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Inspiration Words By Sis. Marvet Simpson

What inspired me to begin to blog was a conversation with a Sister and friend, who basically told me that God is preparing another platform for me to share His Word, and do His will. She challenged me to write, and expressed how inspired she was by my use of language. I was humbly appreciative, and unknowingly she added the final note to the music that so many have been playing on me for so long; to write. I have so much to say, to share, and I love to encourage. People communicate electronically these days, and the verbal face to face dialogue has become less and less over the years. Young people have become more insular, and struggle to express or even be honest with themselves. If I am not able to be a listening ear, I would like to be there at the other end of a click, and so hence my reason for blogging. It's not all about me, but to the Glory of God, I write inspired, not out of daily duty, so I trust that whoever reads, will be encouraged, and if questions are to be asked, I will endeavour to give answers. Blessings in abundance.

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Understand another's journey,

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My profile suggests that I get to know myself a little more, by observing the behaviour of others.  It's quite an interesting statement because it almost implies that I spend time watching others, and picking out what's good, bad,  what I like, don't like, emulating others and rejecting others.  Not so, that's not what I mean, I guess I mean, I can be sympathetic to their journey.
Let me explain.  I have an enemy or two, maybe they are not my enemies, but they are definitely not my allies. Our interaction is poor, infact it's tooth wrenching painful, and I often leave their presence a little disturbed.  This is where the Forgiveness blog comes in... "Set Free".  I am not their enemy, in fact truth be known, I would like to be their allie, but right now, right at this point in our lives, their lives and mine, it is not happening.  Why? because as I have been on a journey, so are they!, and so I can 'see with them' as my mother used to say, 'si wid mi'.  Meaning I can understand their difficulty, I can understand the rocks and boulders they will climb, I can understand the valleys, and the rebellion, I can understand the pretense and the effort, I can understand the resistance and the denial.
I have arrived at my acceptance...or have I? so you see I can understand where they are at.  It enables me to be more sympathetic.
We are all on a journey, I began a specific journey in October 2016.  How the journey was going to take shape, and where exactly I was going to travel to, I wasn't sure, so I had to consult a lot with my Travel Advisor, sometimes I wasn't sure how I would feel, on a particular road, or the reaction of the passers by, but I had to trust God, my Travel Advisor that He would be with me. 
When I observe others where they are on their journey, I can say, 'Ahh, I recognise that road....hmmm that's a long one, a rough one, I hope they keep going, I hope that they listen to their Travel Advisor, because only He can take them through that particular road'.
However, some may not even have started that specific journey, but I can still be sympathetic, compassionate, and coupled with the lessons, I have picked up along the way, I can be patient, can I add painfully patient? because that is how it is at times. Painful to watch them, painful to experience them, but then I need also need to pray, for them, and for myself. 

I can also rebuke those, who criticise the travellers, or pre-contemplative travellers ( those who are not yet at the start of their journey), 'Remember what God did, for you, where He brought you from?', That is my response to the critics, ' allow them that time, be patient, painfully patient even', and pray.
Image result for A roadWhat's so great about the journey is that when you come through the other side, you'll know you've been on a journey, but even more importantly is anticipating the next leg.  Sometimes the journey can be lonely.  It was for me, and at points still is, that's when I have to go back to my Travel Advisor, sometimes He doesn't tell me where to go. He just reminds me that He is with me, keep going straight.  You see really and truly He is also like my Sat Nav.  Have I talked about this in a previous blog?, yes I'm sure I did. If I don't hear from Him for a moment, I just need to keep going.  He'll give me the next direction....as I'm sure He will others.
Allow them their journey... Whose to say we will end up in the same direction? Of course there is no guarantee of this, and doesn't matter.  What is more important is that they are on their journey, and I need to see that.



Tiny little spots

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Karen smiled as she unfolded her crumpled  clean white sheet she was hanging on the line; as she pegged the last corner of the freshly smelling sheet, she stood back.  There was something satisfying, she thought, about watching white sheets blow in the wind, and what may seem a daily chore to others, was a pleasure to Karen.  She picked up the basket and was about to walk away; one last glance at her clean white sheet, stopped her in her tracks.                .                                                   .
As she went closer and pulled the sheet to her, she noticed a tiny little spot; it was small, and somewhat insignificant but it was there.  Karen began to finger it, and as she did so, whatever it was smudged, but it was still very small.  From a distance it wasn't easily noticeable. 
She decided to walk away, she would wash it again soon.  She paused part way down the path, she sighed, she screwed her face, others may not see it, but I know that it's there.  She turned, unpegged the sheet, and dropped it in her basket.  
Songs of Solomon 2:15, talks about the little foxes that spoil the vine, they are only little, but they can do a lot of damage, they are like little spots...  A vine, is a creeping plant that can scale a wall, weave it's branches in and out fence panels, hanging on for dear life with long fingered tendrils, or can run along the ground covering a good deal of space. A good vine that has been well taken care of, will produce a good healthy crop of grapes. In this chapter, it talks about the relationship between a man and a woman, and how to watch out for the little foxes that can interfere with that relationship.  The foxes are like little spots, imagine, that they are being allowed to nibble at the vine, or begin to dig around the roots, and these 'spots', if ignored can cause a lot of damage, or become smudges, and smudges look unpleasant no matter how small they are.                              .
We can pretend they don't exist, we can even try to cover them up, but they are present, under the surface, behind the scenes.
In my experience and work as a counsellor, I find that many spots have been ignored, many little foxes have been allowed to nibble away at the vine, and that vine, can be anything; our relationship with a significant other, our mental health and well being, our physical health and well being, even our relationship with God, if you sit back and don't attend to them, do not be surprised if your vine, begins to deteriorate, or fail to produce a healthy crop.                                                                 .
Someone said to me of a problem I shared with them, 'just ignore it, leave it alone, it will go away, infact better still, pretend,' Whilst I might be able to pretend, it remains a constant niggle in the background. What do I do with that, deal with it or ignore it?  King Solomon was wise when he said those words, inspired by an even wiser Being, Our heavenly Father. I can only reiterate what has already been said, watch out for those foxes, address the spots!                           .



Set Free- Forgiveness

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Dr Neil T Anderson in his book, 'Set Free' writes:- 'When people forgive from the heart, they take a giant step toward freedom' Wow! when I read that I had two conclusions;

No.1, that's how I'm feeling right now as I have made an audible declaration of forgiveness..and

No.2 I want to continue on and on doing what I have been led to do- forgive those, but not just do it, say it, but not just say it, say it aloud, not just say it aloud, but say the names of those aloud- so I say, 'I forgive Taylor for what he said to me' even if I never say it to Taylor, I said it to God and as a result He hears, so  the next time I see Taylor, I will show it; My Forgiveness- Taylor will hopefully notice my change in attitude towards him, and forgive me.

You see in order for others to know they need to forgive, to be set free themselves, they need to know that they are forgiven.  So I continue to speak forgiveness audibly so the devil, Satan, hears me saying it.  He will stamp his feet, screw up his face, get a little hotter under the collar, but as hard as it is I need to keep doing it.

I imagine that there are thoughts in your head; 'what if someone hurt  a member of your family? what if they kept hurting you, doing things to you wilfully, you, forgive them once, twice? what if they don't accept your forgiveness?  There is so much written and said about forgiveness. Each experience of forgiveness is unique to the individual who is doing the forgiveness, because they have to decide if, when and how they should forgive.  Yes of course we hear it daily, and recite it in the Prayer Jesus taught His Disciples in the book of Luke..  "Our Father....forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive..." oops!, let's put the breaks on here, we recite it, can we do it?  is it just a recitation, or a genuine desire.  True, it isn't easy to forgive, if it were it may indicate that we are so unaffected by hurts that we are almost inhuman.
Human we are, Devine we are not, but it is the Divinity of Jesus Christ that helps us to forgive.  Whether we acknowledge it or not, there is a spiritual element within us that challenges our mental and moral state. We have a choice to feed the hurt, so that it becomes tortuous and takes residence in our psyche, propelling us to a state of mental  disability, or we can make a conscious effort to tell ourselves that we want to be set free, and the way to do it is to forgive, though difficult, though challenging, though it may put us in a temporary state of vulnerability.
How will we know we can do it, and be set free? it is a matter of words, audible, words, hear yourself speak, connect with the emotions you feel when you say...'I forgive  Maria for ......' try it....and keep doing it, don't stop until, you see 'Maria', and note the change in your attitude.
Set yourself free.Image result for why forgive book

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