But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self—He tells us that we are nothing—but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though faith is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits. Therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ—as to Christ. Look not to your hope—but to Jesus, the source of your hope. Look not to your faith—but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.
Open Mine Eyes
To see, to feel, to taste to KNOW His love
This is what I’m chasing after
The direction of a relentless pursuit
Yet if it be true as You say,
The pursuit is the other way round.
With Your excitement growing as my heart grows desperate.
An empty, hungry heart yearns to be filled to be transformed.
May that be all You need - a child unable to do anything but expect and surrender. And dwell on what You’ve already said, a Book full of chunks of Your heart :
'So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?' Rom 8
Awaken my being to the Truth of Your Love.
Nothing beats a crisp morning, deep breath in, out and a few snaps - moments worth holding! The day is off to one wildly beautiful start.
I love them vegetation- every bit exuding their Creator’s abundant creativity. I also love how one image of plants, such as the one of my succulents in cape town and the other of a garden plant in port elizabeth, can take you right back to a moment, a dear place you call home.
Emptiness and boredom - looming skies. Another would ache with loss, loneliness, with fear.
He comes, He shows even just glimpse of Himself. The Man of ultimate compassion. Ultimate love for the downcast, outcast. A call for me - for you to follow. To follow the Servant King . The bruised and brass states of hearts and lives - upon these He looks with eyes brimming with love,filled with Hope. Will I leave what I’ve considered mine, surrender all to see them flourish as His heart so desires? Look upon their life, also my life, with blazing hope with Him as our, as their Answer.
Purpose, love and life. As His Spirit fills, these flow freely, earlier clouds exchanged for clear skies.
Here, U weet hoe lelik en gebroke n hart kan wees.
Hoe ver, verlore en verstoot n mense kind kan voel.
Hoe deurmekaar woeste winde en kop-gesprekke n lewens-skuit kan laat tuimel.
Maar U hart bly dieselfde. U sing en lag hoop harmoniee oor elke dorre situasie.
Mag U hoop my hoop word, mag ek my lewe deur U oe sien, veral wanneer die kougom sy smaak verloor.
En mag die vuur van hoop ander velde aan die brand slaan. Vlamme wat die nag se donkerte inlek tot verheerliking van U.
All in a day’s work
Day 2 on the job hunt today. My arrow pack is full and mine eyes on thee prize. Little laugh.
How do I know His will for me in this time? So much can change or stay the same for months. Father, please let it not be months. I want to use and do all I can but at the end of the day’s internet searches and cover letters, it is still in Your hands. Help me to trust. May my faith reach new depths as I wait and see which doors You open up. You know, remind me that You know, that You really do have the universe and my career path in Your hands. You know where You want to take me and will do what’s best for me to prepare me. Each day, every day I want to sing of Your goodness when I cant see the path in front of me. May I be rooted in who You say I am, not in what job I hold.
…And we’re back!
It’s been a while since I’ve opened this dear blog. But it’s time to dust off the screen and get at it - right!
The question, however is - why then blog?
There is the likelihood of no-one,not a single human being ever reading or seeing it. But then there is the possibility of even just one eye glazing across my notes and snaps. And that one person might see / read a something something which might just make a difference in their lives.
So, I’ ll blog for the potential one.
Also, I’ll blog for myself - to see the journey of life on wonderful and dusty earth unfold.
Finally, I’ll blog for the One who is above all, and who loves me more than I could ever fathom. I’ll blog for —- do you know what I’m about to say? Are you getting excited as you read this because you also know Him? —- I’ll blog for Jesus. For our loving Father. Because He’s the reason life is COOKING. Never a dull moment when He reveals sweet truths.
*** sound of glasses clinking and people belly-laughing as they celebrate a fresh start ***