Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/roh/today.php?pid=892

Upon reading this article, I came across the suggestion to read Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book called ‘Brokenness’. Sounds like yet another good book to get stuck into! I would encourage anyone to prayerfully and carefully read and think upon this article. Every one of us are affected by the sin of pride and sometimes it can be the most subtle of sins.

 

Rhiannon Jane last Saturday enjoying the lovely weather with her Dada.

In her book ‘Loving God with all your mind’, Elizabeth George pens a very personal story of struggling with her doubts, lack of confidence and of her need to rely upon God’s precious word.
A lengthy extract, but one which means a lot.

I admit that I have to fight this battle against thinking negatively – and wrongfully! – about myself almost daily. But I well remember one day when the struggle was tougher than usual. I had accepted a writing assignment that challenged me way beyond my comfort zone! However, confident of God’s leading, I tackled the job. I worked harder and longer than ever…only to have my writing meet with strong reaction, resistance, and near rejection. I was mortified! I had failed!
Drained physically as well as emotionally, I crawled home to hide and recover. But even there, in the safety and shelter of my home-sweet-home, thoughts like these filled my mind:
“Who do you think you are? When are you going to learn that you are nobody! You are nothing! When will you understand that the kind of ministry you were attempting is reserved for others who are better than you?”

As the day went on, my thoughts became even darker. “Why don’t you just quit now? Why try? Why care? It was just a dream. And besides, you are a nobody and a nothing!”
I knew the signs all too well. I was sliding down into the dark hole of depression, defeat, discouragement, dismay, and dejection. But I began to fight back! I decided it might helpif I got out of the house. So I went for a walk. But walking didn’t help this time. With each step up our huge hill, I continued to hear the defeating chorus that had been there all day long.

But the the Holy Spirit broke through my relentless chant and prompted me to ask myself the key question: “But Elizabeth what is true and real?” And, my friend, the answers from Scripture that God brought to my poor exhausted mind and heart came to my rescue! God reminded me that…

* I am fearfully and wonderfully made, no matter what I or others may think about me (Psalm 139:14)

* He has a grand plan and purpose for my life, no matter how the present may look (2 Timothy 1:9)

* He has given me spiritual gifts that I can use to benefit other believers, no matter how I may be floundering of failing at the moment (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) and

* I am always loved and accepted by God, no matter what I experience or who may reject me (Romans 8:35)

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For over a month now, our internet has been ‘playing up’ – sometimes as frequently as every minute; so at the moment we are in the middle of changing provider although it’s working presently.

Meanwhile, I’m reading ‘Loving God with all your mind’ by Elizabeth George. So far, it’s been an excellent read and I’m convinced one of the chapters was specifically written with ‘me’ in mind!!

I’m also trying to get Rhiannon (6 months now) properly onto solids. She has been ‘dithering’ for a few months, taking some somedays and not being interested on other occasions, but this could be to do with her having a chesty cough and hayfever (well that’s my diagnosis anyway). She does really enjoy sweet potato, carrot and parsnip puree though, which I whizzed-up and froze in little ice-cube trays. (so much cheaper than baby jars!) Breakfasts are coming on slowly but surely.

Washing and laundry are at a record high with Cameron having lots of little accidents and Rhiannon being sick and dribbling; so I know if I can get through this it can only get better! :0)

Today is sunny so all washes will be out! All 4 loads of them!

God is so good to me (and us all as a family) – I see his hand in every plan and providence! I’m being sanctifed and my attitudes are being honed with every little (or what may seem little) ‘accident’ and situation and I praise Him for this. He has been and is my help in times of trouble; my ever present aide. I never thought I would have four children, but I am so thankful that He ordained this for me and I’m learning slowly but surely.

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 I also know women who are working because they really believe they are “non-persons” because they don’t have a job. We live in a society that evalutes the usefulness of individuals based on what they “do.”

From Kim at Upward call (on working Mums)

 

 

 

Yet another lazy post, but I came across both this excellent little reminder to ‘do unto others’ and  this extremely challenging article on the Revive Our Hearts website the other day…. I cannot recommend  this website enough for it’s many, varied topics and articles. 

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It’s recipe round-up time which Ann is hosting at Whatever things and this time its recipes from around the world!
I was originally born in Scotland and was brought up there for half of my childhood, so I will post a recipe for SCOTTISH TABLET. This is something I always mean to make, but never get around to it! It was something we used to enjoy as children when we went on a day-trip with our parents to the highlands. It can be bought everywhere in Scotland, but we just loved the homemade variety which you got in little Scottish villages such as this one, Callander.

I am partially N.Irish too, but you will find all those recipes over here.

That’s all for now! If I think of another I will post it!

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