December thoughts and work themes

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. -2Timothy 1:7

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Emerald Bay – Fam Islands, Raja Ampat

Lately God’s been reminding me, “Whatever you do, do it for Me, not for the approval of man.” – and to serve, to do unto others as I would want them to do for me.

and He says,”Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.” Jeremiah 1:5

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and “Go in confidence and grace – no rushing, no frantic escape. There’s no need to be anxious – the Eternal One goes before and behind you. The God of Israel paves the way with assurance and strength. He watches your back.” (Isaiah 52:12 The Voice)

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A woman from Wawyai fishing deep in Kaboei Bay.Β 

And most practically – to be refreshed and to re-calibrate my heart: “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you.” Proverbs3:6 TLB Seek Him. Know Him and make Him known.

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YenanasΒ Guesthouse

About work – A beautiful example of theΒ Proverbs 31 woman:

“This poetic tribute is a jumble of feminine qualities – addressing relationships, productivity, fruitfulness, and financial savvy – with only one short verse about beauty. It’s easy to overlook the fact that this chapter has a lot more to say about her work than anything else… The key to all of this is that this woman ‘works with willing hands.’

She does not see her obligations as a burden. She delights in the work she is given. Moreover she is enterprising, energetic, strong, and hospitable in these tasks. She sees that ‘her profits are good,’ which literally means she ‘tastes’ or savours the fruit of her achievements.”

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