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Changing my mind to change my destiny

1 Thessalonian 5 : 18  In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God ... for you!


Changing self speech

I tend to speak to myself and tell myself how rotten and bad I am and that I am just not good enough.  It just made me feel more depressed and really worthless.  I then started confessing the word of God into my life.

I remind myself constantly "I am the righteousness of God in Christ, that no weapon formed against me shall prosper.  Only goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
Stop saying "I cant"

In Philippians 4: 13 I remind myself that I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me.

No more I cant, I can and I do, not 100% but still I can do it.  Even when I feel a little scared I do it.  Believing that the Lord Jesus will help me.
Stop confessing lack

Philippians 4: 19 says that my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  I am not broke ..... no I am out of pocket.

Thanking the Lord Jesus

I now r…

Supernatural Favour

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Through confession and speaking the Word of God into my life I have no struck a nerve.  It seems by my confessions the devil really feels threatened and I am facing some really interesting obstacles.  This week I started my day of by confessing “I am the righteousness of God in Christ, no weapon formed against me will prosper and only goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” 
The interesting thing that actually got my attention is my cell phone crashed, the memory on the phone just all of a sudden gave in.  I took it for repairs and guess what?  Hmm you are right it’s broken again.  I almost cried today because it is my means of communication with my children and family. 
Just to sort of top my day, I have taken some plants out to be replanted and the person that moved the lawn just moved over the plants pretending to think its w…

Getting into the 'Flow' of things

Ezekiel 3: 23
23 ‘The hand of the LORD was upon me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”  So I got up and went out to the plain.  And the Glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.’
With 2016 just in sight I am really excited for a brand New Year with great opportunities.  Just like you I believe that 2016 is going to be a year of opportunities and blessings I cannot imagine.  
I will complete my book and it will be published, I believe God will help me write it.  I also believe that this year I will get into the flow of things.  God will help me get into the flow and that will mean that I will go out into the plain to speak with the Lord my God.
I am expecting to hear from God and I want to obey Him.  It is my heart’s desire to work hard, do the best I can and most of all improve on my attitude.
Prayer
Abba Father in humbleness Lord I come before You today submitting my …

Hearing God's Voice

Jesus told her, “I am the one who raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again.  John 11:25TLB As I am sure you also want to hear God’s voice and know what it is that God wants you to do.  I have been thinking about this question and to my mind I believe God still speaks to me on a daily basis.  When I was young I know God spoke to me in an audible voice.  I feel so sad that I missed the word He had for me as I was still naïve and without insight.
Growing older is the best teacher in time and I realise that when I want to know something I go into my bedroom close the door and pray.  Many a time I don’t get an answer straight away but I do feel at ease and relax after speaking to the Lord about the problem.
I was thinking about the question of how I can hear God’s voice.  It struck me that I still hear Gods voice but not on a conventional way.  I realised that God speaks to me through dreams, I seem to drea…

Learning to NOT be so critical

There are a couple of attributes each of us have and one of the most difficult ones to get rid of is ‘being critical’ of other people. 
Dealing with a critical attitude is really difficult in the sense that you need to watch what you say to people and how you approach each situation.  I don’t really know how I landed up being so critical of people but I can spot someone’s issues long before they realise it.  I seem to have the ability to see their faults and then zone in on them.  Making it my business to make sure they know I know about their problems.
# 1       think before you speak
This seems easy enough but when you really take the time to think before you speak you will  get to a place of acceptance.  Accepting who you are and accepting who the other person is. #2           stop being ego centred
As a child I was taught that 1st is 1st and 2nd is nothing.  So I seem to make it my business to be in front.  I feel left out and terrible when I am pushed aside, my ego tells me I …

Lord Jesus is Born

A voice is being heard in the market square, Caesar Augustus has issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  Each person needs to go to his own town to register.  As the crowds gathered to hear the message being proclaimed Joseph stood near the end of the market listening.  It was really interesting times; this would be the first census that will be taking place while Quirinius is governor of Syria.
Standing listing to the conversations of the people in the street at the Market Place, Joseph turned around and headed back home.  He needed prepare for their long trip from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea.  He walked over to Mary and they sat down under the tree in the back yard. 
“Mary how are you my love?”  Joseph greeted Mary by taking her hand lovingly into his own, placing a kiss on her hand.
“I am fine, what brings you here this morning?”  Mary answered Joseph.
“Caesar Augustus has issued a decree that a census be taken of the entire Roman world and we …

Dream Big

It is my heart’s desire and yearning to travel overseas, I so want to travel to Israel and walk where the Lord Jesus walked.  I so want to go and see the different landmarks.  After travelling to Israel I would like to go to Egypt and also to America and not forgetting about England and Australia, this is my Big Big dream.
I think the Lord has given me the yearning and passion to write and it is my big dream to write a best-selling Daily Devotion.  It is my yearning and passion that what I write will impact people all over the world ~ not for the accolades of being a best-seller but so that I may be a vessel the Lord used to spread the word of God.

My hopes and dreams are to leave a legacy for my children and my grandchildren.  I want them to have something to build on going forward in their own lives.  I want my entire family to love the Lord and all to be saved.

# 5 Mind Changing Tactics

# 1 Stay Positive
Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is pray and in my prayers I say thank you Lord for a new day.  While I still lie in my bed I think of the day ahead of me and dedicate each member in my family into Gods Hand. Staying Positive is one of my basic needs and requirements for each day, I read my daily devotion and focus on a passage to help me turn to the Lord when I feel hurt, distressed or disappointed. Verse I focus on:  Isaiah 30: 18 ‘Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.  For the LORD is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for him!’ # 2 Get dressed The most basic thing to do to stay focused on changing your mind set, you need to do normal day-to-day things.  Just because you are retired, a stay at home mom, student does not mean you should stay in your pyjama’s all day long.  No, take a shower, wash your hair, brush your teeth and dress for the day. I feel better once I have done my hair, dressed into m…

Why me?

Job 42: 1 – 2 “Then Job replied to the LORD:  ‘I know that YOU can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.’
Each day comes with its own challenges and normal day to day living brings its own challenges.  I think of the story of this man named Job.  He was wealthy and had great children, then to change things up a little disaster struck him, his family and even in his body.
As I think of my life I recall something Job said to his wife Job 2: 10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman.  Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?”  So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Sitting here I ask the question, Why me?  Why do I suffer and why do I have pain, why is it that everything I put my hand to just doesn't work out the way I think it should.  I look at my surrounding and see the people around me, plain sailing. 
I am working and the job am doing isn't plain sailing, and there is no respect between the people I work with.  I fee…

Daily Devotion

Please pray with me and help me identify the right name for my Daily Devotion book I am currently writing.  I need God's, wisdom and insight and most of all understanding.  I want to ask that you will pray with me, asking God to reveal to me What the name of my book should be and also that it will be words of wisdom, that God wants to reveal through me to you and other people.

Prayer
Abba Father, Lord God, You know my hearts desires and Lord You know what is best for me, I pray and with friends on Blogger I am asking You, Lord please guide me and show me what the name of my Daily Devotion should be.  This I pray humbly in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

Lord! Help me not to sit with scornful people!

“If you love someone, you will … always believe in him.”  1 Corinthians 13: 7
David a young shepherded boy came to see his brothers who were in battle against the Philistines.  David believed in God and I felt so sure that God would help him stand up against Goliath.
Now David’s brother Eliab was upset that this youngster came along, being full of himself he must have thought.  Telling everybody that he (David) was going to get this Philistine, and Eliab confronted David saying “Why have you come down?  And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.’
Eliab’s name actually means “God is my Father” so in actual fact I believe Eliab has great authority over the Philistine, he just didn’t believe that it was the case.  David on the other had felt he was circumcised and because of the covenant with God, David knew that God would be on David’s side.
This whole episode rem…

"Thorn in my side"

As I sit here today I am thinking about a famous person someone you also know, perhaps even better than I do.  The Apostle Paul, and as I think about this man who done so many wonderful things and wonders in the name of the Lord Jesus I am reminded of something he had to deal with on a daily basis.  “The thorn in his side”, we do not know what the so called “thorn” was, but we do know it kept Paul on his knees.  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+12%3A+9&version=TLB
Each person’s life is different and we do not know the journey we need to take in getting to our destination.  My journey right now is really not that easy, I seem to embark on the most difficult of tasks and so many times very humbling too. 
My “thorn” right now is really a part time job I have taken to supplement my income.  I have seen and it is really funny how God has been working miracles for me each day.  The one thing I am sure of is that God keeps His eye on me.  Some days I find that…

Pray like Hannah

1 Samuel 1:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) 11 She vowed, saying, O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid and [earnestly] remember, and not forget Your handmaid but will give me a son, I will give him to the Lord all his life; no razor shall touch his head.
How serious are your prayers?  How desperately do you want the Father God Almighty to answer your prayers?  We who are blessed with children would not know the anguish and pain that Hannah had when she prayed for a child.  It was her heart’s desire to have a child; a son of her own.  She was prepared to give her child back to the Lord to serve Him so sincere and desperately she wanted a son. The real truth I believe is that the Lord God sees each and every persons heart and intention, He knows what your motives are.  Are you able to pray sincerely and believe that God answers prayers?  Will you pray for the things you desperately want?  I pray that the Lord God will give you the wisdom and understanding and…

Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit of God

Ephesians 4: 30 - 32
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption, get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you."

In life we all experience different kinds of pains, while living and growing up in your parents house it is normal things that takes place.  Then you start your own adult life and people start to disappoint you.  You find that people tend to lie and gossip and they are saying hurtful things about you.

Before you know it you are tending a garden filled with bitterness, growing your rage and anger, and out of these couple of fruits brawling and slander obviously sneaks in.  Its not long before there are signs of all kinds of malice growing too.

The first signs of becoming bitter is when you cannot drop something, a friend, husband or relative has done.  You just cannot …

Pray for your Pastor

Ephesians 6: 19 (AMP) 19 And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel), Paul asks the believers in Ephesus to “Pray for me, that freedom of utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news ~ the Gospel.”
Do you ever think of praying for your Pastor?  I never thought about it until our Pastor asked the congregation to please pray for him.
As time went by a couple of old people were praying for our Pastor.  He mentioned that he felt his preaching was made a little easier.  The Pastor then asked that the congregation come to church during the week and pray for our church as well as for the Pastor.

Prayer Father God we pray that our Pastors will have the freedom of utterance to open their mouths in proclaiming boldly the mysteries of the good news to us and the world.  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!

The Secret of the Lord

Psalm 25:14 (AMP) 14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.             My BFF (Best Friend Forever) normally is in on all my secrets, how I feel, if I’m sad and when I’m really happy.  The thing to think about is do you only go to the LORD your God with all your sad secrets?  Or do you take the good things that happen to you, and share them with the LORD?             Can you too come to the Lord Jesus in prayer and say “Lord Jesus; Your will be done.” Yes, you can when you have a relationship with the Lord.  By trusting that the Lord Jesus will help you in everything you do. Prayer Thank You Lord, it amazes me when You answer so many of my little desires, without my even asking.  Lord thank You for You loving kindness and companionship in my life.  In the Holy Name of Jesus, Amen!

Sharing

Proverbs 23:7 (NIV) 7 for he is the kind of person
    who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
    but his heart is not with you.
The gift of hospitality isn’t always present in all people.  I have been to see people that begrudgingly will pour you a glass of water.  There whole demeanor shows they really don’t want you to have this water.
Help me never to become the person that has a heart that is not with others.  Help me to give as much as I can and more.  Sharing is caring so I’m told.
Prayer
Abba Father thank You for the hospitable people You placed in my life, people who teach me to be a cheerful giver, in the name of Jesus.  Amen

Praying to keep silent !!!

Colossians 1:11 - 12 (AMP) 11 [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, 12Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share theportion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.
As Christians we are reminded by Paul and Timothy in Colossians to pray for the Holy Spirit to invigorate and strengthen us with all power according to the might of God’s glory.  To exercise forbearance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of God’s holy people in the Light.
Prayer  Today Lord help me through the Holy Spirit to show and teach me how to become invigorated and strengthened with all the power according to the might of God’s glory.  Teach me to make this part of our daily prayer so that we see how the F…

Which way LORD?

Psalm 32:8 (AMP)8 I [the Lord] will instructyou and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. In life we need guidance and we want to sort of know that we are on the right ‘track’.  So now we read in scripture ‘The Lord will instruct us and teach us’.  How do we know we are getting in line with what God wants from us?  Firstly I believe we need to get down to basics, we need to spend time in God’s word.  The only way to know what God wants of us is to keep our quiet time with God.  Reading our Bibles, keep a journal and praying and mediating on the Word of God. We know that we can speak to God any time of the day or night the thing is; are we prepared to put in the time to spend in HIS presence?  In spending time in the Word we learn more of God and it gives us the opportunity to hear the Holy Spirit.  We start to open the line between us and God.  The Holy Spirit moves over our lives and we just come into line with what God wants for us. Prayer Lord pl…

Attitude

Colossians 4:6Amplified Bible (AMP) 6 Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].             These days it’s very clear people say and do as they please, never keeping in mind that what they say might offend or hurt others.             We are reminded to be pleasant and winsome, our words should be seasoned with salt.  We also need to keep in mind that when we are asked a question that we would know how to answer it.             As you step into your Managers office this morning with your excellent idea, think of what you want him or her to hear.  Keeping a good attitude will help you ‘ace’ the deal.             People are fickle and you and I know that, so when someone makes you angry remember Colossians 4: 6 today.
Prayer   Lord Jesus help me be gracious in my speech today, let it be seasoned with salt and help me to know how to a…

Mini Me

As a mom I must be honest in telling you that I have thought about my children on a daily basis, they all are grown up and have moved out of the house.  They live their own lives and work and look after themselves and their families.
Now I have always been a ‘fanatic’ when it comes to the Lord, my passion and my love is always been for the Lord.  What I did not realise is that what I was doing would rub off on my children and it did too onto my daughter.
I can see how passionately she loves the Lord God.  I see how she goes out of her way to serve the Lord and she has her husband right by her side.  They both are following the Lord. 
I am proud of her and what she has accomplished in her life.  My heart is grateful to the Lord for a ‘mini me’.
I believe both my sons also love the Lord but serve the Lord in their own special way.  To my mind the children will be mighty in the land and they will enjoy the legacy God has in mind for them from me.
My heart is grateful and my love for th…

In the little things – God helps me

You probably won’t understand or even care but I do want to tell you that God helps me even in the little things in life.
Now I have been out of a job for a very long time, I need the work and I was offered a job at a really busy Occupational Health Clinic.  Patience arrive I check their bookings in a file and make copies of their identity documents.  Hand the copies with a flow chart to the Data captures and then the process begins.  The Patients are referred to the next room where they wait.
In the meantime the Patients information is captured and files are drawn accordingly.  Because this is a very pressured environment and time is of the essence we need to work accurately but also efficiently.
Well this is where I have seen how the Lord my God has been helping me, many times we need to find a file that has been drawn or the patient has ‘exited’ from a company.  I see how the Lord leads me to the right box or stack of files and I am not lying when I say the numbers stand out betwe…

Be Positive

It sounds so easy 'be positive'.  Well I am probably one of the people that can speak negatively more often than speaking positively.

I have decided speak words of wisdom and positively into my own life.  You will not believe it but my self-esteem is really low.  
So today I have decided to say things like, I am beautiful, I am strong and I have courage to face any situation.  I am successful and God will turn my mourning into laughter, I am prosperous and I have the supernatural favour of God in my own life.  I love what I am doing, I am a nice person to be around, people love and like me.  I am a fun person.
My future is bright and happy, my children are mighty in the land and my legacy will live on to inspire future generations.  I run with purpose every step of the way, because God is blessing me, I am victorious and I am a child of the Most High God.
I want to encourage you today, be positive, look to the Lord our God and know you are of value and God loves You.
Be blesse…

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit

This morning in the shower I stood before the Lord my God and prayed that He would please forgive me, I felt that I have been abandoned and that I have disappointed Him so dearly.  I then went to wake my husband and step children.  Got dressed and prayed “Please Lord God I pray that I may be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ.”  We drove off to church and as I walked into the church I was quiet and waiting for something to happen.  I sat next to my husband and we looked at the messages that were popping up on the screen, someone passed away, someone is sick etc.  The preacher came into the church and greeted the congregation.  A couple of songs were sang and then, I felt this breaking in my spirit, tears rolling down my cheeks I could not stop it.  I felt so desperately alone and as though I was abandoned.
John 14:1-17Living Bible (TLB)
14“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. 2-3 There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to pr…

Pray like Hannah

1 Samuel 1:11Amplified Bible (AMP) 11 She vowed, saying, O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid and [earnestly] remember, and not forget Your handmaid but will give me a son, I will give him to the Lord all his life; no razor shall touch his head.

How serious are your prayers?  How desperately do you want the Father God Almighty to answer your prayers?  We who are blessed with children would not know the anguish and pain that Hannah had when she prayed for a child.  It was her heart’s desire to have a child; a son of her own.  She was prepared to give her child back to the Lord to serve Him so sincere and desperately she wanted a son. The real truth I believe is that the Lord God sees each and every persons heart and intention, He knows what your motives are.  Are you able to pray sincerely and believe that God answers prayers?  Will you pray for the things you desperately want?  I pray that the Lord God will give you the wisdom and understanding and …

Winter is here!

Imagine getting out of bed as usual and feeling a little chilly but actually not really cold.  Imagine you can walk around in your T-shirt and shorts the whole of May and not be bothered with the weather.  I was thinking that winter is late this year and that June is going to be a breeze.
Think and imagine again, that is not going to happen.  It was one early morning, to be precise 8 June, we got out of bed and my husband said   “Please bring more blankets, I am cold at night.”  I walked out of the house with him to his car parked next to the house.  The car is covered in ice; he gets into the car and lowers the drives side window, ice sitting in the window.  As we say goodbye; I can feel the ice chilling factor of cold air creeping up my legs into my warm pyjamas.  Brr, its cold this morning, I think “Elsa” from Frozen has let her hand move over our little town.
The kids are ready and as we drive to school we watch how the temperatures start too plummeted as I drive into the school …

Attitudes

One’s attitude is probably the most important thing that we as human beings have to deal with.  Just walking into a shop or any venue you can pick up on the people’s attitudes.  As you start talking to people you will find that they either have a good and happy attitude or a really heartbroken, self-pity attitude. 
Most people struggle with the negative side of their attitudes and it takes hard work to being one’s attitude under control.  I for one struggle with fault-find, grumbling, complaining, nagging and stuff like that.  I have to check myself for not going down that road.  Once the door is open I just bulldozer forward and become a real wrecking ball. 
Thinking about my problem I believe the only way forward for me is to realize who I am in Jesus Christ.  I should start making a point of not finding fault with everything that irritates me.  I should pay attention to what I say and do.  I feel that I should start mediating more on the Word of God and take my focus off what is…

How I cope with my fear

Emotions such as fear and anxiety are to my mind a helpless feeling which is blown out of proportion.  The person dealing with these emotions have been under tremendous stress and have not been coping well with live in general.
To my mind and from my own experience I believe that one should first identify what it is that is making you fearful.  After you have identified your problem, speak to someone about that specific issue.  By doing this you find that other person has a different take on the specific issue.  Now go and look at the problem and see what can be done to alleviate it.  Ask yourself what can you do about it; is there a way through the problem?  Write down the pro’s and con’s and look at it from a different point of view.  By analyzing the problem you are able to see the issue as it is.  Then ask yourself the question, am I in the position to change this issue?  Yes or No, if it’s a Yes, think about a logical way to deal with the issue.  What can you do to make the chan…

Praying to keep silent

Colossians 1:11 - 12Amplified Bible (AMP) 11 [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy,  12 Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share theportion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.
A s Christians we are reminded by Paul and Timothy in Colossians to pray for the Holy Spirit to invigorate and strengthen us with all power according to the might of God’s glory.  To exercise forbearance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of God’s holy people in the Light.
Today when you take 5 minutes to pray ask the Holy Spirit to show and teach you how to become invigorated and strengthened with all the power according to the might of God’s glory.  Make this a part of your daily prayer and see …

Father’s day

Today is Father’s Day and to be honest it was a lovely day, this morning it was a little chili I think around 6o degrees.  It is traditionally a day when my husband needs to prepare and cook for us as a family.  This morning we stayed in bed a little later than usual, we got up around 09h30 and just sat in the warm sin.  Around 12h30 we started with the preparation of cooking lunch or late early evening dinner.
The ingredients we are using and the recipe my husband like is as follows: 1 kg chicken pieces
30ml oil
2 onions diced
1 garlic clove
500g Brussel sprouts
500g eggplant
500g mushrooms
250 ml dry red wine
350ml coconut milk
6 large potatoes
salt
Chicken spices and aromat
1 packet of chicken soup
1.2 litres of water
Rice for the side dish and tomato salad
The fire was prepared and nice and warm when my husband put his black pot onto the fire, warming the oil and frying the onions and garlic.  It must be nice and brown then he added the chicken piece and started to brown the chi…