Audrey Assad – Sparrow

Here is a clip from one of my favourite singer song writers Audrey Assad singing Sparrow!

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Pride goes before a fall

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There is over 60 verses in the bible that talks about pride. If you would like to read all those verses you can check them out HERE Why so many verses? I think it is because pride is one of our biggest stumbling blocks to living a whole and Godly life. Our stubborn pride can lead us into all sorts of heartache, pain, hurt and ultimately it pulls us away from God and Godly people.

Beth Moore wrote a poem in her book, “Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds.”

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny…because
you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment…because you
“deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…because you already
know it all.
I cheat you of healing…because you’re
too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…because you refuse to
admit when you’re wrong.
I cheat you of vision…because you’d rather look
in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of a genuine friendship…because
nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love…because real romance
demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…because you
refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…because I convince
you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you.
Untrue. I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me
You’ll never know.

The opposite of pride is humility. When we are humble, our lives change. What we think about, spend our time and money on completely changes how we choose to live life. If we refuse to humble ourselves and choose to live pride full lives before God, we can expect God’s displeasure. I’m sure you know of people who are always boasting about how great they are. Or how awesome their children are. Or they boast about what they have. Or they are more pure or more holy than this person who does this or that. Or how intelligent they are and how much they know. Or how their stuff is better than so and so’s stuff. Or how much money they have. Then there are the folks that are prideful about what they don’t do and don’t have. The pride list is long and I am sure we could add more to it.

Let’s not forget that there is something we can boast about! It is Jesus and His work on the Cross. We can take pride in Him. We can be full of joy and talk about what He has done for us and share about His grace and mercy. There is nothing wrong with being joyful over a ministry going well and how God is working. It is all about the motives of the heart. Who know’s your heart? Only you and God.

Below are some of my favourite verses about pride. I’m sure you have heard the phrase “pride goes before a fall” that comes from the bible. If we don’t choose to humble ourselves then often our circumstance or God will. Let’s choose to live less pride fully and live with more humility.

Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Psalm 10:4 (NIV)
“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”

Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

1 John 2:16 (NIV)
“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

Psalm 31:18 (NIV)
“Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.”

Proverbs 13:10 (NIV)
“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take

advice.”

Nourishing the Soul

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Are you nourishing your soul? Or are you starving yourself? Are your partaking from Jesus daily, who is the word and the bread of life?

Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB)
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.”

Philippians 2:14-16 (NASB)
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the WORD OF LIFE, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”

Matthew 4:4 (NASB)
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘ MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'”

John 6:58 (NASB)
“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

In the last few years I have been reading the Bible from cover to cover each year. When I say read I mean hear the Bible being read to me. Once you start reading the Bible through each year you fall in love with it. Even though the book of Job wasn’t on my schedule this week I just had to read it on top of my regular DAB reading. I also enjoy doing other bible studies and reading Christian books as well. I have an audio dramatization of the Bible called The Word Of Promise which is fun. There are many different ways to read the Bible. Why not try and find which one works best for you 🙂

My main reading is from the DAB portion of going through the Bible it only takes from 20 to 30 minutes a day. Such a short amount of time for HUGE benefit. If you can watch a 30 minute TV show you can easily read your Bible for 20 to 30 minutes per day. You don’t have to start on January the 1st, you can start today. Have you thought about joining DAB and have Brian read to you? It doesn’t matter when you start, it just matters that you are nourishing your soul with goodness from the Word of God. There is so much ugliness in the world and we are fed lies continuously. The healing balm of truth direct from the Word of God heals and soothes the aching heart.

I belong to a community called Daily Audio Bible where we go through the Bible, encourage and pray for one another. I download podcast each day FREE from iTunes. If you would like you can check it out here at Daily Audio Bible.

My reading plan link is here – ” Reading Plan

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How do you raise children in this day and age?

How do you raise children in this day in age? A friend with young ones asked me. All I could say and my only advice for her is that you raise each child one prayer at a time.

My eldest son phoned me to let me know he was in a accident with a truck. His little car was hit from behind by a huge truck. My son walked away without a scratch on him. No one was injured apart from his car being a total right off. He was confident and not phased at all by this accident. Would the outcome be different without praying parent?

My eldest daughter told me with a quivering voice. She got on the wrong train and day turned to night. The train guards saw her and rode the train with her. She lost her phone and couldn’t phone anyone. She said she was praying for protection the whole time on the train and on her walk all alone late at night to her flat. She told me if only she had written down emergency numbers on some paper in her purse like I use to do for them when they were small she could have got some help. She told me once she had lost her phone she had no way of calling anyone. The only thing she could think to do was pray and then the guards turned up and then she kept praying in the dark until she got to her flat safely. Would the outcome be different without the prayers of a daughter and Mother?

I see my oldest children run to and then away from God. They sometimes live in a worldly way. In times of trouble they run to and seek God. Isn’t that the way for a lot of us. I am thankful they do believe and have been baptized. They have been taught and know the truth. It is up to them if they choose to follow Jesus. God gave us free will. To choose Him or to reject Him. Even Pastor’s kids get to choose.

At times it can be a hard and narrow road being a Christian in this world. It isn’t easy. The life of parties and worldly living is enticing to teenagers and young adults. The thrill of the unknown and the new. The worldly life is empty, hollow and fleeting. Age teaches us that those thrills are nothing compared to the thrill and joy in walking with Jesus. But that is just it. There is a wise saying that says “You can’t put an old head on young shoulders”. In other words young people don’t have the wisdom that experience and age gives you.

When your children are small you think the struggles of the day are difficult. Just to get your gorgeous baby to sleep is a triumph. When they are small you can know they are safe cradled in your arms at home. Putting band aids on grazed knee’s is simple solution to their pain. Listening to their big problems of so and so has had more time on the computer and life is so unfair. Can frazzle the best of parents. For me it has been far harder seeing my older kids make mistakes and watching them do it. I have learnt lessons in letting go. The lessons they have to learn is between them and God. Mum’s can’t always be there to catch them when they fall like when they were little. Mum and Dad can pray, listen, use wisdom when to let go, step in or to speak at the right moments. Parents can always have a welcoming heart and a warm home and arms ready to hug the prodigal child.

While my big kids have breath there is hope. While anyone has breath there is hope. While I have breath I will pray, pray and pray some more. There is no doubt in my mind God and His Angels have been watching over our family especially my children my big kids. God has been protecting them without a doubt.

My mind turns to how many times in the bible men argue with God and pray for His intervention for God to change His Holy mind. The scripture that helps me through these tricky times with my big kids is in James 5:16 (NKJV)… “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

I know for my family prayer has availed much. I can never thank my Saviour enough for answered prayer.

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From changing nappies to changing gears…

wow, doesn’t the years fly by so fast.

My eldest son “Lukas” is getting his driver’s license. It can be a little scary sometimes. Any parent can relate to what I am saying, I’m sure 🙂

You know ya think it is pretty scary watching your child learn to crawl. Then there is learning to wobble and walk but now I am finding it a little scary watching my son drive. Yes, drive an actual car, yes, a car that moves on the road. AND yes, you maybe driving on that very same road. It is a grey Nissan Pulsar… just in case you want a heads up on what to look out for 😉

He bought his first car and he is doing really well, he is quite a good new driver. He is doing 100 hours and he has another 20 hours to go before he gets his provisional license.

While he was driving a little point about what the consequences of being distracted came to mind.

Sure being distracted while driving a car can be dangerous sure BUT being distracted in life can be far more dangerous with HUGE consequences.

Lukas was indicating to go into the next lane. He was very diligent and was looking behind him. While he was looking behind a car came from a side road in front of his car, it darted out and was turning into the same lane at the same time into the same space. I could see that this would not turn out well. SO … I told Lukas calmly “don’t move… there is a car ahead!.” He very quickly stopped moving into the next lane and carried on in the current lane. He said “thanks mum.” Of course on the outside I was calm, cool and collected and on the inside… not so much.

In an instant when we are not paying attention or  when we are focusing in the wrong direction something catastrophic can occur. We need to always be alert and focus on our present surroundings before looking forward or look backwards. We need to let go of  what has been our past to make sure we can see what is ahead in our present and  future.

I wander how many times God has put his angels around us protecting us from disaster when we have not been paying attention? I know from my own life it has been many many times.

When we can focus on the right things at the right time imagine how the Lord can use US for his glory !!  I think we need to continually be aware and alert and on guard. The enemy may scheme and try to harm us but when we are alert and have our full armour on then the enemy will not and can not succeed. We need to turn our eyes upon Jesus. When we focus on God then we are always heading in the right direction. Look up to God and not down on our problems.

Even when we have trouble in this life, and we will. Don’t focus on problems or trouble. We only need to truly focus on the one with the solution to our problems. Turn our hearts, minds and thoughts on Jesus and he will help us see through our trouble or problems to become an overcomer in Christ. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33