Listen for His voice

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If you have a website or blog page you can see how many hits you get. How many visitors and followers you have and where the visitors come from. I can do the same thing on my blog page. It even shows me which word was used in the search engine – that got the visitor to hit my page. If you are a follower, you will receive an email when I post something, you can read it quickly in your mail box and just as quickly press delete. Or you can actually click-through and visit my page and engage a bit by commenting, liking and looking at the gallery of my paintings.

Today I heard a sermon where my friend used those visits on a website and compared them to the times where God tries to talk to us. This is not his sermon but I have taken that bit of his example for this huge piece in my life.

Am I listening when He talks to me? Do I engage in conversation and let Him stay a bit longer to visit and live with me? Or do I just look at the stats page and carry on with my busy life? I think the answer is ‘no’ to all of these.

I am so terribly busy and preoccupied with everything and anything that I have become a bit self-sufficient and self-satisfied. I have Him visiting my website so many times, there are millions of hits on my page and I don’t get excited about it the way a blogger usually is excited about the stats page.

My site stats shows – best ever 145 views – I know exactly which post that was for. Oh if I should check my real webpage the one where God visits there will be a million hits and views and even messages, but they remain unanswered. And maybe on some days his visits even doubled, but I wont remember why…what happened on that day, what was I posting?

What a bad person I must be to ignore something like that. That little graph is always high up there and the words on the search engine were ‘Paula, special daughter’.  A visitor right from heaven every single day a million times a day and I have not been listening. I’m so busy I can’t hear His voice.

it is time to stop, and in between some deep breaths and many sighs; to just be still and check my stats page. Really check it properly, listen! I know He is leaving messages for me all the time. It is time to open my mind and heart to His messages. I have not been listening for so long….

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I believe it!

photo (2)He who smoothed the surface of the earth, shoving a plane. He who cleft the mountains by earthquake, pounding a chisel. He who opened the mammoth caves of the earth, turning an auger. He who wielded the thunderbolt, striking with a hammer. He who scooped out the bed of the ocean, hollowing a ladle. He who flashed the morning on the earth, and made the midnight heavens quiver with aurora, constructing a window. I cannot understand it, but I believe it.

_ From the Manger to the Empty Tomb, by Rex Edwards

This is a small piece from a book I’m reading at the moment. The back cover says “this work as a whole is best read as a prolonged hymn of praise” I so agree. It’s really beautiful, and a lot of it is poetry to me. Something I loved when I was in school and I’m starting to appreciate and enjoy it again.

The more I read Ellen White the more poetry I find. This book (Rex D. Edwards) that I’m busy reading now; is also full of beautiful poetry; all about the life of Jesus.

I cannot understand all of it, but I believe it!

Creating a Masterpiece

We had a week of prayer last week. And the parents were the speakers. I don’t want to forget the special moments in my preparation and of that evening so this is a way of safeguarding them; because the title is so beautiful and of an arty nature I first talked about my favorite art piece 😀

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it. It is the task of the sculptor to discover it” Michelangelo, 1499

It must be a marvelous experience to look at a block of stone and see what it could become. It must also be a wonderful thing to have the ability to take that piece of rock and fashion it to whatever we envision. Chip away and remove unnecessary pieces and free the final sculpture hidden inside.

We are not all that talented. But as parents we have been given the opportunity and the privilege to create a masterpiece with each of the children God has given us. To mold and shape our little piece of clay!

When that precious baby is born we behold something more precious and valuable than the best marble and the most beautiful Pieta.

Jeremiah 1:5 _ “God has already begun the work of creating a masterpiece out of that bundle of flesh and we hold it in our arms the day they are born. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

David our poet says – for you formed inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret. Your eyes saw substance, being yet unformed. Psalm 139:13-16

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 — “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

Ellen White writes — In childhood and youth attention should be given to physical development. Parents should so train their children in good habits of eating and drinking, dressing, and exercise that a good foundation will be laid for sound health in afterlife. The physical organism should have special care, that the powers of the body may not be dwarfed, but developed to their full extent. This places the children and youth in a favorable position, so that with proper religious training, they may like Christ, wax strong in spirit. (White, 1954, pg. 187)

The only thing that will have eternal value will be the character our children develop. It is our responsibility and opportunity as parents to help our children in the development of their characters.

In dealing with children, follow the method of the gardener. With gentle touches, by loving treatments, seek to fashion their characters after the pattern of the character of Christ

What a great privilege we have to be used by God to continue shaping the masterpiece He began when they were just in the mother’s womb!

May we take the artistic task to heart knowing that were not simply creating a work of art that will one day pass away, but a true masterpiece for eternity.

Remembering we are all God’s Masterpiece !!

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Watch and Pray

This week the words watch and pray or be vigilant and pray were on my mind often. I don’t know why? And this kept popping up in many strange and different places.

Watch and Pray.

And then for some reason my eye fell on this one verse. After that I found the other verses quite easily….but you know I didn’t even read the whole verse. Just the first two words – watch and pray – and very clearly I realised this was for me. I must watch my life, not the life of others, and I must keep praying not talking.

When the bible says watch and pray it’s not for us to watch what others are up to. It’s so simple and so beautiful. Be still and quiet and listen and you will hear a still voice telling you “be watchful of your own life and keep praying”

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Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 21:36 – “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Mark 14:38 – “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

I love this so much

My diet fight

I’ve been fighting with my self lately; fighting and looking for a diet. Oh my word there are so many!! I have tried a few crazy things in my life. But I’m at a point now that I can’t just go into what others are doing. Firstly I’m vegetarian. Not all those high protein crazy diets are suitable for vegetarians. Cause when they go high protein it’s all meat, fish and eggs – not legumes, veggies, fruits and nuts.

It’s unbelievable how others around me lose weight like I lose my mind. Quickly! Effortlessly! It’s unbelievable how so many intelligent people still ask me where I get my protein from; when I say I can’t go on one of those high protein diets. I wonder if they have read up on the dangers of all that animal protein….hmm, no they haven’t read it, and they certainly havent seen this —

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Anyway my point is I’ve been driving myself insane and ‘beating’ myself about it. When the answer is right on my finger tips. It’s been there all the time. I’m not a un healthy bad eater, sure I like to eat chocolate and I grab a packet of chips once in a while. But other than some bad snacking I am a healthy eater. I like my veggies and fruit, I only cook brown rice and whole wheat pasta and only eat brown bread….

So where must I make my changes?

  • More fruit, more veggies, more water
  • More, lots and lots more exercise
  • Delete dairy and eggs and much as possible

I will figure it out and probably add a few more things to my very small list. For now I’m happy with my own self discovery and with my choices.

The best thing is that yesterday in church my dear friend and pastor read this —

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. _Romans 12:1-2

His sermon was around these two verses. I was emotional, that message was for me, I left with puffy eyes. #Blessed.

Ah even in church I received the answer to my diet fight 🙂 There are few inspirational people, books and web sites I’ve found that are just perfect for me. So for now it’s time to study and to put into practice one day at a time.