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Aftermath

Posted: February 12, 2019 in cross, death, Health, life, love, music, religion, words
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Devastation, destruction, chaos, uncertainty – just a few words you might think of when you read the title of today’s blog post.

Do you think those words would have applied after Christ died on the cross?

In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

The aftermath of Christ’s death is forgiveness for each of us, no matter how huge or insignificant our sins may be. What a wonderful aftermath! However it came at a cost for God, as he had to sacrifice his only son for us.

Aftermath by Hillsong

[Verse 1:]
The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

[Chorus 1:]
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

[Verse 2:]
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

[Chorus 2 :]
In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

[Bridge:]
And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

[Chorus 3:]
Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

We all have times in our life when we face challenges. e.g. the death of a loved one, unemployment, serious illness. Based on some of the things I’ve learned about myself and from talking to others, I want to share with you some things to think about when you’re facing some tough situations. I hope you find this helpful:

Admit you’re struggling

You may not realise just how much you’re struggling. However I’m sure your family or friends will have noticed a difference in you. So if someone asks you if you’re ok, don’t just say ‘yes’ really look at yourself, and be honest with yourself. After all, if you don’t know you’re struggling or in trouble, how can you start to help yourself?

Don’t hide

When you’re struggling you’ll probably feel like you want to hide away from everyone in a darkened room or in a corner. That is one of the worst things you could do! The best way to keep your emotions under control when you’re struggling is actually to keep busy. When you’re busy there’s more chance you’ll focus on the task in hand instead of continually thinking about all your problems, as that will bring you down even more.

Say ‘No’

Are you the kind of person who always says ‘yes’ when someone asks you to do something? If you are, this one might be very difficult for you, but please consider it as I believe it really is quite uplifting to say ‘No’ sometimes. You may be struggling to do everything you’re already trying to do. So remember you do not need to do everything you’re asked to do. So say ‘No’, and use that extra time to take control of your life and your emotions.

Help

You probably think I’m just suggesting you seek help for yourself from either a friend or a help care professional, however I’m also suggesting you also help others too. One of the times I was struggling, I discovered a friend was also going through a really tough time and I definitely found that by talking with them, and trying to help them, it helped me focus on someone else’s problems instead of my own. Being able to offer support and help to someone else raised my spirits, as it showed me I was still useful and helpful to someone. So speak to others about how you’re feeling, as you may be surprised to find they too may be going through a difficult time and would be grateful for your support too.

Trust

This may be my final suggestion, but it is in fact the most important one – Trust God! God is with us all the time even when we ignore him or forget him. God will always answer your prayers – Maybe not today or tomorrow, but he’ll answer them. Maybe not in the way you wanted or expected, but he will answer your prayer. So trust Him! Believe in God!

I hope people think this is true about me

When someone is willing to die for you, I think it’s only right that we take them seriously and do all we can to tell others why that person is willing to die for us.

If ever life feels hopeless, remember these words from Max Lucado – They will hopefully remind you that whatever you are going through, God is with you and will never leave you or disappoint you.

The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, defeat Satan in your life. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, disappointment—they cannot take your hope, because they cannot take your Jesus. ~ Unshakeable Hope by Max Lucado

Follower

Posted: January 9, 2019 in cross, death, life, music, quotes, religion
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If I were to ask you to draw a picture of a follower of Jesus, what would your picture look like?

Here’s a picture which to me, shows and explains a follower of Jesus.

For me, and I’m sure, for other Christians, it’s all about the cross, and what God sacrificed for each of us when Jesus died on the cross. That is why I follow the cross. That is why I follow Jesus.

 

What does Christmas Day look like for you?

Well over the years, like many my Christmas Day has changed dramatically. When I was young Santa came to our house twice on Christmas Day – one in the morning when it was just Mum, Dad and me, and then later after dinner with all the family (including gran, aunts, uncles, cousins and great aunts), when we’d all exchange Christmas gifts. We’d then spend the evening playing games, watching a bit tv, and eating!

The next big change was when my cousins got a bit older and had their own families, so while the first part of the day remained the same, it was then just Mum, Dad, gran, my Aunt Mae and my great aunts for dinner. My cousins and their families would then come later in the evening, so Santa waited to make his second appearance of the day until they arrived.

When I got married Christmas became a day of eating even more, as we’d spend the first half of the day with my husband’s Mum and the second half of the day with a few of my family – Mum, Dad and Aunt Mae. Santa came three times then – in the morning for my husband and me, at my mother-in-laws and then again at my Mum and Dad’s!

Then we come to now…these days Christmas is just me and my husband, so we have a quiet Christmas by ourselves.

My Christmases may not be the busy days I used to have with lots of family around, but at least I have someone to share my Christmas Day with.

Sadly there many who will spend Christmas Day as they do every other day, alone. Sadly there are many who will spend the day thinking of past Christmases with loved ones who have passed away or who have moved away.

Can I ask that you take a few minutes out of your busy Christmas Day to either phone or pop and see someone you know who may be lonely this Christmas, or feeling sad because those they love are no longer with them. They will be finding Christmas Day extra difficult, so you could just make someone’s Christmas if you take the time to speak to or visit someone.

christmas alone

We’ve all heard people give examples of situations and events and say, “When your life depends on it”. But have you ever considered the phrase “when your death depends on it”?

For me when it comes to death, I am sure that if you have given your heart and your all to God, you can be assured of eternal life with God. Therefore, when we die our future depends on the decisions and promises we made during our life.

I therefore urge you to make sure you decide your future long before you die, by giving your all to God today.

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.

Let us each be a blessing and honour God’s names, because one day we will be together with the blind man Jesus healed, and the saints from all the ages, our friends and family who have gone before us, and we will be with God for eternity. On that day we will know for sure that everything we endured during our lifetime was for our good, and for the glory of God.

So today and tomorrow and the day after, remember that whatever we face, God is with us. And because of that we must accept his blessings and do our best to bless others and honour His glorious name.

I liked this picture when I first read it on a friend’s Facebook timeline. I wasn’t entirely sure why I liked it, but then it struck me, it’s probably because it tells us about something we don’t like but then immediately explains why experiencing that is actually good for us.

For example, maybe we think we feel sad all the time, that our life is not a happy one, but then we experience true sadness when someone close to us leaves us or passes away. It only then we realise how happy we really were in their presence, because now the sadness is so overwhelming.

So please have another read, thinking about how you can see yourself feeling each of those emotions or situations and simply, remind yourself just to appreciate what you currently have, because when it’s not there any more, there’s often no way to get back to where you are now, so you can truly appreciate what you have.