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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.

  

‘Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.’

(Psalm 143:8 & 10 NLT)

 

Thought:  I love these verses and regularly incorporate them into my morning prayers.

These words remind me of who am I walking through each day with and why.

They are of great encouragement to me.

Which verses encourage you and why?

Current Short Thought 

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.

 

As Sovereign Providential Deliverer, God will ensure

his people are rescued from danger and captivity,

‘relief and deliverance will arise’ (Esther 4:14).

 

The book of Esther tells of a time when the Jews were in grave danger.  Due to the vengeful

plot of Haman they were in threat of being completely wiped out as a nation (Esther 3:9). 

 

Queen Esther responded by taking a courageous risk.  She chose not to

‘remain silent’ (Esther 4:12) but to go before King Xerxes unsummoned

‘to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people’ (Esther 4:8).

Esther’s courage and wisdom changed the trajectory of the Jewish nation.

They were given permission to defend themselves and even though they

were in the minority, the Jews rose victoriously against their enemy.

God protected them and ensured they ‘got the upper hand’

and that ‘no one could stand against them’ (Esther 9:1-2).

 

Yet the Jews had their part to play, they had to fight for their freedom and future.

 

We have our part to play in God’s plan of deliverance.

We have a part to play in our own, and other peoples, freedom and destiny.

We will need to take courageous risks and act wisely.

We will need to fight for our own, and other peoples, freedom.

 

If we choose not to remain silent but rather go before Our King to beg for mercy and plead

with him for our people, the trajectory of the lives of our loved ones and our friends,

and our nation will change.

 

Our people and our nation need to know that Jesus is the Sovereign Providential Deliverer,

who through His sacrifice on the cross,

has rescued them from the dangers and captivity of sin, death and Satan.

 

We have our part to play in helping others to be reconciled to God

and to be on their journey back home.

 

What's your part to play in God’s plan of deliverance?

Where are you being silent?

How is God asking you to fight?

 

‘They remembered that God was their protector,

that the Sovereign God was their Deliverer.’

(Psalm 78:35 NET)

Short Thoughts 2020

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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