Making life Matter: Words – Life or Death

FB_IMG_1490683811618

Photography by Melinda Maidment

A while ago I had a conversation with someone at work about how we say things. At one point in the conversation I mentioned the saying: “Learn from the mistakes of others, for life is too short to make them all yourself.” When the person said: “What a negative way of looking at it, how about saying learn from the experiences of others…”, this really got me thinking… Continue reading

Making life Matter: Thoughts

FB_IMG_1490684031867

Photography by Melinda Maidment

 

The Lord is still busy talking to me about making my life matter, so I am continuing with the theme of making life matter (click here for the previous blog on treasures). A while ago I read Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) again:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Continue reading

Daily Inspiration: Renewing of your mind

Text Over Photo1489411814725

“You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you” ~ Unknown

This quote reminded me of Romans 12:2. How often do we try to change what is going on around us – the things, the situation, the people? Change has to come from within – by the renewal of your mind. If this seems like a far fetched, airy fairy saying or something that people just say – then think about it this way: how can you expect/want others to change, if you are not willing to do so yourself.

Change frightens us. Change makes us feels uncomfortable. Change is something we try to avoid as much as possible. So maybe we should change the way we see change and rather say  “transform” and “renew”. The word transform means to make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of. And the word renew means to resume after an interruption or to give fresh life or strength. Continue reading

Daily Inspiration: Never leave us

i-will-not-leave-you

Photography by Melinda Maidment

 

Last night I watched the movie Heaven is for real and the father said to his son that he had to go to the hospital to pray for people and that it might be too sad and scary for him to go along. The little boy then said, “As long as I am with you, I will not be afraid.”

It was such a WOW moment for me. God is our Father, and He says that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. NEVER! God is always with us, no matter where we are, what we are doing or what is going on in our lives. God will never leave us. Become aware of His presence in your life – every moment of every day.

We can also say, “Lord, as long as You are with me, I will not be afraid.”

Dear Lord, thank you that You promise us that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you that You are a loving Father and that I am Your child. Thank you Lord for Your promises in the Word. Thank you that the Holy Spirit is alive and living in me. Father, I praise Your faithful Name, You are always faithful and always there. Let Your Spirit make me aware of Your presence every moment of every day. I declare today Lord, that as long as You are with me – which is ALWAYS – I will NOT be afraid! In Jesus Name. Amen.

Daily Inspiration: Joyful shout to God

praise-the-lord

Photography by Melinda Maidment

When we talk to God we often only ask and complain. We often only focus on what we do not have and what our life is not like. We miss what the Lord has done for us. We need to focus on His greatness and His love and in doing so, we will not be able to do anything but praise Him. I would like to rather dedicate my days to praising God! I want to bring glory to His name!

Dear God, You are my King. You are the great I am. I praise Your Holy Name, oh Lord. Your greatness knows no end. You are the everlasting Father! You are the Almighty! You are LOVE forever! Thank you that You show me Your love every day. To You all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!

Daily Inspiration: Perfect love

perfect-love-2

Photography by Melinda Maidment

This is a verse that means a lot to me. Last year I spent a lot of time talking to God about fear, I would just like to share this part about 1 John 4:18 with you again:

Torment means severe physical or mental suffering, so fear involves severe physical or mental suffering. Jesus died for us to do away with physical and mental suffering and so much more. He died for our fears so that we may be set free – free from fear. This scripture says that if we fear we have not been made perfect in love – Jesus dealt with fear on the cross through God’s perfect love. If we hold on to fear, do we not in a way deny what Jesus did – we deny ourselves of this perfect love! We can live fear free and even more so – in perfect love and we can experience this if we let go of our fears. God who is LOVE, loved us first, all we have to do is love Him back!

Let God’s perfect love cast out all your fears.

Dear God, thank you that You sent Your Son to die for me. Thank you Jesus, that you paid for everything including my fears! Your PERFECT LOVE is what I seek. I no long want to be a slave of fear. I will no longer be tormented by fear! I choose Your perfect love! Thank you for loving me first, Lord. I love you my Father! In Jesus name, amen! 

If you would like to read more about the series I did on fear click here, and to read the entire post about God’s perfect love click here.