Archive for October, 2012

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of each month this year, I’ve given you an update on how I’m doing. So here’s my latest update for October…

  • Eat healthier
    • An improvement this month on the last couple of months, as not only have I’ve done reasonably ok with this one when I’ve been working, but also done not too badly the rest of the time too!
    • Been drinking a lot of water at work, but haven’t managed to eat quite as much fruit in the last month.
    • For some of this month I was still going to the hospital to visit Dad, so had to have a few quick/ready meals for dinner as I was so tired by the time I got home from the hospital.
    • Fortunately Dad’s now out of hospital so for the last couple of weeks my eating has been much healthier at home!
  • Lose some weight
    • Small loss this month for the first time in a couple of months – it was only a pound, but at least I’m back to losing some weight again!
    • Hopefully now I don’t have hospital visiting to do every day, I can get back on track with my healthy eating both at work and at home.
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Yet more excuses this month I’m afraid!
    • I’m still  struggling to find the time and energy to sit down and spend any quality time reading my bible.
    • I’ve said this for the last few months, but maybe next month I’ll manage it!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • My pain levels have continued to be quite high this month, but I’m still just trying to get on with things as best I can.
    • Again I feel as though I’m making excuses, but I’m simply just saying how things are because of 12 weeks of hospital visiting I was doing while Dad was in hospital, and although he’s now out of hospital it’s taking me a while to try to get some energy back, soit’s hardly surprising my pain levels have remained high.
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Not managed this yet as there’s been too many more important things to deal with in my life in this last month again.
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • A repeat of last few months again as I managed to spend some quiet time with God, however still spending much of it crying.
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Continuing to make no progress with this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Still failing miserably at this one due to all the things going on in my life just now.
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Still finding this incredibly difficult!
    • I keep telling myself I must not get impatient with others, but when it comes to it, I fail miserably…much more praying for patience is required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Still doing ok with this most of the time, but ye, I do still have my moments!

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s stalled a bit in the last few months, but overall, given recent circumstances, I’m reasonably happy with my progress even though I could do so much better!

There’s still plenty of months to go in 2012, so I’ve still got time to achieve them all before the end of this year!

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

Thomas A. Edison once said…

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

I’m sure we can all think of times when we’ve struggled with something, and have considered giving up because it’s either seemed impossible to achieve, or too difficult or time-consuming to achieve. But did you give up?

It’s often when we feel we can’t go on any more and we consider giving-up, that by just persevering for a little longer, we succeed!

Life can be a bit like that…when life is tough and we feel we can’t go on, if we just persevere for a little longer life take a turn for the better. Why is that? Well for those of us who are Christians, I believe it’s because God only let’s us endure as much as He knows we can cope with, and therefore when we’re struggling, He ensures that just before we can’t take any more, our struggles decrease.

So whether your almost within reach of your goals and success, or are your lowest and struggling to see a future, trust God to be with you and help you through your struggles.

Are you one of those people who gets nervous during uncomfortable silences?

Or are you one of those people who tells everyone around you everything you’re doing or have done?

Silence isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it give others the chance to evaluate and consider what is being said or done. This is reflected in a quote I read recently from Henry J. Kaiser:

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt!

When we’re good at what we do, it shouldn’t always be necessary for us to back up our actions with words, so be careful you don’t distract others from your good work by interrupting and talking constantly.

I’ve said many times before in my blog that life can be so tough at times. I make no apology for repeating myself again today, as I feel it’s very important to remind ourselves frequently that it’s ok to find life tough.

Tough times never last. Tough people do ~ Robert H. Schuller

It’s true you know, although sometimes it may feel as though the tough times are unending, things will get better. Tough times call for tough people, and so as the above saying states, tough people do survive tough times…but let me put it another way for you…

It’s not tough people who survive tough times, it’s the people who have put their full trust in God to help them through tough times.

So I’d urge you if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Saviour, give your heart to Him today, because when tough times hit, He has promised to be there for you, and will help you survive those tough days.

I’ve been deeply shocked and saddened by the pedophilia allegations against former TV presenter, Jimmy Savile, that have hit the media in the UK in the last few weeks. I must admit when I was younger while I loved the TV programme Jim’ll Fix It, I always found Jimmy Savile a bit creepy though I was never sure why – maybe that’s just my memory playing tricks on me now, but I honestly didn’t feel comfortable watching him…

I’m not going to get into a discussion about whether these allegations against Jimmy Savile are true or not, I’ll leave that to the police, but what I do want to take about today is abuse…

Abuse of anyone in any way is wrong.

Abuse by anyone in any way is wrong.

It doesn’t matter whether the abuse is physically, sexual or emotional, they are all equally immoral and wrong in my eyes. Whether the abuser knows the person they are abusing or not, doesn’t make it any more or less abhorrent.

To those of you to have suffered abuse in the past or are currently suffering abuse, I’d urge you please, to tell the police, or tell someone you trust implicitly, as together we can put an end to abuse.

Please don’t let the abusers can get away with hurting innocent adults and children, report them, report them now!

Let’s put an end to abuse today!

How many times have you found yourself saying, or heard someone else saying, “It just seems to be nothing but one problem after another”?

And how many times have your or someone else responded by saying, “They’re not problems, just challenges”?

To be honest I’ve never really liked that statement, “They’re not problems, just challenges“. I’m not entirely sure what it is about that statement that I’ve never really liked, but I do know that there are times in everyone’s life when some things are definitely problems and not challenges!

As far as I’m concerned, some problems can be challenging, but not every challenge is a problem! I hope that makes some kind of sense to you!

Whether you prefer the word “challenge” to “problem“, try not to be problem minded…be solution minded. After all if we go looking for solutions we usually find them, so surely the same can be said of problems…if we go looking for problems, we will find them!

Yesterday in Change Your Plans I spoke about how when we give our lives fully to God we must be willing to change our plans for our life. Today I want to clarify this as it may have sounded as though God is inflexible and will only accept us if we completely change our lives…that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Yes, God may require us to change our plans for our life because they may not be fitting for a Christian, however wherever you are on your Christian journey, God has a plan for you. i.e. God will meet you where you are, and He has a plan just for you.

So wherever we are in our Christian journey – taking our first tentative steps or life-long Christian taking our final breath, God still has a plan for us.

You may think that God cannot possibly have any explicit tasks for you, but He has.

You may not think that you can achieve anything God wants you to do, but you can.

All these things you can do because God loves you unconditionally, and He will help you in every situation you find yourself in – So trust God’s plans for you!

We all plan our lives, some of us, just a day at a time, others months or even years in advance. However is there really any point in us planning our lives in advance?

The answer to that is, if we have accepted God as our Saviour and friend, no, because we believe that God has planned out every detail of our lives long before we were born. Therefore, if our lives are truly in God’s hands, our plans are God’s plan for our life.

If you haven’t already given your life to God, I’d urge you to do so today, because He can change your life, and he will change your heart. In return all He asks is that you are willing to change your plans to His plans.

God may not be pleased with all your behaviours, but He is pleased and delighted with YOU! (Psalm 18:19)

Yes, we all fail God on many occasions simply because we are human, and do not put our full trust in God, but that doesn’t stop God loving us because of it. God loves us and delights in each and every one of us, because He made us.

We are all individuals, but that’s because God made each one of us. Therefore keep delighting God by continuing to do His will and seeking His help to be the best we can be. Let’s please God in all we do!

It’s all well and good, preaching God‘s message to others but preaching at people just isn’t enough to convince some of God’s love for them.

So how do we convince them?

We’ve got to BE God’s message!

But how do we be God’s message?

We pray to God and trust Him, to help us live the kind of life He wants us to live.

So when we see people hurting, people who have no desire to trust us or indeed trust God, don’t preach at them, be God’s message to them by showing them God’s message in action!