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Perspective Shift

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Back in 1789 George Washington wrote the following in a letter - " Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes ." And before I wrote this I thought that must be where everyone knew the 'death and taxes' idiom from but it was written even before then in books by both Daniel Defoe (1726) and Christopher Bullock (1716). At least that's what Wikipedia says anyway.  Even after three hundred years you can find some truth to this often referenced quote in this World, however as followers of Christ we know of an even older and more important certainty.  God doesn't change.  As a new believer I find myself turned up to 11 spiritually speaking more often than not, but there are days I can't even get the dial turned on. These have usually occurred after a particularly good Life Group or service, or following a week as momentous to Chris

Patience

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There's a song my Granny Joy used to play when I was a child and I was visiting her. I never felt the need to look it up (until now) but I never forgot it. As an adult I could reason the song was just the right mix of catchy and awful to stick in your mind almost forty years but I think it's something else.  The song was " Patience (Herbert the Snail) " and the chorus went like this -  “ Have patience, have patience. Don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient, you only start to worry. Remember, remember, that God is patient too. And think about the times when others have to wait for you .” It's safe to assume my Granny actually played the whole album '' Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit '' but I don't recall any of the other tracks on it. I've always known family have prayed for me. I've always known Jesus was there with me every step of the way but I let my shame control me. I think that's why when I gave my

Abundance

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Philippians 4:19 says " And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus ."  As we adjust to the new normal, however temporary this season may be, it's an opportunity to reset our priorities and change our perspective. I for one am very excited about the future.  Something that's been on my heart and mind is the idea that we've spent too long in the arms of Worldly abundance and bereft of God's promise of abundance. It's important to know what our needs are and how they are being met.  Paul is the best example of this change of perspective in Philippians 4:12-13 " I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength ." Something I'm practising is in all things praise the Lord. In this time