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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

When we’re not confident about ourselves, our looks, our personality, our ability to do our job etc we can let the most innocent of comments really affect us.

Sometimes we even let those comments nag at us until we can blow the comment out of proportion and let it make us feel worthless.

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, remember you are amazing!

God made each one of us. He planned our life before us. He planned how we look, our personality, our abilities, our spiritual gifts. So never listen to those who doubt you, because God knows what he’s doing, and has made you the amazing individual you are today.

Believe in God, and believe in his plan for you.

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

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

So here goes…

  1. Mouse
  2. Polar bear
  3. Fox
  4. Lion
  5. Giraffe
  6. Scorpion
  7. Cow
  8. Crocodile
  9. Penguin
  10. Panda

wordsSo how did you get on with those animals? 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. Run
  2. Cold
  3. Howl
  4. Sleep
  5. Tall
  6. Sting
  7. Food
  8. Teeth
  9. Dinner suit
  10. Cudly

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!

 

Have you noticed, I’ve spoken a lot about time in my blog posts over the last week?

There is a reason for that – In the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of ‘anniversaries’ in my life, some worth celebrating, others I grieve over. That said, even if it hadn’t been for all these anniversaries in my life, I’d still consider time to be very important. Here’s why

If we don’t make sure we allow ourselves to spend quality time with God each day, our life cannot be complete. It would mean we’re going through each day in our own strength, rather than seeking God’s guidance for the day.

Ultimately spending quality time with God will enhance our lives, so I encourage you to make sure you set aside time to spend it in God’s presence on a daily basis.

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

So here goes…

  1. Cat
  2. Elephant
  3. Hamister
  4. Tiger
  5. Dog
  6. Horse
  7. Parrot
  8. Spider
  9. Gazelle
  10. Fish

wordsSo how did you get on with those animals? 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. Favourite
  2. Water
  3. Small
  4. Bouncy
  5. Walk
  6. Nothing
  7. Talk
  8. Hate
  9. Safari
  10. Food

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 post (New world), I spoke about how God has our future under control, because He’s already planned our future.

But how to reach that new world, that future place? If we trust God, he will direct and guide us along the path he has planned for us. As we follow God’s plan for our lives, we need to share God’s message of love and hope for tomorrow, with those we come into contact with. If we each do that, more people will hear and see God’s message in action, and hopefully feel God’s presence in their lives. The more who accept God as Lord, the better place this world will become.

So help God make this world a new and better world to live in, by sharing your story, and sharing your faith with others.

3 John 1:11 (The Passion Translation)

Delightfully loved ones, don’t imitate what is evil, but imitate that which is good. Whoever does good is of God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Yesterday I spoke about how we must imitate, or act, as God would. Today it’s about reinforcing that message.

If we do good, we are doing what God would do, but when we’re fail to do good, we’re not doing God’s work.

So when you see someone in need, do good, stop and help them.

When you see someone upset, do good, stop and hug them.

When you see someone by themselves and alone, do good, go and talk to them.

While writing yesterday’s blog post A Reason To Live, I Googled “A reason to live” – Here’s the results I got

It got wondering how many people have Googled exactly the same thing as me, but who have Googled that phrase because they are in dire need as they are considering suicide.

I then found the report for the Samaritans in Scotland in 2018 – Samaritans_Scotland_Impact_Report_2018

It is sober reading – So many lives lost to suicide, so many people in desperate need to someone to listen to them, and understand how they feel. What really touched me most was this statement

Research by Samaritans found that nearly 2 in 3 Scots have first-hand experience of suicide – whether through their own experience of suicidal thoughts or from supporting someone with suicidal feelings or the loss of a friend or family member.

That’s some statistic isn’t it! In a room of 6 people, 4 of them will have been affected by a suicide or considered suicide themselves. Multiplying that out, 400 out of every 600 people will have been affected by a suicide or considered suicide. I certainly wasn’t aware suicide affected so many lives.

I’m not quoting these figures to you just for affect but to highlight the scale of the problem.

The good news is suicide is preventable, and we can all help. So I encourage you to reach out to a friend, a neighbour, a family member who seems to be struggling with life, and just ask them if they are ok – Remember just because someone says they’re ok doesn’t mean they really are, so trust yourself when you feel there is something wrong – Just be there for someone when they are at their lowest point, and support them.