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Do you keep putting off doing specific things because you’re waiting from that ‘perfect moment’?

The problem with waiting for that ‘perfect moment’ is it may never come. Could it be that you’re waiting for certain conditions to be met which you know will never happen before you do that ‘thing’?

I’ve been reminded too often in this last while of how fragile life can be, so if you really want to do something, just do it, don’t keep waiting until the conditions are right, you’re life is in order, or you’re in the location you’d prefer, just do! We don’t know how much time we have on this earth, today may be our last, or we may have another 20, 30, …, 70 etc years left here.

Are you willing to take a chance that you’ll still get the time to say or do what you want to do in that ‘perfect moment’? I’m not, so just cease the moment and say or do it now, otherwise that moment may never happen.

Have you ever been in a situation where you honestly thought your life was at an end, that you were going to die? If you have, you will know how utterly terrifying that experience can be.

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with serious health condition or illness that means you must undergo major surgery, to try and save your life, you will have experienced a situation where your future seems uncertain. In those circumstances we put our lives in the hands of the surgeon and medical staff.

From a health perspective, there are many who have experienced the life saving skills of medical professionals the world over. But what about your spiritual future, have you been saved?

God is a true life saver, because he loves each of us unconditionally, and can save our lives. He can guarantee our future, when we freely give our lives to him.

In this world there are health professionals who save physical lives on a daily basis. However in order to save our future life, God is our health professional, as when we give Him our lives, our heart our all, He saves our lives, and guarantees our future with Him.

Today I give thanks not just for those health professionals who have saved my life, but also God, as I have accepted Him as my Lord, and know He will look after me always.

What do you think of when you think of power?

Psalm 46:1 (The Passion translation)

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.

God is powerful, and that power is displayed to us through the blood of Jesus – Because of His death, we have the power to be free and forgiven of our sins.

Power in the Blood

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Come then for cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Chorus:
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb
The precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be whiter, yes whiter than snow?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Chorus:
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb
The precious blood of the Lamb.

Do you want to leave a legacy after you’re gone?

I’m sure most of us would answer yes to that question, however I thought about it a different way when I listened to Only Jesus by Casting Crowns

Did you catch those words?

And I, I don’t want to leave a legacy
I don’t care if they remember me
Only Jesus
And I, I’ve only got one life to live
I’ll let every second point to Him
Only Jesus

That ultimately is what life should be about isn’t it? We must live our lives for Him always, any sort of legacy we leave behind because of how we then live our lives would be an added bonus. So let’s make sure our living is only for Jesus.

Why is it when you’re tired or fed up and can’t wait for a particular time to come, it feels like time has stopped? Every clock or watch you look at seems to taunt you by moving extra slowly.

Tick..tock…tick….tock…..tick……..tock……….tick………….tock…………….

How you noticed that even when the seems to be passing extra slowly, you still struggle to get anything done? Probably because you’re too busy watching the clock tick and time pass so slowly. Even your brain seems to be working against you as you’re struggling to concentrate on anything.

Finally the clock reaches the time you’ve been waiting for all day, so you rush off home so you can relax and chill, but does this mean time continues to pass very slowly? Of course not! Now that you’re doing something you were really looking forward to, time starts to pass extra quickly! So much so, that before you realise it, you time for relaxing has passed, and it’s time for you go back to your daily routine again, where time seems to pass so slowly.

Watching the clock on the wall seeming to tick very slowly the other day, it reminded me that we spend much of our time wishing time would go by quickly because we’re looking forward to something. But conversely, we also spend a lot of our time wishing time wouldn’t go by so quickly because when we’re doing something we enjoy or are spending time with loved ones, time seems to go by quickly.

Do we make the best use of our time each day? We spend our lives wishing our time away, but have we actually made the best use of each moment we have on this earth? I’ve found in my own life that it’s not until those I love have passed away that I wish I had spent more quality time with them. So please don’t make that same mistake as me, use your time carefully, and live for now instead of always wishing the future to become the present.

clock

It can help us when we can get a mental picture of things. Which is why we probably like to be able to see things to help us make a decision.

Some would therefore question how we can believe in God when we can’t see Him. But while God himself is not visible, his actions and his love definitely are. And it’s because of what God does for us that our faith in him grows.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (The passion translation)

For we live by faith, not by what we see with our eyes.

Who else can send us a friend or confidant when we feel alone?

Who else can give us direction when we dont know where our life is going?

Who else can confort us when we grieve, and remind us to focus on the good memories.

Why do we do the things we do
How can we sing when there seems no reason to
How do we smile when there’s not much to smile about
When the world is down who are we to stand and shout
They wonder why we do the things we do

These are questions I’ve often pondered. Questions which really only have one answer…

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ~ John 3:16 (The message)

 

It’s all because of this
It’s all because of this
We’ve tasted love, tasted hope, tasted holiness

 

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.

We all get fed up with things at times – work, friends, neighbours, family, our ill-health etc. And sometimes we even get fed up with God when He doesn’t answer our prayers when we want, or in the way we want.

Could it be in those situations, that we have lost our faith and trust in God?

Maybe it’s then that we need to re-energise ourselves and our faith, and the the best way to do that is to pray to God and ask him to help reignite our love for Him.

Please don’t let your love for God die when you go through difficult times, when you think God doesn’t care about you. Instead trust God because He does care about you and will never leave you. We must trust God, and never give up on Him, because will never give up on us, even when we our faith falters.

Don’t let our love grow cold
‘Cause I’m calling out
Light the fire again
Don’t let our vision die
I’m calling out
Light the fire again

You know my heart, my deeds
I’m calling out
Light the fire again
I need your discipline
I’m calling out

Light the fire again

I am here to buy gold
Refined in the fire, naked and poor
Wretched and blind I come
Clothe me in white
So I won’t be ashamed
Lord, light the fire again

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Men and women, boys and girls, never knowing unconditional love, never feeling their future is secure.

Messages of turmoil, disasters, hatred fill our news and social media streams.

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Millions have turned from God thinking He doesn’t exist or doesn’t care for them.

Millions are wrong, God is always there for them, they just need to have faith to believe in God.

My prayer is that those of us who believe in God, do all we can to show those we come into contact with, that we are different, and live our lives differently, because we believe in God.

May we then be examples of Christ’s love to others, showing love and compassion to everyone.