New Year

It is a new day, a new year.

First coffee on my own.
New lip colour.
Some time to reflect, give thanks, plan and be present.
This year I want to remember that my identity is not in my man, my kids, work, money, health, body or mind.
My identity is not bound up in how I perform, where I go, what I win or lose.
I am not my friends, my past or my future.
My true identity is found in Him. 
This I need to know this New Year.
Xx

Honesty

I enjoy writing, journaling and describing my life, our world, my family, friends, inspirations and faith. And I do some of that here on this blog. But honestly I have days that I wonder why. Have you ever stared at your blank Facebook status update box and felt inept…nothing witty, engaging or thrilling was coming to mind. You write nothing – fail. You write something little- boring. You make it up – brilliant. But it is not you. It is not honest. I guess writing a blog can be a similar process. I have days when I wonder what to post, I rarely plan ahead. I wonder who reads it, after all there is little dialogue, comment and feedback. And yet I yearn to know you read it, that it matters, that you like it. For many writers the process is solitary, the criticism is public and the outcomes unknown.
So today when I heard someone had read my blog and learnt more about me I was excited. But not in the way you might think. I was excited because the reader was pointed to my faith. My faith in Jesus. I hope that in all of my reflections, excitement and discussions here I can glorify Him. God is a creator and he loves beauty, design, he delights in good family life, loving marriages, bountiful banquets, healing hands and communities that love and support each other. He loves us in the pain, the hardship and even in our failures, our sin.
 John Piper says:
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We all make a god out of what we take the most pleasure in. Christian Hedonists want to make God their God by seeking after the greatest pleasure—pleasure in him.

 If you want to know what motivates me more read the whole article hereAnd I am hoping that the things that I take pleasure in and celebrate here will point to him. Honestly.


The Reason for Christmas

This should be obvious…..you would hope. But for many it is not. Christ is the reason for Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you are not sure who He is and why you need to know you may find this list helpful. John Piper says there are 12 reasons for Christ ….for Christmas:

  1. “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37).
  2. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf. Hebrews 2:14–15).
  3. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
  4. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
  5. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
  6. “God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:5).
  7. “For God so loved the world that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16).
  8. “God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).
  9. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
  10. “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against . . . that the thoughts of many may be revealed” (Luke 2:34ff).
  11. “He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
  12. “Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarches, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Romans 15:7–8; cf. John 12:27ff).

Thanksgiving

There is a lot of talk in the blogshpere about Thanksgiving. I know this is due to our American friends celebrating a Thanksgiving holiday, something we don’t do as such here in the land of Oz. In reading about Paul’s letter to the Colossians today I was reminded that thanksgiving should be our remedy to every whisper of discontent that comes our way.


Colossians 2:6–7.  “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”


John Knight reflects on this idea further. Thanksgiving is essential to the Christian life because it’s an expression, whether in thought, word, or deed, of our satisfaction in who God is and what he has done for us in Jesus (Colossians 2:9–10Ephesians 5:1–2). It’s essential because it flows from the understanding that the Lord’s steadfast love endures forever and that his faithfulness is to all generations (Psalm 100:5).


I am thankful today for so many many things. But most of all that He has dealt with me, my sin and I know His love that endures. Do you?