Posts by: scogee

By on 22/05/2019

Have you ever read 1 John 5:14-15?

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God – that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have received what we asked of Him.”

Wow, we need to be confident that God hears our prayers if we ask in those prayers that: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done as it is in heaven.”

An effective prayer comes from a humble heart and is when we are affected by the God we are praying to. We, the person praying, are changed and transformed just by being in His presence. Just like the haemorrhaging women who touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed. One touch from Him can heal us too, making us whole, changing us for the better.

But how do we know the will of God in a situation that we may or may not be praying about? The more we come to know God by spending time with him, the more we will know His will. We need to trust in the Spirit that God has sent to us, to intercede for us, to give us wisdom, understanding, fortitude, patience, etc (all the gifts of the Holy Spirit) at the time we need them.

Asking our Father that His will be done invites Him in to influence me and my sphere of influence here on this earth. I was put on this earth at this time in history, in this place of Australia or America or England or wherever we are to influence the people in my neighbourhood, in my family and in my workplace.

What would happen if we prayed the Our Father over our situations?

Evelyn Christensen in 1983 wrote “Think what would happen if every Christian brought God’s will to the little sphere that is his, with nothing contrary to God’s perfect will. How different would our nation, our cities, our churches, our homes be?”

Someone once said that they felt like a pawn in God’s hands if they prayed like that. And a wise woman replied: “You know maybe the greatest privilege in the whole world will be for me to be a pawn in the hands of the Almighty God, who never makes mistakes. Just think; I’d never fall down, I would never do anything wrong and every action of mine would be perfect.”

But we are not pawns; we have been given free choice, all the more to glorify God when we do choose His Will. That doesn’t mean it is too late or too hard for me to start now. God can change a people, a city, a nation.  God can change me to be effective in this world.

Let’s invite Him in!

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


By on 15/05/2019

Do you have those days? Weeks? Years? There is a solution.

Life is so busy, and as my Mum used to say, “when it rains it pours.”

Sometimes I’d like a drought just for a while so I can catch up on things. Does this sound familiar?

I know as a woman we are often gifted with multitasking but how many multi-tasks do we have to do before we go crazy? Some days it doesn’t bother me (probably when I have had enough sleep) but on other days, take my advice and don’t come near me – I’m walking a fine line! My patience is very thin.

Then I am encouraged to take time out and sit at the Lord’s feet. The only thing is if I sit too long, I fall asleep!

But you know what? I know God understands me and my life circumstances. God can see my entire life and how “pushed” I am. I used to beat myself up about it but not anymore. I try to pray and listen to God in my daily hectic life. I am continually sending up conversations to Him and sharing with Him my thoughts, my feelings, my failures and my successes.

God makes me feel welcome every time!

I try to praise His Name during these hectic times and it’s amazing how I receive peace and joy from doing this.

As an old song says,

The name of the Lord is a strong and mighty tower.
The name of the Lord is a refuge for my soul.
The name of the Lord is a pillar I can lean on.
I run to the name of the Lord.

Then I use the Names that describe Our God, Wonder Counsellor, Holy One, Abba Father, Comforter, and Almighty. I am, etc. His Name helps me refocus, refreshes me and reminds me what this Life is all about.

You should try it sometime.

Especially during those mad, crazy days and see how God does refresh you and He takes the burden off you and onto Himself.

For there is always more with Him, way beyond our thoughts or imagination or what we expect!

“Come to me all you who are burdened. … For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matt 11:28)

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


By on 08/05/2019

In Matthew 10:46, blind Bartimaeus was begging on the side of the road amongst a large crowd. He cried out when he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, “Jesus Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Blind Bartimaeus begins believing in himself and in Jesus when Jesus “SEES” Him and CALLS Him to come to Him. He throws back his blanket, throws off his old life, old ways and old perception of himself, jumps to his feet and comes to Jesus.

Jesus sees all who call on him, even in a large crowd. Even when it appears we are of no consequence, He has come for all! In particular and especially those who are considered to be “beggars”, unpopular or unworthy. Those especially who are humble of heart.

Jesus always hears our prayers. When we are sincere, we go directly to His heart. When we ask for His mercy, we will receive it. This is why He died for us – to take our place so that His Father in heaven would be merciful and forgiving towards us. God’s Son Jesus has made us righteous in our Fathers eyes.

Further in the story, Jesus asks Bartimaeus: “What do you want of me?”

What would we answer to this question if it were asked of us?

Deep down, what would you share with the Saviour, the One who can give you what you want?

Jesus says, “now that you have captured my heart and my attention; what captures your heart? What do you want from the God of all?”

Isn’t that a powerful question?

The blind man answered honestly, not holding back, and so his request was granted.

What would you want the ever-loving God to grant you? Because He can grant anything!

Be honest in your response. Share it with Jesus and call upon His mercy!

He is just waiting in a crowd for us to cry out and ask Him.

And maybe Jesus will have the same response as when he answered Bartimaeus, “Go your faith has healed you.”

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


By on 01/05/2019

All that I am, He wants me.

Just as I am, He Still wants me.

Wow – His Love is so forgiving!

He wants me – that’s why Jesus was sacrificed.

God’s heart is so focused on me, His heart loves me so much, that He denied Himself of His Son. He allowed His Son to suffer and die just for me.

In His graciousness and mercy, His love poured out total and complete. As in scripture, they pierced His side and water flowed out. His life totally given for those:

  • who follow him,
  • and for those who know not what they do,
  • and for those who are His enemies, because He died for ALL.

We need to be reminded often of this, ‘He loves me.’

He loves all those who have wronged, are wronging others and will wrong others. I fit into that category so easily, for we all fall short of the glory of God. But through Jesus we are made righteous and can come to the Father and know we are forgiven.

We are made whole and can live in this freedom here and now and into the future – we are made for eternity. We might be made in Australia, but our true manufacturer tags say, “Made For Eternity.”

Have you ever seen those girly movies where the girl is hugging her pillow on her bed because she just found out that he loved her? That’s the picture I have with God loving me. And the smile isn’t wiped from my face, it just gets broader and broader the more I get to know Him.

Then life comes along and I forget to bring this love, this freedom, this feeling into my everyday life and am so much poorer for it. I allow the trials and mundane parts of life to be my focus. I forget the love that He has for me. I forget what He sacrificed for me to show me that Love. His One and Only Son.

Lord, help me every day to carry this love in my heart, in my thoughts, in my actions and may it become a part of me not apart from me.

As the children’s prayer goes, “Lord I come to you, to give you my thoughts, my work, my play. Whatever I do, whatever I say I offer these to you today.”

As I started with my thoughts, All that I am, He wants me– I can only offer to Him who I am, and so I do.

His reply is, “I want you and love you just as I created you to be.”

What a reply! I think I’ll just sit in the moment and hug my pillow and smile!

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


By on 24/04/2019

Easter is always amazing isn’t it?

Or does that really require some commitment on our part?

I mean we know how it all pans out because we know the ending, right?

We look forward to the family gatherings, the church services, the Easter eggs and special foods. We also might be looking forward to having the thing we gave up for Lent like coffee, chocolate, cool drinks or sugar. We know we have suffered for forty days. We have been preparing ourselves for this special event. Or we might be feeling bad and wishing we had prepared better this year.

I was making cupcakes with my daughter on Good Friday for the Evening With the Catholic Guy Victory event and I was enjoying our time together. She was asking how we can feel really sad on Good Friday when deep down we know that Jesus rose from the dead and the ending is even better than a happily ever after story?

I love that the victory is foremost in her mind!

I thought to myself, “God, why do our children ask these hard questions?” and I’m pretty sure He said to me, “You have to know the answer to this one.” So I knew I couldn’t dodge the question.

But her comment got me asking what is a victory without the suffering that proceeds it? Can we ever really claim the prize without first doing the preparation, the blood, sweat and tears, the suffering and hardship, often involving loneliness and doubt?

My mother used to say to me, “nothing in life worth fighting for comes easy.” I used to think she meant we would have to suffer for everything we got but the emphasis should have been on what is “worth fighting for.” If something is worth a lot to us, we will do everything it takes to get it. If we are applying for a new job, we will spend time preparing by researching and applying and investing our time and energy. But to do that we have to deem it “worthy” and then we are willing to suffer for it.

How worthy must our Father in Heaven deem us to be? .We are considered worth fighting for and in fact, we are worth dying for in the eyes of our Father. Why else would he send his Son to suffer and die on the cross except because we are worthy in His eyes?

We are worth that much!

Watching a dramatic re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to the cross and ultimate death at the Good Friday service broke my heart again as I realised my worth. He did that for me? Even after all I’ve done and failed to do?

If I had done nothing to prepare for Easter during Lent, that one moment was preparation enough to remember that he died on the cross for me and there is no glossing over that to get to the happy ending. I need to be reminded that I am loved that much by our Father, do you?

Easter Sunday arrived and the resurrection story brought renewal of faith and hope for all, including me. All the Lenten promises thankfully completed and fulfilled for this year.

Easter Sunday might be over but we carry the happy ending with us everywhere we go. The victory has been won and that changes everything doesn’t it? My daughter was right, we do know the happy ending and we live it. The power of the resurrection lives today in us.

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


By on 21/04/2019

Sunday 21st April


By on 20/04/2019

Trust in the goodness and love of God

Saturday 20th April

His life an offering for sin. (Isaiah 53:10)

Mystery surrounds this week like no other. Why did Jesus, the Son of God have to suffer? Have to die? Could not God have done it another way? That is my 20th century humanity talking. Let’s try the easy way out.

Jesus lived in a time when cultures understood atonement for sin, for wrong doing. We would describe it more this day and age- as punishment for a crime – a jail time sentence, a fine, a good behaviour bond, even a death sentence.

Because of the original Sin (the crime) done long ago that is upon each and every one of us, the only atonement that would restore the relationship with God Our Father would be if His Son Jesus stood in for each of us and was punished and put to death.

Because of God’s LOVE for us and His desire to restore our relationship with Him so much, He was willing to put a death sentence upon His Son. He was willing to “crush Him and cause Him to suffer”

A gleam of light is seen by Jesus explaining His mission to His disciples.

The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His Life as a ransom for many”. Mark 10:45.

He substituted Himself for the many – for ALL- even for those who acknowledged Him or not.

We see it in most of the superhero Movies. The possibility of the destruction of the Superheroes for all the people on Earth. To save them, Captain America, Ironman, Thor etc go out willing to die for the cause. This is only make-believe, Hollywood, but this truly did occur 2000 years ago.

The Holy Eternal Son took upon Himself to take on the flesh of a servant, to Save us. The Lord Himself elected to bear our burden. The Lord sent Himself to die on our behalf.

In John’s gospel we are taught everything that comes from the Son comes from the Father and so His dying on the Cross shows us the goodness of God because it demonstrates that ‘our salvation is dearer to Him than His own Life.’ Oh WOW!

That’s how much Our God loves us.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. My Salvation is dearer to You than your own life! Wow! I thank you and give my life to you as you have given yours up for me and for all of humanity. May I live in the victory of your resurrection and live the life that you have created me for. Amen.

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.


By on 19/04/2019

Friday 19th April


By on 18/04/2019

Thursday 18th April


By on 17/04/2019

Romans 8:28 says “All things work for good for those who love God and are called according to his plan.

Firstly, we are all called but not all of us respond!

When we realize the Love of God and respond to that love with our love, all that has gone before in our lives is worked by God’s grace. Nothing is lost. His grace reworks us and reinstates us cleansed, whole and ready for God’s purposes.

I need to come daily to God for Him to rework His Grace in me. My mistakes and “wrongs” in this Christian life are forgiven and can become a part of God instructing and shaping me into the person I was intended to be from the beginning.

My humanness is loved by the divine, this concept ‘wows’ me. I learn to have compassion towards others because he first had compassion for me. And may the good things that I do be weaved into the very substance of me and give me wisdom, understanding, and gratitude to my God for all that he has done and is going to do.

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said in prison:

“You have granted me many blessings” (don’t let me become complacent),
“now let me also accept what is hard” (may difficulties not make me hard).

For all these things, blessings and difficulties will be worked by God for good.

And especially in light of Easter., in The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He can resurrect anything or anyone.

That’s the power of the Cross which was valid back then 2000 years ago and just as powerful and valid today.

Thank you God for everything, and you “work” everything for our good. Thank you for your Son’s sacrifice. Thank you for your great Love. My words cannot express how much you have done for me. The words Thank you seems so inadequate but Thank You.

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