Woman Interrupted…

So my normal pattern of blogging, if I have one to be honest as it usually is quite random, has been interrupted of late. Some of you may have noticed that I have not posted for a couple of weeks. I’ve also not been able to catch up with my fellow bloggers and read much of their blogs either so I’m looking forward to a WordPress binge at some stage. I’ve missed you.

So what have you been doing all this time I hear you ask that has caused me to be a woman interrupted.

Well some of it was planned and some was very unplanned. Some of it has been joyous and some not so, but in it all – the ups and downs the Lord has been there. God is so faithful. His loving kindness and strength keeps us and sustains us.

There have been holidays, birthdays, a 4 day music festival (now that was fun), a graduation, an eldest daughter moving back home, a new job for her, exam results for the youngest…not what she expected so that has required a lot of on going parental support and Godly wisdom, illnesses, looking after elderly parents, broken bones (not mine), supporting friends, volunteer work, prayer support, lots of actual work and more work and most of all…change! and more change!

I’ve discovered in this short time that change is pretty exhausting. It takes a lot out of you mentally and physically. It requires a lot of adaptation, learning how to do things differently or learning new skills and requires perseverance when things are tough. I have felt drained and more tired than I’ve felt before during this time so I need to rest more and draw nearer to God. Relying and drawing on Him. That’s the challenge for me. Resting. Resting and also putting some things to one side. Saying No to some things or some people when I need to and not feeling guilty about it.

I’ve discovered how much I miss my WordPress friends and blogging during this time too so normal service will be resumed as soon as possible 😊 in the meantime…..

Taking it easy my friends

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:1-3

Springboard

What is God doing that will be a springboard for you in this current season.

I love words like springboard!

It means a platform or event that will start or launch you into something – a new venture or activity, new ministry or career perhaps. New giftings in the Holy Spirit.

Exciting – I sense an excitement that there is going to be a Springboard event which will launch some quickly into the new things that God has prepared for us.

What do you have available to you today or that may come your way unexpectedly that will start or launch you into something new for God.

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9

Washed Clean

I saw these lovely old posters in a railway station today and they reminded me of the incredible blessing of being washed clean of sin by the precious blood of Jesus.

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

No man made soap could ever wash away our sins and make us clean in God’s sight.

“For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord God. Jeremiah 2:22”

It is only the “son” the “light” of the world who can make us truly clean.

Thankfully, Jesus is always willing to cleanse us. His offer is open to everyone to come and be cleansed.

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
1 John 1:9

Thank you Lord for cleansing us from our sins and making us clean and righteous in your sight. Amen

Have a blessed day 😊

Feeling invisible

Do you sometimes feel invisible? That people just don’t notice you.

A visiting preacher from Turkey once told us that Mission begins with Seeing.

In chapter 2 of the story of Ruth we read in verse 5 – Boaz said “whose young woman is this?”

Ruth who was a foreigner, a stranger, a refugee who is destitute is noticed by Boaz. From that moment on when she is noticed – everything in her life changes.

When we notice someone or when someone notices us – things change.

There were a lot of reasons for Boaz not to notice Ruth or pretend he hadn’t noticed her- she was a woman from another culture. She was poor – not a worker in the field just there to pick up the leftovers – but Boaz noticed her. When he noticed her – he also did something to change her circumstances forever. He showed her favour, gave her advice, his protection and then redeemed her in marriage.

Ruth was a widow from another country who had gone to Bethlehem with her mother in law Naomi, also a widow, to escape a famine in the land. They had heard that there was food in Bethlehem. Ruth was a Moabite and was an outsider from a different culture. The Jews and Moabites were often in conflict. Ruth as a widow had no husband to represent her. She had no voice and no legal rights. She had no-one to protect her. She is living in a desperate situation having fled from a country suffering a severe famine. She has nothing other than her mother in law Naomi. She no doubt felt shame about her destitute circumstances.

Ruth was someone who desperately needed someone to notice her and help her.

Boaz was at the other end of the social scale. He is a wealthy landowner who has power, influence and privilege. He is a Jew. He has a voice. He has a position. Sometimes “having” can stop us seeing how others – the “have nots” are affected and living but Boaz does see Ruth though. He notices her situation and then uses his position to help her. He doesn’t ignore her plight.

This story is set in Bethlehem which is called the “House of Bread”. Hungry people come to the house of bread to be fed. When Ruth and Boaz marry and have children their descendants lead directly to Jesus. Jesus is from their line. Jesus who is and called himself the bread of life. Hungry people need Jesus who is the only one who can truly satisfy their hunger. Do we notice spiritually hungry people and signpost them to the true bread of life. Do we notice those who are actually hungry and feed them.

We are all refugees like Ruth in one sense in that we too as mankind lost our original place with God when sin entered the world through Adam & Eve eating of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. We all need a Boaz – a saviour to step in and help us. Someone who notices our plight and has the ability to be able to save us from sin – there is only one who can truly do that – His name is Jesus the son of God who through his death and resurrection saved and redeemed us from sin. We are refugees no more as our home is now in heaven with God forever and ever. We are now part of the family of God as Ruth became part of Boaz’s family on marriage.

If you feel invisible, insignificant or overlooked then I want you to know today that God is a God who sees us – God sees you. God notices you. He is just waiting for you to notice Him. He sees you right where you are.

When Hagar fled to the wilderness and hid it was God who saw her – She called him “you are the God Who Sees” because God saw her in her predicament and helped her. Even if those around us don’t notice us, if our families don’t notice us – God does. God always sees us. He loves us.

We are God’s eyes too – who does he want you to notice today so that you can show His love. Who does God want you to see – mission begins with seeing.

Whether you identify with Ruth or Boaz in the story, I pray that you will be encouraged. You will know that God has noticed you – He sees you and loves you. That we will also notice those who God wants us to see and notice who are in need today.

Have a blessed day.

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Letting go of the seed

I hope this an encouraging word for a fellow believer in this season – do not value the seed above the harvest. You have to let go of the seed in your hand to reap the harvest. The Lord may have already shown you what and where he wants you to sow but you may be hesitant to commit the seed. If you are obedient to sow as the Lord leads you then there will be a harvest in due time.

Have a blessed day.

2 Corinthians 9: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

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