Let the space between where you are and where you want to be inspire you

This is a blog that have me more than help…. it gave me hope!

LIVE LOVE RUN AGAIN

When you compare where you are at the moment in life to where you want to be in the future the space between the two can be quite big. The space can be discouraging and terrifying. The space may be filled with fears and self doubt.So how do we make the space between where we are and where we want to be inspiring rather than terrifying?

This Sunday I ran a 5k race and it was very disappointing. What disappointed me was not even my time or the fact that I didn’t place it was that I gave up way too easily. That I stopped halfway because I was focussed on negatives rather than positives. Rather than fighting to run faster I was discouraged and finished in 23 minutes.I have slowed down a lot the past few months.As soon as the race finished I was quick to blame my slow time on being…

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Wanted: Encouragement…

I wonder does there come a time when a ‘blogger’ thinks to themselves: “this isn’t working – give it up!?” That’s where I am at this precise moment.

This blog ( admittedly not much of a blog ) is sitting in a sort of nexus ( you know, that state of being ( or visual effects? ) where Captains Picard and Kirk found themselves in the movie Star Trek: Generations. )

I must admit that I had high hopes for this blog… ( yes, I was going to help mankind… solve everyone’s problems… provide comfort and guidance… etc…etc… ) but being realistic, I really didn’t know what to do.

I have always had a deep, strong desire to help others. I found in reality, though, that as soon as I began to try it always seemed like the forces of hell would be unleashed on me.

( It would be easy to dismiss this as fanciful except for the fact that that has actually been my experience time and time again and to be honest I feel like crying. )

I am in complete awe of all you guys out there who have persevered in blogging – I really am so grateful for your efforts which have given me so much enjoyment and encouragement time and again. Thank you.

But for me, I am at a loss as to what to do.

Please, if you think that you can help me, leave a comment – I would really, really appreciate it.

D.

When Life Sucks…

Things could be worse!

Grace Is For All Of Us!

The following is an excerpt written by Philip Yancey for Our Daily Bread, which I use in my meditation. ODB has greatly blessed me down through the years by instructing, guiding, provoking, reassuring – and usually just when I need it. So today’s reading and message resonates. I hope that you also will be blessed in reading it. Thank you.

Today’s thought is based upon Matthew 5:43-48 and John 8:9-11.

Matthew 5:43-48.

‘“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

John 8:9-11.

‘…At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.


“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”’

Perfect Grace
by Philip Yancey

“Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. John 8:11.

Jesus’s teaching about absolute ideals and absolute grace seem contradictory.

Jesus never lowered God’s perfect ideal. In His response to the rich young ruler, He said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” ( Matthew 5:48. )

He told an expert in the law who inquired as to the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” ( Matthew 22:37. )

No one has completely fulfilled those commands.

Yet the same Jesus tenderly offered absolute grace. He forgave an adulteress, a thief on the cross, a disciple who had denied ever knowing Him, and a man named Saul, who had made his mark persecuting Christians. Grace is absolute and all-encompassing, extending even to those who nailed Jesus to the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” were among the last words He spoke on earth ( Luke 23:34. )

For years I felt so unworthy when considering Jesus’s absolute ideals that I missed any notion of His grace. Once I understood this dual message, however, I went back and found that the message of grace gusts through Jesus’s life and teachings.

Grace is for the desperate, the needy, the broken, those who cannot make it on their own. Grace is for all of us.

Prayer: “Father, Your all-encompassing grace washes over us and astonishes us. May we live today as people who enjoy Your complete forgiveness and a restored relationship with You.”

Jesus fulfilled the perfect requirements of the law so that we may enjoy the perfect peace of His grace.

I hope that this meditation has meant something to you, helped you and encouraged you as it did me.

Thank you.

The Wrath To Come. Part 1.

I was reading a bit of the Bible this morning and something made me stop in my tracks. It was this:

From 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10, the apostle Paul wrote:

“Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

It was the last eight words:

“…Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

The coming wrath.

I find this both reassuring and disturbing: reassuring that God’s Word tells me, in black and white, that Jesus rescues me from the coming wrath; but disturbing because it mentions a coming wrath at all.

What is this ‘coming wrath?’

And more to the point, who will it affect?

Ain’t That The Truth!

A little kindness goes a long, long way.

The 365-Day-Long Valentine’s Card.

Whilst reading God’s Word this morning ( no… I’m not holier-than-thou – I just need it to  survive! lol ) it occurred to me that because of what Jesus did in regards to the cross, God sends me a ‘Valentine card’ every day of my life!

Let me explain.

You know that well-known Bible verse: John 3:16? The one that goes…

‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.’?

Well in this morning’s reading I found this…

‘…we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.’ ( 1 John 4:16 )

Whoever lives in love lives in God!!

Did I read that right??

I wondered… what else does the Bible have to say about God’s love? I did a search and guess what? I got 686 hits! 686 HITS!! Which of course that includes this: Paul’s famous treatise on love that begins in 1 Corinthians 13:1 and in verse 13 ends with these sobering words:

‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’

The greatest of these is Love!

Imagine! But the icing on the cake was a realisation that came to me when I read Psalm 103.

‘But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him…’

Did you get that? No? Read it again.

‘But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him…’

Now do you see?

Let me ask you this: when does ‘everlasting’ begin? Where does it come from? Where does it go to? Don’t we usually assume that the word refers to sometime in the future? And yet it has to have a beginning. Or maybe not. Maybe it just is!

Which means that it was present in the past, is in the here and now, and will certainly be there in your future! It is a love that has filled all 86400 seconds of your every day to this moment! And will do, right on into eternity!

And that’s why, dear friends, it’s just like God sends me, and you, a Valentine, every day!

xx