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O love

Posted: July 31, 2018 in belief, church, life, love, music, religion, words
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This video was shared at our morning worship last week. The words of ‘O love that will not let me go’  to the tune of St Margaret have been special for me for some time. However I found that those same words in this new setting also really moved me.

So here’s O Love by Elaine Hagenberg, I how it touches you and reminds you that God’s love is with us always, no matter what we do. I have given my life to God, have you?

I shared the following on Facebook a few days ago, but I wanted to share it with you in my blog, as it’s something that I’m sure many of us can relate to. I’ve edited the text about sharing this on Facebook, but I would still like you all to share this with your friends through whatever means you have:

❤️👌 How many of you have had a night out planned, or arranged coffee with friends and suddenly the 4 walls you inhabit seem the only safe haven because it’s the only place you don’t have to pretend you are ok, so you cancel. Or when you are invited out you tell them how terribly sorry you are but you’re already booked up that weekend, when you are actually just really busy holding it together in your safe box. And so the first problem starts, all by itself. People stop asking you and the isolation that at first wasn’t true becomes your only truth.
Please don’t give up on your friends. Ring them, go round, even when they don’t want you to. Because they really do they just don’t know how to say it.
I’m going to make a bet, without being pessimistic, that less than 5 will take the time to share this, to help raise awareness of, and for those who have mental health difficulties. You just have to copy it from here and then paste it into whatever social media platform, email or text you want to share it on.
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Mental Health Awareness
#timetotalk

Do you know one of these?

If anyone is qualified to make this statement, Christopher Reeve is! On May 27, 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia, in the USA. He now requires to use a wheelchair and a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.

But heroes don’t always come with such obvious obstacles to overcome, or appear to have the strength required to overcome what seem like insurmountable challenges. Heroes can be people like you and me. Heroes can be the person who says hello to a lonely neighbour; the friend you calls late at night just to check you’re ok; the stranger who stops and gives a homeless person food and water.

Anyone who makes a difference in someone else’s life is a true real-life hero. Are you being a hero to someone today?

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. Bottle
  2. Bacon
  3. Peg
  4. Smart watch
  5. Soup
  6. Lyrics
  7. Basket
  8. Ripple
  9. Wheel
  10. Framewords

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. Cough
  2. Eggs
  3. Clothes
  4. Blue
  5. Tomato
  6. Song
  7. Shopping
  8. Chocolate
  9. Car
  10. Crime

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!

There is a prayer I say today and every day

I’m better at some of those things than others, but with God’s help, I know I can become better at all of them. I pray God will give each of those qualities so that we may help those around us who need to know God’s love.

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

I am focusing on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Sometimes it can be hard to forget things or situations that have happened in the past, especially if we’ve been physically or emotionally hurt. That’s why it makes complete sense that in Philippians we’re told to forget the past and simply focus on the future.

Yes, saying thank you to God is a great thing to do, but is it really enough?

I’m not so sure it is – For me I think we also need to say, “Forgive me”, and we need to say it only when we really mean it. Only then do I think we will have said all the words we need to say to God in prayer.

So we need to say, “Thank you” and “Forgive me” to God. I personally need to say both those things to God regularly – He does so much for me that I forget to thank him for, and I say and do things which I know disappoints him. So while I’ve said those words to God before, I know I have to say them to God on a regular basis…I know I need to say thanks to Him and seek his forgiveness, how about you?

Prayer is an important part of every Christian’s life.

We must put aside quality time each day to not only talk to God, but listen to him as well. However for many when life is going well, their prayer life can become less of a necessity, and more of a chore, meaning we end up missing our prayer time more and more.

But when life is tough, isn’t that when we often turn to God to plead with him to help us? Yes, prayer time can come easily when life is difficult, but that shouldn’t be the case.

Prayer must be first and last and everything in between, each and every day, no matter how well or how badly we are finding daily life.

Do you ever feel like you just want to scream, to cry out as loud as you possibly can?

Sometimes life can make us feel like we want to scream out, but if we do, does it achieve anything?

But instead of physically screaming out loud when life is difficult, scream to God, because He will hear you – He will understand and He will help you.

Life is such that we have things that make us worry. But worry can be destructive, on our mind all the time, eating away at our confidence and our ability, until we spend our whole time worrying.

We often worry about things which are out with our control, so in reality there is no reason for us to worry about them – That in itself is a sums up worry, and what it can do to us.

You may not realise it but the bible actually gives us guidance on how to deal with worry:

That seems simple doesn’t it? And it is simple – If we give all our worries, all our concerns to God, He will take them away. That doesn’t mean that those things we are worrying about won’t necessarily happen, it just means God will help us accept the future, whatever it involves, because we will have the peace and knowledge that God is with us through it, no matter what happens.

Believe in the power of prayer. Believe God is with you no matter what happens.