Daily Inspiration: Look Inward

Text Over Photo1501756368645.jpg

When we look at a person we see their outward appearance, and based on what we see we might talk the person in a certain way, think of them in a certain way, act and react towards them in a certain way or we might judge them based on what we see.

We also often look at ourselves in that way. We make up our minds about what we can and cannot do, achieve and become in life based on what we see. But what does God say about what we look at in ourselves and other people?

1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

In this passage God wants Samuel to look beyond what his eyes can see while God is pointing out who he should anoint as king. God did not look at the biggest or the strongest young man, the size or shape of his nose, mouth and ears, the colour of his eyes or any outward feature when He made His decision to choose David to be king. No, God looked at his heart and mind. And that is what God wants us to see when we look at other people and ourselves.

There was an advert about powder milk a few years ago with a catchy saying, “It’s not inside, it’s on top.” Do you remember that? Well maybe that may be the case with powder milk, but when it comes to people and ourselves, we should rather say, “It’s not outside, it’s inside that counts!”

Dear Lord, thank you that when You look at me, You see what is in my heart and not what is on the outside. Thank you Lord, that You want what is in my heart! Here is my heart Lord, it is Yours! Open the eyes of my heart so that I may see other people’s hearts. I want to see what is inside. I praise Your Holy Name! In Jesus Name, Amen!

Advertisements

Making Life Matter: Refocusing

IMG_4096

Photography by Melinda Maidment

I have not been posting for a while but I am back, and ready to blog away.

 

There are some finished posts still in draft that have been waiting to be posted, but today I have something else on my heart. It forms part of the topic I have been writing about since the beginning of the year: Making Life Matter.

We always hear people say, “Life is short”. Sometimes we even use these words ourselves, and often when our lives get shaken. The things that shake our lives can be anything but, usually has something to do with loss or the potential/threat of loss. My first question then is: do we really have to wait to lose something or someone, or almost lose something or someone before we realise how ‘short’ life really is? Or rather how valuable life really is? Then my next question: if we then get a ‘wakeup call’ and re-evaluate the real worth and meaning of life, why do we fall back into our old habits so quickly? Why do we have to wait for ‘bad things’ to happen before we take stock and really put in an effort to live more meaningful lives? I am also guilty of this and today I am mostly talking to myself. Continue reading

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.