When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who do you trust most?
  2. Have you ever had a day when all you did was cry?
  3. Have you learnt anything today?
  4. Who can you rely on in every situation?
  5. Where do you wish you were right now?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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The Lord gives strength to his people: the Lord blesses his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

Finding peace in the midst of our busy lives can seem unlikely, but that’s not the kind of peace that the Psalmist refers to in the above verse – This refers to us gaining inner peace from God, so that He can give us the strength and guidance to face our busy and hectic life.

Give God the chance to help you find inner peace today.

Yesterday in Recycling #1, I asked you to consider giving your unwanted items to a local organisation/charity that can make use of your unwanted items rather than just sending them to landfill.

I used a different translation of the John 6:12 yesterday, but we get the same message if we read those words in the NIV translation:

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Jesus instructed the disciples not to waste anything – In this scenario he was talking about food, but does the same apply to all things?

Not only must we not waste physical items such as food and furniture, neither should we waste our knowledge of God by keeping it to ourselves!

There are many people around us who are in need of God, so get out there and recycle your learning of God by telling the world about Him.

 

Last week as I was driving along some of my local streets and was aware that there were a number of unwanted items piled up outside quite a few of the houses. At first I was wondering what was going on, but soon remembered that it in my area it was ‘uplift day’. i.e. the day that our local council collect items we no longer want, and take them to the tip for us.

My main thought was why are people “throwing out” items that appeared to be in pretty good condition, when they could be reused by someone else – Items included several sofas, a couple of tables and chairs, and a wardrobe.

One thing we’ve always done when replacing/renewing items in our home is to recycle items which are in reasonable condition – There is a local community church which helps rehouse refugees, so we know all items we give them will get put to good use. Places like our local church, are always delighted to take items that are in reasonable condition as they are inundated with requests for help, so are always in need of items.

I wonder why these people near me hadn’t considered giving their items away to help people in need, but instead were happy to pay the local council to take away their items to dump in a landfill site.

Just think how many more people could be rehoused and given items for their home if we all gave our unwanted items to organisations who help refugees and homeless people!

Did you know that the bible tells us to recycle?

And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:12)

So next time you have unwanted items in your home, please consider contacting a local organisation who can make sure your items are given to people who need them.

 

 

Be a beacon.

Be a friend.

Be whatever those around you need you to be.

Being an example.

Being honest.

Being supportive.

Become the person you dream of being.

Become the person God wants you to be.

Be you!

 

 

 

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

 

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:14-19 (The Message)

We all have to recharge our spiritual batteries occasionally, so it’s worth reminding ourselves that God will always strengthen and guide us during times when our spiritual strength has gone.

Spending time with good friends restores the soul, renews your energy and refills your emotional tank. ~ Nicky Gumbel

When you spend time with good friends, and they help refill your emotional tank, do you tell them? Our friends may not realise just how much you have needed time with them, so make sure you let them know just how much you appreciate the time and support they have given you.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who inspires you?
  2. Are you a morning person?
  3. Who is your best friend?
  4. Who is your biggest encourager?
  5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the areas of your life you need to change.

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Moving in

Posted: March 14, 2017 in life, music, religion
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When you buy a new house, you don’t just buy the house and move in right away. Instead you  plan your move by preparing your belongs – throwing out things you no longer need, and boxing/packing up the things you want to take to your new home. i.e. You clear-out things from your past that you no longer want to be part of your life, so you can start afresh in your new home.

When we accept Christ into our lives, we must clear-out the things from our lives which are not part of our new life where we have Christ at the centre of it.

Is it time for you to have another clear-out so there’s more room for God in your life again?

If ever we need a reminder that God has promised to love us always, we can find it in Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

The question is, are you repaying God’s faith in you by loving Him?