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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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Riding the Roller-coaster called LIFE !!

Hiya blog readers !!  It’s after 10 on a Saturday night (of course I’m in & blogging because I’m so NOT a party animal… LOL).    We actually have been at a party tonight but it was a workmate of DH’s & we seriously didn’t know anyone at all so we didn’t stay too long.  I didn’t mind that at all seeing as we had to leave the house at 7.30 this morning to head off on a loooooooong drive to the boys soccer game.  1hr 40mins to the game today… not a bad drive actually so it was enjoyable, but I’ll certainly enjoy the Home game next week.

Life has certainly had it’s ups & downs in the last month or so for us…  there have been some heartbreaking lows… BUT…  amongst all this ‘negative’, God has turned ashes to beauty !!   My DH, who is saved, but has struggled big-time with the whole ‘die to self’ part of the deal, has had more than ample reason to be angry this past month.  (seriously, a saint woulda lost his shiz through this stuff), but he’s been cool as a cucumber… and I know that it’s God’s hand in him.

I had my suspicions of course, but they were confirmed when we were at Alapha last week and one of the questions was “What dramatic change has God brought about in your life since becoming a Christian?”  DH answered “He’s taken my anger away.”  (Of course I did a fist pump on the inside at this time.. lol)

I was thinking about this in the car heading to soccer this morning.  We were listening to ABBA (coz Abba rocks !!) and I can’t remember what song it was, but a tambourine was mentioned.  Straight away…. way too fast for me to have thought it myself, I was reminded of that verse in Exodus where Miriam dances and sings with her tambourine.  (Exodus 15:20).  Hardcore blog followers of mine will remember why this is the verse that was laid on my heart this morning.

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For everyone else… here’s the super fast recap…  In 2014 my sister & I went to Colour Conference (the women’s conference at Hillsong church) and Beth Moore was one of the speakers. (LOVE Beth Moore).  She taught from the Exodus passage, bringing it home to us that we need to have our tambourine’s at the ready… anticipating the victory… be ready to grab it at a moments notice (as Miriam did) and get up and rejoice !!  I got onto ebay (trusty ebay) when at the airport waiting to fly home from Colour that year, and purchased a tambourine.  It arrived about a week later and it hangs in a very predominant place in my home…  right in the heart of our home….  handy to pick up at any time.  Even just looking at it hanging there gives me the encouragement I need to get through tough times in a normal day.

I strongly believe that these verses coming to mind during the drive this morning was a subtle reminder to me to remember to not just rejoice for these HUGE steps DH has taken of late, and throughout these struggles, but to also be EXPECTANT for more victory to come.

Exciting right !!!!!

It’s safe to say that I’m really really excited for what’s in store…. and that’s even with the knowledge that, sadly, there will be some really yucky stuff ahead too.  I always know that God totally has us covered in every situation, and I never doubt this…. but things like this morning, getting those ‘moments with The Lord’ and being reminded of His presence, always put an extra spring in our step.. and a wider smile on our face.

Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

Shift your focus

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Isn’t it funny how a curve ball can come at you, throw you off your feet, only to feel the comforting arms of The Lord around you as He gently lowers you back onto your feet.

That was my morning this morning, actually, my last 48hrs, but the most eye opening and teachable moments were this morning.  After the emotional roller coaster of the events of my day yesturday, I, naively, thought I would wake up today and be all good to go, but I wasn’t.  In fact, I was in a bad way.  I was teary for hours, feeling very isolated and vulnerable to the enemy.  One of those times where you KNOW that you need to be holding up your shield, but simply can’t, no matter how hard you try.  Yes, it was one of those times.

A wise friend suggested that a great thing to do in these situations is to shift your focus onto someone else.  Pray into someone’s else struggles.  You would have thought I would have found that just as hard to do, but in fact it wasn’t.  I was able to get busy in my war room and go to battle for a dear friend.  Not only did I feel better when I stood up from there, but I felt stronger, invigorated, and so so ready to head into battle for the issues I was wrestling with.

Isn’t God AWESOME !!!!

On top of that, I had started Alyssa Bethke’s ‘Power of the Psalms’ bible study last week, and my usual routine is to do a session every second night if I can, but life just got hectic I guess and I actually hadn’t moved onto the next session.  So, today, I sat down in front my Mac to do the session, and was literally BLOWN AWAY by the content !!  I suppose, being realistic, I should have expected it to help me after the last couple of days (It is the Psalms after all.), but it still freshly astounded me of God’s perfect timing that I had been delayed in watching this particular session, and it spoke directly to the wounds caused in previous days.   LOVE IT !!

Sidenote – A new thing I’ve decided to put on every blog entry if I can.  1.  What did I learn, or was I reminded of, today? and 2. What scriptures did I soak in today?

So, what did I learn, or was I reminded of, today?  Everything isn’t always about God taking your troubles away as soon as you ask, but maybe he has a job for you that will bring the healing you need !!

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What scriptures did I soak in today?  Romans 5:3-5 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Psalm 42 – As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation[c] 6 and my God.
My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Blessings Peeps xox

 

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