Crept up on us

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Photo Cred: Joel Smith NYE Berlin 2016

I don’t know about you, but I think two17 has crept up to the front door of life. I mean what happened to twenty16, it’s like one minute I’m in Berlin watching the most amazing NYE fireworks display ever with one million other people. And next minute I’m buying Christmas pressies and a new diary. 
Having said that I’m actually glad to be done with this year- you see God called to my attention some things He wanted me to drop at the doorway of the New Year and carry no longer. And with each minute it gets closer I am more and more excited about them not influencing my future.
We chatted about it the other week (see Drop it https://sozotalk.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/drop-it/  ), but I wanted to encourage you to grab a few minutes of quiet where you can think and chat to God. Ask Him- is there something that I’ve been living with, where you’ve said enough? It could be a way of thinking, believing, behaving. It could be a sorrow, a hurt, a fear. You instant reaction may be, but I’m used to it, I can’t imagine life without that thinking, it can’t change.
But that’s not what God says about it in His book….
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
                  his mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
                 great is your faithfulness.   Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
Mercy
-compassionate or kindly forbearance shown 
-an act of kindness, compassion, or favour:
Every day we stand at the doorway to a new starting point, a new way of living. Somehow, it seems easier to start afresh as the New Year dawns. This year as we sit at the threshold of a new year, I implore you, cross over free from the clutter of stuff and into the knowledge that each day can be new. In fact, at any moment you can chat with God during life and ask Him for a new day. 
That’s how He loves you!
Well until next year-Live, laugh, learn and love well
Erinruth x 

 

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the greatest love…..

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A few years ago my pa passed away at this time of the year. As we prepared for the funeral around Christmas celebrations I remember this strange juxtaposition of sorrow, joy, happy memories, laughs, tales from the years past, mixed with thankfulness for the goodness of God and a tinge of nervousness. 

I’d been asked to say a few words at the funeral, I remember thinking, ‘what do I say that will honour my pa and be what he’d want said’.  I’d heard from my cousins that my pa had told them to ‘choose your love and love your choice‘, while I’d never been fortunate enough to hear this advice from my pa directly (that’s what happens when you don’t take a love home to meet the man) its rings true, even to this day.

He’d have wanted his family and friends to know that Jesus was his first and greatest love. Sounds strange and even a little offensive to those who have different belief systems, but because of this love for Jesus, he was able to love my nana, his tribe of 7, their spouses and tribes and their tribes with a great love. It wasn’t sourced in his own strength, but it overflowed from love Himself – GOD. My pa would sit and listen and then into the conversation drop wisdom; calmly, consistently and lovinglywhat a sweet memory.

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As we approach another Christmas, it is with fond memories that I dedicate this post to my pa – a man who taught me a lot about great character and doing life well and to hunger after the things of God.  And like him I say ‘Choose your love‘, let it be Jesus.  As we celebrate Christmas it’s easy to be swallowed up by busy schedules, finding perfect gifts, function galore and food (we also swallow a lot of food at Christmas 🙂 ). But remember that this is a time to celebrate the greatest love story ever told, and one that is still unfolding to this day. It’s a time to remember that Jesus was born, to live and die as the ultimate loving gift to all humanity, throughout all time.  It’s put so well here. 

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” John 3:16 The Message 

If you have chosen to love Jesus (fabulous, that delights my heart!); love your choice this Christmas.  Love Him, thanks Him, praise Him and make Him the number 1 priority in all that will happen around your Christmas. And from that place shower love on all you encounter.  


I wish you all a very joyful and loving Christmas, filled to overflowing with the goodness of God. 

Merry Christmas xx

 

 

 

2003

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‘I believe that dots/days you think are nothing and don’t contribute to the picture of your life; from a distance in heaven will be the intricate detail that gives the picture its beauty’ E.S
(diary note from 2003 ~a lifetime ago)
This little thought jumped off the page last night, issuing a reminder that all days are made equal. Sure what we do with them, lends them a different weight when we look back across the horizon of life; as some we photograph on our memory as significant. Days such as weddings, holidays, birthdays, adventure, heartbreak, tragedy and sorrow.  But in the everyday in and out of life, the washing, the cleaning, the working, the responsibility, comes the sustained fragrance of your life – its true beauty, is revealed when no one’s looking.  After all, we dont live the social media show wheel of life that’s often displayed in the world of Facebook and Instagram.  Instead, we live the normal, the mundane; mixed with the extraordinary – the adventure.  So whether your day, today is mundane, a little glint of adventure, or full on extraordinary. Know that in the tapestry of life, each is needed to create a beautiful masterpiece. And God has created such an amazing masterpiece in you, ( yep you 🙂) you are precious and amazing whether your day is or not.  
Until next week,
Happy Pondering x 

 

drop it…..

‘Tear ducts – use as required!’ E.S

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Stumbled straight into this thought in an old notebook over the weekend. Why is it that we look upon emotions as the enemy. Sure, if they are controlling your every moment that’s not good. Nor, is pretending or boxing things away under a so called impenetrable armour. Life has a way of tugging at what lies beneath(enter  emotive music here). Bring to the surface what we’d hidden away in the deep, and usually at the most inopportune and inappropriate times (arhhhh, been there). It’s almost as inappropriate and bad as when you laugh so hard you SNORT, or that moment someone makes you laugh so hard you think you’ll choke on your cola (been there too😉).

img_7685But in all serious, we have hit December hard this year (after all 2016 feels only weeks old) and we’re just about to slide into another new year. Don’t carry what doesn’t need to be taken into next year. Drop it at the doorway. Let it remain in this year. A memory. A lesson. A growth opportunity. A thing of the past. A full stop following it.

If required, use those tear ducts – after all you’ve got them for a reason! There’s no shame in crying when needed, just don’t drown in you tears. If the waters rising to fast, put your hand up and signal for a friend to call in the lifeguards. Remember, your not an island, and God brings amazing people into our worlds to help us when the going is tough. And call on Him- he’ll gladly swim into the middle of it all and show you a way out.

Until next week
Swim boldly, love loudly and kick to the curb the clutter clawing at your 2017.

Happy pondering xx

kept!

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So I wrote this a few months ago, but the thought keeps kicking around and coming back.  It’s something which leads to abundant gratitude that I’ve been kept from something horrible (a life without Him).  I hope it encourages you too.

Jesus didn’t just come for you to have life. But life abundantly! (Jn 10:10) This means that we aren’t just hanging around waiting for the life of salvation to kick in when we die and arrive in heaven 🙂 , but that we live it every day. Lately I’ve been thinking about the concept of being both eternally and situationally saved. Controversial I know – let me explain.

When we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we are saved (Rom 10:9). There it begins with justification, the initial beginning of eternal relationship. The standing of being freed from the identity of sinner separated from God, no longer exists- rather we are now His Children and have a connected relationship with Him. Here we are kept from doing life without Him (…I’m so so grateful!)

But have you ever stopped to think about being situationally saved? Me neither until a Sunday night a few weeks ago. When I saw this picture, in worship, of Jesus stepping into a situation and redirecting it. For me the picture was an actual situation which was going on in my world a few years ago and he kept me safe from it; but maybe you’ve had a similar experience.

Can you look back from small and great distance in your life and see hand of God protecting you. Maybe protecting you from unwise choices, a car accident, an argument cause by putting your foot in it, bankruptcy, and the list could and does go on. All these are ways, which you are being situationally saved from a moment without Jesus. He wants to be at the centre of your life, not because He’s ego driven, but because we live the most abundant life available when He’s upfront and centre.There He saves you in a myriad of ways each and every day. And for that I’m both eternally and situationally grateful!

Until next week

Happy Pondering