Regardless of when or why you stumbled, God wants to pick you up and put you back on your feet. People who have never experienced failure usually don't accomplish much. There's a certain security in playing it safe. Nothing's lost, but nothing's won. They never get out of the boat and walk on the water.
Wouldn't it be better to almost drown and have to be saved than never to experience God's power working through you? Adversity is like yeast; when the heat is turned up, it rises. And the hotter it gets, the more it rises. The truth is that every opportunity God gives you will come with obstacles, and you'll have to rise above them. Look at the children of Israel in Egypt: '...the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew...' (Exodus 1:12 NKJV). Often the bad times do more to strengthen your faith than the good ones. You say, 'But I blew it!' God says, '...My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness...' (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV). You say, 'But the people I trusted let me down, and those I thought were for me were really against me.' The Psalmist said, 'Many are saying... "God will not deliver him." But...to the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me...' (Psalm 3:2-4 NIV).
It's hard to accept that some people don't want you to succeed. But many people 'saying' it doesn't make it so! The most secure place in the world is in the will of God. If you align your plan with His purpose, ultimately you'll win, and there's nothing they can do to stop you!
I have been BUSY this week. It's been great, and has resulted in wonderful sleeps every night. There has been absolutely no playing on the laptop in bed, or lying awake watching documentaries for me this week. I have almost been asleep before my head has even touched the pillow.
I have been having to take Nixon everywhere with me in order to ensure that i don't cop another $300 fine from the Auckland Council for my savage dog being out of control. He escaped yesterday, briefly. The person that i was with at the time did not believe me when i said that if he let go of his leash, he would run and we would never see him again. This friend of mine now believes me.
Luckily, Nixon came back to us but not before he managed to cover himself in mud and get bushes all stuck through his fur. I spent much of my day yesterday hosing Nixon down then picking bushes out of him. I think it is time for another trip to the groomers for my wee lad. He even has prickles stuck in his long curly ears. Not good. Still...a trip to the groomers is cheaper than getting him out of jail and a ticket from the council.
This is supposed to be my first weekend without kids that i have had in ages. It has not really worked out that way though. Earlier in the week i spoke to their Dad and asked for this weekend off. He said yep - sweet as - no worries - and all that jazz. For some reason though, i spent all night last night driving them around. This morning i was up at 6am to drop Billy at the bus station in town because he has gone to spend a few days with friends in Waihi...and Nicole has asked me to leave the key out for her in case she decides to come home.
I had fibbed and told them that i was going away for the weekend. Now i am going to have to hide if Nicole comes home! I should have learned by now, not to fib. At least it is a beautiful day out there. I can go hide somewhere in the sun for awhile!
House hunting is more depressing than usual today. The first house i saw when i brought up Trademe was a 3 bedroom bungalow in Onehunga going for the bargain price of $4800.00 per week.
Hurry up and be over Rugby World Cup. Please.