Have you ever felt 'checked' in your spirit when you were about to do something? Chances are, God is trying to get your attention. His promise is, '...I will make you wise... show you where to go... and watch over you' (Psalm 32:8 NCV).
A Christian couple was buying their first home. When it came time to sign the papers the wife said, 'I couldn't shake the feeling of uneasiness. My husband had the same sick feeling in his stomach, so we decided not to go forward... A few months later my husband died in an accident. I wouldn't have been able to make the payments and support a new baby and myself... Our lack of peace was the Holy Spirit calling "time out"'.
We don't know the future, God does, and He directs our steps by the way of peace, or lack of it. The Holy Spirit acts like a referee. When the players stay within the boundaries, they're free to move about. But when there's trouble, or the ball goes out of bounds, the referee blows the whistle, stops play and restores order. The absence of peace can mean 'the heavenly referee' has blown the whistle. Sometimes the ball gets kicked out of bounds by unexpected adversity; at other times we step out of bounds by giving way to temptation and sin. If we're smart, when we hear the whistle we'll wait for God to restore our peace.
The Bible says, '...You will... be led... with peace...' Does that mean you'll always feel certain about your decision? No, but the right decision will be accompanied by a sense of God's peace.
I have had the best day today. I was up early. Nixon and i had done our run and were back home by 10am. I wanted to get it over and done with before it got too hot. The mornings are nice and cool at the moment. In fact i noticed the first hint of autumn the other morning, when i had to get up early to drive Billy to work. It was noticeably darker at 6 am, and a lot cooler. Sleep is no longer as elusive, as it was even a week ago.
This afternoon was spent at Sir Barry Curtis Park, in Botany, having a bit of fun, and laughing a LOT. It was funny though. It was supposed to just be Winston Peters speaking, however it really was more like a Labour Party function. Everyone there had red ribbons pinned to their shirts. Phil Goff was there, as was Len Brown...the three of them were very cosy - a bit like watching the three stooges really. I had not realised that Winston was so friendly with Labour, but then i guess since John Key and the National Party have ruled out working with him, he doesn't really have much of a choice. It all seemed a bit weird because i had always thought Winston was more right leaning. I mean for Michael Laws to want to work with him, you would think so. Can you imagine Michael Laws belonging to a political party that was forced into coalition with Labour? I would almost pay to see that, actually. It would make Hone Harawira, and the problems that he is having with the Maori party seem like an Amish paradise.
Anyway, that was fun. I am going to go to those things more often. How lucky that i have decided that during an election year. ;)
Billy and i headed off to Big Boys Toys at the Howick Club, after that, with Mum and Graham. There were not that many toys there, but heck, there were a LOT of big boys. Is it my imagination, or are men in this country getting fatter, faster than the women these days? Never seen so many overweight men in one place in my life. Luckily Mum was not in matchmaking form today. I enjoyed a nice, peaceful glass of wine in the cool breeze, then headed off.
I have to try to stay awake now, until 11pm tonight. Nicole is in town at the Lantern Festival, with friends, and i have to pick them up when it finishes. I am going to set my alarm, just in case i nod off. I. Am. Tired.
Oh and i was winning the hotness competition last time i checked...and that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that i have told my friends to vote for me. ;)