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Sometimes we can’t comprehend why certain things happen.  It’s during those times that we have to trust that God has us in the palm of His hands and He is causing all things to work together for our good.  Just as His words says.*  I’ve found that the greater the trial, the greater the lessons are to be gained and the blessings that flow.  The question is: Will we trust Him?  Will you trust Him?

Obviously I can’t predict the future.  I also don’t know what you are currently going through but I pray that you’ll cling to God in your pain.  “There’s purpose behind everything.”  Even if it’s beyond our understanding.

Praying for you.  I love you, darling girl.

Remember that.

♥ Ames

*Romans 8:28

He is faithful

But they delight in the law of the Lord,
      meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
      bearing fruit each season.
   Their leaves never wither,
      and they prosper in all they do.

– Psalm 1:2-3 (NLT)

Today is a happy day and I’m so glad I got to share the good news with those I love :).  I think I sent at least a dozen messages on the same topic, giving thanks to God for His gracious favour on my life.  I’ve entered into a new season and I am once again in awe of His provisions for me.

He is faithful and worthy to be praised.

♥ Ames

how the pieces all fit together

Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing, but let God change you from the inside out, “by the renewing of your mind”. Only then, after you humble yourself, and in response to God’s mercy will you be able to see what His will is.

To be truly obedient means to submit to the will of a higher authority. Our submission is first to God’s “perfect will”, the character of God that we know, to the promises that He gives and in response to His mercy. Then as we continue to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, we can start to see what God’s “specific will” for our lives is.

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This is one of the things I’ve become more conscious of lately.  To not look around and compare myself with others and what they are doing on their life journey.  To focus on my ‘race’ and run it well.  I can’t live their lives, I can only live the one I’ve been given.  I have to release the plans I have for myself into the hands of God, knowing that in doing so, I’ve submitted to the ‘better plan’ because He does see the bigger picture… He sees how the pieces all fit together.

I love coming back to the realisation that He never left me.  Even when I strayed down the wrong path, He was with me… ready to lead me back when I would let Him, when I was ready to let go of my own agenda.  I love that He loved me back into His will.  I love how He wooed me, how He continues to woo me :). 

I think that it was my desire for an earthly romance that drove me to take the wrong path.  In and of itself, there is/was nothing wrong with that desire but perhaps it has started to take first place in my priorities and in my life.  SO, He had to work it out of me.  And now?  I know and have experienced that complete satisfaction and joy can be found only in His love for me. Even if an earthly romance doesn’t come my way, Jesus would be enough.  Jesus IS enough.  The peace I have about that is irreplaceable. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

OK, better get ready for the Women in Law Breakfast!  I can’t wait (I couldn’t sleep, hence the early post!) to be inspired and eat a yummy breakfast hehe.

♥ Ames

P.S. To BestFromBelgium: I haven’t forgotten you.  The email is a work in progress ^^

flying with eagles

“Be faithful in small things, then you will be entrusted with more.”

The parable of the three servants entrusted with varying amounts of talents (money) was the key passage in today’s devo (Matt 25:14-30).  Then I heard it referred to in a CD message that my dad had popped into our car.  I heard it again when I switched on ACC just before… three times, in one day?  He must be trying to tell me something :P.

There have been so many changes… leaving my home church being the biggest spanner in the works.  Looking back, it really was time to move on – such a God-Thing.  There’s a saying that, “If you are the biggest fish in the pond, then it’s time to find new waters to swim in.”  It’s not a reflection on the group of people we left behind but on the season that we are all in… we had to leave to do what we were called to do and in doing that, we gave room for others to step up and grow.  I rejoice now when I see the status updates and photos of activities that have been happening over at the place I had once called home… they are flourishing beautifully and I’ve been released to grow in other areas of ministry.  Our temporary home church is pretty much half the size (if not smaller) and there’s no one my age BUT, I get the opportunity to mentor and minister to teens every week in a way I never would have been able to if I had continued where I had been.  Instead of being exhausted after every Sunday, I feel so invigorated and encouraged by their response and the privilege I get to speak life and truth into young lives who will in turn, be the future of The Church.

I’ve also just come back from a Semester 2 planning meeting with a Christian campus group that I’ve been affiliated with on and off for the last 5 years.  I finally have the time to get actively involved in ministry that can directly impact my uni friends and being amongst like-minded individuals was just so refreshing… there’s something really different when you are flying with eagles ;).

“Sometimes we must cut off some things to focus on the main thing.”

♥ Ames