Archive for July, 2017

I may not be the most outgoing of people. I may not share my feelings or emotions. I may not share what I’m thinking. None of those things mean I am blind or deaf to what is going on around me.

 

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. ~ Hebrews 11:1 (The Living Bible)

It can be hard to have faith in someone or something even when we can see them, so surely it’s harder to have faith in someone we cannot see, God? We maybe cannot see the person God, but we can see His creation, the results of His actions, the result of others having faith in Him, we read of others faith in Him in the bible…between all these things, that must be more than enough to encourage us have faith in God, isn’t it?

That moment when you receive a phone call to offer you your very first job!

For me, I’d had a lot of job interviews before I was finally successful and offered a job. It had been getting quite depressing how many times I’d had no replies to job applications, been called for interview and then heard nothing further or got the dreaded ‘Dear John’ letter.

The job I eventually got was one I really didn’t expect to get as they had been looking for someone with some specific experience, which I didn’t haven’t. Some how though I obviously impressed (or at least did enough for them to have faith in my abilities), and as you can imagine was absolutely delighted when I got that phone call offering me the post.

How was you’re first job offer – Was it a job really wanted, or one you weren’t really wanting?

Whatever your first job, I’m sure you were happy to get the job offer, as at the very least, it meant you were going to earn some money!

What does it mean to have faith in God?

Here’s what it says in Hebrews 11:3 (The living bible):

By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen.

Do you believe in “things that can’t be seen”? Is your faith in God strong enough to get you through all life is throwing your way?

Have faith, because God will always be with you.

We should all love one another – How many times have you been told that?

When someone lets you to do something, how likely are you to do it? If someone demands that you do something, how likely are you to do it then?

In John 15:17 Jesus said

I demand that you love each other, for you get enough hate from the world! (The living bible)

So Jesus didn’t just ask us to love one another, he actually demanded that we love one another, so it must be critical that we love one another.

How many times have you heard a mother or father say to their child, “Do as I say” or “Do as you’re told”?

Does the child always obey? No, of course they don’t! I’m sure when we were that child being told to do something we too, didn’t always do what we were told, did we?

What about when it come to God asking us to do something, are we more willing to do what God asks of us?

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. ~ Psalm 119:60 (NIV)

When it comes to our heavenly Father, we need to be ready and willing to firstly, listen to Him, and secondly, do as the above bible verse says, respond quickly to all God asks us to do.

Are you ready to obey today?

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~ Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

Jesus doesn’t only want every children to come to Him, He wants every person to come to Him, and that includes you and me!

I’ve given my all to Christ, have you?

Here’s the Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Come To Me:

You’ve just been on holiday from work for over 2 weeks, it’s the night before you’re due back in the office, how do you feel?

Well this was me last night, Sunday night, and my main feeling was, “Do I have to go back to work tomorrow?” Why is it that just like weekends, time off work, always seems to fly in, but the weekdays when you are working seem to take forever?

It’s on days like this that I wish I could just decide not to go back to work again, but unfortunately that for me, like many of you, is not an option.

During my time off, I’ve managed to completely forget about work, and all the things that are outstanding, or that I have to sort out or organise when I go back to work. Even now (Sunday night), I’m still trying my best not to think about the hundreds of emails that’ll be sitting in my inbox when I login in the morning, or how many of them I need to respond to, and how many meetings have been added to my calendar in my absence etc etc.

Oh I’m not looking forward to going back to work, not because I don’t like the work I do, because I do, but because I’ve been enjoying spending some quality time with hubby. It’s been good not to have any pressing engagements or things to do, and just being able to decide on a daily basis what we wanted to do that day…I could get used to that!

Anyway, by the time you’re reading this I will hopefully have survived my first day back at work; my two weeks off will now seem like weeks ago already; and I’ll already be counting down to next weekend already!

Hope you all have a great week, whatever and wherever you find yourselves.

What’s the best thing you have ever witnessed?

I’m sure we’ve all thought of at least one situation/event that you would consider to be the best thing you’ve ever witnessed. I suspect based on our age and our life experiences, we’ll all have thoughts of a variety of events.

A few weeks ago I read the following quote on Twitter, and having favourited it, it’s kept coming into my mind quite often.

Watching someone receive Christ maybe the best thing to witness this side of heaven.

Where would you rate this in your list of best things you’ve ever witnessed? It is a wonderful feeling to witness someone accepting Christ into their life for the first time, particularly if the person is someone you are close with.

Is there anyone in your life you would love to be in your best things you’ve witnessed by accepting Christ into their life? Get praying, because it can happen!

That moment when you have to agree it’s time to say goodbye to your family pet.

When I was growing up we had a cat who was 1 year older than me…yes, my Mum and Dad got a cat before I came along. Most of my childhood we had that same cat, as I was 15 before that cat had to be put to sleep because she wasn’t well.

When I got married, we got a cat on our 1st wedding anniversary, and so that cat became a huge part of our married life. After having that cat for almost 20 years, we finally had to make that heart wrenching decision to put him down as he was so unwell.

It was awful. There was a huge emptiness in our home, as other than the first year of our marriage, the cat had been part of our married life. It was a big change for us not having a cat around the house anymore.

Some of you who have never owned a pet, will probably think we were daft getting all upset when we had to say goodbye to our furry family friends. However those of you who have had a pet at some time, will totally understand that our pets just become another member of our family. Therefore, when our pets die, it is ok that we get upset, just as we do when a person we love dies.