Shalom. Remember that God will never stop loving you… so don’t stop loving yourself.
Sometimes it is difficult to see all the possibilities and potential we have… this is especially true if we have come from a place of criticism and condemnation. It can lead us to a place where we can stop believing in ourselves. Then it is difficult, if not impossible, to see ourselves as God sees us.
Also, when we struggle with loving ourselves it doesn’t mean we can’t love others… it means that we can’t fully love them.
When we truly love who we are then we are free to be ourselves and by extension allow others that freedom too.
For love is best given freely and received freely. No expectations or qualifiers…
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 NLT
If we determine that love is given if certain conditions are met then we don’t know what love truly is. If this is something you struggle with then I’d ‘love’ 😀 to talk and pray with you.
When we each grasp what Jesus did for us then our understanding of love deepens. But sometimes we need to work through previous pain, rejection and abuse to glimpse the liberation of Jesus sacrifice.
May you know the truth and may it set you free.
Shalom. May you discover the peace and joy of God in the midst of any situation.
Life can be interesting at times can’t it? In fact, when I think about life is always interesting, it just depends on whether you notice what’s going on around you. I’m not just talking about in the news or global events, but the little (or big) things that happen for all of us as we go through life. Periods of ill health, times of mountain top vistas, opportunities for growth and deepened understanding, challenges of relationships and how it is that God works his rhythm into it all.
We often compartmentalize sections of our life, and at times this can help us to cope with what can be pressure cooker environments. But the reality that no matter how much we try to keep work and leisure, or business and family separate, at times they spill over and we can find ourselves faced with new pressures or time priorities and management.
Lets face it, life can be messy. But instead of bemoaning that reality, we should celebrate it! Imagine how boring life would be if it went exactly as we planned it! Isn’t it good how God allows creativity, messiness and crisis to slop into our laps, often when we least want it.
For it’s at times when we are stretched that we face the choice of leaning on God or leaning away. How can we know we trust Him, unless we’re tempted not to? How can we know we have faith, unless we’re tempted not to be faithful? How can we know we truly love, unless we’re given opportunities to not love?
I hope and pray that this week you discover a newer deeper awareness of the marvellous way God interacts in your life and further, you seize the opportunities He gives to understand and know Him more.
Shalom. Be filled with the good things of God and allow your cup to overflow.
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your time with Jesus. Recently a good friend made comment that so much of our relaxation and meditation in society is about emptying yourself and pushing away those thoughts that are negative… But the bible tells us to be full… to be overflowing.
Paul encouraged us in Philippians…Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I reckon if you try to empty yourself you just leave an opportunity for something to fill up that space… but when you overflow with the things of God there’s no room for the other stuff.
So go on… think about it… all the good stuff that God has brought into your life. Then thank him for all he’s done, doing and yet to do…
Pretty soon you’ll feel the joy well up and flow out.
Have a great week.
Shalom. May you grow deeper in your trust for God’s plan for your life and throw your life into the pursuit of living it out.
At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized his picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.
But later on, when I met God, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was at the back, helping me pedal.
I don’t know when it was that he suggested that we change places, but life has not been the same since.
When I had control I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when he took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!” I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer! and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed; gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey. And we were off again. He said, ‘Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.’ So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it; but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with God as my delightful constant companion.
And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says, “Pedal!”
Keep pedalling my friends!
Shalom. May you know the best of God in the worst of times and relax in the joy of his saving grace.
Peace. A funny word and a funny condition when you think about it, we all want it but we tend to imagine it as the absence of things, noise, strife and busyness; yet we then surround and fill our lives with noise etc… and wonder why we don’t feel peace?
Jesus said – My peace I give you.
You’ve probably heard that and thought –that’s nice. But what does it really mean?
Well, I know what it doesn’t mean…
My hurriedness I give you; a pressure to fit too much into your day that leaves you pressured, frazzled and stressed.
You see, I think Jesus was inviting us into a lifestyle that centred our internal life and integrated our mind, will and body with the soul into an intimate relationship with Holy Spirit. Out of this space and place we find that our internal state remains more or less at peace as we trust and rest in God.
When Jesus was asleep in the bow of the boat during the storm (Matt 8) he was secure in his trust in God that he could make it to the other side. Even though the storm suggested otherwise, it didn’t affect Jesus’ peace, and this peace he spoke into that storm and caused it to settle and diminish.
What things cause your peace to get tossed overboard?
Are they valid? Are they real worries and concerns?
For the disciples the answer was YES.
But was the storm bigger than the promise God gives? Is the storm more powerful than God?
We need to see storms for what they are. Acknowledge the reality of the situation, but remember that God has better things in store and rest in him, trust his purpose and embrace his peace in the midst of the storm.
I hope that this week you retain his peace and grace and that is your response to whatever life throws