Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Off Days

I am having one of those days; you know where I feel someone is trying to steal my peace. I am sure you have them too. So I pondered what to do?
Decided to have a read of the devotional that I had been writing; well still am writing actually, I started it way back in 2008! How time flies, can’t believe it was five years ago that I began it. But I must say I do get comfort from it on days like today, when life seems a bit uncertain and plans do not seem to be taking shape in the way I expected them to.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to sound ungrateful, if we had been having this conversation a couple of weeks ago it would have been a completely different story, I remember having lunch with a friend and she had said, ‘ it was lovely to meet your sister and her daughter the other evening. You are very lucky, as we get older our families usually get smaller but yours is getting bigger.’

I smiled, I have to agree. The Lord has blessed our family greatly this year. Son went off on holiday to visit his cousins in Austria in April, daughter and I had a weekend in London at the Colour sisterhood conference, then Hubby and I had a lovely holiday together in May. We were then blessed when my sister and niece came for a flying visit to the UK this month. It was wonderful for us all to spend time together, what a laugh we all had. Such a crazy time!
As I sat reflecting I had to smile and as I did so I felt my spirit lift and that peace that only God can give us settled upon my soul. Reading my devotional reminded me that I have had days like this before and when feelings of uncertainty surround me it is good to reflect on God’s goodness and all the things I have to be thankful for.
As I finished reading the page I felt the need to share what had been laid on my heart back then.

Day 25

Went for a swim today, I try to go a couple of times a week. I class it as one of my disciplines. As Christians I feel we need to have a sense of discipline about us. As I swam I felt cocooned by the water. As I relaxed against its rhythm I meditated on the Lord’s word. What was on his mind today?
‘God so loved the world that he sent his only son to die on the cross to forgive us for all our sins,’ I felt my spirit say.
 It seems almost impossible to comprehend doesn’t it? Think about it for a moment. Can you imagine the enormity of this? Giving up your son for the world so that all the bad things mankind has ever done may be forgiven and erased from our lives!
The Lord knows the enormity of sin. We have all sinned at some time. Unfortunately it can affect us for the rest of our life. I thought about the elderly people I visited in the home. I feel they spend most of their day living through their memories. Sadly for some, it is probably all they have left.
We all have good memories as well as bad. But the good news is that the bad things of our past have been erased and forgiven. So that just leaves the good things, this is what we should remember. So today let’s reflect, think of a really good time in your life. I am sure it will bring a smile to your face and even a tear to your eye, but most importantly, it will make you feel nice.
It’s nice to feel good about yourself isn’t it? It is good food for your heart and your soul, so how about making it a day where you declare: ‘I will try to fill the rest of my life with good memories.’
Think about one of your cherished memories. Were there other people involved in it too? Do you remember who? I only ask because to have a good life it usually involves other people. So think of your family and think of your friends. Think of something nice that involves them. Maybe it’s just a call or a visit, or maybe a cuddle to someone in need. We all have needs and it’s good to carry out a good deed. I know the good Lord will bless you for it, and we all like to be blessed don’t we? Being blessed by God is a truly enriching experience. So do you want an enriched life? I know I do.
Start making good memories today, and a little tip – the best memories involve love. Who do you love? I hope you can lose count of how many, but don’t fear or be discouraged if you can’t. Pray for the Lord to put new people in your life. Today is a new start.
Let’s make that our aim for the rest of our life – to live in God’s love and create good memories.
And most importantly pray. Pray for the people in our nation and beyond our nation’s shores. Pray to the Lord to help all those that we neither love nor know. Pray he will send someone to love them. 
Wouldn’t it be great if it was you.
I hope you think so too.

‘Because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does.’ EPHESIANS 6 v 8 (NIV)

Other inspirations can be read in ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’ by Julie Prentice.  Available on Amazon or email for stockists. 

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