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From the chaos

Posted: October 5, 2018 in bible, clothing, faith, life, love, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Do you ever feel as if you life is chaotic, as you spend what seems like all your ‘free’ time rushing from one place/activity to another, simply stopping occasionally to eat and sleep.

Even in this chaos, God can change us so we can be what he wants us to be. He can help us help others and show them what God can do for them.

We’re reminded of this in Psalm 51:7-15 where we firstly read about  what we would like God to do for us. It then goes on to remind us what the outcome will be when we let God give us what we need to do His work:

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.

It’s all quite descriptive language isn’t it, but because of that it really is clear what we can achieve for God when we give Him our all.

Let’s not be silent about our faith and our relationship with God, instead let God give us the words and the desire to tell others about God’s love for them.

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. Bottle
  2. Bacon
  3. Peg
  4. Smart watch
  5. Soup
  6. Lyrics
  7. Basket
  8. Ripple
  9. Wheel
  10. Framewords

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. Cough
  2. Eggs
  3. Clothes
  4. Blue
  5. Tomato
  6. Song
  7. Shopping
  8. Chocolate
  9. Car
  10. Crime

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. 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. Mug
  2. Hospital
  3. School
  4. Music
  5. Rose
  6. Paper
  7. Milk
  8. Jump
  9. Smart
  10. Bagwords

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. Coffee
  2. Sick
  3. Exam
  4. Emotion
  5. Love
  6. Book
  7. Shake
  8. Blue
  9. Watch
  10. Laptop

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’m sure many of us have said at some point, “This is hopeless”, many when we’ve trying to do something for while but despite your best attempts you haven’t succeeded and you’re getting frustrated. Our use of the word “hopeless” in those types of situations isn’t really what I want us to think about today.

Sadly there are many people in the world for whom life itself seems hopeless – maybe because they  have no money, no food, limited clothing, no job, maybe they are seriously ill, suffered a bereavement, a broken relationship, maybe they are lonely…the possibilities are endless.

When someone else looks at the lives of someone who feels hopeless, the chances are they won’t see someone without hope, but instead they will see someone who’s maybe down on their luck just now, and simply needs a break.

Jesus sees hope in every situation, and in every life. So if you feel life is hopeless, remember Jesus, because He alone can bring hope to broken lives.

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!

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Curtains or blinds
  2. Fitbit or smartwatch
  3. Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair or curls
  5. Visa or Mastercard
  6. Fleece or sweatshirt
  7. Yellow, rose or white gold
  8. First name or nickname
  9. Windows or iOS
  10. Hairdresser or barber

 

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Curtains
  2. Smartwatch
  3. Semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair
  5. Mastercard
  6. Fleece
  7. White gold
  8. First name
  9. iOS
  10. Hairdresser

That moment when you’ve gone out somewhere, look down at your feet and realised, you’ve got two different shoes on!

Have you ever done that? I have! A number of years ago I went to work with two different shoes on – I only realised as I was getting out my car after I parked the car at work. The stupidest thing about it was they were different colours, different styles and had different sizes of heels, so how on earth did I not notice they were different when I put them on! I remember I felt so stupid and immediate jumped straight back into the car, imagining ‘everyone’ had noticed.

Needless to say I don’t think anyone actually noticed even although there were a few others around, getting out their cars and heading into the nearby offices. Of course me being me, I couldn’t possibly go into the office with two different shoes on could I?

Well you’re right, I didn’t go into the office with two different shoes on…but what did I do? Well I realised I had a pair of old tatty shoes in the boot of my car, which I’d taken out the office a number of weeks beforehand. The choice was two different shoes, or a pair of tatty worn shoes…I went for the tatty old shoes as at least they were a matching pair!

 

Have you ever gone out anywhere wearing different shoes? If so when did you realise and what did you do?

A strange phrase isn’t it, so what does it mean?

It means you are very open about your emotions. Imagine in your mind’s eye the heart, the source of all your feelings and emotions, being worn on the sleeve, your deepest inner feelings displayed outside you for all to see.

Does that description send a shiver down your spine, or just make you think, “yeah ok”?

For me it’s definitely the former, as I am not someone who ever likes to let people see my deepest emotions, it makes me feel very vulnerable, and that’s not something I’m comfortable with.

Are you happy wearing your heart on your sleeve?

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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but as you’ll see from the title this is another Christmas word association today. It may be a Christmas edition word association, but it’s the same format, so 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. wordsChristmas film
  2. Shopping
  3. Clothes
  4. Decorations
  5. Holiday
  6. Present
  7. Letter
  8. Stable
  9. Nativity
  10. Weather

 

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. Elf
  2. Mayhem
  3. Jumper
  4. Time
  5. No work!
  6. Money
  7. Santa
  8. Jesus
  9. Children
  10. Snow

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

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!

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

De-clutter

Clutter can be a reminder of things that need to be done, spurring a feeling of failure, so cheer yourself and your day quickly by straightening out of cupboard or a bench.

If you want to go a bit further, why not tackle your wardrobe as I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you’ll have things in your wardrobe you kept, “just in case it fits me again sometime“, even though realistically I know, it’s not going to happen.

Even just sorting your things into some kind of order rather than the cluttered chaos it currently is, will give you the illusion of de-cluttering without throwing anything out!

 

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