Archive for May, 2010

Lead Me To The Cross
 
Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemption’s hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss
 
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh Lead me, lead me to the cross
 
You were as I
Tempted and tried
Human
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you’re risen
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss
 
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh Lead me, lead me to the cross
 
 

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

 

God’s love for us is all about the cross. Why? Because that’s where God made the ultimate sacrifice for each one of us, He let his one and only son Jesus Christ die on a cross at Calvary, just so we could be forgiven of all our sins.

So why is the cross still so important? Well the cross is the eternal sign of God’s love for each one of us. It where we must come and kneel before God, and give our sins and our whole lives back to God. Have you knelt at the foot of the cross?

If you haven’t, you can kneel before God anywhere and rededicate your life to Him…do it now, do it today…He is waiting for you to kneel before Him.

Matthew 10:37-38 (NIV)

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Love Him

Posted: May 30, 2010 in love, music, pray, religion
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So God has promised to love us forever (see yesterday’s blog post Love Forever), but what does he want from us in turn? We find the answer in scripture:

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (The Message)

So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life.

God will love you forever, but we must each try to repay Him for all He does for us. Pray to God today and ask Him to direct your life and help you to do all He wants you to do in your life.

Live your life for God. Love God forever.

Michael W Smith sings Forever:

So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life.

Love Forever

Posted: May 29, 2010 in love, religion
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Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

There is just one God. One God who will love you forever, and who loved all past generations of your family and indeed will love future generations as well.

Isn’t that incredible? Who else has promised to do that, but God?

Accept God into your life today. He has promised to love us forever.

I Could Sing of Your Love Forever performed here by Hillsong:

What week this has been! Unfortunately on all fronts it has been a week full of mostly lows, but the odd high in amongst it.

The week started off badly at work when I got told the project I’ve been working on for the last 15 months has basically been put on hold and then in the afternoon had a very negative meeting – Monday was such a demotivating day (Read all about it in Demotivation).

Tuesday I was only at work in the morning. That sounds good but the whole morning was taken up with another meeting which I thought would end up being a negative and argumentative meeting, however I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be an ok meeting after all – all thanks I think to the meeting facilitator, who did an excellent job!

Tuesday afternoon saw me at the hospital with hubby. He’s been off work for a few weeks and so we were hoping for answers or solutions, however it seems there’s no quick fix, so an increase in meds was prescribed. Tuesday night was the fist night of the increased meds, and unfortunately since then, hubby seems to be as unwell as he was when he was first off. This is getting both of us down and I must admit I’m finding it quick stressful as I’ve not really been feeling to good myself but have had to keep going for hubby’s sake.

Wednesday at work was a strange day, I was feeling quite sore when I got to work, only to discover we had a team meeting to go to…they are always such a highlight in everyone’s diary…not! Meeting over and still not feeling great. Had a good chat with a colleague and offered support and someone to listen if ever it was needed – Hopefully I am able to support my colleague through a time of difficulty. I pray God will help me to be what my colleagues need me to be. The rest of the day seemed to take about 2 days to pass – The work I was doing was not exactly inspiring so I suspect that had something to do with the clock seeming to be on a go slow!

Thursday feeling better but tired after hubby had a particularly restless night, but made it to work happy that it was the last working day of the week. Got a phone call about midday from home to tell me our iPad had arrived! Woohoo! But I still had another half day to go at work 😦

One of my colleagues kept trying to convince me to go home at lunchtime and get the iPad and then bring it into office in the afternoon. I declined as I pointed out if I went home at lunchtime I wouldn’t come back in the afternoon! I was just going to have to wait a few more hours to get home to my new iPad.

Thursday night was iPad night…what an amazing bit of technology! We both already have iPod Touch’s, however the iPad was just so much better. Great size, not too heavy, fantastic graphics and screen resolution, speedy internet connectivity, wonderful interface, and finally some great apps to put on it! All in all, definitely worth the money – I’m sure the iPad will become the “in-thing” in Apple products just like the iPhone has.

Thursday night saw hubby being really unwell again, so neither of us got much sleep. So when the alarm when off this morning, guess what I did? I reset it and went back to sleep for another hour! N.B. No work today, it’s a bank holiday here 🙂

Once I finally got up, I did some housework and then headed over to Mum and Dad’s before I went to the hairdressers. Another low point of the week, Dad seems to be getting worse each time I see or talk to him and is getting more arguemental with us, particularly my Mum which just isn’t my Dad. In addition his memory seems to be deteriorating quickly and he just seems to want to sleep all the time. It’s so sad to see. Mum’s putting on a brave face but it must be so very hard for her. I really wish I could do more.

It now Friday night and I’m totally shattered…but not too tired to have another play with the iPad!

I hope your week has been full of more highs than lows. If not, remember whatever you’re problems, God is with you!

Yesterday I talked about my concerns and worries over the health of family members when I discussed Passing Time. Today I’m thinking more about what happens after we die? What do you believe happens to us after we die?

As a Christian I have very strong beliefs about what happens after we die. Firstly I want to give you some words from scripture Isaiah 35:8-10 (The Message):

There will be a highway
   called the Holy Road.
No one rude or rebellious
   is permitted on this road.
It’s for God’s people exclusively—
   impossible to get lost on this road.
   Not even fools can get lost on it.
No lions on this road,
   no dangerous wild animals—
Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening.
   Only the redeemed will walk on it.
The people God has ransomed
   will come back on this road.
They’ll sing as they make their way home to Zion,
   unfading halos of joy encircling their heads,
Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness
   as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night.

In other words when we die, I believe it is simply our earthly body that dies, and if we have been witnesses for Jesus here on earth and done all God asks of us, our spirit will return to heaven, so that we can be with our Heavenly Father forevermore. There we will be reunited with those who have lived on earth and have died before us, our family and friends, our loved ones.

In heaven we will be free from all sin, all worries, all concerns…we will be at peace forever.

That i think is also the phrase we need to remember when we worry about losing family or friends…that they “will be at peace forever“.

Sydney Staff Songsters sing We Will Walk In Peace

Time passes by us so quickly that when we get the time to stop and think, it’s a shock to us when we realise how much time has passed.

Have you ever promised to keep in touch with folk you met on holiday? Did you? If you didn’t you’re not alone, it’s very common for people to find friends on holiday, but when they get home, they quickly forget about them, either intentionally or unintentionally – many times it’s simply because we realise all we actually had in common with them was the choice of holiday destination!

It can also be a shock to us when our parents who have always been there for us, full of life and no health issues, to find they are not as fit and healthy as they used to be and that they are in fact facing old age. It can be difficult to cope with when ill-health hits them and we have to cope with all the stress and worry that brings with it.

Since last year my Dad’s health has deteriorated significantly and has put added stress and worry on my Mum particularly. My Dad is definitely not too well, but so far no diagnosis has been given. One of the hardest parts of it all, for both my Mum and I, is that Dad’s memory has become very bad and he’s been doing some very strange things too – All of which can be stressful and distressing for all of us.

I have wandered slightly from what I was intending to say, sorry – I was simply going to stress how important it is that we don’t let time pass without taking time to be with those we love and who love us. In other words, take time collecting your memories, as those we love will not be with us here on earth for ever.

Sorry to be so morbid tonight, but due to the situation with my Dad I’ve found myself thinking more and more about our own mortality.

Catch your memories each day, they will be priceless to you in the future!

Enjoy the music Memory played by Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army:

Health Service

Posted: May 25, 2010 in family, Health, life
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We hear so many people moaning and groaning about the health service and all the things that are wrong with it…but what about the things that are right with it?

I am in no way saying I think our health service is perfect or in some cases even good, because that just isn’t true, but I would like to say some positive things about it, so here goes…

Over the last few years I spent a lot of time at hospitals being tested for one thing or another, and then after diagnosis, many two operations and many subsequent appointments to check progress. Added to that this year I’ve also been at the hospital with my Dad and also my husband on various occasions. I must admit that those who have actually treated each of us have been very professional and particularly in my own case, very understanding and caring too. All of which are just the things you want when your feeling worried and concerned and maybe a bit nervous about what’s going to happen.

Again in my own situation there were a number of times when i waited and waited for things to move on at the hospital or get a date for surgery, or even just an update, but I must sing the praises of my own GP who did a fantastic job phoning and chasing the hospital. Also in Sandy’s case after basically being dismissed from one hospital who said they couldn’t help, she again got that sorted out, by getting him refered to another hospital to see a specialist there.

So yes there are problems with our health system, but there are some fantastic patient focused doctors and nurses out there too, who will do anything they can to help their patients – we must appreciate what we have, as so many countries have no health service at all.

Demotivation

Posted: May 24, 2010 in life, work
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Ever had one of those days when everything that happens just completely demotivates you to put any effort in?

Well today I had one of those days…it started badly when my hairdryer gave up on me first thing this morning. Then this morning at work there was a meeting to discuss the work our team would be doing over the next few months – I was given the news after the meeting by my boss. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ll no doubt have seen my tweet from earlier today, that the project I’ve been working on for the last 14 months has basically been put on hold for a number of months.

So demotivating! After all the hard work and effort put in by myself and colleagues in the last year or so, to basically be told it’s all been for nothing, just makes me wonder why I bother putting in the effort i do to get my work done. But then I know the answer to that…I’m not the kind of person stops working hard because it don’t matter anymore. If anything it probably makes me even more determined to do well…mind you that’s probably so I don’t let myself start on the downward spiral of feeling useless and unneeded at work, again!

After all that I was at meeting this afternoon which was very negative and again I just found it very demotivating. What makes it worse is I have a meeting tomorrow morning which will probably be more of the same! Something to look forward to…not!

If work carries on like this this week I’m going to have demotivation overload, which definitely can’t be good.

Love, as they say should be unconditional, but how many times did you dislike a person because of something they did or said?

How many relationships, marriages, families had broken because the various people involved, have fallen out of love because of some problems or personality conflicts?

Even if you don’t think so, I’m afraid that most of the time, our love for one another is conditional. But don’t despair, because in Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) God said:

I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with my loving kindness.

Although we may find our love for each other is conditional, God’s tells us in the above bible verse that His love is not just unconditional, but also everlasting. What he feels for you is not dependent on who you are and what you’ve done, it’s simply His nature to love you, no matter what.

Romans 8: 38-39 (The Message)

 I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

The verse above once again reinforces this fact that nothing we can say or do can make God stop loving us.

Thank you Lord for your love for us unconditionally!

There’s no greater feeling, than when someone you love, loves you in return. So imagine God’s delight when you accept His love for you, and love Him in return!

God loves all men, women and children, whatever their race, creed or colour, their beliefs or desires, their image or their deeds – God loves them regardless!

We all need and want to be loved, though unfortunately in the world we live in today, there are many who find themselves unloved. It’s our responsibility as Christians to seek out those who are unloved and show them that God loves them…that we love them! But remember it’s may not just be those who find themselves in trouble, lonely, or homeless who feel unloved, there may be those closer to home who feel like that. So make sure your neighbours, your friends and of course your family are aware that you love them, and, more importantly, that God loves them too.

Barlowgirl sing I Believe in Love – The video is not the greatest quality, so I’d suggest you just listen to the message and the music which follows it:

Keep On Loving!