I apologise for having neglected the weekly blog, but the monthly blog must not also go amiss.
No matter the business, the stresses and strains of life; no matter the hardships or even the challenge of un-answered prayer, there is always time, always joy, always delight in acknowledging the constant blessings and the constancies of God’s love and mercies, which are new every morning… and at the day’s end, God is still there!
A Pete Greig video left me with a helpful image of a microscope and a telescope – often we are peering through the microscope, focussed largely on our own concerns and bringing our burdens and needs to the Lord – for we are instructed to do so, by Him who ever lives to intercede for us before the throne of God – but when we take out the telescope and look up at the heavenly realm our perspective shifts… We don’t look up at the heavenly realm and say “Aren’t I important!” or “Poor me!”, No, we raise our sights and praise the Creator God and Father for who He is, in all His majesty and power and we magnify Him, not ourselves.
What we focus on, we magnify.
So I want to magnify God again for the answered prayers and windfalls of September and to remember that God is good, all the time, even when I do not understand.
I thank God for:
A good weekend together with my closest childhood friends.
That the changeover went smoothly for my babies and school and home is all good.
That S and I had another blessed week in London and both managed to accomplish much.
For inspiration and help with my writing.
For perseverance, courage and growth in my relationships.
For five good breaks away this Summer and for cover for work for each of them.
That S finally inspired to write his article.
That S free to travel around in Romania, despite restrictions.
That C and B successfully produced 2 great videos.
That A’s bloods showed that her cancer is now in remission!
That C begun University and is inspired and has risen to the challenge.
That J’s PHD has begun and all is well.
That first 2 prayer groups chez moi peaceful, blessed fellowship and tech improving.
For all the opportunities to serve.
Above all I thank you, not just for doing the things I have asked of You Lord, but for being God, for choosing to be in relationship with little me and for working with us, Your precious children, in this life on earth – for being Emmanuel, God with us – for coming to dwell in our hearts – being Jehovah Shammah – and for the assurance of Your presence. Though Satan should buffet and trials may come, let this blessed assurance be mine… It is well with my soul. Lord, where You are in the boat, no matter the storm, it is well with my soul.
Your Love endures forever and whatever happens, whether I understand or not, I know that You have me in the palm of Your hand.
Blessed be God forever.
Spend some time looking through the telescope today.