Devotional: Start Doing

Art, Devotional

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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 ūüôā

 

Hope you feel encouraged!

Stay safe. Start DOING and God loves you!

XX

J

LIFE’S A MYSTERY

Devotional

Life is a mystery..

How do we see life? ¬†How do we see the obstacles and opportunities? ¬†Do we see things that happen in our life in a negative way? ¬†Are we without patience and we want to know what’s ahead, our future, the next step… and it’s more about the end goal than the journey? ¬†“If we could just know what the economy will do, what the weather will be like, what career to choose, field of study” etc….

I heard a 9 year old boy pray the other day and it was so beautiful to hear his outlook on life. ¬†While praying he¬†thanked God that life is a mystery!..and this got me thinking. ¬†The picture of a treasure chest came to mind. ¬†Our lives are like a chest full of unopened “treasures” and it’s an exiting journey – a treasure hunt – to unlock the different “treasures.” ¬†And yes, the “treasure” at the end of the journey is awesome, the bonus, a blessing, BUT the journey should be just as exciting. ¬†Think of your childhood and all of the Easter egg hunts or other activities/games where you had to follow clues and solve problems and “hunt” the end prize. ¬†The prize was very exciting but the “hunt” was where the real excitement took place.

Is this not the way we should approach our lives as well?  Enjoy every step and obstacle, solve the problems with excitement because you know at the end there will be a blessing if you persevere in the journey.  Whether it is to make a big life choice or the little things in life.

I think it’s time we get our childlike faith and wide-eyed-excitement back regarding life. To see problems as opportunities and look for creative solutions instead of more problems and to stop complaining too easily but rather be thankful for all the blessings which we have already “unlocked”. ¬†Change our daily mindset and see the beauty in life again. ¬†Try something new every now and then because you never know if you have a hidden talent or interest. ¬†Stop caring so much what the world think about you and the little box they want to place you in and start standing up for who you are!!!

Remember, you are more than you think you are. ¬†God designed you and your journey – and yes, sometimes we miss a clue or misinterpret the “treasure map” and end up on a different road but if you ask for Godly direction again, you will still reach the finish line. It will maybe just take a bit longer and you might pick up a few more bumps and bruises along the way.

So lets all thank God today that life’s a mystery and that we have the opportunity to solve the puzzle or find the “treasure!”

Lots of love
J