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In Greatest Gifts yesterday I mentioned that I thought unanswered prayer is actually a gift from God.

Today, it’s about another gift from God to us, and that is simply the our lives.

If it wasn’t for God, we wouldn’t have life, so life is definitely a gift from God.

When we get a gift from anyone, a friend or family member, we always try to repay them for their kind gift to us. So isn’t it only natural that we should try to repay God for giving us the wonderful gift of life!

Yesterday in Perfect Timing I reminded you that God answers all our praise, in His time, because His timing is perfect.

Because God’s timing is perfect, it can seem as if He doesn’t answer our prayers just because He doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect or want Him to.

We must always remember that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and therefore He knows better than us what is best for us. So trust God, because is timing and His answers are always perfect.

Yesterday I reminded us that no-one should feel like an outsider with God, because God loves each one of us.

Despite this, there are still hose who feel like outsiders. So what makes them feel like they are outsiders? There can be a number of reason why in certain aspect of life, people can feel like an outsider. Here’s a few:

  • They have no family or close friends who go to the same place – possibly a club, church or even place of employment.
  • They find it difficult to make friends.
  • They feel physically or emotionally different.
  • They come from a different cultural or spiritual background.
  • They feel alone on a crowd.
  • They don’t like having to ‘make conversation’ with others.

When people feel like outsiders it’s unlikely that no-one notices, that’s the very nature of why they feel like an outsider. So I ask you today, every place you go this week, have a look around at everyone there, is there anyone there who meets any of the criteria I’ve listed above?

If so, there’s a good chance they may be feeling like an outsider, so do something about it – Reach out to them, befriend them. It may be difficult because of how they are feeling, but persevere. You can help an outsider feel they belong in your circle, just as we all belong to God.

We all have things which annoy us, some trivial, some quite serious. So today I want to share with you some of the trivial things that annoy me…they’re listed in no particular order:

  1. People who treat you like a child just because you’re younger than them.
  2. Those who park on double-yellow lines just to save themselves have to walk a few extra meters to the nearest parking space.
  3. When less qualified or experienced individuals thinks they know better than you, even although you’ve been there and done something many times before.
  4. When the weather forecasters say we’re going to have fantastic dry warm weather, but then discover they’re actually talking about the south of England, and our weather is actually going to be the complete opposite!
  5. Individuals who drop litter rather than put it in a litter bin that’s only a few meters away.

Do any of these annoyances sound familiar to you?

Yes, all the above things annoy me, but most of time I manage to stay quiet when they happen and just observe and say or do nothing as I know it’s just me being me!

Walking by faith means you have the courage to stand up for everyone – the hurting, the broken, and the down-trodden – to face death yourself for the good of others.

If you agree to do this you’ll need to be willing to get out of your comfort zone. You must be willing to let God take your world and turn it upside down, and start all over again. You must be willing to let God change how you see Him, and change how you life by letting Him use you the way that He sees fit.

Maybe God will ask you to do something you never dreamed you would ever do like foster or adopt children, leave your job and become a church minister, trade in all your worldly goods for God’s service…

Maybe God will challenge you. For example, how would you respond when life throws some devastating events at you – divorce, addiction, death of a child or sibling – all events that hurt like nothing else.

I don’t know how God may want to use you, but I do know that if you give your all to God, and allow Him to change your life, He will honour your request. He will take you on a journey, your journey by teaching you to walk by faith, and trust you with some of life’s most treasured moments with Him by your side.

In this last week I’ve spoken about ‘walking by faith’ a couple of times. When you are ‘walking by faith’ you need to have a strong determination to follow God’s plan, regardless what life throws your way.

God teaches us to trust him so he can do something bigger and better than we ever dreamed possible. He wants us to let go and trust him with our all – our heart, our soul, our life.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

We can do more and more through us if we simply trust Him each and every day. God is trying to make us into someone who can be his beacon of light and hope in a world which desperately needs to see Jesus.

No matter where we are in our journey of walking by faith, we must surrender our all to God. That way we can let God take our life, our pain, our loss and use them all for his glory. Pray to God, and ask Him to do amazing work in you so he can do an amazing work through you.

We all have things which annoy us, some trivial, some quite serious. So today I want to share with you some of the trivial things that annoy me…they’re listed in no particular order:

  1. Not being able to get a doctor’s appointment when you need one
  2. People who make out that they are you best friend in public, but in private are the first to ‘stab you in the back’
  3. Delivery drivers who, after delivering something to your house, don’t bother to shut your gate
  4. People who leave dirty dishes in the sink
  5. People who are always late

Do any of these annoyances sound familiar to you?

Yes, all the above things annoy me, but most of time I manage to stay quiet when they happen and just observe and say or do nothing as I know it’s just me being me!

Some words from 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) that you’ve probably heard or read many times:

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post Walk By Faith, today I want to think further about our walk through life. When it’s dark around us we can stumble around getting nowhere if we have no guiding light. Likewise, when we are blinded either temporarily by a bright light or something in our eyes, or permanently blind, we can also find ourselves getting nowhere in the darkness unless we have a guide.

These are exactly the circumstances when those words from Corinthians can be most applicable. After all when we can’t see around us, we really are walking or moving about in faith aren’t we – Faith that we’ll find a safe route or path out of the darkness.

Our faith must be strong enough to get us through those dark day, otherwise we put ourselves in real danger of not getting through those dark days unscathed.

Foundations

Posted: April 9, 2018 in blogging, faith, life, religion
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On Saturday I shared this picture which represents our journey through the various stages of life:

There can be times during our life journey that we do things, just because we think we should do them, rather than doing them because we know it’s what God would want us to do.

We must always remember that it’s only through Jesus that we can find the foundation and structure that we need in our lives. Jesus can be the stable ground on which we can build our lives because He is all we need.

Are you a strong person?

I’ve found that it’s usually those who don’t think they are strong that are usually the strongest people. I know I never consider myself to be a strong person, particularly these days, but maybe I’m simply just confirming my own statement that those who are strongest don’t think they are strong!

There’s nothing wrong with loving others, in fact that’s exactly what we should do. But there is something wrong with crying behind closed doors, because we all need love and support. So just as I said yesterday, maybe we all need to show our vulnerabilities so others can see we need their love and support.