The Honey Trap

I’ve been working through something. Do you ever have something that you want to do, and you think God is saying no, but you still want to do it? Crunch time is a long way off, so there’s a long wait to wrestle it out together before you have to make a decision. Somewhere along the way you either find out either that it isn't God saying no, or you end up doing what He wants, or you do it anyway and have to deal with the consequences… My biggest problem is that I’m not sure if it's Him saying no or my history trying to punish me. That whole "you can't have nice things" voice. I’m sure we'll get there, and we're not really fighting, it’s just a bit weird till I work it out. I recently bought t

Do-Over Days

Looked at myself in the mirror of truth today (at time of writing) and thought: “Anita, today is a do-over day if ever there was one.” Well, at least the second half of it was. I was driving back from somewhere and managed to drive with an attitude that was kinda unhelpful. I wasn’t in the moment able to pray, praise, worship or talk my way out of it. What I ended up doing was pulling over and letting people pass so that I was driving alone, away from other people, where whatever was going on would have as little effect on others as possible. Then, I caught a case of foot-in-mouth which didn’t resolve well. Urgh. It was a mess. Especially internally. The first part of the day had been ok. I

Marked "Men"

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV) Do you ponder things? I don’t mean dwell on them, but roll something around in your mind that has an air of mystery waiting for the proverbial penny to drop, or a revelation to appear from the mist? Often it seems to me that it’s about timing. It’s like I’ve got all the pieces of the puzzle, but they won’t fit together until God puts in the last piece somehow. Or He shows me which way up the picture goes… I don’t know if you’ve ever seen those photos of a single flower or a leaf on the ground, but there’s nothing to indicate which way i

Swings & Misses & Hits & Things

I went exploring in the Old Testament, which sounds like the beginning of a childrens book or animated Bible programme from the 80’s…I was looking for something that I thought was there, which turns out actually wasn’t, it was my imagination, but I found some stuff that’s even better! Cue smoke machine and misty wiggly fade through thing… Do you know this passage in Exodus? Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank. Exodus 24:9-11 (N

Losing My Religious

It’s kinda funny isn’t it, that the things we associate with being religious, are usually things to do with Religion? It’s often how people assess different faiths or belief systems – too religious, and why they can’t see themselves following some or other belief system. I’ve found that some of the ‘religious’ that God has been working with me on has actually had little to do with “religion”. Religious does seem to be as offensive to him as it is to us, (probably more so) in a lot of different forms. So, the religious that has been the focus of His attention in me, has been my clinging to my old working brain; my one-eyed view of the way life is meant to look; and my need to jump in and to d

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