Archive for October, 2018

In the previous parts of this blog post (At the heart of life #1 and At the heart of life #2) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning and then how the heart is at the centre of our relationship with God. Today it’s all about love, ahh!

When you fall in love, there are your heart is physically affected in a few ways:

  1. When we first realise we‘re attracted to someone, there is a chemical reaction starts in your body, which pumps through your body by your heart, making you more alert. When you show affection to one another this apparently lowers your cholesterol level because hormones are released which is good for your heart.
  2. When we fall in love it triggers a ‘fight or flight’ reaction in us, which in turn makes our heart beat faster which is why we get that feeling of our heart pumping when we’re attracted to someone. This also means blood gets diverted to our essential organs, like our heart, and explains why sometimes we lose our appetite at these times as well.
  3. Lots of hormones are released when we’re in love, and this surprisingly lowers your blood pressure – Maybe it’s just me, but I would have thought it would increase your blood pressure, but apparently not! It’s actually the unhealthy relationships that increase your blood pressure!
  4. Those who are socially isolated or lonely are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems such as the hardening of the arteries and plaque formation. It also leads to raised blood pressure, which can result in a stroke or heart disease. The action of hugging helps reduce blood pressure and is an excellent reason to nurture a special relationship.

The positive physical effects on the heart and circulation when you are falling in love go way beyond a simple attraction to someone as they actually help us live healthier lifestyles.

So look after your heart, find your sole-mate, and fall in love, not only will it make you happy, it’s great for your heart too!

In the first part of this blog post (At the heart of life #1) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning. Today I want to continue to talk about the heart, but this time about how important the heart is in our relationship with God.

There are many bible verses about how our heart is so important in our relationship with God.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! ~ John 14:27 (TPT)

God wants us to give Him our heart – Yesterday we discovered that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body, so it should be no surprise to us that God considers our heart to be so important in our relationship with Him. If we don’t give him our all – all our feels and emotions, which come from our heart, how can we truly say we’ve given our all to God?

When our heart is full of God’s love, we are capable of anything because God is in control. So give God your heart and He can give you the love and strength to get through any situation or circumstances. Let God be your guide and strength by giving him your heart today.

At the heart of life #1

Posted: October 29, 2018 in GP, Health, heart, hospital, life
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One thing many of us think of when we think of an important organ in the body that needs to work is the heart. Our heart is an amazing organ.

From the moment it begins beating until the moment it stops, the human heart works tirelessly. In an average lifetime, our heart will apparently beat more than two and a half billion times, without ever taking a rest.

The amazing thing about our heart is that it provides the power we need to live. That’s probably why this life-sustaining power has, throughout time, had an air of mystery surrounding it. However technological advances over the years have found out so much about the heart that it’s not such the mystery it once was. So much so, that these days, when we find there is a problem of some kind with our heart, doctors/surgeons are able to either repair or fix many problems without even needing to put the patient through major open-heart surgery.

There are of course still some heart problem that do still require the patient to undergo major open-heart surgery. But even that is not the huge risk that was in the past because, as I said earlier technological advances mean techniques and equipment used allows the surgeons to achieve so much better results for the patient than they used to.

Yes, open-heart surgery is still a very major and complex operation, but many procedures/surgeries done these days as far more common place than they used to be, so the chance of a good outcome for the patient is far more likely than once it used to be.

So if you find you have to undergo heart surgery, you can be assured that improved techniques and equipment, and recover strategies mean you will likely make a full recovery.

Your heart is a complex and amazing organ, so do all you can to look after it, as it needs to last your life-time.

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes.

Have you noticed though that the shape and size of the distraction is often dependent on how interested you are in what you should be focusing on?

These days we have even more things to distract us, we our friends and family can contact us 24/7 using all sorts of available apps on our phone or on our laptop or tablet. There’s also still plenty of other distractions around us that require no phone and no technology, and they can be just as distracting.

I must admit, I can be easily distracted at times. And as I suggested earlier, for me, I get easily distracted when I’m supposed to be doing something that I’m not really wanting to do, or I need inspiration for the task, but am lacking in inspiration.

Two things I can be easily distracted from are, yes, writing this blog when I’m lacking inspiration for something to blog about. The other I’m sorry to say is, spending quality time with God – That tends to happen when I’m tired, or feel I have nothing particular I want to talk to God about, but I forget I need to leave time for Him to talk to me too. i.e. I should always be ready and willing to listen to God, not just put aside time for me to talk to God.

Are you being easily distracted from God? Make time just to listen to God because He always has something to say to us.

I liked this picture when I first read it on a friend’s Facebook timeline. I wasn’t entirely sure why I liked it, but then it struck me, it’s probably because it tells us about something we don’t like but then immediately explains why experiencing that is actually good for us.

For example, maybe we think we feel sad all the time, that our life is not a happy one, but then we experience true sadness when someone close to us leaves us or passes away. It only then we realise how happy we really were in their presence, because now the sadness is so overwhelming.

So please have another read, thinking about how you can see yourself feeling each of those emotions or situations and simply, remind yourself just to appreciate what you currently have, because when it’s not there any more, there’s often no way to get back to where you are now, so you can truly appreciate what you have.

What do you think about when you think of a potter?

Someone moulding clay into something useful  and beautiful?

I’m sure we’ve all heard God called a potter. As just as a potter moulds his clay into something beautiful, so God can ‘mould’ or help make us into someone beautiful. i.e. He can help us become more like Him – more caring, more loving, more understanding as well as someone reliable who others can always go to or approach whenever they are in need.

I am happy to put my life in the hands of The Potter, are you?

In the hands of the potter by Casting Crowns

I still remember when I heard You call me by name
I’d follow You anywhere, knew I could trust You in anything
But now sorrow beats down on me, waiting for You to come through
I’m all alone with my questions, I’m dry and cracked open
And I thirst for You

And as I fall apart
Come flood this desert heart
Fall like the rain, Living Water
And I know Your way is best
Lord, help me find my rest
And I’ll be the clay
In the Hands of the Potter

My world is spinning, my life seems so out of control
Nailed scarred hands tell the story of love that will never let go of me
Through the sunshine or rain, I know where my hope is found
What You started in me, I know You will complete from the inside out

And as I fall apart
Come flood this desert heart
Fall like the rain, Living Water
And I know Your way is best
Lord, help me find my rest
And I’ll be the clay
In the Hands of the Potter

My world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me
And now the enemy is afraid of what You’re making me
When my world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me
And now the enemy is afraid of what You’re making me
My world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me
And now the enemy is afraid of what You’re making me

And as I fall apart
Come flood this desert heart
Fall like the rain, Living Water
And I know Your way is best
Lord, help me find my rest
And I’ll be the clay
In the Hands of the Potter

And I’ll be the clay
In the Hands of the Potter

How long is it since you rode a bike?

How long is it since you last went for swim, and not just on holiday but actually do some lengths of pool?

Even if it’s been a while since you last did either of those things, once you start again, I’m sure you’ll it’ll feel as if you never stopped doing them. i.e. you’ll ride a bike as easily as you did and remember your swim strokes as if you’ve been practicing daily.

In the same way, even it’s been a while since you knelt before God and ask for his forgiveness, so it is just easy for us to kneel before God today. So if it’s been a while since you sought God, don’t think God will have forgotten you, or you’ll not know what to say to God, as God will always welcome you, and so will make it easy for you to come to Him.

A friend on Facebook recently posted this, and it really got me thinking…

Teacher of God

…it got me thinking of several people I have who have made me feel like that – as if I’m the only person in the room, that they are talking directly to me, even when I’m surrounded by lots of others.

At those times I remember sitting there thinking, “How on earth do they know how I’m feeling?”

I’m also aware that in the past I’ve didn’t even considered it was God’s handiwork at the time, until later. These days I now consider these special moments were all God’s doing – That it was God who was talking to me through His messenger.

I thank God for wonderful spiritual people who over the years have been inspired to teach us, so I could hear God speaking to me directly.

I was recently given a CD which had been created from a old tape recording of Rutherglen Citadel Songsters when they visited Southend Citadel on Sunday 2 June 1991, having been part of the massed songsters at the Royal Albert Hall the previous evening.

The first thing to say is it maybe wasn’t the best quality recording having been transferred from an old tape to a CD, however it was great to sit back, close my eyes and think back to the memories I have of that wonderful weekend, as well as remember those family and friends who were with us that weekend, who sadly are no longer with us.

I was songster pianist at that time, so it was quite interesting to hear the songsters, and me accompanying them, as I’m not sure I’ve heard myself accompanying the songsters before. As I listened to the recording I was reminded when the songsters started to sing one particular song, that as well as songster pianist I was also deputy songster leader at that time too. Here’s the Ladies voices singing Wonderful under my leadership:

As well as bringing back lovely memories of a great weekend, I was also reminded that there were a number of family and friends who were with us that weekend, who sadly are no longer with us. I was also reminded just how busy a life I had in the Army then too with three meetings on a Sunday plus open airs and helping in the Sunday School, as well as all the mid-week practices and many events that the various sections took part in locally as well as further afield. Being songster pianist and deputy songster leader, I also had additional practice and preparation to do for practices/meetings. So much so I now wonder where I got all the time to do all this, as I was working full-time!

Life most definitely was much busier for me in terms of my time/involvement at the Army in those days, but that doesn’t mean that these days my love of God is any less these days just because I’m maybe less involved and spend less time at the Army these days.

A lot has happened in my life in the 27 years since Rutherglen songsters visited Southend Citadel, and I’m the sure will be the case for you too. But is your love of God stronger today than it was 27 years ago, or have you turned away from God in that time?

Maybe today is the day to remember all God has done, and continues to do for you, and rekindle that love of God by reminding His power –  I Seek The Power which we sang during our visit to Southend Citadel in 1991, is one of my favourite song, and it’s message then is just as relevant today as it was then:

Payback

Posted: October 22, 2018 in belief, communication, cross, life, love, Relationships, religion, words
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When someone does something wonderful for you, do you pay them back?

Here’s the dictionary definition of the word ‘Payback’

  • Profit from an investment equal to the initial outlay.
  • An act of revenge or retaliation.

God did the most wonderful thing anyone could ever do for us when he gave his only Son for us at Calvary. For many this wonderful gift from God is means nothing, but for those of us that this means the world, we must payback God for his gift to us. We can do that by telling those who aren’t aware of God’s gift to us, about this wonderful gift, and just how much God loves us.