Archive for February, 2011

So we’re now almost at the end of the last day in February of 2011, so how’s 2011 been for you so far?

Personally, this year’s not been the best so far for various reasons (some of which I’ve talked about in other blog posts this year). Here’s just a few things that have made this year disappointing so far:

  • I’ve not been at work yet this year, beacuse I’ve been off sick
  • Worries about the health of various members of my family
  • Concern for a relative who is now in care

Added to this, February is always a particularly difficult month for hubby as, both his mum and his sister died on February – his sister died 19 years ago and his mum 8 years ago. In addition, both their birthday’s would have been in February.

Just to make this February even worse, one of my uncle’s died and Mum, Dad, hubby and I weren’t well enough to travel to Ipswich for the funeral. I was also shocked and deeply saddened by the murder of 19 year old Reamonn Gormley in Blantyre at the beginning of February, particularly as he was the nephew of my manager at work.

So as you can see even from this very brief overview of my year so far, I’ve not had the best of years.

Whatever this year has held for you so far, I pray that we may all find the coming months ones full of happiness and joy, or if that is not God‘s plan for us, that we will rely on God for all we need in times of difficultly and stress.

Bring on the rest of 2011!

Please watch this video of Michael W. Smith‘s song I’m Waiting For You:

God is waiting for you to “yes” to Him.

Say “yes” to God today and you will never ever be alone again. He will show you the way forward and will lead you through your journey called life.

Say “yes” to God today.

I’m Waiting For You

I walked this road
So very long ago
To show the way
So you would know
I walked the road
With holes in my hands in feet
To make the way
Come follow me

No, you are not alone
You will be free indeed
The journey begins and ends
With me
One million miles
It starts with a step or two
What are you waiting for?
I’m waiting for you

You run the race
Thinking you’ve almost won
Then you may find
You’ve only begun

You’re on the road
Thinking you’re far from here
And suddenly find
You’re very near

No, you are not alone
You will be free indeed
The journey begins and ends
With me
One million miles
It starts with a step or two
What are you waiting for?
I’m waiting for you

I am free to run
I am free to dance
I am free to live for You
I am free
Yes, I am free

Are you?

We in this country are free to worship God as our Lord and Saviour, however even these days, there are still areas of the world, where people are persecuted because of their faith and their beliefs.

Make the most of the freedom we have by living your life for God. Pray to Him, listen to Him and do His will and be set free!

Today I want to talk about another piece of music I listed in Music to Touch Our Hearts which always pull at my heart-strings. Today the music I want to tell you about is Leona LewisFootprints In The Sand.

This song has come to mean so much to me over the last few years, having originally been one I really liked, but then taking on new meaning for me during a difficult time in my life.

Let me explain – Having been unwell for a few years with no diagnosis of what was causing me to feel so poorly, things at work weren’t going the way I would have hoped, and some other family concerns and worries were all causing me to struggle to cope with what life had thrown my way at that time. Then one Sunday, an angel found me – Someone I’d known for a while, but had never been very close with, came to me and reached out to me in friendship and support.

Wow! What an emotional day that was, I was at my lowest point at that time, however I truly believe God sent that person to me, to be my friend and support over the coming weeks/months as I struggled to get through each day.

I know you’re wondering how this fits in with Footprints In The Sand, but I’m getting there, honestly! That evening after my friend first reached out to help me, she sent me a text, here’s what it said:

Footprints in the sand
Whenever you need someone
Turn around
I’ll always be there for you

When I received that text, I must admit I totally fell apart – Thankfully I was in the “safety” of my own home by then. I knew then that friendship was going to be one I would cherish forever.

Not long after that I Leona Lewis released this song and it brought all the emotions and feel of that day back to me again. Now every time I hear this song it reminds me of that wonderful friendship which started on the day I mentioned above. Not only that though, it also reminds me that no matter what I might face in life, the struggles and the worries, I am never alone – Not only do I have friends who will always be there for me, but God is always there for me.

Footprints In The Sand

You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going

You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much unknown
Along the way

Then I heard you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
And I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand

I see my life
Flash across the sky
So many times I’ve lied
And been so afraid

And just when I
I thought I’d lost my way
You gave me strength to carry on

That’s when I heard you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
Oh, I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand
When I’m weary
Well I know you’ll be there
And I can feel you
When you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is full of sadness and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand

When your is full of sadness and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
I promise you
I’m always there
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand

God gives us people to love and things to use, not things to love and people to use.

Sometimes I think we get so caught up in life that we forget that people are the most important things around us, not objects and things.

Make sure you love your family, friends and people you meet, but most importantly tell them you love them, and tell them regularly.

Objects and things around us are there for us to use in our life, to help make the most of our environment and our life…but not to love them. People are there to be loved, objects are there to be used, sometimes to help us show our love for others, but definitely not to be loved in their own right.

Today has been a good day all round, firstly I’ve been feeling reasonably ok today for the first time in a number of weeks. Hubby was doing a little bit of work from home today and then we were able to spend the day together without either one of us having to rush off somewhere else.

Finally the other reason for today being such a great day is that following on from yesterday’s blog post Making It All Worthwhile, I have received some further feedback from Dan Jones from Wrexham Salvation Army, who I asked you all to pray for yesterday. I am pleased to tell you Dan has been in touch again (see comments logged against the blog post Making It All Worthwhile), to thank us all for our prayers for him, and to inform me that he feels his relationship with God even stronger now. So much so that he has decided to become a Salvation Army Officer (a minister in the Salvation Army).

I am truly thankful for the support and prayers you have all offered both for Dan and also over the weeks and months for myself – Days like today just seem to make everything so worthwhile.

Please join me today in prayer for Dan and his future service to God. It will be a difficult but rewarding job for him, so please continue to keep dan in your prayers. Thank you.

What a wonderful day!  What a great God we serve.

More Than Wonderful

He promised us that He would be a counselor
A Mighty God and the Prince of Peace
He promised us that He would be a Father
And that He would love us with a love that would not cease.
 
Well, I tried Him and I found His promises are true
He’s everything He said that He would be.
The finest words I know could not begin to tell
Just what Jesus really means to me.
 
For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams.
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, that’s what Jesus is to me.
 
I stand amazed when I think that the King of glory
Should come to dwell within the heart of man
I marvel just to know He really loves me
When I think of who He is, and who I am.
 
For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams.
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous,
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, that’s what Jesus is to me.

I try to blog every day, most days about my faith and about living life for God, however I like to let you all know a little bit more about me by sometimes writing about other things as I think it’s important you know a little bit more about the life and the person who is The Distinct Dot.

Writing a blog every day can sometimes feel like a chore, other times it’s my way to release some of my emotions, but most of the time I do it because I believe God wants and needs me to blog. I first started blogging because I believed this was what God wanted me to do. i.e. This was how God wanted to use me to spread His message, and to this day, I still believe that to be the case.

As I said earlier though, it can sometimes feel like a chore to blog every day, especially during times when I’m dealing with my own struggles of life, or I get no feedback about any of my blog posts for days/weeks, it can make me question whether it’s worthwhile actually blogging.

Today though, I received a comment about one of my blog posts, that reminded why I blog and made writing all these blog posts worthwhile. The blog post in question was Musical Emotions – Part 1, and the comment was from a guy called Dan Jones from Wrexham Salvation Army who having read this blog post, said he’d been challenged to strengthen his relationship with God. He asked that I pray for him, and I would ask you all to do the same after reading my blog post Musical Emotions – Part 1 again and then reading Dan’s comments – I’m sure Dan would appreciate your prayers.

Whether this is the first day you’ve read my blog or you’ve read many of my posts, I thank you for doing so, as without you blogging would not be worthwhile. Thank you.

What Time Is It?

Posted: February 21, 2011 in life, love, music, religion
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It’s time for God!

But doesn’t that depend what time of day it is or even what day it is?

No it doesn’t! – God is ready and waiting for you to make time for Him at any time on any day.

So you’ve decided to make time for God, but what do you do now?

You pray, you read the bible and most importantly you listen to God talking to you. God will direct you in all you do, and will help you through times of trouble and disappointment.

Don’t ignore God today, make time for God today and every day.

The Time Is Now by Twila Paris

We close our eyes and wonder how much longer
The earth can hold the tears of all its children
We wonder what became of Eden
While we live in the garden we have grown
But there will be hope when we finally understand
We were never meant to make it on our own

The time is now
To hear the call
From the Father of creation
Comes an answer for us all
The time is here
The time for you
If you seek, then you will find Him
And the moment that you do
Seal your heart with a sacred vow
The time is now

We look ahead and try to face the future
But find we have no heart for this tomorrow
There is a vision that is brighter
And if we will believe, it’s not too late
For every decision becomes a destination
And today we face a choice that cannot wait

The time is now
To hear the call
From the Father of creation
Comes an answer for us all
The time is here
The time for you
If you seek, then you will find Him
And the moment that you do
Seal your heart with a sacred vow

Now is the time and today is the day
Now is the time and we cannot delay
This is the moment and this is the place
For the mercy, the power, the love, and the grace

The time is now
To hear the call
From the Father of creation
Comes an answer for us all
The time is here
The time for you
If you seek, then you will find Him
And the moment that you do
Seal your heart with a sacred vow
The time is now
The time is now

Now is the time and today is the day
Now is the time and we cannot delay
Now is the time….

Today I want to carry on with my series about the music that touches my heart. In Music to Touch Our Hearts I listed a number of pieces of music which always pull at my heart-strings, and number eight in my list was the beautiful song Written In Red.

This will not be the first blog post in which I’ve talked about being emotional because of the song Written In Red – You can read my previous blog post about this song in An Emotional Day.

Please enjoy listening to my friend Olwyn Mathie singing Written In Red (it is included in the album The Call of the Righteous by Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army):

Written in Red

In letters of crimson, God wrote His love
On the hillside so long, long ago;
For you and for me Jesus died,
And love’s greatest story was told.

I love you, I love you
That’s what Calvary said;
I love you, I love you,
I love you, written in red.

Down through the ages, God wrote His love
With the same hands that suffered and bled;
Giving all that he had to give,
A message so easily read.

I love you, I love you,
That’s what Calvary said;
I love you, I love you,
I love you.

Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

I love you, I love you
That’s what Calvary said;
I love you, I love you,
I love you, written in Red.

So what is it about this song that gets to me? Well whenever I doubt whether God loves me or not, this song is all I need to give me a real reminder that God loves me today and every day all because of what He sacrificed all those years ago at Calvary.

Jesus suffered so much pain and agony on the cross, so how could I ever doubt His love for me!

If ever you need reminding of just how much God loves you, listen to this song again – I’d suggest closing your eyes and imagining just how Jesus felt – Doing that is what makes me get all emotional.

…an architect!
 
Surprised? Well it shouldn’t really be a great surprise as I was always very artistic when I was younger, ad you’d often find me sketching this or that when I had a few free minutes. And as for my schoolbooks etc, well they always ended up covered in doodles!

I loved drawing, I loved being creative. In a way that does link in with what I’ve ended up doing for a living, designing/developing/managing computer systems (applications).

So architecture was my plan, but how did I end up doing a degree in Computer Science and end up working in IT? Well to be honest I’m not quite sure! When I was at school (both primary and secondary) there were no computers in my schools, they were only just beginning to become “home computers”!

Sinclair ZX81

Yeah I know, I’m old, and putting this down in writing just makes me feel even older!

Although we had no computers at school, I was very interested in them and the possibilities they presented for the future. So yes, I did own a Sinclair ZX81 and then a Commodore 64! I was that geek!

So computing was becoming the “in” thing to do when I was at secondary school, so I think that plus my general interest in what computers could potentially do for us, lead me toward a career in computing.

I left school with the required qualifications to be able to do a degree in Computer Science, so I did that and so the rest, as they say is history.

Sometimes I do wish I’d pursued a career in architecture as I still think I could have done that, been good at it and enjoyed it, however I’m still happy to have got my computing degree and to still be working in IT. Like everyone I still have days when I wish I had a different job, but in the whole I’m still happy to be an IT professional!