Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FALSE ACCUSATIONS ARE GOOD EDUCATION

I recently had a 'run-in' with a lady from the nearby school. She and many others know that I am a Christian. Some of them know what a 'Christian' is and others have their own interpretations.Some call Christianity, Catholicism, others think it's Pentecostal, while a few say it's Jehovah Witness etc etc.
All these I call , 'Denominations". But being a Christian, as I emphasized to this woman, is not a denomination which I follow or belong to. Whom I follow and belong to is Jesus Christ Himself. Hence the name "Christian".
Anyway, back to my  friend. The people she associates with needed some much aquired help at the school., so I volunteered on a weekly basis. They all know how uncomfortable I feel when the name of Jesus Christ and God are blasphemed and put into a very offensive sentence...so the others try their hardest not swear or say anything offensive around me out of respect. And I also do the same for them. I listen to what they have to say, even when it offends me , I don't say a word but freedom of speech is given to them. But when it comes to me, I get attacked for not 'swearing', or not taking part in gossip, or foul jokes.and for that I am branded as a "goody two-shoes" and a "good Catholic Christian"(??) and 'perfect' etc.
Now I've never ever once said I was any of the above or given anyone the impression that I want them to hold their tongues when I'm around. Some of them just chose to do that........But truly I know it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit rebuking their hearts when they are around me. Me? Yes, me. a NOBODY. A 'GOODY-TWO-SHOES" if I may...... It's not me who they're convicted of, or rebuked by but it is He who shines in me for His glory .
My prayer each day is this:LORD, WHEREVER I GO,WHATEVER I SAY,WHOEVER I MEET, LET THEM SEE YOU IN ME...MAY YOU SHINE UPON MY FACE, MAY THEY HEAR THE PEACE IN MY VOICE AND MAY I HAVE THE WALK WORTHY OF YOU THAT THEY MAY KNOW WITHIN.....that I HAVE BEEN WITH JESUS......(Acts 4:12-14)
To be falsely accused by non-believers is a hard thing to argue. The more you argue the more they attack & by the end of it all (if there is ever an end) they end up putting "words in your mouth" and you're left with such a down feeling that you wonder 'what happened here?'.......And that's how the enemy wants you to feel. Defeated! But God forbid this because His Word says, 'We are more than Conquerors in Christ Jesus our Lord!"".........And He warns us to "avoid foolish disputes".
So in my Christian walk with the Lord every day in the last 23 years,
I have failed much, but have learned much.
Have spoken foolishly quickly and wisely slowly,
 have jumped when I should've thought first and
 restrained from acting irrationally.
LIFE IS EDUCATION WHEN.......... KNOWLEDGE BECOMES UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM LEADS YOU TO ETERNAL LIFE.
That's all that matters.........................to me, anyway.
My volunteering days at the school are over........Now I volunteer to kneel before His majesty's feet. 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

HOLDING ONTO THE STEADY HAND.............

I was having a cup of tea & a piece of my OWN (yes, miraculously so) chocolate cake this afternoon.The day was bleak and freezing. But I heard children's voices outside & a male voice. So, as an inquisitive mother, I looked out the window & watched a heart warming scene unfold before my eyes.
Two young boys (probably 5 and 6) were walking with their father (well, I presumed this due to the uncanny resemblance, same clothes, same beany same smile).One boy decides to jump on his bike & ride it. The father looked down at the other boy, motioned to him to jump onto the large,2 wheeled, adult mountain bike & he'd push him. The little boy stared at the massive bike, looked up at his father, saw the smile of reassurance, the welcoming hand extended out to him and nodded his head, 'yes'. He allowed his father to take hold of his arm, lift him up onto the seat and the next thing he did was what gave me a lump in my throat.
Perceiving that the young child's arms were too short to reach the handles, the father turned his shoulder and said to the boy, "Hold onto me and I won't let you fall." and off they rode into the ..........freezing weather.
That little scene reminded me how when I think I can't do it on my own & I see the way ahead is impossible, all I have to do is HOLD ONTO THE FATHER'S HAND AND HE WON' T LET ME FALL.
Incidentally, today is our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. Did we celebrate? Did we go out? Did we remember?
No, no and no........Just knowing that God the Father has carried us through thick and thin throughout these 23 yrs and we are still together as husband and wife, 3 beautiful children, forgiven & saved and alive and much, much more blessings to count.....this is our celebration!!! Happiness doesn't have ot be celebrated on one particular day. It can be celebrated every time we remember the One who brought us here!

I hope this little experience of my day inspired some of you to hold onto and TRUST THE FATHER'S HAND when life seems down or impossible.

Jesus said, "This is impossible with man.But with God, all things are possible."
.................SMILEY:)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR...............

Yesterday, I was driving my little man home & he was going on and on about his day. I had a CD of Michael Card running with his favourite song, the Air Conditioner on as I tried to manouevure safely through traffic. Then I asked him a third time."So how did you do today with all your studies?" To my amazement, I saw him through the rearview mirror shake his head disgustingly from side to side, let out a huff of a breath and say,"Next time open your ears and listen for the third time mum!!"
I was taken aback by his innocent comment but reminded myself that this is what I'd say to him when he's not paying attention to what I say to him many times a day. I laughed within myself at how what we say and do reflects upon our children & it's used on us on a daily basis but out of innocence of heart.
Isn't it like that with God?
Look around us. The floods, the fires, the earthquakes, tsunamis,etc. We ask WHY and when no answer comes we ask again and again and again. Why doesn't it occur to us that God has been telling us why since  Word existed. But again, the majority needs to OPEN THE EARS AND LISTEN for the millionth time! Sadly, I am one of them.
Thank you Lord, for giving us children and using them to remind us of you and your patience towards us.
HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR......sayeth the Lord.
Let's ASK less and LISTEN more.............
God's Jewel

This is my inquisitively unique D.J.