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Where is he?

Posted: September 30, 2014 in life, music, prayer, quotes, religion
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Where is He?

He’s right beside you!

It can seem when you’re world is falling apart around you that God is nowhere to be found, but I can guarantee you that He is there and He does care.

It’s simple, God is always with us, and will answer our prayers. We just need to be patient, and remember God will answer our prayers in His way, and in His time, so be patient!

I don’t know about you, but I still struggle to be patient. I’ve often thought that being a perfectionist makes me even more impatient, as it means I expect perfection from myself all the time, and when I fail at something, or don’t do it to the time or quality I expect, I get annoyed and frustrated with myself.

Thankfully, God knows and understands that the worries of our lives, our families, our finances, our work, all combine to make it difficult for us to be patient when we’re struggling with life.

Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

I need patience, do you?

Just remember God can help us find patience even during our most difficult of day, so turn to Him, and ask Him to teach you how to be patient, particularly during times of trial.

I’ve found the words of the following song have been going through my head for the last few days:

Is there a heart o’er-bound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross–each burden bearing,
All your anxiety–leave it there.

Chorus:
All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat–leave it there;
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus.

No other friend so keen to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear;
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once–delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;
You need not fear a disappointment–
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

The words that I’ve found have been stuck in my head recently have been

Come to the cross, each burden bearing.
All your anxiety, leave it there.

It’s the reminder I often need, that I should take all my problems to God, and leave them with Him, because He is willing to take all our burdens from me.

I’m reassured by these words that I can find peace by taking all my problems to God, are you?

sleeping woman with moonNight-time  is meant to be a time to sleep and rest.

Not the case for everyone, as for some, night-time can be a time of torment and broken sleep with nightmares and night sweats taking over our sleep and rest-time.

Nights full of nightmares and lack of sleep is a recipe for long stressful days.

Not nice.

Now when it’s time to sleep, let the night gather you in as you drop off to sleep, letting all your worries slip from your mind.

Nightmares be gone, rest and relaxation are what night-time is about.

Now sleep and let your dreams carry you to a beautiful faraway perfect land.

Night, night, sleep well.

hate my jobAre you in a job that you hate?

Do you get little or no support from your manager or supervisor?

Do your co-workers make your life a misery?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of those questions, I’m sorry.  It’s not fun being in a job you hate, but don’t be discouraged because you’re not stuck there. This is a way out and there will be a better job for you out there.

So here’s some things you can do to help you feel better:

1. Read Psalm 37

2. Be thankful for what you have

I know this may sound dismissive of how you feel, but I’m trying to make you feel positive about your situation. So remember, there are many who don’t have a job and would love a job, any job, your job. So try to be thankful that you have a job which pays your salary and allows you to provide for your family.

3. Work harder

When you hate your job, it can be easy to just do the minimum you have to do and that you can get away with. However we’re called to work hard. In Colossians 3:23 we read

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.

God challenges to work hard, so that’s what we must do because it’ll bring you peace. If you work hard, regardless of your boss or your co-workers treat you, God promises things will work out for you. Don’t get caught up in brown-nosing or jumping through hoops to keep the boss or your co-workers  in a good mood. Simply trust God to take care of things for you.

4. Be Active

Keep looking for other job opportunities.

Keep updating your CV.

Keep going on training courses and self-improvement training to make yourself a more valuable asset to an employer.

5. Pray

Lastly, but probably most importantly, keep praying!

It may be obvious, but when you find thing difficult, I know prayer can often be one of the first things you omit to do. Again I remind you that Psalm 37 is worth praying for yourself – It talks a lot about waiting on the Lord and how He sustains the righteous.

Pray God will help you with your boss and your co-workers, and help you stick out your job until you find other employment. Ask Him to help you find that job that you’ll love, as I’m sure He will!

 

 

God is very interested in everything you do and everything that happens to you, and He wants the best for you in every situation you find yourself in. So when you are struggling financially, have no job and struggling to make ends meet, don’t despair, God is there for you and He will help you.

Lord,

I’m struggling to make ends meet, to support myself and my family, so I come before you seeking your wisdom to direct me in my search for employment. I walk with my faith fully in you to guide and help me as I try to understand my current situation and thank you for always reminding me that if I trust in you, you will provide.

My stress levels as high as I see bill after bill landing on my doormat, but help me to remember that my financial debts are small in comparison to the debt Jesus paid for me. Your love for me is greater than any struggle I can face on earth, so I have confidence and comfort knowing you that in loving you I lack nothing.

Amen

kneel_in_prayer

Just as I said yesterday (in Looking for a job?), when you’re looking for a job it’s important you ask God to be part of your job search, so it is equally important, that if you lose your job, talk to God about it, and let Him help you.

Here’s a prayer to say when you lose your job:

Lord,

I come to you today with a heavy heart, filled with regret over the past, and anxiety for the future. I’m out of work, and my finances are in a lot of trouble. I’ve made many mistakes. Help me to forgive myself, and others, so that I may make amends with all concerned. Grant me peace of mind so I can fill my life with your goodness and grace. Guide me toward a good job where I may fulfill both my needs and yours, as a better and wiser person. Thank you Lord for listening to me, and helping me today. Life isn’t always easy but I will try to remember that you are always there to help me and guide, just as you are her listening to me right now.

Thank you!

Amen

When you’re looking for a job, do you involve God in your search?

Is a job something you think God wouldn’t be interested in helping you with? You couldn’t be further from the truth, as God wants to be part of every part of your life. He loves you and will help and guide you in every aspect of your life, so make sure you involve Him in every part of your life, including your job search.

Here’s a prayer asking God to give us an opportunity:

Dear God,

I place my humble needs before you: My need to meet my responsibilities in the world. My need to use my God-given talents and abilities. My need to fulfill my place here on earth. I pray for Your guidance now to show me the way to the perfect opportunity to do what I love, to do what I can do well, and what will fulfill my needs mentally, spiritually, and financially. Help me to walk in faith as You show me the way!

Thank You, Lord.

Amen!

Workers

Posted: September 22, 2014 in life, music, prayer, religion, work
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Were you in a rush when you got up for work this morning?

Did you stop for a minute to pray for your day?

Before You I Kneel by Keith and Kristyn Getty is a great prayer to use at the start of each day, so why not listen to this tomorrow morning when you get up, and make it your prayer for the day.

I was recently reminded of the following words from Peter 5:7

You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties on Him, for you are His personal concern! ~ J.B. Phillips

When we’re in trouble, God is there.

When we’re struggling to cope, God is there.

At all times, God is there, and will accept all your problems and worries if you just take them to Him.

What a fantastic remind that when everything seems to be going against as, we simply have to kneel before God and leave all our troubles at His feet.