What do you need today?

Since I returned from visiting friends at the end of August my head has been doing a real number on me.

Nuts of unconfidence, what if’s, if only’s and comparison bringing discouragement and unsettledness.

With a day off booked and some alone time. No excuses I wanted to start in prayer. As my head was wandering I put some worship songs on You Tube in the hope of focusing.

As I was praying the song at that came on was Shoulders (link at the bottom) by King and Country. I hadn’t heard it before.

In the song Shoulders they keep singing “my help comes from you” meaning God.

Yes! That is what I needed to hear, to be reminded off. I listened to the song 3 times and my head cleared and I wanted to continue and lean on prayer as I really need God’s help to just bring joy.

As I opened my prayer journal. The bible verse on the page I am on is from Psalm 121:2

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Psalm 121:2

Wow God really does give you what you need when you need it.

It is time to stop be still and let God administer. He has given me the word I need. I can’t ignore it. I have to lean in on it and I may not get the answers I want but I will get everything I need.

Today and always my strength comes from the Lord.

What do you need today. Take some quiet time out with God to let him provide and remind you of the answers you need.

Photo: page from my prayer journal. Prayer journal for women by Shannon Roberts.

Not of this world

Something has shifted.

Something feels different

Peaceful

I felt everything move around me. I was still. God moved.

Joy that has been missing is back in my heart.

Situations stay the same, nothing’s changed except ….

God’s joy and peace is now reigning in my heart.

When the nuts of this world bring you down look to God’s spirit and fruit to restore your soul.

We are called to be separate from the world 
Not complying or settling
Always searching for more
Under the shadow of the wings
The heavenly father close by

Saved by his son
The rugged cross in sight
The grave is empty
There is no fight
For the victory is won

The spirit if we let him
Completely abides and flows in us
We must not upset him
Just let him flow
And do his work in us

His armour protects us
The fruit is one
Flowing in love,Joy,peace
Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Gentleness and self control

Let us stay humble in your presence
Keeping the nuts of the world at bay
Living separately
With your Holy Spirit inside
Joy leading our way

The powerful gentle whisper

A Sunday morning poetry reflection inspired by 1 Kings 19:11 – 13

And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

1 Kings 19:11‭-‬13 ESV

A gentle whisper 
That is how you came
Not in the powerful wind
Earthquake or fire
But gently whispering

A whisper so peaceful
A presence so identifiable
No doubt
That it is only
God touching earth

Your power, your strength
So strong, yet so gentle
There is no way to ignore
Your presence as a whisper
Passing by

Your whisper
Your strength and power
Now lives in us
Through your Holy Spirit
Still powerful and true

A power not to be taken frivously
Taking God for granted
His spirit
Living in us
Whispering tremendous power

Power that rose Jesus
From death to life
For us to live
Not in the grave
But joyous in victory

No situation to big or small
God whispers
Let me do this
And break the chain
So you can walk with me freely

Removing the blight

To say I am disgruntled by a typical “English summer” is probably an understatement.

My head, from the moment I woke was one of negativity and not joy. Despite listening to worship songs and praying it wouldn’t shift.

Off to the garden I went. After weeks of rain and gloom it needed a tidy. While trying to save my tomato plants from blight it occurred to me that my soul was blighted.

My mind cloudy in mouldy thoughts far from love. My mind running away in despair and gloom of thoughts that most likely will never happen.

As I trimmed and snipped the stems that weren’t falling apart in my hands, I suddenly though of the bible verse from John 15.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

It dawned on me that I needed pruning. As prayers flowed while trimming and snipping it led to a period of quiet and reflection once tidied. I let God work within me.

Sometimes life takes over and recently it has been full on busy. I forgot to be still and just carried on with the to do list.

If you are feeling blighted and that your mind is clouded. Step back, sit down and let God prune away the blight and restore your vine.

It's been a little crazy
My mind was going goo goo
My branches getting weighed down
By blight and mildew
Causing comparison, hatred and jealousy


It's time to take a break
And let the gardener do his thing
Trimming and pruning back my sin
Restoring the fruit of the sprit
That I need to grow and nourish my soul

Once pruned and restored
My soul how well it is
Singing songs of joy
Praises all around
To my God, the gardener

It’s not about us

It's not about us
It's all about you
We humbly walk with
God the father
Jesus the son
The Holy Spirit
Living in us
Keep our eyes on you
Our hearts beating as yours
Acting justly
Showing mercy
Humbly walking
Doing God's will
Not looking for praise
That points to us
But only to the father above

Embrace the challenge

A few weeks ago I wrote about embracing life just where we are.

I have a friend that has been in hospital for over 6 weeks now. She is going through a tough and challenging time.

My friend’s mum is a Christian but she has never chosen that path. My friend hasn’t made a commitment to Christ, but she is on the verge of something.

I find it hard at times to openly approach people about my faith. If I am asked I can talk about it for hours. If I am not asked it isn’t so easy.

When I approach my faith with others I like to put it in action or in ways they can understand. I was praying how I can approach this with my friend when she is only allowed one nominated visitor, which is her daughter. COVID prevention rules. My friend is so unwell all communication has been through others or messaging.

I felt that God was telling me to make her some prayer cards. I am not an artist or artistically gifted. However I can be creative. So I decided to embrace the challenge.

I made prayer cards based on the fruit of the spirit. Writing the prayers was easy. How to make them look a wee bit pretty that I needed to embrace.

I used the little talent I do have and jazzed it up. I cut, stuck and glued with my own hand writing and adding some dots to it.

I bravely got the cards to my friend in hospital and she loves them. She has been showing them to the hospital Chaplin and others.

My prayer now is that she uses them and they open up conversations about Jesus and making a commitment.

So if you feel you are not gifted or challenged in doing something out of your comfort zone. Embrace the challenge and let the Holy Spirit lead. You may be surprised at the result.

Take my distractions away

Lord of the heaven and earth
How quickly I get distracted
Jobs to do
People to see
And the games on the tablet
The hours spent wasted

Keep me focused on you alone
With my eyes on heavenly realms
Constantly praying
Having you on my mind
Singing and dancing
Praise all around

Let me feast on your blessings
Each treasure from heaven
Sharing with others
Your goodness abound
Leaving the earthly
Firmly on the ground

Let my being be more than natural
Carrying your presence supernaturally
Not limiting you
Let your Spirit abound
Showing others around
The possiblities abound

Be my heart beat Lord I pray
Not easily distracted
Just running the race
Joyful and accepting
No matter the finishing place
Eternity in heaven the ultimate place

You are loved

It doesn’t matter how old you are! 30 secs old or 120 years old. YOU ARE LOVED.

The very conservative middle class town I Iive in has recently suffered 3 teenage suicides. I find this heartbreaking.

I have no idea the reasons why they did this or what life looked like for them but this should not be happening in a so called first world country with access to so much mental and physical health support. A country where we preach about being kind to one another, where in reality we all struggle with that, mostly unintentionally.

Life is precious. You are precious. BELIEVE IT.

As a Christian you can’t believe in God without believing in the devil. The biggest thing the devil does is lie to you. He will tell you your worthless take away your confidence and bring you down because he wants you in his camp. We all fall for those lies at times.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

Jesus came because he loves YOU! He loves YOU with a love that can never be quashed, taken away, removed or dampened.

Jesus loves YOU for being YOU no other reason.

It is an unexplainable love. You may not understand it, get it or even believe in it but is is there and nothing YOU can do can stop it.

JESUS LOVES YOU.

However hard, whatever your struggle. Stop listening to the lie. If things feel out of control get professional help. PRAY you may be surprised at the answer.

But whatever you are going through right now remember …..

YOU ARE LOVED

Walking in faith

Everyday I walk in faith 
The son of God I trust
Even though we have not met
In human terms that is

Walking in the resurrection
Not in death
Or an empty tomb
Just full expectation

Whether my vision is cloudy
Or the way lit bright
I walk in the presence
Faithfully holding tight

In the good & bad times
Death & life
Confusion & complacency
My walk continuing expectantly

It is not always easy
At times I trip
But the one I believe in
Always holding me tightly

You may not understand
Why I follow blindly
But dare to look for faith
In a God that loves you boldly

Rejoice what ever the view

God has made this day
Especially for you
To walk in freedom
Grace & mercy
Just because he loves you

Depending on your view
Determines what you see
Fluffy white clouds
Perfect blue skies
Or thunder clouds gathering

You might be looking down
From a mountain peak
Or looking at the hill
You still need to climb
While resting in the field

While walking by a spring
Do you think of jumping in
Splashing cares away
For there are no worries
When God is splashing with you

Even if your day is stormy
Your boat being bashed
Giant waves surround
But never swallow you
When God is by your side

So whatever your view
God is holding your hand
Dancing, singing, crying
Meeting you where you are
Why wouldn't you rejoice