Archive for March, 2013

Power of the cross is what makes today a day to celebrate Christ, and God’s love for every one of us.

Christ is alive, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!

Easter Sunday, today, is one of the happiest in the Christian calendar. Why? Because today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. So let’s celebrate today by rejoicing in God’s love for each one of us.

God gave His son for us, so in return let’s celebrate this Easter by give our all to God.

What does Easter mean to you?

For me Easter is all about sacrifice, the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us on the cross when he bled and died, just so we can all be forgiven of our sins. I find it almost impossible to truly understand the pain and agony Jesus suffered when he was crucified.

Can you imagine how God felt, giving up his one and only son, just so the world could be forgiven of every sin?

Personally I struggle to comprehend how God must have felt, but I am forever in God’s debt because He did allow Christ to die on the cross.

As with every Easter, I feel so inadequate and so unworthy of God’s love. However I am  also so thankful that God does love me unconditionally, and He is always by my side, guiding me and supporting me through each minute of every day, and challenge and problem life throws in my direction.

So if Easter has only ever been about two days off school or work and Easter eggs, I pray this Easter I have given you some food for thought about what Easter is really all about…

Easter is all about “The Cross” and the sacrifice God gave for you and for me.

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all
Lord, make Calvary real to me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.
Open mine eyes to see victory in Christ for me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.

Today is Good Friday. A day when Christians around the world remember the day when Christ was crucified on a cross, at Calvary.

Now doesn’t that sound a bit odd, people remembering, and celebrating the death of another? It would if it wasn’t for the significance of the person who was crucified. Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to earth to live amongst us and teach us how to love one another, was that person. Because Christ died on a cross we have been forgiven of our sins. In other words,

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:15-17)

So today is all about the cross, the blood, forgiveness and The Christ!

One of my favourite Easter songs is Written in Red. Please listen to the following audio of Olwyn Mathie singing this beautiful song which has such power and emotional words:

Here are five things you probably didn’t know or never really thought about:Love

  1. At least five people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
  2. If not for you, someone may not be living.
  3. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.
  4.  A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
  5. You are special and unique.

I particularly like #5 as this reminds us of exactly how God considers us…special and unique, just the way He made us!

During my wandering through the internet over the last while, I’ve come across a lot of statements and quotes about relationships. So today I’d like to share with you some of those I particularly liked:

  1.  i-love-youIn life you’ll realize there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  2. Keep the people in your life who truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, enhance you, and make you happy.  If you have others in your life who do none of these things, let them go.
  3. Being alone does not mean you are lonely, and being lonely does not mean you are alone.
  4. Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you, but trusting them not to.
  5. You know you’ve found true love when you catch yourself falling in love with the same person over and over again.
  6. Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.
  7. Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.
  8. It’s not so much what you say that counts, it’s how you make people feel.
  9.  Falling in love is not a choice.  To stay in love is.
  10. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.  So let them go!

My personal favourites from the above list are #4 and #5. #5 in particular brings a smile to my face as I can personally say I’ve experienced this one!

attitudeI’m sure we have all either said or heard someone say, “They have a shocking attitude”.

Everyone’s attitude towards themselves, others and situations/events around them, is all determined by you, and no one else.

Some people are naturally positive all the time no matter what’s going on in their life, while others seem to constantly see the negative in everything.

God tells us though that our attitude to life is important and that positivity towards all life throws our way is the key.

Keep a good attitude no matter what is going on in your life ~ Colossians 3:12

If you hear the term Holy Week, what do you think of?

For those of you who don’t know what Holy Week is, here’s some details:

holy-week

The last week of Lent is known as Holy Week, and this is when Christians particularly, remember the last week of Jesus’ life – It is therefore the week which concludes with Good Friday. i.e. Easter Friday.

Easter is one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, and therefore many churches will hold various services during this week.

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter, and it is so-called because it celebrates Jesus arriving into Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the people there lay down their cloaks and mall branches in front of him to pave his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Psalm 118:26-29 (The Message)

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name — from God’s house we bless you!
God is God, he has bathed us in light.
Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar!
You’re my God, and I thank you.
O my God, I lift high your praise.
Thank God—he’s so good.
His love never quits!

OpportunityDo you ever feel like you never get any opportunities in life?

Well have a read at this

Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.

Have you not had any struggles or put in much effort or hard work?

I find that hard to believe. It is simply that you have not realised that what you were confronted with were opportunities, but simply saw them as inconveniences or problems you had to overcome.

Don’t be blinded into thinking all problems are inconveniences, but instead look for the opportunities and openings that these problems are presenting to you, and grab them with both hands.

volumeYou ever noticed how some people seem to use the same volume of voice regardless of whether they’re indoors or outdoors, or whether they are right beside you or at the other side of the room.

I don’t know about you but I find it very irritating when people talk very loudly all the time when there is no medical reason for them doing so.

When your trying to concentrate on something yourself but all you can hear is “the voice” talking to someone else, it makes it very difficult to stay focused and anything done properly.

So if there’s one thing I wish God has had fitted to us all, it’s a volume control that you couldn’t use yourself, but others could!

Do you ever think there’s nowhere for you or that no one wants or needs you? I have, a lot!

But there is a place for each of us in this world, and we are all needed by someone.

God put each one of us on this earth for a reason. God as a plan for each of us.

Therefore, we must put our trust in God to direct and guide us through life, even when it seems we’re not needed by anyone. God needs us and if we put our trust in Him, He will help us achieve all He knows we can achieve.

So find your somewhere by putting your full trust in God because He need you.