Devotional: Start Doing

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An Inspirational ‘lesson’ I have learnt during lockdown

We are currently in a very interesting time. The year 2020 has brought us a fast spreading virus which actually lead our country to locking down for 21 days. Who could’ve seen this coming!

I know this is not the best of times for a lot of people – those affected by the virus, people sitting without an income during this time and the people suffering from depression and are forced to be alone. For me though, I’m loving this lockdown. Living in the city, every day is a rush from point A to point B and back. For the first time in quite a while we have time to spend together as a family and – as soon as my one year old goes to sleep – I have time and energy to spend on those little projects I never have time for.

One of my “projects” was to make painting time for myself – painting is the one activity where my mind can just switch off – and then another “project” was to make more devotional time with God. For this post I was fortunate enough to combine both!

Please note that this was my first ever video post and I encountered a few problems. Learned a lot through this process! Next one will be better 🙂

 

Hope you feel encouraged!

Stay safe. Start DOING and God loves you!

XX

J

DEVOTIONAL: EVERY DAY IS A FRESH START

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Every day is a fresh start

Every Day is a Fresh Start

Yesterday has passed, we can’t add or take-away anything.  We can’t change anything we said, didn’t say, wanted to say – or do…and to sit and worry or be angry about things in the past not only ruins the new day that started but also ruins the new opportunities that may come your way.  It stops us from smelling the roses, seeing the new sunrise and listening to God’s voice – and we know God is not in the loud noises but in the soft whisper of the wind – so we need to listen carefully 🙂

The author of Lamentations starts off by telling us in chapter 3 about God’s wrath and the bad stuff he has seen, then in verses 22-24 he says this, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”

Ecclesiastes 7:10 tells us, “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’  For it is not wise to ask such questions.”  When we look back at the “old days” we want to remember only the good things that happened but we forget it wasn’t all good…or we look back and only remember the bad stuff and forget it wasn’t all bad.  We are not objective about the past.  Matthew 6:34 “Each day has enough troubles of its own.”  So why go and worry about yesterday’s troubles or what the future may hold.

No matter what happened in the past when you cry out to the Lord, Psalm 40 tells us God reaches out and helps us. Psalm 40:2&3 “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14 says “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this:  God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” In other words…life is unpredictable, so why look back or ahead, just enjoy today and make the most of it.

Smell the roses; look at the sunrise 🙂 and search, with optimism and expectation, new opportunities, new excitement, love, laughter and new ways to help those in need.

Have a blessed, wonderful and NEW day!!!

God Bless

XOXO

J