Wednesday, 27 February 2008
The youth cafe on Friday nights, I have decided to change the name to 'the YC' , an experiment in whether I am still cool. ( No I know I'm not, but I got bored with calling it the youth cafe, YC is shorter and like the american program, 'the OC' )
I had a really good night on Friday, plenty of support and workers, I was able to just to spend some time with people. Without going into too much detail, these young people have all of societies ills, all I read or see in the media, I am now seeing and hearing about, its upsetting, I was really glad I could be there for some young people on Friday night.
One young girl, who was in a very bad way, I asked if I could pray for her, she said she prays, but God is ignoring her. I said, I am here now, listening, talking, being here for you, so God does answer prayer.
I really feel that being obedient to God, doing what He asks you to do, give a word, pray for someone, listen to someone, reach out to people, be there, give people time, by doing these things, God is using you, as an answer to prayer.
We are His hands and feet, when someone is crying out to God for help, God may want to use us as His answer, we must have the guts to be that answer, it can be something so simple and yet, it can make a huge difference, to someones faith, to someones life, to our own lives.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
The young man above, moodily posing with my wife, is our oldest son Morgan Victor Alexander Heasley. He is now bigger than his mum, he is 12 and like his name, he is going to be a big guy.
Morgan has had a rough time lately, with school and friends, he is a good lad with a big imagination, that sometimes overflows into real life and then people don't get him, and want him to grow up. He is only just 11. Why are we always in such a rush for our children to grow. People are all different, like God, they don't fit in boxes, why do we expect our children to all be the same, to learn the same, to grow the same. We don't, why should they.
The other day, Morgan went into town, to go to the library, get a hot chocolate ( which he loves) and a dvd. He came back with nothing. I asked him for my change, he told me he had had his hot chocolate, and was then talking to Matthew, the big issue seller. ( if you are not from the uk, these guys are usually homeless and jobless, instead of begging, they sell a magazine, called the big issue, they keep profits made), he has talked to Matthew before, usually with me, we know his situation. Morgan decided that this guy needed the money more then he did, so he gave it to him.
You may say, it was my money, it was, but he decided to try and help someone, with what was in his pocket right then. I am proud, as long as he has that heart for people, the other stuff, just is not important. As long as he cares and wants to reach out that hand, thats important.
Its more important to know God's ways than the world's ways.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
I grew up knowing God, but in my late teens, I decided to go my own way. I have come back to Him, only in the last 2 years and He has blessed me.
Right now I believe God is pruning me, cutting me back, changing and forming me, getting rid of views and ways He does not want me to have, making me ready to march forward in Him.
This is painful, like my title, being killed softly by love, being loved into submission, to His ways, necessary, but hard. At the end of the day, it is about His vision, His life, His word and being focused on that. Being focused on trusting Him completely, leaning on Him, viewing life His way, not the worlds way. It is about forgetting all I know, and looking at things differently. Hard but true.
Pruning is necessary, then I can grow better.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Trying to discern the right way to go, or how am I going to get out of this, or generally, what is going on??????????????? and all I hear is noise.
I really want to be able to listen through the noise, I think it is something that is learnt, and I start to understand why in the bible, discernment is seen as a gift. Its a great gift, I pray for more of it.
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Friday, 8 February 2008
I wanted a new video for my video bar, so yesterday, on a whim, I changed it to 40 by U2, have a listen, very good. For all those of you who don't know, the song is based on psalm 40.
Later yesterday Tanya came home from one of her groups, talking about how it had gone, she then started speaking about this psalm they had been reading. I knew straight away (and I was right), they had been reading psalm 40. I thought I should probably look at this more closely.
Generally it is very simple, trust in Him, wait on God and He will lift you up, put you straight and fill your life anew, so you will sing a new song. You are not worthy, put Him first and He will be faithful to you.
Enjoy the song and the psalm.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
We, in the western world have so many choices, we have the luxury of choice. What to watch on tv, maybe watch a dvd, listen to a cd, go to the supermarket and fill up on stuff on special offer, then not eat it anyway, what to wear, what not to wear, look it up on the internet, then get drunk on wine or beer or strawberry flavoured vodka. Accumulate more, make bigger choices, what car, what house, what holiday, what job.
We have too many choices. We convince ourselves its a good thing, it is, isn't it? Or have we listened to another lie, choice is good.
God gives us a choice, accept Him, His love, what He has done for us, and live. Or don't and die.
The problem I have with our luxury of choice, is we have so many chances to make the wrong one. So many ways to lose our way. So many objects and things that get between us and God and how He wants us to live. We also start to rely on our luxury, on our choices, rather than rely on God. How many different types of insurance, how many do you have?
Somebody asked me the other day, should christians have home contents insurance, well..........