Jottings from my Journal

By on 12/06/2019

The other day someone said to me, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy,” and I felt annoyed by that statement. Does this mean that life is meant to be hard?  It wasn’t just what was said that annoyed me, it was more their attitude of giving up. It was as if nothing could be done about it. Yes, maybe there is nothing we can do about it, but Jesus said, “all who are heavily burdened, come to me for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

That doesn’t mean that life becomes miraculously easy – even though I believe God could do this – but it does mean it is not our burden anymore.

Jesus encouraged us to ask for things, but He didn’t stop there. He said to ask, seek and knock!  We have to work hard at what we desire or want. We are told to actively strive and then leave it in God’s hands. Jesus was instructing his followers not to just settle for what is, but to press on and find a better way. A way to win.

Do you know that Walt Disney had lots of ideas to make programs for children? He wanted to build a Disney World of entertainment for the whole family, but he had to go to 300 banks before one of them gave him a loan. If he had given up when the 299 banks said no, our family entertainment would have been so different and Walt Disney would not have fulfilled his dream. He had to knock on many closed doors before one opened up for him.

Jesus encourages us to have this tenacity and then to be confident that God backs us up. God created us to reflect His glory and creativity. He wants us to use all the abilities and faith He has put in us to live above the ordinary, the mundane or impossibilities in our lives. If we have given our circumstances our utmost excellence, our all, then we have won. We have achieved success because we could not do any better.

Lord Kelvin once wrote, “when you are face to face with difficulty you are up against a discovery.” The discovery could be that I can’t do it by myself and I need help. Difficulties draw out our true character and maybe God is using our problems to purify us. Life is easier with God than without Him. My circumstances often have not changed, but I suddenly feel lighter in spirit. My mind becomes fresh and able to take on the next difficulty that may come my way.

This is all because I know that God is in control, so why worry or feel burdened? He has my circumstances all under control.

So, I don’t just sit back and relax for He has it in hand. I lean into Him and forge onwards and upwards, knowing that the Almighty is with me, backing me and going before me. If I am on the wrong path or going the wrong direction or I have to tweak things a bit, I pray that I am listening to God and following His guiding steps.

Thank you God that I have you in my Life to guide me, to keep me safe and to unburden me when life is not easy.

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


12 comments on “Jottings from my Journal

  1. Yes life is easier with Jesus. We still have troubles but find we can get through in a calm way.
    Love your words Rosemary, full of common sense and faith. God Bless.

  2. We all need to hear this voice of trusting and forging on, asking for guidance from God as we go. Thanks for the uplifting messages from your journal. They often are exactly what I need to read.

    Leonie

  3. Thank you Rosemary these words are just want I wanted to hear as I am going through a rough spot at the moment. Placing all our hope & trust in God is the best we can do. May God Bless you & yours. Deanna

  4. Dear Rosemary ,
    I would very much like to know more about Catholic faith and wonder if you would be able to connect me with someone in Perth.
    Over the years i have tuned in , listened as well as watched your hubby Bruce on TV also in Youtube.
    I must say his messages is always interesting and very encouraging and i love listening .
    I look forward to hear from you soon thank you !

  5. Dear Rosemary ,
    I would very much like to know more about Catholic faith and wonder if you would be able to connect me with someone in Perth.
    Over the years i have tuned in , listened as well as watched your hubby Bruce on TV also in Youtube.
    I must say his messages is always interesting and very encouraging and i love listening .
    I look forward to hear from you soon thank you !

  6. Hey Rosemary thank you for your lovely journal and i believe there are many out there would be touched by your encouraging and inspiring journal .

  7. I do agree 100%. We have 2 choices, allow the problems to break us or run to Jesus. We are so privileged to have Jesus as our spiritual Teacher. HE will teach us, guide us, mould us, change us to be like Him if we allow Him to. Jesus is always at the door of our heart for us to welcome Him in our lives. My frequent prayer to Him is that “I want more and more of You, Lord”. When we know, deep in our heart, that we have a full time Counsellor and Helper at hand, we are “victorious” and conquerors, no matter what is happening around us, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  8. Pls. pray for me. I am having a difficult time handling this monster, multiple sclerosis. I even started telling God thank you for healing me. By your stripes I am healed. I am lacking any motivation doing anything.

  9. Thank you Rosemary for the reminder that He is all we need.

    Will continue to pray for you, Bruce & team in reaching out to more who need Him(albeit they may not know)

    United-in-prayer,
    Rose (from Singapore)

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