Saturday, October 31, 2009

I will walk in freedom.

Psalm 119:45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.



MY PRAYER
Lord, I want you desperately. I want to know you deeply. I want to be so close to you. I want to walk in complete freedom, the way that you have intended for me. As I devote myself to reading and studying your Word, I pray that you will reveal yourself to me and that each word I read will impact my life. I don't want to read the Bible like a novel, or a newspaper, I want these words to be life changing and world shaking. I look forward to this liberating life and I thankyou for it Lord. I love you Lord, and I worship you. You are all that I want. In your freedom I will live. I offer devotion.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Psalm 34

Today as I was seeking God - just relaxing in his presence, the verse "Taste and see that the Lord is good" came to mind. I looked it up and read the entire Psalm. These words really spoke into my spirit. One phrase sums it up... HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD???



1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!


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MY PRAYER
Thankyou Father for this timely message from heaven. I want to be joyful in the knowledge that you are handling everything. Thankyou for the blessings you give your people. Thankyou that you alone are the source of joy and confidence.
You are amazing! How great is our God!
Amen.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

With all I am.

I have sung this song so many times - but today it took on a new meaning for me. I've always known it was about complete surrender, but today it was my heart's cry. In this time in my life, this song really spoke to me. I hope it blesses you today as you worship a great and mighty God.



MY PRAYER
Thankyou Lord that we can abandon ourselves and give ourselves to you into your trustworthy and capable hands. I give everything to you - I trust in you, I believe in you. As I take my first steps into the unknown, I do it holding your hand, and knowing that you are with me. I love you Lord.
Amen.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Christ-like Leadership part 2

Continuing on with the study I am reading.

This study was written by Joel McClure. He gave 5 metaphors to describe the aspects of Christ-like leadership - and the second one was The Shepherd: the Leader as Nurturer.

Nurtering comes naturally to me. I am a Mother of three children. I have to younger brothers, one who I particularly nurtured.
Nurture defined is: foster: help develop, help grow.

In leadership, their is nothing more satisfying than watching the people you lead develop and grow! I love the training, the mentoring, the encouragement, the challenging - all aspects of helping someone grow into a role or as a person.

I believe nurturing to be vitally important in team building. Especially developing their spiritual lives. It's human response to arc up about this, and reject the very idea that they will have to be accountable. But how can a leader not be a shepherd to the people that they lead? Jesus shepherded his disciples. Sure, he hung out with crowds of people, but he spent a good deal of time, growing, training and developing his 12 disciples.

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What would happen to a group of people when they aren't nurtured? I wonder if it's the same as when a child is not nurtured. When a child is not nurtured, he or she becomes stunted in it's emotional and develepmental growth. The people of God cannot be effective if they are stunted in their spiritual and developmental growth. This is not what God wants for his kids.

MY PRAYER
Lord thankyou for showing me the importance of nurturing in a leadership role. Thankyou that you shepherded your disciples so that they were fully equipped to go out and preach the gospel. Thankyou that because of this nurturing we can all know you in a real way.
Amen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christ-like Leadership Part 1.

I am reading an interesting study on Christ-Like Leadership - so I want to jot my thoughts and impressions down here as I do it.

As some of you know I am in leadership in the church I am in - I soon will be out of leadership for a while - but the skills I have are still there. So I want to learn more about doing leadership in the best way possible.

Alot of ministries curl up and die, because of lack of good Christ-like leadership. Departments are run like small armies, with control as their primary focus rather than the people they are serving, the God that they are serving etc. I want to be sure that any leadership roles I take on from now on, I do it in the manner of Christ.

This study was written by Joel McClure. He gave 5 metaphors to describe the aspects of Christ-like leadership - and the first one was The Foot Washer: the Leader as Servant

In John 13:1-17 it details a beautiful image of Jesus as a servant, washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus showed through his actions that the most important part of being a leader is being a servant. Be willing to do the unimportant little jobs.

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I remember before I became a leader, that I had to be faithful in the small areas. I had to be willing to do little "unimportant" jobs before I could be faithful in the more "important" jobs. Though really... all jobs are important. All jobs are worthy. But for those dreaming of leadership, dreaming of running departments, leading teams, leading the church etc - be willing and be happy with doing the little things before trying to grab the more "glamourous" position of leadership.

As I go into my new church, this is one area I need to be aware of - I can't just step into another leadership role - I need to serve in the little areas, in the areas I may not necessarily have a calling in so that I can prove myself to be faithful for the bigger things. This is going to be a very humbling experience for me - once a worship director - now what?? This will certainly be dealing with my spirit of pride that sometimes rises up in me. But I will serve God, and will serve Him joyfully. I will do whatever task is asked of me, and I will fill a need where I can, because I am serving God - and every thing I do for God is an honor and a priveledge.

Mark 10:43 - 44 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Word of God - Speak.

A song that is mirroring my hearts cry.



Word of God Speak by Mercy Me

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.


I just love this scripture. I remember singing a song about this as a child in school. It really has stuck with me.

Trust in God. Trust God. Trust in the Lord. Trust. Trust. Trust.

I remember playing a game with my brother - who was 4 years my junior called "Trust me?" - I had to turn around so my back was facing him, and then fall into his arms and he would have to catch me. If you stepped backward, trying to catch yourself, you didn't trust the person. It was a little terrifying. So... We would play. One day I did a human "timber!" and started falling... and falling... I felt the terrifying feeling of falling harder and faster... I was getting close to the ground... and about 2 inches before I hit the ground, I felt my brothers arms and hands on my back. He had squatted down so that I would have to fall a long way before he caught me. But I had to trust that he would catch me, otherwise I would have been crusin for a brusin on my noggin! :)

On a youth camp I went on we went rock climbing. (back in the days when safety equipment was optional and we were all rather adventurous and crazy anyway) We had to get into teams of two, one person was blindfolded and the other had sight. I was blindfolded... and I had to climb this cliff with my partner directing my hands and feet. We made it, and boy was it hard to focus on her voice and focus on the fact that she wasn't going to do something stupid - especially as she was directly behind me and would be taken down with me!!

Trust is hard for humans at times. Human beings let other human beings down, but God is the only one who never will. He will be there for us at every moment of every day, through every trial, through ever happy moment. God is with us. We can trust that he has our best interests at heart - even though we don't always understand why and what on earth is going on.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Psalm 46: 10 Be still, and know that I am God!

I love how the Message translates this verse: "Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.... above everything."

Know that I am God. KNOW that I am God. KNOW IT.

I don't have to figure it all out and have all the answers, I just have to know that God is God. I just have to be still, chill, take a moment and remember that God is God. I can trust him.

Well it's done...

Just an update from our resignation from our Church. The announcement was made today in Church and so far the reaction has been pretty good. We have 2 more weeks there and then that will be it for us.

I'm believing that God has his hand on this whole thing - especially as I was sitting here just listening in my Spirit - and God dropped this line... "command the blessing". Not sure what that was.... But Google is my friend. :)

"The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in (A)all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you." Deuteronomy 28:8

My confidence, my hope, my trust and my entire being rests in God.

In regards to comments...

Just a quick note: I am no longer going to publish comments from Annonymous. I feel very uneasy that they cannot put their usernames to their comments. I think if you have a comment or an opinion, then you should not be afraid to stand by this. Annonymous to me is hiding, cowardly and totally unnecessary.

Why hide? Be proud of your opinions on what I say. Nothing wrong in that at all. As I have said before, unless your opinion is doctrinally wrong, then it will be published.

Anonymous freaks me out... it makes it impossible to check out THEIR blogs and see who they are etc. How can I be an effective stalker if there is no name??? :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm glad I don't have to be alone!

Psalm 23

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A psalm by David. The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters.
He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name.
Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.
You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.
Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD'S house for days without end.


Hands up who thinks being a Christian is easy?? As soon as you made Jesus your Lord and Saviour, every single waking minute has been a piece of cake!!

Anyone?

Ok hands up who thinks being a non-christian is any easier?

I personally don't think either way is easy. LIFE isn't easy. Did anyone find it hard to make a career choice? Whether or not to have a baby? Should I marry this person? Should I buy this house? Should I sell this car? Should I... will I... can I... but what if???

Death still happens, unexpected tragedy still happens, rape, murder, theft, torture, bullying, abuse, your house burning down, war, famine etc happens - whether you are Christian or not. We are not shielded from sin, because we live in a sinful world.

So if life is not going to be easier as a Christian, why bother?

Because as a Child of God - you have company. You don't have to do it alone. You have the love and guidance of a Heavenly Father. I love in Psalm 23, even as we die, God is with us. He will never leave us to face "life" alone. He's right there in every situation - every decision - every tragedy - every moment, guiding us if we feel lost, teaching us when we don't know what to do, loving us at every moment - even when we feel unloveable, comforting us in times of sadness, providing us rest when we need it and then sending us back on our way when it's time.

If I didn't have God, I don't think I could have done life. God poured his strength, his love and his healing power into me, so I could live a life of freedom and purpose - the life he intended for me.

I love that God is with me at every moment. I can have the mentality that my life is a team effort. I don't have to do all the hard stuff alone. Imagine the life of people who DO do it alone.

I pray that today you have a fresh realisation of God and his incredible presence. I pray that today, you have a renewed sense of security in your Creator and Father.

MY PRAYER
Father, Thankyou for being with me. Thankyou that I don't have to walk this journey alone. Thankyou for this reminder that you are my rock, my salvation, my shield, my shepherd and many more things. Thankyou for never giving up on me and loving me all the time. Help me teach this to my children as they grow up, and start living their own life. Help me show them that they don't have to be alone.
Amen

Friday, October 9, 2009

This will blow your mind!

1 Corinthians 2:9
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”


It's the beginning of October, and because I am a true Christmas crazy woman, I have started preparing. I've started making some gifts, I've started creating table decorations, I've started planning and looking at recipes. I've got most of my kids Christmas presents, I have everything all sorted about who is getting what, etc. I'm seriously deranged when it comes to Christmas. I love this time of year!!

When I host Christmas, I always try to make it as special as possible. I set the table beautifully, matching dinnerware, the crystal, and on each plate there will be in silver boxes, filled with all sorts of little things - special personal gifts for each person who shares my Christmas table. This year I will be including some homemade rocky road, handmade Christmas decorations and other trinkets that will be special to each individual.

Why do I go to all this bother? Because I love my family. This year I will have my parents and my grandparents sharing our family table. It will be such a priveledge to celebrate the birth of our Saviour and to watch our kids go absolutely beserk with excitement. I love these people and I it's no bother to me to plan and organise for months, to make this occasion as special as possible.

Now in my mind, my amazing food, my amazing gifts, my amazing table decor will bless my family and make their Christmas just that bit more special.

God has made preparations for those who love Him. And I can tell you right now, it's going to be flippin-fantastic!! God's standards will make my Christmas plans look like rubbish! No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has in store for us.

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First of all.. I'm so glad that God has a plan. He's prepared. This eases my pedantic little mind who has to have everything in order and in it's little box or else I feel like I am losing it! God is a God of order - he has prepared something. But not only something, it's something I can't imagine! It's far beyond my own expectations!

Doesn't that just blow your mind a little bit? God has much more prepared for us than we can come up with in our own minds. I am so happy to be serving such a God who loves us so much, that he has plans for us. We are his kids, and he wants us to have the very very best. It rocks to be a child of God!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's not about me...

I heard a really good analogy last night that really spoke to me - and I want to share it with you.

The analogy was of a spotlight. When the spotlight is directly shining in our faces or ON us, we struggle to see clearly. If I shone a spotlight in your face and then called you to me, you wouldn't be able to see your path. When you are in the spotlight you aren't confident in your journey or in yourself, because the attention is on you. But if you use the spotlight to light the way, to show you your path - then you can walk towards your goal with confidence and with clarity.

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As you know, I'm really struggling. I struggle with sudden change, and this whole changing churches thing, my son's condition, the life changes we have had to make, my own plans that I had mapped out being totally destroyed has really knocked me for six! My path has shifted - I feel like a rug has been ripped out underneath me. I'm struggling to find my footing, trying to work out where I am going, what I will do, what will God do etc etc. The spotlight is on me. It's all about me. My feelings. My anxiety. My worry. My panic. My constant wondering. But it's not about me. If I take the spotlight off myself for a moment and use it to look around me, then my path will be clearer.

I need to keep focus on what God has told me, instead of being so introspective. It's not about me. It's NOT about me. It's not about ME.

I can almost hear God saying that cliche phrase "It's not you, it's me."

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

and of course I have to give you the crystal clear Message version:
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Pray for me. I have to keep telling myself all this stuff over and over, to get it into my spirit. So I can face this new direction with peace in my heart and confidence that my steps are ordered by the Lord and my race has been set before me. Hopefully soon all this will bypass my head, destroy the anxiety and settle straight into my heart.

MY PRAYER
Lord, the best thing about you is that you see where I am at, I don't have to pretend to have it all together with you. I pray that you will help me conquor this worry and this feeling of imbalance. I pray you will steady me as I trust in you to continue on in this. Thankyou for your Word. I pray that it will be a lethal blow - as a sword is, to this barrage of panic that keeps rising in me. I want to trust in you. I do trust you - it's just that my head forgets sometimes. I want to believe that your plans are better than my plans. You won't abandon me and you are still going to give me the desires of my heart - and fulfill your promises to me.
I pray you give me the strength and the courage to face and deal with my son's issues, and help me be the very best mother I can be to him. Help me show him love, compassion and patience.
Thankyou Lord for continuing to love me and being patient with me as I try to process this all.
Amen

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A response to Psalm 139

Psalm 139 (The Message)
1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can't take it all in!

Thankyou Lord that you are always watching over me. That where I go, whatever part of the journey I am on, whatever happens to me - that you are right there. Thankyou that I can look back at parts of my life and see you there, I can look forward and KNOW you are there. Thankyou that your presence is permeated in my life.

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you're there! If I go underground, you're there! If I flew on morning's wings to the far western horizon, You'd find me in a minute— you're already there waiting! Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the light!" It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.

Thankyou that nothing can seperate me from your love, from your care and from your Spirit. Thankyou that you will see me through the good times and the bad times. I love that you are a constant in my life - even when life isn't so constant.

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.

Thankyou Lord that I am not a mistake. Even though I don't always understand the hows and whys, I know that I am created in your image, for you and by you. I love that you know me inside out, you know of every single cell that makes my physical being, you know my deepest thoughts and dreams - and you knew all this before I was even born!

Lord I love you. You are such a good and gracious God. Thankyou for encouraging me and growing me and walking with me. Thankyou that you never abandon me and I can always turn to you when the road gets rocky. Thankyou that you have made the effort for me.

Amen

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