Jottings from my Journal

By on 10/07/2019

My life has been shaken in recent times by family members becoming seriously ill, stressful situations at work and things ‘falling apart’(literally) at home. The hot water system blew, the pump that draws water from our rainwater tanks was not working, which mean we have NO WATER for we do not run off the mains. One of our dogs got out and could not be found, my car had a major flat tyre and no one was home to fix it but me- all in one day.

Sorry, I do not have the strength to change a tyre. The nuts are put on too tightly (which I’m glad of really cause then the wheel stays on the car.)

Even when we were away recently to relax and refresh as a family, and we were in a hurry to get to the airport to catch a plane, the hire car had a flat battery.  What a ‘mess’ it seemed.  What else could go wrong?

After feeling the stress rise within me.

I just laughed! (Or I was going to cry).

In Proverbs 31, it talks about this wonderful woman; a wife of noble character. Actually, it could be any woman of noble character. It describes her and in verse 25 states:

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”  ESV

Another translation says it this way, “And she laughs without fear of the future” NLT.

Whys that? Because this woman knows God is looking after her. She works hard, diligently but has her limitations.

I remembered reading Isaiah 6 also not long ago.

In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord.  He was high and lifted up and his train of his robe filled the temple.’

The writer states in the year when my king died, God still showed Himself to me. His awesome majesty and glorious presence was in my life.

Amongst the emotional and physical trauma of my life, our lives, God’s amazing presence is there – (the train filled the temple). There is no place where God is not. He is high and lifted up so is seated on the throne and is in control of everything.

God’s power, love and faithfulness are forever and are available to anyone who asks.  Boy was I asking that day! In the asking came peace.

So be at peace even if it looks or feels like things aren’t working and life seems to be falling apart.

Remember, God tells us, “I hold you in the palm of my hand.”

When your life is shaken, turn to the only ONE who can ‘calm the raging sea with ONE word. Be still!

Let the stressful day, week, month or year go and you shall see the Glory of the Lord.

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. Thank you for sharing the chaos…it seems we all share.
    I love that you can find your reassurance in sacred scripture..it is always there when we have the focus on Him.
    Again thank you from a fellow human being.
    May God continue to bless you with his surprises love in Jesus Yvonne 🙏

  2. Thank you , Rosemary, for those beautiful and inspirational words. I might copy these verses down to read on those days when I’m feeling overwhelmed and I allow God’s peace to be stolen. God bless!

  3. Perfect Reading………..I enjoy your jottings from my Journal. This reading and the one of the 3/7/2019 are messages to me in my time of turmoil. Thank you Rosemary. I really feel God has sent me these messages through you at this difficult time.
    Can you please amend my email address to: morrisstolke@hotmail.com instead of margarets@vifm.org.
    Thank You
    God Bless
    Margaret

  4. Thank you for reminding me of God’s Great Love and Compassion,what an Awesome God we serve.

  5. Rosemary,this Journal Devotion could not have come at a better time for me,& it’s such a blessing to me.My world has recently become a whirlwind of challenges & I now shall laugh & put in God’s Hands.Thank you.😊

  6. Thank you for another beautiful journal jotting Rosemary. I so look forward to Wednesdays and receiving another of your emails. Your entries always touch my heart and remind me of the glorious presence of God.
    God bless,
    Connie

  7. Thank you Rosemary for these lovely words they are very appropriate at this time for me as I’ve had a few things go wrong in my life. One is that I had a fall and busted my knee & now I will not be able to attend your retreat in July which I was so looking forward to coming. As you say God is always looking over us & with us all the way. May God Bless you & yours & the retreats for women taking place around the country. Thanking you Deanna

  8. Thank you Rosemary – as always beautiful reminders, timed perfectly and reminders for us in our busy lives . Take care xo ps I’m with you I know how to change a tyre but my strength is lacking and those nuts thankfully are always meant to be on tight ! Jeannette

  9. You are an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony!! Revelation 12:11 thanks for your candid sharing…much needed and appreciated. Maria

  10. Thanks for the sharing Rosemary. Seems just like what am going through these days. Thanks very much for the reminder.

    Stay blessed.

  11. Thank you Rosemary for reminding us that The Holy Trinity are with us being God Father God Son & God Holy Ghost & how blessed are we to have our Blessed Lady & our Guardian Angels & so many wonderful Saints to ask for help thanks to you & Bruce our Catholic Faith seems real in these times of Wordly distractions & Christian scandal ♥️

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