Thursday, 28 July 2016

MAKE WAY FOR THE KING!



The LORD has laid something on my heart which I have prayed about before I posted. He wants the backslider to repent, and come back to Him!  There is no doubt that the world is getting darker. More and more the Church and Christians are coming under attack.  At times it seems like Satan is winning in his evil.  We are getting depressed and tired. And afraid. And tired of doing good.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  1 Peter 4:14

It is so easy to give in or even, sadly give up! But thankfully for most of us, giving up on Christ is not an option. We love the LORD too much for it to be a consideration...  However, many people are turning away from Christ or are listening to lies of the enemy of our souls, often through the mouths of pastors preaching false teachings in the Name of Christ, tickling the ears of those who don't really check the Word to make sure what they are being fed is scriptural food to nourish the Christian soul. 

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 2 Timothy 4:10

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  2 Timothy 4:3

There is a sense of expectation within the Body of Christ.  Christ is coming soon for His Bride- us.  And although we are told that only God knows the hour,  we have been given guidelines.  The apostasy and the falling away has begun.  Abortion on demand has killed millions of pre-born children,  homosexuals are trying to defile the sacredness of  marriage, many more people are divorcing and the family unit is suffering.  Feminism has helped destroy marriage, motherhood and homelife as well as belittling the woman who desires to serve God through caring for her family. As I can attest, there are more earthquakes.  Sin is abounding and life is cheap for a lot of people.  God is being phased out of schools, workplaces and if possible, homes! The writing's on the wall..

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Perhaps you have wandered from the LORD because you have been hurt by the world. You no longer trust Him.  However, Jesus Himself told us that in the world we have trouble.  He has never deceived us.  Perhaps you are questioning Jesus'  promise that He is coming again because we are still waiting, but He told us God desires all to be saved for He takes no pleasure in the death of a man...

But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. Mark 13:23

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

It is important that we keep close to Jesus.   If you have lost your first love,  or feel far away from the LORD,  rest assured that He will forgive you.   It starts with repentance.  Faith. Prayer.  And finishes with His Grace. His Mercy. His Love.  His Blood. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.Psalm 51:10:12

The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:18

The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. Psalm 34:22

We can't afford to be complacent about our faith. We can't sit on the fence.  The Bridegroom WILL be coming for His Bride... a spotless and pure Bride with no blemish.... every day it gets sooner.... like the 10 virgins, we know not the hour.  Keep oil in your lamp. Turn back earnestly to Jesus, the good Shepherd.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. Matthew 25:7

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.  Revelation 3:11-12

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

You don't have just my words, but the Word telling you to return to your first love for the time is short.  May you heed the message.  I am praying for you....in the mighty Name of Jesus!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

CAN YOU IMAGINE?



Can you imagine living in a world where it is still acceptable to stay home with your children, serve your husband, and dare I say it - keep your home? Where marriage, home and motherhood are held in high esteem and the women caring for their families are blessed by and for their efforts?

Picture the scene of past eras wherein a young woman usually left the workforce after marriage to serve her husband and keep her home and await the arrival of her children. She was not looked down on at all, rather the role of wife/mother/homemaker was elevated into something to aspire to. For it is an honourable calling.

We all know that the disdain we stay at home wives and mothers feel today from the world (and even some churches) is contrary to the scriptural role, and we know that it wasn't always so. And as more and more women are pressured into having less children and putting their babies into day centres, a lot of women are feeling cheated and discontented. If the truth was told, I truly believe that most of the women in the workforce today would prefer to be at home having more babies and loving their life!

Why isn't it like this today?

Firstly, I believe a lot of women have bought the lie of feminism. We have been buffeted about and overloaded with so much of their rhetoric that we have slowly come to accept a great deal of what they say. Bowing under the pressure of the world, we have become discontented with our God-given role as wife/mother and keeper of our home.

Secondly, I believe women have generally been so highly educated that they are afraid that they will waste it by staying home. I think nothing could be further from the truth. All education is profitable for a woman- especially if she plans to home school her children. This is slowly gaining popularity in Australia, though nowhere near as much as in the States. But the point I am making is that as mothers, we are teachers. Our knowledge will only serve to benefit our family. And make us more interesting to our husbands.

Thirdly, I think in general we have set our sights on worldly things- the biggest home, cars, furnishings, designer clothing and expensive holidays etc. We have been sucked into the worship of the ravenous god of materialism and commercialism. Homemade is no longer good enough, homecooked is often a rarity, homekeeping is a rushed chore and a burden- yet even so, home still is the sweetest place to be and always beckons us back.

Are working mothers really getting value for their money? No! By the time we add up the work clothes, gas and fares for getting to and from work, the bought lunches, the more expensive packaged foods for faster meals, and last but in no way, least- the childcare centre, we have very little money available for spending. Are we starting to feel a little bit disillusioned? I would guess: yes a tad!

Now I am not naive: I know about mortgages, or renting, I know how hard it is to keep food on the table and clothes on the family's back- but what I know too is that a lot of extraneous spending could be curtailed and it would be far more profitable to stay at home. I know this, because as have previously shared- I did it for a while. It is more profitable not to work outside the home. And infinitely more satisfying for the whole family.

Frugality, budgeting, and cutting one's cloth according to income are not dirty words: they are words of life- family life. With a bit of planning and foresight, I believe a lot of women would be able to stay home and not suffer for it. The tools are planning, budgeting, frugality, wisdom and desire. I believe it is possible still today to manage on one man's wage- if we learn to be content with what we have or to downsize to make staying home with the children feasible. It is a heart issue.

So back to imagination: can you imagine rising and getting your husband off to work, having made him a leisurely breakfast and a cut lunch, guiding your children through bathing, dressing and breakfast in a calm manner, filling them with the best of breakfasts, then homeschooling or sending them to school with a nutritious packed lunch? No frantic last-minute hunt for lost notebooks or library books-or hearing your child read whilst you are hurriedly applying your makeup for work? Or worse still, from the other side of the bathroom door? No, you have had plenty of time last night to do these things and to be organised for the early morning rush. You are looking well to the ways of your own household.

As soon as the children are at school or setting about their lessons at home, you start to work your way through your chores, making beds and doing laundry whilst the slow cooker bubbles away with some soup for lunch and the meat defrosts for the evening meal. You know exactly what you are having: you made your menu and shopping list and you are in control! Doesn't it feel good?

Tonight when your husband gets home from work, you will be there to greet him with the children working steadily at their homework and the table set and dinner's delicious aroma wafting through the house to welcome him home. And if Dad works late shift, the children will at least get to see him at breakfast instead of being dragged out of their bed at some early hour to go to daycare.

Imagine if this was a reality in your life- would you want it? Thousands of women are turning their back on materialism, small families and feministic ideals and are turning back to God's Word for their lives and families. They are coping and they are gaining strength as a force that is pro-life, pro-family and pro-marriage. Their children are reaping the benefits of having a full-time mother who fills their world with soundness in a world she knows is anything but.

What is the future for the stay-at home mother? I believe job satisfaction: the knowledge that because she has applied herself to live her life according to godly principles and used wisdom, frugality and ingenuity in order to do it. Her marriage is stronger, her children happier and her home easier to manage. She knows that she is really free at last to be all God created her to be- a loving wife, mother and keeper of her home. And she rejoices at the days to come. Her husband is well looked after and well loved, as are her children.

She doesn't worry what the world thinks about her life choices- she is following God's plan for her life. And her life is good- for all God's ways are good. Imagine if all married women vetoed the work force, applied themselves to living frugally and returned home as stay at home wives and mothers…I imagine a lot of people would be happy with that.

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

Saturday, 2 July 2016

I THINK I CAN SPARE IT


I recently considered just how much time I actually spend on housework. The answer may surprise you!

Time Spent on FlyLady: Simple Bedtime/Morning routines (5min & 5min),
Decluttering (5min),
Laundry (20 min total),
Doing one of the 'home blessings' each day (5 min),
Hot Spot Fire Drills (5mins.),
Sink (5min).
Total time: 60 minutes.

A couple of times a week, I spend an extra 15min. on decluttering, zones, or something else.The biggest helps? My morning & evening routines. Doing something, no matter how little or seemingly insignificant (Death to perfectionism!) Not mentally beating myself up (thanks for the fly-washing!) Beginning again...and again...and again...and growing a little more each time (gradual, permanent change) 

Excuses don't HELP. Not when I am sick. Not when I have depression. Excuses say that there aren't any solutions and that there's no hope. I know I can manage tiny bites of time. And often it only is 5 mins that I need. It's that procrastination thing again! 

Even the smallest routine can help restore hope. It won't be perfect - It can't be perfect - but it WILL be better! I am a great believer in Flylady's quote: Housework done imperfectly still blesses your family!

Spread out throughout the day, with a nanna nap in between, five minutes at a time is not too difficult for us: just remember what Flylady says and take baby steps! 60 minutes in the course of a day isn't much at all... even on bad days, I think I can spare it!

© Glenys Robyn Hicks


Teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom" Psalm 90:12

Friday, 1 July 2016

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU FOLLOW



Life is a theatre - invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is holy enough and healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives.

There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimise your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships/friendships/fellowships!



Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention to:

Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?

The more you seek God and the things of God the more you seek quality, the more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God the more you seek things honorable the more you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW and who should be moved to the balcony of your life. 

You cannot change the people around you...but you can change the people you are around! Ask God for wisdom and discernment and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life. author unknown

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20
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