Archive for July, 2010

Life’s Rules

Posted: July 31, 2010 in life
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I came across the following rules for life. I hope you enjoy them – I especially could relate to number 10! Enjoy

10 Rules For Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott

  1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period
  2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life”
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments area as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
  4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go onto the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
  6. “There” is no better place than “here”. When you “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
  7. Other people are simply mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflect to you something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
  9. Yours answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
  10. You will forget this.

You can now understand why I liked rule number 10! LOL

Here’s a lovely inspirational video that goes with the above rules:

The Word by Sara Groves

I’ve done every devotional
Been every place emotional
Trying to hear a new word from God
And I think it’s very odd,
that while I attempt to help myself
My Bible sits upon my shelf
With every promise
I could ever need

Chorus:
And the Word was
And the Word is
And the Word will be
The old Word is the new Word is
The old Word is the new Word is…

People are getting fit for Truth
Like they’re buying a new tailored suit
Does it fit across the shoulders
Will it fade when it gets older
We throw ideas that aren’t in style
In the Salvation Army pile
And search for something more to meet our needs

Bridge:
I think it’s time I rediscover
All the ground that I have covered, like
Seek Ye first (what a verse)
We are pressed but not crushed,
perplexed but don’t despair.
We are persecuted but not abandoned
We are no longer slaves
we are daughters and sons,
and when we are weak
we are very strong

And neither death nor life
nor present nor future
nor depth nor height
can keep us from the love of Christ
And the Word I need
is the Word that was
who put on flesh to dwell with us.
In the beginning….

What a blessing this song is. It puts everything so simply – The word was, is, and will be, forever!

It has reminded me again of just how easy it is for each of us to love our Saviour Jesus Christ each and every day. And what’s more, He will love you unconditionally in return, no matter what you have done in your past, currently or even what you may do in the future.

Be assured that Jesus will love you, forever!

Heaven’s Grocery Store

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago. 
One day I saw a sign that read “Heaven’s Grocery Store”. 
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide.
When I came to myself, I was standing just inside.
I saw a host of angels.  They were standing everywhere. 
One handed me a basket and said, “My child, please shop with care”.
Everything a Christian needed was in that Grocery Store.
All you couldn’t carry, you could come back the next day for.
First, I got some PATIENCE; LOVE was in the very same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you needed it wherever you go.
I got a box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn’t miss the HOLY SPIRIT, for He was all over the place!!
I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full but…I remembered I needed some GRACE!
I didn’t forget SALVATION, for SALVATION was free.
So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my Master’s will.
As I wind up the aisle I saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in.
For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
PEACE and JOY were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.
SONGS and PRAISES were hanging near, so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, “How much do I owe?”
He just smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”
Again I smiled at him and said, “How much do I owe?”
He smiled again and said……
“My child, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO!”

Heaven’s Grocery Store

Today at work I realised I was 8 weeks behind in my timsheets – Oops! Mind you as well as noticing this I also realised that the “timesheet police” haven’t been after me yet, which is most unusual – They usually descend on you if you get more than a few weeks behind.

So having noticed how far behind I was, did I immediately catch up in my timesheets? Of course not! I hate filling in timesheets, and as I decided what difference is one more day behind going to make! It’s a task I usually do first thing in the morning before my brain is completely in gear, so will tackle this task tomorrow I suppose. Roll on tomorrow…not!

Anyway, all these thoughts about timesheets and how I’ve been spending my time, got me thinking a bit more generally about my time management…

  • times of boredom
  • times of joy
  • times of despair
  • times of learning
  • times of reflection
  • times of worry
  • times of work
  • times of relaxation

Where in all that is my “time for God”? I have got a bit of a reputation at work of being a very organised person (yes I know those of you who know me outside of work may be astounded by that but it’s true!), but that doesn’t seem to be reflected in my time management of my “time for God”. Also, look at my list again…how many of those “times of…” could be lessened id only I look them at to God in prayer!

Fitting in with today’s thoughts, please listen to the song For Such A Time As This

Do you manage your time with God the way God expects and wants you to? Why not take a step back today and reevaluate whether you spend enough “quiet time” with God each day.

Make today your “My Time Management for God” day.

Wasted Hours
So many hours are spent in
Pursuing our earthly desires
Without asking what God’s plans are
Or what, from us, He requires
 
We struggle so hard to fill
The emptiness and the boredom
We look unto earthly pleasures
To fill the void within
 
But so much time is wasted
In things that have no worth
Things that seem to take the place
Of what we know should be first
 
Like our relationship with God
And our faith in Jesus Christ
For He’s the only one to fulfil
The emptiness we have inside
 
Our hope of eternal glory
With Jesus Christ our Lord
This should be our only focus
For nothing in life is worth more
 
© By M.S.Lowndes

Who Is This Man?

Posted: July 27, 2010 in religion
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Who is this man who can change the wind? Who is this man who can perform miracles?
Who is this man who can walk on water? Whose love was so great that he died for us?
Who is this man? Who is this man? Who is this man?
Who is this man who makes the clouds His chariots? Who is this king of glory?
Who is this man who walks on the wings of the wind? Who makes His angels spirits?
Who is this man? It is Jesus Christ, Jehovah-Jireh Jehovah-Nissi Jehovah-Shalom .
It is the Almighty Lord God, The one who died on the cross for you and me.
That is who He is the one who performs miracles that opened the eyes of the blind.
Raised the dead, healed the sick, who taught in the synagogues.
Who is this man who washes clean our sin? Who is this man who loves us so much?
Who is this man who hears my supplications? Who is this man who is my strength?
Who is this man? Who is this man? Who is this man?
Who is this man who makes my heart rejoice? Who is this man calms the flames?
Who is this man who gives His inheritance? Who is this man who calms the storm?
It is Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Who else can give us all we need except Jesus? No-one.

Many people we meet during our lives say they will do anything they can for us, but can they ever truly do as much for us as Jesus is capable of? I don’t think so. After all, Jesus has already proved he would do anything for us, because He died on a cross at Calvary, just so you and I could be forgiven of all our sins.

No-one will ever measure up to Jesus, but we can all get God to help us be as like Jesus as we possibly can be.

Who Is There Like You (Stuart Townend)

Who is there like You?
And who else would give their life for me?
Even suffering in my place
And who could repay You?
All of creation looks to You
And You provide for all You have made

So I’m lifting up my hands
Lifting up my voice
Lifting up Your name
And in Your grace I rest
For Your love has come to me and set me free
And I’m trusting in Your word
Trusting in Your cross
Trusting in Your blood and all Your faithfulness
For Your power at work in me is changing me

Roses and Thorns

Posted: July 26, 2010 in life
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Some people don’t like roses because they find the thorns a nuisance because they are sharp and get in the way when you try to handle them. To me these folk are just not looking past the jagged/rough edges, so are failing to see and appreciate the beauty of a rose in full bloom.    Roses can be compared in many ways to people: 

  • we’re all different
  • we come in different shades/colours
  • we each have our rough edges or thorns
  • however we each are beautiful in our own way

With roses it’s usually quite easy to see past the thorns quite easily. However with people it can often be very difficult to see the beauty in some, as on the surface they appear to have nothing but flaws/faults/rough edges. However everyone has good or beauty within them, we just may need to dig deeper into some than others to find that good/beautiful part of them, but it is there! The following fits in with my thoughts perfectly. I hope you enjoy it. 

Of Roses and Thorns by Haley L Carson

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.  

So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.  

Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.  

This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and help them realize they can overcome the faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Then will they blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to them.  

Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden.  

Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve planned your life away?

We plan our workload and possibly that of others at our place of work; we plan our holidays and vacations; we plan what we’re ging to do with our weekends and our evenings when we’re not working; we plan our meals for the coming days/week when we do our weekly supermarket shopping etc.

Why do we do so much planning? Well I have to be honest and say I’ve no idea, other than for people like me who like to be very organised, it makes perfect sense to organise my personal time just as I do my working day!

That’s all fine, but then today, I got thinking (I know that’s dangerous!), I plan my life, but do I ask God for advise on what my plans should include? My honest answer is that I do, but not nearly as much or as often as I should. No wonder I get frustrated and annoyed when other things make me change my plans! If only I’d asked God to help me plan!

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

I’m not saying that if we ask God for advise when compiling our plans, unexpected things will never happen. However through planning our lives to do God’s will, we will be stronger people when we have to deal with the unexpected, regardless of whether it’s an unexpected good or bad things that comes our way.

Remember whatever comes our way, God is with us and is there to pilot us through the unexpected as well as the planning things of life.

 

Great Expectations (Steven Curtis Chapman)

The morning finds me here at heaven’s door
A place I’ve been so many times before
Familiar thoughts and phrases start to flow
And carry me to places that I know so well
But dare I go where I don’t understand
And do I dare remember where I am
I stand before the great eternal throne
The one that God Himself is seated on
And I, I’ve been invited as a son
Oh I, I’ve been invited to come and …

Believe the unbelievable
Receive the inconceivable
And see beyond my wildest imagination
Lord, I come with great expectations

So wake the hope that slumbers in my soul
Stir the fire inside and make it glow
I’m trusting in a love that has no end
The Savior of this world has called me friend
And I, I’ve been invited with the Son
Oh I, I’ve been invited to come and …

We’ve been invited with the Son
And we’ve been invited to come and …

Believe the unbelievable
Receive the inconceivable
And see beyond our wildest imagination
Lord, we come with great expectations

Your Pilot By William J Shannon

If your way is dark and full of doubt
Let Jesus be your pilot,
He will surely bring you out
Your path may be steep and narrow,
But Jesus waits to welcome you home.

There a robe of white is waiting
And a crown that you will wear;
Where sorrow never enters
And our Pilot never parts.

We can all make the most of each opportunity which comes our way, though sometimes we can find it’s outwith our own reach, but these are the times we must fully rely on our Pilot, Jesus.

Even when we haven’t been presented with an opportunity to move forward, we can still need help from out Pilot because life can be very tough to cope with a times – Situations and people come our way which can cause us to question ourselves, our decisions, our future, and sometimes even our faith or beliefs. These are times we must put our full faith in our Pilot, because he is always by our side, to guide us through the journey known as life.

Guide Me Home

Now the wind has lost my sail
Now the scent has left my trail
Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Where is my star in heaven’s bough
Where is my strength, I need it now
Who can save me, lead me to my destiny
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

How can I go on?
How can I go on this way

I was watching Mock The Week last night on BBC2 and one of the things said really got to me – During one of the rounds Ed Byrne retold a story of finding a stray cat beside their dustbins. They then took the cat into their home to feed it, look after it and become part of their family. He then talked about how we would never to that with a stranger or a homeless person.

I’d say there’s definitely an element of truth in what he said as I certainly would say the majority of us would not bring a stranger/homeless person into our home to be part of the family! Would you agree with me?

This has all kind of got to me a bit, as I keep finding myself thinking about it, and about how much more willing I personally would probably be to take in and love a lost cat, but would probably never consider doing the same of a “lost” person. Now I’m finding it quite hard to justify all this to myself.

What would you do if:

  • you came across a lost cat or dog which needed food, love and shelter?
  • you came across a “lost” person who need food and shelter?

Would you take either, or both of them into your home, feed them and give them shelter?

What do you think God would want you to do?

Colossians 4:2-6 (NIV)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

In our lives we are given many opportunities – some we will take and others which we will turn away from.

Have you wondered where those opportunities are coming from? Well I can tell you, they are all a direct result of God. God presents us each with many opportunities. He designed each one specifically for us, some He knows we will accept without question, others which He knows we will require us to trust Him to help us mak the most of the opportunity we’re presented with.

Whatever that opportunity, the choice is ours whether we accept or reject it. However all the opportunities God presents to us are ones He knows are best for us, so I’d urge you to accept each opportunity presented to you with open arms, as God will help you make the most of the opportunity if you just ask Him to.

Opportunity’s Doors by Robert Hedrick

I remember some of the doors of opportunity God has opened for me,
Then I unknowingly reached out and closed them all rather selfishly.
Losing my chance to exalt the name of Jesus to some who needed to hear,
About a Savior that loves them and someday soon, He is going to appear.

At this point in my life I realize how important each opportunity can be,
In helping others to accept Jesus instead of facing a most tragic eternity.
Explaining God’s plan of salvation as He puts them within my reach,
Wherever I may be, either high on a mountain or down on a sandy beach.

The bible tells me that the harvest is ready however the laborers are few,
Then this is my signal that there is plenty of work out there for me to do.
Be ready to witness to others at any time wherever God may see fit to lead,
And then to keep each one in my prayers daily that has a spiritual need.

Now when God opens those doors of opportunity I intend to walk on through,
To be very faithful in witnessing for Him as I know He created me to do.
For there was a time someone else had an opportunity performing it well,
Whenever they witnessed to me leading me away from the gates of hell.