Jottings from my Journal

By on 05/06/2019

I’m a list person. I don’t stick to it always, but I get a sense of achievement when I cross items off the list. Jobs that need doing, things I want to achieve, things I have to do but don’t like doing, the list goes on.

I know the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!  

Some days the day just goes and nothing has been crossed off the list! Reflecting back, was I just lazy that day? Sometimes the answer is yes! Other times things cropped up that I hadn’t planned for and the time just disappeared.

So, the list is either rewritten or just added to for the next day, and so it goes on. Have I ever got to the bottom of the list? No!

This is just like our spiritual life, I write of things I desire to achieve, or become, or change in my life and some days I don’t achieve anything, or so it seems.

The Spirit is willing, but the human flesh is so weak.

Does all of this really matter? Yes, it does and at the same time, it doesn’t.

God has given us responsibility for who we are, who we are to become, and we are to develop ourselves, our gifts and abilities. Remember the parable of the talents and the servant who didn’t do anything with the one talent he was given?

God was not pleased because the servant hadn’t even tried to use the talent to produce more. But God also only expects us to do this as humans can. Because only God can do that extra in our lives:

  • that supernatural development,
  • that supernatural energy we so often need, and
  • that supernatural sense of peace, feeling of joy, and revelation of His thoughts for our personal lives.

So, it comes back once again to ‘be still and know that I am God.’

So, I come back once again to sit at the feet of Jesus and say (so often),

I didn’t achieve anything today Lord, or I didn’t behave well today Lord. Here are my human weaknesses, transform me, help me with my list. I give you my list rewrite it for me by putting on it things you want me to achieve, to do, to change and give me the strength, ability and patience to do this.

And do you know what happens? My list is not a pressure anymore. Yes, I still write them, and I still get a sense of achievement when the list shrinks in size. However, I have given my lists – all of it – to the Lord of all lists.

Now I can feel so free, and I can achieve way more than I could ever imagine, just like it tells us in scripture in Ephesians 3:20, “now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine…”

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always

Rosemary


16 comments on “Jottings from my Journal

  1. So happy to hear from you. As my husband is away for long periods at a time, the pressure of being a working mother my list is never complete. The reminder of Jesus is all i need to keep going. Oxox God bless🕆📿

  2. Thank you Rosemary for your inspiration and guidance. God bless you and your family.

    Colleen

  3. Dear Rosemary,

    Thank you for your journal jottings. I have found them helpful. Please keep them coming.

    Cheers, Gina

  4. Dear Rosemary,

    Thank you for your journal jottings. I found them helpful. Keep them coming.

    Cheers, Gina.

  5. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability…it tells me that we are all together in this beatitude cake…I will now look at my ingredients with joy…

  6. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability…it tells me that we are all together in this beatitude cake…I will now look at my ingredients with joy…

  7. God bless you Rosemary. I love to read your jottings. They give me hope and the desire to be the person that God intends for me to be. I am seventy five years old, and am about to take custody of my twelve year old great grandson. Please pray for us that we can make this work. I am partially handicapped, so this is going to be probably the biggest challenge of my life. He has had no spiritual upbringing, and that is the one thing I hope to successfully offer him so that he will come to know how much Christ cares for him. My hope is that this will put him on a good path toward becoming the person God wants him to be. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Blessings to you and your family.

  8. Good Afternoon.
    Please give me the address in WA where womens conference will be held in July.
    Thanks.
    God Bless.
    Margaret

    1. Dear Margaret the address where HEART Conference is being held in Perth is Grenville Community Centre 164 Cape st, Tuart Hill starting 7 pm Thursday night 25th July, Friday 10-9pm 26th July and 9-5on 27th July.
      If you can’t come to all of it, you can just register for one day. Hope to see you there. Love Rosemary

  9. Thank you for your ” jottings”. You have a refreshing way of writing. I have gone back and read previous posts I find them calm and peaceful. Looking forward to more. God Bless.

  10. Thank you Rosemary for the regular journal jottings, its food for thought, keep them coming. God Bless you & yours. Deanna

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