Eyes Fixed

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Last night was small group at my house. Shane and I adore these people, we really love them. We meet every week sharing life – the highs the lows and everything in between. I learn to live with my home being imperfect and real, which for someone who loves to have everything in order is quite the challenge. I hope that it serves them that one day when and if they have kids, they will invite their friends over even {especially} when life does not quite look like a perfect photo. Bless them, they have coped well.

We are reading the book of 1 Samuel together and this book is full of adventure, the kind  of story where there is never a dull moment… As we read Chapter 18 of the story, right after the infamous David and Goliath chapter, all the people were praising Saul – the King, and David – the warrior. In the midst of all the action, this is the verse that stood out to me.

“Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “they have credited David with tens  “of thousands”, he thought. “But me with only thousands. What more can he get but the Kingdom”. And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.” 1 Samuel 18:8 NIV

Here he was {Saul} the King of the people, anointed by God to be the leader shepherd and he was jealous of his warrior musician {David}. Saul was a man charged with the care of the people, a Kingdom before him, and he stood – strong, powerful, and intimidated.

Man, that is such a familiar picture, so simple and plain. His eyes were looking in the wrong direction. As leader of the people he heard and interpreted the voice of the people according to his weakness and was distracted by the desire for personal glory. He lost his calling, and fixed his eyes on the wrong person. As King his eyes should have been heavenward seeking the will and call of God, in order to lead the people God so loved. Instead he looked to David whom he saw as his rival, not even his enemy, but the one who could take all that was his.

When we are called by God to do a task, and the task becomes bigger than the one who gave it, when the detail of our assignment becomes greater than who it is for. Our eyes are fixed elsewhere.

I want my eyes fixed heavenward. I want to live with an audience of one. Not swayed by waves of opinion but grounded firmly in the one who knows me, loves me and saves me. I want to be found in step with him, I want to look to him for calling and journey steps. I don’t want to look sideways, eyes fixed on what someone else is doing. I want to run my race, set before me with all Jesus has called me to do, in this moment. I am praying for that. Because heaven knows, it is all too easy to look sideways.

Love, Grace and a quiet moment for your day

Rachel x

A New Moment

Sunrise“But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (The Message Eugene Peterson) 

Glorious.

A freshly opened opportunity full of new moments. New chances. New memories.

This picture to me is like capturing the kiss of God upon the earth, that says you can begin again. There is new hope. A chance to stand up again, to move forward. Look afresh at yesterday with the eyes of today.

I love that the beautiful character of God can be seen in his creation, and so potently in the breaking in of each new day. A daily reminder that his heart creates glorious new beginnings, and better days.

A prompt to grace in the everyday.

Love, Grace and a beautiful sunrise for your mornings

Rachel x

Deep Wells of Salvation

water“‘Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With Joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.’

Isaiah 12:2-3 NIV 

Gorgeous.

What an image, such a beautiful picture of a God who has Salvation in bucket loads. In wells, God type wells – Deep Stores of Salvation. I have this image in my mind of a people who know a God with plenty of Salvation. So much you can draw from the wells with Joy. It is not sparse. He is not meager with it, he is not holding back, he is not being stingy with salvation.

He has it in spades. Oceans of it, pouring over and out. Like a person in a distant foreign land who can draw from an abundant well, buckets of water with gladness. God’s salvation is given in plenty, more than enough, it brings that same kind of relief, and exuberant joy. The people who know what it is to experience that kind of joy, relief and deep peace cannot then help but exclaim to the earth;

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion…”

Isaiah 12:4-6

A great rescue has taken place, and the people are unable to be silent. Unable to hide his name, instead cannot help but announce to the world that all is well, salvation is found, there is no reason to fear, no reason to dread, no reason to lose sleep, to be lost and alone, salvation has come and he has a name.

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A Beautiful Framing

LanternI am so happy to welcome you to my first post on Rachel Kathrine. By way of Introductions…

I am walking the journey of following where Jesus leads me. The depth of his love for me and his beautiful church has changed my life forever. I believe that he is the Author and Hero of Creation’s Story.

I am married to a pastor which makes life a wonderful and yet regularly crazy adventure. Shane works at a church we have deep love for. The kind of church that display’s God’s manifold love on the earth, who brings hope and life to the lost, hurt and broken with a heart for all generations. It is a church filled with people who are imperfect (including my dear self) and walk in the promise that God’s beautiful grace is enough.

I am a mum to 3 kids who are shaping their journey with excellence, creativity and a love for People, Creation, Jesus and the Church, not to mention Nick Jnr, Ballet and Soccer. They bring me joy every day. Even when I am saying phrases no one thought they would ever have to say…you know what I’m talking about parents.

I love my people. You know who you are. Friends and family who love you, encourage you and who laugh, loud when it all goes wrong, which it regularly does. I am not known for my quiet elegance as much as I would like. I am however known for my laugh… thankfully I have acquired the life skill of being able to laugh at myself, which as it turns out is extremely important in my case.

So that’s it. The Framing of My blog. A space to share Faith, Home, Friendship and grace.

Love, Grace and a cozy seat beside a warm fire today, unless of course you are in the Northern hemisphere, then you enjoy the sunshine

Rachel x