Archive for May, 2018

Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do? ~ Psalm 56:4 (The Message)

How often have you felt like others are trying to beat you up either physically or emotionally, every day?

The good news is, as this verse from Psalm says, if we trust God, we can be fearless. So be strong, and trust God.

I don’t know about you, but I know that I am not the most patient person in the world. I do try to be patient, but it’s just not something I’m very good, so maybe the following is something I need to remind myself whenever I start getting impatient.

 

There are some things in life that are difficult, but loving those hurt us or our families physically or emotionally, is definitely one of the toughest.

While we can say we love those that hurt us, but if we don’t really mean it, our words are worthless.

So let your words be sincere, let you love flow freely, and good will overcome evil.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place we could go to to find answers to every problem we face. Well here’s the good news, there is!

I found this quote from Ronald Reagan that tells us exactly where we can find all those answers.

The world seems to be becoming a darker and more desperate place by the week. Not a week seems to go by without us hearing about a shooting, stabbing or an act of terrorism.

I wonder how this world has got into such an awful state, but then I remind myself that I know why – The world has forgotten or dismissed Jesus as not relevant anymore.

Because of the state the world is in just now, Jesus is in fact even more relevant that he ever was, because He is the hope this world needs.

The world needs Jesus, so let’s take the message of Jesus to the world, and show the world that there is hope.

Reality, is there really such a thing?

Real people, living real lives, or are they?

Real life means we stumble and struggle with all life throws our way. Real life means we put on a front so those around us don’t see how much we’re struggling.

Regular life doesn’t necessarily exist anymore – we’re all so busy, expected to rush from one task to another, regardless of what else may be going on in our lives.

Real life can be tough these days. Realising when we’re struggling is a positive at an otherwise tough time.

Reaching out to others for help may not be something you’re comfortable with, but reaching out to God is something we can all do. Reaching out to God is free, there’s no conditions and He will freely welcome you with open arms, to hold and comfort you.

Real life, needs God, we need God.

 

I’m sure many of us have said at some point, “This is hopeless”, many when we’ve trying to do something for while but despite your best attempts you haven’t succeeded and you’re getting frustrated. Our use of the word “hopeless” in those types of situations isn’t really what I want us to think about today.

Sadly there are many people in the world for whom life itself seems hopeless – maybe because they  have no money, no food, limited clothing, no job, maybe they are seriously ill, suffered a bereavement, a broken relationship, maybe they are lonely…the possibilities are endless.

When someone else looks at the lives of someone who feels hopeless, the chances are they won’t see someone without hope, but instead they will see someone who’s maybe down on their luck just now, and simply needs a break.

Jesus sees hope in every situation, and in every life. So if you feel life is hopeless, remember Jesus, because He alone can bring hope to broken lives.

Full of hope

Posted: May 24, 2018 in cross, death, hope, life, love, quotes
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If I were to ask you what one thing represents hope to you, what would you say?

For me it comes back to the cross, and more specifically, the empty cross – Because of Jesus we have hope for a brighter tomorrow where our sins have been washed away and we all believe that God loves each one of us.

Does the cross mean anything to you?

Does the empty cross mean anything to you?

It gives hope and means the world to me.

We can sometimes feel as if we’re drowning with all that’s expected of us these days. It can be difficult to keep your head above water at times, but if we believe in hope, and believe in Jesus, we can get through.

Just keep believing in Jesus!

When someone has no hope, they are at their lowest possible point. Sadly the world contains many people these days who, if asked, would say they have no hope, either for themselves or for this world.

For those of us who believe in God and believe that Christ died for us, we know there is hope for this world, if the world can find Jesus. It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell the world that there is hope, and that that hope comes from Jesus.

Jesus is our Living Hope.