Archive for June, 2013

The Christ of Calvary,
The dearest name to me,
Is the matchless name of Jesus,
The Christ of Calvary

 

Is Jesus the dearest name to you?

Jesus gave His life for me and for you. He paid the ransom for our lives, just so all our sins could be forgiven.

Let Jesus be part of your life; Let Him be at the centre of all you do; Live your life for Him.

StruggleFollowing on from my blog post on Wednesday night, Struggling Through Each Day, and last night post Another Daily Struggle, I came across the following Tweet and thought it made the struggles we face to get through each day, far more positive than I managed on Wednesday!

Sometimes all you need is the strength to make it from today’s miracle to tomorrow’s miracle. That is called living in the Lord.

Yes, each day may still be a struggle, but remember it’s the miracle of God’s love for us that actually helps us to get through today and be up for whatever challenges lie in store for us tomorrow.

Trust God each day, because He will provide what you need in your struggle through life.

On Wednesday in Struggling Through Each Day, I talked about the emotional struggles facing me to get through each day. Today it’s about other reasons that make it difficult to get through each day, and that is physical pain.

StruggleAs many of you will know I’ve had some serious health issues over the last ten years. Despite several operations and numerous hospital visits and countless test, I’m still experiencing pain on a regular basis, and it’s often quite severe.

For me, I find my emotional state often ties quite closely to my physical well-being, as days when I’m experiencing sever pain, are more often than not the days that I struggle most emotionally too.

Please don’t think I’m sharing this with you all looking for sympathy, as that is definitely not the case. Just like days when I’m struggling emotionally when I put on my “public face” to try to hide my emotional struggles, I do exactly the same when it comes to “hiding” just how much physical pain I’m in as I’m not the kind of person who likes lots of attention.

People can have emotional struggles for many reasons, some difficult to explain, others with very obvious triggers.

Whatever the reason for your struggle, try not to be annoyed or upset by what others may think of you, as your struggles with emotional and/or physical pain is very real to you, and that is what’s important.

In Relationships #1#2 and  #3 I indicated that during my wanderings through the internet, I’d come across a lot of statements and quotes about relationships. So it time to share some more of my favourites:

  1. A silent hug means a thousand words to the unhappy heart.i-love-you
  2.  Some relationships are like glass.  It’s better to leave it broken, than to hurt yourself more by trying to put it back together.
  3. Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
  4. Give, but don’t allow yourself to be used. Listen to others, but don’t lose your own voice.
  5. As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.
  6. No relationship is a waste of time.  The wrong ones teach you the lessons that prepare you for the right ones.
  7. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Be everything to someone.
  8. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  9. Be the friend that you want to have.
  10. Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right.  We do not always need an intelligent mind that speaks, just a patient heart that listens.

My personal favourites are #7 and #9 – #7 just because it is so special to have someone there for you, just when you need it most, and #9 because I think that’s an excellent reminder to us that if we wouldn’t be friends with ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to want to be friends with us?!

So be someone’s everything by being the kind of friend to them that you yourself would love to have.

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

StruggleYep, I know what she means!

I’ve been finding these last few weeks and months increasingly difficult, and yes, each day is a challenge – A challenge to get through and a challenge to keep myself well occupied all day so I don’t have too long to dwell on some of the events that are affecting me and my family.

Don’t get me wrong, every day I try my best to “put on my public face” and face another day, and many days I manage this with no problem at all. I’m actually quite sure that the majority of those I encounter during my day, they are completely unaware of my struggle, just to get through each day…but if I’m honest, that’s how I like it. I’m not the kind of person who likes lots of attention, nor am I the kind of person who doesn’t mind showing my emotions in public…in fact this is one of my worst nightmares!

I’m being open about this today, as I know I am certainly not alone in feeling like this. We all have things that bring us down: bereavement, illness, unemployment, financial concerns etc etc. So today my message is simply to say, it’s ok to find each day a struggle, because it happens to us all sometimes!

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

When we are struggling and everything and everyone seems to be against us, stand firm in God’s love, because He is with you. Always be assured of His love because He is the guardian of your soul.

Yesterday in Promises, I talked about how there is one promise I have made in my life that I know if I keep this one, I will be able to achieve so much more in my life – My promise to serve God all my days.

In order to live our lives for God, we must entrust our whole lives to God. i.e. Let Him be the guardian of our soul.

gods-love3I worship you, God’s only Son,
Who took my sins to the cross
So I could be completely free
To follow where you lead.
Lord you wounds are now my healing,
And I am wholly yours.
You know my name and where I’m going,
Guardian of my soul.
 
I’ll follow you, God’s only Son,
Along the road to the cross,
No other place can I find grace,
Unfathomed and unflawed.
And as I reach the hill of Calvary
And see your open arms,
I’ll know my name and where I’m going,
Guardian of my soul
 

junior_soldiers_promiseI’ve spent a lot of time in these last few weeks and months thinking about my Dad and my Aunt Mae, both of whom passed away earlier this year. One of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot in relation to both of them is promises – Promises made by both of them either publicly or privately.

Dad of course promised to always look after me and care for me particularly as I was growing up, however latterly our roles were reversed, as it was Dad who needed to be looked after.

As for Aunt Mae, it’s the public promise she made many years ago, to serve God for all her life, that I’m thinking about. In the last few years of Aunt Mae’s life, her illness meant she was unable to attend the Salvation Army meetings anymore, however whenever we visited her, she always talked about the Army…albeit the Army she was talking about and asking about, was the Army of a few decades ago rather than our 21st century Army.

As far as Dad’s promise to look after me is concerned, he certainly did that, and, as far as I’m concerned, did that very well. And Aunt Mae’s always did her best to serve God all her life, particularly in her younger, more active days when she held various local officer positions at our home corps of Rutherglen Salvation Army.

I just hope that as I live my life, the promises I’ve made already, and any I make in the future, that I can be as successful in keeping my promises as both Dad and Aunt Mae have done. I believe I will only be able to succeed with this, if I keep the promise I made when firstly when I was 7 and then again when I was 18 years old, the promise Aunt Mae also made…to serve God all my days.

Maybe that is why in these last few weeks, as our band (Bellshill Salvation Army Band) has played the piece Guardian of My Soul, I’ve been so emotional – the second song featured in this piece is O Jesus I Have Promised to the tune of Aurelia:

O Jesus I have promised
To serve thee to the end,
Be thou for ever near me,
My Master and my friend.
I shall not fear the battle
If thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway,
If thou wilt be my guide.
 
O let me feel thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the lights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear.
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw thou nearer
And shield my soul from sin.
 
O let me hear thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will.
O speak to reassure me,
To chasten or control;
O speak to make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.
 
O Jesus thou hast promised
To all who follow thee,
That where thou art in Glory,
There shall thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my friend.
John Ernest Bode

 

Over the last while I’ve asked you a couple of times whether you had ever noticed how there are some things which happen in films which never ever happen in real life – today it’s time for some more examples!

top15moviesHere’s a few examples which show what I’m saying:

  1. When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. I’ll always be the exact fare.
  2. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.
  3. You always wake up with every hair in place. i.e. No “bed-head”!
  4. Plain girls can become movie stars simply by removing their glasses and letting their hair down.
  5. Many musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.
  6. It’s not necessary to say “Hello” or “Goodbye” when beginning a telephone conversation.
  7. A disconnected telephone call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying “Hello? Hello?” repeatedly.
  8. You will survive any battle in any war unless you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
  9. All single women have a cat!
  10. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.

Any of these sound familiar?

Obviously these are complete generalisations because not every film follows the above rules, but I’m sure you’ll agree, you can think of a lot which do!

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world ~ Desmond Tutu

We can often think that we cannot do much to help others, however it’s been shown many times, that it’s often the some things that we do that have the biggest impact, not the big actions.

Therefore, never think that you cannot make a difference in some else’s life, because you can! Sometimes just saying “Hello” to someone, or asking how they are, may be all that’s needed to make someone realise someone cares about them.

small things