23 Nov

Trying Temperaments 

In boarding house I probably met every species of girl God created. Even though we were young, there were personalities of every kind. There were the happy go lucky ones, the malice keepers, the ones who didn’t care, the class clowns, the miserable ones, the anxious ones, the people pleasers- every temperament was represented. 
I remember some difficult to please characters, no matter what you did they had something to complain about. I also had a good friend in my clique who had a habit of saying ‘ignore her, this one cannot be pleased.’ Or, ‘I don’t care what she thinks, I do what I please.’ Often we left such people out when we had exciting plans for fear that they would spoil things for us.

Of course as an adult I now know some of them were dealing with difficult situations at home and of course we are all just made differently.  
This scripture tells us we must be considerate to all- not just the happy go lucky ones, but the super sensitive ones too. Granted, it is speaking specifically about eating meat, worshiping on certain days and the likes but we can apply it to other lifestyle choices too.
Do you have a miserable, anxious or difficult to please person in your circle? Don’t toss them aside and be satisfied with pleasing only yourself. Christ didn’t live to please Himself even though much of the personalities around Him were challenging ones. 
We who are of a particular personality must be considerate and tolerant if those who are of a different temperament. That’s how we build people up in the Lord, it’s how we let our light shine so others can see the way to Christ.
“We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.””

‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:1-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/rom.15.1-3.nlt

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27 Oct

Begin weaving and God will provide the threads

One of my favourite proverbs is a German proverb- Begin weaving and God will provide the threads. 


This morning I read Jeremiah 1:4-12, it is one of the scriptures I read daily and I’ve done for the last 2 years. But today I received a new meaning from it that I’ve never previously noticed.

God told Jeremiah what He had appointed, or gifted him to do. Jeremiah was surprised and quickly “corrected” God- I am only a child, I don’t even know how to speak! God planted this gift or ability in him. I picture the Lord about to create Jeremiah for the first time, I don’t even know if there was a first time because the word says ‘before I created you I knew you’. So God already had in His mind what Jeremiah would be before He made him. And then he went ahead and made him to be exactly that. But Jeremiah didn’t know, so the Lord told him. Naturally he took stock of his abilities, his accomplishments and his failures- the resume did not reflect anything that God was saying. Appointed to address the nations? He could barely address his neighbour! He was only a child and couldn’t even speak, what was God talking about?

But the Lord went on; ‘…do not give excuses, do not say ‘I’m only a child, but you must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you…’  Then the Lord touched Jeremiah’s mouth and said; ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth’.

Are you supposed to be doing something but don’t know what it is? Jeremiah didn’t know either so God told him, He wants to tell you too. Or perhaps you do know but are waiting for the threads to be provided? Jeremiah was certain that he couldn’t speak to the nations, but the Lord knew otherwise. It was while Jeremiah was in God’s presence that the Lord touched hi’s mouth and put His words in there. You are anointed and gifted to walk a certain path. You may not feel like it, or even see a semblance of the ability in you, spend time in God’s presence so He can touch your mouth too. Or your hands. Or your mind. Whatever it is, you can be certain that the one who created you knows, after all before you were even in your mother’s womb he knew that you will be what He wanted you to be.

Stop with the excuses. My excuse tends to run from the colour of my skin to the need of a cash injection in my business, what’s yours?

I pray that as you go into the Lord’s presence, you will allow him to touch you and set your gift alight and that you will be obedient and do what He has commanded you.

Thanks so much for reading, have a blessed day!

Jeremiah 1:4-12 NIV

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, 
   before you were born I set you apart; 
   I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

 11 The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

   “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

 12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

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31 Jan

Is God Good? Really?

There are some phrases Christians use that have become clichés. Sometimes it is an actual scripture that no longer holds the meaning it should. God is good. It is well. We walk by faith. Have faith– are just some of the examples.

The time had come in my life when I hit a brick wall, I had to ask God if His word was really true. I spent many a night praying as I begged for a breakthrough in my circumstance. I had reached the proverbial brick wall and had absolutely no way out. I asked people to pray for me, many of the pastors who prayed gave me a good word that God had “done it“. I don’t know if you have ever been given a bad word,  “No, you shall remain in poverty all your life- look at the starving people in Asia and Africa” or “No you will not be healed, you shall remain sick forever” or “your husband shall continue cheating on you, it isn’t God’s will to bless your marriage- after-all you are not the only one with problems“. Seriously though, nothing positive happened after the prayers  so in desperation I turned to God.

Isn’t it funny how as Christians it is possible to be in church regularly, be involved in ministry yet have our backs turned to God? We pray daily, read the bible and can quote scriptures in 3 to 5 different translations, yet we don’t have a close enough relationship to turn to our loving father. I am not denouncing being prayed for, by all means have someone pray for you. but I believe you can only truly meet the Lord when you come yourself. There is no mediator between God and man except the Lord Jesus. 1 Tim 2:5

In those quiet times I learned the meaning of the scripture, we walk by faith and not by sight. I came to understand that just because my circumstances hadn’t visually changed did not mean that God had not answered. And that God’s answer may not be my desired answer. I learned that walking by faith meant not walking by what you could see. I learned that sight, in actual fact was a representation of your physical senses. You don’t make decisions or come to conclusions based on what you can see, feel or hear. You make decisions based on faith in the word of God. Did God say none shall be barren in the land?  Then you start by believing you are productive because God has said so. Your body might tell you otherwise, but that’s sight right? You don’t come to the conclusion based on what your body tells you. I also understood that if the word of God says it, then it is true. So it helps to find a scripture that addresses the particular issue and ‘make it yours’.

I don’t believe God visits evil on His children. But I do believe He makes all things work together for the good of them that love Him. Rom 8:28.  This means even the challenges, he makes good out of it. The pain, He makes good. The good may not be the opposite of what you are going through, e.g riches for poverty, but it may well be that you draw nearer to Him to drink from His well. It may be learning and experiencing the goodness of God on such a supernatural level that it supersedes whatever earthly distress you are going through. It could even be that God is pruning and/or preparing you for His service, I don’t know, but I know that IT IS GOOD!

God is good. I don’t need my circumstance to define that for me. Where I am today is only temporary and unpleasant as it is, it is the painful part of the crafting of my life to form a beautiful picture… My Journal entry, May 2010

I pray that the Lord meets you at the point of your need and perfects all that concerns you. And if you have been handpicked for a trial, His grace will be sufficient for you, it is indeed well.

Thank you for reading!

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09 Dec

At last!

I have wanted to start an inspirational, Christ-centered blog for a while and I am so excited that now I have! Thank you so much for stopping by, I sincerely cannot remember typing and smiling at the same time!

I decided to write InspireMe because I know that Life is a journey. I used to think success was a destination you arrive at- for instance, “when I start my business”, “when I get married”, e.t.c. Now I know for sure that success is defined by the road traveled. How you travel, what happens on that road, what you learn and how you use your new knowledge.

I love to talk to people, I really believe that life is meant to be enjoyed and not simply for existence So when I meet people my conversation inadvertently is stirred towards what they do for a living. Are they happy? Do they know Jesus? I mean like actually know Him?

It is my heartfelt prayer that InspireMe becomes a source of blessing to you. I pray that you will be encouraged by the posts and that you will share and come back often! God bless!

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