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Clare Jun 18
Forgiveness doesn’t excuse the offense
Forgiveness excuses just the offender

Forgiveness is unbearable when done in the flesh
Forgiveness is biblical when done from God’s mercy

Forgiveness is hard when you expect an apology
Forgiveness is Christ-like when you extend grace.

Forgiveness says:
You are bigger and better
Than what you did against me
I choose to see you over the sin

God’s forgiveness says:
Your new identity is in me
I see you and not the sin
My ultimate sacrifice at the cross sets you free

Forgiveness sets you free!!
Let’s embrace it!!!
Clare Jun 16
We must let go of everything
Oh no!
But it is the best thing
Oh no!

We experience what we don’t understand
In order that we find ourselves
Where God wants us to be
At a precise time

Is there not an easier way?
Oh no!
Would we go on our own?
Oh no!

Worry is the very best attempt
To try and control the future
Do we know what it holds?
No but we try

The unknown is far too abstract
Oh yes!
We want to absolutely see first
Oh yes!

Letting go is very much like
Free falling but without the security
Of the parachute on our back
So we panic big-time

Why not then just trust Him?
Yes but …
Why not then just trust Him?
Yes but …

If only we could just understand
Abandoning our craving for total control
We would benefit in so doing
And find such freedom!

Such freedom!
Clare Jun 16
Let go and … trust

We must let go of everything
Oh no!
But it is the best thing
Oh no!

We experience what we don’t understand
In order that we find ourselves
Where God wants us to be
At a precise time

Is there not an easier way?
Oh no!
Would we go on our own?
Oh no!

Worry is the very best attempt
To try and control the future
Do we know what it holds?
No but we try

The unknown is far too abstract
Oh yes!
We want to absolutely see first
Oh yes!

Letting go is very much like
Free falling but without the security
Of the parachute on our back
So we panic big-time

Why not then just trust Him?
Yes but …
Why not then just trust Him?
Yes but …

If only we could just understand
Abandoning our craving for total control
We would benefit in so doing
And find such freedom!

Such freedom!
Clare May 26
Is life materialism and health?
Or is it success and fame?
Or comfort, security and money?

What’s the meaning of life?
A few bask in immoderate luxury
Others just struggle to exist…

Surrendering to God is key
Discovering and apprehending the Lord’s way
Brings satisfaction, joy and peace

But existing with divine disappointments
Ever trusting and believing beyond hope
Is only meaningful to God

Life is worshipping the Lord
Giving Him all of our lifetime
For it’s all about Him

In a moment of time
Life will be turned upside down
Will we be truly ready?
Clare May 15
On this journey of life
We make many encounters
Working colleagues who desperately need the Lord
Conceited family members sensing no real urgency
Fair weather friends looking for some hope
And because of their lot in life
Are desperately unhappy
Bitterness trying to hide behind their eyes
Shame disguising and portraying itself as pride
A plastic smile covering tears of sadness…

Oh, Lord help me
To reach out to them

There are my brethren in the Lord
Who, for some unknown reason, despise me
Ignoring me, slighting me, gossiping, finding fault
Lord? Why my dear brothers and sisters?
It really hurts…
There’re dangerously treading the line of judgment…
“I know your wounds and your concerns
But leave them in my loving care…”
Will you reach out to these too?

My precious daughter, my precious child
I have chosen you for a special task
I know it has its hardships
But keep going…
Clare Apr 24
God
God in eternity was alone
Alone the Almighty began creating
Creating the multitude of angels
Angels watching the heavens unfolding
Unfolding the scroll of His beauty
Beauty resplendent in the garden
Garden of Eden sheltering Adam
Adam left to his devices
Devices leading this world astray
Astray and hence the fall
Fall necessitating a true mediator
Mediator provided by our Lord
Lord Jesus Christ our saviour
Saviour reconciling us to Himself
Himself becoming the ultimate sacrifice
Sacrifice inciting our heartfelt communion
Communion with a loving God
God crying out for fellowship
Fellowship
Clare Apr 17
Out you go!
Let your God rescue now! Ha! Ha!
Oh, dear Lord
Don’t let me die of cold in Siberia!
I walk in the snow for many hours
What is this I see afar off?
A big polar bear walking towards me
Picks me up in his two front paws
“Am I your lunch?”
“What happened to you?”
“I was thrown out of a helicopter
I will not stop preaching the Gospel
Whether to my neighbours
Or to prison colleagues
No matter the cost”
“The journey will be many hours long
My little man, you need to rest”
I sleep, what else can I do?
In his warm den
I now sleep on
Morning breaks and the bear is gone
Too tired, too surprised and too stunned
I wait for fate
What will happen now?
I hear a noise
At my feet he drops a bag
“My little man, here is your food”
“Thank you, dear Lord for this meal”
For three more days
It’s the same pattern
“Time to move on, my little man!”
Picking me up we set off again
For an unknown destiny
He puts me down
“Farewell my little man!”
A forest afar off and people talking
I approach and tell them my story
“We have to be crazy to believe
But come and see
And you will understand”
A row of twenty bags of lunches
All hanging neatly on the wire fence
“One always went missing
The past three days
We believe your account”
My Little friends
Don’t despise the workings of the Lord
He can use the pet rabbit next door!
Or the robin in your back garden!
So watch out!
He may even choose to use you!

A true story told me by a Romanian pastor
(except for the talking polar bear!)
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