Tag: scripture

Why are we so selfish?

Hi all !!

I’m actually not posing the question in the light you may be assuming….  so read on, and maybe you’ll end up as thoroughly confused as I am.  🤣 #sorrynotsorry

Why, when we KNOW that God’s plan is the absolute best for us, that His ways are best, that His grace is sufficient, do we still hurt/get mad/get sad when things don’t run the course we kinda want them to?

I’ll use a very real example…. DEATH !!  When my Dad went to be with the Lord at 5.55pm on April 15th, 2017,  I fell to the floor and wailed.. like FULL ON wailed !! Now, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile over on my ‘Lovely Shiloh’ blog site, you’ll know that I received a vision from the Lord of this moment… if you haven’t read it, you find it HERE.   I’ve asked myself so many times since… Why was I so upset?  This was literally the moment my Dad had craved his ENTIRE life….  he was going to meet Jesus for crying out loud…  why, if I love him as much I know I do…  why was I not fist pumping the air with the biggest smile on my face for what he was experiencing at that moment?

I fully realise that this is a question that has a very obvious answer, but still… when I don’t doubt a single word in God’s Word, when I know his promises are true, when I know Romans 8:18 to be true… WHY did I not see this for the moment it was… the greatest moment of my Dad’s life?

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Spoiler alert… I don’t actually have the answer to this, other than the obvious ones…  ‘The level of grief you experience reflects the level of love you have for that person.’ & ‘you crave the physical presence of that person in your life.’  These are both wonderful things as it speaks to the relationship you had with that person.  I don’t need to go into how much my Dad meant to me… it’s been covered in several other blogs…. but as a general explanation… He was my rock, my greatest supporter, my example, my friend.. and the best Dad a girl could ever ask for.

When it comes to the loss of a loved one, I think perhaps it’s enough to WANT to have that type of faith level, even while knowing that it’s perhaps not possible to be 110% selfless in this regard (& this regard only, to be clear).  It is certainly easier nearly 3yrs later to be ok with God’s plan for Dad… I mean heck, it was easier once the initial sting went… but there are still days, moments of days, when I so crave the presence of my Dad.  Oh the comfort felt knowing that I will see him again !!! 💜

You can also ask this question of yourself in other regards tho. Why am I so selfish that I want this one, or that thing.. when perhaps that isn’t what God wants for me?  Even if we’re very self disciplined and accept the opening & closing of doors in our lives as the Lord wills, it’s pretty much impossible to not feel emotions over each situation.

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I think it’s only a positive thing if we are striving to be 100% happy with WHATEVER God’s plans are for our lives.  I think it’s the growth we strive to achieve in how we react to things that defines the speed at which we mature in the faith.

I give the example of a close friendship of mine that very sadly came to an end a few years ago.  It’s only now, several years later, with a new friendship formed with that  person, that I can see God’s hand in that situation.  Why those things had to happen.   To be clear, how I always reacted during the hurt of that time did not need to happen, but that’s the biggest thing to come out of what was a terrible time.  I was not in a place, was not spiritually mature enough, to accept/see God’s will in the situation.  He was dragging me away kicking and screaming… and man was I kicking and screaming.

Through pain comes growth !  Such a true statement.  It’s part of my testimony now… and we all know.. we don’t up with a testimony without a test or two.  Sad, but true.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just learn this stuff quicker than we do?  ha ha.  #wishfulthinking

I’m thankful for God’s Word that gives me such encouragement at all times, but mostly in those times when perhaps I’m not understanding God’s plan.

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21
“But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, oh you of little faith!” Luke 12:28
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” Psalm 48:14
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” Psalm 111:10
Forever Thankful !!
Blessings Peeps
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Surgery prep scriptures

Happy Saturday all !!!

For those of you who don’t follow me on instagram or Facebook, I am booked in to have a Hysterectomy this coming Friday 7th June.  This surgery has been on the cards for quite some time, and I’ve done everything I can to avoid having it, but alas, here we are, with all other avenues exhausted.

I’ve been doing all I can to prepare myself for this procedure…  continuing my healthy lifestyle, adding a few ‘specific to surgery prep’ supplements, staying in a good place mentally, as well as doing all practical things needed to have the best recovery time I possibly can.

I’ll actually be heading into the kitchen as soon as I’ve finished this blog entry to get some meals prepared and in the freezer for ease of use post surgery.   (I’m sure there’ll be some takeaway by the fam happen as well.. ha ha)

I’m also leaning heavily on scripture passages like Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you wand help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

It’s easy to let fear and anxiety take hold, especially when you know you react badly to the drugs used.. and you know just how darn awful you do feel immediately post surgery.  However, I feel more prepared this time around, both with prep in the natural (healthy lifestyle, additional supplements etc etc) and prep in the supernatural.  I’ve got a fantastic team of prayer buddies who will cover me over the surgery and recovery time, and I feel really blessed to have this.

Some more scriptures that are going to be very helpful over the time are :

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the wear and increases the power of the weak.

Jeremiah 30:17a “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.” declares the Lord “

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Deauteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Psalm 23:3-4 He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  

As usual, I could go on & on with my scripture lists, as God’s work is literally FULL of encouragement to us in all life situations, but these ones above are particularly good to ‘keep in the scripture bank’ coming up to this surgery.

I have my pre-op appointment on Monday morning.. at the joyful time of 8am…  It has gotten pretty darn cold in Brisbane this past week, and getting out of bed is not fun anymore.  However, I’m very aware, that these temperatures are nothing compared to other parts of QLD.  -3.4ᵒ near Warwick, an incredible -11ᵒ recorded near Stanthorpe, usually close to freezing in Kingaroy…   so our lows of 6degrees aren’t too bad.

OK… I’ll do my best to blog again after my pre-op appointment, but if not… see you ‘wombless’ on the flipside 😂

Blessings peeps !!

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Gratitude in abundance !!

Hi all,

Yesturday in Australia, we went to the Polls for our federal election.  Well, I actually pre-voted a few days before, but the offical election was yesturday on May 18th.

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I had been praying about the election results for the weeks leading up to it, but more persistently in this last week.  If you believed the media, we were heading to a Labor victory, which for us would mean a change in government.  This was not the desired result for conservatives.  The opposition party are pro-choice, pro LGBTQ indoctrination in schools from a very early age, very big spenders of our tax dollars, as well as many more policies that would hurt, not grow out society.

I didn’t find myself stressing about the outcome in the weeks leading up to the election, but I must admit, the media did have me worried by Friday.  I actually begin to think on what our society would be like under a Labor government… and it wasn’t pretty. It was downright disturbing to be honest.  Now, I do totally understand that as Christians we have very different views to those that don’t have a biblical mindset..  so I do see why others simply don’t get why we feel as we do about important issues like abortion and gender education.

But if I was reminded of anything in this last week, it’s that we need to stand firm in our faith.. no matter what opposition we come up against.  It’s far more comfortable to just go along with things…  but even if we do that silently, as in not verbally oppose things that go against God’s word, we’re not fulfilling the great commission.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16-20

While that is super important.. it’s not actually the purpose of today’s blog.  (it’s just the set-up.. ha ha)

As the results of the election showed, God worked mightily in our nation yesturday.  We went from literally worrying what the state of our nation would be from today onwards, to actually being EXCITED to see what the future holds.  Knowing that our Prime Minister is a bible believing follower of Christ has turned out to be far more than just comforting.

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At times today, I’ve actually been quite emotional with gratitude to God for the outcome.. but what’s been even more prevalent to me today is the message I’ve been receiving from the Lord.  I have been distinctly hearing “Don’t waste this opportunity you’ve been given.  I’ve set a Godly man at the helm, but this is not the time for silence and complacency.  Pray for Scott Morrison and his team, uphold him as he navigates the chore of implementing My plans in a largely unGodly government chamber. Pray that he will not be drawn away from me, but ever so much closer than his closest experience with me has ever been before.”

I set myself the task of praying for our PM each morning many months ago, so I already have a reasonably good habit of doing this.. but I will be working on doing it diligently and to the best of my ability going forward as these words from The Lord have really struck a cord with me re complacency.  It would be very easy to sit back and trust in our PM to simply do a good job because he is a Godly man, but he’s also human.. and can come under all sorts of temptation.

There is also no doubt whatsoever that the enemy will not be pleased with this outcome, and will have his own plans on how to hinder God’s work in every way we can.  Even more reason to be prayerfully diligent for our PM.

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OK.. that’s it from me for tonight.

Respect the temple peeps !!

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Let’s keep it real

Morning all…  seeing this isn’t ‘fakeblog’, let’s get real with why sometimes, for me at least, being the healthiest version of yourself doesn’t ALWAYS turn out peachy keen.

So, two days ago, I went in for a surgery… heads up, if you’re a guy reading this and you don’t wanna read about women’s issues…. feel free to hit the red traffic light now (or the X if you are disadvantaged enough to be on a Windows system. 😂) . I went in for a Laparoscopy, where they would be looking for endometriosis, burning off of any that they find (they found none… woo hoo!!), a cervical scraping (to check for any nasties), and then an endometrial ablation.  Sounds like fun right ?

I have dealt with bad.. and when I say bad, I mean REALLY BAD, period pain my entire period having life.  High school involved 2 days off every month because of it… and well, yeah, maybe I hated school too, but that’s another story.  I got a good few years of reprieval while I had my children and breastfed them, but then went back to pretty full on pain every month.  It’s actually expanded from just the period time, to ovulation time, as well as the week leading up to my period.  Basically I had a 1wk sweet spot each month.  (All holidays planned around that one week.. lol).

I eventually, after a couple of trips to the ED, got my arse into gear and got a referral to see a specialist.  Due to my recent ED visits, I was categorised high, which meant surgery within 90days, but I actually ended up with a date only 6wks from my initial appointment.

Anyway…  fast forward to two days ago… I’m lying on a trolley, trying not to cry as I’m about to be wheeled into theatre.  I thought I was all A-OK about going in… but surprisingly not.  I asked for a pre-med to calm me down… and what d’ya know.. I was out like a light… and then that’s when the ‘fun’ started.. and where we get to the ‘keep it real’ bit.

I knew I could not have the drug Endone, as it makes me violently ill… something you do not want after abdominal surgery.. but I had forgotten that when I had some ambulance trips & ED visits with chest pain issues last year, I actually found out my body does not like ANY Opioid drugs.  It would have been handy to have mentioned that to the anaesthetist.  whoopsie.

Opioids include opiates, an older term that refers to such drugs derived from opium, including morphine itself. Other opioids are semi-synthetic and synthetic drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl; antagonist drugs such as naloxone; and endogenous peptides such as the endorphins.  They can be more commonly known as Narcotic drugs.

I went to sleep at around 2pm, being told that I’d need to stay 2hrs after waking up and then I could go home . I was thinking . home by 6pm…. at 7.30pm, I was still not responding well to the nursing staff, couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than a second…  and tbh, I felt exactly like Loki when Hulk gets to him on the rooftop in Avengers.  (Yes, I’m a huge Marvel fan.. just roll with it.)

When I spoke to the surgeon yesturday morning and she commented on my bad reaction to the drugs, she said to me “You eat healthy, don’t drink alcohol or take much medication, right?”  Well, that pretty much sums it up, yes.  It was interesting to hear her say that they barely ever see the inside of a healthy person who hasn’t abused their body with drugs and alcohol.  Funny.. I thought I was pretty darn normal.    Maybe I’ve lead a sheltered life.. ha ha

Fast forward again to now… and I don’t feel quite as bad as Loki… but not far off.  I honestly never want a GA ever again… and I joked to my husband that if I do have to, I may take up drinking a few months prior in order to prepare my body.  LOL.  Kidding, I totally won’t do that, and don’t recommend it to others.

The next ‘fun’ post surgery symptom is the shoulder and rib discomfort that follows any laparoscopic surgery.    Shoulder discomfort is common after a laparoscopy due to some residual carbon dioxide gas in the upper abdomen irritating the nerves near your diaphragm muscle. This is normal (and not dangerous) and usually settles in less than 1 week as your body reabsorbs the CO2.

LESS THAN A WEEK… are you freaking kidding me….  I’m 2days in and wanna rip my own ribs out… and give myself a shoulder dislocation … arrgghhhh !!!

OK… enough with the wingeing !!!!  While this situation is not the most fun I’ve ever had, I can recognise that having a healthy body is a great thing 99.999999 % of the time…  but maybe just not when you need to bring in the big guns.  I just need to remember to REALLY press the point if (she shudders) I ever have to have a GA again.  They did throw around the big H word if my pain continues, so let’s start praying against that one shall we.

I was beyond pleased though to have my prayer buddy with me at all times.  It’s a huge comfort to know that you don’t go anywhere alone and He’s there with you at EVERY point.   I know we just throw the words around … but it’s a legit comfort you can’t have with anything or anyone else.  I recognised that in particular when I was anxious before the surgery.. I was seeking the comfort of my husband (which don’t get me wrong, is a great comfort to seek), but once I was wheeled away from him and I could no longer seek his comfort, I was made VERY aware of the One who walked beside my trolley.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalms 23:4

I’m super looking forward to truly being on the flipside of this as I have some fantastic blogs coming your way over the next few weeks.  We’re going to look at the BEST way to work those abs, while protecting the rest of your body, my best smoothie picks.. and some fantastic meal prep ideas.

Blessings & Health .

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