Speak Life

Where to start??

Well, I’m back from my mammoth break. Initially, I stopped blogging for a few weeks to allow me extra time to pack up my house ready to move. Then the goalposts changed and, well so much happened in the next six weeks that I started putting off blogging, because so much has happened. All good, all emotional, all VERY GOD. That it almost got to much to summarise. So where do I begin? I just wouldn’t know where, so I won’t. Maybe it’s a book.. to be filed in the books written but not published pile under my bed (eye-roll.. I know, I know I got the memo  I’m on it!! I’ll tell you all about my procrastination another time).

But I can tell you, God was exceeding, (not just Mr Kipling) abundantly above and beyond anything I could think or imagine; and the best is…he’s not finished yet.

“Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20 ASV

So we will leave all that for another time. Today, I want to share something different on my heart. My friend shared an article from the Irish Times on her social media about a young Co Kerry man, Thomas O’Driscoll, who, despite being illiterate leaving school at 14, becoming a dad at 15 and spending some of his life in the care system and homeless, has just graduated with a masters degree in social work form University College in Cork!! Come on!! Who doesn’t love an over comer story of triumph?

He credits his achievement to the people championing him and calling out his potential. A course co-ordinator,  Margaret Culloty, called out his potential and voiced her belief in him. Sadly, the article also mentions how some teachers told him he would achieve nothing with his life.  Hold up! If you’re a teacher that makes statements like this… STOP IT NOW… JUST STOP!

I love these “against all odds stories”. I love to hear stories about the underdog winning the race, defeating the giant. I LOVE, despite the circumstances….. (finish the sentence)

Today I want to remind us, God placed seeds of greatness in us all. God didn’t design us to ever be the underdog…that was only Satan’s plan.

“A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!” ‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭TPT‬‬

God’s plans for our lives were never determined by the trajectory of our life. Our life circumstances do not decide our future. Our mistakes do not get to dictate our destiny and other people do not get to predict our potential. That privilege is reserved only for God. He created us, he designed all the intricate parts of our being. He knows us because he is the craftsman who designed the masterpiece that the Bible tells us we are. You wanna know your purpose? Ask him. You wanna know your potential? PRAY. God holds the key to unlock all the doors that your human will can’t.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

And while we are on the subject… Be the Margaret Cullotoy in Thomas’s story. Be the person that calls out the seeds of greatness in people. God gave you a tongue to speak life… DO IT!! “Oh no, I’d feel wick” RUBBISH. I have never been given a compliment and felt like the person giving it was a weirdo. You don’t have to write them a sonnet, it can just be something small like you have a really calm tone, or I love your passion, or I see your compassion for this area, or whatever. (Even if you don’t start speaking them out start thinking them in your head when interacting with others. acknowledge their greatness, even just as a thought, then after a while it will feel more natural to speak it out)

I have someone very, very close to my heart. who when at school had people, mostly teachers who should have known better. Speak death as the Bible describes it. (watery eyes). They often used words like lazy, no potential, troublemaker, ringleader, intimidating, class clown… not to say, this wee imp wasn’t a handful at times, but that’s not what I saw. I saw a misdirected energy, a tall handsome, natural leader who kept cool under pressure and in difficult situations, possibly a great first responder, who now a serious lack of self- confidence and very little enthusiasm to achieve more.

“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

GUESS WHO’S VOICE STUCK??

My opinion hasn’t changed… I still see this potential and I will continue to speak life to this person for the rest of my life if need be.

My question is, what voice do you want to be in someone’s ear?

Joyce Meyers says this… if you don’t use what God gives you for good the devil will use it for evil!

Today can I encourage you to SPEAK LIFE

 

“But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What are you magnifying in your life?

I was dashing about yesterday trying to buy my Mum some plant pots for her birthday, I know, I know plant pots don’t seem like a very exciting birthday present, but she loved them. Or at least she pretended to. Personally, if you turned up with plant pots for me on my birthday, I’m gonna plant you in them. Just saying. But, anyways, I don’t know if you have tried to buy any garden supplies recently, but it seems with the lockdown that it is very difficult to access any at the minute, they are in very short supply. There wasn’t much selection and what was available wasn’t great but, hey what’s a girl to do when she leaves gift buying to the actual day of a birthday! Sorry, day after in fact. I know this is one of my great downfalls, some many call it disorganised. I like to say, I thrive under pressure.

As the lack of variety drove me to buy only what was available, I started frantically looking for something to make the gift a little more interesting, and in gardening sections there is not a lot. Well, I could have bought her a pink flamingo metal garden ornament. I wasn’t feeling it. Gloves, basket liners, solar lights in the shape of rocks, at one point I even considered a bug magnifier that caught my attention for more than a minute. It didn’t really have if I’m honest, but I thought it was really cool. If you have ever seen one, really it’s just like a little transparent cup with a magnifying lid. Assuming you like collecting bugs or worms, you could put them inside and see all its wee bits in closer detail; totally the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid.

This morning I was listening to a podcast while taking my son to work. The minister was discussing, along with a lot of other things, about how we see the size of our problems and rationalising it with, will it matter a week or year from now?

It brought me back to that little bug jar, and got me thinking how often I peer into that bug jar of my problems and they are magnified. I spend lots of time examining them, lots of time talking about them, and even praying about them, and all the time I’m looking through this lid that is magnifying them way beyond what they actually are.

When in actual fact, what should be at the other side of that magnifying glass is God in my life. What I should be looking at is the magnitude of his presence, his peace, his power, his love, his grace. And yet sometimes I see these in reverse, almost like I am looking through the wrong end of binoculars, when instead sometimes I allow God to seem like this tiny far off thing, out of reach. Compared to my huge magnified problem.

I wonder today how many of us are peering into the bug jar of our problems. 

Here is what the Bible says

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

Trusting God means despite all the trouble you may face that you will still turn to him and believe his good for your life.

Also today, I wonder how many of us are looking at God with the wrong end of our binoculars!

Here is what the Bible says

“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”

Psalms 145:18 NLT

What are you magnifying in your life?

Today I want to ask you, is there any area you need to ditch the bug jar or turn your binoculars the right way round?

Do you need to call out to God, is there something you need to trust God with, do you need to take your eyes off the problem and focus on God instead?