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It’s a notorious roundabout. 7 entry and exit points. Feels like Russian roulette at the best of times. Yesterday, having made a perfect entry onto the roundabout, two trucks pulled out in front of me, at speed I might add. They obviously (well I hope obviously) hadn’t seen me. Since I had to come to a complete halt on the roundabout to avoid them, I made sure that they heard me though– the horn is quite effective! Until then though, I was invisible. My little car compared to the size of theirs meant that they simply overlooked me.

Do you ever feel like you are invisible to those around you? And while I think that would be an fantastic super power to have, it’s not great when you haven’t donned your invisible cape and hopped into your invisible plane like Wonder Woman. Actually come to think about it I think Wonder Woman only has an invisible plane. It’s hard when people see you but don’t really see you. When they fail to see your potential, your gifts, your uniqueness. When it seems that continually you are being passed over for someone else who seems shinier somehow.

When we are like David, forgotten, not considered, out in the fields working, while his brothers are paraded by their father in front of Samuel for King. But we are not invisible to God. He sees us. Lysa Terkeurst once wrote “Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.” We are not anonymous to God. He sees the faithfulness, He sees our potential when everyone else overlooks it. More importantly He sees our heart. And when the time is right, He will find us.

God sees. God knows. And it is to Him that we entrust our dreams, our hopes, our giftings and talents.

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

He saw David in the field. He found him. Handpicked by God. I like that.  

 

 


train tracks

According to a mum at the swimming pools today, the best decision she has ever made was signing her children up to swimming lessons. All of us other parents concurred. Living in Auckland surrounded by beaches, ensuring our children can swim is an important life skill. Although I think she was somewhat regretting the decision by the end of the lesson as sitting poolside was rather hot.

Every day we make decisions – from the best, great, wise and good to the worst, bad, silly and even the inconsequential. Some decisions we deliberate on for ages – especially the big ones – is this the right house, is he the right husband (actually that didn’t much deliberation on my behalf!) . Smaller decisions sometimes also take a lot of deliberation – whether to buy that handbag. Ok,  maybe not! Others we make almost subconsciously – the route we drive to work, what to watch on TV, certainly ordering a coffee falls into this camp for me.

The important thing to remember though is that our decisions set us on a path and in a certain direction. It is not by chance that my wardrobe has err a few handbags stuffed into it! It’s not by accident that we are living in the suburb we are living in or that there are a lot of Parisian features in my house. All of these stemmed from decisions I have made.

Lysa TerKeurst wrote this “Your decisions will determine direction. Your direction will determine destination.” If you don’t like the direction your life is heading, check the decisions you are making. It’s those decisions that are impacting your future. The only way to change the direction you’re heading in, is to change the decisions you are making.

The decisions we make today determine the destination of our tomorrow” (Lysa Terkeurst). Makes our decisions weighty stuff! The great thing is, God is there to help with the big and the little decisions. Bear Grylls had some sage advice on this. He said in his letter to Scouts the world over:

“You see, if I am going to enter a difficult jungle or unchartered mountain range, I always make sure I have a good guide. Life is the same. Go it alone by all means but you make the journey that much harder. Trust me.. For me, my simple faith has so often brought light to a dark path, joy to a cold mountain and strength to a failing body. And who better to have as a guide than the person who made the path or the mountain in the first place. Psalm 121 says

“I lift my eyes up to the mountain; where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven creator of the Earth.”

Good person to have on side I always figure”

As it stands, I think next week at the kids’ swimming lessons us parents might come armed with iced water!

 


resurrection

This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers.  To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.

Why did Jesus wait?

It was His friend that was very sick, it was His friends that He loved that had called for Him. At the very least, His presence would have been a comfort to them. But four days? I know that this was in the time before transportation like we have available to us was around, but surely He could have got there sooner? Worse still, it wasn’t only the travel time that delayed Jesus’ arrival but that even after hearing the news, He stayed on for another two days. And so He arrived too late to heal Lazarus. By then Lazarus was dead. Buried. There was a stone rolled over the grave. If there was a situation that from all vantage points was over, final, finished – this was it!

In Lysa Terkeurt’s book “The Best Yes”, she wrote “Jesus had already shown the world He could heal. Now He needed to show all that He could resurrect. They had to know that.”

We need to grab hold of that truth. Jesus not only heals but He resurrects. Lysa continued to write “some unexpected hurts require more than just healing. Paralysed places that feel dead inside us need a full-on resurrection.” I am sure that we can all look at our lives and see aspects that are beyond healing. Parts of our lives that need the impossible impossible – resurrection! Dreams that are dead, relationships that are over, circumstances that speak of finality – where there is not even the slightest sliver of hope.

He resurrects! It is time to silence the voice of the dead dreams and let the voice of the Dream Giver speak again. And know this – when God resurrects something it is restored better than before!

To Martha, Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life

That has not changed. To your impossible situation, to the dead dreams and no hope circumstances – to you, Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life.” And He stands outside the tomb and calls life forth.

Resurrection.

Life.

 

 New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a new book about finding your Best Yes. You need a highlighter for this book! The wisdom in this book is more than a fridge door can handle! It’s a must read! You can grab a copy at http://goo.gl/ZFUZbD

 


Thebestyes

This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers.  To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.

I had a dream last night that terrified me! One of the ones you wake up relieved to know it was but a dream! I was driving my car and my foot kept getting stuck on the accelerator. I blamed my shoes that I was wearing (in the dream not in bed!) They were big black platform ones. I was scared as I knew the danger of being in a car that could only accelerate meant an inevitable accident. I was not in control, definitely not in control. Yes it was my foot on the accelerator, but I couldn’t control it. To make matters worse I couldn’t work out where the brakes were!

I had a neighbour who once relayed the story of being called to a friend’s house. He arrived to find the friend – in the lounge – but still in his car – in shock. On driving into his garage, he’d hit the accelerator and not the brakes and had therefore driven through the wall into his lounge.

When we live to the beat and rhythm of rush we’re living with our foot stuck to the accelerator. The rhythm of rush means we only go faster and never slower. And that inevitably leads to a crash. It means that we cause harm to ourselves and to those around us. We cause harm to the dreams that God has placed in our hearts as we burnout and have to drop them a long with everything else we’ve collected along the way.

Doing too much, rushing too much means losing much. When I say yes to everything, out of obligation, out of fear, out of selfishness I end up with a life that is too busy and too rushed. I lose out on being able to savour the beautiful moments that are in everyday. And I lose out on God’s best plan for me.

What I’ve learnt is, when I give my Best Yes – when I listen to what God wants me to say yes to, not only do I receive the delight and blessing of doing those things that I am passionate about, I also receive the gift of capacity! Capacity to dream, capacity to p0ur more into my family, to pour more into my relationship with God.

This quote from Lysa Terkerust’s new book “The Best Yes” resonated with my soul. Maybe because I have 3 little wanna be superhero boys, but it’s definitely a quote for the fridge door.

“Saying yes all the time won’t make me wonder woman. It will make me a worn out woman.”

I don’t want to be a worn out woman! But I definitely want to be a wonder woman – as in “I wonder how she does it!” And I’ve decided that the best way to do that is setting the rhythm of my life, not to the rhythm of rush, but to the rhythm of God.

 

New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a new book about finding your Best Yes. You need a highlighter for this book! So much truth in it! It’s a must read! You can grab a copy at http://goo.gl/ZFUZbD

 



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