Assumptions can be deadly

It is strange how we see things that are not usual or normal and without thinking make assumptions about what these things should be and based on that we execute actions to place them within what we consider normal parameters or usual surroundings/circumstances.

Today I was walking along a stretch of beach when I spotted a snake on the shoreline. Living in Australia one becomes accustom to always looking out for snakes, but seeing one on the shoreline at 8:15am on a winter morning is NOT usual, it is pretty unusual, and a little out of the norm to say the least. As I came closer I could see really big paw prints in the sand and the assumption was made that this snake must have been dragged or carried from the dune area by a big dog and then this dog must have been playing with it. The snake’s tail seemed mangled and flat with a puncture wound. The snake was very docile, hardly moving at all but it did ripple a muscle and I was aware that there was still life within the animal. So my human assumptions worked overtime and I spotted a gentleman with a mobile phone, I had left mine at home. I gave him the name of the wild life rescue organisation and he called, they gave him the number of a snake catcher and he called them. Someone was on their way and I proclaimed myself guardian of this snake. I assumed it was a python as it did not match any other colouring I had seen at the zoo, so assumption was that it was not venomous, was completely out of its environment and needed my guardianship.

I located a long stick, rather it was a branch, and proceeded to gently lift the docile snake so that I could carry it to safety. The last thing I wanted was for a wave to catch it and take it back to the sea. I gingerly placed it on the verge of the dune and patiently awaited the man who would take the snake into his capable care. I waited and waited….I could wait no longer as I had an appointment to attend so I ensured that the snake was hidden from curious eyes and possible dogs, marked the spot with the branch and went to my appointment. On the way home decided that I best check on the snake. To my surprise it was still there, moving a little more but still docile. I assumed that the injury to its tail was the cause of the distress. I had my phone this time and called the organisation, they called the snake man again. This time the snake man called me and then called another catcher. The third person asked me to text a picture of this so-called python so that he knew what he was dealing with. I did this, at last my python was going to be saved.

A young man approached me and was going to let his dog off the leash when I warned him of the injured snake. He turned out to be a snake catcher in his previous job as an ecologist (you do meet interesting people on the beach). As we were chatting the third snake catcher called me and told me I was dealing with a highly venomous sea snake and that under no circumstances was I to touch it! What, my python had turned into a sea snake and was now stranded up on the dune because I did not want it to be washed out to sea?? I had assumed it needed rescuing and assumed it needed to be hidden on the dune a good 20 metres from the waterline! The young man was fantastic, he offered with the consent of the snake catcher, to try to return this poor snake to the ocean where it should have been all along! With great caution and care he professionally picked up the distraught snake and took it to the water. The snake took a good 15 minutes to revive in the environment it was usually found in. I watched on in admiration and fear as the young man picked up the snake yet a second time and waded into the water (knee deep) to try and release the snake again. This time the snake swam through the breakers and is now relating to the other snakes how this stupid lady came along and picked it up and dragged it to the dunes hiding it in bushes….

You see, the flat tail is actually the fin, it is the rudder with which the snake steers itself in the water. The puncture marks were from a dog, but the snake must have become beached after chasing fish into the shallows. My assumptions were dangerous for not only my personal safety, but for the life of the snake and then the life of this very valiant young man who managed to return the sea snake back to the normal environment, the sea. I realised that I assume to easily when I hear or see something that is not normal, or unusual. I assume from my own thoughts and experiences. I am now pondering how often I hear the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth and make assumptions of what I hear, see or experience with a human mind. I think the lesson here is not to assume but to question, to seek. Yeshua tells us that if we seek we shall find. If we ask in His name the Father will answer. The Set-Apart Spirit of Truth will reveal to us and guide us, yet do we assume we understand without going to the Word, without asking for confirmation and checking our understanding? We do not merely live in a physical world, but also in a spiritual world and I fear that I assume from a physical point of reference too often thereby missing the spiritual normal or usual – make sense?

When we assume from our own understanding we can cause damage, not only to ourselves but to others around us. We can take something that is spiritually normal and turn it upside down because we don’t take time to pray it through, to seek wisdom and discernment. These are fruits of the Spirit and available to all that the Son has chosen, whom the Father has given to the Son. This lesson did not cause any harm but if this docile snake had not been so docile a lot of assuming may have led to a different scenario.

Father, I pray that You would open my ears, eyes, heart and mind that I may hear You, that You may renew my mind so that I will not assume to understand, but truly understand. In the name of Yeshua Your Son



A Journey

We often refer to our spiritual walk with Yeshua, but recently I have been pondering the use of the word ‘walk’. Is it not rather a journey?

When one goes for a walk, it is normally a short activity that can be done on a whim. It is not something that we plan months in advance. We may walk our dog, walk around the block or walk on the beach. These are short trips, trips that generally are dictated by the weather and your mood.

A journey on the other hand is something that we plan to undertake. It involves some form of preparation to ensure that we arrive at the planned destination on time and with what is required. A journey may involve walking, but in modern society journeys generally involve different modes of transport depending on the destination and purpose. So I started to ponder and question if I was walking with Yeshua or on a journey with Yeshua.

When Moses was instructed by YHWH to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, his journey started. In Exodus 4:24 we read that on the ‘journey’ to Egypt, Moses and his family stopped for the night. Moses was confronted by YHWH as his son had not been circumcised and for Moses to continue and succeed on his journey, he needed to ensure that he was completely obedient and submissive to the instruction and directions from the Most High. Commentary explains the circumcision not having taken place as his wife was not from Israel and Moses had not been part of Israel for many years. For Moses to continue on the journey and reach the destination he had to remove any obstacle in obedience to YHWH.

As we journey with the Most High we are to ensure that we walk in obedience to Him, that we are following His instructions and directions. This is part of remaining in relationship with Him, ridding ourselves of sin and purifying ourselves during the journey. This will ensure that we will be able to complete the journey and run the race so that we will reach the end and receive our reward. Moses was given instructions from YHWH that the Israelites had to follow closely prior to their journey into the desert. In Exodus 12 we read a recount of the instructions, but let us pay careful attention to verse 11, “Wear your travelling clothes as you eat this meal, as though prepared for a long journey. Wear your sandals and carry your walking sticks in your hands. Eat the food quickly, for this is the Lord’s Passover.” In this chapter they were given instructions for partaking in the Passover, this was a prophesy of what Yeshua would do for us and is another message on its own. I am not minimising this, but for this message wish to focus on journeying.

Verse 11, makes it very clear that going on a journey is more than a walk in the park. It involves preparing clothing, footwear and nutrition. It involves planning for requirements and then taking a set route. If you don’t take a route you will go around in circles and never get anywhere. The journey is mapped out, it is planned and has a destination. Your life has been mapped out and planned – Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for your”, says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” What we need to ask ourselves is our we appropriately clothed for this journey? Do we sit at the table of the Lord and partake in Breaking of Bread? Do we clothe ourselves in the Armour of God? Do we hold the two-edged sword in our hands? Are we merely walking without really knowing what we are doing or are we on journey?

Sometimes a journey involves stopping over, residing in places for periods and the journey itself may vary in time. When Moses left Egypt with the Israelites the intent was to make their way to the Promised Land. However the Israelites complained about YHWH and were disobedient, as punishment a whole generation died in the wilderness and the journey took an extra 40 years (Numbers 14: 26-44). I have to ask myself how many times have I added extra travelling to my journey because of my disobedience and lack of trust? Moses sets the ultimate example in Exodus 34:13-23. In this text we read a conversation between Moses and YHWH Most High. Moses asks for clear directions so that he can follow YHWH’s will exactly, Moses does not want to assume or guess – he wants to hear and succeed. Moses states that he does not want to make a single step without YHWH. Moses was seeking the direction, instruction and divine will of YHWH on the journey. This is what we should be doing, not merely going on our merry way, doing what we think…not we should be doing what we are instructed, directed to do. You and I were not accidentally dropped into the world, we were created in the image of the Most High for a purpose. We have that plan to fulfill and unless you are clothed, fed and following the map you are not fulfilling that purpose. We need to plan our journey, stop and ask YHWH Most High, “What is it that  You have planned for me to do? Please show me Your intentions so I will understand You more fully and do exactly what You want me to do.” (Exodus 34:13).

Sometimes we hear clearly from the Father, but our human understanding chooses our way because it may seem easier, sometimes it makes more sense. The Israelites were disobedient and it added to their journey, a 40 year detour through a small desert and they never entered the destination. I have come to realise that often what seems ridiculous or impossible is the divine will of YHWH. If we think something is impossible then we are doing so because we are weak, unable to comprehend and it is in this place that we are weak and when we are weak, He is strong. We let ourselves be guided and directed because we can’t see a way as a human, so we allow Him within us to work through us for the glory of the Father.

Where are you right now? Taken a wrong turn? Wandering around lost with no idea how to get back on track? The good news is that our Father never slumbers nor sleeps, that He is omnipresent and omnipotent, Almighty in unconditional love for you. Yeshua told the parable of the lost son. A young man that seemed to have it all planned, in human wisdom squandered his inheritance and ended up in a heap of despair. The boy realised the folly of his ways, he recognised his mistakes and returned home, to the father to ask for forgiveness. He humbly returned, expecting nothing. He was lost and broken, this is what the father saw and he welcomed him home and reinstated him into the household. Our Father is like this, He is lovingly-committed to His children and He is waiting for us to realise we need Him, to return to Him and repent of our disobedience so that He can restore and redirect us onto the path. We come to Him by acknowledging His Son, Yeshua. Yeshua is the way, the truth and the life, nobody comes to the Father but through  Him.

Yeshua is the Lamb of God, His blood saves and sets you apart. Yeshua walked the Earth, He knows what causes us to stray from the path (map) and get lost on our journey. Yeshua has already paid the price for your redemption, He is looking at you from your destination, not from where you are. Walk toward Him, one step at a time like a child walks toward their father’s open arms. Yeshua sees the obstacles and has His hands ready to catch you if you should stumble, He is ready to carry you over the difficult patches.

Father, I pray Your Set-Apart Spirit of Truth would reveal Your instructions for the journey we are on. I pray that we would not move one single step without You, that each step will bring us closer to You and that we would bring You honour and exalt Your name as we journey homewards.


Branching out.

Ezekiel 15

John 15

Branches and fruit.

Ezekiel brought a prophesy against the nation of Israel for being dead in their relationship with God. The nation was not bearing fruit, they were not worshipping YHWH and had stopped producing spiritual fruit. Ezekiel’s prophesy came along in a time when there were a lot of false prophets that tickled the ears of the nation, saying things  that they felt to say, not that they were given to say by Elohim. There was a lack of fear and awe for YHWH and a great deal of self-importance that lead to idolatry by both men and women.

In the prophesy Israel is compared to a fruitless vine, the branches are deemed useless as they do not bear fruit and the wood can’t be fashioned into tools or implements. The branches are not even thought of as fire wood as they burn too quickly, therefore they are discarded and burnt as waste. In John 15: 1-8, Yeshua uses the same comparison and talks of branches that are useless as being piled up and burnt. Yeshua tells us that YHWH will cut off dead and useless branches and throw them into the fire, Ezekiel prophesied the same, he even said that those that escaped the fire would be burnt for sure. This was a dismal prophesy for the nation.

Let us for a moment consider what the nation had done that caused the branches to die. In Ezekiel 3:7 we read that the people had become hard-hearted and stubborn. They had stopped listening to YHWH, stopped obeying Him and therefore no longer followed Him. A song comes to mind, “I’m doing it my way”. The nation had taken to following their own gods, listening to ear tickling prophesy – things that they wanted to hear because it suited them. They had built alters and shrines to worship idols.

In Ezekiel 7: 10 we pick up on words such as wickedness, violence, pride.

Ezekiel 7:14 – ‘no one listens’. Ezekiel 7:19-20 – mention of wealth that was being used to create idols. Yeshua did warn that man can’t serve two masters, it is either mammon or YHWH. There are further references made in Ezekiel 12: 2 & 24 to rebelliousness and listening to prophets that told of false visions and made false predictions.

Ezekiel 13:2 & 17 refers to false prophets bringing words of their own, not from YHWH and deceiving the nation. There is mention of women as false prophets with their magic charms.

Even when Ezekiel demonstrated physically what the impact of the prophesies he received from YHWH would have on the nation, they still did not turn from their ways. The prophecy that Ezekiel brought was not an ear tickler and the hearts of the nation were hard. We may very well stand back and judge this nation, but that is dangerous to do because if we examine our own life we may find some of these attitudes and actions in our own hearts. I may be harbouring stubbornness, not wanting to let something go or not wanting to forgive and forget. Holding on to the past and allowing it to fester and eat away at the sap in my branch, making us unbearable to be around and not bearing fruit. There may be a sense of self-importance and pride in what we have achieved with no recognition given to YHWH for the provision of the opportunities and talents. I did it my way, it is my way or the highway? This is a spirit of stubborness and rebellion.

We don’t drive past houses and see big shrines in the garden depicting the family idols, but there are idols in our lives. They could be jobs, family, cars, possessions….the list goes on. An idol is anything that gets more time devoted to it than YHWH, it is that thing that keeps you from priorities, from serving and obeying. Should we not have possessions and take care of them? Is our family not our responsibility? Yes, and the Father gives us many things, but when you lose focus, when these things become your reason for living and stop you from spending undistracted time with Him then it is time to check where our priorities lie. Chasing a dream can become an obsession and quickly turn into an idol, where you devote all your time in trying to make it happen, instead of letting YHWH guide you and show you what His dream is for you. When you achieve something and know that you did not do it alone, but by the strength of Jesus will guard your heart and mind against pride and self-importance.

In John 15 Yeshua tells us how to be branches that bear fruit. This passage is the good news, it is not a prophecy of doom, but an encouragement to living a fruitful and blessed life. Yeshua is the vine, He is the root to our lives in Him. He refers to YHWH as the gardener that tends the branches on the vine by pruning. Some branches are pruned back so that they will grow strong and produce more fruit, others are cut off from the vine because they are useless and dead.. as in Ezekiel 15. We have a passion fruit vine and I regularly prune and retrain branches so that the vine produces a good crop and the branches remain where I want them to grow. This is how the Father prunes us, He chops off the bits that are getting a bit wild, the ones that are straying off on their own and He puts them back on the right track again. The branches that remain on the vine feed off the sap that runs from the vine, we that are in the vine are fed by the Word of God and guided by the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth. This is live-giving and the fruit we produce is found in Galatians 5:22 – love, joy, patience, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Yeshua tells us that people we know we belong to Him by the fruit that we bear. These fruits are opposite to what causes branches to die.

Yeshua urges us to remain in Him, to obey Him and to produce fruit that will last. In John 15:16 there is a promise that if we act in and out of the knowledge that we have been chosen and appointed by Yeshua, the Father will give you whatever you ask in Yeshua’s name. If you are joined to the vine you will love others, serve the Lord and want the best for others around you. You will want to honour and bring glory to the Lamb above all, you will know where everything you have comes from, that the plans of the Father are to give you an expectancy and future, that they are good. When you pray from this knowledge your prayers are not self-seeking or full of pride, they are prayers for others in love and in line with the will of the Father for glorification of the Son.

There is no room for idolatry, because we know that all we have comes from Him, all we are is because of Him and all we will be is because of Him. We boast in Christ alone. Remaining in Him means living with Him, praying and reading the Word, walking like a child in wonderment and awe at all He has planned and set apart for us, in the now and in the Everlasting. It is not always rosey and plain sailing but we have the hope and assurance that He, YHWH is omnipresent, omnipotent and loving-committed to those He calls friends and children.

Oh Father, search my heart and reveal to me those areas that I am stubborn about, remove the hard-heartedness from me and break down the shrines I have built around me that hinders me from being all I can be for You. Please do not severe me from the vine, but prune and retrain me, filling me with Your Set-Apart- Spirit of Truth that I may bear fruit and bring glory to the Son.



Walking like a child.


We walk every day, it is a way of moving from one area to another. Some find it hard to walk, others forget how to walk and run everywhere. There are some of us that unfortunately can’t walk and we rely on the walking of others to assist us. Walking, once learnt, is something that we do without thinking about it. We get up and head in a direction with purpose and walking is part of meeting a goal.

The purpose of our walk will determine the pace and speed, the urgency of our mission will govern the effort we apply to the walk. When we are late we rush and to make it on time, if we have minutes to spare we may amble and stop along the way. Even people that walk to keep fit vary their pace to ensure that they keep their heart rate up in the zone. Because we don’t think about walking I suspect we take a lot for granted and it has taken walking with my two year old granddaughter to make me realise how important walking is, not only physically but spiritually.

We all know that we are walking with our Lord Yeshua, that the Word of YHWH is a light to our path. But I question how we see this walk and how we relate physical walking with that of our spiritual walk. When we start off we are wobbly and unsteady on our feet, all young Christians wobbly a little until they find the foundational truth of faith and relationship with Yeshua. As a child we toddle along and then discover that if we move our feet faster we can run. Parents stand by our side and shudder at our lack of perception to space and depth – much like our Heavenly Father has done on numerous occassions when we have galloped off at our own speed without regard to His caution. We reach an age when we can move more independently, we still may walk off things or into things as we may be distracted and blinded – sound familiar to our spiritual walk as well?

Then the day arrives and you are a parent, you watch with much pride and anxiety as your precious child learns to master the skill of walking and negotiate life. Your walking turns into running as you run after them for a few years – as parents our prayer life picks up speed, I believe, when we have kids we do a lot more knee-time than me-time. It is not long and you walk them down the aisle allowing you to return to a walk again.

Grandchildren arrive and this time you learn to walk in a new way. There is a new depth and perspective to walking. By now you are more mature, you may think differently about things, ponder a little longer (that is if you can remember what you are pondering about). When grandchildren come along they teach you lessons you had forgotten about, they make you look at things you took for granted. Because we are not running after them trying to teach them everything – parents do that – it frees us up to learn with them and from them. Paul talks about being mature and not needing milk to feed from, I have been thinking about this and think that this is when I matured and realised I am mature – not perfect and not arrived, but maturing like good cheese.

My precious granddaughter has new eyes, she sees things for the first time, she is awed by what she discovers and gets excited by little things. Walks with her can’t be rushed because then we would miss the flowers, bugs, ants and seedpods. No, we need to linger and investigate while collecting information in wonderment at the creation around us. She stops at a lavender bush and asks, “Nanna Birdie, what is this one?” I take a leaf and rub it between my fingers and the scent of lavender fills the air. She becomes excited and filled with wonderment, she sniffs the leaf and declares, “That is awesome! I want some.” Right there, she wants some of what I have shown her. Do you get excited about things in your walk with Yeshua and ask for some? The sad thing is that for years I have walked passed that bush and not stopped to smell a leaf, not been blessed by the scent contained within the leaf – something I took for granted. How many blessings, gifts and promises do we pass in our reading of the Word, do we pass when we shrug off encouragement?

My precious one hears the sound of a bird, she will stop and look up. A feather in the grass is investigated, a butterfly followed with fascination and awe at the beauty and flight. She flaps her arms and will sing her own song about flying in the sky like a ‘butterby’. Where is your imagination? Do we hear and actually stop to listen or do we rush off? She has made me realise that taking a walk is an adventure, a discovery. It is a time to observe and listen, a time of wonderment and awe at the creation around her. She will often look up at me, touch my hands and say, “Nanna, fly like butterby with me.” She wants to dance with me, sing with me and I don’t care what the world thinks, I flap my arms and sing with her twirling and laughing while we are on our walk. Another truth about walking – our Father is a lovingly-committed Father and He gave His all for us. He loves us to dance and sing with Him, don’t box YHWH into a God of rules and regulations. Utimately He desires us to enjoy His creation, enjoy life and live exalting Him.

I am not suggesting we should stop every time we see a flower, but rather that we should check our spiritual walk. Is your walk with Elohim one that is rushed, more like a timed march to the sound of a worldly drum? Is it prattle time when we rush off lists of demands and not stop to listen or heed to His answers? Do we see the beauty of what He has prepared for us or is that lost in the hurry of the day?

We need to stoop (bow down) to discover treasures in the Word, we need to ask YHWH, “Father, what is this one?” We need to walk and become excited when we realise or discover something by exclaiming, “Wow, that is awesome, can I have some?” We need to become excited in our innermost being by the realisation that He loves more than words can tell. It is important that we find that undistracted, quiet place to amble with Him, to learn to stop and listen. To ask Him to dance with you, be a butterfly.

YHWH walked in the garden with Adam, this was a time of sharing and relationship building. Adam would have spoken to YHWH about the creation, asked what is this one? Walking with Yeshua implies just that, with – together not alone. When my granddaughter tugs at my hand and tells me she wants to go for a walk she will say, “Come Nanna, let’s go for a walk please. Come Nanna.” Sometimes she will even try and put on my shoes for me. She waits at the door and does not go off on her own, she will take my hand and walk with me. If she does wander ahead she stops and looks back to make sure I am there. When she feels unsafe or threatened she knows that I am there, that I will protect her at all costs – she is mine and I love her unconditionally. She doesn’t scream or panic, she runs up to me with her arms out stretched and tells me she needs a ‘cuggle’. When she is tired she will ask to be carried. This is the third and biggest lesson I have learnt about walking with my Father.

This darling little girl knows that I love her, she does not question my love she does not doubt my love, she just knows it! Oh that I would have the same faith in YHWH!!!!! Why don’t I consider the Father’s love in this way? Yeshua said that we should have the faith of a child and for years I have battled to understand what this may mean. For me the penny has dropped. It is accepting that unconditional love, it is knowing that we are precious to Him, that Yeshua has died for us. It is knowing that we are the chosen bride of Christ and the set-apart people. We need to walk like a child, in awe and wonderment at what has been planned for us, trusting without question that our Father will never leave us, will dance with us and share His knowledge with us when we ask for ‘some’.

I know that as my granddaughter grows up our walks will change and conversations will be different, but that is the process of maturing. I will never be too old to dance with her though, never too old to smell flowers together and never too old to love her. Besides I have a baby grandson that is going to want to discover the lavender bush – how exciting!!

YHWH, I thank you Father for grandchildren and ask that You will dance with me, that You will make my heart like a childs again so that I can be full of wonderment at the plans You have for me. That I may have a fresh realisation of how deep Your unconditional love is for me.heart


Gliding in His Love


I was on a walk when I saw a Kite gliding on the thermals above the beach. It was a beautiful sight,it just hung in the air as if suspended by an invisible cord, no flapping or urgency – just hanging and letting the air current take it. I was excited at the picture and stood still so that I could admire the beauty of this magnificent bird. As began thanking Father for the blessing of sight and the blessing of being in that place at that moment, I felt a witnessing in my spirit of something much deeper.

This bird was being lifted and moved by the air beneath its wings, it was allowing the current to move it. There was not flapping, no fighting the movement, it was just hanging and allowing the stream to carry it higher and lower. I started to realise that this bird was not focussing on the air around it, but on prey below. I chuckle to myself and thought of how I flap and rush without focussing on my prayer. The bird was trusting in the air, it is designed to glide, designed to sense the currents and to trust them. I started thinking of my own faith. I was designed to serve, designed to worship and designed to walk in faith, be filled by the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth to give me direction. I was making connections between the Kite’s ability to hang and glide on the unseen air without fussing, to trust the air to keep it up and even when the current dropped it never flapped, just raised its tail feathers a little to catch more updraft – unbelievable. When I feel I am dropping I flap and scurry and panic… Was this a reflection on my trust? Who do I trust more – myself or the plan of a lovingly-committed Father?

I have blogged about love letters before, well here is a big one! My spirit was starting to get so excited, I realised that I needed to be like this magnificent bird. Undoubting faith in the Father’s hand holding us and guiding us. A renewing of mind and spirit so that there is a sensative to the gentle nudge of the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth. The knowledge of the Word that speaks of love and the voice of our beloved Yeshua as He calls and leads us on the narrow path. No flapping, focussing on our ‘pray’ and being lifted on wings of Eagles.

I was so excited I thought that I may forget all that my spirit was experiencing at that given moment. I whispered a prayer and asked YHWH to help me remember this feeling of utter awe. I looked down to find a round, red stone and picked it up excitedly. I started to study the stone and could make out the faint outline of an eagle. This is when the tears of sheer joy and amazement came. I suddenly realised that no matter where I was, no matter what I had done or not done – YHWH is almighty. YHWH is lovingly-committed to His chosen ones and speaks to us through His creation. When we are not flapping, but trusting in His love, His guidance and His plan for our lives we can glide and soar in the knowledge of His grace and mercy.

This is not a long blog, but one that I feel can’t be kept to myself. Remember that YHWH has a plan for each of us, no matter where we are, no matter what we have done…the Father stands and waits for us to come home. He has so much in store for us, He wants us to soar and glide in His Spirit.

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on Elohim will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” We still need to walk, we will experience down drafts, but we will be in the presence of our Almighty Father, He will cover us in the shadow of His wings, His Spirit will lift us up and place our feet upon the solid rock.



Crawl, walk, run

crawl run

It is with pride that we wait and watch our young crawl, this is the first stage of movement and is an essential stage for coordination. It is when we learn how to move our arms and legs together. Crawling soon gives way to a ‘monkey’ walk, many children will raise themselves off their knees and walk on their hands and feet – bottoms raised in the air. This stage is where they are gaining confidence and then they shuffle from stationary objects until that moment of independence when they let go of all support and stumble forward – and are walking. Soon walking becomes a voluntary process that eventuates in running, skipping, hopping and dancing.

It can be an easy analogy to our spiritual life in that we are rendered incapable before we meet Yeshua, we are so tied up in our bondage and sin that we can’t move freely. When we start our relationship with YHWH we crawl, Paul refers to the eating stages of infants and relates this to our maturity. Hebrews 5: 13-14: “For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the Word of Righteousness, for he is a babe. (14) But solid food is for the mature whose senses have been trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”  We all need to crawl before we can walk, we need to dig deep into the Word to align our spiritual being with that of the Almighty so we are set-apart from the world. It is during this time that we focus on becoming strong and get the coordination sorted out. From crawling we start to walk, never alone but guided in the strength of the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth, holding the hand of our beloved Yeshua. When we can walk in confidence and certainty we can run the race (read Run, Run) and set our sight on the incorruptible crown.

This is but one aspect of learning the skill of walking. I want to focus on the parent in the picture. When a baby starts to crawl the parent takes great care in ensuring that things are safe for the little one. Items are lifted up higher as they are not suitable for that youngster yet. There may be areas in the house that the baby can’t get into yet as the skills for navigating this area have not been developed. Once baby starts walking the parent hands are never far from the child, hovering in place to catch and comfort should the child fall. Hands that are there to pick up and restore confidence, encourage and motivate to continue strengthening legs and balance. YHWH does not slumber nor sleep, He watches us and sees every small detail, He is waiting for us to grab on to Him and to seek His guidance as we walk. He will never let you be somewhere that you can’t cope,  it may feel like you are not ready to take on stairs, but you need to learn how to deal with one step so you can climb the stairs ahead. If a child that has learnt to walk decides to wander off and hide, he/she has that choice and freedom through the independence that walking brings. However if a child calls out to a parent for help, they are found quickly. Yeshua told us the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin to let us know that if we call out He will come and find us where we are.

Yesterday’s blog was about running so I am not going to discuss this in great detail. I would like to add a few things though. You can’t set off running without direction, your map should match that of the plan for your life – a plan that has been set-apart for you by the Almighty, Most High. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, “For I know the plans I am planning for you,’ declares YHWH,’plans of peace and not of evil to give you a future and an expectancy”. Another scripture written by Paul in Ephesians 2: 10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua unto good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand that we should WALK in them.”

These verses speak not only of a Father that is there to guide His children, but of a Lovingly-Committed Elohim that prepares the walk/run for His beloved sons and daughters. This walk has obstacles and difficult bits, but when we trust in His strength and not try to do these bits on our own, there is victory and growth. Remember that Paul stated that he needed to be severe with his body, making it his slave.Yeshua stated that He is the WAY, Truth and Life. Messiah Yeshua died so that you and I could walk and run in freedom, without bondage. So that we could run the race of life bringing Him the glory, so to gain the uncorruptible crown. The cliche is, ‘no pain, no gain’.

When we see those around us that forget how to walk in grace, forget how to walk with the Lord or have wandered off and hidden themselves and are unsure of how to call out, we need to be the hands that gently and lovingly guide them back, that help them regain their balance without judgmentally knocking them off their feet. Being aware that the Master plan for their lives is not what we may envisage, we need to carry these brothers and sisters to the Feet of Yeshua and place them there. One of my favourite miracles is when the four friends carried their lame friend and lowered him through the roof to the feet of Yeshua. Yeshua looked up and saw their faith, that is inspiring. NEVER underestimate your faith when you bring people to the Feet of Messiah Yeshua. Yeshua healed many lame people, there are spiritually lame people all around us that need healing.

You can’t run from the arms of the Saviour – we are running, walking or crawling to get into His arms. Help those around you join in the race.

YHWH, help me to walk in Your way, help me to love the path of righteousness and to remain on the way that you have planned for me. If I stray off the road, pull me back. I pray that You would set brothers and sisters around me that would not ignore my stumbling but gently convict me by shining the Light of Your Son on my path. May you use me to gently and lovingly bring those that are spiritually lame to the Feet of Yeshua where there is healing and peace. Amen

Run, run…

untitled (3)    How many times have we heard the word, ‘run’? It has become the catch phrase for movies…”Run Forrest, run!” and Forrest Gump ran straight across America. He had no reason, he just did what he was told, run. There are children’s stories that involve a great deal of running, my favourite has to be “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread man.” Poor fella, if he had kept on running and not rested upon the snout of a fox, he may very well still be running.

As a teacher I am forever telling students to stop running or they may hurt themselves. We make a run for it when it starts raining or we need to take a gap. Someone may make the coffee run for morning tea. Running is part of what we do. Sometimes we run around like a lost chicken, we run away, run to, run from, run into, run under and over or are run over. Running is not unfamiliar to any of us. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul writes the following.

(24)Do you not know that those who run in a race indeed all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to obtain it. (25) And everyone who competes controls himself in every way. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we for an incorruptible crown. (26) Therefore I run accordingly, not with uncertainty. Thus I fight not as one who beats the air. (27) But I treat my body severely and make it my slave, lest having proclaimed to others, I myself might be rejected.

I am not going to proclaim that I am a great athlete, by no means, but I do enjoy running. I recall as a little girl accompanying my dear Uncle Harvey to his races. He would sit in the car and eat a few bars of chocolate, down some water and be pumped. In my mind at that time I began to think that if you wanted to eat a lot of chocolate all you had to do was run…impressionable years. Uncle Harvey would run for hours, he would run up a mountain pass in Cape Town called Ou Kaapse Weg (Old Cape Way) just for fun. He would be up and out before our dreams had ended. I can never recall him moaning about pain or cramps and the only memory I have of him injuring himself was when he ran into a speed bump in the dark – it was a massive mound of dirt across the road and he came off second best. He made me think that running was not hard on the body. I now know better.

When you run you need gear, good running shoes that support your feet. Running shoes are essentials when running and bad shoes can cause you hours of pain and bring you grief. Then there are clothes, comfy clothing that does not restrict your movement, some runners use clothing that supports the muscles, compression clothing. I always have a giggle when I see ‘fashion runners’ they are dressed to the nines in the latest active wear and smell as if they have just walked out of perfume shop but there is no intent to run the race, they are merely parading. I am of the opinion that when you really run not even a good outfit can make you look good, it becomes sweaty and smelly and generally runners are red-faced sticky beings that nobody wants to be too close to – depending on distance and intensity of the run.

The best bit of gear I bought was a sports watch that keeps track of my steps (cadence), distance, speed and heartrate. This watch tracks me using GPS and keeps record of each run. The feature that makes this watch an essential running companion is it monitors my heart beat. You see we can all run, but if you start getting into running you soon discover it is a science all on its own. The best way to get fit is to monitor your heart rate and to stay within a zone. This got me thinking about my walk with Yeshua.

Paul tells us to run the race so to win it. He goes on to say that we need to control ourselves in every way to gain the incorruptible crown and to run with a certainty. I started to think about the way I run, the things I do and then equated that to my spiritua life. When you set out for a run, you have an idea, a goal, of where you want to run to, personally if I am going to run a 12km then I can visualise the turning point, the road and the paths that I will take. I have to get my head straight and make sure I am ready to run that distance. You don’t get up and decide that 12km sounds like a cool number and off you go. If you are a marathon runner then 12km is a warm up distance before you get into the real run – each of us runs to achieve a goal (runs to win). We are all at different stages in life, different stages of maturity in our walk with YHWH. What I am trying to communicate it is that you start a run with certainty, you have a goal in mind and you set out to achieve that goal (distance). I am of the opinion that too many of us doubt the power of the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth working through us. We are not certain about the power of our standing as sons and daughters of the Living Most High, we doubt ourselves and doubt our ability in Christ Jesus and because we are uncertain we don’t run.  Jesus said to His disciples (to us) in John 14:12-13, “The truth is, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask anything in My Name, and I will do it because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father.”

When you start running it is not easy, you find even a kilometer an effort. But if you strap on a heart rate monitor it is easier. You work out where your heart rate should be and for six weeks you keep your heart rate within a zone. Soon you are going further and faster and your heart beats within that zone – you are becoming fitter. To become fit you do need to persevere and push your body through cramps and soreness, but it is all part of making your body able to run the race. This is the control that Paul speaks of. It is hard when your legs are jelly and you just want to stop, but what a feeling of elation when you manage to push through, even if it means you walk a while, but you keep on moving towards your goal. I spoke to someone in training for an ironman and he told me that when he trains he sometimes runs past two lamp posts then walks until the next one, sometimes we just need to catch our breath.

One morning I got up and decided to do a 15km run. I knew where I was running to and had my gear. I knew where my turn-around point was so 7.5km out I still felt great and decided to run on a bit. At 9km I became enthusiastic and thought that just 1km would give me 20km. I had never thought that this distance was possible, but now it seemed in my sight. I made the 10km turning point and was feeling very proud, after all I had run 10km many times. The punishment lay ahead though, 10km home. I had water stops on the way back and knew that every step was a step closer to home. I had no mobile phone with me, besides hubby had gone cycling so there was not rescue. I just had to dig deep and as Paul writes, “treat my body severely and make it my slave.” I run along cliffs in the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Australia, so the scenery distracted me from the pain. Then at 19.5km I hit the wall. I was running behind a couple walking their dog, the getnleman kept on stepping aside to make room for me to pass, but I just could not pass. Eventually they stopped and as I shuffled past them I managed to utter, ” I have no energy left”. The next 500m were agonising. I had to talk to myself, out loud, to keep going. I could feel the cramps and felt very light-headed. Then the house loomed ahead and I knew I was going to make it home. After a shower, some muscle rub and a few litres of water I began to feel better. You see I had not prepared myself for that distance. I had not hydrated my body the day before, had not eaten enough and although I was not stiff or sore from the run, had not prepared my feet and ended up losing a toenail and another one badly bruised.

Running is not only about the gear and moving our legs, keeping your heart rate in a zone, but it is more importantly abut feeding yourself so you have the energy to go the distance. It is about stocking up with healthy foods, drinking lots of water and having snacks with you that will sustain your energy levels and support you on the run. Jesus told us that we can’t live on bread alone, we need to eat from the Living Word, drink from the Streams of Life. We can’t run the race without sustaining our spirit with His Word, withouth being Spirit filled. In Ephesians 6 we read about putting on the amour of Elohim so that we can stand against wickedness and have power to run and recieve an uncorruptible crown. So when you think of running a spiritual race, gird your waist with Truth, put on a breast plate of righteousness, for shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. Take up the shield of belief so that you have power to quench all the burning arrows of the wicked one, take up the helmet of deliveranceand the sword of the Spirit, which is the Words of Elohim. This is the ‘gear’ that is given to us as children of the Most High, we just need to put it on. It is not fashioned by the world, it may not be cool, but it is what will help you run a race, a race that leads Home where your uncorruptible crown awaits you. Some Christians wear armour that has been remodelled to make it seem more fashionable, but they are parading. I have many times worn this and I fall short daily, but the Loving-commitment of YHWH and His amazing grace sets me on the right path again, once I recognised and repent.

There is also something speacial about having a heart rae monitor. I believe we should all be close enough to YHWH to hear His Heart, to know His Heart and that He should smile when He hears our heartbeat for His cause and Loving-committment to us. We need to be intune to the Father’s Heart, we can only do this by being close to His heart. You wear a heart rate moinitor on your chest, this way you get an accurate reading. To be  close the YHWH’s heart we need to spend time in His prescence, we need to listen, to feel and to be alert.

Make my steps fall in line with Your way and will. May my heart beat in Your zone, to Your beat. As I run this race may I fill my  spirit with Your Truth, drink from steams of living water. May I run the race and make it Home to receive my uncorruptible crown. Amen






Marks are not blemishes


Ezekiel 9

V4. “He (YHWH) said to him, “Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all those who weep and sigh because of the sins they see around them.”

Ezekiel had a vision and witnessed the punishment of the nation for idolatry and turning their back on the Most High. The punishment started in the Temple and with the leaders. Ezekiel saw a man in linen clothing and carrying a writer’s bag being sent forth by YHWH to mark the people that showed remorse and were asking for forgiveness for the sins of the nation. In Exodus 12 we read that the nation of Israel were to mark the posts of their homes with the blood of an unblemished lamb. In verse 13 of this chapter we read, “And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I shall pass over you and the plague not come on you to destroy when I strike the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt)”. So the Most High marking His chosen ones is not a new concept.

Going back to Ezekiel’s vision of this man marking the foreheads of those that were weeping and sighing because of the sin of the nation. This Scripture is deeper than a little sigh that we may utter in frustration. This sigh implies a heart-action. If we stop for a while and tease this out it should evoke thoughts and lead to actions that you may take in your own life. Let us consider what happens when you turn on the News. We are bombarded by the consequences of sin…that is a bit dramatic, but it is reality. Sin is getting great coverage, and at times being sensationalised to such an extent that we become numb to sin unless it is horrific. We start to overlook little things and compromise, we look away and turn a blind eye, umm…did Eli not turn a blind eye to the sins of his sons? News is broadcast across the globe in every language, the juicer the story the more people follow it…sin sells media.

You should be asking questions by now, one asks questions to get to the core of statements, to clarify your understanding. Let’s step back a few steps to make it more practical. You sit down, sometimes with your family and a meal on your lap, the TV goes on and it is News. We are confronted by a stabbing, shooting or assult and for a split second we are stirred, what stirs you? The sin? Empathy? Is it the audacity of someone that dare perform such an act? Are there racial slurs that come to the forefront of your mind and end up in an articulated insult? Is there a thought for the victim, or annoyance at their ignorance, carelessness – they should have…. Is there any feeling of compassion? Above all is there any sense of grief for the sin that has been committed? Grief without judgment?

YHWH sent forth this man ahead of five others that were to kill the unmarked people. He was punishing the nation for their lack of heart-action. The grief of the marked people was demonstrated by sighing and weeping. They were not judging and pointing fingers, they were not tutting from their couches or making racial slurs and taking offense for the victims. These people were weeping, grieving before the Most High and asking for forgiveness. It was this heart-action or attitude that aroused the Grace of the Most High and He instructed that a mark be placed on their foreheads to set them apart, to indicate that they had found favour and were not to be harmed.

These sighs and weeping were more than an exhale of breath, more than a tear. This heart-attitude portrayed a true grieving of the inner being for what man had become and destroyed, for the lost and those that turned from God. It was a grieving of the loss of a loved one, these brothers and sisters had turned from serving the Most High and this weeping and grieving was heart-felt compassion. It was not an attitude of offense for the blatant disrespect given to Elohim.

Shane Willard has a sermon called “The Authority of the Rabbi” and in this he makes referrence to the fact that Yeshua can deal with being offended, He does not need us to take offense for Him. After all He was crucified like a criminal, yet He showed grieving and weeping by speaking blessing from the Cross and asking YHWH to have mercy and forgive the very people that mocked and hurt him. It is this kind of sighing and weeping that the marked people showed. Not judging or taking offense on behalf of Elohim, but they were asking for forgiveness and for mercy and grace for those around them.

There is a distinction to be made between judging and seeking true forgiveness with sighing and weeping. Jesus made referrence to the Pharisee that was in the Temple asking for forgiveness, while pointing to a tax collector and saying that at least he was not as full of sin. This Pharisee was so full of pride that he could not recognise his own sin, however he was arrogant enought to judge the tax collector and elevate himself above this ‘sinful’ man. The tax collector on the other hand was facedown because he felt unworthy to approach the Most High, he was weeping and sighing, a heart-action and attitude, humility. The Pharisee was blemished, the tax collector was marked. A blemished man can be marked if he is remorseful and humble before the Most High. The moment you use the sin of another to measure your own ‘righteousness’, to soothe your conscience or qualify an action/thought or attitude you are being judgmental and this makes you blemished and unmarked.

When you grieve and sigh you realise you are just as sinful, just as unworthy as the next person, but by the Grace of the Most High and His loving-commitment, through the Blood of Yeshua, you are able to approach His Throne. It is the realisation that you can come to a place of repentance and receive forgiveness, that you are no better than anybody else and that this mercy and grace cost a Life. From this realisation comes the love of Yeshua for all people, it allows you to love the blemished and desire for them to be marked, like yourself, by the Blood of the Lamb. You desire these blemished people to come into a relationship with the King and this causes you to sigh and weep in petition for their salvation.

The heart-attitude and heart-actions are what the Most High sees and desires. A heart that carries the mark of the Lamb is blemish free. The blemishes are removed as far as the East is from the West and thrown into the depths of the deepest sea. If you carry the mark of the Lamb you are set free and can approach the Throne of the Most High. Yeshua said, “I am the way, the truth and the LIFE. Nobody comes to the Father but through Me.” In the Temple only the priest could enter through the gates of Way, Truth and Life to reach the Holy of Holies – Jesus is the gate and you are marked, set-apart and redeemed and you may approach the Most High because you carry the mark put upon you by the Lamb of the Most High.

It is time to make a mark, get facedown before the Most High and weep and sigh for the nations, for the blemished people around you. To love them and not judge them.



Lie Down and Listen


1 Samuel 3

Samuel was raised by Eli from the age of three and Eli would have taught him the Torah as a father-figure. We read in this chapter that Eli was reliant upon Samuel, this is indicated when Samuel asked him what he needed, we also read that Eli was blind and this would imply that he needed assistance in getting around the Temple. When Samuel thinks that he hears Eli calling in the night he jumps up and runs to Eli’s bedside, this gives us an indication as to the dedication and servant-heart of the young boy.

In verse 1 the Scripture tells us that Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. This shows that not only is Samuel dedicated in serving but he is obedient and assists Eli daily. We read that Eli’s sons were rebellious in the way that they lived and that Eli had turned a blind eye to their sinful ways, which most likely left Samuel to help Eli with everyday living. It is interesting to read that Samuel served the Lord by assisting the priest, in other words there is no indication of a living-relationship between God and Samuel. In fact in verse 7 we are told that Samuel ‘did not know the Lord yet’ and it is for this reason that he did not recognise the voice of God. Samuel would have been very aware of who God was and through learning the Torah and serving in the Temple he would have had a good knowledge of what God had done for his nation, yet this knowledge had not translated into a relationship with Father God. The knowledge translated once Samuel recognised the voice of YHWH. In John 10:27, Jesus said, “My sheep will recognise My voice; I know them and they follow Me.” The words recognise and follow indicate that there is a relationship, to follow someone you would know them, and for Jesus to say that His sheep recognise His voice points to a personal knowledge of what His voice sounds like and the fact that He has been able to get to know the sheep.

Eli realises that Samuel is being called by the Heavenly Father, YHWH, and he instructs the youngster to go back to bed, to lie down and to respond with the words, “Speak, Your servant is listening”. You see every single time Samuel heard the calling he jumped up and ran off to serve, Eli told him to lie down and listen.

How often do we hear, jump up and run off? Samuel was so busy getting in and out of bed, so busy rushing around from one room to the other that he did not stop to listen. We are all guilty of this, when often all that is required of us is to lie down and listen. It is by lying down that we are preparing ourselves to serve, by enabling our ears to listen.

There is a distinct difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is a verb that is used to describe what happens when your ears capture a sound. You hear a noise/sound but unless you listen you do not  engage thinking by stopping to focus on the noise/sound and make sense of what it means, what action it requires you to take. As a mother and teacher I would often ask, “Did you not hear me?” The answer often given was yes, and this would annoy me as I would want to know why the required action to the statement or question had not been taken. I should have asked, “Did you listen to what I said?” I can assure you the response would have been different. How often do we hear Father, but because of our busyness we jump (to human conclusions) and run off with our own agenda? Should we not take more time to lie down, be still and listen?

When you listen it means you are making sense of the sounds, noises you hear. You recognise the source and allow your brain to translate the sounds into meaningful phrases. Listening involves understanding and even questioning if you are not sure. One of the best ways to listen is to paraphrase what you heard, do we lie down and do this with Father God? Or do we jump up and run off thinking we have listened when we may have heard?

In verse 15 we read that Samuel lies down and listens, he listened to Eli and because he listened he is able to be obedient. He answers the call with , “I am listening.” This implies that he has nothing to distract him, he is in a place where he can focus on the Lord. In other words, I am all ears, speak to me so that I can take in what You are saying, clarify it so to understand and accept it, make it part of me. This takes a servant-heart, to listen so we can obey and serve. We read that even after Samuel received the prophetic words, he did not jump up and run to Eli, no the Bible tells us Samuel stayed in bed, he stayed lying down, still and quiet. It was only when Eli directly asked him what God had said that Samuel spilt the beans.

There is a lesson to be gleaned from this, a lesson about attitude. Samuel had a servant-heart, he was obedient and he listened by lying down and being still. We are told at the end of this chapter that Samuel received many more messages from God and that he became known as a man that heard from the Father.

Eli was told by God that he would loose his sons on the same day because of their sinful ways. However Eli heard but did not listen. I am of the opinion that if he had listened he would have heeded the warning and taken steps to rectify the wayward behaviour. Eli was not only physically blind but he was spiritually blinded as well, even spiritually deaf. I think that his sons became so wrapped up in the life of the world that they stopped listening to Father and to Eli, they became deaf and this caused their death. Life bombards us with noise and sound. We have voices coming at us from screens, radios, music, peers and life. It is so hard to listen to all of these voices telling us how to dress, how to eat, how to exercise, what to drive, buy and be….We need to choose which voice we are going to listen to, which voice we are going to trust and seek to hear. We need to become quiet, lie down and listen to the beautiful voice of YHWH. I am reminded of the scripture, where Elijah listens for the voice of the Lord God Almighty. The voice of Elohim is not in the windstorm, earthquake or fire but in the gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13). To listen to a gentle whisper you need to be still, lie down and listen.

Ask Father God to speak to you, take time to build up a relationship with Him, where you recognise His voice, one where He is close and knows you. Know the voice of the Shepherd (shepheard) above all else and you will find peace, grace and loving-committment. You may still need to jump up and do something but it will be because you have been told to jump up, because you have listened to His voice and you are following His plans.

Be still and know that I am God.

Abba Father, I wish to serve you without distraction, I wish to hear from You and know intimately the sound of Your voice. I ask that You would help me to unblock my spiritual ears from the worldly noises, to atune my ears to Your Set-Apart Spirit of Truth so that I may recognise the voice of my beloved Saviour.




The Toy Box

Toy-Box-Grandparents I was walking past my granddaughter’s toy basket and smiled. The thought of her brought joy to my heart, I could see her smile in my mind and instantly missed her giggle, cuddles and presence.

Later, as I walked along the beach, I was reminded of these emotions, thoughts of how Father misses us began to flood my mind. When you are a parent, or grandparent, you spend everyday looking for things that might excite, might ignite or inspire the imagination of children. We take time in carefully selecting books, toys and activities – weighing up their value, the contribution they will make and the richness of joy they will bring. I began contemplating how I had selected the toys for my granddaughter’s basket, how I had hand picked each toy for a purpose, be it for pure enjoyment, educational value or as an expression of love.

Father, knows what we need before we ask for it, He knows our every thought before we have thought it and He constantly hopes we will choose the right way. He knit us together in the womb and it was then that He put our ‘toy basket’ together. He lovingly chose talents, gifts and blessings and placed them in our ‘basket’ with hope. He placed them there for us, out of love. When we put together a toy basket we do so with hope, hoping that the child will use the toys, will find value and will value what is there. Father God hopes that you will use what He has put aside for you, that you will value what He has provided for you. That you will find joy in what He has given you.

My thoughts drifted back to how much I missed having my granddaughter around, how I missed hearing her play with the toys I had purchased with hope, love and care. That is when I realised how Father must miss us, miss our voices, smiles and joy. Do we have a box of new ‘toys’ that we have not taken out, are they pushed aside for worldly gains? Do we not take from the ‘toy box’ because that involves being in the Father’s presence? For my granddaughter to play with her toy basket , she has to be at my house…

Sometimes I will buy something new and pop it in the box as a surprise, I do this because I love to spoil her, love to see the delight on her little face. Abba Father enjoys spoiling His children, He loves to hear the praises of His chosen ones. Be aware that we serve a God that loves generosity, loves a joyful heart and a thankful heart. YHWH paid the ultimate price in enabling us to have life, and life abundantly through His Son.

When was the last time you sat in  the presence of Abba Father and took out the gifts that He so lovingly, put together for you, He is hoping that you will use the gifts and desires to hear your voice, see your smile and know your heart.

Father, You have given us so  much. You have made a way for us to gain eternal life through Your Son. You bless us beyond our needs, we only need to step outside of our worldly lives to see the beauty of Your creation. You have a plan for our lives. A plan to prosper us and to give us life expectancy. You, Father are our provider, we are Your children and if we as parents know how to provide for our children, how much more do You know how to provided for us. Forgive us for not always seeking Your Kingdom first. Set-Apart-Spirit of Truth remind us of the gifts and guide us in using them for the esteem and glory of our Father. Amen