Right Here, Right Now

Listening to Mumford and sons – their lyrics and melodies stir my soul.
Dipping bread into my boiled egg.
Smelling coffee freshly brewing
Hearing the crackling of my fire.
Recovering from being so cold at the rugby at Ravenhill last night.
Saying to my dad he is never done running after me – he is the most giving person I know.
Eating my mums orange flavoured cup cakes – Rosie Bisto rocks.
Looking out at the trees as they turn – it’s like god gets his paintbrush out in October and paints the world on fire.
Looking forward to worship night at church tomorrow night – what better thing to do on Halloween but worship the one who has conquered death, hell and the grave.
Pondering this: I’ve changed so much in the past few years yet I feel more myself than I’ve ever been, which begs the question – who was I before? Please feel free to offer your opinion in this matter

Franciscan Benediction

“May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen”

Poiema

“In Your book they were all written the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none if them” (Psalm 139:16).

“We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which He has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

We are a carefully crafted poem from God, each word chosen and placed carefully in the story of the Great Author.

 

Right Here, Right now

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psa 118:24

 

On Friday 22 October 2010 at 7.11pm I am:

 

  • On the sofa watching the rugby and catching up on some blog reading
  • Looking up at the fireplace and seeing all my birthday cards and being very thankful for the friends and family who sent them.
  • Looking forward to my mum’s amazing Moroccan stew which I am going to eat later on.
  • Very proud of myself for going into town today and not buying one thing!!
  • Thanking God for helping me with everything I had to do this week, that verse really is true, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  • Optimistic about the future.
  • Happy that I am going to visit my best friend Tracy on Sunday.  We don’t see each other that often but it doesn’t matter because it’s one of those friendships where we just pick up where we left off.  We are connected not because of what we do but because of who we are.
  • Running out of things to write down….

 

20/10

20/10

1978

 

“I’m very sorry Mrs McAuley, we have some very bad news regarding your baby girl…”

 

And then the words came. Words of despair, pain, even death.

 

However, as those words were spoken to my mother, God spoke his words, “I know the plans I have for her plans not to harm her to give her a hope and a future.”

 

So in the war of words that were spoken over my life that day, God’s words won.

 

20/10

2010

 

I’m still here

Despite the struggle

Despite the pain

Despite the tears and the questions and the disappointments

 

Or maybe I’m still here

Because of them…

 

 

7 Questions of Jesus that will change your life

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28)

“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)

What do you think about the Christ?” (Matthew 22:42)

“Do you love me?” (John 21:17)

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)

“What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41)

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)

 

Via Ron Edmonson

 

25 Statements from Jesus that will change your life

We all need to read these and let them sink into our hearts

“Take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37)

“Go and learn what this means ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’” (Matthew 9:13)

“Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2)

“Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7)

“If the Son has set you free you are free indeed” (John 8:36)

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

“You are the light of the world”  (Matthew 6:14)

“Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)

“Take heart, it is I.  Do not be afraid.”  (Matthew 14:31)

“I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7)

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

“If you love me you will obey what I command” (John 14:15)

“You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37)

“A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit” (Matthew 7:18)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8)

“This people honors me with their lips but their heart is far from me.” (Mark 7:6)

“You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8)

“Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…” (Matthew 6:25)

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do to them” (Matthew 7:12)

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”  (John 6:29)

“It is finished.” (John 19:30)

From: Ron Edmonson