Posts by: scogee

By on 14/11/2018

Pope John Paul I spoke to a fellow priest on the last day of his life and said, “It is Jesus Christ alone we must present to the world. Outside of this we have no reason to exist.

Wow! When I read this I thought, “what a great man” and then I thought, “He did not know this was the last day of his life. Would I speak like that to a fellow worker, colleague or family member on the last day of my life? Would I even speak like that on any day of my life?” I would hope so, but I know myself and know that I am often not courageous enough to speak out the truth to myself, let alone anyone else.

Our existence is only of worth if that existence involves Jesus and points others to Him and so to the Father. Our ability to perform well, (and not perform to an audience but really being true to myself) is a result of God’s grace.

Saint Francis was so good at this! He had the ability to lean on God and expect His grace to be sufficient for all his needs. That’s why he’s a saint! Saint Francis inquired of God and asked for direction all the time and always knew that God had gone out in front of him. God was the source of his strength and Saint Francis knew what his own response should be. One of surrender and trust in God to bring about the best outcome in life’s circumstances.

So much has happened to me and mine in the last few weeks that has been totally out of my control. Stressful situations, feeling like life is spinning out of my control and it is. So, I am reminded by these two great holy men of God, to trust God’s grace is available and He goes out before me and makes straight my paths.

Knowing that God cares and knows my situation and is bringing about the best outcome calms me and allows me to focus again on the true reason for my existence. Then I can truly say with God all is right with the world.

I pray that you too can know this truth and allow yourself to trust and fall into his outstretched arms, so He can go out before you too.

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 07/11/2018

My vacuum cleaner is 20 years old and for quite a few months now has not been working very well. I have taped up the cord that had started to deteriorate and taped up the connection points because they are no longer tight and a vacuum doesn’t occur in the vacuum cleaner when it is switched on. My carpets have not been as clean as they could be!

I rang the vacuum company and lo and behold they still make parts. I ordered a new hose and connection pieces. Two weeks later after they had been ordered from Melbourne, I picked up the parts. They didn’t fit. The plugs were 4-prong not 3-prong. So, after a phone call another hose was ordered from Melbourne because they had ordered in the wrong part!

Another two weeks of waiting and borrowing my daughter’s vacuum cleaner. The tubing and pieces arrive! Yay! And it still doesn’t work! I think it has had it!

My son walks by as I’m contemplating what to do and states the truth: “Mum it’s had it, it’s a fossil. You need to buy a new one.”

Funny how I did not want to face the truth. I liked my old vacuum cleaner. I did not want to change. The truth was staring at me in the face, but I did not want to believe it. As my son said the words I faced the truth and courage was passed on to me by the arm that went across my shoulders. “C’mon Mum, face it, you need a new one.”

Do you know that we often don’t want to face situations in life, we don’t want to see the truth?

I need to change my lifestyle because I’m living a very unhealthy one…

I need to watch my attitude because it’s causing me and others grief…

I need to be more responsible and be accountable for my actions…

I need to get more rest because my life is so stressful…

I need to think of others like myself and love them…

Jesus said “Come to me all you who labour (work) and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

It might seem ridiculous, but I heard God talking to me through the old vacuum cleaner. I did not want change. The blessing came for me by being willing to face the truth, to allow God to change me, so I was more functional. A better person to be used by Him. No matter what age we are, God wants to improve on the old model for the better, to be more powerful, proficient and purposeful in life.

So, I bought a new vacuum cleaner.

And oh yes, my carpets are much cleaner than they have ever been in the last 2-3 years!

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 31/10/2018

The other day I was looking after my 20-month-old granddaughter. It was her first sleepover. What a joy! To her, everything is full of surprises. She looks into everything, discovers things she has never seen or done before, and draws me into her delight. She helps me to see things with different eyes that make me appreciate life more.

Matthew 18:3 says the disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Little children seek and find, discover and dwell upon the delights of this world and live life to the full. This is how we need to be with God. Seeking him and so finding him, discovering and dwelling upon the delights of God’s world and living life to the full as Jesus describes: “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10.

My granddaughter Charlotte and I went outside. She loves being outside! I picked a flower for her and suggested she had a smell. She didn’t put the flower close to her nose but nearly up her nose. Wow. That is what we should be like with God! Get him up your nose, into us and then we will have life to the full.

Dwelling with Him – oh, it is so satisfying! I just forget till a little child reminds me what I’m missing out on.

Then I discover things about God, about myself, about life that help me living the life that I’m meant to live. Then I, with God’s grace, may enter the Kingdom of Heaven, my ultimate destination. It is all about me and my relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. So, my granddaughter taught me a lesson – stop and smell the roses. Actually, stop and smell the CREATOR of the roses!!!-breathe HIM all 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 24/10/2018

I read an article the other day on why flowers turn towards the sun. They are physically made so that when the sun shines and is absorbed at a certain wavelength, a chemical reaction occurs where the cells absorb more water, elongates and so the face of the flower turns towards the sun. Also, one reason for the buds tracking the sun is that insects are attracted to the warmth of the sun and are needed for pollination. The plant has the ability to propagate itself by producing fertile seeds which can disperse and so grow more plants. This plant is now fruitful, whatever its “fruit” might be!

Wow, reflecting on this I find it is the same for us. We are physically, spiritually and mentally made to turn towards the Son. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it states that God has ‘set eternity into our hearts.’

We are made with this hole within us that only God can fill with His eternity. His ‘foreverness’ is placed there available to everyone. We just have to acknowledge it or recognise it and so live by it. If we are to be fruitful – whatever our ‘fruit’ is – we must turn ourselves towards what sustains us, that which allows us to grow and bear seed and so propagate and then pass onto others what we have learnt. We must pass on our DNA.

Do you notice that when there is no sun the flowers often look limp and droop over? We are like that when we do not absorb Christ into our lives. We often live a life that is limping and drooped over. No wonder I don’t cope with life as much when I have taken my sight off God and have been doing life by myself.

What a reminder this was for me. Hopefully, it will encourage you to follow him more diligently and if you don’t know the Father, Son and Spirit – give them a go – ask them into your life. You will definitely notice a huge difference, so magnificent that you will never look back.

Our God will supply all your needs. He is the only one who can sustain you. John 3:15 says, ‘everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever (it is available to everyone) believes in him shall not perish. I need this so often in my life. I can feel like I’m drowning but have eternal life. (emphasis mine).

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 17/10/2018

There is an old Catholic song that states in the words some of the amazing truths of being a Christian: (italics mine)

‘Make me a channel of your peace’

(May I be an empty vessel for you Lord that brings peace, calm,restfulness and hope to this world)

‘Where there is hatred let me bring your love’

(Especially for those who dont deserve of your love- actually we ALL qualify for that job)

Where there is injury (hurt) your pardon Lord,

(your forgiveness and mercy)

and where there is doubt true Faith in you.

(a trust in God no matter what)

O Master grant that I may never seek

As much to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love with all my soul.

(to think of others more than myself)

This really hit home to me one day when Bruce and I were arguing about something – I dont even remember what!  The line of trying to understand more than being understood entered my head.  I actually stopped fighting for me, silently asked God for His Grace and tried to understand Bruce’s point of view. Peace reigned and my husband was surprised.

This is the ideal character of a Christian and so hard to attain but I need a goal to aim for.  I dont know about you, but without a goal I would just be very lazy and honestly some days it would be all about me.  As Paul stated in the New Testament – I know the right thing to do but I dont do it.

Thank God for His Patience, His Everlasting Love, Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness and that God looks at the heart. I will try to do my bit but I rely on God’s Grace and Him working through me to do ALL the rest.  I’ll pray for you, so please pray for me that God works in us so that one day we will be with Him in paradise.

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 11/10/2018

God looks after us ALL the time, even when it doesn’t look or feel like it!

The ability HE has is endless and so possible. Cry out to Him, pray to Him and trust in Him. Don’t get blinded by the seemingly reality of ‘it won’t happen’. We are stuck in this hard place and can’t get out. I have often felt like this and the period of hardship has pressed on from all sides and at every turn for a few years; it reminds me how good God is and He is in control. He has the perfect plan which I see with different eyes and values. God gives me the courage and strength to continue and wait on Him.

Remember to wait on Him, His help surely comes. He will not delay, He is the creator of all time. A clock is manmade time; it is not God’s time. God can change, evolve, develop anything He wants to. I often in reading scripture am reminded of God’s faithfulness and why I can trust in Him completely/totally, without restraint. How wonderful He is! Beautiful is his name. King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He reigns!

It is all about Him. He is who we are attracted to. It has nothing to do with us and our attractiveness, organisation, planning etc. If we have been touched by Him, it is He in us that people are attracted to.

At the beginning of a faith journey people are not sure about what attracts them, they are seeking God, seeking truth, seeking answers and seeking hope.

We the church need to be:
We need a church unafraid to go forth into the night.
We need a church capable of meeting them on their way.
We need a church capable of entering into their conversation.
We need a church able to dialogue with those disciples who have left Jerusalem behind. Imagine on the road to Emmaus, a feeling of hopelessness, wandering aimlessly, alone, with their own disappointment, disillusioned with a Christianity now considered barren, fruitless soil, incapable of generating meaning.
We need a church capable of walking at people’s sides. Doing more than simply listening to them, a church that accompanies them on their journey. A church capable of making sense of the ‘night’ of the flight. So many of our brother and sisters from Jerusalem are a church that realises why people leave.
We need to know how to interpret, with courage, the bigger picture.
We need a church that kindles hearts and warms them.

At the base of the cross, we truly approach the height of love. The attractiveness is Jesus, who died on the cross for us, sinless but willing to take all our sins on his shoulders and to save us.

How important it is to pass on a legacy and this legacy for us is Christ. It can only be Him!

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 03/10/2018

Life is getting tough!

Do you sometimes feel like life is harder to live! By yourself anyway. I don’t know about you, but if I did not have the support of my family, friends (and sometimes I literally mean support, a wall to lean on, a hand to squeeze, a person I can hide behind) and the support of God. I would not cope!

I need to rely on (and this actually means what it says ‘rely’) depend on, believe he will come through, is trustworthy, will not let me down, that’s the God I’m talking about!

The feeling of constriction in my chest is lessened and the sick feeling in my stomach disappears. Only when I have the guts to trust in God. I know as a Christian it’s supposed to be easy to trust in Him. But sometimes, this is not true. Not because he is not trustable. NO, it’s because I’m the one who gets scared, nervous that God won’t come through. When has God ever let His loved ones down? Other people may let you down but not God! If he did not say yes to a request, then possibly he has a better solution or outcome for you. He only wants good for us.

Saul’s son Jonathan, in the Old Testament knew God would help him. Even if it was not the answer he thought would occur and God would come to his aid (which he did) he did not assume he would. He hoped that he would. ‘Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf,‘ he stated in 1 Samuel 14:6.

Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few. Jonathan told his armour bearer God just might show up.

To speak this out to a servant showed amazing courage and belief in God. He could have been the laughing stock of all of Israel. Jonathan knew where our help comes from. He trusted in God’s plan for him. What faith he had in God! The faithful armour bearer, friend, work college, worker in the field said.” Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead, I am with you heart and soul.”

Oh wow! To have a backup person like that, encouraging you to risk. We as parents so often don’t want our kids to risk, give things a go or maybe to fail but God calls us to serve in the uncertainty. Go out into the unknown, knowing only that he is with us. To risk.

But read what had happened before this. In 1 Samuel 13 :16, the Philistines who were invading Israel’s army had all the blacksmiths, so only Saul and his son Jonathan had a sword. The soldiers with them had none, not even a spear. Pretty helpless and useless army! But this did not hinder Jonathan. What a relationship he must have had with God. Trusting in Him, in his plan. We should be unafraid of uncertainty for the Lord our God has the perfect plan for our lives. We don’t need to know what is coming next cause God knows!

A quote I love, “we don’t need to know what the future holds we just need to know who holds the future!”

So Jonathan notices a detachment of the Philistines have gone out to the pass that they need to cross. And so, he and his armour bearer go. They decide while watching the enemy, if God is with them, when they show themselves to the enemy, they will be invited to come up and so they are taunted to come towards the enemy. In so doing, just the two of them killed twenty men. That’s right just two of them. Then a panic struck the whole army. The ground shook- an earthquake sent by God. The whole Philistine army panicked and ran away from the army that did not have any weapons! How amazing is God!

God can come to your aid if we but trust in him and in his ways. If it is of God it will happen, it will work, don’t give up. God will make a way and even if life is tough God is tougher

Call upon him for help and ask him for his direction in your life. He is busting to help us and guide us and love 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 27/09/2018

Dust to dust you are made and dust to dust you will return.

A woman was brought to Jesus by the elders of the church. She had committed adultery. Jesus was told by the Pharisees to judge her for her wrong doing.

Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust. What was He writing? Was he reminding us that we came from this dust? That it was God who had formed us into the human we are?

Jesus, the King’s son, stooped down from his throne and came to earth, born in human form as a baby. He left his kingdom to come to earth to save us.

He made himself into a man, a no one in his humanity, but still King and Lord in his divinity.

His response to these accusers and to the one accuser, the enemy of us all, Satan, was to stand up, to stand as Almighty, as Saviour and rescue us. To stand up for us against the accusers.

And so he stood.

In John 8:7, after standing he said, “for those who have not sinned cast the first stone.”

Then he stoops again and writes in the dust. The dust that the creator of the earth wrote in long ago, spoke his word and breathed His life into us. Jesus, the Son of God, can write into our dust again if we let him. He can recreate us, make us new, whole, complete, full of life if we just let him.

Jesus stood once again and only the woman was left. No-one is guiltless, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Her heart must have been beating wildly in her chest as Jesus asks, “has no one condemned you? I do not condemn you either.”

Oh, what mercy! To hear him extend mercy to her and this same mercy is available to us all. Jesus stands up for all of us against our accusers. Against the accuser. His mercy is freely given to all.

Go and sin no more.

Go, change your life, your ways and sin no more.

What mercy he gives us, what saving grace! He does not accuse us.

What would our response be if Jesus gave us a new start to our lives? A time to go, change and start again. Jesus wants us to grab that opportunity that he gives us. Do it now!

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 20/09/2018

The saints are men and women who are normal like us and who have allowed God to work in their lives. None of us are meant to be exactly like them. We are meant to be like God in his image and likeness. We are meant to be ourselves and meant to allow God to work in and through our own individuality, our own humanity.

Thomas Merton once wrote “for me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore, the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self.”

I read about a Jesuit priest who as a boy prayed to St Jude the patron saint of hopeless causes and I laughed when he explained why he prayed to St Jude.

” I used to envision God as the great problem solver, the one who would fix everything If I just prayed, shared enough, used the correct prayers and prayed in precisely the right way. But when God couldn’t fix things, (which seemed more frequent than I would have liked) I would turn to St Jude. I figured that if it was beyond the capacity of God to do something, then surely it must be a lost cause and it was time to call on St Jude.”

Saints are like older brothers and sisters to whom one could look for advice and counsel.

The Catholic Theologian Lawrence Cunningham wrote in his book, The Meaning of Saints, that the saints also serve as our prophetic witnesses spurring us to live more fully as Christian disciples.

Yes, all we need is Jesus, but God has given us these companions of Jesus to accompany us along the way, giving us their wisdom, experience and encouragement.

GOD renews the church in every age by raising up men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of His unchanging love. They inspire us by their heroic lives and help us by their constant prayers to be the living sign of God’s saving power.

This is a prayer of the Church showing us that saints can inspire and encourage us to live for Christ.

Often in reading the lives of the saints we recognise parts of ourselves in them or parts of our journey. They struggled often just like us, their dilemmas were just like ours and they show us that with God’s grace and courage we too can prevail!

They have struggled with the same human weaknesses as me. Surely Thomas Merton, who struggled with pride, understands how I feel struggling the same. His prayers and encouragement help me in my journey with God.

For courage, I pray to St Joan of Arc, for she needed courage so many times in her life as a young eighteen year old, trying to listen to God’s direction to lead the French army to victory, when she was not a soldier and did not even know how to ride a horse. Why would other soldiers follow her into battle anyway? She was only a girl and not of royal blood or authority.

I get encouraged and a renewed outlook on life when I read how some of the saints lived before God came into their lives and after. The transformation gives me hope for myself, or others on the journey with God. Many of them would not have been picked by us to follow them in character and deed before. But with Jesus transforming power have become a leader, servant and follower of Christ role model.

I encourage you to read and meditate on the saints, pick some to study their writings and lifestyle. They will teach us things about humanity and God that they learnt on the journey of life and we might learn also.

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 12/09/2018

My catch cry, “how awesome is my God?”

God is my king. How awesome is my God?

God is mystery. Three in one. How awesome is our God?

God is mighty and powerful. Creator of the heaven’s and earth, all in it and all this done by his word.

How awe-inspiring is our God?

God is a miracle worker and healer. To acknowledge this of his character fills me with awe. How awesome (awe and some) is our God?

Comforter, my deliverer, the only one who delivers me from danger and harm, who comforts me when things go wrong (often due to sinful choices by me or others). How awesome is our God?

He lifts me up and represents me when I am judged. He takes all our sins upon his shoulders and hung them on a cross once and for all. How great and awesome is our God?

He died for me, so I was set free to live eternally with Him. This fills me with awe for who He is and what he has done for me and everyone. Especially because we all are weak and have guilt and shameful sins and he took it upon himself to take all the guilt and the blame so we might live.

Wow! What awe that demonstrates.

My knees do bow and my tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is an awesome Lord.

My heart sings, my heart worships, my heart adores this God, our God.

He alone puts wow in my mouth. He alone bends my knees in worship and praise. He alone is filled with awe. He can’t help himself it’s who He is.

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