May you be so blessed you can’t contain it

My daily reading “respond” challenged us to write a short blessing for someone.  Always up for a challenge I have written the following based on these verses

  • Luke 1:45 – Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!’
  • Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still
  • Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
  • Isaiah 45:8 – You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have created it.
  • Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

BLESSINGS

May your cup overflow with blessings, may you be so blessed you can’t contain it, may you never forget God’s timing is perfect, he never fails you nor forsakes you, as your prayers go up, may blessings fall down, may they be as countless as the grains of sand and as the Lord commands his angels to look after you may you feel peace, as you count your blessings as you name them one by one may you never cease to be overwhelmed at all that God has done, may salvation spring up within your family, may the Lord prepare your table, anoint you freely, may your cup completely overflow with blessings and I’m guessing what I’m really saying is may God’s face shine upon you today, be blessed my friends in every way.

 

Why I can say with certainty Jesus wants you now

Today I was thinking about Psalm 107 v 1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures for ever.  

Then I read the rest of the Psalm which made me think a lot, yes give thanks to the Lord for he is good, but then when you see how loving and great God is and how he reaches out to us in our darkest times it resonates so much more, I give thanks to the Lord for he IS good.  And as a redeemed sinner I must take verse 2 to heart

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.

REDEEMED AND RECLAIMED

I am redeemed, reclaimed by Jesus, you see before I became a Christian I was gay, and that’s the way I thought I was meant to be, the way Jesus made me or so I thought but I ought to tell you that being Gay is not all it’s cracked up to be, gay defined as happy or joyful, when reality is gay meant I was full of self-loathing, forever roaming restlessly, trying to find the best of me, trying to accept my morality, understand my lack of respect for me, a struggle, a constant battle against me (and some of society) and Psalm one hundred and seven speaks to me, a reality check, Jesus loves me, his love for me lasts eternally, and he saw my enemy, understood the need in me, saw the unsettled soul and reached out, offered an escape, a way to become whole, and as I cried out to him in my distress he reached in and pulled me out of my mess to a place I could settle, he freed me from my own prison, a prison of distress, oppression and an obsession with me, no it’s not all about me anymore, God broke down the iron gates, he cut through the bars of iron that conspired to keep me down, in my storm he rescued me, took me to a safe haven, a place of safety where I could see through my affliction and my addictions and rejoice in being free, his loving deeds have humbled me, he never wanted me to be oppressed, distressed, he wanted nothing more than to bless me, and now I’m free I turn back those blessings to praise, I raise my arms high to the Lord most high, he heard my cry, he rescued me, he alone is worthy of my praise and all my days belong to Jesus, and whatever your history, whatever battle you are fighting, he is there, lighting up the path that you walk, ready for you when you’re ready to talk, Jesus saved me he will save you, just open up, cry out in your sadness, it’s madness not to, take it from me he can do anything, no sin too big for him to cope with, nothing you’ve done that he hasn’t noticed and dealt with, so quit stalling the sooner you hand this to your Saviour the sooner you benefit from his favour and believe me adjusting your behaviour will be simpler with God on your side, OK it may be a bumpy ride at times, but I’m telling you straight, please don’t wait till you hit rock bottom, God hasn’t forgotten you, hasn’t abandoned you, God is there for you, loves you and aches for you to see that the love he has is real, it lasts forever, it never stops, never fades, never fails, check out his hands for the marks of the nails, that’s what you mean to Jesus, that’s why I can say with certainty Jesus wants you now, allow him to show you the way, don’t leave it even one more day and here’s what I say, “give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever” and have I mentioned redemption? Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story, may the redeemed of the Lord give him the Glory.

Jesus determine the steps that you would have me take

Sing joyfully to the Lord – Psalm 33

What a great Psalm and yet again there is a recurring theme of God’s plan for our lives,

v 11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm for ever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

I am so stoked that God has a plan for me (sometimes a bit frustrated that I don’t know what it is yet but that’s OK I have to trust God) it blows my mind sometimes but also makes me feel even more like singing a song of praise and worship to our awesome God.

I have a plan do you trust me?

I have a plan do you trust me? It’s over a year ago now that God whispered to me, I have a plan, do you trust me?  I don’t believe it was by chance that God plucked me from a life of sin, he has positioned me in time, given me gifts and talents to serve him in this generation, God watched me from heaven, he knew my name, my every thought, he saw each tear that fell and heard me when I called and he has a plan for me that transcends all generations and his word is right and true, I can trust him, lean on him, bank on his love, I stake my life on the Father’s love, I am a daughter of the creator, the maker of heaven and earth who saw my birth, rejoiced at my beginning, stayed close when I slid into chaos, rejoiced when I embraced a new life in Jesus, rejoiced with heavenly singing, my ears are ringing with songs of praise and worship and I come to you in adoration, let all nations stand in awe of him who died to save us and what a plus, Jesus has a plan, no need to worry about the road ahead, where the road leads or ends, simply take the first step with the one who knows all things, Jesus determine the steps that you would have me take, Jesus I want to break down barriers, be a carrier of your love and mercy, feed the hungry and the thirsty, give comfort to those who worry, may you determine my path Lord may I seek your advice at every juncture, help me structure my life around your teachings, reaching for you in every situation, may every conversation be an opportunity, may my poetry be fruitfully used to spread the beauty of your word, God I know that with you all things are possible so use me I pray so others will be spurred on to seek the truth of the gospel.

Don’t be obsessed with going alone…

I really am loving Romans 8 and God keeps taking me back to it, everytime I read it he gives me something more to think about, it is an awesome passage.

NOTHING CAN FAZE US

Sin is a disordered mess, chaos and pain, laws violated, peace annihilated, wickedness abounds, evil surrounds, humanity struggles to rebalance the natural order, still we witness disorder and slaughter, where can we find a place of safe harbour?

God saw the problem we had created, considered it so important that he sent his son to sort it, this was no quick fix, no plaster stuck over a wound, we were doomed if he ignored us, there is no plus to being sinful, sin leads to death, our bodies will die and wither and either you go with that and have no hope, no promise from God (and you will be damned) or you can listen to his word and understand that through his Spirit we can trust him implicitly to give us eternal life and set us free.

Trust in God, don’t be obsessed with going alone, focus on more than your earthly being, God is the one who is all-seeing, focus on God and he will deliver, he’s no quitter, he sent his son to save sinners and if God has taken a place in your life, I’m not saying you’ll never experience strife, but what he promises is this, you will still experience sinful urges but you’re living life on God’s terms now, your body is as alive as his, he gives you a renewed strength and courage to stand up and be counted, to turn your back on sinful ways to turn temptation into praise, don’t dwell on what has gone before, focus on every new door opened, praise him that you were chosen.

Recognise that the life you’re now living has been given you to use, be expectant on God’s voice, rejoice in every opportunity he presents, remember the unbelievable inheritance that waits those who serve him now, if God is for us who can be against us and because God is with us through the hard times I cannot articulate my excitement as I joyfully anticipate the day we meet him face to face.

Let nothing on earth faze us because Jesus loves us and hear his words when he tells us, so many times in the Bible I see the importance of love from a God who embraces us, and nothing, no nothing living or dead, of angels or demons can separate us from the love of God, and that goes for yesterday, today and tomorrow,  wherever we follow no matter how far and wide he is always by our sides, I am beside myself with emotion because the devotion of a God who calls me by name, has forgiven my sin and my shame, apportions no blame, can never be taken away, what more can I say…?

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight

Another scripture I have been given is:

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight

IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM

Wake up, pay attention. Maybe I forget to mention, in all your ways acknowledge him, express recognition of your God, he’s no apparition, he’s real, he’s valid, he’s the definition of true love, prince of peace who released you from a life of pain and never again will you find another who treats you as a loving father.

So trust in him with all your heart, hand him every part of you that needs repair, needs his loving, infinite care.  Don’t listen to your own mind, for you will be inclined to lean on your own understanding (which often results in a crash landing).

Better to be handing all things to the Lord whose word is binding.   The bible a blinding reminder of his wisdom and might, acknowledge that he is the light this world waits for, and your path will be made straight as you grow and learn, you will be ready when he returns.

Just Wow, how God just spoke directly to me..

I am so blessed right now!  I have just come back from the most amazing meeting, but more than that, God has just slapped me round the face in the most awesome way and all I can say  right now is WOW, but I can’t possibly go to bed without processing what happened.

JUST WOW

What more can I say, WOW, how did that happen?  So like just when I’m feeling at my lowest, you focused her directly on me and told her exactly what you see, you spoke to my heart and to my soul, you see the toll this pain has been causing, you feel the anger coursing through my veins, you heard my words, “is God listening?” and then with one almighty act, a proverbial slap around the face, you let your grace loose on me and protectively said you are my shield, you revealed to me that you do care, and yes you are always there, watching, listening, protecting and fighting battles on my behalf. I am bound tightly by your love, a love I could not have conceived of, a love I should never have run from, praise you God for all you’ve done, thank you God for tonight’s lesson in just how great a God I serve, may I never again feel I don’t deserve your forgiveness, you set me free,  please God continue your great works in me.