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A couple of weeks ago in Clear Out, I spoke about how we’d been clearing out desks and cupboards in our office. Well last week we moved from one floor in our building to another, all so the floor we were on could get a lick of paint and a new carpet.

Even the day before we had to be empty the floor we were on, we were still uncovering more papers/documents/items which no-one had claimed or gone through. We even came across some documents down the back of a cabinet from someone we didn’t know, who must have previously used the cupboard – we discovered the documents must have been there for a when one of my colleagues told us that she knew the person named in the document had left the organisation a number of years ago.

Once again this reminded me that sometimes, even when we say we’ve ‘cleared out’ all our troubles, all our concerns by giving them all to God, there is often still a few deep seated things that we hang onto and take with us.

Just as we sometimes have to dig deep into cupboards to clear out everything in them, so we have to dig deep into our lives and our hearts, and truly let go of all things which cause of pain or trouble us by giving them all to God.

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. App
  2. Tie
  3. Ears
  4. Mini
  5. Hole
  6. Cable
  7. Glass
  8. Card
  9. Slip
  10. Date

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. Phone
  2. Bow
  3. Big
  4. Car
  5. Dig
  6. Laptop
  7. Shatter
  8. New
  9. Break
  10. Calendar

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!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Cycling
  2. Archery
  3. Boxing
  4. Judo
  5. Formula 1
  6. Netball
  7. Rowing
  8. Volleyball
  9. Basketball
  10. Hurling

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? 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. Speed
  2. Gold
  3. Danger
  4. Floor
  5. Crash
  6. Centre
  7. Cambridge
  8. Great
  9. Tall
  10. Limited

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!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Croquet
  2. Rugby
  3. Badminton
  4. Squash
  5. Skiing
  6. 10 pin bowling
  7. Athletics
  8. Baseball
  9. Curling
  10. Gymnastics

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? 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. England
  2. Muddy
  3. Roof
  4. Wall
  5. Broken
  6. Chicken
  7. Speed
  8. Rounders
  9. Scotland
  10. Balance

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!

In yesterday’s blog (Not good enough)I shared how some think of themselves as a nobody, often because that what others have continually told them. But the good news is, not everyone thinks

Nobody but Jesus, loves everyone who others think are nobodies.

Nobody but Jesus, accepts everyone who others consider nobodies.

Nobody but Jesus, knows and understands why you feel like a nobody.

Nobody but Jesus, can rescue you.

Nobody but Jesus, know what you are capable of.

So believe in God, because He always believes in you, and knows you are not a nobody.

Why You ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I’ve been told I belong at the end of the line
With all the other Not-Quites
With all the Never-Get-It-Rights
But it turns out we’re the ones You’ve been looking for all this time

‘Cause I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

Moses had stage fright
And David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked 12 outsiders nobody would’ve chosen
And You changed the world
Well, the moral of the story is
Everybody’s got a purpose
So when I hear that devil start talking to me, saying
“Who do you think you are”
I say…

I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

So let me go down down down in history
As another blood-bought faithful member of the family
And if they all forget my name, well, that’s fine with me
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

So let me go down down down in history
As another blood-bought faithful member of the family
And if they all forget my name, well, that’s fine with me
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

‘Cause I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

In several posts last week I spoke about faith, in Not invisible and Faith in the darkness. Have you noticed that the bible verse I’ve used today reiterates that faith is not about what we see?

Putting our faith in something we cannot see can seem a stupid thing to do, especially to those who don’t believe in the existence of God. However for those of us who do believe, it isn’t such a ridiculous believe because God has proved his existence to us – he offers us forgiveness every time we commit a sin, and he still loves and cares for us today, regardless of our past, because he cares about our future.

God actively shows me that my faith in him is merited, because he answers my prayers. I’m sure many of you can testify of God’s love for you too.

When you’re amazed by something, you want to tell everyone about it, don’t you?

So why is it, for many Christians, they keep their faith very much to themselves, and don’t take opportunities that present themselves, to share God’s love with others?

I want to tell everyone about God, and what he can do for them. That is in part, why I started blogging, although I never really intended to blog every day, and I certainly didn’t intend my blog to be about my faith. However God obviously had different plans, and has directed me to share more about my faith and my love for God through my blog, than I would ever do face to face with anyone.

Yes I blog about more than just God and my faith, but to me, that shows I’m human, and am more than just someone who blindly follows God. I’ve faced some major challenges in my life, some I’ve shared with you over the years, others are too personal for that. But through each of them, I’ve come out the other side with my faith intact, and in fact with my faith stronger than ever.

That’s why I want to repay God for his unconditional love for me, by telling others of his love. I want to ‘shout’ about his love for me, and for you. I’d encourage you to to ‘shout’ about your faith.

I’m sure I’ve told you before, but for those who haven’t been reading my blog for long, I am a perfectionist. As such, no matter how well or otherwise, I do something, I always think I could do better. I know it’s always good to challenge ourselves to improve ourselves, however it is important to always remind ourselves that we are not perfect, and never will be!

It took me a lot of years before I came to realise this, and then started being kinder to myself, in the knowledge that just because I don’t do something perfectly, doesn’t make me a failure.

In fact it’s only when I accepted that I can never be perfect I realised that it is actually ok not to be perfect, because even when I do fail, God will take care of me.

We’re not perfect, so if like me, you’re a perfectionist, remind yourself that it is in fact ok not to be perfect. God loves us just the way we are, and when we seek his guidance, he will help us improve ourselves. We will never be perfect, but that’s ok because God accepts us just the way we are.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Football (soccer)
  2. American football
  3. Cricket
  4. Darts
  5. Golf
  6. Pool
  7. Tennis
  8. Hockey
  9. Basketball
  10. Swimming

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? 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. Rangers
  2. Confusing
  3. Boring
  4. Dark
  5. Walking
  6. Green
  7. Wimbledon
  8. Ouch
  9. Tall
  10. Loud

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!

Yesterday I spoke about how we should never doubt God’s love for us, especially when we are going through difficult times in our life.

So, with that in mind, how much do we need God?

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.

Psalm 46:1 (The Passion Translation)

Don’t ever doubt that He’s not there for you, or that He doesn’t care about what you’re walking through. He loves you more than you could ever imagine, and promises to be with you, always.

Jesus.

The One who sets us free.

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My Jesus, Lord I need you