Posts Tagged ‘Bible’

Integrity When No One Sees

18/03/2020

The virus has come to my nation, spreading itself speedily. To try and slow down the spread, a fortnight of restricted movement has begun. At the start of these two weeks, I am reminded to live (walk) in the midst of our abodes (within my house) with simplicity, uprightness, integrity, and from the inside out. That our conduct shown in our emotions, passions, is that of courage and boldness (perfect heart)

Start as we mean to continue, and number our days well.

Plant Pineapples to Get Pineapples

05/03/2020

With a big garden, we have ample space for good planting. The  fertile soil yields much – this is the latest fruit. Sweet, juicy. Can  be eaten as is or cooked. Yum!

Reminds me of a talk I heard recently. The speaker said the obvious – If I plant mango seeds, I will have mango fruits. If I plant pineapple, I will reap pineapple fruits. Galatians 6:7 A man reaps what he sows….”

Nesting & Caring

17/05/2019

Amazing…birds nest  in  all  sorts  of  places.  Look  at  this  one.  Perched  in  a  rather  small  place,  a corner  of  a window  ledge.  We  even  thought  it might  fall  off,  or  worse,  lose  the  eggs.But  no…  In just a few weeks,  the  two  eggs  hatched  and  the  chicks  grew  fast!It served as a good reminder to me during a difficult time, of how God says that He takes care of the birds … how much more He would take care of us! Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” I know I have to deal with things in the future, but I dont need to stress over them. I can be rested because He cares. Thankful.

The Season

18/01/2013

 

The whole day. The entire day. It rained. And rained. And rained.

It was either heavy or a drizzle. And by heavy, I mean tropical monsoon style, with lashing winds and driving rain.

IMG_6123Some places flooded. Sigh. Some places were impassable. Some folk didn’t get to work. Children were late for school as their parents queued to drop them in shaded areas snaked around corners and out the school gates.

But I know some places need the rain. Ah well.

I am suddenly reminded of the Bible verse Matthew 5:44 which says “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Thoughtful fodder….

A Timely Reminder

14/04/2012
It had been one of those weeks.
Tiring people.
Sapping weather.
Difficult moments.
I was misunderstood.
I had been misinformed.
I was mistakenly told off more than once.
I had to keep reminding myself to stay focused, keep pressing on with what I needed to do.
Then on the way home with Arrow #3, we saw this.

Amazed that I managed to catch a shot of it. Delighted that it was flying repeatedly overhead. Humbled by the reminder.

Isaiah 40:31But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Eagles soar with the hot currents. They dont flap.

They fly above the circumstances. They are not grounded.

They can see with piercing sharpness and the small details. And yet have a full grasp of the surroundings and the big picture.

I am grateful for the reminder.

Paying Close Attention

15/04/2011

I am convicted

“You say, “I know I am right with God”— yet the “high places” still remain in your life. There is still an area of disobedience. Do you protest that your heart is right with God, and yet there is something in your life He causes you to doubt? Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.”

Reading from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest today.

In This Season

02/03/2011

2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

This is the season I am in right now.

But more about that later.

FEAR!

09/01/2011

I read this recently.

The fact is that most fear is not based on fact. Much of what we fear is based on a feeling. According to an old saying, “Fear and worry are interest paid in advance on something you may never own.” And Aristotle explained, “Fear is pain arising from anticipation of evil.”

So true.

So what do I fear?

Earlier, at the Sunday Service, the preacher spoke about Honouring God and touched on the topic of fear. We serve what we fear.

Again, so true.

Time to re-examine my own life. A good start to the New Year.

 

Increase in Love

12/08/2009

Couldn’t resist doing this.

I love this Word Filled Wednesday.Love

Thanks Ro….

WFW

Wow

14/01/2009

2 Corinthians says “Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech”

What a packed sentence!

The earlier “Therefore” implies the preceding sentences are pivotal. The preceding verses are what the rest hinge on. This part is crucial to grasp before embarking on the next.

Since” – another emphasis on the parts before.

“We” – that’s you and I who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ. Yaay!

“Have” – what certainty. It’s already obtained.

“Such hope” – not a wishy-washy “I hope it will not rain even though it is cloudy”, or “I hope that I can find a parking space”, or even “I hope this tastes nice”. Rather, it is certain hope. The hope that there IS a new covenant in Christ.

On such basis, we can “use” – i.e. a proactive action is required. There is a sense of wielding something. Something that has to be picked up.

And at the end of the sentence we see it – great boldness of speech.

Boldness indicates Courage; bravery; intrepidity; dauntlessness; hardihood; assurance. Reminds me of this picture.
Hmmm Not sure if the cat was bold or foolhardy but the dogs are certainly well trained! For the sake of this study, let’s say the cat is bold!

It reminds me of the boldness of a lion, as found in Proverbs 28:1b “the righteous are as bold as a lion”.
So secure in the knowledge that we have a hope, we can speak boldly….

Not just when standing in public or when we are put in a position where we have to defend our faith. But also when we are in a difficult situation, as were my friends whose toddler died. They spoke boldly of their faith without reservation, and did not fear who their listeners were.

By the way, boldly doesn’t necessarily mean loudly.