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It’s my turn to provide the devotions at our band practice tonight, so I thought I’d share will you what I will be sharing with the band tonight…

How are you at remembering significant dates in your life?

We all have significant dates in our lives that we mark each year because they were times of great happiness or celebration or because when they happened, they caused us great sadness.

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about significant dates that have changed my life, probably because in the last few weeks I’ve had a few of those dates, and there are others in the coming weeks also

  • Early August was my birthday..
  • Then just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • The end of last week marked 4 years since my Mum died.
  • And amazingly, in a few weeks time, that will be one year since I had life saving heart surgery to fix one of the issues I’ve lived with all my life.

Yes, I’ve marked, or will mark each of those significant dates I’ve just mentioned, in some way. But do I pay as much attention to those significant dates in my Christian journey?

I have to be honest and say, the only exact date I can remember in my Christian journey, is the day I made my decision to become senior soldier as it was on my 18th birthday! I was really disappointed that I couldn’t remember the date I first knelt at the mercy seat or the date I was enrolled as a senior soldier, both at Rutherglen Salvation Army. So much so that I found myself last week looking for the Articles of War I signed on the day I was made a senior soldier, and I found it, and that anniversary is in just a few weeks!

We each celebrate or mark the important dates in our life and many of us shared those anniversaries with our friends on social media. So my question to each of you tonight is, do you put the same importance into celebrating or marking the significant dates in your Christian life as you do, other life events?

Do you remember the date on which you first gave my heart to Jesus?

Or the exact date you were enrolled as a senior soldier?

Romans 1:1 (The Passion Translation)

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvellous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

God has promised to love us always and that in itself is a reason to celebrate isn’t it. I believe I’m one of the fortunate ones as I’ve had that significant moment in my lives I accepted God into my life, and promised to serve Him until the end. So I will mark those important dates in my life, but I will also celebrate God’s love for me each day. After all I hadn’t accepted God into my heart, who knows where I would be today! And where else would I want to be on a Wednesday night, than at band practice! 🙂

 

Here’s a favourite piece of mine which features the tune associated with there words which for me, sum up one of the most significant moments in my Christian life

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

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. Shampoo
  2. Window
  3. Frame
  4. Orchid
  5. Box
  6. Bedroom
  7. Surprise
  8. House
  9. Pastel
  10. Biscuit

wordsSo 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. Conditioner
  2. Blind
  3. Murder
  4. Pink
  5. Full
  6. Clear-out
  7. Birthday
  8. Sale
  9. Chalk
  10. Coffee

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!

They say having a child changes everything – I personally cannot comment on that as I don’t have any children, however I have seen how a child has changed the lives of family and friends when they have had children. They tell me that no matter how much you prepare for becoming a parent, you’re never fully prepared, as you don’t get an instruction manual with your child when they are born.

The birth of a child is the start of a new life not just for the child but for the parents as they adapt to having a new addition to their family. Just as the birth of a child is the start of a new life for the parents, so the birth of Jesus all those years ago, offered us the chance of a new life in Christ.

As we near the end of 2018, and look forward to the start of a new year, take advantage of Christ’s offer of new life by giving your heart to God today.

O Come Be Born Again by Jennifer Martin

Baby born in Bethlehem
Come be born in me again
Since You don’t mind dirty stables
Here’s my heart not fit or able
To receive such majesty
Still, You humbly come to me

Chosen One who chose to be
Suff’ring Savior, Servant King
Since You don’t despise the broken
Here’s my life laid bare and open
To receive Your mercy
As Your Spirit calls to me

All who struggle, all who sin
Come and become born again
Come and lay your heavy burdens
At the cross where all’s forgiven
At His feet new life begins
Come, O sinner, enter in

Today we may all be spending time with our family and friends, exchanging gifts and eating far too much. But let’s remember why we are celebrating today, Christmas Day

If it wasn’t for Jesus’ birth over 2000 years ago, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas, to please take some time today to remember that today is simply because of Jesus.

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!

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.

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 volunteer at San Quentin State Prison and spend many days there including my 50th birthday. At the time, I was working with a group of men on a radio project. We were being interviewed and the reporter asked us about the sounds of San Quentin. There was talk of alarms, sounds of the shower, voices out on the yard and then one of the men said, ‘But the best sound of all is …’ and they broke in to a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday. It was lovely and emotional and I knew at that moment I found the work I wanted to dedicate the second part of my life to. ~ Artist and podcast host Nigel Poor

Sometimes the most precious of gifts will come from the most unexpected of sources, as it did for this person. So always expect the unexpected, as these moments may be some of the most precious you will experience.

Some things in our lives can’t be predicted: exactly when we’ll be born, or exactly when we’ll die. Even what happens to us in between those two life events isn’t really predictable as it’s only as we grow and learn that our personality is shaped, and we make choice that then start to define where and what our future will hold.

I must when I’m starting something, I like to know what the possible outcomes are, as I’m not very comfortable with uncertainty. Which is odd isn’t it because the whole of life is filled with uncertainty!

Maybe it’s because for me, the uncertainty about life and what lies ahead seems different from the uncertainty about taking on a task, because I know my future is already known to God, and so my future is already planned. Therefore no matter what lies ahead, I know God is already prepared for it, and is ready to help and guide me through whatever storms I may face.

Life may not be predictable, but God’s presence and His love for us is!

On Monday we celebrated the birth of Jesus. That was such great news over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, but is it still good news today in 2017?

Most of us will have celebrated Christmas is some way over these last few weeks, whether it was spending Christmas Day with your family, going out to an office party, giving or receiving gifts, carolling or attending a church carol service, going for lunch with your work colleagues. But on Christmas Day, did you take some time to celebrate the good news that Christ is alive?

Good news, great joy for all
Melody breaks through the silence
Christ, the Saviour is born!

When a child is born, it’s the beginning of a new life, both for the child itself and also for its parents as they adapt to their new family life. But just as the knowledge and belief that Christ was born on Christmas day can allow us to find new life in Him, it can also let us start a new life, be born again, any time.

So this Christmas, as we look forward to the future and next year, why not give your heart to Him today and be born again.

O Come Be Born Again by Jennifer Martin

Baby born in Bethlehem
Come be born in me again
Since You don’t mind dirty stables
Here’s my heart not fit or able
To receive such majesty
Still, You humbly come to me

Chosen One who chose to be
Suff’ring Savior, Servant King
Since You don’t despise the broken
Here’s my life laid bare and open
To receive Your mercy
As Your Spirit calls to me

All who struggle, all who sin
Come and become born again
Come and lay your heavy burdens
At the cross where all’s forgiven
At His feet new life begins
Come, O sinner, enter in