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No April Fool!

‘We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!’ – 1 Corinthians 13:12 MSG

I enjoy checking out ideas and craft projects on Pinterest and one day I viewed a lady showing how she cleaned her oven with a dishwasher tablet! I have had stubborn grim for some time on my oven and was a little skeptical of her results but as nothing to date has worked for me, there was no reason for me not to give it a go! Hence my picture attached! Woohoo! I must admit I admired my oven door most of the day as I could not believe how good it looked!

Saying that I do need to share a little ‘disclosure’ – the process was horrendous hard work and because it took so long, just for the door of my oven, (over 1.5 hrs) the rest of it will have to wait for another day!

In working through the above scrubbing required to make this turn out as fantastic as it did I got to thinking on the above scripture and realised that I have been for a very long time now, literally ‘squinting and peering through a type of fog/mist’ to see what I have been baking in my oven but ‘Hallelujah’ I can see everything amazingly now!

If God can then see me as clearly as I can now see through my oven door then I wonder what he has been seeing in me?

Currently, I am on a journey and processing new revelations of what the Word of God is speaking to me in the season, and it is really grabbing my attention. One revelation, that God chose to meet those in the bible at ‘their broken story’ to bring healing and revelation into their lives has been huge.

For example –

when given the background of how Moses was brought up to believe in the Egyptian religious ideals – so then when God chose to speak to him thru a burning bush, it had great significance!

When in Abraham's day, there was a lot of cultish sacrificing going on and God asked Abraham to go give a sacrifice with his son Isaac – but God saw his heart's obedience and supplied the ram instead, that too is significant!

I can recount many a time when my story was broken but God stepped in for me;

· Brought me to salvation at 10yrs

· When heartbroken over a job rejection he supplied another, the same day, just right, only 3,934km away

· In an uncomfortable season with many hard choices he delivered with finances, safety (in war-torn country),

health and an open door for ministry

· For my partner's health he supplied ongoing life

· In family trauma, he met all our needs and more

I am overwhelmed with gratitude that Jesus came to die for me and meet me at my ‘broken story’. That he chose to step in and correct those areas of my life, not working and needing his touch so I may ‘see clearly’ to help others do the same – what an honour.

Through cleaning my oven door today I am now wondering, what other ‘broken story’ moments my heavenly father may wish to help me out with up ahead. For me to industriously scrub at whatever is resisting his grace, love, and mercy for this new season.

I am reminded of a Prayer that was shared with me the other day…

Lord Jesus may no one ever reject you/Jesus because of how I am presenting you and Holy Spirit whenever I engage in reading your scripture, would you reveal Christ to me and would you reveal more of who you are and give me the courage to act on it today.



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