To Encourage the feminine heart along lifes journey

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He went a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that if it were at all possible, the awful hour awaiting Him might pass Him by, ” Abba, Father,” he said, ” everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” Mark 14:35-36
Q. What does it mean that Jesus drank the cup for you ?
There are times in our life when the cup we hold is so overwhelmingly heavy and burdensome and there seems to be no end to its filling , no way to empty the distress it holds that we fall to our knees unable to carry the load any longer. If only someone would take away the trial we bear and relieve our anguish.
Jesus has been there, felt the total weight of a burden so large , it is incomprehensible, too great for us to fathom. He too pleaded for His cup to be taken away.
Sometimes the answer we receive is not what we were hoping for. Some seasons must be travelled and the journey completed, fulfilled. It is during these times that we have a choice. 
Jesus said, “yet I want your will not mine,” He has conquered desperation. He laid His life in the hands of the Father and rested in His strength. He pressed in and took hold of His Fathers promise to carry Him through.
‘I cried out to The Lord in my suffering and He heard me. He set me free from all my fears.’ Psalm 34:6
We can pass our cup to Jesus, he will carry our burden for us. We may still have to travel the path but He will share our load. He will give us His strength to walk where our feet would surely fail. All we have to do is press into Him, lay it down before Him, cast our cares upon Him and rest in His presence.
” Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-29
When the trials of life attempt to drag you under, reach out and take a hold of Jesus hand, press into Him and He will keep your head above the waves.



TROUBLE = JOY……You’re kidding, right?

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” I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for The Good News, will receive now in return, a hundred times over………And in the world to come they will have eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30
Q. What are the benefits of following Jesus and what can you thank God for in your life?
It would be really easy to go the feel good route here and prattle on about how wonderful it is to follow Jesus, how He has done so many great things in my life, and it would all be true……but…….I want to thank Him for something a little different, the tough times, the trials, those valleys painstakingly traversed. Please don’t misunderstand , I’d much rather not have had to endure those experiences, nor do I believe God caused them to happen in order to grow me, stretch me and mould me. However…….That’s exactly what He did. I am who I am today because He brought me through those trials and used the inevitable sorrows of life to forge my character.
” I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee a fairytale life, it’s not all froth and bubble, happy days every day. We are just like everyone else, our journey is scattered with good times, the not so good and , well , those ordeals we would rather forget. The difference lies within the way we handle our tribulations, the hope we hold onto in the midst of it all, where we draw our strength and endurance from.
“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.” James 1:2-4
So I’m thanking Jesus for using my tough times to change me, for shaping me into a more tolerant, caring and understanding individual . I’ve still got a way to go, getting my head around being joyful in the dark times is proving to be a challenge, but I’m certain there will opportunities ahead to build that quality into my life.