… That is the card I sent my dad for Father’s Day. Yup, in Germany we celebrate Father’s day on Ascension Day.
Turns out… we all have grown!!
It is Easter time. Easter, as a Christian, is often about sharing the incredible life and victory gained through Jesus death and that invitation to those who do not know Jesus personally.
But this blog post is not about that.
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Our hearts matter. Really! They matter to God and they should matter to us collectively.
In the busyness of life, many of us have to let go of the promises of God.
We still believe them but we have stopped actively persuing them. – Graham Cooke
As I read this statement the other day I felt relief. Relief because the one or the other promise had to be benched while the busyness of my life competed with centre stage.
God prepares you in secret to reveal you in public!
Quote is by Lisa Bevere, though I have heard it many times before. And apparently, it goes on and on throughout your life. In seasons. Nope. Not a once in a life time event! Sadly.
We really are found. God really does love and like us. He always wants to be near and close.
Not one of us is made to go at it alone! Life is to be lived in relationships. And yet, there are times when God is asking us to dare to say or do something personally, that he might not ask anyone else to do. It can feel like you have to walk away from everything that you have known, in pursuit of conviction and obedience, and you have to do it alone. It is your journey alone. Not somebody else’s.
Before something new can start, something old needs to finish. Duh! Makes sense right?
Only thing is it isn’t all as seemingly smooth as we think. In between the new and the old there might be a waiting period.
Waiting, though annoying at times, has an important purpose I think.
Walking in dependency with the Good Shepherd is always abundance, but maybe not quite the abundance we imagine here in the West. The abundance pictured in Psalm 23 is one of heavy dependency and trust in the Shepherd for each step of the way.
Ignoring people and their issues leaves them depressed and hopeless because even when they speak up nobody listens. Nobody seems to care. That is their reality.
We can’t all run into war zones. But we can all stop for the one, including our family, our friends and even strangers wherever we are.
Not gonna lie, after I wrote the above Sunday past midnight, I cried and sobbed in anguish. I also didn’t want to post this blog today. The day of German unification. Another blog of me baring my honest heart. Surely by now I should have written a more uplifting blog?!
Reflecting on the past 7 years is interesting. I think when we are living out the kingdom of God, we think of all the amazing things God did. Like, providing rent free housing, fulfilling promises within a few moments, hours or days of asking, celebrating people being healed and saved