Thoughts from a Christian Plain Jane

trying to explain life to myself, with Someones help.

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Thankful

Today. To many it’s just another day, Thursday the 22nd of November, 2012. But, to Americans all over the world, today they will celebrate Thanksgiving. A time of year when they look back and remember what happened in years gone by. For most, families and friends on this day will gather around and, well, give thanks. “I’m thankful for….”

But are we really as thankful as we should be?

Every day we go about life, doing normal things, seeing normal people, saying normal things. But, do we take normal for granted? Normal is average, nothing out of the ordinary. Why would I be thankful for normality? But have you ever considered that some others would do anything to have our normal, in exchange for their normal? Each day we get up, from our beds, we wash, with hot water from our showers, we get dressed, from a wide selection of clothes and yet we still complain to have “nothing to wear”. We have a choice of foods to eat, we can travel wherever we like in a car, on a seat on a bus, a train or an airplane. We use our mobiles, iPhones, laptops, and still want the next big thing. We complain when we have to go to school, college, work, just because we don’t ‘feel like it’ that day. All normal things. To us.

So many people all over the world, don’t have a bed, they have a floor and, if they’re lucky, a mat. Millions of people don’t have a shower with hot water; they have a bucket, of muddy water, that they share with the whole family, and the dishes. There are kids all over Africa walking hours along damaged, dusty roads, with no shoes, to get to school, which they are excited to be able to go to, in the only set of clothes they have; their uniforms. There are people killed every year in India, because the only way they can afford to travel to some places is to ride on top of the trains. And there are girls, in Pakistan, getting shot in the face, because they want to go to school.

In the Psalms is says over and over; “Give thanks to the Lord”. We are urged to really be thankful for him, and his love. But as with a child and its parent; we should be thankful for Him, for what He does for us, and what He provides for us. Both normal and special. In James 1:17 it says that every good and perfect gift is from God. Think about your life. It may not be what you deem perfect, but to so many, you live a charmed life. The life you have is the life God has gifted you with. It includes many good things, which he has granted you. It may be normal. But, when you think about it in context, it really is a good and perfect gift.

To be thankful, really, you need to be thankful to someone. And to me, that someone is my heavenly Father. Whatever I may have, whatever situation I might find myself in, I should be thankful. For the little things we take for granted, like a bed to sleep in, hot water to wash in, but also for the absolutely huge and massive things, which we also take for granted, our life. And knowing that He sent his Son to die for me and my life, so that I could live freely…that’s something that I will never be able to comprehensively express how thankful I am for.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happily Prayerful

Do you worry?

What was the most recent thing you worried about, big or small?

I wouldn’t call myself a worrier, but I often worry about unimportant things.

But most recently a big worry I’ve had was about coming back to college, Because everything had changed - friends had left, others I knew I wasn’t going to get to see as much, if at all, it’s my final year, I’ve had to go back to student accommodation, so I’m living with a stranger again. There just seemed like there were lot of things worth worrying about.

Do you know Jeremiah 29:11?

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Do you believe it?

It can be easy to believe when things are going well. But it can be easy to forget when things aren’t happening the way we want or think they should.

My new thing is Pinterest. I have lots of different boards for different things. Fashion, DIY’s, funny stuff, recipes I’ll never try but wish I did. And then I have one called “Reminders”. Its mostly pictures and verses that people have put up, and a few quotes which I find inspirational or helpful. One That I found recently was this:

Faith in God includes faith in His timing.

                                     Neal A. Maxwell

We have to trust that God’s got things happening at certain times for certain reasons.

Another quote I found was:

The Bible never once says, “Figure it out”. But over and over is says, “Trust God”. He’s already got it covered.

After seeing these quotes and seeing how God had provided for me in the past and worked things out, I try to live with this verse in mind.

Don’t worry about anything. Instead; Pray about everything, tell God what you need and thank him for all he’s done. - Philippians 4:6

So don’t worry, be happily prayerful in al situations and give it all to God.

A Christian Plain Jane x

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Back again

So Tumblr, its been a while. I’m back at college, and after a great summer, with ups and downs, I really am wanting to try and strive to DO something with my faith this year. As Edith Hamilton said; ” Faith is not Belief. Belief is passive. Faith is Active 

I hope to be back on here posting about my learnings and short comings, and everything that I see our great and powerful God working through.

Excited for the year to come. :)

A Christian Plain Jane x

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The Path

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105

The other day I was minding some kids at my church’s women’s bible study, and I could hear some of them talking about our life’s paths and where God wanted us to go. One of the women mentioned this verse and said something which had never occurred to me.

What is the purpose of a torch? To show us what’s just ahead of us, so we can see where we’re going right now. Not to show us what’s miles ahead of us.

The women said that this verse reminded her that we don’t need to worry about what’s going to happen way in the future, God’s got that sorted. He’s just going to show us what’s just ahead of us and help us get through that by showing us the way.

We have such a gracious, loving God, and we need to remember that, and remember that he’s watching out for us every step of the way as we go through life. He’ll never give us more than we can handle, especially with him by our side.

A Christian Plain Jane x

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Cost

No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him - the random for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough…

Psalm 49:7-8

The ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough. And yet, there was one man who was able to pay the ransom for ALL OF US. Jesus.

If the cost of one life is costly, think about the cost of the lives of all God’s children, us, and be amazed by his love and your value to him, that he would want to pay the ransom for you.

A Christian Plain Jane x

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LOVE

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

                 Love never fails.

                                               1 Corinthians 13:4-8

This passage has become so familiar to us. We hear it at nearly every wedding we go to, and every sermon or talk on the topic of “love” . From this we often think, “this is how a relationship, with love, should be! Patient with one another, Kind to eachother, not bragging to eachother…” and on we go. But I think that’s not all we can get from this.

              Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this isn’t a good reminder of how people should act in love, to their girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, or even our neighbours, but I feel that this also gives an AMAZING picture of our heavenly Father.

                                                            God is Love. 1 John 4:16

If we take this verse as truth, that is a basic statement, easily understood.

                                                                  God = Love

I was talking to my house mates, about this a while ago, and one of them linked these 2 verses so simply, I had never noticed it before and I was very nearly over whelmed by this reminder to me of what our great God is like. Some of you may have thought of, or been told this before, but I propse we look at it, whether for the first time or not, like this, as a reminder.

God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. He does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

                 God never fails.

A Christian Plain Jane x

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