Stupid

Posted: December 11, 2018 in bible, faith, life, personnel characteristics, quotes, religion, trust
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How many times have you said or done something which makes you feel really stupid? You don’t actually need to answer that question, as I suspect, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been in that situation more times than you want to remember!

Think about the situation where you felt the most stupid…now think about Noah and how he must have felt being told to go and build an ark because great flood were coming, when all seemed calm and no sign of rain never mind the floods which God told him were coming!

What faith Noah had to trust God that the floods were coming, is your faith that strong?

It’s Monday, so as we start another week, I urge you to remember that whatever you may have had to deal with last week, is now in the past, and this is now a new week. So whether we had a great week or a rotten week last week, be assured that this is a new week and so we have the opportunity to try again.

Make the most of your second chance, as that can make the difference between this new week being an OK week and a great week.

When you’re in a group or a crowd and each have their own needs and requirements, it would seem strange if the leader then wandered off to find another person who had maybe become separated from the group wouldn’t it?

Well Jesus did that – Matthew 18:12-14

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

I’m sure if you were that person who has become detached from everyone else, you’ would be happy that someone had come to save you wouldn’t you – I certainly would!

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

“I was in my 30s when I accidentally found out I was adopted—a discovery that left me feeling somewhat angry and lost. After six months of searching, I found my birth mother in England and eventually flew over to meet her and my two half sisters. As nice as all that was, there was so much I didn’t know. Then one of my sisters sent me a beautiful scrapbook with a picture of four women on the cover. It was filled with photos and information about our Scottish lineage, our grandparents and uncles. Each page had a wonderfully detailed letter describing each person’s personality. That priceless object was a dose of healing when I needed it most.”  ~ Lorna Little, West Hartford, Connecticut

Sometimes a gift may be a just what we need to lift our spirits when we’ve been going through a tough time. When that happens, you know your gift has come from someone special!

Some things are easy to say, but difficult to put into practice. For me, the statement in this picture are some of those.

There is one part of this statement that I find far more difficult than the rest – can you guess which part that is?

I suspect you’ll not be surprised when I tell you, “A heart that forgives the worst” is what I find the most difficult. I’m human, have many flaws, and yes, when someone really hurts me or those I love, it can be very difficult to forgive them. However I believe forgiving them is what I must do, and so I do try to forgive, though if I’m honest, I do still struggle with this at times.

I pray that we may each be able to say the above prayer sincerely, knowing that God will help us to achieve the goals stated in this prayer.

Over the last few days I’ve been talking about how we need to live a Christ-like life so others will be able to see God through our words and our actions.

I don’t know about you, but when I think about spreading God’s message, I tend to think about people I don’t know, rather than family and friends who don’t believe in God. I know that’s wrong, as the people I’m closest to, who see and interact with me on a regular basis, are far more likely to see the real me and how I act and talk on a daily basis than someone I don’t know but our paths cross once or twice over a period of time.

My challenge for me and for you today, is to make sure those I love know I love God, and what He means to me, and what He can do for them. Because if I don’t tell them and show them, how can I expect someone else to convince them?!

How will others know how God can change their lives if we don’t show them what He’s done in ours through our actions and our words?

If ever there was a reason why we must live our lives as God desires us to, that is it! If we don’t show others God’s love through the way we live our lives, others will never believe God loves them and can change their life.

For this is what I’m glad to do
It’s time to live a life of love that pleases You
And I will give my all to You
Surrender everything I have and follow You
I’ll follow You

When you’re arranging to meet someone for a meal or a coffee, what is your response if they ask you where you want to meet?

I often say, “Wherever suits you” and basically pass the decision-making back to the other person. When the person then decides on a location, am I always happy about it? To be honest, no I’m not! However having told the person to pick a location, can I really be unhappy with their choice!

This got me thinking about God and how we say to God, “Here am I, send me”. We don’t say, “Here am I, send me to a or b”. Instead by saying, “Here I am, send me”, we imply we’re happy to go wherever God wants us to go.

I’ll leave you thinking about this question…are you really ready and willing to go wherever God needs you?

Have you heard the following quote before?

It’s a quote I’ve seen and read a number of times in the past, but today I’ve found an added dimension to this when I found the following image

Yes, to change the world we must love our family, but to love them we must truly live as God wants us to. Therefore we must live as we’re instructed to do by God, and once we start treating our family as we should, we can them start working with and treating our friends and neighbours as we should; Then our community and so on, until we reach the world!

Here I am

Posted: December 2, 2018 in belief, faith, life, music, religion, trust, words
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When you say ‘Here I Am’ to God, what are your expectations?

When God responds by telling you what and where He wants you to go, are you willing?

This following video is of one of my favourite songs, it called Here I Am Send Me by Darlene Zschech, and it reminds us of all we need to do to give our all to God. But just as importantly tells us how we in return must be willing to say to God, ‘Send me’.

Are you ready and willing to be sent wherever God wants you to go?

Every knee will bow
Every tongue confess
Every heart will cry out Your Name
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Every life, will see
The glory of our King
Jesus come and reign in our hearts
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

God of heav’n and earth
We long for more of You
Come and meet; with us as we pray
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me, God!

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me, God!

Send me to the nations
Send me to my neighbours
Send me with Your love!

Here I am send me
Here I am send me
Here I am send me, God!