployment, the storm in broken health systems, the storm in disease, the storm in domestic violence – drug abuse and addictions.  Stop this storm that we are in the thick of – not only stop the storm – but renew, restore and reset our hearts and lives – make a way for a new way of being.  We cannot do this on our own – but with you it is already done.  It is already done.  For you have already overcome the world.  But Lord – we acknowledge and know we cannot get through this storm on our own – and in this storm we cling to you – that is where we find our stability when the world shakes – that is where we find our peace when the world shakes.  Even if we sink while trying to walk to you in the storm – we know you still have our backs and we thank you for your grace and patience with us in those moments.  Thank you for all you do and have done and will continue to do – your might and power is greater than any word I can muster and I will continue to rejoice in you Lord – always – in the thick of this storm – I will rejoice in you – you are my joy and my greatest love – thank you for loving me first.  Thank you for loving me in all my moments – in all my emotions – thank you for loving me and allowing me to pass through my emotions in this storm.  Thank you for your kindness and patience – when I may be stubborn or stuck in my ways – whichever way that is.  Thank you for forgiving me – for forgiving us of our sins.  Thank you.  Your grace surpasses me.  Thank you for your grace.

Lord I pray for all your children – out of love and with love – I pray you may protect your children – those near and far around the globe.  Heal and validate hearts. Fill us with your peace – fill us with your love so we may continue to love others in your name – with your love, your kindness, patience, and grace.

In Jesus name we pray, amen.

 

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify[g] them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

(John 17:6-26 NKJV)

 

Jesus’ love for us is manifested throughout his prayer.  I know there is more to it – however – the stand out point is – Jesus asking for protection over us from the evil one.  God is our shield – so, it will be done.

 

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Author: Elizabeth New

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#AllLivesMatter… Clarification from a Christian Perspective

All Lives Matter –

Clarification from a Christian Perspective

 

(Recently edited version.)

*Language warning*

This was a post I saw on Instagram this morning, reposted by Pink on Instagram – Billie Eilish wrote:

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO ADDRESS THIS DELICATELY.  I HAVE AN ENORMOUS PLATFORM AND I TRY REALLY HARD TO BE REPSECTFUL AND TAKE TIME TO THINK THROUGH WHAT I CAN SAY AND HOW TO SAY IT… BUT H@#Y F@#$ING S!@T I’M JUST GONNA START TALKING.

IF I HEAR ONE MORE WHITE PERSON SAY: ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ ONE MORE F@#$ING TIME I AM GOING TO LOSE MY F!@#ING MIND.  WILL YOU SHUT THE F@#K UUUUUUUUP???  NO ONE IS SAYING THAT YOUR LIFE DOESN’T MATTER.  NO ONE IS SAYING YOUR LIFE IS NOT HARD.  NO ONE IS LITERALLY SAYING ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOU… ALL YOU MFS DO IS FIND A WAY TO MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF.  THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU.  STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.  YOU ARE NOT IN NEED.  YOU ARE NOT IN DANGER….

 

The post continues…But I won’t continue it.

I wanted to comment on this, from a Christian perspective… and I know I have written that same phrase – all lives matter – but they do.  I still stand by it.  I want to make this abundantly clear, I am not making it about me. I want to say that we should not be placing distinction’s between the value of one person’s life against another.

Now, I know this fight is about acknowledging that black lives matter, especially in a society where those lives are devalued – where there is segregation, division, violence and death. I understand this.  I write to say, all lives matter to mend the division between all people – colours and nationalities.

I write to say, I am not black, but I see you.  I am not black, but I hear you. I am not black, but I mourn with you.  I am not black, but I stand with you.

… With God, there is no favouritism – he does not have favourites.

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favourites.  He will judge or reward you according to what you do.  So, you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners in the land.  God does not favour one person over another.  Everyone has an equal opportunity to receive God’s blessing.  No one is excluded. The choice is ours.  What God has done for others; He will also do for you. (1 Peter 1:17 NLT)

In God’s early days in Genesis, He favored Abel’s offering over Cain’s offering which led to Cain becoming envious to his brother, giving in to anger and murdering his brother.  It does not say in the scripture, but the interpretation I am given, is that this shows us how favouritism may lead to division and destruction amongst ourselves.

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. … But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (James 2 NIV)

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? … (James 2:1-26)

God loves all people – He values all our lives and in that, He sent Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice and offering – the one that pleases Him over all offerings.  This is such a gracious gift, as it means we do not have to fight for our salvation or our value as human being, for we are already loved and so valued by God.

Unfortunately, we live in a world that is broken and this home truth has gotten lost in translation.  So, we find nations rising against nations. Nations being oppressed while others prosper at their expense… I know there is more to it than that… In reference to the ‘all lives matter’ tag, I can understand and see how this phrase could devalue or detract from the issue and pain caused by racial division –  and perhaps it leaves a culteral gap in our understanding.  The purpose of language is to be able to communicate ideas and convey understanding.  And sometimes understanding or meaning of a word or phrase is not commonly shared between groups of people, this may be influenced by their culture or religion. The understanding I am given, when someone says, all lives matter – it is that they are wanting to come from a place of equality – not division or favouritism – just as God does not show favouritism and loves all.

Just as Jesus does not discriminate.

But the world will.

As Christian’s we’re called to be do-er’s of the word.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22-25)

As a follower of Christ, this may mean – following God’s commandments – first loving God with all your heart, mind and strength. Then loving others as you love yourself – and as Jesus said to love others as He first loved us, so that others may know we are disciples of Jesus.

Love in action can be translated in many ways, from meeting the needs of others when they have nothing.  To showing kindness, compassion – and patience.  Love in action is gentle and unassuming… This may also translate into actions by looking at others through God’s eyes.   …the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samual 16:7)

I don’t know how I can meet the needs of the black community in showing my love and compassion – but know, I do see your heart. I see your passion for life. I see your adventurous sense of humour, your fast wit and charm.  I see your boldness in character. I see your skill and precision; I can see your strengths in what you do – only you have an eye for what you do.

I can see how deeply you love – just as you are deeply loved by those that know you – just as I know I am deeply loved by those that know me.

I see strong women, men and children.

I see loving parents, doting grandparents and fun-free spirited, dream filled children.

I see your heart is as bold as a lion.  I see your heart in your boldness.  I see your heart in your gentleness.  I see your heart in your creativity. I see your heart in your patience.  I see your heart in all the ways you love.

I see the value of your lives. I see the diversity that you add to society from great actors, writers, musicians, scientist, activist to ministers…  You are deeply loved, chosen and treasured… And sometimes, in the world – hate speaks louder than love.  But, love is kind, patient, gentle and unassuming – therefore, you really have to listen to be able to hear love, as it operates at a quieter volume.

I also see your pain and exaccerbation and exhaustion in the fight for equality.

I see your furstration.

I see your anger.

I see you and hear you screaming – enough is enough.

And I stand with you in this fight.

I stand firm with you in this fight.

Enough is enough.

I do not want to devalue black lives.

I do not want to devalue anyone’s life.

I see the value of all lives – and like Jesus, I will not part-take in favouritism – as this will only drive us further apart into deeper chaos and disharmony – which the devil thrives on.  And I will not give him that satisfaction.  The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life and in the fullest measure (John 10:10 CBJ).  The thief is the devil – his only motive is to steal, kill and destroy  –  God’s motive for giving us Jesus was to restore that imbalance and chaos – to give us a life worth living – because that is how abundantly valued we are to him.  I cannot restore this imbalance on my own – that is in the hands of Jesus – but I can allow him to use my voice.

And I will.  I will use my own voice to stand up against complacency – to say I support the black community – I stand with you.  But I will also use it to support and represent all lives, all nationalities, and cultures.  God created us all in his image – and that is such a beautiful and wonderful thing – it should be celebrated and delighted in.  All the nations of the world are like the colours of the rainbow – each is beautiful and perfect on their own – but together, when the sun shines, they make something quite spectacular.

May God’s peace be with you today and every day thereafter. Xx

 

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Author: Elizabeth New

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#BlackLivesMatter. I Stand With You.

#BlackLivesMatter.

I stand with you.

 

I stand with you.

I say your name.

George Floyd.

I say your name to acknowledge the injustice.  I write this to give you a voice when you were not heard.

I stand against racism.

I stand next to and with the black community – I stand with you in unity – in knowing full well that violence against black people is not ok.  Racial violence in any form is not and never will be ok.

I cannot afford to be silent – as silence signifies complacency.   I will not sit in complacency – so I rise and I stand beside you, I’ll take your hand and say, I am with you – just as God says, I am with you – I will not leave you or forsake you – I have no intentions to harm you but to prosper you.

I stand with you.

George Floyd – I stand for you – I stand for all the men, women and children who have suffered at the hand of racial violence over the centuries – I stand for you.  I write this for you, to give you a voice.

… In truth, I feel wildly under-qualified to discuss this topic…  especially as a white Australian woman who has not encountered racial discrimination or violence. I am white – but it is the colour of my skin, it does not define me – yet people in the world will try.  I live and was born in Australia; it is my nationality by birth – but by blood I am a mix of nationalities.  On my mother’s side, my grandfather is German, he moved to Australia in the 50s post-world war II and my grandmother is English from Yorkshire.  On my father’s side, his mother’s mother was American…  And genetically, I was given my nanna’s (on my mum’s side) coloring of fair skin and red hair – which in truth, is not suited for Australian summers at all.  It is not even a little bit culturally appropriate as it leads to severe sunburn and freckles (and that is while avoiding the hottest part of the day and using sun protection.)  … Just by my colouring I could see that I could easily be mistaken for being Irish or Scottish – until I open my mouth and you discover I do not have a lyrical Irish lilt to my voice.  Instead it is more of an Aussie linger…

The point I am trying to make, is my skin colour and nationality contributes to my identity, but I am more than my skin colour and national identity – just as you are too.  I am a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, a mother, a nurse with a creative flare.  I love and care deeply and can be wildly hilarious in a quirky way (although humour is entirely subjective, so you will have to take my word for it!!) I am empathetic and can cry easily – only because I care and feel things deeply.  This could be a form of weakness; especially in the eyes of the world – but in truth it takes great strength to show that kind of vulnerability…

What I am trying to say, is that I am someone to someone else.  I have feelings, hopes and dreams.  And I am loved deeply by those that know me.  I am saying this, as this applies – to black lives and to all; all races; colours and nationalities.  George Floyd was a black man – but more than that – he was a man.  He was a person with God given breath in his lungs, with a heart that pumped red blood – like us all.  He was someone to someone else and he was deeply loved by those that knew him.  What happened to him is unfathamable – to think a life and a person that is so loved by someone else – can be so quickly devalued and disregarded because of his skin colour – is truely heartbreaking.

I know I write this from a white privelige perspective – and truely, I dislike that word as it places emphasisis on racial division and distinction.  I wish there wasn’t that gap.  I pray in the name of Jesus, that we may be able to see one another through God’s eyes – that we can see beyond our external appearance – and see ourselves at the heart of who we are.  To see the person first while being culturally sensitive and aware.  I do not want to add to racial discrimination – I want to rise and stand against it.  I want you to rise and stand against it with me.

… In feeling under-qualified to speak on this, I have stopped and started and deleted this a few times.  I handed this over to God, I knew… but did not know what I wanted to say.  So, last night before going to sleep – I asked – what do you want me to say?  What do you want me to say because – I don’t like forcing out my own words…  Apart of me knew, in this feeling of under-qualification – God was in fact qualifying me to speak into this, for He would equip me with the words I needed to deliver the message He wants delivered.  This feeling of being under qualified forced me to lean not on my own understanding but to seek the Lord with all my heart.  I also knew, if I gave way to this feeling – if I listened to that feeling, it would be easy to remain silent… I knew even more that I could not keep silent.  But I did not want to speak out of my own authority – I invited God into this by asking, what do you want me to say?

Before going to sleep, I knew that I would wake with what I needed to say.  But before this, I saw a post on Instagram by Juliane Moore (another/fellow bonnie redheaded lass) on #BlackLivesMatter.  She wrote:

I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:
I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)

I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo)
I can run (#WalterScott)
I can breathe (#EricGarner)
I can live (#FreddieGray)
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd)
White privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today.
#BlackLivesMatter

 

… This post packed a silent yet loud punch.  I could see these simple things in life are liberties to me, while for others – they are not.  This difference in these liberties boiled down to skin colour and consequently are met with the daily threat of racial violence.  I cannot imagine what it would be like living with that kind of background fear.  I have never been able to understand racial hatred and violence.  I have always valued people, their culture; experiences and the diverse perspective that they can bring, whether it is a working relationship or personal friendship.  To me, I don’t just see skin colour or nationality, but I see the person – the fierce and wonderful handiwork of God.   When lives are lost due to racial violence, it is truly heartbreaking.

Black lives matter because to Jesus all lives matter.

I stand by this and as I stand by this – I stand by you – I take your hand in unity – to say I stand with you.  I stand with you in this injustice.  I stand with you in firm peace to break this division.  I stand with you to break this racial division.  I am not better that you because I am white…  I have my own struggles… But this isn’t about me – it is about the injustice and mal-treatment of black lives.  I certainly do not see myself as being better than you – and nor are you better than me – we are equals – although the world will tell us we are not equal.  But I am standing with you against the world to say we are equal.

We are equal.  Once we start truly believing and knowing that – change will start – but it needs to come from inside us first – in order for it to match up with our actions.

We are equal.

Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:16 ESV)

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:27-29 ESV)

Those of us that are baptised into Christ we are made one in Jesus Christ – there is no male or female.  And perhaps we should take it one step further, in saying there is no skin colour – and nationalities – no one colour, or nation is better than another for we are all made one in Jesus.   Do not get me wrong – this is not to say we should totally disregard our colour and culture – by no means.  We should celebrate it and celebrate all the nations and people of the world – for God made us and made us all in His image.  What is not to celebrate in that? But the coming of one – means we mearge together like a rainbow – we each standout but shine together as one in the body of Christ.  In Jesus there are no barriers or differences between us.  Just like each part of the body is made with a function and purpose – no part is any more or less important but is made to serve a particular function and it works together for greater functioning of the whole body.  The same applies to us in representing the body of Christ… Now, in the world, there should be no barriers or differences between us.  But there is. And it’s painful and at times glaringly obvious.

For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:2-4 ESV)

This verse shows how mankind places division amongst us; and can place value in wealth over poverty.   In context of the world, and in the above verse, if we replaced one of these men with dark skin and the other with white.   It gives way to racial distinctions; one is given preference to the other. This make us our own judges and makes way for evil thoughts and actions to flow from it…

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV).

The world is ruled by chaos, nations continue to rise-up against one another.  This event that happened to George Floyd is calling us to love one another more, to love others as Jesus first loved us, so others will see that we are his disciples.  This is calling us to respond rather than react in emotions; anger and hurt.  This is calling us to be counterintuitive; to drop our weapons, guard our mouths and tongues from unleashing hateful speech and to guard our hearts; forgive and rise-up together to stand firm in peace and unity.  I will validate when you feel unvalidated.  I hear you when no one is listening.  I see you – when feel no one can see you.  I will validate you and say, you are worthy and your life and contribution to the world matters.  Your life matters.  And the world needs your voice.  What happened to George Floyd it was truly devastating – and it has been felt around the world.  But it was also the straw that broke the camels back… and I can see it is causing a great stiring.  I strongly feel this stiring, is paving a way for change.

This morning, I woke and was given these words to say, I am sorry.  This is an extension of an olive branch – to say, I come in peace. And this ‘sorry’ is not just for the black community which is longing to hear this.  It is a collective ‘I am sorry’, it is for all people of the world who have faced racial discrimination, oppression, violence, torture, or death.  Past, present, and future – please, God forbid.

I am sorry.  For all the lost dreams, hope and laughter that was taken all too soon.

I am sorry.  For the families that have been torn apart and left with nothing.

I am sorry for the fear and worry you hold onto regarding the safety of your life and the lives of your children.

I am sorry that your people have suffered and may still feel the effects of that trauma.

I am sorry.  I am sorry for the devaluation of lives and culture that has been oppressed.

I am sorry for the fight you have had to fight to get to where you are today – yet still feel oppressed.

I am sorry there is still oppression and indifference. This racial indifference has been happening for centuries and all around the world and it needs to stop.

I am sincerely sorry.

… Now… I know I did not cause this racial indifference but… someone needs to say it, it is about being held accountable, it is about acknowledging and validating the pain that all this hatred has caused.

I see it, I hear it.  I hear you and I am sorry.

I sincerely hope and pray this makes way for forgiveness – not to say or excuse what has happened.  Never – as we know the shedding of innocent blood is an abomination in God’s eyes and justice will be received by law.  This is calling us to respond in love and forgiveness, this forgiveness is for the benefit of your own heart – as Christian’s we cannot afford to have our hearts calcified; hardened as it will affect how we love others.

Know that justice will be received for the lives lost and while it may feel counterintuitive, we need God’s grace to be able to forgive – just as He forgave us.  I know it is difficult to forgive while you are hurting, in shock and angry – allow yourself to grieve; feel and process those emotions but do not react in those emotions as it may only stir up more trouble.  As Jesus said, ‘turn the other cheek’, in other words walk away; do not add to the fight – turn to God first but do not turn a blind eye.  I did not want to turn a blind eye to this, as if to say this kind of behaviour is acceptable.  It is not acceptable, and I am choosing my words wisely so not to stir-up further anger and division.  The devil thrives on division and chaos – and I will not give him that power or satisfaction.

I stand to promote peace and unity.

I stand to promote the light of the world.

And right now, the world needs Jesus more than ever.  In this, I ask you to stand with me – wherever you are in the world; regardless of your nationality and skin colour – these contribute to our identity, but we are more than this.  Yes – #BlackLivesMatter – I stand with you on this, I take your hand and say, I am here for you and with you and ask you to stand with me on this too, for #AllLivesMatter to Jesus and the one who sent him into the world.

#BlackLivesMatter – I stand with you.

#AllLivesMatter – stand with me.

 

Please share this – wherever you are in the world.  Together let us break this division and make way for unity – and stand together against racial division.

 

Heavenly Father,

You know the world is in chaos – nations rise against nations and have done so for centuries.  You know the enemy thrives on this chaos and division.  We invite you into this division – we ask for your grace and power in healing our division – healing our brokenness, pain and trauma associated with racial violence…

May the light of Jesus shine in this time – fill our hearts with your love, your grace and your forgiveness. Guard our hearts, guard our tongues from hurtful and hate-filled speech.  Fill us with your spirit, your love, knowledge, wisdom, and words – so we may speak life and light into this darkness.  Remove fear from our minds and fill us with your truth and peace – peace that surpasses the worlds understanding of peace.

You are the great way maker and I pray you make a way for national – worldwide unity.  Lord, I know you stand with me on this, – so, I too stand for this.  I pray for a peaceful uprising into unity – in Jesus glorious and mighty name I pray, amen.

Amen.

xx.

 

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God knows the desires of your heart – Part 2 of 2

Desires of your heart

Part 2 of 2

… It was at the end of that sentence (see previous post) that I drew a blank and didn’t know what else to write.  Although, I did but I didn’t…  it was as though there was a silencing over what I wanted to say, in order to make way for what God truly wanted to say.  It was then that I stepped away from the computer to have some lunch, as I was eating lunch I felt the prompt to go for a walk.

I thought: oh – but I don’t feel like it.

All the more reason to go for a walk.

I just want to bask in the presence of God

You still can – He’s still be with you.  He’ll be walking with you.

Ok – as I said ok – a route was being mapped out in mind – that involved walking through a couple of parks and then stopping by the supermarket.  Ok. I got myself ready with a scarf and jacket as we are entering winter here.  I grabbed my house keys popped them in my pocket – walked out the door and realised I have forgotten my reusable bag – back inside I went to get it.  Closed the door – to then realise the cord of my keys got caught in the door.  I couldn’t just pull it out but had to unlock and open the door to get this cord free.  I felt like I was being stalled or delayed.  But given the most recent revealing, that God sometimes causes delay to make way for the most perfect moment – a moment where you know you needed to be in and experience.  This happened once before – it’s probably happened many times – but this one time was really obvious to me.

I was in study week leading up to my final exam for my degree.  I was determined that the day was going be productive in study.  I dropped my son at school, came home to finish getting ready, including loading up my bicycle paniers with text-books, lunch, water – blah blah blah – everything you need for a day of study.  I was keen to go, but I felt this resistance, like a force slowing me down – and then it dropped into my head that I needed to look and read an old journal entry – this was all very specific.  I did, I read it twice – it was on writing my book – that I hadn’t yet started but knew I was about to start as soon as our exams we over… I was still blown away by this entry and this task that loomed ahead of me…I prayed into then and there… and then I felt this heaviness lift off me and I knew it was time to go.

I left – I went my usual route that went through a park and by the river to the bicycle path that ran parallel to the highway up to the university.  As I rode along this path, in the distance, I saw an off-road dirt motorcycle circling someone.  At first, I thought – maybe they know each other – as I approached he kept doing circles around this woman – and I could see just by her body language she was not comfortable with whatever was going on.  As I got closer, he stopped circling her and kept moving forward.  As I got closer, I slowed – as my bike is electric and had a full charge, it took me a moment to slow down to a stop.  I was a few steps ahead of her and backed the bike backwards on my tippy toes to ask if she was ok.

She was not ok – she was a bit shaken by the whole thing – and she didn’t know who the guy was.  Neither of us knew his intentions or – what it could have led it.  My timing in that moment was perfectly orchestrated by His truly.  Had I left half an hour earlier or later – who knows what would have happened to that woman.  I stopped and walked with her until we reached the end of the cycle path and trafficked intersection.  In that moment, I put my own needs to study aside to be able to walk with her to safety.  As we got to the end of the path – she said to me – you were clearly a god-send.  I said, it was the least I could do – and more than that – I knew there is power in numbers – my presence alone would have deterred that guy from trying again.  As we went our separate ways, I had a chuckle to myself – because I agreed with her that in that moment, I was God sent.  He knew my intentions were to study, I knew my intentions – but he also knew what was about to happen up ahead.  He knew that was my usual route, He knew that he could use me in that moment, so He placed a heaviness in me that caused me to slow down – or in my words – phaff about.  My plans were intercepted and put aside momentarily to represent Jesus in that moment.  To represent his and the Father’s presence, and protection.  And in this, I was protected too – for I can see had the guy on the motorcycle really wanted to harm her, he may have ignored my presence and harmed both of us…

This slowing down moment and what it led to was brought back to me as I got my keys stuck in the door this afternoon.  I wondered what I was being slowed down for – what moment was I being prepared for.  As I walked, I listened to music – not just any music but worship music.  I picked the sunny sides of the streets to walk along and marvelled at the golden leaves that caught the light on the path and the red leaves that still clung to their trees.  Autumn is my favourite season, and I was reminded as to why it is my favourite and I was able to bask in its beauty.

As I walked down some steps, I had many thoughts running through my head – like  God knows your heart and your hearts desires – he wants your heart and your commitment to him and from there all will be added to you.  Some of you may desire marriage and your own family, some may desire that dream job or house, or to be healed – he knows your desires, he knows what you want – and this is a gentle plea to stop fighting, to stop placing all your effort into finding your perfect partner (they may already be with you or near you), stop fighting for meeting your own career desires – he knows your desires.  It shouldn’t be this difficult – this fight isn’t yours to fight – know your own heart and hand it over to God, allow him to bring the desires of your heart into being by simply committing to him whole heartedly.

After this moment, I stopped at park and again, I delighted in the golden glorious autumn light.  I sat in a prime sunny spot – so I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face.  I was basking in the sun – basking in the light of the Lord – in his warmth.  Behind sunglasses I lifted my face up into the light and warmth as music danced through my ears and mind.  It’s here that songs merged from one thing into another – and I have no idea what the song was called but it connected to my spirit and tears were released and gently rolled down my cheeks.  The theme of these songs were on dancing freely as children of God and with the heart of child.  I was reminded of a character that I started to develop last year, who was a patient in a psychiatric hospital in Nazi Germany during the second world war – she was mute and physically imprisoned; in body, and within her environment – yet there was a freedom to her that only happened through Christ.  I was reminded of a scene that one character had described of her dancing freely in his dream.  He saw bare feet twirling; although dirty and covered in what would have been excrement – she was clean in spirit.  Her night dress white – symbolising her purity, it swirled around her like the wings of an angel.  A thought intercepted this memory – You are this girl – you are this free and you will dance again, in freedom, just as she does… I felt the connection and knew it was true – tears escaped from the ducts.  I knew this was true.  I had not danced in many years – I mean, at least 12 years.  I am not a dancer – not one as you might think.  I took dance classes when I was 17 – but the true dancing freedom I had was in the privacy of my own home.  You know, dance like no one is watching – yes, that was me.  I would dance in my lounge room or my bedroom or the hallway – if I needed length.  I’d blast my CD player to tunes of… well, whatever took my fancy at the time.  I grew up listening to old school music like The Doors, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones (to name a few) and I liked the odd alternative things like Jack Johnson.  If it had a good rhythm and I could feel it in my body I would dance to it – and would dance with such freedom because no one was watching or judging me on well or poorly executed moves.  And maybe, just maybe I knew I missed this freedom but had suppressed it for such a long time – and it was in this moment, God was reminding me of this freedom I once had.  And I was being given the promise that I will dance again with that same freedom, if I allow it – if I allow him.  It was within this moment, that I saw a hand reach down and out and another hand being placed in that hand.  I believe this was God’s hand reaching down to me, to lift me up – not to be saved from a pit – His hand reaching out, was to say – will you have this next dance with me? – your freedom is with me.  You are my child – a child that is carefree and dances like no one is watching… yet I will dance with you – I delight in you just as much as you delight in me – but more.

I saw this hand and gesture as an extension of his love, it is an old-fashioned kind of love that is gentle and unassuming.  It is in this dance; it is when you are most safe.

I was taking note on the movement of the sun and when it hid behind a part of the tree that was ahead of me, I knew it was time to go.  I left and went to the supermarket and as I walked home, I reflected on all of this – and I knew that moment needed to happen – including the part with the cord of my keys getting stuck in the door.  All these little things needed happen and that included skipping certain songs, in order for me to experience that moment and retell it here.

I feel He is asking for your hand; He is asking for the next dance with you – if you will allow it.  He is asking for your heart and your wholehearted commitment. He’s gently saying – “stop fighting your fight, I know the desires of your heart – keep your eyes and focus on me and I will give you the desires of your heart.  Don’t worry about your peers or what others may say – ‘you have to fight to get what you want’ – you don’t have to fight for your desires.  I don’t want you to lose your authenticity – the person I created you to be – the free spirited dancing child that you are – the one I delight in so much.”

I don’t know what you’re holding onto or fighting for – but this may be time to let it go; hand it over to the Lord; give him your time and commitment and He will give you the desires of your own heart, if you allow Him… Just as it was revealed to me that my desire is not to work in an acute setting – yet I am waiting for it happen because I think it is what I need to get experience – and there has been delay after delay after delay.  Although, I am so grateful for the delay as it has allowed me to focus on God and develop a deeper and more personal connection with Jesus.  It has allowed me to try home schooling – which was a desire of my heart, however I discovered it was not for us as I discovered my son needs routine and dare I say it, my patience needs him to be at school.  It has also allowed me the time and space to work from home in writing these – and yes, another desire of my heart.  So, if that  – and all of this is not evidence of God supplying the desires of my heart – then I don’t know what is…

He is truly wonderful in all his ways.

I pray these words have uplifted and encouraged you – and filled you with the love of God – just as it has with me.  I pray that your fight – whatever it is – is severed by the sword of truth and replaced with the knowledge that it is God who supplies the desires of your heart.  Wonderful and marvellous things await you… all you have to do is drop your fight and commit to the Lord.  Know, I love you (I know I may not know you but I feel this is God’s love extending through me to you) – he wants to prosper you – not harm you.  He wants to prosper you, not harm you.  Wonderful and marvellous things wait for you on the other side of your fight – but know you don’t need to be fighting for it – because it is already yours.  I pray that these words, and His word may be planted in your heart and take root as truth.  I pray that these words maybe nourished by Jesus and pray that God allows growth in this area.  In Jesus glorious name I pray, amen.

Amen.

Xx

 

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God knows the desires of your heart – Part 1 of 2

Desires of your heart

Part 1 of 2

 

God knows the desires of your heart, so do not fret about what you are doing or where you are – for you are exactly where you need to be.  God knows the desires of your heart – and this is what His word says:

Psalm 37 (NIV)

Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]

27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

 

I have included this Psalm in full for full context as I came realise how easy it is to take God’s word out of context and thus changing it’s meaning. (I would explain how but feel that’s another story for another day.) So, I felt it needed to be here in full context.  Now I realise there is a lot to digest in this Psalm and I don’t think I will come close to writing into all of what it says – but here are the key phrases that catch my eye:

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

I feel like this speaks for itself – and I could happily leave it there and allow it to speak to your heart in only a way it can speak to you… however, I want to make it and keep it real – and show you how it applies to me, to show how it may also apply to you.

Take delight in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  To me, this is about committing yourself to the lord through worship, prayer and reading his word.  It is about placing the Lord first over your desires and needs.  It is about seeing the work He has already done in your life, it is about recognising and see how far you have come and knowing you are not in the same place as you once were – you have been brought out of the darkness and into the light.  It is taking delight in all he has done, all he will continue to do and all that is yet to be done.  This is your joy being placed in the lord – this is where your joy is.

For me, this looked like committing myself to honouring the words that were being placed in my heart, writing them here and sharing them.  It writing it has strengthened my faith, my knowledge and wisdom in the Lord.  It has ironed out imperfections to be realigned to Lord and made whole again – to be the best version of myself and the person He intends me to be.

Last Friday, I woke early – it was an instant awakening at the early hours of the morning.  As I am stubborn and knowing we are entering into winter, there was no way I wanted to get up and leave my warm bed at 4am.  So, I stayed in bed and read some emails and whatnot on my phone until I felt ready to return to sleep.  It was in this time, that I came across the job I mentioned in my previous post, in being in a general practise setting – also my dream job – also could be seen as a desire of my heart.  I strongly believe God was waking me up to show me that job.  I was also reminded later, that this was not the first time this kind of awakening had happened.  Before Easter, the same thing happened, I woke early at an inconvenient and cold hour, to be shown a posting looking for a post-graduate nurse in psychiatry – another area of interest.  This job’s closing date was in a day or so – I looked at the selection criteria and other requirements of needing to be enrolled in post-grad study.  I felt overwhelmed and I didn’t think I had the head space to address the selection criteria in a short amount of time.  I didn’t think I would get and interview due to my limitations.  So, I let that opportunity go.  Again, God knew and knows the desires of my heart and woke me up to see this opportunity that was waiting for me – if I allowed and placed my trust in Him to carry me into that opportunity.  But instead, I placed a limit on myself in saying that will never happen – in saying and doing that I placed a limit on God – I denied him from bringing about the desires of my heart.  He’s saying, I am trying – I am trying to give you what your heart desires – I know you have been committed to me – you have been seeking me over your own desires and needs.  I am trying but I need you to trust me – I need you to try for me.  I need you to try for me…  I need you to try for me.

As I continued the rest of my day on Friday, I thought, I have learnt so much in a matter of hours – to do with limitations. A thought rose above and intercepted that thought – what are you going to do to show what you have learnt? (For a lesson also requires action.)

Apply for the job.

Yes, yes you are.

And I did.

I went home and made a start on the application; revisited an old cover letter and made some changes to it – and rearranged my resume.  I allowed it to sit over night and revisited it on Saturday – made another few little tweaks and submitted it and prayed – knowing I had done my part; I officially tried and the rest is in the hands of God for He knows the desires of my heart.

I do not know what is going to happen in this space, I may be overlooked, or I may not be.  But what I do know is the lesson and correction I have received is so much greater than landing that job.  It made me aware of my limitations and the freedom I truly have in trusting God – for he truly knows my heart and its desires.  It has given me a new boldness – but this kind of boldness may look different from the worlds perception.  This kinds of boldness is gentle, it is patient, it is still – it waits in the presence of the Lord.  To the world, this kind of boldness will look weak, like as though you have given up – that you’re not enough as you are and you need to fight to get into that thing your hear desires.  But know, you don’t need to fight – not in the way the world thinks you need to – you don’t need to fight from a selfish-ambition kind of perspective.  This kind of fight – or fret – will only lead to trouble or evil.

Over the rest of the weekend, I was shown a lot and how God had met the desires of my heart.  The first was fuelling the desire and giving me the words to write a book – when for a long time I thought writing was dead to me.  He revived it and enabled me to write that and to write here – a long lost desire of my heart.  Praise God – thank you!

Also, He showed me a reason as to why it was taking so long for me to break into the hospital. It didn’t have to do with there being a waitlist for the program they were trying to get me into.  It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact I ordered the wrong size in my uniform and needing to re-order – or the fact that there is a pandemic – these are all things that are delaying the process but it is not the reason. But God’s hand is in delaying the process.  Simply put, God revealed and reminded me that acute care is not a desire of my heart – there it is.  My heart desires to work in primary healthcare or mental health.  He knows the desires of my heart – He knows the desires of your heart too.

I was reminded, that I thought as new graduate I could not afford to be picky and needed to get into whatever position will take me for the experience and continue to utilise and consolidate my skills.  But what happens when you go into something if your heart is not in it?  I have discussed this many times over, we lose our authenticity as there is a disconnect between heart and mind.  I was then reminded that, as a nurse I can’t afford that disconnection as it may compromise my ability to care and connect with the patients in my care.  Our hearts need to be in what we are doing; it needs to be whole and pure – and come from a place of authenticity for best results – not only for ourselves but for the benefit of those we may come in contact with…

 

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Stop limiting yourself.

 

“Stop limiting me, stop limiting me, stop limiting me, stop limiting me.”

 

This, was one of many things that were circulating my thoughts.

 

“Stop limiting me, stop limiting me.”

 

What limitations are you placing on Jesus – what are you stopping him from doing in your life?  He is limitless but we will put limits and boundaries on him.  We may as well be binding him and sending him back to the cross – the truth is, He is alive – He has risen – and by His spirit He moves amongst us – and wants to keep moving.  Do limit him.  Don’t bind him and put him in a cute little box with a ribbon – He is a gift but not one that can be contained.

We put limits on ourselves and in doing so will put limits on Jesus.

This morning, I came across an advertised job, looking for an RN in a general practise setting and in an area that would be considered rural and remote – and in an absolutely stunning part of the Australian countryside.  General practise is an area that I have longed to work in… I looked at the location and wondered if I’d be able to commute there by bus (as I don’t have a car) and wondered if could continue living in our area… I couldn’t find any answers… I had a look at rental availability and there were two properties advertised – yes, that is how rural it is!  One was ok, it would do the job and the other was beautiful and probably a little bit too expensive on a single income as about 50% of my income would go to rent.  Add to that, my son would have to change schools and, I can tell you now that won’t go down so well with him either – but then I know he would adapt, if needed, eventually… then I wondered, would that job and house detract me from my goal in saving for a deposit to buy and build.  Could this derail God’s plan?  Then I knew we may need a new church as I don’t have a car or license so we would be very limited – once we’re there – we’re there – that is it.

The thought that pushed through was, stop limiting me – in limiting yourself, you are limiting me – stop limiting me.  You only a know a few of my plans, you don’t know my plans in full.  You don’t know how working and living in this area may bless you – and how your presence will bless others – don’t limit yourself – and don’t limit me – you don’t know how I am going to change your limits to being limitless – you don’t know how I am going to enable you – you don’t know how I may work through you to reach others – this may in fact be where you are needed – don’t let your limitations limit me.  You are free because I am free – allow me to make the impossible possible. 

Allow me to make the impossible possible.

… May the truth be known, I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 ESV)  and know – Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 ESV) … For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:47)

Fill your heart with this truth, plant it and may it grow and manifest in your life as you step out in boldness, in trusting God with the plan He has over your life… and remember – nothing is impossible with God.  I pray this meets you exactly where you are – as it did for me – I pray it intercepts, corrects and straightens your thinking – it removes and breaks those limits that keep you bound – to knowing you are limitless – just as Jesus is… We invite you in Jesus and we allow you to do the rest.  Thank you, Jesus, for breaking these strongholds.  You know no bounds, you are limitless – you are free and we want you to move through our lives freely – have your way this us – we are your vessel, your hands, your feet, your voice – guide us into and on to the path you want us on, to do your work.  Thank you.  In your glorious name we pray, amen.

Amen.

Xx.

 

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God’s timing… and timely reminder.

I looked at the time, it read 2:02pm – so I looked it up and the first thing I found was this and smiled…

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ… (Colossians 2:2)

The reason I smiled… was that I included that exact verse in a dedication in my book.  I was led to it then and knew that was my goal then… And this is my goal here too – pure and simple… and what an honour it is to be trusted with such a task.

This honour awaits you too.  This honour can be yours too.

Xx.

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My lips sincerely speak what I know… (Job 33:3)

My lips sincerely speak what I know (Job 33:3)

 

(Keeping it upfront. Long post warning.)

This morning I woke to the words, ‘ensure your heart is soft.  Make sure your heart is soft and malleable.’

It kept going around my waking and light sleeping thoughts, even as I kept snoozing the alarm for ten minutes more…  I asked, ‘what does this mean?’ as I became a little more conscious.

It means, you have a heart of flesh not stone.  It means keep it soft so you can still be refined and shaped into the person you are destined to become.

It means keep your heart soft, for everything that is stored up in the heart comes out of one’s mouth.

…what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person…

… Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. …Blessed in the one who fears the lord always, whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength for my heart and my portion forever. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men… A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Delight yourself in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. … I will give thanks to the lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it…. Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a right spirit within me. I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Set a guard over my mouth, lord, keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your (our or my) mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. … (and finally) the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts. (Matthew 15:18 ESV, James 3:13-18 ESV, Proverbs 28:14 ESV, Psalm 73:26 ESV, Colossians 3:23 ESV, Proverbs 15:13 ESV, Romans 10:10 ESV, Psalm 37:4 ESV, Psalm 9:1 ESV, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 4:23 ESV, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 141:3, Ephesians 4:29 NIV Phillipians 4:7)

The state of our hearts are important, just as important as the words we speak.  Words serve a function to enable us to communicate ideas, feelings and needs.  The words we speak can have two effects, and share common trait; power.  Words have the power to destroy and tear others down.  Words have power.  They can be like poison, destroy others; crush their spirit, slowly and painfully.  This poison comes from the brokenness; bitterness or jealousy stored up in hardened stony heart. Or from a place of unforgiveness or selfish ambition.

If words have power, they can also be used for good.  They can be used to speak life into a situation.  Speak life into dry bones.  They can speak life in to healing.  They can break strongholds.  They hold power and authority.  They can build-up and encourage others, enabling the person to be the best version of themselves.

This is a reminder that we need to guard our hearts; protect it from becoming hardened.  This means, knowing the current condition of your heart; forgiving those that have wronged you, keep your focus on the Lord and all that you have been given from him – find your joy in the Lord.  In all you do, work heartily, as for the lord and not for men.  For it is difficult to please mankind as mankind is prone to failure and disappointment, we operate from a deficit and whatever we do will never be enough or be able to fully please mankind.  But working for the Lord, our efforts are always enough, our efforts are always seen.

This is a reminder to forgive, forgive, forgive, for it will help to keep your heart pure.

Forgive.

Fill your heart with the love of God.  Fill your heart with the word, truth, and teachings of Jesus.  Fill your heart and mind with the love and knowledge of God…

…Ok… here is a vulnerable moment for you.  I asked, what does this mean to me, on a personal level?  How does this connect to me, why should you tell me I need to ensure my heart is soft?  I know this is not just something you want me to write and pass on, so how does this connect to me? The understanding I was given, was about keeping my intentions pure.  He said, you are doing all of this writing and sharing, what and who are you writing for?  Are you writing for the praise of man-kind – for the ‘likes’ and for the ‘following’?  or are you doing it from a place of authenticity?

… I felt a strong tug on my heart and admitted I felt disheartened when some posts get ‘one like’ or ‘none’. (But that does not mean they’re not read either…) … and then I feel tempted to give up… but…  I dug further, questioned why and acknowledged – ‘well clearly, I want to be validated – I want to know that what I am writing is reaching others and touching them… but where is that coming from?’  I knew, there must be something more to it…  I was reminded of all the other times I fought to be seen, heard and noticed.  Like the time I studied film, I was one of three women in male dominated class.  I worked just as hard my male counterparts – I gave everything I had to tell interesting and creative stories… but… I never got the validation or recognition that I wanted… again, I asked why?  Where did this all this fight come from?    Simply, it came from a backlash of constant rejection which made me want to fight harder – to say, I do have something special going on… it was all to prove myself… It occurred to me; this could be a form of selfish ambition; the want to prove oneself…

But what happened then?

I lost my authenticity; I lost my own purity – the ka-ching-bazinga thing that makes me – me.  More than that, it means the wisdom I may be given when it comes from a place of selfish ambition may not come from God, it is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic…

Yeowzers.  How is that for a conviction?

Yes, that was it.

But… Does that mean, that all the words I had written previously are meaningless?

No, because this brokenness, this fight for validation had not surfaced yet.

The Lord was correcting this issue before it became a full-blown issue.  He knew of the brokenness and how I had reacted in the past and was correcting it, so I could continue to honour the words He presses into my heart, enabling me to deliver them from a place of authenticity.

That is how our God works!!  That – right there is an example of His work in progress.  He is so amazing – He never ceases to amaze me.

This was my daily reminder that I already have a heart of flesh, not stone.  And I need to ensure I keep it soft and malleable.  I can see now, had I kept going down the path of wanting/seeking validation, my heart may have slowly hardened, and the given words would not have come from God or would have stopped.  Out of His love, He brought about this correction, but He did it ever so gently… but also in a ‘in your face kinda way – like you can’t miss this thing!!’ … This also made me realise, even more now, that I work for the lord, not for mankind – all the validation that I need comes from the Lord.

I know the truth He sets in my heart; I know the words He has given me.

My job is simple, to listen and respond through writing – whether I get one view or not, it doesn’t matter – because I know that I am honouring the words that the Lord has pressed into my heart.  And in that, I know that these and subsequent words will reach the people it needs to reach by the grace and hand of God.  I also know this, as I came across a ‘new’ woman of god on YouTube; Lana Vawser, who speaks such strong and inspiring words.  She was new to me but has been around for a while as indicated by the number of subscribers and views per video.   I also noticed, well, it became evident to me that she operated from a place of authenticity; in being able to listen and respond to the words God placed on her heart.  I could genuinely see she wasn’t in it for the ‘show’ or the ‘likes’ but it was to honour the words God had given her and continued to flow through her.  I was surprised and not, at the same time, that I had only just come across this strong woman of God.  But then, I know that God was revealing her to me – that He is the one who delivers and reveals words to the people that need it.  And perhaps, the reason she was revealed to me was that I recognised her authenticity in myself – to be reminded it’s not about the ‘show’ or the ‘likes’, it is about the authenticity, connection to God and being obedient to his word and promptings.

Having said that, there have been moments, as I have been writing these words where people; some who I haven’t thought about in a long time were dropped into my mind – and I knew I needed to send them that word.  And I did… whether they read it or not, doesn’t matter as such – as the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.  But – the most important action here, is honouring and being obedient to God’s word or promptings.

In all honesty, writing these words, it is the least I can do – God does so much for me every day and I feel so in-debt to Him as it is.  I don’t think I could ever repay God for all that He has done and will continue to do for me.  And I know it’s not expected either… but, this – it is the least I could do – but it is not the most I can do.  I could probably do more but I won’t until it is revealed to me as to what is next… and for now, I know this is what I am called to do – so I will honour and treasure the words I am given and write and release them as intended.

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… Also… I forgive those who I felt rejected by in my past, that made me fight to prove myself. I know now that it was not my time.  God had other plans for me.  I do not need to fight to prove myself.

Those days are over.

Those days are behind me, they are in the past.

They are done.

Finished.

I am not the same person I was.

I do not react in brokenness.

For my heart is healed and whole.

I am already proven.

I am already chosen.

I am already worthy.

I am already validated.

My heart is pure.

My heart is soft.

And this is my authenticity.

I will keep on honouring the words that the Lord presses into my heart.  I will guard and keep my heart pure, soft, and malleable so I may continue to be refined into the woman; the person I am destined to be.

And know, dear reader that these words are also for you – you are proven, chosen, worthy, validated, and pure in heart.  You do not need to fight to prove yourself anymore.

 

Lord,

I pray that you may guard our hearts – keep our hearts pure – and guard our mouths, so when we speak, we speak with power – power that speaks life into dead situations; that uplifts and encourages and corrects.  May you guard our hearts, so you may speak life into our hearts, and we may be able to re-lay that message to others, keeping its purity and intention.  Remove our brokenness and replace it with wholeness.

We love you and thank you for this new day and all that has been given to us.  We thank you for your presence; for you are close to those that are broken-hearted – and I know you are forever close to me.  I know you are constantly healing parts of my heart to make it whole again. You are constantly renewing, turning stone to flesh and preventing flesh from turning to stone.  We thank you and are so grateful for your continuous grace and unconditional love.  You are worthy of all the praise – and the highest of highest praise.

Guard our hearts, guard our mouths.  In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.

Amen.

 

My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know…(Job 33:3) and … listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom… (Job 33:33)

 

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Arise and Go

(I wrote this a couple of months ago, it is a chapter in my manuscript.  I re-read the chapter and found it ministered straight to my heart and into my current situation.  I may have laughed at the timing, and at the fact I wrote it and it still minister’s to me.  Clearly, it was led by the Holy Spirit.   I don’t know who needs this but I felt it needed to be shared. I don’t know what your situation is – but it may add some clarity.)

 

Act 3 –

(Saul of Tarsus becomes) Paul

Chapter Twenty-two

…But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop…

 

Saul had a life changing encounter with Jesus; one that changed the trajectory of his life.  He thought he was in his purpose, but he was not in line with God’s purpose because he did not recognise Jesus.

The scriptures say, Saul was made blind by an encounter with Jesus.  He was sent to Damascus and told to wait.  He was blind for three days and during that time he didn’t eat or drink.  What the scriptures do not say, is that he was not only physically blind, but he had been spiritually blind to Jesus all his life. He needed to become physically blind, to have his eyes spiritually and physically re-opened to the truth of Jesus.

He was blind for three days – to him, it would have felt like a lifetime.  It would have felt like a lifetime of sitting in darkness.  He would have felt so vulnerable like as though he’d been stripped bare and was wondering through the wilderness naked – not being able to see anything that lurked in the darkness waiting to take him.  His senses would have been heightened – heightened sense of fear, hypervigilant hearing and sensitive to touch and sound.  He would have been scared and thinking – this is it – this is it – life, as I know it, is over for me.

What he didn’t know – the thing that he was blind to, was that Jesus had plans for him.  It is written in The Passion Translation, that the Lord appears to Ananias in a vision.  He gives him exact instructions, to go to this street called Abundance and find a man, Saul of Tarsus at Judah’s house.  He continued to say, while he (Saul) was in prayer, he had a supernatural vision of Ananias laying hands on him and restoring his sight. This alone, would have been an incredible experience for Saul, going from dark formless vision to suddenly being able to see – with supernatural vision.  It wasn’t just a vision but it was supernatural.  It had became supernatural because he was without sight.  He could suddenly see the room that he was in, the exact location that he was sitting, he could see the floor beneath him and the textures in the floor.  He could see his nose in front of his face again, sending him cross-eyed.  He could see his hands in front of him, the detail in his nails; the almost invisible lines of nail fibres and he silently rejoiced that he could see the dirt under his nails.  It became supernatural because he could see everything in great detail.  He wasn’t just given a supernatural vision; he was given foresight.  Saul was given the ability to see that this was in fact not it, it was not over, and he was going to be healed.  He was given foresight that he was going to be healed.  That also made it a supernatural experience for him because he was given foresight into his future and it left no room to doubt.

However, Jesus did not reveal everything to him straight away.  He knew that Saul was only capable of receiving bits at a time.  He wasn’t ready to be shown all that He had planned – because if he had, he most likely would have freaked out and said – nope – I’m not doing that, I can’t do that.  In our own weaknesses, we will devalue ourselves and say we can’t do something.  When in fact, we can do the task we’re presented with.  Jesus knows our capabilities more than we do and he will provide direct instructions on where to go and who to contact, what to say et cetera.

Jesus gave Ananias direct instructions, Ananias protested. In a way, he said this but not, (it would have been his subtext;) his thoughts behind his actual words – but he’s Saul of Tarus – he’s a man to fear – he’s dangerous and he’ll surely persecute me too.  Jesus says, simply –

Arise and go! (Subtext: I won’t hear any more of it. I have plans.)  I have chosen this man to be my special messenger. He will be brought before kings, before many nations, and before the Jewish people to give them the revelation of who I am.  And I will show him how much he is destined to suffer because of his passion for me. (TPT Acts 15:16)

Arise and go – He only needed to say it once – that is how much authority Jesus has and Ananias was obedient although he was fearful of what might become of him.  Jesus didn’t say it, but He knew he would be ok and kept safe.  Jesus knew Saul was physically blind and vulnerable like a new baby, therefore he would be more fearful of Ananias than he was of Saul.  So, Jesus knew he would be kept safe.

Arise and go – Jesus may say this to us and like Ananias we may be filled with fear and have the echo of the serpent in our ears – did God really say that?  I know, I did when I first started writing this book.  I didn’t know what kind of content was going to be in it, all I knew was that there were three acts Leah, Saul and Paul.  I knew it meant delving into my past, but I didn’t know what that included until I was told to look into old journal entries.  I was in fact filled with fear – I thought – I don’t want my close friends and family to be all up in my business – I don’t want them to know I smoked and drank and was promiscuous at times.  A thought intercepted those thoughts –

If that is the only thing that is going to stop, you from writing this… then that’s selfish… it’s a small thing because it isn’t about you anymore – they need to know these things for context because it is what you have been brought out of.  And how many other people are there in the world that this is going to relate to and speak to?  It’s not about you anymore.  It needs to be written. It will be written. Arise and go.

I was filled with fear, but I have been given all the instructions and words to include in this book as I write.  So, I know, I am not doing this out of my own will.  If I am honest, most of the content within these pages, I had no intention on discussing – so I know I am not in this – not as me – it is led by the spirit – the spirit of truth.

So, I’m saying I understand Ananias’ fear in going on this mission initiated by Jesus.  But can see that there is no need for fear, for I will be protected.  Jesus has a plan and a part of that plan is being his messenger to spread His word and truth.

Now, before I continue, I want to establish that because I am aware that He has chosen me to be a messenger; His messenger.  It does not mean that I am better or higher than anyone else. If you believe in Jesus, we all have the capacity to be his messenger and to represent Him – it’s not an exclusive club or anything – if anything it aims to be inclusive.  He’ll use you as a shepherd to seek out and reach the dear sheep that have gone astray – the ones that have wandered into their own path or down the path of darkness.

If you were a drug addict, He’ll use it.

If you were a convicted criminal seeking the root of all evil – money, He’ll use it.

If you experienced discrimination for your race, colour, gender or sexual orientation – He’ll use it.

If you wanted to be an actor/writer and fought to be seen and loved and became a single parent – He’ll use it.

Jesus does not discriminate, the world will but He will not.  He will use whatever your story is to reach the people it needs to reach, to change the lives, hearts and thinking of those who need it most.  It is not an exclusive thing, it is an all-inclusive thing because Jesus does not discriminate.   The world may disqualify you – you may be too skilled for a job or under-qualified and they cannot see your worth and what you have to offer because you potentially do not tick a set of boxes.  But, Jesus qualifies you – as you are, in all your glorious brokenness and imperfection.  He says, your beautiful and I know how I am going to turn this around…  and He will turn it around, you just need to believe and have faith… and the story that you’ll be given, it will point back to the glory and goodness of our God.

So, my dears – I say, if Jesus has given you a mission – arise and go.  Do not fear the road ahead because you will be protected.  If you have not been given a clear mission, like Saul, I say wait – stand firm in where you are and wait for further instructions.  Pray and maybe you will be given a vision; foresight on what is about to happen or where you need to go.  We don’t need to take things into our own hands all the time, as tempting as that may be.  We don’t need to take things into our own hands because it is not happening in our time and we need that thing immediately.  Be still, stand firm and trust with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding… If you’ve been given a mission – arise and go.  If not – wait until you have been given that command.

 

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Dear Reader, I feel this time is about stepping into God’s purpose and the plans he has assigned to our lives.  It may be that he has revealed elements of His plan to you in the past, and now, it is either a time for action or it is a time to wait.  For each person, it won’t be the same.    As for me, I know it is time to arise and go.

Father, thank you for this word and reminder.  Thank you for your grace and the knowledge that rests in our hearts – that you are in control and you have a plan for our lives.  We pray that our eyes may be opened to you; that we may recieve foresight into your plans – enough to know – this is not our lot – that there is more to our lives – whatever situations we may find ourselves in now – this is not where our story ends.  You are our joy, you are our light when our situations look dark – you are the one that has mapped out our path and lives.  We love you and thank you for all that we have.  We know and acknowledge that everything that is good and lovely comes from you.  In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.

Amen.

Until next time, God willing,  w.a.r on with praise and prayer. Xx

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