Learning through Life

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I love how our day-to-day life can teach us lessons to help us understand our past, challenge our today, and inspire our future. We can learn through experiences, situations, conversations, songs, books, nature ... the list is endless! Live with eyes ready to see, ears ready to hear and a heart ready to be touched.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Out of Sorts

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Today, I post out of sorts; it doesn't follow suit.  Its irregularity protrudes when laid aside the norm.

Its difference scares, but is comforted by the recollection of where it began ... nearly a year ago. 

In November last year, after a very difficult month, I began to blog.  The full reason for the venture into blogging can be read in The one at the Beginning, but the significance of today's post - I have copied and pasted below...

'Thirdly ... writing somehow allows me to express myself in a way that makes sense - to me at least!  As someone who finds expression difficult in spoken word - I seem to be able to put my true thoughts and feelings down through pen and paper (keyboard and screen!).  Which - I guess - is ultimately the whole point of attempting this blog.  I hope writing this will allow me to explore and express!  That is for me.'  

So, today, I need to 'explore and express'.  Life is tough.  It has been battle after battle.  I feel like I am losing, and yet, I can't let go.  Sometimes I want to, it would be easier that way.  But it isn't right - I must find the strength and determination and keep going.  I know God has called me to hack away at the overgrown grassland and clear a path for myself (and others) to walk, but the grass cuts the skin, and the work is difficult.  Can I take a rest?  Just a little breather?  Will the grass grow back that quickly if I do?

In all this confusion I am thankful that GOD IS.

That GOD IS my Strength.   

That GOD IS my Guide.

That GOD IS my Comfort.

That GOD IS my Peace.

That GOD IS my Refuge.

And that GOD IS Sovereign and Lord over ALL!

Remembering that GOD IS will keep me going.  Knowing that GOD IS encourages joy amidst the trials.

It is tough, yes, but it never promised to be easy.  BUT ...

GOD IS who I am living for and deep down I am thankful for the privilege and opportunity to do so.

I'm tired but I will push on, run the race, and leave a trail.


  1. This is so inspiring - the fact that you're being completely open and honest and that through even the 'spilt coffee' version of you (sorry to use a Bob-ism) what spills out is that GOD IS!

    Keep going - not only because you inspire so many others to press on (which you undoubtedly do) - but simply because you're right - God IS all those things!

  2. Hey there, I had to relaunch my blog hop, so I hope you don't mind linking up again. I started anew :) ... check it out, will be so nice if you can join us.

  3. That is fine to use the pic and thanks for asking :) ... look forward to reading your post.

  4. Your blogs and thoughts are so inspiring Jo! Not do I only enjoy reading them, but I live the challenges they bring! Like Dan said God is all of those things and it's nice to be reminded of them. Keep pressing on and we're all with you on this journey :)

  5. Lovely post as usual, Jo. Thanks!

  6. wonderful post. I feel the same about that it is easier to blog and type out my thoughts and well...who would i talk to like this everyday anyway...that would only bring people down that have to live with me. I try to always find the positive way to think. sometimes im so tired and i give up ..I think its OK to take a break from fighting my feelings. then start a new fighting the good fight another day when it is easier to make happen. just like some days are rainy and cold and some days the sun shines and the sky is so beautiful...

    - KAT -


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