He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31
This wasn’t a request. It wasn’t even a suggestion. It was Jesus’ command.
Do you ever feel guilty for taking time away to recharge?
Doing God’s work is important, but even Jesus recognised that to do it effectively we need periodic rest and renewal. That is why God commanded a sabbath day because He intended for us to rest, as we do need unhurried time in worship and rest…each week.
That is how amazing He is to us.
Don’t feel guilty or allow others to make you feel so. And don’t neglect Gods provision for our lives!
By taking a day off to recoup in this fast-paced world demonstrates how important God actually is to us and by resting, we may just rediscover the joy we thought had been lost forever, simply by refreshing our souls.
It can be very easy sometimes to look to our left or right and become distracted or discouraged with other people’s callings.
We can then get preoccupied with labelling them in our head. Or maybe even justify to God why that should be us.
The enemy wants nothing more than to divide the church because then chaos erupts regarding the eternal plan God has.
We are wonderfully and beautifully made by God.
This isn’t a conveyor belt of children – we cannot compare each other – but more, that we are each handcrafted in uniqueness and design. There is but one of you and I.
Therefore, let’s not put labels on each other. Instead, let’s encourage and love one another to rise up in our God-given purpose and fulfil all we were created to be.
“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.” James 3:13-16 MSG
Snowflakes are beautiful but you are so much more.
We need to stop comparing ourselves and realise that although we might look the same, I could never achieve what God created you for.
Mary believed, and she was blessed. Blessed beyond measure because she believed what the Lord had said.
Sometimes the circumstances we must endure to receive that blessing might feel harsh and seem unfair or like Mary, other people could even question your character.
Mary sort comfort from loved ones but most importantly she remained faithful to God.
Whatever has been asked of you…God blesses obedience and who knows, you might have been created for such a time as this.
Most of us have learned how to pretend to love others – how to speak kindly to them, avoid hurting their feelings, and even appear to take interest in them.
But God calls us to real and sincere love that goes far beyond pretence and politeness.
It means helping others become better people.
It demands our time, money and personal involvement.
No-one has the capacity to express love to the whole world, but imagine what the whole body of Christ could do…
Proud Momma moment…
I was talking to Sarai yesterday about how “Everest looks different to everyone.”
She has a fear of heights and I have been praying that she will conquer that fear.
To some it might not look like much but to us, Sarai conquered ❤️
“And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
What are you wanting to conquer?
I was at a Church prayer meeting last night and we were sharing about things that have occurred in our lives.
“The confidence of my calling enables me to overcome every difficulty without shame, for I have an intimate revelation of this God. And my faith in him convinces me that he is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in his hands safe and secure until the fullness of his appearing.” 2 Timothy 1:12
At one stage in my life, I tried to take it.
Prior to that, I felt like suicide was the easy way out because “those people were obviously selfish.” But that was coming from my pain of losing one of those closest to me, years before.
Feeling lost and alone, even with people around me, I could see no other way to stop the emotions of helplessness.
Last night, at the prayer meeting, I talked with God over my thankfulness that my story didn’t end.
I am thankful that the voice telling me that I was useless, worthless and better off dead, didn’t triumph.
I now realise that I was listening to the wrong voice but there are still so many of us that struggle with this…
People do not know Jesus and this breaks my heart but there are also Christian’s who find it hard to believe the One who comforts us in times of need. The One who gives unconditional love and peace when life around us is falling apart. The One that formed and created us to soar in this world and the One who died so that we could live.
I am not ashamed.
I tell my story because, it’s not over and I want others to know that they can do all things in Christ, who gives them strength.