Archive for February, 2015

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Peace of mind
  2. Tell ’em about the honey, mummy
  3. In touch with tomorrow
  4. The totally tropical taste
  5. Good to the last drop
  6. Fly the friendly skies
  7. Perpetual spirit
  8. The power of dreams
  9. Don’t be evil
  10. Better sound through research

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Chubb
  2. Sugar Puffs
  3. Toshiba
  4. Lilt
  5. Maxwell House
  6. United airlines
  7. Rolex
  8. Honda
  9. Google
  10. Bose

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

broken heartI was recently in a room when a window made of toughened glass shattered when someone touched the glass to slide the window closed. The glass shattered into hundreds of pieces and therefore was unrepairable.

This got me thinking about how we each come into contact with lots of people on a daily basis – some we simple pass in a street or corridor; others we interact with in some way. So how does how we interact with others affect their lives, to we encourage them and cheer them, or do our words and actions hurt and upset others making them feel broken and worthless?

I sincerely hope that my words and actions do not hurt and upset others. However I am not perfect, indeed I am far from perfect, as my words and actions on some occasions prove. What I am though is a Christian, someone who is striving to be more like Christ on a daily basis. I do not wish to hurt others, I want to help others, and therefore I pray on a daily basis that God will help me to be more like Christ in all I say and do.

Let’s each ask God today to help us to encourage and cheer others, not hurt or break them.

Like grass

Posted: February 26, 2015 in depression, life, quotes, religion, trust
Tags:

God-wants-us-to-live-like

Wow, isn’t that  a great way of reminding us that when we put our trust in God, we can get through anything and everything.

Believe and be strong!

Up to something

Posted: February 25, 2015 in depression, faith, life, music, quotes, religion, stress
Tags: ,

down to nothing

I’ve found myself in that scenario a few times over the last few years, and I can honestly say that God has definitely been up to something each time, and has got me through those times. It wasn’t easy, and at the time I felt like I really had nothing and had no strength left to carry on. However looking back now, I realise that it’s because of those tough times that my faith is now stronger than ever.

God really was up to something, He was reminding me that He can give me the strength to get through anything and everything!

Kneel before Him

Posted: February 24, 2015 in depression, life, pray, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
Tags: ,

Ever feel like there are some people or situations you can’t face?

Well there’s no reason to if you’re willing to do one thing…pray!

kneel

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Slow down!

Life these days goes by at 100 miles an hour, with everyone having loads of things to do, in a limited timescale. It’s therefore no wonder that we get stressed and tired just trying to keep up with everything that’s expected of us. That is why today, my suggestion to help you enjoy your day more and lift your spirits, is simply to take a deep breath, think about the here and now, and consider everything and everyone around you.

Each person, each location, each event and every circumstance going on in your life and in the lives of those around you, is important to them. So take time to think about, and consider, those around you instead of just rush past them.

Slowing down may lose you a few seconds in a day, but it will help you to appreciate those around you and what they may be going through.

We have people in our lives who we’ve known for all our lives, and we have those that we meet along the way. No matter how long we’ve known someone for, there’s always things about that person that we can still learn.

friends

 

When we’re in long-term relationships it gives us the opportunity to see others grow as individuals and as Christians. Likewise I hope and pray that others see how I’ve changed over the years. Yes, I’m still far from perfect with many flaws, however the difference now is, that I’m more aware of my shortcomings and my flaws and so pray that God will help me adapt and overcome these shortcomings. I pray those around me can see my efforts, and continue to support and encourage me, and forgive my faults.

Long-term relationships require a certain amount of trust to be built between the people, which allows these relationships to stay solid even when others around them come and go. Even though other change around us, many things in those long-term relationships stay the same  – you share inside jokes; you develop shorthand communication; you know what each other like and dislike; you know how to demonstrate love; you know when the other is in need of love and support.

Just as our personal relationships are developed over years, so our relationship with God must be nurtured and developed. When a relationship is developed over the years, a solid foundation is built, a foundation that stays solid regardless of what problems and challenges face us in life.

So whether it’s relationships with people in our life, or our relationship with God, we need to keep learning about them, by getting to know and understand them regardless of how long we’ve known them. Nurturing our relationships both with our friends and with God, should be a lifelong endeavour.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today, it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsDisability
  2. Language
  3. Theatre
  4. Museum
  5. Exam
  6. Spy
  7. Mirror
  8. Bone
  9. Crime
  10. Handbrake

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Restrictions
  2. Understanding
  3. Price
  4. Relics
  5. Stress
  6. Secrets
  7. Make-up
  8. Broken
  9. TV
  10. Rolling

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Sin is one of those words that we always seem to avoid saying, as if it’s some kind of bad word. Well it’s not, sins are something we all have as none of us are perfect, so don’t be afraid of talking about your sins.

God's grace is bigger

The good news is that no matter how big or horrendous our sins, God still loves us, and is still reaching out to us. So let God prove His love for you by seeking His forgiveness for all your sins, and in turn give your all to Him. God’s grace is so amazing!

 

Ahead

Posted: February 19, 2015 in life, quotes, religion, trust
Tags:

God's promise

Sometimes it’s better not to know what lies ahead isn’t it,  as otherwise we might just give up, crawl into a corner and not face tomorrow. That’s why it’s so great knowing that God already know what lies in our future, and simply asks that we trust Him to care for us no matter what lies ahead of us.