Short Thought   

Short Thought is a word of encouragement. 

The articles are a blend of scripture, personal story, words of testimony,

and nuggets of God-given wisdom and insight. 

 

Several writers have contributed to Short Thought by writing either regularly or a single article.

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

At the end of 2020 I (Alison) sensed that it was time to bring Short Thought to an end.

Therefore, new articles are not being written.

However, 2020 articles are posted below and previous articles from 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016

can be viewed by clicking on the box to navigate to the relevant pages

 

Bible Verse Post 

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

 

‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!   Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’

(Isaiah 43:18-19)

 

 ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on…’

(Philippians 3:13)

 

I am choosing to believe in and live by these verses as I sense Short Thought is to become a former thing.  

I believe it is time to bring Short Thought to an end.

As I look back over the years of posting Short Thought I give thanks to God.

As I perceive God doing a new thing, I press on towards what is ahead, 

and I ‘commit my way to the Lord and trust in Him’

(Psalm 37:5).

 

A Final Thought:  What is Jesus asking you to forget, leave behind, let go of, not dwell on, and move on from?  

How can you do this well and with thanks?

What new thing do you perceive God is doing?

 

As you faithfully press on towards what is ahead, I pray this blessing over you,

‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, 

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all'.  

(2 Corinthians 13:14)

Amen!

Short Thoughts 2020

Mourning & Comfort

 

I look out at the present world and find myself mourning.

What has, and is happening to God’s beautiful creation?

What has, and is humanity doing to the Eden which God created and brought into existence?

Eden was meant to be a place of delight.  But that’s not what I’m looking out on.

My sorrowful heart is grieving and breaking...

Lean on Him

 

It is hard when someone lets us down, hurts us deeply, or violates us.

It is even harder when this person does it repeatedly.

It is harder still when this person is someone we thought we could trust and depend on.

A Promise of God’s

 

Recently I was asked to share with my church fellowship a promise of God’s that has helped

me to live for Jesus.  The promise I spoke of was that God will teach and guide me...

Rhythm

 

‘The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught.  

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”  He said this because there

were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. 

So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.’

(Mark 6:30-32 NLT)

 

These verses speak of rhythm and invitation.

Anything could happen

 

After Jesus had died his body was laid in a tomb.

The next morning three grief stricken women went to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. 

As they walked to the tomb they said to one another,

“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

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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