Hello, my lovelies! I hope that you are feeling happy, at peace, and content. I have to admit to not always feeling so this week. I can’t really put my finger on why but I have generally felt very unproductive. I feel like I should have done more than I actually have!
I also made the HUGE mistake of taking my daughter to IKEA this week. Although there were no long queues I’m afraid that social distancing inside the store was just about impossible making the whole experience a little stressful. I will not be doing that again in a hurry!
I have been finding peace in God’s Word. Those quiet moments in the morning with a cup of coffee, the Bible and a notebook help me to find calm in a turbulent world.
I have purchased ‘Making Your Home a Haven’ off Amazon. This study is written by Courtney Joseph of Women Living Well. She generally runs this study each autumn but I felt that while I am at home full time it seems the right time to do it. This study encourages you to slow down in the midst of the worlds craziness and to drink deeply from God’s Word – again, a good study for this time.
One of the things she encourages you to do is to light a candle daily and when the flickering flame catches your eye to be reminded to pray. This week there has been much to pray about not only in with what is happening in the world but within our extended family. My sister-in-law’s husband fell gravely ill (not Covid related) very suddenly last week Monday.
He has been in ICU and the prognosis is not good. If you can please will you hold this family up in prayer while they navigate this very difficult time and say prepare to possibly have to say goodbye to a wonderful man, husband, and father? We are still praying for Paul’s healing and miraculous recovery and would appreciate you joining with us in prayer.
I am reminded to keep my eyes fixed on Christ for He is the author of all life. It’s not always easy is it? As Christians we face the same difficult situations that others do, at least we have the hope that is in Christ but sometimes that can feel wobbly and I think it’s okay to admit that to God.
Each time I lift someone up in prayer since losing two dear friends to cancer last year I find the niggling voice of doubt pop up and voice my inner thoughts…’Why bother? Your prayers didn’t make any difference to your friends why should it now?’
Isn’t the enemy crafty!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” ~ Isaiah 55:8-9
This world is tough. Good people get sick and die whilst it seems evil continues to thrive. We live in a fallen world and we would do well to remember that. It is because we live in a fallen world that Jesus came, died for us and rose again.
So I will continue to hope in the Lord and I will continue to pray and lift up those who are ill and suffering. I will avert my gaze from the world and it’s faults and instead focus on the beautiful face of Jesus and allow that to soak deep into my soul so that I can love the broken, the suffering, the sick of mind, body and spirit for that is what we are called to do.
I think that it is even more difficult now with our churches being closed and our fellowship with others having been cut off. All the more reason for us to keep delving into the word of God and praying. Let’s keep praying for one another, for our families, our friends and for those who we don’t even know but so desperately need to know the love of God.
May the God of all hope keep you all in perfect peace today.
Blessings in Christ.