Archive for November, 2018

Do you consider yourself to be a survivor?

Life can be tough, and life can make us get to a point where we feel like victims. That’s why where we are rescued by God (as I spoke about yesterday in Rescuer), we become a survivor.

If you’ve ever been a bit nervous about a task you’ve to do, but then manage to do the task successfully, I’m sure you feel relieved, and possibly want to tell others how you survived your experience.

Well it should be no different when it comes to surviving a difficult time in your life, you should tell others about that too, because God was at the root of your survival.

This is the sound of surviving
This is my farewell to fear
This is my whole heart deciding
I’m still here, I’m still here
And I’m not done fighting
This is the sound of surviving

There are times when each of us find ourselves in need of help or rescuing, so we probably call one of the following:

  • Police
  • Ambulance or doctor
  • Fire brigade
  • Coastguard or lifeboat
  • Car breakdown service

We put our lives and our future in their hands, in the knowledge that they will do what is best for us.

When it comes to God we shouldn’t wait until we’re in trouble before we turn to Him, instead we should be letting Him rescue us before we even get into trouble.

This song by Rend Collective sums this up really well – here’s them singing Rescuer

There is good news for the captive, good news for the shamed
There is good news for the one who walked away
There is good news for the doubter, the one religion failed
For the Good Lord has come to seek and save

He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

He is beauty for the blind man, riches for the poor
He is friendship for the one the world ignores
He is pasture for the weary, rest for those who strive
For the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life
Yes the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life (Hey!)

He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary
So come and be chainless (Come and be chainless)
Come and be fearless (Come and be fearless)
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction (For every affliction)
Here at the foot of Calvary

Oh He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore (We are free indeed)
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

Headphones

Posted: November 28, 2018 in depression, life, music, stress
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In the last while I’ve been going for a walk each day, and when I’m out for my walk myself I tend to put on my headphones and listen to some music while I walk.

During my walk the other day a song came on while got me thinking about how we all need some time out from our life sometimes, and sitting down, putting on a set of headphones, closing your eyes and turning up the volume is sometimes the only way we get a chance to just ‘escape’.

I don’t know about you, but I find when I have to ‘escape’ for even just a few minutes, it does help me refocus and reprioritise to put my headphones on and listen to some of my favourite tracks, is all I need.

We’ve all heard people give examples of situations and events and say, “When your life depends on it”. But have you ever considered the phrase “when your death depends on it”?

For me when it comes to death, I am sure that if you have given your heart and your all to God, you can be assured of eternal life with God. Therefore, when we die our future depends on the decisions and promises we made during our life.

I therefore urge you to make sure you decide your future long before you die, by giving your all to God today.

Too late

Posted: November 26, 2018 in birthday, death, family, Health, hope, life, love, music, religion
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Are you a person who is always very early for every event, or are you always running about at the last minute to get there just in time?

There are some things in life that it doesn’t really matter whether you get there on time or not, such as:

  • shopping
  • parties
  • meetings
  • lunch or dinner dates
  • bus or train

You may not agree with some of those things, but really does it matter if you’re late for them. i.e. is it a matter of life or death?

Speaking of life or death, there are some life events that you probably don’t want to be late for:

  • birth of your child
  • death of a love one

It’s not the end of the world if you do miss these events, but if for example you aren’t with a loved one when they die it can be difficult to forgive yourself for not being there for them, and for you when they most needed you.

There is one other life or death situation we must not be late for, and that’s giving your heart and your all to God. If we’re too late at doing this, i.e. we die before we get round to accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour, it’s too late, our future has been decided.

There may have been times in the past when I have felt as if belief in God or the message contained in the bible, was ridiculous and foolish. However when I found myself at my lowest and unable to see how I could get through a situation I faced, it was then , or to be more accurate, it was when I looked back at that time afterwards, that I suddenly realised God was the one who got me through those dark days.

You may think that sounds ridiculous but honestly I know how dark a time I was in, and can assure you that to me I was at rock-bottom, and could see no way forward for me as I couldn’t cope with anymore – I stopped praying, believing God had deserted me, and in turn my life just seemed to get more and more out of control with the outlook becoming less and less assured.

Then just when I really felt I couldn’t face anything further, life took and unexpected turn for the better, with a new friendship bond being created – one that is stronger than ever today. My life began to turn around and my new-found friend was by my side, there to listen to me 24/7 and offers support and encouragement. Once my life was fully back on track I looked back at that awful time in my life, and that was when it struck me, why did that person who I’d know for a while suddenly reach out to me, and why did my life suddenly take a turn for the best – The reason was obvious to me, God!

Yes I’d prayed and prayed, and yes I thought God wasn’t listening to me and had deserted me. I was stupid – I forgot that God always hears and answers our prayers, although he doesn’t always answer them when we want or even in the way we want or expect, and that I believe is exactly what happened to me.

And all that is why I believe in God and the power of the cross.

As many of you will be aware I’ve been off work on sick leave for a number of weeks. As I’ve been unable to do very much I’ve found myself watching TV programmes which I wouldn’t normally watch. What I’ve noticed though in the last two or three weeks is that the focus of the adverts in between programmes has changed – Not only it is now adverts about Christmas, Black Friday deals and bargains but nearly every second advert is one highlighting either people or animals in need of our help by giving a donation to their charity.

While I understand that charities need the public to donate to them so they can continue their work, but really, does there need to be quite so many of these adverts on all day, it really is very depressing. Please don’t think I don’t care about these charities, as that’s not the case – it’s depressing for two reasons:

  • No matter how much I may want to give to each and every charity, there’s no way I can support them all, but they all have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty if I don’t donate!
  • The adverts highlight just how much need there is in this world, and how many awful people there are who are cruel or abusive to people and animals.

Each of these adverts show shocking images of children, adults and animals who’ve been abused or neglected – All designed to pull at our heart-strings and persuade us to donate to their cause. How I wish this world was a better place where no one is abused, homeless, alone, or hungry.

So while these charity adverts are a hard watch, and make me feel guilty, it does remind me of all those who are far less fortunate than I am.

If each of us could give what we can to the charities/causes that we feel are most in need of our help, we can make a difference, and help make this world a better place.

Counting

Posted: November 23, 2018 in flowers, Food, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, Travel, words
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I wonder on a daily basis, how many things we count. For example

  • Minutes until going home time!
  • Potatoes to boil for the dinner
  • Can of juice in the fridge
  • Miles until you reach your destination
  • Steps to enter a building
  • Flowers blooming in your garden

Did you notice there was something missing from my list of suggestions – God wasn’t included in any of my suggestions.

I may not have included God in my list of suggestions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing about God we should count each day. Do you count the number of blessings you receive from God each day?

It may be that when you first think about how many blessings you’ve received from God today you think there will be very few. But I guarantee when you actually sit down and think about it God’s blessings  will far outnumber all those other things I’ve suggested, and many of them will be things that we normally just take for granted.

I thank God today for the countless blessings he gives to me each day.

Nothing we say or do in life can take us out of God’s reach. He has plans for each one of us – those plans may include people and situations we never expected, it may also exclude people or places we thought would be part of our life forever.

When we accept God as our saviour, God will make sure our life will follow the plan he has made for us, whatever and wherever that may take us.

 

Let us each be a blessing and honour God’s names, because one day we will be together with the blind man Jesus healed, and the saints from all the ages, our friends and family who have gone before us, and we will be with God for eternity. On that day we will know for sure that everything we endured during our lifetime was for our good, and for the glory of God.

So today and tomorrow and the day after, remember that whatever we face, God is with us. And because of that we must accept his blessings and do our best to bless others and honour His glorious name.