That Sinking Feeling

That sinking feeling….

Gods Light Christian Counseling

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Far too often we get that sinking feeling about our lives.  We seem to struggle no matter what we do.  We can’t seem to get close enough to God for Him to hear us.  We yell and scream but no one is listening.  We do all that we possible can do, but it is never good enough and nothing helps.

God knew these times would exist in our lives.  That is why he gives us John 6 as our example as to what to do when we realize we are on the Titanic and the band has even stopped playing.

First, let me give you 5 Signs That You Are Sinking:

  1. When You Can No Longer See Your Way – you are confused and you can simply see no way out, no light at the end of the tunnel.  In John 6 we read, “By now it was dark.”  These…

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Tapestry of Honor…..Values

In recent times meditating on some teachings from church, I am finding that honor is like a woven piece. If you’ve taken a knitting course or had someone make a piece around you, you’d agree it takes quite a lot of effort and patience and some creativity too. If you walked through the sweater section of a clothing store, you’d see a lot of patterns…varied textures, colors… some just with that soft almost furry feeling over the skin, others too loosely woven you can almost feel the cool air sieve through the sweater to your skin like fine grain.

Honor has a similar tone. It is the beautiful pattern arising from the spooling of the fine wool of values through the needles of patience. Values are the principles and the convictions that we consider essential. Values influence our outcomes. Our values are the building blocks of our character. Values form our disposition to managing time, money and life. Values reflect the standards and principles we esteem. It gives us an identity, Values are like a sail that lead us to the safe shores we have desired. It is important that we establish personal values, church values, corporate values etc…

Some great personal values to adopt would be;

Value People: Jesus valued people so much that he gave his life for people.

Value application of Scriptures: In applying God’s word to our lives daily, we can experience God’s best for our lives.

Value loving Relationships – It is in the demonstration of love with one another that Christ’s nature in us is communicated through believers to the world.

Value Excellence – When we give attention to details, exceptional performance is inevitable.

Some great family values could be – Love God, Love people, Do right and have fun!

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To have a value vacuum, is to have frustration, confusion, reflections of irresponsibility and failure.

Take some time to reflect today, What values are you running your life by?

My daddy used to tell me, you know, a circle was once a straight line!

”By choosing to embrace and practice good values every day, you choose the higher course in life. And your life goes in a direction that you will always feel good about. You may not always get what you desire, but you will always be the person you desire to be.”              John C Maxwell.

To build one’s life on the scriptures, is to build a life of great values!

24“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”   Matthew 7:24-27

Your values are your NON-NEGOTIABLES!

…..didi

Safe!!! NOT FOUND!!!

A thought came to mind this morning,
I love costumes by the way… And they’re great pieces I have always admired.. Not particularly for a desire to wear them or own them, but the intricacy with which several stones are embellished. Diverse colours carefully but firmly riveted onto a metal framework ensuring they never fall out… Perhaps some powerful adhesives are used to hold the beautiful stones down.
Oh and the array of them, there must be a principle informing the sequence of colours in the outlay… For under light, it gives off an overwhelming spectrum… Bold but lighted up reflections.. Sometimes I wonder if the stones are luminous or have light trapped within them that answers to external light and shows off its hidden light…as a peacock strutting across the fields with its feathers stretched out..
I’d love to meet a jeweller someday… I can already see how interesting and intriguing our conversation would be.
He or she would have a lot of explaining to do.
It’s my admiration for costume pieces that makes
me completely understand why they are deposit worthy… I read of them being hidden in safes, banks restricted areas …. First as stones and afterwards as jewelry… In the hands of the seller even the owners.
A friend once made a joke to me about having a relative whose jewelry got delivered minutes before her departure for an occasion. And yes it would often be escorted by a throng of security officers and so would she once adorned with the piece.
The job scope of the security personnel- guide the lady and the piece!
Hold that thought!
Now that’s exactly who we are in Christ Jesus! God’s priced costume! In fact, the holy Spirit just like the security personnel is constantly in us and with us. It’s a security concept from heaven where the security mechanism is entrenched…embedded… Present but not seen by physical eyes.
Science and technology are beginning to get the idea planting chips internally for surveillance and monitoring. They cannot catch up though.
So friends, you see. We have a security system that cannot be breached!
No, not by sicknesses, not by robbers, not by death, not by loss, not by barrenness, not by shame… It’s a one fits all kinda thing! Point is it’s not about us…its natural to our divine nature.
I agree with you, it defies the natural fallen order of things around earth… So yeah, you’d have pockets of resistance showing up to say the contrary.
For some its a type of sickness saying…. I have a part in your body, for some a difficulty in business saying you’re not getting past me, for others it’s challenges saying I have a right in your marriage, or fear saying I have space in your mind….fill in your blanks.
That’s where our faith responds… It speaks to these things… Saying oh no! You didn’t get the memo? I don’t live according to the law of life and death anymore…the natural order has been suspended on my account. I now live by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus!
I’ve found they’re hard of hearing….so lots of times, I have had to speak to them again and again and again and again… Highlighting scriptures – they’re the amendments, acts, articles and schedules in our constitution as believers – u gotta know them, lest your rights get trampled upon.

Some days, I wake up and find they’d packed up and gone… And I’m like… Whoa! Finally… So I take the hearing aid from that situation and put it in the ears of the next situation and I am back to speaking to it… No shifting grounds… I keep at it, till I’m heard!
There’s no way I’m getting short changed of anything – and I mean anything that Christ died, was buried and resurrected for!
Concerning the ills of life, its a futile hide and seek game for all believers who declare the word and stand in faith – they’ll always turn up as NOT FOUND.
For who can find what God has hidden in his Son?

….Didi

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3 (NKJV)

I believe!

When your ray of hope goes out…
There are seasons in waiting when the glimmer you were holding to appears to be snuffed out. The flicker you’ve been praying will blossom seems to die out.. .and there is no trace whatsoever that what you’re believing for can happen.
Call this madness, but it’s my resolve… I choose to believe….in utter darkness, I believe… Without a trace…I believe…. Regardless of how I feel..   I have chosen to believe.
For all things are possible to she who believes!
I have chosen to take God’s word to the bank. My shopping list is on my mind. There’s no iota of doubt …his word gets the job done!
His word will pay my bills…  His word will heal my body… His word will bring my miracle…his word is everything… I have his word, I have everything!

Song of the day…. Good good Father by Chris Tomlin!

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a Good, Good Father
(You are perfect in all of your ways)
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
(You are perfect in all of your ways)
It’s who I am, it’s who I am it’s who I am

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23(KJV)

….didi

Holy Destruction

Stay fully kitted in the armour…. For holy destruction

Diary of A BlueBlood

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  1. Cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing)
  2. Get rid of or destroy completely, especially in large numbers
  3. Put an end to or cause the failure or defeat of something
  4. Neutralize or subdue (an effect or quality)
  5. Overwhelm (someone) with an emotion
  6. Pass (time, or a specified amount of it), typically while waiting for a particular event

Synonyms: eliminate, wipe out, destroy, extinguish, put an end to, defeat, overrule, throw out, disallow, stifle, reduce, diminish, suppress, decrease, silence, overwhelm, amaze, astonish, pass, spend, use up, occupy

Deuteronomy 20:16-18The Message (MSG)

16-18 But with the towns of the people that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance, it’s different: don’t leave anyone alive. Consign them to holy destruction: the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, obeying the command of God, your God. This is so there won’t be any of them left to teach…

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Wait!…

I was hurrying from the hub to catch the 3:50PM bus at Cannon Park back to base yesterday. I did, actually, I was four minutes early. There were two young men and a lady and a lady already waiting. As time passed it became a long queue of the young, old, distracted, tensed, cheerful…a rich mixture I would call it. That was when the cheery old man came along and said, “Five or ten more minutes wait”. He perceived our confusion from the doubtful and amused gaze. So, with a wide smile he added “my wife is on that bus you see”. Like a conducted orchestra we nodded unanimously, his contagious smile now played out on our lips. I made a mental note to look out for the wife when the bus arrived. Only then did I notice the feet drumming incessantly beside me, it brought memories of course work deadlines and how my body reacted to them. I got the message, he had no plans to bore a hole at the bus stop, he was getting tired of waiting. Inquisitive, I searched the other faces for mutual expressions…some wore a frown but stood quietly in their own corner, a few looked far ahead in the expected arrival route as though that would bring the bus in sooner, some chatted cheerfully with friends not seeming to mind if the bus arrived the next minute or hour, across the road stood an old lady, leaning on a post, she swung her leg back and forth with so much glee obviously in a world of her own, I thought the arrival of the bus would be an intrusion.
Then the bus turned the corner and we all rushed to board, nearly everyone wearing a frown. Oh you should have seen him, the cheery old man welcomes his wife, she had begun to bend forward from aging already. He could hardly spend a minute away to grab her luggage and hurriedly headed back to walk her to their old beaten-up truck. 
So questions sprung up in my mind…why do people get tired of waiting? why do we frown when we have to wait? is waiting in itself a broken expectation? is it an indication delay or of failure to arrive when expected? would waiting be less stressful if we focused on the great worth of what we are waiting for? was waiting easier for the cheery old man than for me waiting to head back for a meeting? would waiting have less tension if i was busy with something interesting while waiting?
30 minutes away from my destination, having napped and mused a bit. it occurred to me that the old bent woman in the bus was waiting to meet her husband as well, the driver was waiting to arrive Birmingham to get some rest. Every one was waiting albeit for different things. While you are waiting for that dream job, that admission, that scholarship, that miracle, that healing, that spouse, that provision, that child, that promotion, that car, that business, the fulfillment of that idea, that house, that….fill in your blank space.
whether you have been waiting for 5 minutes or a month? a year or a decade? A lifetime. Every one is waiting too!!!Maybe for something you already have!!! Know today that how you wait is as important as if you wait. Why do you want to get high blood pressure and shorten your life span and the time you will get to live in that dream house of yours? Have you become addicted to something that will earn you a heart failure and deny you the opportunity to play with the kids you have waited for? Oh and it wouldn’t help to wait that long if you would have done your rounds with the long awaited spouse’s family and friends already. Or how about some shopping or food stuffing, after all it takes attention off the joblessness or failed business…. ehmm, you just succeeded in reducing your first year savings or profit by 50%.
Wait!!! Wait cheerfully!! wait patiently!!! wait joyfully!!! and while you are at it bear in mind that every one else is waiting for something too!!! Waiting has a reward!!!! 
Look how long Jesus has been waiting for you to give your heart to him? Look how long the Father has been waiting to give his orders for the trumpet to be sounded? Your soul is important to Him. Accept him today and be saved. Receive God’s salvation through Christ, Turn away from sin and live as Christ admonishes.

….didi

Psalm 37 vs 7: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalm 40 vs 1: I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalm 27 vs 14: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Isaiah 40 vs 31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Habakkuk 2 vs 3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.