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Posted: November 13, 2017 in friendship, life, quotes, Relationships
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We get upset when others talk about us behind our backs or in a derogatory way, so why do we still talk about others in the same way!

Talk about others as if they were present ~ Nicky Gumbel

I pray today that we may each become more respectful towards others, and never talk about anyone is a way we wouldn’t want anyone to talk about us.

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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

In a day we all utter a lot of words, but here’s something to consider – how many of the words you uttered today were said with sincerity and meaning and how many were simply words you said because they were what you thought others wanted to hear?

I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to hollow words from others and have also been guilty of says things that haven’t come from our heart. Here’s an example – how many people have ever said to you if ever you need anything day or night just give me a call? I wonder how many of them would actually answer their phone if we were to call them in the middle of the night?

Gods words are always from the heart and are always sincere, so as he tells us to come to him, he really does mean whenever and wherever we are.

There are thousands and thousands of words in the English language, but isn’t it funny how we still can’t find the right ones sometimes.

If a friend is hurt or upset by someone else it’s not easy to know how to make them feel better about themselves.

When someone is bereaved it can be hard to know what to say to them, not because we don’t care, but because we understand their pain and heartache.

Likewise, when struggling with life in general, telling someone just to ‘give themselves a shake’ or ‘snap out of it’ is not helpful, however it doesn’t make finding the right words any easier either.

When we are that person I described above who’s in need of help or support, it can difficult for us also to find words to explain how we feel. Unfortunately others can’t fully understand our feelings/emotions or what’s in our heart if we can find the words to express them. However God can!

Even when we are silent and find we have no words of prayer to say to God, He knows and understands what’s in our heart and on our minds. He will therefore take those unspoken prayers and answer them in His own way and in His own time.

Here’s a song which expresses all those thoughts/feelings perfectly:

I know when I’m told to do something, it depends who tells me, and how they tell, whether I’m likely to do what they’ve asked or not. Likewise I’m sure just like everyone else,  I was probably more likely not to do what my parents asked me to do when I was young.

I grew up being taken to the Salvation Army, being taught right from wrong, learning about God and reading the bible. So how come I didn’t rebel against the things I was being told about God?

I know the answer to that one! It’s because while initially I just went along with what I was being told as that was what was expected of me, I did experience God working in my life.

When I was uncertain and felt God wasn’t there, God showed me the way. When I turned away from Him, He waited for me to realise I was lost and then turned back to Him. When I needed comfort, He was always there to comfort me.

I’m not a Christian because anyone ever told me too, I’m a Christian because I’ve experienced God’s presence in my life. I am grateful for all those who taught me about God and started me on my Christian journey when I was a young child.

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Posted: November 8, 2017 in heart, life, music, prayer, Relationships, religion
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It can be difficult to find words in some situations. It can even be difficult to find the right words when we try to pray. Thankfully God knows what’s in our heart so we don’t have to put it into words.

So when we can put into words our prayers, God still hears them, and so He can still answer our prayers.

Imagine we lived in a world where rather than talk about others behind their back, we talked to them!

Imagine a world where rather than fighting those who have different beliefs from us, we talked to them!

Maybe we can change the world, simply by talking to one another

A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Once again news of another shooting in America hit the news headlines on Sunday night. Just about the time I heard of this latest atrocity, I read the following by Nicky Gumbel, and never did these words seem more appropriate:

You are never more like God than when you are helping hurting people, lifting up the fallen and restoring the broken.

Please join me in praying for the family and friends of all those caught up in the events at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas last night.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18

Ever closed your eyes and tried to find your way round your own house without bumping into anything or hurting yourself?

If not, give it a go just now…no cheating, so keep your eyes shut!

 

So now you’ve tried keeping your eyes shut – How did you get on? I suspect you did as badly as I did, and bumped into countless things, and hopefully didn’t hurt yourself too much!

How did it feel? I bet you were nervous, anxious, scared, alone, isolated…

This must be how it feels to go through difficult times when you don’t believe and trust God. I however believe and trust in God, so no matter how dark life may be, my faith is firmly in God to get me through those days.

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. Lunch
  2. Notebook
  3. Agenda
  4. Pouch
  5. Stand
  6. Frame
  7. Thermometer
  8. Rice
  9. Duck
  10. Castlewords

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. Ladies
  2. Design
  3. Plan
  4. Music
  5. Sore feet
  6. Photo
  7. Heating
  8. Chinese
  9. Swim
  10. Capital

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!