Archive for November, 2013

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Cold weather or wet weather
  2. New York or Las Vegas
  3. Silver jewellery or gold jewellery
  4. Burger or pizza
  5. Midsomer Murders or Dalziel and Pascoe
  6. Sony or Samsung
  7. Debenhams or John Lewis
  8. Jumper or cardigan
  9. Snooker or pool
  10. Sweet or savoury

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Cold weather
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Gold jewellery
  4. Pizza
  5. Midsomer Murders
  6. Samsung
  7. John Lewis
  8. Jumper
  9. Snooker
  10. Sweet

God loves showing up in unexpected ways at unexpected times ~ Mark Batterson

We’ve all heard it said many times before that God does everything in His own times rather than in our time. You may in fact be fed up hearing those words, however I’d urge you today not to be, as while you may be feeling fed up waiting for God to answer our prayers, He will answer them, and as the above quote says, He will take great joy in answering our prayers.

God loves helping us, and He loves helping us in ways we never imagined, so don’t give up on Him, because He will never give up on you.

God will always answer your prayers, so expect the unexpected.

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We hear a lot these days about change, and how everyone finds it difficult to change or even resents change, so isn’t just as well that God never changes!

For I am the Lord—I do not change ~ Malachi 3:6 (Living Bible)

So when the world around you is changing and you need to someone solid you can rely on who will never change, turn to God, because He will always be there for you.

I lay my all before you now.

As the above song says I’ve bowed before God and asked Him to forgive me of all my sins and use me in whatever way He needs me. Have you?

I don’t deserve God’s love, but yet He still loves me, and wants to help me to be a better person. Who else would do that?

So let’s say thanks to God for His love for us by serving Him always.

 

In Relationships #1#2, #3, #4 and #5, 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. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.i-love-you
  2. Don’t mess with someone’s feelings just because you’re unsure of yours.
  3. Love doesn’t hurt.  Lying, cheating and messing with people’s feelings and emotions hurts.
  4. Jealousy is the art of counting someone else blessings instead of your own.  Don’t waste your time on jealousy.  The only person you’re competing against is yourself.
  5. Don’t ever change just to impress someone. Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a better future.
  6. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will.  Stay in touch.
  7. If you love someone, tell them.  Forget about the rules or the fear of looking ridiculous.  What is really ridiculous is passing up on an opportunity to tell someone that your heart is invested in them.
  8. Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
  9. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  10. When someone gives you their time, they are giving you a portion of their life that they will never get back.  It’s one of
    the most precious gifts you can receive. Don’t waste it.

My personal favourite is #8, because often those small seemingly insignificant acts of kindness and be the huge significant act of love that someone was needing to life their spirits.

I hope that whatever loses you may have faced, you have become stronger for them and have been able to move forward with your life.

time for godYou would think that someone who takes the time to get up on a Sunday morning and go to church, would want to be there wouldn’t you?

Well, I recently heard of someone who did exactly that, but then 45 minutes into the service started making comments to their neighbour that it was “going to be a long meeting” all because the meeting had been going for 45 minutes and the leader hadn’t started the sermon yet. They finished by adding that “this was ridiculous”!

Personally I find it ridiculous that someone who had obviously gone to church of their own accord not only thought those things, but that they actually shared their thoughts with their neighbour! The meeting in question was apparently one in which everyone there (or almost everyone!) felt God’s presence right from the start of the service, and that the comments from this individual were an unwanted interruption to their neighbour’s spiritual experience with God that day.

Maybe this individual had gone to church that morning out of habit or duty, which isn’t in itself wrong – I myself admit that I’ve attended meetings (Salvation Army services) sometimes just because I felt I should, rather than because I’ve wanted to be there. However on many of these occasions I have been glad I made the effort to go as God has drawn very close to me during these times.

I just don’t understand why someone who obviously didn’t want to be at a service felt it acceptable to disrupt other people’s experience of God? Were they so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice their neighbour felt God’s presence very close to them, or did they simply not care what their neighbour was experiencing?

So please, if you take the time to go to church, even if you don’t necessarily want to be there, be sensitive to those around you, God may be speaking directly to them, and passing comment about how long the service is  or even about what is being preached really is not helpful.

We lead very busy and stressful lives these days, but it’s how we handle the stresses and strains we face, that determines how well we cope with life. So today I thought I’d share will you a few tips I read somewhere recently about how to identify you stresses and reduce the impact they have on you:

  1. StressTry to identify what has made to feel stressed.
  2. Share your problems with a friend or family member, as talking about problems will help reduce your stress levels.
  3. Your friends and family will be the people who can help you through stressful times, so make sure you take the time to nourish and build these relationships.
  4. When you’re feeling stressed, don’t just sit back or hide and hope that the stress will pass. Instead, take control of the situation, as by doing this, you will feel more in control of the situation.
  5. Try some relaxation exercises as these may help focus your mind so that you can relax and take control of your stress triggers.

There are counsellors who specialise in help people who area suffering from stress, so it may be worth considering seeing a counsellor to discuss your stress with them.

Stress can often affect your physical well-being as well as your mental well-being, so if you feel your stress is affecting your physical or mental health adversely, please seek medical help from your doctor.

You can find lots of information about counselling at www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

The only person you should try and be better than, is the person you were yesterday ~ Nicky Gumbel

So many people spend their time trying to be better than their neighbour, their work colleagues, or their friends, when if God is at the centre of their life, we should simply be trying, as the above quote states, to be better than ourselves.

After all, the only person we should be trying to emulate is Christ, as no-one here on earth comes close to the person Christ is.

So make your today, better than your yesterday, and your tomorrow better than your today.

Jesus said this about God. “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” (John 8:29).

God never left Jesus alone, and He never leaves us alone either. Even when life seems tough and God seems to be nowhere to be found, He is still there, and will show himself at just the right time. Why? Because He has promised that He will always he there for us.