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Why Me?

Tom explained to Bob over lunch how he had been burgled the night before. He was upset and angry with everyone. The people who broke in. The security company for not coming soon enough. The local police for not making arrests yet. He was even upset with himself for not being able to protect his family even though no one was hurt.
Bob leant over and said “why you?”
Tom is a big man – tall and well built. His face went red in an instant. He started on a 5 minutes rant about all the good he has done and all the people he had helped.

Bob had to time his interruption perfectly.

“Tom, I meant why did God spare you and your family?”

He was expecting to have to duck a flying fist from the other side of the table but instead he watched as his friends face went from bright red anger to calm appreciation.

He suddenly realised the fact that God had indeed kept his family in his hands – safe and unharmed. He realised that instead of why has something bad happened to me – the question was why was I kept safe. This question was pertinent in the current spate of home invasions and murders occurring in the town.

The mood of the conversation had changed dramatically and was now a joyful praise for all the blessings the 2 friends have in their lives.

Whenever you ask the question “Why me?” Ask it again but from a different angle. From the other angle. From the angle of praise, not the angle of anger and fear.

Once we do this, our lives take on a different, better angle.

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One day I decided to quit….
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .
I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

‘God’, I asked, ‘Can you give me one good reason not to quit?’
His answer surprised me…
‘Look around’, He said. ‘Do you see the fern and the bamboo?’
‘Yes’, I replied.
‘When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds,
I took very good care of them.
I gave them light.
I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo’, He said.

‘In year three, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.

In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
I would not quit.’ He said.

‘Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared
to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. .

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
‘I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.’

He asked me.
‘Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling,
you have actually been growing roots’.

‘I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you.’
‘Don’t compare yourself to others.’

He said.
‘The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern.
Yet the forest they both make beautiful.’
‘Your time will come’,

God said to me.
‘You will rise high’
‘How high should I rise?’  I asked.
‘How high will the bamboo rise?’ He asked in return.
‘As high as it can?’ I questioned.
‘Yes.’
He said,
‘Give me glory by rising as high as you can.’

I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.

Never, Never, Never Give up.

For Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.

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In times of trouble, though trials may come.
The rock of ages is standing strong.
I’m fighting battles but the war is won.
“Avalon”

I have decided after much that the theme for 2012 personally is “I’ve got you”
The year started in a rough manner – being retrenched the previous November, just days after my daughter was born – I was unemployed for the first 4 months of 2012. Having applied to a lot of employment agencies, I found the job through a family friend. I still hold that position about 8 months later.
My studying continued in 2012, with the possibility of completed my degree. This was put in serious danger with a shocking first semester. I then needed to pass 3 in the second semester to complete my degree. I passed 2 out of 3. I was granted and supplementary for the third. I write that exam in June 2013. So 1 more till completion.
Despite the many battles fought and trials encountered, 2012 was overflowing with blessings for myself, my family and our friends. Despite everybody claiming it was a terrible year financially (and for some in other ways), the year was good! There tends to be a general tired mood at the end of the year and people default to saying “its been a long year” and “money is very tight” etc.
Through all the trials in 2012, the rock of ages has kept us going at the crucial times. When I was unemployed, He provided and we were tight but in the black. Just when money started to become very tight, I was blessed with employment. When it came time to hit the books and study, despite being super tired, He came through and got me through the exams!
He is always present but this year it has been evident in small nudges that say “I’ve got you”. I am fighting battles but He won the war for me years ago!
My synopsis on 2012? It has been good year with ups and downs (like any other). Definitely more ups than downs with a positive outlook for 2013.

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Why do so many bad things happen to good people?  It seems like everything that can go wrong usually does, and we ask ourselves why?  I recently learned a lesson about faith that I wanted to share with you.  Last year, my father fell and broke his hip and he was taken to the hospital.  After surgery he couldn’t breathe.  As a nurse, I tried to fix everything.  At least I thought I could fix everything.
Daily I went to the hospital questioning the doctors, observing the nurses and staff.  I monitored everything I could possibly think of as a nurse.  I looked at lab work, vital signs, researched respiratory disorders, though my dad had none.  Nothing I did helped.  I went to church and asked several church members to pray for him.  My family and I called all our friends and asked them to help pray for my dad.  We asked other churches to pray.  We asked friends at work to pray.  Nothing seem to be helping.  Day by day we watched my father decline more and more.  He was put on a respirator and then all of his vital organs began to shut down.  He was hooked up to IV lines and NG tubes and the respiratory machine.  Day after day, the doctors gave us more and more bad news.  My dad’s kidneys weren’t functioning properly and they started Dialysis on him.

It seemed like the more we tried to fight him dieing the closer he got to it.  Yes, we had prayed but it didn’t seem to be working.  We asked ourselves if God was listening to us.  We asked if maybe God was giving us time to accept that he was going to take his life.  After two months in ICU, my dad was taken off the respirator and moved to a private room.  The prognosis wasn’t good.  The doctors and nurses were expecting my dad to die any day; and they wanted us to give up and allow him to die.  We weren’t ready to allow him to die.  We monitored him as close as we could when the doctor and nurses gave up on him ever recovering.  I never felt this type of sorrow in my life.  I became physically sick over worring about my dad.  I cried daily at work.  After becoming so physically exhausted from worry, I cried to God and told him that I couldn’t do it anymore.  I told him that I was ready to hand the reins over to him.  I told him that I was putting my dad’s life completely in his hands.  I wasn’t ready to let my dad go, but I knew that I was merely a human and God was in control of everything.

That night when I went to the hospital, my dad stopped breathing.  I ran to the hall and cried for the nurses to help him.  They began to work on him and quickly rushed him down the hall toward the ICU to intubate him again with a tube.  After a short pause, a nurse ran out and was yelling.  He’s going to make it.  He had a huge ball of mucus lodged in his throat and now it’s out.  He is breathing on his own.  Of course when the doctor came to the hospital he said that he didn’t think that the mucus plug would affect him that much and that he was still going to die.  I knew in my heart that God had touched my dad and I thought the doctor was completely crazy.  Today my dad is alive and well and he doesn’t require any oxygen to help him breath.  I believe that sometimes people go through things like this to help our faith.  It helped my faith that day when God healed my dad.  I believed in brought me closer to God too.  I know that he is an Almighty God and he is the creator of us all.
WHAT HAS THE LORD DONE FOR ME?
WHEN I WAS BLIND AND LOST IN MY MIGHT,
HE LIFTED ME UP AND SHOWED ME THE LIGHT.
WHEN I WAS POOR AND HAD NOTHING TO EAT,
HE GAVE ME FOOD AND HELPED MY DEFEAT.
WHEN I WAS SCARED AND SORE AFRAID,
HE GAVE ME COMFORT AND CAME TO MY AID.
WHEN I HAD NOTHING AND WAS IN NEED,
HE GAVE ME MONEY AND HELPED INDEED.
WHEN I WAS LONELY AND NEEDED A FRIEND,
HE WAS THERE FOR ME WITH HIS HAND.
WHEN I HAD A PROBLEM, CONFLICT OR STRIFE,
HE GAVE ME THE ANSWER AND HELPED MY LIFE.
WHEN I WAS SICK OR NEEDED A REST,
HIS STRENGTH AND POWER HELPED THE BEST.
WHAT HAS THE LORD DONE FOR ME?
HE REACHED OUT HIS HANDS AND DIED FOR ME.

Written by Tracy Kauffman

This is a guest post. The opinions and views other the writer do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the blog or its owners and as such the blog and its owners cannot be held responsible for them.

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As we all race towards the end of year, most (if not all) of us will be attending a Christmas / end of year function held by our employers. I have a different view on this time of the year so I stand back and have to ask what the point of this function is.

There are 2 sides to every story and therefore it goes that there are 2 answers to every question. This question can be seen from 2 different view points: the employer and the employee.

Employer:

Is it a thank you for the year passed and all your hard work? If so, that is great!

Is it a profit reducing (and therefore tax reducing) exercise? If so, not so great!

Is it a mundane necessity that you do not want to have but “sort of have to”? If so, not so great!

Employee:

Is it viewed as a relaxing, enjoyable function to get to know your fellow colleagues better away from the work environment? Thought not!

It is a way of getting that raise you wanted by drinking the most expensive hard liquor even though you do not drink? Know any of these people?

Is it a forced to be happy environment that no one can stand until they are free to go? Probably.

I have actually over the years attended a lot of the above functions. Not all but most. I have never drank a huge amount of expensive liquor so drinking the raise would take me about 56 days 1 beer at a time! Not really worth it.

i believe the attitude you take into the whole festive / end of year season will determine whether you enjoy the function. For me the festive season is really about saying thank you. This year has been tough and quite long and the Christmas function will be viewed as a thank you from both sides in my eyes. The employers can thank me for the work I have put in and I am thankful for the opportunity they have given me in working for the company. i have not been working for the company that long so getting to know the people better will actually be quite interesting.

There will no doubt be copious amounts of drinking around the world over the next few weeks but for me, the drinks do not define the occasion. I may just sit back and watch it all from my chair and enjoy the time, company and good meal.

Whatever your take on the festive season – take it easy and take care.

 

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Jesus > Religion!

This movie clip is not for everyone!

I really enjoyed it and want to share it. It made me think the first time I saw it and it still makes me think.

Watch it and leave your opinion below.

 

 

 

 

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