Everyone Needs Compassion

I’d like to share these lovely words with you from a Chris Tomlin song. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

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MIGHTY TO SAVE
Everyone needs compassion,
Love that’s never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Saviour, you can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes you conquered the grave

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He sings over you

A beautiful American friend of mine sent me an encouraging e-mail a few days ago. We were in the same women’s bible study group in Cincinnati and we instantly had kinship with one another. What a wonderful scripture to be reminded of. Thankyou 🙂

So I thought I would Pass the scripture a long. Lest we forget just how much God loves and accepts us, just as we are with all our unique gifts and even our human flaws. There is no such thing as trying to be good enough for God to love us. God delights in us and rejoices over us with singing!!! I know you kinda have a double take or a re read. But yes, it really does say “he will rejoice over you WITH SINGING.”

Oh my, what a picture! I wonder what God sounds like singing? Not just singing in general BUT singing specifically over YOU and even ME too!

Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Shoes, shoes, shoes

I was packing up my shoes today.  Isn’t it amazing how many pairs of shoes you collect over time!? Our family left New Zealand to live in the USA I only had two pairs of water proof shoes. We arrived in the winter time and I quickly needed shoes that could handle the snow and ice. That was easily done as they have incredible sales in the States especially compared to Australia and New Zealand. Before I knew it I had 14 pairs of shoes. They just seem to multiply in my wardrobe over night! I don’t think I’m the only woman that happens to 🙂

Anyway I found a pair of my very FIRST shoes I had for my FIRST professional job in the Theatre. I couldn’t bear to part with them. They even have a leather sole with teeny tiny nails in them.

Life’s a journey and if these shoes could talk I wonder what they would say? And who were the women who wore them and what had their lives been like. Were they hard working women? Maybe having to heat water in a copper to do the family laundry? Or perhaps shoes from a woman who had a maid to do that sort of thing? I wonder if they travelled on a boat from England to New Zealand?

I picked them up for props and they were worn on the stage. They are pretty old perhaps they are from the late Edwardian period maybe Victorian? I’m not too sure of their age but they are pretty old and scruffy.

I am thinking of restoring them and getting rubber soles put on them so I can wear them. I know that some people would think that is terrible to do that to old shoes. But it’s that or let them be unloved and unworn in my wardrobe….. hmmm?

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Choosing Shoes
by Frida Wolfe

New shoes, new shoes,
Red and pink and blue shoes.
Tell me, what would you choose,
If they’d let us buy?

Buckle shoes, bow shoes,
Pretty pointy-toe shoes,
Strappy, cappy low shoes;
Let’s have some to try.

Bright shoes, white shoes,
Dandy-dance-by-night shoes,
Perhaps-a-little-tight shoes,
Like some? So would I.

BUT
Flat shoes, fat shoes,
Stump-along-like-that shoes,
Wipe-them-on-the-mat shoes,
That’s the sort they’ll buy.

Do you love me?

Mind blowing scripture. You know the kind of scripture where your hair stands up on end and ya get goose bumps…? Well this awesome scripture blew my socks off today. Hmmmm now where do I start … ?

In John 21 Jesus helps his disciples by providing physical food for them along with spiritual food.

This scripture particularly speaks to me as we are getting ready to leave the area where we have ministered to for 3 years. Many of our young families (flock) have scattered some are going to new churches and are being fed and protected and some are not. But all of them keep in contact with us which is beautiful. I feel such a responsibility to our little flock but also an excitement as they grow in the Lord and new shepherds come into their lives. The ultimate and perfect shepherd is Jesus. And no one can compare to Him. Us mere mortals will make mistakes (okay maybe that’s just me) even on our best days.

In John 21 you can hear Jesus’ concern and yearning to have his disciples “get it” and really grasp that he will be leaving and they need to feed the sheep. It’s putting such incredible trust and the future into the hands of us imperfect humans, with all our human failings. Whenever something is repeated in the bible it is like God is putting a big exclamation mark on it. Or if you or your toddlers are a Wiggles fans it is a “WAKE UP JEFF!!!!!” moment.

I don’t think John 21 was written only for Pastors or those in “ministry.” I feel it is for all of us who follow and love Jesus.

Feeding his sheep can be as simple as putting on a kids Christian DVD for your kids or buying a devotional or Christian book for your teenagers. Talking to your kids about Jesus. Having friends over for dinner fullstop or/and chatting about Jesus or playing Christian music. Even Christian scripture hanging on your wall feeds the soul. Helping in a soup kitchen or packing food boxes. Being involved financially or physically with organisations that help and/or feed those in need. There are a million things we can do to feed His sheep both physically and spiritually. What is God leading you to do? Or is God telling you to NOT do something and to DO something else OR to wait on HIM until He gives an answer? How are we being His hands and feet to those around us? How do we answer Jesus’ question? “Do you love me?”

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John 21

1Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias.[a] It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3″I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.

6He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[b] 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”

11Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

20Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

24This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.