Frogs, Bathtubs, and the world around us

 This is something I wrote a couple of years ago now… just felt prompted to share it today.
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 Someone once told me that if you put a live frog in a pot of water and heat the water slowly, the frog will not move. It will not, at any point, realise the water has got too hot and get out; it will just happily sit there until it boils to death. The frog is incapable of detecting the change in temperature because it happens gradually.

 We might think the frog is unbelievably stupid. If we were sitting in a bath tub, and the water started boiling, we would jump out, right?

 Or would we?

Often we don’t notice change either. We might notice if someone started boiling our bath water, but do we notice when a relationship gradually turns abusive? Do we notice as we slowly slip into a damaging habit? Do we notice as that job we wanted so much becomes routine and boring? At what point do we notice we are eating too much; when we first eat too much, or when our trousers no longer fit?

 

Where in your life are you behaving like that silly frog? Where have things got to an unbearable, unacceptable level so slowly that you have barely noticed the change? What are you accepting as ‘normal’ that is actually damaging, dangerous, or just plain wrong?

 

What is the heat in your bath tub? Is it a bad habit, which started small and has escalated to the point where it controls you? Is it a once good relationship that has become abusive? Is it a job or a group of friends that have become a drain on you? Is it a life which has gone from bad to worse so slowly you have just come to accept it?

 

Do you need to move on, to make a change?

You may not know you are a frog in the bath-tub, until you get out. If that hot water you are in has become normal to you, not only will you be happy to stay in it, but anything else will seem cold. Often people will stay in abusive relationships for fear of being alone. When we give up a bad habit, there can be an empty feeling until or unless we find something to replace it with. We can miss someone even if all they ever did was hurt us. But in all these situations change is necessary or things will just go from bad to worse. So make the effort; get out of that boiling water! The long term result for the frog is life, or death. It could just be the same for you

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Creativity.

I looked at my Facebook page and saw more crafts than evidence of God – or is that creativity evidence of God?

Craftmanship is a gift from God; I didn’t give myself that ability!  In the bible, practical ability is valued, Paul was a tent-maker. When God told Moses to build the Ark of the covenant, He also selected a creative person to make it..

“See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. “I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. “And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood; the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.” ( Exodus 31.2-9)
God doesn’t just call people to be preachers or missionaries; he calls people to do all sorts of things. Whatever he calls us to, he gives us all the abilities we need to fulfil that calling.
Not very long ago I asked God what I was supposed to be doing; or in other words, what is my calling. That still small voice of  God speaks told me two things; make toys, ( donkeys specifically) and speak about Him as much as possible. So that is what this blog will be about… everyday life; walking, stumbling, and trying to grow in that calling. I have a small business now selling those soft toys.
I know that if it is of God it will grow, if it isn’t, it won’t. Acts tells us so;
“So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” 
They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.  ( Acts 5.38  -40)
In other words, regardless of what other people think or do, follow God’s plan and you can’t really go wrong. On your own, you might just fall flat on your face.

I believe God wants me to be creative, and I believe He wants me to speak about him, using the gifts he gave me.

What has he called YOU to do?

The first day of the rest of my life……

Yesterday I took a decision that I possibly should have taken sooner  -one of those that ( only Christians will understand this) God has been prodding at my spirit to do for a while.

I have decided to step out of my church for the next month, take a step back, stop working so hard at newsletters, coffees, etc, stop being expected to be in a certain palace at a certain time, and instead spend more time in prayer, and more time reading the bible – I’m going to read the New Testament through , and get back to setting the first part of the day aside for a chat with the almighty God; our Father. I always used to, but I’ve lapsed lately. So now that will change.

All powerful, all loving. You know how ”they” say that absolute power corrupts? No it doesn’t. Absolute power in the hands of fallible human beings corrupts as we can’t cope with it. Fear of losing that power, of not being in control, turns many good men into bad ones.

I have spent today listening to Kenneth Copeland on CD,read the first part of Matthew, and meanwhile I’ve been making a cute toy horse, and getting started on Christmas donkeys and reindeers – fabric cut ready to sew.

I also went shopping as I needed some milk and some green felt – and spent £25 in the craft shop.  whoops!

I went to the doctor yesterday as the headaches I’ve had ever since I fell and hit my head nearly 2 months ago were really bothering me. She reassured me there isn’t serious damage but I have injured some nerves and it will take a while. Today I am all cosy and painkillered. Can’t even feel my head at all at the moment. !  Weird feeling.

I’ve had a bit of a stressful week or two  -just personal stuff – and I’ve been eating all the wrong things. I skipped  Slimming world last night,but today I haven’t craved all that bad food. I eat when I feel upset or threatened. And now I don’t .Even the fat on our bodies starts in our heads!

So – some positive thoughts and words for today;

There is nothing seriously wrong with me

I Love the work I do

I am free

However far we slip away from God’s will it is only ever a single step to get back.=GRACE!!!!!!   🙂

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

image;  ”fire” paining by me!

Courage or fear?

Someone once said that courage isn’t the absence of fear, but pushing ahead despite that fear. If that is the case then my arrival at the dentist surgery yesterday was an act of great courage!

I wonder why dentists are scary, while doctors are not? Is it because we can’t really see what they are doing? Is it because teeth are so much a part of what we look like? Is it because if something goes wrong, teeth are the one part of the body that cannot re-grow?

That said,  I heard a testimony once from a Christian lady who had some awful dental problems, and after prayer she DID grow some new teeth. God can do anything, even break his own rules!

I was a wimp in the dentists chair. Its funny; I am generally fairly brave; I’ve been through some stuff – but that girl ( yep, at least 15 years younger than me) with a pointy thing in her hand to poke around my mouth, brought me to the verge of a panic attack.  I really did feel quite shaky afterwards. Nothing she did – all in my own silly head.

Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real. Its a lie. the only problem in that dentists chair was that I was scared of it.

I thought on the way home about other things I have done – or not done- through fear. Not once have I ever regretted facing those fears. Yet when fear has stopped me in my tracks, that has caused loss, issues, or kept me in situations I could have walked away from.

Its a chain, in our own head, keeping us down.

Time to cut that tie.

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( image; reach for the sky, an original multimedia painting by me)

Craft selling ; less is more?

On Saturday I packed up all my little works of art, and went off to nearby Corsham to sell them. This was the second time  – last time I sold absolutely NOTHING!  – so my expectations weren’t too high!

I lowered my prices a little , and I sold more.

It is better to make a little profit, on things I actually sell,than to price them at more and not sell them. I at least made back what I had spent this time; but this is not a business for those who want to get rich quick! Thank fully I don’t; I’ve never been very materialistic; as someone once said ”no-on ewever asked for their bank balance on their death bed’ or regretted not spending more time with their possessions.

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