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Short Thought is a word of encouragement.

Postings alternate between

a short reflective article which is a blend of scripture, personal story and insight,

and a Bible verse to reflect on and pray over. 

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We (both Alison and readers) are grateful to those who have contributed over the years and

hope to have the pleasure of seeing others write their words of testimony and story.

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Bible Verse Post 

The Bible is The Living Word of God, we can choose to believe in and live by it.

 

‘“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honoured by every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world.”

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.  Interlude

(Psalm 46:10-11 NLT)

 

‘“Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.
I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.”
Here he stands!  The Commander!  The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side! 

The God of Jacob fights for us!   Pause in his presence

(Psalm 46:10-11 TPT)

 

Thought:  God says, He is here among us and standing with us; He is on our side and fighting for us.

These promises are for us as individuals, and as every nation and throughout the world.

How does this encourage, enable and equip you to ‘stand’ beside God, and beside others?

Current Short Thought 

The Best Routes

 

For many weeks there have been road closures near to my home. 

One major road has been completely closed off.

               Road signs have been positioned to help navigate drivers along the best routes.

Country lanes have also been blocked off as these are considered unsafe diversion routes.

 

These road closures have caused frustration and

it has been interesting to see how people have responded.

 

One country lane had barriers and concrete blocks placed across it indicating:

‘No Entry’, for your own safety do not use this road as a cut through, it is risky and dangerous.

But some folks not wanting to adhere to the advice moved the barriers to gain access.

The safer way was an inconvenient longer route.

 

Someone (perhaps with a sense of humour!) decided to move road closure signs

to falsely create a roadblock across a country lane which could be used.

 

It all got rather confusing!!

Which routes could be used?

Which are safe and best?

 

Sometimes we try to use routes which Jesus has advised us not to go along.

We ignore or move the ‘No Entry’ signs and barriers to gain access. 

Perhaps we think it is the shorter most direct way to

get to where He is directing us or where we want to go. 

We don’t want to go the longer way.  We don’t want to be inconvenienced.

 Then if, or when, we encounter hazards or dangers we are perplexed as to

why the journey has been so risky or difficult.

 

Sometimes we falsely create roadblocks by putting up barriers. 

We are reluctant to go along a route which Jesus is showing us is the right path. 

Perhaps we are uncertain, scared, or stubborn and

simply do not want to go where Jesus is leading us.

Yet His instruction and guidance is for us to come with Him.

 

Thought:  Where are you trying to go yet Jesus has advised you not to?

Where are you putting up barriers and are reluctant to go with Jesus?

 

Prayer:  Jesus, please show me Your best routes and position clear signs to help navigate me

along Your pathways.  May I come with You wherever You lead me.  Amen.

 

‘Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me.’

(Psalm 25:4-5 NLT)

 

‘I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway

for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before.
Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.  Just come with me!”’

(Psalm 32:8-9 TPT)

Short Thoughts 2020

The Best Routes

 

For many weeks there have been road closures near to my home. 

One major road has been completely closed off.

               Road signs have been positioned to help navigate drivers along the best routes.

Country lanes have also been blocked off as these are considered unsafe diversion routes.

 

Glimpses of God

(Includes Self-Led Retreat Resource)

 

I caught a glimpse of God in the clouds floating effortlessly in the vast blue sky. 
 

I caught a glimpse of God in the coolness of the breeze as I stood drinking in its freshness... 

Hope

 

In the world’s current unstable climate, change has been thrown upon us all, and with much velocity.

The security of our ‘norms’ have been, and are being challenged.

I Need
 

I wonder, if like me, you find yourself saying things like:

“I need a relaxing holiday.”

“I need my husband to be more caring towards me.”

 “I need my kids to be more helpful around the home.”

“I need a better paid job.”

“I need this shop assistant to serve me quicker.”

“I need more coffee!”

Playing our Part

 

From the time when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden our perfect union

with God was fractured.  Ever since, humanity has been on a journey of deliverance to

find their way back into a reconciled relationship with God in a paradise called home –

that perfect place where all will be well...

Press on

 

‘Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,

but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.

But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead,

I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which

God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.’

(Philippians 3:12-14 NIV)

 

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to reflect on ‘what is behind’ us and ‘what is ahead’.

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