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Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
God’s promises are sure and they are awesome.
There is a condition though. He wants you to:
  • not fret
  • trust in Him
  • dwell in the land and enjoy the safe pastures
  • delight in Him
  • commit your way to Him, and
  • be still before Him.

He follows this by asking us not to fret and to refrain from anger, turning from wrath.

Fretting leads to evil, and evil men will be CUT OFF. How often do we actually fret.

This is a wake up call to stop it.

But those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

Be blessed. Be at peace. And KNOW God is on your side.

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(found in http://www.gaebler.com/Opening-a-Jewel-Setters-Business.htm)

Some images to get me thinking….

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I arrived at work this morning, weary and tired from painting through the wee small hours of the night. I have a project to do for St Francis Anglican Church in Waterkloof. A copy of the San Damiano cross. It is coming along. Just a few things to do but nearly there. Deadline – tomorrow.

Knowing I had little sleep, I realised that I had to protect my thoughts. Tiredness can allow our thought-life to do some crazy things. Unable to focus, I found myself following what I was thinking and it became quite a jumble. A MASSIVE jumble actually. I found myself worried about the future. I worried that I was missing out in life, that I was following the wrong course, that somehow I had made such bad decisions that there was no way to rectify what I had done. I panicked and picked up one of my boss’s books about Time Well Spent. If only I had a plan – a life goal, something to aim for. And then I realised (and not for the first time) that I actually don’t have any goal apart from surviving the day. No goal, no vision, we perish. Hek, I felt a strange sense of foreboding and uselessness. Who am I? Really? Who am I really? Can any personality test truly determine who I really am? Do I know who I really am? Without knowing who I really am, how on earth can I decide on any kind of future since I don’t know what are actually my strengths and weaknesses. I don’t know where to go.  I suddenly felt very very overwhelmed. I think I said the name Jesus about six times. And I stopped in my tracks, “Be still and know that I am God”. Just STOP. I wrote down on a piece of paper “I don’t know what I am doing”. I then wrote down whatever came into my head: you are tired. Don’t stress. Just do your job and don’t read the books around you (I work for an Industrial Psychologist and Executive Coach – so there are many interesting books around me), I am with you (i.e. GOD), carry on painting, try photography (the kids), make your tutus…., get Chris’ business in order, swim, run (oooh – some nice new trainers would be nice – pink and lumo green), enjoy the kids.

I then came across the scripture above “She is clothed with dignity and strength and laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31: 25.

Without fear of the future? Hmmm….

And then: “God has given us a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind”. 2 Timothy 1:7

Yes, a sound mind – AMEN.

I rest my case.

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