Archive for January, 2017

When we’re unwell or ill we seek medical advice from a doctor.

When we need a hug we seek our family or close friend.

However, there are some conditions doctors cannot fix, like a broken heart. But God can mend our broken heart, so let God be your doctor and your comforter in times of need.

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With your heart

Posted: January 30, 2017 in heart, life, music, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Have you noticed that a when some people speak, your more inclined to listen than you are when others speak?

What some people tell us can be more meaningful and helpful to us than what others say. If we listen to everyone how do know/identify who is giving us the information we need?

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When our heart gets involved we know we’re hearing someone worth listening to, so make sure your ears, and your heart and open and ready to listen when God speaks to you.

When we’re children we go to school, where we are taught to read and write, and as we progress through school we taught about other subjects. I’m sure most of us, if not all, didn’t really like going to school, and in particular did not like doing our homework. However, in hindsight, I guess following up the teaching at school with homework to reinforce the learning from during the day, so that we remember at least some of what we’ve learned.

Homework may not have been something any of us liked having to do, but it did form a huge part of our learning process.

You’re probably wondering why I’m suddenly thinking about homework when it’s been a few years since I was at school or university, but I got thinking about how we go to church on a Sunday where we are taught about God and challenged to give our lives to Him, but we don’t get any homework do we?

Does this mean we only have to learn about God and the bible when we’re at church?

Far from it, just as when we were at school and had to follow-up our daily learning by doing homework, we must carry on learning about God, by praying and reading the bible in our own time, away from church.

Our relationship with God is a personal thing, individual to us, so we must spend quality time with God on a daily basis, and by doing this our relationship with God will grow, so carry on doing your homework and learning more about God.

Much to my delight, and if I’m honest, my surprise, we have another grand slam final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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I’m been a big Rafa fan for a while, and have enjoyed the rivalry between him and Roger over the years. However due to injuries and a dip in form from both players over the last few years, we’ve not had this match-up for a while.

Neither of them has really showed their best form coming into the Australian Open, so I have been pleasantly surprised that Rafa has done so well…although was a little bit concerned he wasn’t going to make it through the semi final at one point!

I hope both players are well rested and injury free so that we can have a great and memorable final tomorrow. Of course I am hoping Rafa wins and this is just the start of him playing is best tennis once again.

Who do you think is going to win?

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We can be too busy to notice what’s going on round about us at times. We can even be too busy to notice that those around us are struggling and in need of your support.

Are we too busy find time to talk to God?

No matter how busy we are, we must always make time to talk to Him because He is the One who  will provide all we need.

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

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How does that image make to feel? Does it look like you feel sometimes?

I’m sure we’ve all had times when we just don’t want to listen to what anyone has to say, maybe because we just want peace and quiet, maybe because we’ve made up our mind about something so don’t want anyone else’s input.

Ever thought that this picture may show how we react when God tries to talk to us?

I pray that I will always be open and ready to listen when God talks to me, and ready and will to act on what he requests of me.

When we get stressed or worried, I think we become less likely to listen and heed what other tell or suggest to us – do you agree?

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We need to learn to listen not only to one another, but to God, because no matter what situation we find ourselves in, God will always guide and protect us…but we must listen to Him.

We’re told that those we keep company with, influence our words and our actions…but have you ever considered whether that includes yourself?

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We can be quick to dismiss or accept other people’s advice to us, but we need to be careful we give ourselves the right advise too!

Love music

Posted: January 23, 2017 in life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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Music is something that can create all sorts of emotions and memories for us – It can take us to a place we’d forgotten years before; it can help us go to places we have only dreamt about; it can help us connect with others and can bring us closer to God.

What does music do for you?

Is there a particular seat or chair in your house that is your go-to seat, your comfy seat?

How about shoes, do you have a favourite pair of comfy shoes that you always wear when you know you’ve got to do a bit of walking?

Comfortable is something we all like to be isn’t it – Whether that is a particular chair, or pair of shoes, having enough money to live by, or even in our friendships. But what about your relationship with God, is “comfortable” a word you’d use to describe that?

I was reminded recently of a quote I found a few years ago by Francis Chan:

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will live comfortable lives, and this is confirmed Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV), as we read:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Our life may not always be comfortable, even though we’d love it to be, but be assured that God will always comfort and strengthen you.