Short Thoughts 2018

Fall On Your Knees

  

‘The source of revelation-knowledge is found as you fall down in surrender before the Lord.
    Don’t expect to see Shekinah glory until the Lord sees your sincere humility.’...

Startled

 

As my friend and I sat sharing life, I spoke of something that 

   I noticed in my Mum as she reached the end-stage to her life.  

I would enter her room and sense the peace and calm...

Dilemma solving with Jesus

 

‘“Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?”  “Yes, he does,” Peter replied.’

Peter is asked this question by the collectors of the Temple tax.

Peter then goes to Jesus who tells him to...

The Seed and its Seeds

 

Botanically speaking, a seed does not die when it is planted in the ground.

Its seed coat, the hard exterior, is softened by rains, enabling the process of germination to begin.  

Everything that is needed to produce a new plant is contained within the seed coat –

the food source and the embryo plant simply lie dormant, waiting.

Along the Way

 

We can live thinking that when we are healed from our past,

or when we are restored from weariness,

or when we have completed training and have qualified, 

or when we have a deeper relationship with God...

I'm not very good with words

 

In the book of Hebrews Moses is named with other champions of faith.

He is commended for his choices, values and actions...

Pitch Your Tent: Build An Altar

 

‘All these people died still believing what God had promised them. 

They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. 

They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth...

But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland.‘

Reviving the Dormant

 

A few years ago my brother was gifted a potted cherry tree which he placed in

his garage with the good intention of planting in his garden as soon as possible.

However...

The Halting Place

 

The Oak of Moreh is a plain. It was the first ‘halting-place’ for Abram on arriving in Canaan...

Pressing Pause

 

Psalm 23 is full of comfort and delight in the goodness of God.  

One of the Greek words for “love” is agape, which merges two words and two concepts.  

Ago means “to lead like a shepherd,” and pao is a verb that means “to rest.”  

Love is our Shepherd leading us to the place of true rest in his heart...

Being found by God

 

‘One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian.

He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush.

Moses stared in amazement...

Four Days Late

 

‘“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” ...

[Mary] fell at His feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”’

(John 11:21,32 NIV)

 

When Lazarus became ill, his sisters sent word to Jesus that ‘he whom you love is sick.’ 

Martha and Mary believed in the miraculous power of Jesus to heal their sick brother...

God’s Distributors

 

‘His disciples replied,

“How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?”’

(Mark 8:4 NLT)

 

This is the disciple’s response to Jesus’ suggestion that they feed 4000 people.

It’s not surprising that they were overwhelmed and perplexed.

Looking at the situation through human eyes they saw no plausible solution...

Pretence

 

‘Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?’

(Galatians 1:10 NIV)

 

I was about to embark on something new which would bring together 

people who knew me from different circumstances.

The Day of Small Beginnings

 

‘Who despises the day of small things?

Men will rejoice when they see the plumb-line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

(Zechariah 4:10)

 

Zechariah’s prophecy relates to Zerubbabel, who led the emancipated Jews back from exile in Babylon and directed the rebuilding of the altar and temple in Jerusalem...

Infatuated

 

In western society, we are infatuated with busyness.

If we are busy then we must be important, significant,

have value and worth as a person and have our lives ‘sorted’....

In The World but Not Of It

 

‘My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.’

(John 17:15-16 NIV)

 

It is said that as Christians we should be in the world but not of the world...

Desire the New

 

‘”And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins;

the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.  

And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, “The old is better.”’

(Luke 5:37-39 NIV)

 

Jesus uses the craft of winemaking to speak about the old and the new....

Being 'Marthy'

People used to commend me for how much I did: being a wife, a mum,

numerous activities at church, at school and paid employment.

When depression struck, I kept going and took on more.

I coped by hiding my illness, keeping busy and hoping that if all appeared well it would go away.

Push through

 

‘As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 

She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.’

(Luke 8:42-43 NIV)

 

This unnamed woman had unsuccessfully sought advice from physicians for twelve years. 

Her affliction deemed her to be religiously unacceptable. 

She would have lived on the edge of her faith community...

Made Ready

 

God has been making me ‘ready’ for a new season.

He called me on a journey of moving on from the past, through a ‘void’ of waiting

and into an awakening and equipping for His plans and purposes.

It’s been an amazing and tough journey...

Passing on the Baton 
 

‘…anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet…

Elijah went over to him (Elisha) and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away…

Then he (Elisha) went with Elijah as his assistant...

Crossing over

 

‘But the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you.’

(Deuteronomy 31:3 NLT)

 

Recently I feel as though I have crossed over from a ‘Wilderness Land’ into a ‘New Land’.

The old is behind me; new stretches ahead of me...

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