Choosing The Good

Romans 8 vs 28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Yesterday I read a beautiful quote that was along the lines of this verse. I smiled and sent it to a friend and carried on with my day.

Within the hour the school called to say there was a lice breakout at school and I needed to fetch our oldest daughter. It was a terrible working mom moment as I had to go against my inner values of wanting to complete my assigned tasks with excellence, having to run out of the office whilst shouting apologies to my colleagues.

Once home though, after the hair washing ordeal was behind us and we sat on the couch smelling like tea tree oil, I was able to spend the morning cuddled with my daughter, which​ was better than being at work, by far!

This morning we had to wash hair for the third time before school and work and dropping the eldest at my mom. It wasn’t pleasant. There was no time to even finish my cup of coffee so I packed my coffee in my bag only to arrive here at work and see that in the rushed process it wasn’t closed tightly and has messed over all my things.

I’m expectant of how He will turn this day around for me, choosing to be joyful after a very grumpy start to the day.

I’m thankful to be a mommy. I’m thankful to have a job that let’s me run out of the door. I’m thankful for a mom close enough to look after my baby girl this morning. I’m thankful for the rain. I’m thankful that there was still enough coffee left for one cup. 

This is still the day that the Lord has made, I’m choosing to be joyful and be glad in that.

Posted in Praise

I Called, You Answered

Jeremiah 33 vs 3

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Yesterday I was reading a book on giving, generosity, hospitality and kindness whilst I was at work. Although things were a bit crazy around me with all the Monday morning meetings and tasks, it was as though inside my heart I was completely still as I recognized that since I have become a mom I have stopped looking for opportunities to give. It is as though I have been running on empty a lot of the time and random acts of kindness towards strangers are far from my mind.

I prayed then in my office for the Lord to open a door. That He would make a way for me to grow in this walk with Him to become kinder, to become more generous, to start to look for ways to help others instead of focusing only on myself.

1 Timothy 6 vs 17-19

 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Honestly, although I prayed, I didn’t truly believe in my heart that He would answer me straight away. But His Word promises to answer us when we call, and within an hour of me praying there was a knock at my door.

One of my colleagues is busy with a community project, something that I had not heard she was involved in until yesterday. She apologized for interrupting me, and then explained the cause she was fundraising for and how much money she still needed: R24.

I made a bit of a face to her as I explained my wallet was in the car where I always leave it during work, but opened my drawer to scratch around for loose change just in case. There in one drawer I found R20, and in another I found R4. Although she left a very happy person to be able to go and buy the items to help the poor, I was left sitting there in amazement, that a simple prayer for God to open doors for me to help others could be answered so quickly.

As I sit having my quiet time this morning I am reminded once again of Psalm 5 vs 3:

“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”wer

As I pray for the day ahead it is a prayer filled with expectation that the Lord will answer when I pray according to His Word.

Posted in God's Will, Prayer

Let Them Open The Door

Yesterday morning before church we decided to take the girls down to the beach to have a little ride on their tricycle and push bike. The morning was crystal clear and not quite as cold as the past few months. My husband took our younger daughter to the bathroom, as I stood next to my oldest daughter and watched her climb confidently on her little tricycle.

Soon she gained speed and in my church boots and jacket I was forced to adopt a rather unladylike sprint in order to remain at her side and ensure that she neither fell into the water nor headed towards the parking lot. It was quite an exhilarating morning filled with riding and running, and eventually the four of us stood throwing small rocks into the crashing waves.

As I stood watching my little girl I was amazed again at the way there seems to be so little baby left in her, and how over the past three and a half years she has simply grown up into her little own person. I thought back on the initial weeks where she was in my arms, and all the hours we spent pushing her in her pram as the months went passed.

To have her riding her own tricycle means that she is now in control of where she is going, to a certain degree. The older she gets the more free will she will have.

I suddenly pictured myself riding my own tricycle through this life with a smile on my face and my hair blowing in the wind, and then clear as day, I could imagine how God my Father is running alongside me in the exact same manner I was doing to protect my daughter. I may think that I am in complete control of this day ahead, but He is there alongside me, His Presence never failing.

Revelation 3 vs 20

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

My prayer for my daughters today, is that as they grow older and experience the free will that they have to make decisions and think for themselves, that they will consistently be listening for His Voice, and that they will open the door.

Posted in God's Will, Prayer

Search Me

Psalm 139 vs 23-24 

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

As I come before the Lord this morning with a list of prayer requests, I get to the part where I pray for my walk with Him. I pray that He will show me His will for me and that I will be open to correction and areas where I can change.

I pray that He will highlight areas that I am worrying about instead of praying about and that these anxious thoughts will become smaller the more I meditate on what a great God we serve. 

I’m so thankful that leaving the house this morning, my daughters were singing, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so”, and that that is the song playing in my head for the day and the basic foundation of my faith.

Posted in Prayer

We Chose Darkness To Teach Them Light

Last night we had a power failure just before dinner. Thankfully it was already all cooked, and so we rushed around getting candles and torches and putting on pajamas in the last few minutes before the sun set. It was our girls first experience of a candlelit dinner. We lit countless candles as they practiced blowing them out, and it was one of those memorable perfect family evenings.

About half way into our dinner (and into a pack of matches) we heard the familiar hum of our old fridge that told us the power had been restored. The girls didn’t notice as they continued to blow out matches and play with the candles and wax. We decided to remain in the darkness to continue teaching them about the light.

As I went to sleep last night, that thought remained in my mind. Although God is so powerful and capable of taking me out of any trial that I pray He will free me from, there are times when I know He will leave me in that trial for a specified time, in order that whilst in the darkness, I will learn about the light.

John 1 vs 5

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Posted in God's Will

Rest In The Moving

Exodus 33 vs 14-15

“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

I love that this relationship with God is a journey. It may not be easy, and the trials often seem to be numerous and difficult, but it isn’t boring. Life is filled with growth and new places, new people and beautiful dreams.

Moses prayed to God about going to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he tells God that he cannot possibly go on this journey without God’s presence.

It would be the same foolishness as me strapping my little girls in the backseat of our car and expecting them to get safely to their destination without me.

As I start a new week with new challenges and tasks, my prayer this morning is to remember that I am not the one doing the driving. My prayer is to remember to pray for God’s presence to go with me, and to be encouraged by the promise of rest that comes with His presence.

Posted in God's Will

Big Little Girl

Whenever we make reference to our youngest daughter being the smallest, she looks at us defiantly and tells us, “I am a BIG little girl.”

I don’t know why she assumes being little is an insult, but I do know that we are born with a deep rooted desire to grow. In the same way that she wants to grow older and taller, (most probably to catch up with her sister), so we long to grow up in our faith and to progress in our walk with the Lord.

2 Peter 3 vs 18

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

My prayer for today, for my family, my friends and myself, is that we will all grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Posted in God's Will, Prayer