Archive for August, 2016

It’s my turn to provide the devotions at our band practice tonight, so I thought I’d share will you what I will be sharing with the band tonight…

 

I don’t know about you, but I always feel my turn to do the devotions seems to come round extra quick. So me being the organised person I am, I did my usual and checked back to see firstly when I last was responsible for the devotions and secondly what I spoke about. I was surprised to find that it is almost a year to the day since I last did the devotions!

I usually find when I’m preparing these kinds of things that my thoughts are all over the place with lots of things coming into my mind but nothing feeling quite right until the very last minute. This time however, having realised it was almost a year exactly since I last did the devotions for the practice, it really set off my train of thought around “looking back” and “memories”.past-and-future

Over this last year, and particular these last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about precious moments spent with family who are no longer with here or looking back at countless things which I’d long ago forgotten about but a photo or item has triggered a memory.

People often say we shouldn’t look back because it’s in the past and we can’t change it, but what about all those precious moments we’d never recall or recount to others if we simply put them to one side and never think about them?

Where would that leave our faith if we never looked back?

What about the cross and what it stands for? Surely as Christians we must never forget the cross, in other words we need to look back and remember the reason Christ died on the cross for us?

In looking back at the cross it should give us inspiration for the future, knowing that if we keep our focus on Him we have fulfilled his plans for us.

Why shouldn’t we look back, as if we don’t, how will we remind ourselves how much of a sacrifice God gave for us at Calvary?

Without the cross where would we be?

Without the cross would we have any future?

Lots of questions which I asked of myself, and this in turn made me think of various people in my family who are no longer with us, but who trusted God and remained faithful to Him right to the end. This in turn reminded me of song which really sums us their faith and my hope for the future:

O Jesus I have promised

To serve thee to the end

Be thou forever 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.

Each of us here have made promises to serve God all our lives. Tonight I challenge you to always remember the cross, Remember why we’re here in Bellshill serving God as part of this band, keep focused on the cross, and serving Him until the end?

Let me leave the words of 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV) with you:

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Look up

Posted: August 30, 2016 in life, personnel characteristics, quotes, religion
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When you help someone else, it’s good when they thank you for all you’ve done for them. So when things turn out well for us, shouldn’t we say thank you to God for all He does for us?

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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:

Remember your successes

 

We are all guilty at times of focusing on situations/events when things didn’t quite go as we’d hoped or planned. While it’s good to review these times and learn from them, it is just as important to remind ourselves of our successes and all the handwork and effort we put into achieving those successes.

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No the title of this blog post is not a typo, I did mean to type “weak” rather than “week”!

Let me explain…

A week can seem a short time sometimes, but there times it can seem like an eternity. That’s why when I was recently reminded of the following statement:

Seven days without prayer, makes one weak.

When it’s a week without prayer, without God, is a week can seem like an eternity because don’t we need the strength and guidance that God provides us with through prayer to get us through each day?

When life gets tough, don’t turn away from prayer, but immediately turn to prayer as God will give you the strength required to face what lies ahead.

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

  1. Gas fire or log burner
  2. Digital or analogue
  3. Living room or lounge
  4. Piano or keyboard
  5. Jumper or cardigan
  6. DVD or Blueray
  7. Morning or night
  8. Urban or rural
  9. Carpet or wooden flooring
  10. Crisps or peanuts

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. Gas fire
  2. Digital
  3. Living room
  4. Piano
  5. Jumper
  6. Blueray
  7. Night
  8. Urban
  9. Carpet
  10. Crisps

Raised

Posted: August 26, 2016 in education, family, life, personnel characteristics
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I was raised to say please and thank you, to have respect for my elders, lend a helping hand to those in need, hold the door for the person behind me, say excuse me when it’s needed, and to love people for who they are, not for what you can get from them! I was also taught to treat people the way I want to be treated!

Unfortunately these values definitely don’t seem to held by many nowadays and that saddens me. Let’s make sure we do our best to show others that we still think these values are important. 

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Worry, worry, worry. We all have our concerns and worries at times in our lives. Corrie Ten Boom sums up nicely what worry is

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.

How do we get ourselves out of that cycle of inefficient thoughts and move forward in life? We take each day as it comes, not worrying about the future as it will take care of itself, but concentrating on the here and now and what we can do to make today better.

We can often question why things happen to us, or those we love, but we’re always told that things happen for a reason. I think we all tend to think it’s part of God’s plan for us when these things happen, however here’s another though on who your challenging times may benefit, from Joyce Meyer

Sometimes we go through things that God will use for somebody else’s encouragement later on in life.

This is exactly why we need to share our life experiences with others, so that as well as showing others how we have come through adversity, it may inspire and challenge them also. Just remember that you may never know how much your story has encouraged someone else, simply believe that God will use you to inspire and encourage others.

Inspiration and direction are things I need every day, but sometimes I just don’t seem to be able to find any inspiration, so what then?

We can find inspiration in anything – something someone says to you or does for you, something you see in the world around you…

There is however one person in whom who should always be able to find inspiration, God!

Is it not inspiring that God sacrificed his only son, Jesus, just so we could live?

Is it not inspiring that no matter what we’ve done or what we done, we can find forgiveness in Him?

Is it not inspiring that if we give our all to God, He promises us eternal life?

Yes, God inspires me, does He inspire you?

 

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:

Compare yourself only with yourself                                                                                                                                              

Today’s suggestion follows on from last week’s where I suggested it was not a good idea to compare yourself with others.

As I said before, comparing yourself with others can really kill your motivation, as there are always others who will be ahead of you in something.  Therefore just focus on yourself and how you can go about improving yourself.

Look back over past failures and evaluate where you went wrong and focus on the those areas so you can avoid similar mistakes/failures in the future. While you’re look back, take note of where you were and compare this to where you are now, you’ll probably amaze yourself about how far you’ve already come, and that will be great motivation for you.

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