Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Change of Pace

Sitting here in my Great Grandmother's floral tapestry chair, I rest and take time to focus my thoughts. Life has changed pace for me lately, and fairly quickly. I've gone from being busy with all the things that Mother's know are related to family life, to studying in my 'spare time', and vocational placement days during the week. 

These changes are good, and the ones that we've (MR S and I) prayerfully chosen for our family at this season in time. However, I'm finding that this beautiful little space here is not getting as much of my time and efforts that I would like it to. I miss writing for you and I miss writing for myself, for the calmness it creates within me. 

One thing I've already re-discovered is that I need to carve out the time, or rather, hold a continual stream of open conversation throughout the day with God. Like a breath. In and out. Speaking and listening. Filling my heart, mind and soul. Strengthening and equipping me for all that He's placed in my life to do. 

I don't intend to cease writing here. I'm not particularly sure on the direction that this blog is taking, but I am sensing, like my life, that it may take on some changes too. I'm in prayer about this, as I desire my writing to glorify Him and be used for His purposes.

With all this said, if you feel you would like to pray with me about these things that would be appreciated, if not that's o.k. too. This is a short post I know, but I hope you are all going well and enjoying your lovely families!

As for me, I think I'll warm this chair just a little longer.

(I do plan on showing you all the August photos that I've taken for the Instagram Challenge ... when my mobile phone is working properly again!)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

What On Earth Am I Here For? - Part Two & Three

I'm a little behind, I know, but here are the lessons that I've learnt in weeks two and three of 'What on Earth Am I Here For?' It's been a great few weeks of learning together as a Church family, as husband and wife and individually. 

Week two we learnt ...
... that we are called to be loved.

  • The first purpose of our life is to be loved by God! Jude 1:1
  • Our first calling is to enjoy a relationship with God. Rom 1:7
  • That relationship is to be His son or daughter. Eph 3:17-19
  • His love is wide enough to be everywhere, long enough to last forever, deep enough to handle anything, high enough to overlook our mistakes.
God's love is based on who HE is. His love for us is extravagant and lavish. God wants us to feel His love. He wants a family to love and He wants you and me in it!

What changes happen if we stay aware of God's constant love for us?
  • We feel accepted rather than ashamed. Rom 5:1
  • We can be bold in bringing our needs to God. Rom 8:14-15, 17. Heb 4:16
  • We have peace in pain that we don't understand. Rom 8:28
  • We gain courage to take risks. 1 John 4:18

Week three we learnt ...
... we are called to belong.
  • The second purpose for our life is that God formed us for His family. Eph 1:5
  • God's family is called His Church. 1 Tim 3: 14-15
  • We are called to belong to His Church. Eph 2:19
The benefits of belonging ...
(Five Bible metaphors)
  • In God's family we learn our identity. Eph 2:19, Heb 2:11
  • In God's temple we are supported by others. Eph 2:21-22, Rom 1:12
  • In Christ's body we discover our unique value. Rom 12:4-5, 1 Cor 12:15-16
  • In God's flock we are protected and cared for. 1 Peter 5:2, Gal 6:2
  • In God's garden our lives become productive. John 15:4-5
Also, a reminder that it's definitely not too late to join in Sufficient Grace's first ever Instagram Photo Challenge for the month of August! To find all the information click here, I'd absolutely love to have you join in and spread the word! 

I'll be posting a week's worth of my Instagram pics on a post soon! 

I hope you're having a beautiful week!

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