Precious seed

This dry ground longs for rain, months have passed, and still not a drop has fell… I’m longing for a rainy spell, rain fall now…. fall now..

These roots have travelled far, yet to no avail, no water here, no ships that can sail. A parched land seems unsuitable for habitation, yet I have heard this land used to be bountiful and blessed with visitations from distant lands.

Now this land is parched, in need of a fresh start. Winter has been extended this year, summer where are you? Sun will you shine on us here? I cry… but my voice just echoes around this barron land.

I heard a story some time ago, the story said that once some seeds fell on a desert, these seeds sunk deep with no growth. Years later a freak storm came, and rain fell on the abandoned plane. What happened? There was transformation almost instantly, as the rain watered the seeds they seem to have a time of intimacy. These little seeds grew into beautiful trees, these trees produced flowers inviting the birds and the bees. The bees made honey and these trees began to bear fruit, people came as they heard this land was good. They built, they reproduced and this barron land became a neighbourhood.

The moral of the story? All God needs is a seed to grow something from gloom into glory. Take heart, what seems wasted right now can transform quick with just one rainy spell. When the rain of heaven falls, you will see, you will see that you all along are the precious seed.

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Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there”, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you

God bless

DMZ

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Oh my soul

Oh my soul, why are you downcast? Yesterday you was up so high, but for some reason you came down fast. Life is no easy assignment and filled with multiple tasks, work piles on the pressure and now your children are afraid to ask. Afraid that one more question will make you snap, what will you do about that?

Have you forsaken your source of strength? You think that you are strong and don’t need time on the bench, the field is dangerous, if you don’t have the fitness and injury cripples you, what will you do then? The world paints an image of air brushed women and macho men, perfect well behaved children and a perfect future for them.

Oh my soul this is deceiving! This belief only leaves the heart bleeding as life fails to meet the expectations of those who are dreaming. Dreams are good and a great future is worth the pursuit, but in this life a perfect future cannot take root. Why? Because life is full of lows and highs, joys and cries, birthdays and then someone dies, we one day will say our final goodbye and hope our faith will make us rise.

But I thought God had a plan for my life? Oh he does, but pain is part of it my soul, look at Jesus, do you see those nail pierced holes? Pain is our testimony to the world of Gods great love, the piercing for our transgressions… God wiped the slate for us. Eternity will far exceed all the pain and shattered dreams, do your best, be your best and you will always live free. No one can trap your mind without your consent, no one can steal your heart if you guard it from offense, and no man or demon can separate you from Gods love, he is with us until the end.

Oh my soul, lift your eyes to the sky today, your troubles are only a moment of eternity, look up, and you will keep hope even when you face your adversary.

Psalm 43:5 Oh my soul, why are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my saviour my God.

Image: casting crowns – oh my soul

God bless

DMZ

The missionary journey

Life seems easy in familiarity. We love routine and time with family… sometimes…may I add, no family is perfect.. no perfect mum or Dad. Yet life cannot stay in the rosey and cosey and the comfort of our couches and beds, sometimes life calls us out into oceans, and mountains or valleys instead. The comfort zone will be a distant memory as your new journey beckons ahead. Take a map with you, your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, so that when you are tempted to turn back, you will remember those who went first. Your not the first to leave your comfort, and no way are you the last, and once you have discovered this new route you will gain your life back. Those who have left few will end up with many, and those who have left many will gain many more… holding on will only cause pain, surrender them to God as you follow his call.

Your burden is for what lies ahead not what’s left behind, trying to carry both is too heavy for mankind. Take heart soldier… grace will allow you to see again, your assignment from God will always be for the best in the end. He knows the name of every family member and friend, lift them up to God in prayer, this is your only duty for them. Now you are called as a beacon of truth, those dark distant lands need the light that shines in you. So go on missionary, take heart and be strong, you may have left those you have loved for now, but they will be waiting when all is done.

Matthew 16:25 for whoever wants to save their life will loose it, but whoever looses their life for my sake will find it.

God bless

DMZ

Sleepless night

Why are you trying to deprive me sleep? Closing my eyes while wide awake, frustration in my soul, oh I’m so weak! Up before 5 and now its past midnight. I pray for peace and for these consistent headaches to cease! Change is coming quickly I just know it, these winds of change have begun blowing. Pressure from lifes arenas while I’m balancing life like a ballerina, but I figured that I’m not always good on my feet, is it possible to catch up on sleep?

Oh God can you hear me? I long for you as I’m dreary, come near me…come near me? It’s a long winter night and these dry tears are falling, can you see them God? Do you catch them even when they are dry? I need to face the world tomorrow, should I fake a smile and hide my sorrow? But I can’t, I can’t be fake, my heart is visible on my sleeve on display for everyone to see. Take me as I am people you don’t know my inner pain! Sorry I don’t mean to shout, that’s tiredness talking again. Shhh… its quiet now my soul, get some rest, peace will come don’t be depressed! I’m begging you this night.. relax and take a breath, cast your anxieties upon the Lord, don’t meditate on the mess.

Hello sweet dreams, its been a while since I enjoyed your company. I will treasure this moment, I will remember what you have done for me.

Picture: Google images – sleepless night

1 Peter 5:7 cast all your cares on him, for he cares for you.

DMZ

When you think that you are unnoticed #teachflow1

Giving up becomes a strong temptation after years of work bearing little or no fruit. The quit button seems to be growing in size as we gaze upon this temptation with hungry eyes. You want to press that button but somehow you don’t, because you know that carrying on is the way to go. It’s hard isn’t it? When you have so much to give but feel limited.
Life has kept you in a nest when you long to fly, your boss thinks that you’re a mess but doesn’t know the why? You’re always looking for what’s next but it seems you miss the mark; you turn off the light at night..so no one can see your tears in the dark. Life’s hard, and sometimes life’s draining; but you will never get renewed energy by complaining.
Your work never got the results it deserved, you produced good results; but you feel that this is meaningless because no one knows. Then you believe that God doesn’t see you either, you see the blessings for other people and struggle to keep believing. Your holding on with your finger nails and hoping for wind in those beaten down sails.. Well keep holding on!
You may feel under-appreciated, but you are a precious created being; you may turn that light off but that does not mean God is not seeing. Your tears are held in his hand, stand strong in your faith.. Stand, stand, stand! It only takes one moment with your maker to change everything, one recognition from God can make you a queen or King. So sing, sing, sing for joy, you don’t need to be noticed by men when God chooses to employ. Blessings are coming my friend, so never give up… Carry on until the end.

God rejoices over you with singing!

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

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Love and blessings
DMZ

Make time count

Im not lazy and im not a procrastinator by nature, Im just afraid that if I am rejected one more time I may explode like an explosive in an incinerator. History has caused my will to fail like a college drop out, now I make excuses just for me to cop out. Tomorrow I say… tomorrow we go on an adventure! Yet tomorrow never comes, saying tomorrow has the same effect as when the father says ‘not now son’. It hurts and it steals valuable time. It creates a false promise that tomorrow will be devine.

24 hours is our daily present, a gift from our maker in heaven. So lets work out an average here… 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 104 days as week ends along with Easter and Christmas and extra holiday days from work or school. 8 hours average sleep, 8 hours work 5 days a week, 8 hours spare. Yet lets add in 1 hour for travelling here and there along with another hour for eating including prepare. 6 hours left on this daily average. Of course there is TV time for soap lovers, showers to take and all these small added things. Our life is packed like a lunch box. So many things, so what do we do? We make use of time wisely. If you travel everyday on a bus or train, you can study on the journey and fill up your brain. If you pray, you don’t need to be in a specific place at a specific time, if you pray to Jesus then prayer can always be in our hearts and mind. You don’t need to wait for a stage to encourage someone or say something good, start where you are in your neighbourhood. Time is what you make of it, so make time count. Do today what you would do tomorrow, then when this day is done… it will be you giving a victory shout!

We don’t have to be robbed by yesterdays missed opportunities. Too much time looking in the rear view mirrow will cause us to miss todays victories. So look forwards and make every second worthwhile… this is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and smile

Lavish

Masterpiece

The mirrow does not lie; but our perception of our own reflection does.

We look into it and cry… why oh why? Can’t I be like that girl or that guy?

Not staisfied, craving for something better or to be someone else.

This endless misery reflected because of a false inspection of our self.

Not realising the uniqueness of our human identity, creating chasms within our hearts and feeling empty.

We fill up the emptiness with lies and hope to be satisfied. Feeling powerless to control this endless endeavour as if our hands are tied.

We strive for a perfection that is not possible to achieve, comparing our reflection to super models in magazines.

Do you not realize that you are already a masterpiece? God made you with a smile on his face, but you don’t want to believe.

You expect perfection to be a face without wrinkles and a body that’s in shape. It’s good to be in shape but it is fake to believe that you are only a masterpiece because you get to that stage.

Do you know why we are a masterpiece? Because we have the hall marks of our creator. We have been stamped with approval, this approval has the power to heal anything that has bruised you.

Next time you look in the mirror and you are hurting, you tell that beautiful person.. ‘I’m not worthless… I have purpose… I am a masterpiece of my creator.. then you say to yourself with a smile.. See you later!’

Lavish

Hold on weary soul..Hold on!

Get up my weary soul, wake up from your slumber! Tomorrows thoughts can wait, today is more than enough to take. Wake up before the sun arises, pray before todays surprises. Prepare your self before the thunder!

The Eagle catches the wind and sails the sky; the same as a boat catches the wind and sails the oceans. The wind is the force that drives success for the Eagle and the boat; the trust they had was in another force to keep them both afloat.

My soul, you are weary and tired because you are trying to do it all yourself. The God you trust in awaits to give you power; but your trust is in someone else. You are basing your success on the approval of man, you think that success is just having the attitude ‘I can’.

Oh it’s more than that.. more than just self belief. It’s believing that God has the best in store for you even when you feel lost at sea. When the hedge around your heart seems too high and too steep, its then that you need trust that God gives strength to the weak.

It’s hard to keep going when progress seems slow, believe me I know! And I have toiled and pressed on with a weary soul. Yet success has changed meaning in this heart of mine, if today I didn’t quit and I still have faith, then I’m doing just fine!

So my soul hold on… don’t threat when others are given stages while your shedding tears in your room. God sees it all, his reward awaits you. Whether in this life or the next.. holding on to Christ will be what shapes you.

Success.. is not giving up on doing what’s right… It is to refuse to be corrupted by the devils schemes of night.
Hold on to the light! Hold on to the light! Because soon… very soon… God will lift you up on high!

Lavish

Trust in the surgeon

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, where is it? Where is it?.. I have searched but with no merit. Why are longings in my heart if they are not being fulfilled? I have dug deep into the depths of knowledge, I have cried out to God and been honest. This process of self death makes me feel like I’m slowly being killed. Being on the operating table of a holy God means I must trust in the surgeons skills. If God was a psycho then my fear would cause me to run, but because he is the surgeon I can trust his will to be done. Does this make it easier? No, its a painful experience, but I need these splints to be removed for me to walk better spiritually. Otherwise I would stumble and not be restored, I need God to operate on my life..if he didn’t then I would be set up to fall. We moan when faced with a trial, as if its God against us because he thinks we are vile, well smile because that’s not the case, trials develop character they will never go to waste.

The surgeon knows what he’s doing, you may be thinking what the heck God! Why is it only me struggling, why is Joe bloggs so blessed when I’m struggling to get back up again? I have had enough, it’s too tough my soul is rough and I feel like giving up! That is when faith grows, in the circumstance of the unknown, when your at the red sea and you feel alone and intimidated by the way ahead. This is when you need the faith to believe every word God has said.

‘I love you my child, I am the good shepherd, I will provide, I will make a way because I am the way, I will not hide, you will see ny glory and make history with me, you are free and those that I set free are free indeed’.
Yes, those that the son sets free are free indeed!

Lavish