All good things come to an end ….. and our little holiday at the beach ends today! It has been a profitable time. Apart from relaxing and walks on the beach ….. it has been like pushing a ‘reset’ button. Just like our devices collect stuff over time that takes up space in their memory ….. we too need a clear out every so often. So with a clearer mind ….. and better focus ….. we return to the battlefield of life knowing that ….. one day ….. we will enjoy a ‘very good thing’ that will never end!
This guy has been visiting us the last couple of days! I found him when I went outside to investigate another smaller bird’s frantic chirping. There he was just sitting calmly while the other bird was flitting around and obviously upset that his territory had been invaded! It’s often the minority that make the most noise!
A new grandson has been added to the Wilson/Makea tribe. Hezekiah was born on Friday ….. and is already a loved member of the family. The innocence ….. sweet fragrance ….. and softness of a new baby cause love and joy to flow and wonder at the miracle of a new life. Such hope and potential are wrapped up in that little package! God bless you little man all the days of your life ❤
‘Is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy for when the way is rough ….. your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow ….. and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom ….. then you will be ready for anything ….. strong in character ….. full and complete.’ (James 1:2-4) I love how the Bible tells it like it is! Not always what we want to hear ….. but true none the less!
Do you feel insignificant? There is no such thing in God’s eyes! He sees you ….. He hears you ….. He knows everything about you. He knows your needs before you ask. He knows your thoughts before you express them. He cares for the things you care about. He knows your anxieties ….. and He shares your joys! You can trust Him! I
Are you feeling stressed? Whether it’s exams ….. financial worries ….. relationship problems ….. or just life ….. stress is a major modern day plague. I find with me ….. it’s not so much what’s happening but how I think about it. Anxiety about what might happen is worse than the reality! There’s a difference between stress and pressure. We can expect a certain amount of pressure. Pressure is a good thing. It keeps us moving! Many of us would become stagnant without pressure. Stress on the other hand is when we perceive it as too much. We feel overwhelmed and defeated. That’s when we need help. Reach out to a friend or counsellor who can ask the right questions and help find the root of your stress.
Today is Armistice Day. It marks the anniversary of an agreement to end World War I. It didn’t actually end the war but it stopped the fighting and began a series of discussions toward permanent peace. Unfortunately there have been many wars since then. Wars between nations ….. religious wars ….. family feuds ….. gang wars. Probably one of the most destructive is the war that goes on inside a person ….. the Battle of the Mind. The enemy is unseen ….. but powerful. He causes us to be so self focussed that we have no energy for anything or anyone else. He feeds us with lies that perpetuate the battle ….. and blind us to the truth. It’s time to call a truce! A truce requires a mediator who can bring the opposing sides together. Jesus Christ is our mediator! He is the Prince of Peace who defeated the foe by dying on a cross and rising again. Lay down your weapons of self protection and hatred ….. and put your trust in Him. He will fight your battles so you don’t have to!