Posts by: scogee

By on 17/07/2019

Joyce Meyer, a well-known Christian author and speaker, once said “eat the cookie and buy the shoes.” Not literally but do something that refreshes you so you can go again.  This will be different for different people depending upon their personality, their “burdens,” their life circumstances, etc

But this refreshment only caters for part of you – the physical/emotional part.  What about the spiritual side of you that needs re-energising, re-focussing, so that you can go again?

God refers to himself in Jeremiah 2 as ‘the spring of living water.’  The word refreshment always brings to my mind a picture of fresh, running, spilling over, thirst-quenching water. This is who God is – either separate as God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit, or all THREE together.  Even if I am doing ok, I need this ‘living water,” or if I’m feeling bruised, weary, and burdened and need this refreshment for my soul.

Whatever the circumstance of ME right now, if I don’t get this filling of water, this rehydration, I can either feel ‘faint’ very quickly in my Life or maybe feel light-headed and not myself for a while.

I need lots of gulps, not just sips.

We forget that just as important as water is life daily for our body, so too, God’s spirit is life daily for our soul. If we do not spend time ‘drinking’ in his spirit, soon we live life very dehydrated.

This then has consequences of fatigue, lack or wrong focus, negativity, impatience, anger, dryness, which can lead to other wrong choices. I remember some good advice a wise person gave me many years ago. Don’t make decisions for your life late at night, (or early in the morning for those night owls), especially when you are tired. Your judgement can be clouded, and so you don’t make right choices.

So, drink well, deeply and frequently at His table.

In Lamentations 3:19 it states,

“I remember my affliction and my wandering the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them and my soul is downcast within me
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness, I say to myself.
‘The Lord is my portion therefore I will wait for him.”

So, I encourage you firstly to say these words to yourself – The Lord’s compassion never Fails, Every morning is a brand New Start with Our God of Hope, then ask God to send the Grace to believe in The Hope that He sends to us.

Caution is needed to not focus on the bad things- the bitterness and gall – for humanly, we can so easily do this. If you get nine people out of ten saying you’re doing an ok job, but one out of the ten criticizes, which one do you remember?

Then secondly, spend time waiting for the Lord to refresh you and it is suggested here and in The Lord’s own Prayer – The Our Father- do this Daily!

So, Eat the cookie (you won’t put on any weight)
Buy the shoes (just budget well)
And Drink well and often for your soul.

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 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


By on 03/07/2019

I had an important meeting to go to this week and the night before, I kept waking every few hours, thinking about what I had to say, what could happen, how would I react, etc.  I was going over and over scenarios in my mind.

At three o’clock in the morning, I felt quite stressed, worrying about everything. Now I know you‘re not supposed to stress. Why worry? It won’t help the situation. But there I was doing it!

I know that Jesus encouraged us not to stress or worry about stuff.

In Matt 6:25-34, He says, “therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear….”

(Jesus must have been specifically talking to us women in the room when we are standing in front of our wardrobes that are bulging with clothes)

This was actually the Gospel passage at Bruce and my wedding.

But it was not clothes or food that I was worried about this time. It was how to talk to someone about a delicate topic. I could not back out. I knew I had to be brave.

Then peacefulness washed over me when I remembered the words, “I am with you, even to the end of the age.”  Matt 28: 18

  • Even at your scary meeting!
  • Even in the middle of the night!
  • Even when you don’t know what will happen!

I am with you!

What more do I need or want?  When I have the creator of the universe with me? When I have the ‘best mind’ as an advisor for wisdom and the right words to express myself with.

I know He will be there with me at my meeting. I felt good. The Prince of Peace had arrived (actually he had never left me).  My ‘blind’ eyes could now see that ‘I had everything I needed’ for my meeting so I could now sleep very peacefully because God was (and always is) in control.

I just needed to Trust.

And so,  I put my head back on the pillow, closed my eyes and slept till the alarm went off in the morning.

Oh What a great, comforting God we have!

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 26/06/2019

I read something the other day that made me stop and reread what I had just read to see if I had misread it.

It said, “You made me to love me.”  That’s wrong, isn’t it?  It should have said, “You made me to love you!” That’s right, I was made to love and worship Our God.

But God’s Spirit within me said, “They are both right. I made you so I could love you and it is my love that transforms you and allows your spirit to accept this gift of love. The gift that was ultimately given to you by my son Jesus on the cross.”

“I made you so I could share myself with you; so I could love you. In this love relationship, you will be drawn to return my love. Remember I am the Groom, you are my Bride.”

Wow, it is God’s love that draws out love from me.

As John described in 1 John 4:7, “for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us.  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us.”

So especially on days when I feel unloved, I need to read and reread and reread this; that God loves me and created me to be loved by him.

That is how important I am to HIM.

He CREATED ME to LOVE ME.

If only everyone in the world knew this! How loved would everyone feel? No matter our age, our abilities, our race, our creed, our beliefs God LOVES us.

What a world we would be living in if we all knew about this love. This is what Heaven will be like. Total intimate Love with Our God.

Thank you, God for loving me.

Thank you for creating Me.

Thank you for showing me just a glimpse of what Our Home in Heaven will be like.

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 19/06/2019

I received an e-mail hug the other day and it ‘felt’ good. The words enclosed me with a deliciously warm feeling.

Then a few days later, I received an unexpected hug from a lady in a real-life situation. This lady is poor, needy in many ways, smelt bad and the hug felt decidedly different.

It was actually very good for other reasons than the hug, smile and words of welcome that I could give her. It was what she gave to me in return.

It was not the sensation of stale body odour in my nostrils or the air thick with urine scents. It was the hug of acceptance that she conveyed to me for not rejecting her and treating her like any other person. Actually treating her like a worthwhile person. Respecting her. This brought tears to my eyes.

God came for all and especially to preach the good news to the poor. The poor come to us in many ways:

  • Poor in spirit/disheartened and overburdened – Jesus has come to make it ‘light’ for them. To take off the burdens they carry. To fill them with Himself.
  • Poor in belongings and struggling to make ends meet – He can provide for them miraculously himself or through others. Jesus has given the wealthy more than enough to go around and share it with others.
  • Poor in mindset that they are unworthy or not good enough – Jesus said only God is good so we, all of mankind, belong in the same boat and none of us are better than anyone else. Jesus also shared Love your Neighbour. All are good enough to be loved by Him. He came to die for ALL. He has no favourites.

Jesus has all the answers for all of mankind.  He came to set the captives free. To bring us Life. Eternal Life for ALL.

If as a Christ follower, I can convey through a hug that I love them, I care for them and that they are loved by their Heavenly Father, then I have achieved much. He hugs them too with a never-ending love. No conditions needed. It’s forever and always.

And so I rejoice in both hugs and hope that I somehow can convey to all that are in my sphere of influence that God loves them and desires to have a relationship with them and hugs them way more than I do or can.

Give someone a hug today and convey this to them.

ALL are loved and are hugged by God. Have a great hugging week!

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 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


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


By on 29/05/2019

Do you notice when you feel confident that you stand up straight? However, when you are unsure of yourself you droop and hang your head because you don’t want to be picked, to answer the question or to be noticed. You are hiding or trying to hide.

When I am confidently exalting my God, my posture is in a standing, unmovable position. My head is lifted up, not looking at me and my circumstances but looking at the Lord of all, who can overcome all things in my life. Full stop. How wonderful that He is in my life to do this? How amazing that I can give everything to Him.

My position is changed by my God allowing me to move forward and upward towards the goals and “plans” He has for me.

As children of God, if we only believed it, we win every time!

When I lack confidence or am not doing too well, I slump over with my shoulders drooping. I come to God expecting nothing, or hardly anything. But when we are weak, scripture tells us He is strong. We need to believe in this. Trust in Him. And then He can really enter my life, my circumstances, my marriage, my children, my work, and my plans. For as we sing in a song at Church, he is the “Lifter of my head”.

When we surrender to Our God (whether we are feeling confident or lacking confidence) we always win.

Our God encompasses every circumstance we find ourselves in. When there is a great harvest we are fed so well and when there is drought, He provides for us and quenches our thirst. What more could we want?

God’s desire for us is so great that He lets nothing stand in His way to reach us. The Lord God jealously desires us for Himself. He is the lover of our souls.

We used to sing, “Jesus Lover of my Soul; Jesus I will never let you go”, actually I think it is truer that He will never let go of us!

So come to Him confident or lacking in confidence, however you find yourself, come and get to know Him and see how much your God loves you. Then you will find yourself walking more upright -literally. People will notice a difference about your demeanour, about your external posture, but also your internal posture.

People will notice the changes God makes in you and it can be a sign of God working in your life for your good. For He only wants good for us. The BEST plans. The BEST outcomes. A GREAT future.

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 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