Sunday, 2 May 2010

His grace is still sufficient :)

My friend Barb just asked me a question .... did I give up on my blog?

The answer is ... not deliberately; but things "got in the way" and here I am nearly five months later and nothing written inbetween. Not much reading going on, not much writing going on ... but still a God whose grace is sufficient for me!

What a time those months inbetween have been ....

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Listening - lessons from the medical profession

My admiration of those who cope with chronic pain has grown in the last few weeks. Thanks to some problems with my jaw and other dental issues I've been all over the place between pain and also medication to help with the pain. In this time I've found it can be very hard to concentrate; when I am weak, then I am strong - so I need to learn to lean on God more as my source of strength.

Something that has also stood out in the last few weeks is the power of listening. This is something I was aware of before and knew to be a great gift however dealing with the medical profession it has been reinforced. On the one hand there are those who pay very little attention to what is said; hand you a remedy for what they believe is a problem and then you are left to wonder why when reading the directions for the said remedy it specifies it should be used to address none of the symptoms you've actually mentioned. Then you have those precious few who listen. Who take the time to actually hear what you are saying; who ask questions to clarify; who reiterate what is said to double check they really do have a clear picture. How precious and priceless these people are both in the medical profession and indeed everywhere.

In the book of James, chapter one we are taught many things about listening. We are told to be "... quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry" and that as well as listening to the word we must also do what it is we have heard. Listening then is something we should seek to become good at; because as well as being quick to listen we also need to be sure that what we are listening to is right, that it is good and that it is God. How easy it is to be like those earlier medical professionals and read or hear something yet come away completing missing the point. Instead we should be like the one who takes the time to listen carefully. We need to search the scriptures diligently; to ask questions as we seek truth and to ask also for wisdom from God (which James also reminds us is there for the asking). Then when we have listened and rightly discerned the word of God ... we need to act on what we have heard and in so doing carry out the will of God and glorify our King.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Sometimes you whisper
Sometimes you sing
O Lord you come for me

O Lord you comfort me
O Lord you care
O Lord you come for me

By the light of your grace
I seek your face
O Lord you come for me

Sometimes you whisper
Sometimes you sing
O Lord you come for me

Thursday, 31 December 2009

New years Eve ... and the beginning of a new decade in only a few minutes now. Just over 10 minutes left; we've already had fireworks several hours ago I think for a special "childrens" show. At the same time they were going another fireworks display was also taking place. We had a monster storm complete with thunder and lightning and where the fireworks were pretty and lighted up a little bit of the sky with their presence; the lighting seemed to stretch from one end of the sky to the other and lighted up everything around. It reminded me of the story in exodus where the magicians tried to duplicate the acts of God. At first they could copy the some of the earlier plagues but soon they found out how far short they came compared to what God could do:

Exodus 8:18

But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. And the gnats were on men and animals.

Even more seeing the fireworks and the lightning reminded me of our efforts and how they pale in comparison to the wonderful glory, majesty and might of God!!!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Plans for the New Year

Right now I'm considering what Bible reading plan to understake. I could continue with the 90 day Bible; restart that or begin the Reading through the Bible in the one year program. Right now the last choice is sounding good because of the support that goes with that; hopefully knowing other people are reading through those same pages along with me and writing about it here will help me stay accountable as well as give deeper insight into God's word. Whichever I choose, I know that there are so many precious treasures waiting to be rexamined, to be examined, to be treasured. God is good!

God's grace IS sufficient

When Paul called out to the Lord to have the thorn in his flesh removed, God gave his answer to be:

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

I believe this is true for me also - God's grace IS sufficient!