PRAYER FOCUS – ABOVE

Focus on a patch of blue. ………..connect. PRAY

Beyond our visible world no matter how beautiful our natural surroundings, prayer focus should be ABOVE.   

                Our eyes too should find focus above so the natural does not blur the vital contact to be made in the spiritual.  

               In 2019 I learned a vital prayer lesson.    (We know we can pray everywhere and anywhere.  ‘ He walks with me and talks with me’ but a commitment to prayer in a daily discipline requires a focus even if praying as we work or move around.    

                 After major surgery in 2015 and several bowling balls of life limiting health events and getting ‘older’ I became a more seated person.   

                   Praying however did not become static.  It became vitally ALIVE.   Prayer took me where my legs never could!

                 Despite where, God encouraged me to focus beyond and connect with HIM.

                   The image above is from one memorable prayer time that began the new journey. 

        Let God show you the FOCUS, even if your limitations are confining you inside.    Relax.       Focus above ……. On your Saviour.

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        Beyond the limiting visible canopy of these trees, Lord I focus on a patch of blue. I come to YOU as Your Child.  

          I surrender my heart in Love to You and ask You please to Purify it and forgive its sinful ways.    

           I bring my ‘needs’ for self and ask the deepest questions and share all wants and longings but then I ask my Lord to let His Spirit then lead and guide for the needs of ‘others’ ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE.  Show me Lord, lead and guide me how I should pray, according to YOUR Will and Purpose.   

                         BELOVED SAVIOUR Who rides the Heavens…..

                                  Hear my prayers

                                                             in Jesus` Name a-men.   

        I am surprised and shocked for Whom and for what situation, even from far across the seas. the Spirit has led me to pray.  Particularly in more recent days.

         It is not my concern, ‘Although, I share often in the pain).      

               He however leads me…….I am but a broken vessel in HIS Hands.

                 He leads…….I KNOW I have C o n n e c t e d,  

                I know I have prayed.    

                 AWESOME INDEED IS OUR SAVIOUR GOD.

……Find HIS patch of blue in all life’s dark and stormy clouds.

Focus beyond….

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OVERWHELMING LOVE

Romans Chapter Eight.

What JOY to read, meditate upon, and to absorb.

Freedom and life–affirming, in every way.

I have been familiar with Romans Eight for most of my Christian journey. I have always loved the ebb and flow of its poetic writing.

Six weeks ago I accepted a challenge. A teaching Pastor said.

‘Buy a new notebook and using a good pen, write down only ONE sentence per day.

. Write, read, Meditate upon it and let God’s Spirit reveal to you day by day its intrinsic TRUTH.

Thank God for the spiritual journey. Lessons about all the benefits of this new Covenant carved at Calvary through the shed blood of the Lamb of God. I learnt.

Freedom from man-made LAW and Freedom in Christ was affirmed and the JOY of being His Child. One sentence a time I ate the Word as Spiritual food.

Today, I remind us all on this SUNDAY about the ending of this grand Biblical Chapter.

    Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ?         Shall tribulations, or distress, or persecutions or famine or nakedness, or peril or sword?

 37,    Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. 

  For I am persuaded tat neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.

38.    Not height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.  

LIVE! LOVE! Enjoy your Day!. Worship!

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Trusting The Maker

Devotional Treasures

Glencoe, Scotland.
Photo by unknown artist on Pinterest

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

I have always had a passion for music. My tastes vary widely, my favourite genres being classical music, and Christian music. Some years ago I bought a Bose Wave Radio which fills the house with a beautiful surround sound. But sadly last year something went wrong with the CD unit. I contacted Bose and they made quick arrangements for my unit to travel to Belgium for repairs. To my joy and amazement I had it back very quickly once more filling the house with sweet tunes. Sending the Bose to the maker was definitely the right choice; but do we trust our Maker, Almighty God, with our welfare?

Bose Wave…

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ABUNDANT LIFE – His river

Jesus CHRIST HAS invited us to drink from HIS source of life, TO FOLLOW HIM learn from HIM live in and through HIM.

Cause me to come to YOUR river O lord. Cause me TO DRINK FROM YOUR river O lord.

Cause me to COME………………..DRINK and

TRULY LIVE IN THIS LIFE AND IN THE LIFE TO COME

A-men!

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MOTIVATION and ABILITY

Char-Lee is motivated by her love of FREEDOM. In her life she still has the physical ability to run..

She in her way motivates her human owners to take her where she can be FREE.

Human abilities are often limited by accident or tragedy OR. (old age)….. Physical ABILITY.

The Message of the Cross is one of such love that our Saviour came to set our spirits and our whole person FREE.

For humanity, all who accept Jesus Christ and SURRENDER their lives to HIS will and Purpose will find they have a life of ABUNDANT FREEDOM.

In Him we find MOTIVATION and in His Strength and ability

Our responsibility …..we are to tell the world of this love. HOW? LOVE OTHERS AS I HAVE LOVED YOU1

Then allow HIM to be your Motivation and let His Strength be your Strength.

In close relationship with HIM …listen to his small voice and DO what He tells you to do.

Phil 4’13 reminds us all at any age ,,,,that we can fulfill HIS Call to LOVE. I can do all these things through HIM who gives me STRENGTH.

Have a Great Day!

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The BIG PICTURE

I’m happy. Where did they Go?

Happiness is Contentment even when its not a beautiful surf beach but a simple deserted bay not far from home. Praise God!

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HAPPINESS IS…….

For Charlee a puddle on a deserted beach, Just sitting.

The elderly man walked confidently across the sand flats enjoying the sunshine and the peace. The elderly woman walked along the flatter areas breathing in the salty air and rejoicing when a tree stump provided a strong seat and a view of sea and sky.

Gratitude, Thanksgiving for what you have and CONTENTMENT.

This is HAPPINESS!.

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PORTION – Biblical not simply a piece. Eternal Inheritance.

A Bookmark

       Psm 119:57    You are my portion O Lord,

                                 I have said that I would keep      

                                 Your Words.

            A biblical perspective means God is the source of all happiness and blessing.  He is content with all that the Lord is and provides.   He has the best inheritance imaginable and does not seek any possession or comfort outside of God. Riches, honor, friends, fame-nothing- is as valuable as the Promises of God.    

   This week I have read two morning devotionals from two different places in the world – one a man and the other a woman – expressing the practical life affirming truth in this passage.

          The man sat on his verandah completely ALONE, gazing across the deserted plain land where only distant cattle grazed.   He grieved over the loss of his wife and missed his two children who left today for college.   He opened his Bible …a bookmark fell out.   It simply said:

                            THE Lord My PORTION.   

                 ‘I fell to my knees and prayed.  Worship replaced grief and my day again had purpose.’      

 The other story was a very different scenario.     Sarah was surrounded by people.   It was a big family gathering, children scampered everywhere.  There was mind-numbing noise and joyful appreciation each family group one for the other.  As the only single woman recently widowed, with no children she felt like an outcast, almost an alien among her own loved ones.  

         Her heart was breaking with loneliness and deep sorrow.  She felt a hand on her shoulder.   Her brother Tim’s voice whispered quietly.  Let God be God to You.   He will Comfort and lead you onwards.   Let Him be your Portion’.    

         Sarah wrote ‘I checked out the wisdom in my brother’s words from my bible and later as I  played with young nieces and nephews was able to sincerely thank HIM for His Hand of Comfort and His Presence with me on THE WAY. ‘

                        He is Our Portion for every heart that truly surrenders to Him ALONE. 

     Have a beautiful Sunday of WORSHIP and THANKSGIVING.  

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Cuteness Overload

Can someone tell me what this animal is?

Awesome Fur Babies

Cuteness Overload

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ETERNITY FOCUS

If we do not have a focus about ‘after we go’, how can we ever fully LIVE NOW?
 

This thought was fuelled by different things I read on blogging posts.   

Do any of the passionate soul and life destroying issues currently popular matter in the slightest if we are not desiring passionately to appreciate, live, care for, and give value to what is our LIFE NOW?

   Will colour, sex, political and in a lot of cases religious ideologies and concepts matter in the slightest if we do not right now live passionately for our standards and live life ABUNDANTLY?. 

     Focus on eternity yes but only if you believe (know) that you are not simply a body falling apart.     

Is there nothing left if you died tomorrow?   If this is what you believe then all the issues are gist to the mill of your ongoing no eternal focus,

IT fuels a Who cares about that stuff attitude.

   Are there any eternity promises offered by ANY Political or religious man- made ideals which are not motivated by NOW gratification.?

Would colour, Nationalism. Church differences, dress codes or accumulation of wealth or acclaim or power matter if we died today?

       Does Communism, Capitalism, or rigid standards for Life without any Hope or eternal promise really matter at all? 

       Very little being driven by self-focus alone in our modern world .does, and this includes many types of music and drama. Very llittle have any hint of tomorrow.

        What benefits our life NOW?   not just wants and needs for ourselves but abounding in LOVE and nurture for others. Not simply inward gazing but for all of humanity and living creatures and our natural world.

          Who alone in all of history has ever been known to say……….

I AM THE WAY

         What is this way?  

     The Saviour built a bridge with His own Life’s blood to let all humanity know there is a WAY to live abundantly NOW with an ETERNITY FOCUS.

      He rose from death lives today and still says ……….

                        FOLLOW ME!

Live ABUNDANTLT this day. Whether in sunshine, wind, storm or turmoil. Look upwards. Find a hint of blue and pray.. Not just for safety and deliverance but for a clean pure heart.

Tomorrow brings a glorious DAWN when you believe.

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