So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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So how was your Lent?

I can remember the time I stopped eating butter and margarine for Lent, and it surprised me just how difficult it made life! As I’ve said, this Lent I read Andrew Wommack’s new book, Living in God’s best.  I read it twice and for people seeking healing and changes in their lives, it is a really powerful book. Yes, you are made to face up to the fact that we’re the weak factor, not God. But he has all these permanent blessings for us to live in, health, happiness, peace, financial security, and more. It’s turned my Christian thinking upside down. Its manifested in the healing of our dog and our finances. And I’ve even got Dave to read it too.

I looked at the parable of the Prodigal Son too, as for so long I had felt the second son had a just cause. I read lots of explanations, which put him as the Sadducee, who  Jesus was really knocking at that time. But that didn’t balance with the other guy being Jesus.  That wasn’t the point. It’s God’s unconditional love for us, the lost and found. Still didn’t quite get it. It was only when I saw the language unpicked, that I could see what a bad relationship the second son had with his Dad. He did already have all his inheritance, and his Dad went after him to get him to join in. There are different words used but build the same meaning in all versions. The second son hadn’t lived in a good relationship with his Dad, he had served or slaved for him. He had never got a goat to feast on with his friends, not the family, excluding the family. I suddenly had the picture of the son, who for what ever reason had taken against his family and was an angry, self pitying twit. It wasn’t that he was  wasn’t a loved member of the family, he was a pain in the neck. And while I once identified with him for feeling left out, I no longer do. In my childhood, I was on the outside of my family at times while within it, especially when my brothers where around. I now get it that I did have self pity, maybe it had a cause or not, but no longer do I identify with the Prodigal son’s bro!


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Swingle and Unbelief

The week following was wonderful, our daughter and her boyfriend were with us and we had uncluttered nights of sleep. Trouble is my sleep patterns are still so disrupted that I didn’t sleep well all the time, duh, note to self to pray for me against this!

Then with the catch up tiredness, and our visitors leaving things began to slide. At first I was praying over Swingle each night, with authority and conviction and belief but got complacent. When I was walking the first week, it became clear how often I could negate what I was believing in my thoughts, oh great, she’s eaten another mouse corpse, that’ll upset her, and I’d counteract that with positivity, Oh no she won’t! Any of you who listen to Andrew and the Bible will be familiar with this, words are our main Christian force. But I let those thoughts slip too.  I got behind with my reading.

Result, back again to broken nights. As I lay there, unable to sleep, I ranted at God, this is all too difficult. Why can’t you do this for me? It’s not fair. It shouldn’t be such hard work. Cussing the dog as I let her out again in the middle of the night.

Then I picked the book up  again. God’s blessings are already there for us in the spiritual realm. Health and prosperity are manifestations of it, they are not the blessings.  God hadn’t changed, it was me, I just had to take the simple step of going back, praying, its not by my self will, its accessing what is already there, through words. So last night, Dave and I prayed over her with authority. She was well fed and exercised in the worldly sense.

Result.


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Swingle and Andrew Wommack……………

The two have never met, but I think his book has had an effect on us all! Now comes a series of full on Christian posts, no apologies.

Andrew’s new book is about living in God’s best, which explains and establishes that as Christians were are blessed permanently, and should be living in this, not in illness, poverty and unhappiness. Miracles are short term, emergency fixes. I have often thought it wrong when I’ve heard people saying oh, we’re relying on God to pay for us, each month the money turns up just in time. Wrong, we should be living in his blessing in all things, and we also should be doing our part, God cannot bless and multiply nothing, to quote Mr W, 100% x 0 is still nothing. God will bless what we do, we can’t just sit and wait. Any way, back to the plot.

I got to the bit about his fear of dogs and being chased up a tree, and how he took from Genesis 1.28 that God gave us dominion over all animals. He used this to counteract his fear and dogs bother him no more. So that night I took my authority, and commanded Swingle not to wake us. Believing that I must act to sort the physical as well as the spiritual, we took her straight off the medicine and put her back onto breakfasts rather than suppers. Some of you may argue, well that was the reason, but we have been through all of these changes in the past few months to no effect.

Result!


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Lent

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I haven’t done much for Lent the past couple of years, I wont let it become a law. But this year I am. One is private, but a positive thing, the other is a bible study. I have the new Andrew Wommack book, Living in God’s Best. Which I think is the difference between living in blessings, which are God’s provision for us in the atonement, rather than miracles, which are short term fixes. Will be interesting.

And I’m going to study the Prodigal son. All my life, I have felt that the second brother did get a raw deal and I can so identify with his alienation and feeling left out. I know the context is how God deals with his Kingdom and in a way, it relates to the book. I have this feeling that all these blessings are not for me,for some reason I am excluded, so I get frustrated when I can take on all this teaching but nothing changes.

I’ll be blogging as it goes.

What are you doing?