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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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Bible Verse Post 

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

 

‘So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.  When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.  

Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’  But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’

(Genesis 32:24-26 NIV)

 

Thought:  The man Jacob is wrestling with is God, who ‘saw that he could not overpower’

Jacob’s frantic wrestling without dislocating his hip.  

This pain caused Jacob to recognise who he was wrestling with and to ask for a blessing. 

What are you wrestling with God over? 

What needs to be broken? 

As you wrestle and cling to God ask Him to bless you.

Current Short Thought 

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.

 

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’

(Matthew 5:4)

 

I am comforted in knowing God and His promises. 

God is sovereign and has promised to restore goodness and peace. 

He is ‘making everything new’ (Revelation 21:5).

This first heaven and earth will pass away. 

There will no longer be any sea: that place of destruction in which the Egyptians drowned. 

There will be no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain. 

‘The old order of things’ will pass away; God will create a new heaven and a new earth.

(Revelation 21:1-4)

 

I am confident that God will fulfil His promises.

 

Yet, my heart mourns for those who are lost, for those who are heading the wrong way

on the broad road that ‘leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13).

My heart yearns for them to repent, to turn back to God;

for them to be on the narrow road that ‘leads to life’ (Matthew 7:14).

 

I pray for our distorted world and for the lost.

My response is, “Lord, ‘here am I. Send me!’ (Isaiah 6:8), I will go for You, I will play my tiny part”.

Perhaps the small part I play will be the turning point for someone to step onto the narrow road.

Perhaps my words will bring comfort and hope to someone.

Perhaps… just… perhaps, I will bring a little goodness and peace into a chaotic world.

 

There is a beautiful hymn written by Susan Warner in 1868,

 

Jesus bids us shine, with a pure, clear light,

Like a little candle, burning in the night.

In this world is darkness, so let us shine--

you in your small corner, and I in mine.

 

During this pandemic, we perhaps find ourselves in our small corners trying to be shining lights in

a dark and broken world full of lost people.  It is comforting to know that many lights are shining

in many corners all around the world, each playing their small part for Jesus. 

 

How are you mourning?

How are you comforted by God and His promises?

What part are you playing in your small corner?

 

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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