I was just casually flicking through my journal...which of late has started to gather a bit of dust (ooopps!!)... when I came across the last little note to myself and I thought I might share it with you... It is only a short little blurb and to the point but so very important and something I pray will become the forefront of my thinking (and living) on a daily basis...
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.
It is my responsibility and great priviledge as a parent to provide a good influence and atmosphere for my children to learn from... both inside and outside of my home.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.
I need to model a lifestyle at all times during my day, whatever I may be doing, which will pass my values and spiritual legacy onto my children. Whether that may be...
cooking in the kitchen
sitting around the breakfast or dinner table
driving in the car
out for coffee with friends
Our kids learn so much from us in our everyday routine. Just take a look at yourself... do you ever say to yourself 'I am becoming my mother' or catch yourself doing something and think 'my mum does that!!'.
Whoever we hang around the most is who we become like so our children are most likely to become like us.
What influence are we having on our children?
What atmosphere are we building in our home?
Every home should be filled with happy memories....
I hope and pray that as my boy gets older he will have a tonne of happy memories to remember and pass onto his children. I want to leave a Godly inheritance in my little boys life.
Tuesday, July 30
Wednesday, February 20
I don't know about you, and this is probably another one of those 'girl' things, but I absolutely love it when one of my friends comes to me and says 'hey, do you want to know a secret?' And just to clarify, it is of course something about them and not about someone else otherwise that would be classed as 'gossip' which is something I do not like to participate in!
When a friend wants to tell you a secret it makes you feel special...because they trust you enough to confide in you something close to their heart...they know that you will also hold it just as close to your heart and not tell a single soul. Girlfriend to girlfriend and no further... its a precious relationship. As girls we all need this type of relationship in our lives.
But do you want to know something else? Our amazing God, King of the universe, creator of the world... He wants to tell us some secrets too! He desires a relationship with each and everyone of us that is close and intimate so that He too can whisper secrets to us... All we have to do is ASK!
Devine Secrets... between Him and YOU!!
What a precious relationship that is... The God of the universe wants to tell us His secrets... AMAZING!!
I wonder what He will tell me... or you??
ASK HIM & HE WILL....
This is what the Lord says - the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: ASK ME and I WILL tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come...
Wednesday, January 30
Do everything without complaining and arguing so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people...
I love that movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn playing the exquisite role of Holly Golightly. My favourite scene is the very beginning of the movie where Holly has obviously been out all night and it is still early morning... the streets are quiet and the shops are not yet opened for business... Holly is standing in front of the Tiffany's window eating a croissant while gazing admiringly at all of those gorgeous Tiffany diamonds...
the ones that I can only dream of!
I don't know about you, but I love diamonds...
there is something about their 'sparkle' that just begs for my attention...haha.
If you have a diamond, or possibly even diamonds, that you wear all the time, which I do in my engagement ring and in my wedding band, you will soon discover that the sparkle that you were so impressed with when you first wore that ring soon begins to fade and it becomes slightly 'dull'. All the dirt and grim of everyday life begins to build up on and around that diamond and since a diamond can only reflect what is around it... it no longer shines as bright because the light that was once allowed to penetrate through the diamond is shut out and can no longer be seen. However, if you take that ring and clean it all up, get rid of the grim and dust and build up of life, it once again shines like a brand new one. You walk around with that flashy diamond on your finger wanting to display it to the whole world!!
Sometimes our lives can become a bit like a dull, not so shiny, diamond ring...
God has called us to live 'clean, innocent' lives like that of a child... but often we let the 'stuff' of life crowd us in. We let little things start to build up around our shining light... things that people might say in innocence offend us... that movie we watched last week that we should have walked out of... we argue with our spouse about the smallest thing... we yell at our kids 'because we are tired'... and the list can go on. It all starts to build up around us and we no longer reflect the light of our God.
We need to get rid of this 'stuff' and let our light once again shine in this darkened world...
God has called us to be SALT and LIGHT.
We need to shine so bright that we leave a pleasant taste in people's mouths...haha.
If we fill our lives up with the Goodness of God, with His Word, with His Love, with His Peace, with His Joy... If we let the Spirit of God work in our lives... show us where we need to change and let Him clean us up... we can once again be a diamond that SPARKLES!!
A diamond that shines so bright... illuminating the lives of others... a reflection of God!
(OR ANY THING)
Wednesday, January 23
So I was thinking the other day that I hadn't set any goals for 2013 as I usually like to do at the beginning of each year and the longer I thought about it I realised that I honestly didn't feel like doing it and I didn't want to do it... I felt that there was no point and the reason why I was feeling that way was because a couple of years ago my husband and I stepped out of our comfortable lives into the great unknown, to achieve a 'huge' dream that we felt God had asked of us and to date we are still 'out on the water' waiting and working towards making that one dream come true.
It has been a long and hard slog to say the least and there have been many times when I have wanted to give up and go back to where I was... living where I was comfortable... knowing what I was doing... not having to stress about certain things... etc, etc.... but on the other hand when you feel that God has called you to do something, it is difficult to let that go. I guess I felt that this one goal had taken up so much space in my life that there wasn't any room for anything else.
So I sat down with my pen... a little reluctant to even start thinking about my dreams and goals and I suddenly remembered a scripture I had seen on Facebook earlier in the day...
God will bless you... IF you don't give up when your faith is being tested. He will reward you with a GLORIOUS LIFE just as He rewards EVERYONE who loves Him!
WHEN YOUR FAITH IS BEING TESTED... I feel like my faith has been tested big time over the last couple of years!!!
IF you don't give up... God will bless you!!
A GLORIOUS LIFE... what does that GLORIOUS LIFE look like???
This was my motivation to start to dream again...
I believe that God wants every one of us to love our lives... to be happy with where we are and what we are doing... to have our very own GLORIOUS LIFE but what do we have to do to be rewarded with that GLORIOUS LIFE?
DON'T GIVE UP!!!
Don't give up when the going gets tough... keep on believing... keep on having Faith... keep on praying and trusting... even if you are going through the most incredible testing time... God is still there... He is still in control. Some of the toughest times of our lives can also be the most fruitful. I have to keep reminding myself of this all the time!! My character is being built... God is strengthening me for what is coming... Don't give up on the rest of my life just because one part of it is a little difficult at the moment!
I now have a full page of goals and dreams for 2013... all of them being part of my GLORIOUS LIFE!!
I'm not going to give up!!
And if you haven't guessed by now... getting back to the blogging is one of them.