Archive for November, 2010

heavy snow + overnight = unable to get to work!

…but I did work from home instead so it didn’t end up being a day off.

So for the first time ever in all my working days, I was unable to get to work due to the severe weather here.

Hubby and me decided to go to work in the one car today so that we would at least be together if there were any problems (our offices are quite close to each other so it’s quite easy for us to travel together).

So at about 8am after digging out the car (a good few inches had fallen overnight), we slowly made our way out of our estate to the main road. When we got to the main road we were confronted with solid traffic in both directions going virtually nowhere! Eventually we joined the queue of traffic on what felt like a skating rink underneath…very scary. So after about 40 mins of going about 30 yards we decided this was pointless, at least for the time being, so when we finally reached the first turn off, we turned and drove the few yards back to our house.

I phoned my office at this point to find neither my boss nor any of my team mates were in yet, but left a message to say we were struggling to get in but would give it another go in a wee while.

So about 9.45am we headed out again…it was still snowing heavily at this point…only to be met by one of our neighbours who informed us that the traffic outside our estate was still going nowhere and it was like that for miles around us. So we got to the exit of our estate, confirmed the traffic was still gridlocked and turned and went home again.

I managed to get my boss at this point, it had taken her a long time, but she’d made it into work eventually. I explained to her what the situation was like here and agreed with her I would work from home today.

Hubby on the other hand was determined to try and get to work today, so about 11.30am once the gridlock outside our estate seemed to have cleared a bit, he headed off to work. He got to work over an hour later (it usually takes about 20-25 minutes!). He informed me that the both the weather and the roads were a lot worse in our area than they were around our work, so seems we made the right decision not to travel this morning.

It snowed very heavily much of the day thereafter, so I was happy I decided to stay put and work from home. Although hubby got away early because of the weather so he was home around 5pm.

So my first snow day when I’ve been working…I could get used to this!

For those who did have to travel to/from work/appointments today, I hope you had a safe journey and got to your destination…even if it did take you longer than anticipated.

Stay safe and warm this winter.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:6 (New Living Translation)

God cares about you and me more than anyone else does. So what should we do in return? We should tell God all our worries and all our problems, as He has promised to take care of us and help us through all our difficult times. He has promised to stay by our side during our darkest times as well as during our happiest time.

God cares about you, so let Him take all your cares away.

Yesterday in Animals. I spoke about those who abuse and are cruel to animals and/or people.

Today I’d like to continue thinking about the poor animals that are abused. What concerns me is that we see and hear of so many animals that have been abandoned or abused by their owners. This is not acceptable to any normal person.

So where am I going with this post? Well, we are bombarded these days with adverts on the TV from various charities encouraging us to adopt an animal that has been rescued or abandoned. Given this, why are there so many breeders around who make it their business to actually breed animals which they then charge extortionate amounts for people to buy.

Aren’t there enough animals in need of love and a home without actively breeding more animals to order? What’s your view?

Do you have any pets? a Cat or a dog, or both…or something else?

Pets can bring a lot of love and affection into your life as they tend to love us unconditionally. Sadly though, there are many people around who treat animals very badly, starving them, hitting and maltreating them, leaving them tied up or in a filthy room. As I’ve already said, animals tend to love us unconditionally, but people on the other hand, are expect or want something in return, or aren’t animals a little bit lower maintenance than humans?! Personally I think that if people are unable to treat animals with love and affection, how can we expect them to treat humans any better.

Unfortunately there are those who do not treat animals or humans in a manner that would be acceptable to most of us, so what should we do? If you suspect someone of mistreating someone or an animal, don’t just ignore it, take action, you could save someone’s live!

Treating people and animals unfairly is unacceptable, and those who do so need help….they need our help.

Earlier today I during a conversation with a friend they got talking about what they considered to be the proudest moment in their life – They considered that moment to be the birth of their first child. They talked about the joy and pleasure they felt when they first saw their son, and were informed that both his new son and his wife were both well.

What’s would you consider to be the proudest moment in your life?

For me, there are two occasions in my life that I would say I felt proudest. The first was when I graduated from university – I was so proud that I was able to well enough at university to pass all my exams and make both myself and my parents very happy, and proud.

The second however is probably my wedding day….no it’s not that I was proud of getting married, but that I was so proud that my Dad was able to walk me down the aisle and “give me away”, and also that he was able to give his “father of the bride” speech.

Why? Because just a couple of months after I got engaged, and six months before our wedding, my Dad suffered a serious illness which for a while left us wondering if he would even be able to make my wedding, let alone be able to give a speech. But God answered our many prayers during that time and allowed my Dad to be well enough to walk me down the aisle and give a speech.

I was so proud of him that day.

“Tomorrow morning,” the surgeon began, “I’ll open up your heart…”

“You’ll find Jesus there,” the boy interrupted..

The surgeon looked up, annoyed
“I’ll cut your heart open,” he continued,
“to see how much damage has been done…”

“but when you open up my heart, you’ll find Jesus in there,” said the boy.

The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly.

“When I see how much damage has been done, I’ll sew your heart and chest back up, and I’ll plan what to do next.”

“But you’ll fi nd Jesus in my heart. The Bible says He lives there. The hymns all say He lives there. You’ll find Him in my heart.”

The surgeon had had enough. “I’ll tell you what I’ll find in your heart. I’ll find damaged muscle, low blood supply, and weakened vessels. And I’ll find out if I can make you well.”

“You’ll find Jesus there too. He lives there.”

The surgeon left.

The surgeon sat in his office, recording his notes from the surgery,
“….damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration. No hope for transplant, no hope for cure.
Therapy: painkillers and bed rest.
Prognosis:Here he paused, “death within one year.”

He stopped the recorder, but there was more to be said. “Why?” he asked aloud.
“Why did You do this? You’ve put him here; You’ve put him in this pain; and You’ve cursed him to an early death. Why?”

The Lord answered and said, “The boy, my lamb, was not meant for your flock for long, for he is a part of My flock, and will forever be. Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain, and will be comforted as you cannot imagine.

His parents will one day join him here, and they will know peace, and my flock will continue to grow..”

The surgeon’s tears were hot, but his anger was hotter. “You created that boy, and You created that heart. He’ll be dead in months. Why?”

The Lord answered, “The boy, My lamb, shall return to My flock, for He has done his duty: I did not put My lamb with your flock to lose him, but to retrieve another lost lamb.”

The surgeon wept…

The surgeon sat beside the boy’s bed; the boy’s parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, “Did you cut open my heart?”

“Yes,” said the surgeon.

“What did you find?” asked the boy.

“I found Jesus there,” said the surgeon.

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Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. (Philippians 4:13 – The Message)

Still
Words and Music by Reuben Morgan

Hide me now
Under your wings
Cover me
within your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know his power
In quietness and trust

 

This song reminds us that no matter what we face in life, God will help us rise above it all and get through it all with Hid help and guidance. God is the one and only person who we can trust to be with us through thick and thin.

Trust God today. Trust God everyday. Trust God for everything.

Sydney Staff Songsters sing the song Still:

In yesterday’s post (Hurting Christians) I asked you to consider how you treat other Christians when they are hurting or struggling with life. As I said in that post, it’s during times like these that Christians need the love and support of their fellow Christians.

Praying for someone is one of the most powerful things we can do for another human being, but is it possible this is not enough when it comes to helping or supporting a hurting Christian?

Personally I believe that prayer does, and can continue to make huge difference in people’s lives. However I also believe that when there has been deep hurt or suffering, one simple prayer asking for that person to be healed is not enough – Saying a prayer doesn’t take away the person’s memory of the hurt and emotional stress they have felt.

So how can we as Christians help others through the pain and hurt they have suffered? We can continue to pray for them. i.e. Don’t just say a prayer one day and expect the person you prayed for to be fine immediately after this; It takes time for emotional hurt and pain to heal, just as it takes time for physical wounds and scars to heal. 

It can be frustrating and demoralising I know, when it seems your prayers are not being answered, but be patient, God will help your fellow Christians through their hurt and suffering.

Spread some Christian love today. Reach out and show some love to someone who is hurting…it could well mean the world to them!

If We’ve Ever Needed You by Casting Crowns

Hear our cry, Lord, we pray
Our faces down, our hands are raised
You called us out, we turned away
We’ve turned away

With shipwrecked faith the idols rise
We do what is right in our own eyes
Our children now will pay the price
We need Your light, Lord, shine Your light

If we’ve ever needed You
Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now
We are desperate for Your hand
We’re reaching out, we’re reaching out

All our hearts, all our strength
With all our minds, we’re at Your feet
May Your kingdom come in our hearts and lives
Let Your church arise, let Your church arise

If we’ve ever needed You
Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now
We are desperate for Your hand
We’re reaching out, we’re reaching out
We’re reaching out

If we’ve ever needed You
Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now
We are desperate for Your hand
We’re reaching out, we’re reaching out

If we’ve ever needed You
Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now
We are desperate for Your hand
We’re reaching out, reaching out

We need You now
Revive us now
We need You now

Yesterday in It’s Easy, I spoke about how we all face struggles in our life, and how as a Christian we continue to rely on God to help us through those tough times.

Today though, I want you to consider how you treat other Christians when they are hurting and struggling with life.

Ask yourself what would Jesus do in this situation – Would He turn His back on them or would He hold out His arms and lovingly embrace them?

When a Christian is hurting, that’s the time when they are most in need of the love and support of their fellow Christians. But sadly, it’s often at these times when many find that their fellow Christians desert them, or are cold and distant towards them. I know of someone recently who when they were ill for a number of months, they found it was those they had worshipped with and prayed with for many years were in fact the first to turn their back on them.

Unfortunately, I this is just one of number of stories I know of where this has happened – What has your experience been?

Hurting Christinas, are people who need the love and support of their fellow Christians just like any other person. We must pray forone another during times of hardship and suffering. But praying for someone in these circumstances isn’t enough, we must show them Christian love too. I know from my own experience that sometimes when I’m hurting and life is overwhelming me, what I really need is someone just to give me a hug and that reassurance that all will be well.

Spread some Christian love today. Reach out and show some love to someone who is hurting…it could well mean the world to them!

I Need Love by Sonicflood 

You know who I am inside
You know when I lie
You can tell when I’m amazed
You can see my faith
You know when I don’t believe
You know when I’m free
You can tell when I need love
You know I’m in need

Love, I need love
You are love
I need You
Love, You are love
I need love
I need You

You know of my deepest fear
You know when I’m scared
You can read my empty page
You can feel my rage
You’re aware of when I dream
You see when I bleed
You can tell when I need love
You know I’m in need

I know we need You, Father
Much more than any other
Your love brings us together
We need You, we need You

Love, we need love
You are love
We need You
Love, You are love
We need love
We need You I need You.

You know who I am inside…

I’ve come across people who having found out I’m a Christian, have made comments such as, “it’s alright for you, your life is easy” or “you don’t have to face the same pain and struggles we have to”.

Why is it that non-Christians sometimes seem to belive that Christians have an easy life, that Christians don’t face the same pain and struggles everyone else does. How wrong this is!

Christians are just like every other person, we have suffer pain and grief, we struggle with what life throws our way, we laugh and we cry just like everyone else.

The one thing that does make us Christians “different” is that when we suffer pain or are struggling, we continue to rely on God to be our strength. We believe God is always with us, and is always guiding us through this journey we call life.

God can make it that little bit easier to face all life throws your way, so put your trust in Him today.