There Is Enough Time

I turned 36 on 7th December and I would say I am still young. I certainly do not feel old and I do not like to be called old either. I think this stems from a panic that time is going so fast, why am I suddenly the adult in the situation?

I think I’ll always be young at heart, I notice my way of thinking can be quite childlike sometimes but there are times when I think, ‘Oh! I’m older now!’ For example, did you know that after the age of 35 if a woman gets pregnant it is called a geriatric pregnancy? At 36 I am hardly a geriatric, but I would be monitored more closely because of my age! What?!!

I am also four years away from my big 40th Birthday! What?!

These are all things that might make me panic. What about my God given dreams? Is it too late to pursue them? Do I have enough time?

And the answer is yes.

When we walk in God’s will, each one of our days is designed for us, God wrote His will for our lives and he gives us ambitions to work towards, he has appointed each day for us to pursue those ambitions. And, through Him all things are possible.

Acts 17:26

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place

God wrote the story of our lives, where we will live and the seasons of life we go through. He predetermined how long we will live too. We do not need to panic that time is running out, because when we follow His good and perfect will for our lives, God will give us the allotted time to fulfil them.

When we follow the Lord, we do not have to worry about doing everything we can to lead a full life here on this earth either, because our destiny is eternity with Him, where we will have all the time in the world.

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Filled with Joy

I remember a specific time when I was young and in Sunday School that a light bulb went off in my head as I learnt about the account of Jesus praying to the Father before he was going to die for us:

Luke 22:44

And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

It was the first time I fully understood that Jesus was afraid, so afraid he sweated drops of blood, it truly showed that He was fully man and fully God. The sacrifice he was willing to make amazed me, he was willing even though he was so afraid.

The magnitude of what Jesus did for me on the cross became so real that I was in no doubt of the Father’s love for me. He sent His only son to die for me on the cross.

I felt like this was a new discovery, this knowledge actually made me understand having joy in my salvation. God loves me that much!! Jesus died for me on the cross? Me? I can live for eternity with Him because he paid the price.

With this hope, I was filled with joy! I was washed with abundant peace. I remember after church I was walking around our local supermarket beaming because I felt so much joy. God is good and He loves me! He has proven it in His sacrifice.

I was a child, but as an adult this moment in my life is still significant because I remember so vividly how I felt. I think that the Lord reminds me too.

The everyday weightiness of living in this World gets to us, but I do pray that we feel that child-like joy, the happiness in knowing that God loves us, He sent His son to die for us and we have an eternal hope in Him.

Discipline that Benefits Our Souls

I am a disciplined person when it comes to diet and exercise. It hasn’t always been that way, those of you who have followed my story know better. I have the benefits now of discipline, I can fit into clothes from the shops that I like and I have tons of energy, which is just as well with my active children. There are tons of benefits of being disciplined but really who wants to be disciplined, where is the fun in that?!

The hardest part of being disciplined was starting. Starting stinks! And I recently experienced it again when I cut out sugar. I did a 21 day sugar detox because I felt so run down and I realized I am eating so much sugar every day!

On day 1 of my sugar detox, I woke up with a bad attitude! I think I said a naughty word when I thought about not having any sugar that day. However, when I had completed 21 days I was prepared to go for longer because I saw the benefits: my scales were kinder and I felt so much better.

When it comes to reading our Bible and praying, it takes discipline. When we have gotten out of the habit, the prospect of starting is daunting. But, after time, reading our Bible and praying benefits us more than we could possibly imagine. With all the prayers that we say to the Lord, I do not think we will fully know how much of them were answered and how the Lord worked to use them until we reach Heaven. God hears all our prayers.

Diet and exercise may be an investment into our life here on earth but reading our Bible and praying benefits our souls.

Reading these precious words are an eternal benefit to us! The enemy sees it and hates that we are drawing close to our Saviour and investing in our souls. Sometimes the enemy attacks us preventing us spending this time with God, with feelings of depression or anxiety so that we cannot focus. We can also get distracted, become too busy or replace reading the Bible with entertainment to unwind. It takes discipline to read the Bible but it is so worth it!!

2 Corinthians 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

Read your Bible and pray to our great God and you will be investing in your future. Your eternal future and glory.

Seeing God in Creation

Early last Wednesday morning, when I took the dogs for their first walk, I had one of those “Wow!” moments taking in God’s creation. It was a crisp morning; The sky was pink and the thick snow rested on the branches of the trees. Involuntarily, I stood still for a moment, taking in this beautiful scene.

God’s creation really is amazing! And, it is in these moments that God is so real to me.

Romans 1:20

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

We are without excuse, God has made it abundantly clear to all that He is real in the creation surrounding us.

When I was younger, living in Britain, we would always travel from the South of England (where we lived) to Scotland to visit family. As we reached the border of Scotland, I often had those, “Wow!” moments and I thanked God that I got to spend a whole week in Scotland. As a child, I was aware of how small I was and how breathtaking the scene that was surrounding me. It was obvious to me as a child that God had made the beautiful hills, which touched the water and told a story of their own.

Job 12:7- 10

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;

or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?

In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.

Man can be so prideful at times, thinking that we know better, but creation even teaches us that God is real, even those fish in the sea declare Him. God surrounds us every day and he has us all in the palm of His hand.

God is awesome and worthy of praise, let us declare him just as creation teaches us to do.

Comforting Others

It is a great comfort to me that our God is the God of all comfort! When I need a hug, when I’m so upset, knowing that the God I serve is the God of all comfort gives me such peace.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3)

We can rely on Him for our comfort through His Word. His Word gives us such hope that we can rest in the knowledge that God has us in the palm of His hands. Reading His scriptures and writing them on our hearts is wonderfully comforting.

While we are in distress, it is also a comfort to know that we can use our suffering to comfort others. When we receive comfort from God through suffering, and when we find out that someone else is suffering in a similar way, we can impart the comfort we have received from God on to them.

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)

When I am depressed and suffering, I find that it is made worse by focusing too much on myself. When I am able to comfort someone else because I have an understanding of what they’re going through, it helps ease my pain and there is blessing in comforting others.

God does not just forget us, we do not suffer in vain, it is all for a greater purpose, it could be to comfort someone. God will get us through the suffering and comfort us and we need to pass on that comfort to others.

People are in desperate need of God our comforter.

Love Given Freely

I have thought in recent years that people say the phrase “Love you” far too freely. When people hardly know me, when they say, “Love you” I automatically think, “No you don’t!” I get suspicious because I think I have not earned their love. They do not know me enough.

I need to know someone, really like them and for us to be close enough for me to say, “I love you.”

But, that is not how the Lord loves me, or how he loves you.

Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

I did not do anything to earn God’s love, he gave it to me freely.

Matthew 10b “freely ye have received, freely give.” (KJV)

I need to ask God to increase my love for others. I need to give my love freely. And when I do love, I need to love them genuinely.

Having been convicted that I think this way, that love is earned, I realize that the Lord is teaching me that I need to freely love people. People may not mean it when they say it, but that does not mean that I cannot say “I love you!” back, love should be freely given. And, I want to mean it, each and every time I say it. Because if the Lord loves me freely and lavishes His grace on me, I want to follow Him and love others as He does.

Encouraging each other in our struggles

I think it is so important to be an encourager, to build each other up and spur people on to keep going. This life is tough. Things that we think should come easy to us, that we should be born to do are actually really hard. Motherhood is hard, being married is hard.

It’s hard because we are sinful. Being married to another sinner, you’re going to bump heads. Bringing up little sinners, you’re going to struggle.

Having a support system in my view, is vital for life. Meeting with like minded Christians is very encouraging. We often go through the same struggles and knowing that we are not alone, and seeing people survive the experience and come out stronger for it, spurs us on.

Hebrews 10:24-25

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

I’ve been thinking about the comfort it is when someone prays over you, saying the words out loud and hearing them pray specially for you. Often, when my friends or family have prayed over me and prayed God’s scripture over me, I have thought, “Oh yeah! That scripture is so relevant for my situation!” Repeating it in my head over and over gives me peace.

1 Corinthians 14:26

“What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”

We all have different gifts, different ways that we can be an encouragement to each other. I like writing cards. I find I am far more eloquent writing and so when I want to encourage someone, I will write to them. It’s old school I know, but this is my way of showing love and encouragement to others.

I have friends who are great listeners, which I find very encouraging. My sister sings and growing up with her it was one of the greatest comforts to me. I have friends who give me the most amazing godly advice through His word, which is so encouraging and valuable to me.

Whatever you can do to encourage one another pursue it. It really helps us to keep running the race for Jesus.