Solid in Faith (A Solidarity Sisters Link Up)

Can I let you in on a secret?  It’s not the sort of secret you need to keep to yourself.

There is a group of amazing women of faith who blog.  Some blog quite regularly and some blog when they get the time. However, they faithfully blog because there is a passion growing inside of them to write for Jesus.

Every two months they get together and join up with a partner to develop community, to foster an encouraging support network, to grow in faith and to grow their blogging skills.

They are the Solidarity Sisters.

Solid in their faith.

Solid in their desire to use their creative gifts and share them with the world.

Solid in their purpose to follow Him.

The Solidarity Sisters of August and September are just finishing off their challenges.  They will be linking up their blogging efforts below.  I encourage you to take some time to read them and be encouraged!

Are you a blogger?  Maybe you are just starting out or perhaps you are a veteran in all things blogging.  If you are interested in registering for the next round of Solidarity Sisters for October and November.  Then you can register here.

 



You Only Need Me + Under the Tree Linky Party #17

I don’t know why you have come to read this post today.

Perhaps you are a fellow blogger, a loyal friend supporting my writing.  Maybe you have stumbled across this while surfing the net.  Or maybe, just maybe, you are my mum or dad.

Just as I don’t know why you have come to read this post, I actually don’t know exactly why I am writing it.

Blogging is something I feel quite passionately about because I get to share the love of Christ through it.

The last couple of months so many things in my life have taken a change in direction.  One of them being the inspiration to blog.

Have you ever felt that?  You find something you love to do, you hear God confirm and bless you in that area and then there is a big hole of nothingness.

So then what?

You ask two really important question.  It is one I think is important to ask whenever things in your life take a major change.

“God, what do you want me to learn right now?  What would you like to say to me?”

I don’t have all of the answers yet.  However, I hear God saying, “You just need me.”

“You only need me.”

It sounds so simple.  It IS simple.  Let’s make it that simple.

Let’s limit the commitments we make, let’s curl up on our favourite chair and read God’s word.  Let’s turn the music off in the car and spend some time in prayer.  Leave the dishes for a night and spend time with God.  Leave the washing today if you need to, and spend time with God.

You only need Him.  I only need Him.  Everything else can wait.

My blogging can wait.  I might never write another blog again, or I might write another thousand blogs.  I only need God.

That job change, the dream career, the desire to get married and have a family, the trip, the passions and even the mundane to-do list.  They are definitely part of our day and our lives, but when God tells you that you only need him – make sure you take him up on that beautiful truth.

Each Friday, two faithful women, Lo and Caytee, join me in a linky party.  Please, visit their pages and read their blogs.  They pour their hearts out in to them and their love for Jesus shines brightly.

Let’s meet up with them now.

Let’s Get Partying!

Welcome Under the Tree to this week’s linky party! Each Friday we hold a linky party here to share what is on our hearts.  Our hope is that the posts you read or the posts you add to this party will encourage you in your faith, inspire hope for each day or simply add a smile to the start of your weekend.

Host
Megan Profile

Megan from My Faith Tree

Copy of Host

Lo

Lo from All That Motivates

Caytee

Caytee from Stars in a Dark World

Now let’s get this party started!

Please read these guidelines and then link up your posts!

Link up Guidelines- (2)



Slowly Read The Bible

Have you ever read the Bible slowly?

Let me clarify.  I do not mean it takes you over a year to read the whole Bible. (Ummm, or if you are like me, you set your mind to doing that every year but always end up losing momentum – which means you really just know the account of creation REALLY well!)

I also do not mean that you happen to be a slow reader, which leaves you still reading the first chapter while the speed reader next to you is on to chapter four.

Have you ever focused on a part of the scripture and read it really slowly?  Breaking it down into sentences or phrases, re-reading the phrases and letting the meaning of each segment sink in.

Last week in church, our pastor encouraged us to do this and invited us to participate in it during the closing of his message.

The message was taken from 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 but the particular bible passage we focused on for slow reading was 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I encourage you to have a go now.  Read it once and then go back to the beginning.  The second time read it in phrases and then re-read the phrases.  Let it sink in.  Let it become personal. Focus on what Jesus is saying that is important and read and re-read these parts again.

This practice is so simple and yet I had never done it before.  All this week, I have been implementing this in my bible reading times and I have been so blessed and encouraged by it.

I just really wanted to share this so it can be a blessing to you too.

If you would like to hear the whole message then I have kindly popped it right here!

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality | Dr. Brian Harris

Blogging Sisters Unite! (Solidarity Sisters + Link Up)

I have taken a few weeks off from the Under the Tree Link Party.  I am so thankful for Lo and Caytee for continuing to host over the last couple of weeks.

Before we get partying, I want to share with you another great opportunity to connect with other christian blogging sisters.

Solidarity Sisters is a two month challenge where you are paired up with another blogger to complete fortnightly challenges.  Challenges can range from sharing tips about social media, to collaborating on a blog post together.

However, the part I love the most, is the connection and community you will make with your ‘sister’.  I have heard countless stories of friendships being formed, blogging ventures tackled together and prayer partners across the world being formed.

I believe God can use this for His glory in any way He sees fit!

If you are keen to participate in the October/November Solidarity Sisters, then click here to register.

Okay, now for today’s big party – I can’t wait to see what everyone has been writing this week.

Let’s Get Partying!

Welcome Under the Tree to this week’s linky party! Each Friday we hold a linky party here to share what is on our hearts.  Our hope is that the posts you read or the posts you add to this party will encourage you in your faith, inspire hope for each day or simply add a smile to the start of your weekend.

Host
Megan Profile

Megan from My Faith Tree

Copy of Host

Lo

Lo from All That Motivates

Caytee

Caytee from Stars in a Dark World

Now let’s get this party started!

Please read these guidelines and then link up your posts!

Link up Guidelines- (2)



Being Quiet Takes Time

I struggle to be quiet.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

“These things take time.”

“It won’t happen over night.”

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

I have heard these four sayings many times.  They all have the same theme.  Progress in any area is a process and a process that often is not bound by our timelines and deadlines.

Boy, do we have timelines and deadlines in our society! I fear these days, even when we think we are not in a rush, we actually are still moving at a pace faster than we are designed for.

Lately, it is not my physical self that needs slowing down.  I am not rushing here, there and everywhere.  I am not a gym junkie or a fitness freak.  In fact, be more junkie or freaky in those areas would probably be of benefit to me!

My biological self is racing.  My breathing seems to have a mind of its own and is breathing double the rate it should. My muscles need to be told to relax constantly and my mind!  Well!

It is racing with plans, ideas, to-do lists, creativity, meal plans, writing ideas, social plans, appointments, questions, what-ifs……so many things.  Some are enjoyable, some are burdensome.

Yet, God’s word is filled with so many reminders and instructions to calm ourselves, to still ourselves and to live quietly.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

“Be still before the Lord wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5

“Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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A quiet life does not mean you have to speak in a whisper, not have fun, or never take action.

It means rest in the Lord.   Dwell with Him, take time to hear His voice and instead of rushing ahead to the next thing (even if it is a good thing) to let Him lead.  In His desired direction.  In His desired timing.

If you are anything like me, I desire this!  I really do.  I desire to live a quiet life that I know is rooted in the will of God.  However, the habit of living in this face paced society, is I think it should happen within the first five minutes of me sitting and quieting my soul before God.

My biological self has been built up to such a frenzied state that I CRAVE for peace and His stillness right now, thank you very much!

Just like we have been trained (whether knowingly or not), over a period of time, to live in this face paced society, it will also take time to train ourselves to be quiet.

I will need to practice every day.  I will need to retrain my movements, I need to interrupt my hurried thought process and I need to have patience with myself.  Most importantly, I need to pray.  Without God’s help, all of my retraining will be for naught. It is only with His help that we can truly rest the way He designed us to.

Being quiet will take time.

Being quiet will take patience.

Being quiet before the Lord is needed.

I encourage you to take a check of yourself right now. Does your body need rest?  Does your mind need rest? Does your heart need rest?

Practice dwelling in the Lord’s presence.  Stay there, quiet yourself and let Him restore you, speak to you and guide you.

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