Inclusion

When I talk inclusion I am not referring to diversity. I am talking about time together versus time alone. There are many times, seasons and events, pretty much on a daily basis that I think about inclusion. I grew up in a home that everyone was included. There wasn’t an event that was exclusively for ‘this group’ of people. I am so thankful that because my mum cared for people, especially those down and out, that we always shared our table, our home and even our room at times with people that had no where else to go. Friends of ours that were in difficult families, whose families didn’t live close by, people who were stuck for a place, old and young were welcome. I think that’s why even at this age I really struggle with not including … its just not in my nature. I think of those ones…

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Its a crop out!

How much of our real lives are cropped out so others only see the good bits? I take a lot of photos of my garden and it looks very beautiful. Of course I take photos of all the beautiful parts! Real life always has the messy, ugly bits and in my garden there are a lot of things around our house outside that I would prefer not to be there. My husband is a tradesman and builder and so consequently there are bricks, timber, tools, off-cuts of wood. He needs these things for the work he does, but when I look around I would much prefer they were out of sight. It would be lovely for everything to be neat as a pin, and it only contained beautiful things that belong in a cottage garden, lots of colour, foliage, and lots of special touches. So when I take photos of…

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New levels of conversation

                          When something grows there is usually a change in size whether that’s internally or externally. When we grow it doesn’t always hurt but even stretching can be uncomfortable. But we can’t go on without growth or we’ll be stagnant and maybe even shrivel. Growth might be uncomfortable but it also gives us more room and when we grow we usually fit what we are growing into better. There are lots of things that we need to grow into. Communication is one of those things…. sometimes painful, often uncomfortable and in the very least can be awkward. As we grow up we need to face new levels of conversation. There are things we must face if we are an adult that a child or adolescent can keep running from. Often our first reaction is a sharp one, pain…

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His Words of promise

                            Today was a tough day… very very mentally draining at my work. Its like I am juggling 100 balls at times in trying to remember all the things that I have to remember to do and remind other people to do. Lately I don’t cope so well with it. It makes me race on the inside, I don’t like it, and I don’t see the end in sight, which is the nature of my job but some days I wonder how will I keep up? Today I also had a lot of things on my mind. In particular someone that I was praying for. I had one of those days that God was in the forefront of my mind, despite my stress levels. Every time I took a little break I was praying and talking to…

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We can rise above and He will carry us through

I woke up at 6:15am this morning and I straight away heard God speaking several things to me… He was speaking to me about how to rise above the circumstances. We cant get away from everything that is happening around us… We have to know how to get by when we are in the middle of difficult and challenging circumstances. I got a picture of an eagle gliding on the thermal currents. I know I have heard of this before but I wasn’t quite sure what it meant. I looked it up tonight and the explanation was fantastic. It said that the temperature over different parts of land is different – some hotter than others. For example in a desert as opposed to over an ocean. And there are pockets of cooler air and when the hot air touches the cool air it forces itself to rise above the cold air……

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Bridging the gap….

                          There was a particular person on my mind when I woke up this morning, their need that was on my mind. I had been trying to understand how this person could come to realise the answer, and know what is right and wrong and make the best choice. He then assured me and showed me that he is the bridge. He is the bridge of the gap between this person and the answers to prayer for them, He is the bridge between this person and what they don’t understand. At times I wonder… “How Lord, but how?” His answer to me in my thoughts was that He is the bridge over the gaps. There are so many gaps…. He can bridge them all, The Son of Man is that bridge for all of us. John 1:51 Then…

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