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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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30

Dec

Hey! Excuse me! Tap tap! (part 1)

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My journey to Nottingham yesterday was speedy and pleasant.  I had no intention to stop off at any of the shops along the way, so I had secured sufficient funds for the Park and Ride.  When I arrived,  I noticed a tram already waiting. By the time I had found a suitable parking space it had pulled off. 
I wondered how long I would have to wait for the next tram...knowing that I had agreed to meet my friend at a specific time, in the Square.  To my amazement the next tram arrived so soon after that I did not have time to buy a ticket from the machine.  I got onto the tram knowing that if the Ticket inspector were to board the tram, I would explain my reasoning and pay.
The five stop journey was quick, and each time I hoped that the Inspector would board the tram; none did, and my journey ended.  
When I left the tram at my last stop, it did not occur to me that I should go and buy a ticket there and then for both my inbound and outbound journey. I vaguely thought I'd get a ticket on the way back. What was I thinking and feeling at that point? My thoughts were more focussed on meeting my friend, and taking a little more cash out of the bank for our morning's activities.
At 1 o'clock after an eventful morning, we decided that if we hurried a little she could catch her 1:10 bus, and I could then make my way back to the Park and Ride.  As I left her once she boarded the bus, I made the short journey to my tram stop; as I arrived, so did the tram, and I boarded it immediately.....with the intention to pay on the tram.  The next stop saw two Ticket Inspectors hovering outside.  I observed an elderly passenger opening her bag, after having seen them, ready, I presume to, show her ticket.  I knew I had the funds and would pay and explain once they came on.  The tram waited for a while, the doors closed, and off we continued on our journey, minus the Inspectors.  I did not breath a sigh of relief, I felt frustrated, and deliberated getting off the next stop, and walking the rest of my journey. Why? because in effect I was travelling free.
I remained on the tram, until the end of the journey.  The thoughts started to dance around in my head...well I've done the journey and I didn't pay.  Maybe God didn't let either of the Inspectors on, as It might have caused me a £50 fine. Maybe God 'let me off' because he knows my financial situation.
I got off the tram at my stop, and observed other passengers being supported to pay for their journey by a Ticket Inspector who had his back to me........What did I do?  What would you do?

23

Dec

What does your Review say about you?

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This week, I was privileged to be invited for a couple of days rest and relaxation by a friend, it was a lovely surprise invitation and one that I shuffled my schedule quickly in order to take full advantage. 
During our time away, we relaxed, talked and shared.  In our conversation, like an interval, she said something to me, that left me humbly embarrassed, but encouraged.
She said to me;  "I don't know how any one can be in conflict with you, or have a problem with you, you are so easy to get along with"   This could easily be followed from an 'aaah, that's nice' or a 'hmmm, she wouldn't say that if she knew what you were really like'
Do either of those follow up statements really matter? yes they do; one comes from someone who sees the good in themselves, therefore they see the good in you; the other comes from someone who may be critical and condemning of themselves, so therefore they are critical and condemning of you. 
My husband prayed with me, recently and in his prayer he said, 'Lord, help us, that is, Myself and Him, to see the good in each other, and to build our love on that, to pick out from among the rubble, something that sustains our love.....' He didn't use those exact words, (the latter part), but that is what in effect he was saying.  I loved that prayer, because it helped me to recognise that we both desire to see good in each other, and ourselves, and enable more of that love.
The same friend, also spoke of the importance of reviews, when encouraging me in a business discussion, she said that: 'A lot of decisions to go places, do things, or even eat at a particular restaurant are based on reviews.  That really got me thinking, very rarely will I decide to access a particular service, or buy an item on line, without first checking the review. So then what are my Reviews, when people see me, hear me, hear of me, read my writings, observe my life, what review do they see?
In the book of Proverbs, a catalogue of wise and thought provoking words, the author says that we should: "Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips" Chapter 27:2.  I like that because it is a Review, of Me, of You. I grew with the saying, "Self Praise is no Recommendation", at the time the meaning was not entirely clear, it sounded more like a poetic phrase in a Reggae song, but then I came to understand that statement in more depth.  I can tell you, about me, I can sell myself, sing my praises, boast of my achievements, but I still like to recommend, be recommended, and read the reviews.  
Another telling scripture in the Bible is one found in 1Peter 2:12, "Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation"
As a teacher and counsellor, I often get feedback. They come in various forms, cards, journals, verbally; the feedback is in effect a review of me, and what I do, but primarily the impact I have on their lives.  Last month, I opened an email to read, what I thought was a reference request from two students whom I had taught two years previously.  As I read, looking for the point which would say, 'Please can you....it didn't, instead what I read, once again left me humble, the students talked of the success they had achieved, in attaining additional qualification as a result of completing the primary certificate with me, but then went on to say how much they appreciated the impact I had had on their lives, and that every now and then they can hear my voice encouraging and supporting. They wanted to thank me, and show their appreciation. Sigh. I loved that, I felt so encouraged, they are my Walking Reviews.
Hearing and acknowledging my reviews, helps me to continue to build on them and do the right thing, to say the right things, and to behave in the right way. No Business, likes a bad review, as I am sure no Person likes a bad review.  
What does your Review say about you?

26

Nov

"Stop!", don't break your law

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"If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a law breaker"

What do you think about this?  I came across this verse in the book of Galatians chapter 3 and verse 18.

I paused as I read it, sat quietly and began to think about what it really meant, and more so what it really meant to me.  Of course it fits into the context of the surrounding verses, but what did it really mean to me? I read it slowly, reflectively again...."If...I ......rebuild.....what .....I destroyed........., I prove......that I am a........law breaker......."

A law breaker? A law is a rule made by God, and man; but it's talking about me, if I rebuild etc.

How often do we make a decision, a firm decision to do something.  These decisions can be anything from losing weight to saving up for a holiday.  They are not set in stone, or etched and signed on government papers, but they have been made by us, a way, or rather a plan or rule to make a specific change in our lives.  So in effect we have made a law, because we have to lose weight, or we need rest and relaxation for health purposes.  So where does the rebuilding come from?  The rebuilding comes from 'going back on our word'. We are in effect re-building something that is not necessarily good.  So we are rebuilding the act of disregard for what we eat, or exercise, or spending excessively on things we do not necessarily need thereby, limiting the ability to save for that holiday.

So often we rebuild what we have destroyed.

What springs to mind is the rebuilding of unhealthy relationships. Some, are not simply meant to be re-built, by you anyway.  If God intervenes, and says you need to fine, but if you have no instruction and have gone through the process of forgiveness, then move on.

Move on and build new relationships.  

Start with new material, select the best, and most enduring.

Don't continue to break your own laws, you may end up in your own prison!

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