A Valuable Masterpiece!

 

We are God’s workmanship – a creative poem! (Ephesians 2:10)

You are God’s treasure,

A priceless pearl,

A creative masterpiece!

Do you think a work of art ceases to be so just because critics or the general public disagree about its worth and value, or provenance?

Don’t let the critics in your life pull you down from the place to which God has elevated you. Don’t let them devalue you.

God has already determined your worth – so accept his evaluation and get into agreement with him!

You are His masterpiece!

Love,

Carol ♥♥

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It’s An Un-Pretty Path!

Hello Purpose-driven friends and followers,
I made a mistake and this post which was specifically written for you guys (as will become apparent once you begin reading), was uploaded to the wrong blog (my Women of Warfare site). Or perhaps God has intervened – who knows!

My apologies for the error. I hope you will pop across to read the rest of it.
Happy Easter!

With love Carol
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Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Just before starting to write this post, I felt like crying and weeping and crying some more.

Why?

I had just watched The Passion of the Christ.

It is something I like to do every year on Good Friday. I do it because I don’t want my relationship with God to be something I take for granted. I don’t want my profession to be a Christian and the life I live as a result of this claim, to be a light-hearted matter.

I want, no I need, to be reminded of what God and his precious Son Jesus, has done for me. And so here I am today having watched Mel Gibson’s dramatization of the last few hours of Christ’s life.

It’s brutal. It’s graphic. It’s thought provoking. And it’s deeply, deeply moving.

I have been moved.

I would not describe myself as a nominal Christian. Someone who attends…

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Carol’s Writing Kudos

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen! (Drum roll please)

I’m so very happy to announce 2 new publishing achievements.

My first, is an article which was accepted and published in the Spring 2018 issue of a popular devotional magazine, The Secret Place. This devotional enjoys a worldwide readership of more than 250,000. I even received a small payment – yippee!

 

My second, is the publication of a guest blog post at an award-winning literary website, Two Drops of Ink. If you are looking to join a friendly writing community, you need search no further!

Those of you who like creative non-fiction, or enjoy reading articles about the writing life, may be interested in my contribution, which was published earlier this week. It’s called: Writing Angst.  I do hope you’ll be able to pop over and support me by reading this post and if you are minded to, leave me a “like”, and perhaps even a comment.

And because I couldn’t end this post without acknowledging the One who has blessed me with my writing gift and made this week of rejoicing possible, I would like to give special thanks, plus all glory and honour to my Father-God.

Last (but not least) my thanks to all visiting friends and followers – my love and appreciation goes to you, as always.

Best wishes,

Carol

“…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer

 

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Lose that Stinking Thinking!

 

 

 

I’d like to share the following extract taken from devotional booklet UCB Word for Today* (8 May 2017):

 

Become a person who is spiritually, emotionally and mentally prepared for any challenge that crosses your path, and don’t allow yourself to be easily discouraged or defeated. And you do that by ‘the renewing of your mind’ with God’s Word.

(Bob & Debbie Gass)

 

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, in order to change your life, you must change your thinking—so develop a Word-based, faith-oriented mind-set!

 

 

*Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from: FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the online version visit:

 

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Am I Nearly There Yet?

 

 

Satan stalks and harangues me

Struts about in front of me

With the confidence of a ‘has-been’

Revelling in past glory.

 

He showed me my failings,

Pinpointed my weaknesses,

Reminded me of others—

Colleagues, neighbours, former friends

Who’d fulfilled their dreams.

 

He poo-pooed my aspirations

Questioned my commitment

Dissed my endeavours and

Doubled over with mirth

At the idea of my success.

 

But…

 

Faithful Father-God came alongside me

And staunchly upheld me

Declared that He was with me

Despatched his Holy Spirit to help

Comfort, counsel and encourage me.

 

So…

 

I climbed out from the place of self-pity

Forsook Procrastination’s highway

And trudged the path of Perseverance.

 

My journey may be long and arduous

But I will grasp that trophy of achievement—

Since sooner or later, I’m bound for success!

 

 © Carol Hind 

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Ales Krivec at Pixabay.com

 

Why Reach For the Stars?

Hello people,

I came across a post last week that kinda got me angry.  Not with the blogger concerned but with that deceiving serpent, Satan. I won’t send you to this blogger’s site – I’ll just say in a nutshell what this blogger’s post spoke about.

Basically, the post referred to disbelief that:

(a)  there is a God (referred to as an “otherworldly being”),

(b) we are put on this earth for a purpose.

This blogger stated that since we are “all here on this earth by chance”, since we are here by a “freak accident”, since we have a “meaningless existence”, we could pretty much do as we pleased.

BUT the remark that really annoyed me was that it is simpler to assume that our lives are not our own, that our lives have a pre-determined purpose.

The strange thing is that this post was supposed to be a motivational prompt, asking writers to “take that leap of faith” and reach for the stars!

Anyone else see this as a conflicting message?

Below, was my response left in a comment box.

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I disagree that we are here on this earth by co-incidence. I believe we are here by design.

I disagree with a philosophy that suggests our existence is meaningless. If that is the case, why seek to make our lives meaningful? Why reach for the stars? Why broaden our horizons?

Why not be satisfied with our supposed lot in life which is to live meaningless, humdrum, inconsequential lives? Why seek to live above our station?

I disagree because I believe that deep down within each one of us is a desire to excel, to express our gifts, to be more than what life throws at us.

Where does such desires and inward motivations come from? I believe they come from the One who created us, the One whose breath gives life to our mortal bodies, the One whose creative genes we share.

I disagree because I believe this Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent One has put us on this earth for a reason and pre-ordained us for a purpose. Dear blogger, it is MUCH simpler to say “my life is my own and I can live it on my own terms” than to seek to discover and fulfil that God-ordained purpose.

I agree that to a certain extent we are in charge of our own destiny. Our choices create that destiny – a destiny that extends beyond the grave!

Peoples, my rant is now over!

What say you? Agree or disagree?

 

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The 3Ps – Plans, Pressure, Patience

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“Lord, give me patience – and give it to me now!”

Now I’m sure, that like me, when you came across these words it made you smile. And perhaps you smiled because you can relate.

In these times of instant this, and instant that, we can find it challenging to have to wait.

We no longer want to wait to watch a weekly TV series. If possible, we’d prefer to binge-watch.

We no longer want to wait in line when the bus or other forms of public transport come along. If possible (and if we can get away with it), we’ll jump the queue.

We no longer want to save regularly in order to purchase those little luxuries, so we use our credit cards.

We no longer wish to cook meals from scratch, so we opt for unhealthy convenience foods.

We. Just. Can’t. Wait.

Now for the child of God, this can pose a problem because very often, the God we serve appears not to be in a hurry.

So, when we ask for a mate and nothing appears to be happening, we decide to go out and pick an unbelieving partner.

When we release our faith for prosperity but it doesn’t happen quickly enough, we go and get ourselves in debt, or invest in questionable schemes.

For most of us, patience is something we just don’t want to hear about or factor into our plans, because this can often mean having to wait a long, long, time for the things that we want.

But that is only part of the story.

Today, I came across another definition that I believe, we as children of God, need to take on board.

It is this:

Patience means standing firm under pressure.

(Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today – May-July 2017)

 

Now that pressure may be coming from the Enemy, from your peers, from society’s secular standards, or from within yourself. The pressure is to act unadvisedly, to take matters into your own hands, to sit and sulk in disappointment, or else complain and question the integrity of God’s Word when our hopes and dreams don’t materialise within our desired time-frame.

Consider the consequences of our failure to wait on God’s timing.

When God promised Sarah she would bear Abraham a son, rather than waiting for the Lord to bring it to pass within his chosen season, she sought to orchestrate matters in her own way. It didn’t end happily.

And Saul, in the midst of battle, felt pressured to offer an unlawful sacrifice because Samuel didn’t arrive at the expected time. As a result he lost his kingdom.

Purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream achiever, waiting is difficult but the circumstances we create when we mess-up because of impatience, can be infinitely worse.

Stand firm under pressure. Wait on God!

 

From Failure to Success

Hello peoples, thought I’d share the following post, which I came across during one of my cyber travels.

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When we feel discouraged, we can ask God to help us turn things around. The Bible reveals the causes of spiritual failure and spiritual success.

Source: From Failure to Success

An Open Letter on Fathers’ Day

Dear readers and visitors,

Today is a day when we celebrate fathers for who they are and the positive influence they have been in our lives.

My own father departed this world long ago but even when he was alive I did not have a great father-daughter relationship with him. So when a man of God once gave me a prophetic word in a church meeting about how God wanted to develop a loving father relationship with me, I was of course thrilled but I did not know what that would look like.

Now, many years later I can say that my relationship with God is one of the most poignant and precious aspects of my life.

As purpose-driven believers and achievers, our relationship with Father-God should be the “be all, and end all” of our day-to-day lives.

The following is a post I’ve written for my Women of Warfare blog, in celebration of Fathers’ Day.

I do hope you will enjoy reading.

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Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Lady Cee

7 Salvation Street

Pilgrim’s Peak

Jehovah-Shalom Province

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To:      The God of all the Earth

Sunday 18 June 2017

Dear Father God,

I Love You.

There have been many times when I’ve told you how I feel about you. I’ve told you during my private devotional times, during public praise and worship sessions at church meetings, during my day when my thoughts run across you.

I love, love, love you—with all my heart, mind and soul.

If I am honest, I don’t think I’m at the point where I can say that I love you more than life itself but I do desire, hope and trust that the measure and quality of my love for you will increase more and more, will deepen and widen as time goes by.

Because dear Father God, you deserve all the love in the world, all the love in the universe…

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Don’t Decide Your Purpose – Discover it!

 

Purpose:

Definition according to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

  • the object or aim in doing something
  • the function for which something is intended
  • the intentions, aspiration, aim or goal

 

Look around you.

Everywhere you look there are items made for a specific purpose. Laptop. Desk. Diary. Bookshelf, Books. The house in which you sit and which houses all the things you can see. Every single item created for a specific purpose.

What makes you any different?

You have a purpose. I have a purpose. And it stands to reason that if our lives have a purpose, then someone must have assigned that purpose to us. And whoever assigned that purpose to us can be none other than our creator.

I’m sure you will agree with me that the person who wrote that book on your shelf, did not create and decide the purpose of the bookshelf upon which it stands. No! A carpenter created that bookshelf and therefore the carpenter, as creator, decided its purpose.

And guess what?

The carpenter did not make his bookshelf first and then decide what its purpose will be. The carpenter decided in his mind beforehand the purpose he wanted to fulfil and then he created the product that would serve the purpose he had in mind.

So apply that analogy to yourself. You were made for a purpose. And, if you accept this, then it stands to reason that you have a creator. Whether you accept it or not, whether you believe it or not, you are a created being, and your creator is God Almighty:

…the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy

Isaiah 57:15

 

I say all of the above to demonstrate that it is not up to us mere mortals to decide what our purpose is in life. Notwithstanding what I’ve just said, the onus is upon us to DISCOVER our purpose.

In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren says:

The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life’s purpose: Ask God.

 

 

 

  • Do you believe God has a purpose for your life?
  • Have you discovered that purpose, or are you seeking God and asking him to reveal your purpose?

Are you Wearing God’s Crown of Success?

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In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

(Proverbs 3:6 – The Living Bible)

 

SELF-SCRUTINY

Is God’s word and will a priority in your life?

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers have an abundantly blessed and productive week and may your efforts be crowned with success.

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He Loves You – Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

The Daily Post – Daily Word Prompt

 

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Valentine’s Day has come around once again and in honour of this season of lurve, I’ve dug up one of my exercises written in response to an old Daily Post word prompt.

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Daily Post Prompt: I want to know what love is

 I want to know what love is!

That is the title of a song (I know that much) but it is also the title of my chosen prompt today. I want to know what love is! Thus speaks the person whose question implies that s/he does not know what this universal affection is, for which everybody craves.

Surprising! Has nobody told them that love is patient and love is kind? That it does not boast, it is not proud and it keeps no record of wrongs? (Yes, you heard me right!). Love does not rejoice in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always hopes and always perseveres! This is the famous quote and reading from 1 Corinthians 13. A firm favourite at weddings.

But this love is no ordinary human love. It is not the filial love between husband and wife or parents and children. It is not the love of two friends. It is much deeper, more sacrificial, and infinitely more precious. It is a God-type of love (the Greek word for it is “agapē”). It is unconditional.

Now this kind of love is marvellous if you are on the receiving end. Not so great however, when you are being asked to demonstrate it to someone mean and ugly of character. Because this brand of love demands that you show it irrespective of whether you feel the recipient deserves it! It is a love that calls for, nay requires you to die to SELF – that self-important, sometimes egotistical and selfish person you see in the mirror! Mark my words, it’s difficult to practice and difficult to maintain—because this love is not an emotional feeling, it is a decision, a choice of one’s will.

No doubt in the above question posed, the writer was referring to fleshly love (eros), the love between a man and a woman. If we consider the question on a basic human level, does the individual really not know what love is – in the ordinary sense, or are they being sarcastic? Are they puzzled? Are they challenging the listener?

I can well understand the question being asked in the context of the enquirer being a jilted lover, a spurned partner, or someone suffering from unrequited love. Oh! If only s/he knew that true love, agapē love, is just a whisper away. A divine, sacrificial love where the lover (God the Father or Jesus His Son) looks at the world and its inhabitants with affection and goodwill for no other reason than that their very nature is LOVE and as such, they cannot help but pour it out in abundantly generous proportions, to whosoever will accept it.

If they knew, (the song’s enquirer and all those asking the same question), if they were aware of the height, depth, width of such generous and incomparable love, available to them for the asking, would they call? Would they open their hearts to this precious quality of love, or would they reject the giver, spurn the prospective lover’s charms and turn away from his love offerings?

Only Judgment Day will tell!

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