Sometimes you just need to stop and breathe. Remember that you are still here for good reason and celebrate that fact. So many lost their lives this week in tragedies that shouldn’t have happened, but for the evil that is in the world. Yet we are here. We have hope for tomorrow. We have a song yet to sing and beautiful family and friends around us. Bask in that. Be grateful for that. Don’t waste time on silly things that don’t matter. I’m speaking to myself here but maybe someone else needs to hear it. Photos and social media and all of that are great, but even better – cherish the moment. My baby looks so puzzled when I stick a camera between her face and mine. Her smiles vanish and she stops interacting. How often we do that with our older kids too. Cherish the moments. Bring out the camera now and then – yes. Mostly though, just breathe. Be kind to yourself. Be glad for today and rejoice in it.
I was so blessed today when a friend rang to offer me some Tupperware she was getting rid of and the conversation led to an offer to help me organise some areas of the house which have been overwhelming me. I love how God does that – He prompts His children to bless somebody and when they step out in obedience, He reveals the rest of the plan. Little did this lady know, I have been praying that someone would help me – hoping that someone would step into this messy space and provide their wisdom and organisational skills to help me get ready for this baby; I am much less organised than last pregnancy.
I have my answer to prayer coming to me in about 12 hours and it will be so great to catch up while we work at tidying up the space.
Never underestimate the importance of obedience. If you ask the Lord to use you, don’t feel that you have to have the full picture before you step out and do something. Just be available and God will do the rest.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
1Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
I started this blog a few months ago and haven’t had time to write regular posts. Hoping to change all that. My son just started school and I am now weeks away from having my second child. All very exciting! There seems to be a mountain of things to do in preparation for having a new life in the house but I am quietly confident that little by little, I will get there.
What have I learnt the past few months? The main thing is the importance of friends and family. Life just isn’t the same when the busyness and clutter of life take over and squash out much needed time with loved ones. This year my priority is to connect with people. To slow down. To take time to learn their stories and what makes them unique. To sow into the lives of people and to allow my heart to be open.
It says in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 4
9Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Blogging is a fun way to find out a little about people from all walks of life, all around the world. I hope to hear from you in the comments and connect with you all some more that way. It is my intent to keep anonymous this time round (I have blogged before), so for the purposes of this blog, you can call me “Saoirse” a Scottish/ Irish name which means, freedom/ liberty – an apt name which captures the journey I have been on for quite some time. It is pronounced “Sear-sha”. Hope to hear from you!
Today was a day which made me overflow with thankfulness. It has been a hard slog lately, trying to stay on top of things emotionally whilst suffering from certain ailments and feeling overwhelmed with too much on my plate. Add to this a certain amount of ‘challenge’ from my son and interrupted sleep and I have been quite melancholy at times.
This day started very differently. Continue reading Showers of Blessings
Last night my thoughts got away from me in a most unsatisfactory way. I made judgement about somebody’s motives without having too many facts and it put me in such a sour mood that I couldn’t sleep till quite late. Ironic, that I should have learnt some more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) just two days prior in a course my church is running – perhaps I should have applied it at the beginning of the downward spiral, instead of spreading that negativity so strongly that it put my husband in a bad mood too. What a wake up call as I reflected upon it this morning. It’s amazing what a good sleep can do for you. Isn’t it the way – what seems like a mountain when tired, is actually quite a different story the next day. Continue reading A Wake Up Call
Our family went to the hills today. It was Melbourne Cup Day, so we decided to have a picnic and venture out to some of our favourite spots, regardless of the inclement weather predictions. Continue reading To The Hills
Our family will be expanding in a few months’ time. It’s so exciting to know that there is a healthy baby growing inside of me. I can feel her movements at times and I can’t wait to meet her. The rest of the family are filled with joy too. It’s incredible to think that God has already planned every one of her days – just as He knows our entire lives too. He knows how many hairs will be on her head (and how many are on ours!) and He already knows her character. Whenever you are tempted to think that you are not good enough, you don’t fit in or you have no purpose, I want you to remember this – you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God saw your unformed body and He chose to knit you together. Yes, our bodies grow old and tired and we suffer from a plethora of illnesses in this world but one day, those who have given their lives to Christ will receive a new heavenly body – one that cannot wear out or be unwell. I thank the Lord for this little life within and for the reminder of His amazing creative power.
Psalm 139: 14 (NIV)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
2 Cor 5:5 (NLT)
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.