Jottings from my Journal

By on 18/09/2019

Early evening I was sitting in a plane ready to taxi off and I looked at the curtain pulled back against the wall. This picture spoke to me. It’s like the curtains were folded back at the interval of a play.

I felt like the spirit who lives within me was saying, “It’s half time. What are you going to do? You’ve got choices and decisions to make. Are you going to get off the bench and participate?”

Yes, there is no smoking in the toilets. There are rules, but for your safety, for yours and others pleasure. There is work to do! Are you going to say yes?

These thoughts for me were what had been whirling around in my brain for a while. I had tried to ignore them. I did not want to make a decision. I was happily avoiding it.

Have you ever been in these situations?

Like your car is falling apart and you really should start saving for another one. You go and look to see if you can get a car loan, go start looking at what cars cost? And you don’t buy. You procrastinate. You think the problem will go away.

Can I tell you something? It generally does not. There comes a day when we have to face our decisions, our problems.

Sometimes the problem may seem like a big hairy Goliath in our lives. Whoever wants to face something like that? Not by choice anyway.

I don’t know about you, but I have to take a deep breath, say an earnest prayer and then logically focus. I need to look at the problem head-on, use all the gifts, abilities I have and have learnt over the years and then, with prayer, logically work out a solution or a decision.

Do you know that God helps us in everything? He wants to help us in facing the challenges that come our way. In facing the enemy who tries to destroy our confidence. We need to remember His Name. Who He is. What we have been told about Him.

He Is the great I AM. The Almighty. The Saviour of the World. He is God with Us. He never leaves us orphaned. We are His children! We are daughters of the King who reigns forever!

So, when I face my problems, issues or decisions to be made, I face them with Christ Beside me. Christ is already gone before me and Christ who has my back.

As God’s word says in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be (successful) against us?”

No one. Not one thing. We win! We are the little Davids in the Goliath story. That’s our story.

So, go face those challenges head-on with that slingshot and stones you have. God fights beside us. You’ve already won. We know the end of the story.

And yes, I’m talking to myself here too. I took a deep breath, said a prayer heavenward and marched into whatever it is God has for me in the oncoming years.

It’s scary. Goliath, the giant, is still big. But MY GOD is bigger. I actually don’t know the next steps though I do know the last chapter.

That last chapter has been written by God and that’s all I need to know to make me feel content and courageous to follow what He has for me. To be truthful, every day, I ask for the grace of courage and wisdom to choose again and choose His way.

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


7 comments on “Jottings from my Journal

  1. Thank you Rosemary for being His instrument-to remind me to face my fears in the coming years… Yes indeed, He is with us, in us – there is nothing more to fear… I believe but sometimes I forget
    – I needed that reminder!! God bless you, Bruce & the team!!

  2. Good morning.
    I appreciate your messages.
    Such encouragement.
    God Bless and thanks.
    Margaret

  3. Exactly what I needed this evening, Rosemary. Thanks and remember that sentence when you wonder if it’s worth it. Probably IS every time!

  4. Thanks Rosemary – I was meant to read this email as I have been procrastinating in tidying up my extended room with all the junk that I have been keeping over the years. I have started but having difficulty completing the task. I am still praying to God to ‘reveal’ (your word) to my adult children.
    Keep well & God bless
    Carolyn

  5. I identify with everything you wrote. Rosemary thanks for expressing what is in many hearts. As i have your attention now, please put a premature baby and his family in Jesus hands. Love

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