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Maggie Jones

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Affirmation Journal Focus Day 17

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Affirmation bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!

I wonder if you have ever heard the song that goes something like this: ‘When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires will come to you.’ Yeah right! A slightly misguided notion and quite the fantasy. Are many of the dreams from your heart now broken and gone? Does this make it hard to believe that God is interested in your joy or even cares about you?

I love this quote from the book shattered dreams by Dr Larry Crabb: ‘There’s never a moment in all our lives, from the day we first trusted Christ till the day we see Him, when God is not longing to bless us. At every moment, in every circumstance, God is doing us good………At this exact moment, He is giving us what He thinks is good.’

God is always behind the scenes plotting for our joy. He takes pleasure in blessing us and giving us what He determines is for our good. That is His nature. He is a God of promises and a man of His word.

Dr Crabb goes on to say that our souls long for whatever we think will provide the greatest possible pleasure and that we aren’t yet aware that an intimate relationship with God is that greatest pleasure.

Meditate on Psalm 16:11 ‘You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’

Have you ever considered that you may have settled for lower dreams, the ones dictated to by earthly pleasures and what you thought would make you happy, instead of the dreams given from the intimacy of God’s presence? Is it possible that many of your lower dreams may have had to be broken in order for you to know God’s greater good and higher dreams?

It is time to realise that God’s dreams for you are higher and stronger than the dreams you have for yourself. Your journey toward His greater good might be through broken dreams, but you can trust God and this should encourage you to break out of your disappointment and hopelessness.

Breathe:

Counting is a simple way to ease your anxiety. When you feel anxiety washing over you, find a quiet and comfortable place to sit. Close your eyes and slowly count to 10. If necessary, repeat and count to 20 or an even higher number. Keep counting until you feel your anxiety subsiding. Sometimes this relief occurs quickly, but other times it might take a while. Stay calm and patient. Counting can relax you because it gives you something to focus on besides your anxiety. It’s a great tool to use in a crowded or busy space like a store or public transport, where other anxiety exercises might be more challenging to carry out.

Pray: Dear Lord, I want to start over and lay down my dreams, because they were only about me and I now realise there is more. I am eager to take my dreams into your presence God, holding each one up for your inspection. I am willing to lay down everything not high enough for Your glory. Amen

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.

Ben Carson

Craft:  Knitting is a great way to relax and at the same time you could be bringing light into someone else’s life. You could knit 67 squares to celebrate Mandela Day and donate them to ‘Home from Home’ organisers who use them to make blankets for children. The square should be 20 x 20 cm. Use a size 4 or 5mm knitting needle and cast on 35 or 40 stitches using double knit wool.

The vision of Home from Home is to create a world in which every child has a safe home and a loving family. Contact details: info@homefromhome.org.za and Tel. 021-7617251

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