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In order to play a musical instrument, you must practice. By practicing you improve and gain experience. In a work environment you gain experience and knowledge by learning from those around you and being put in situations where you learn.

Life is similar – To learning how to get through life you must experience a difficult situation so that you learn from them. They then give you the strength and encouragement to know that you can face any difficult situation in the future, and you will get through it.

So even if you’re experiencing an earthquake in your life just now, be strong, and remember God is with you through it all and will help make you stronger.

This week I’ve provided several descriptions of a Christian, and the qualities you’d expect them to have.

Descriptions are all well and good, but in reality none of us ever truly live up to what is expected of a Christian. In fact none of us ever live up to God’s expectations of us. And this is all because we are human, imperfect.

The good news is God knows we’re not perfect, accepts us as we are, and is willing to help us be the best we can be – It’s simply a learning process.

That’s Christmas and New Year over, and before we know it, we’ll all be back at work or school, and we’ll be back in our daily routine again. Before we know it Christmas will seem like a distant memory as we head into what is usually the coldest, iciest and snowiest part of winter in the UK.

Now that I’ve completely depressed you all by what lies ahead of us as far as the weather is concerned, let’s go back to thinking about this new year and what it means to us.

Are you one of those people who makes one or more new year resolutions? Or have you been there done that in the past and now think they are a waste of time?

I’ve made new year resolutions in the past, but for a number of years now I haven’t made any resolutions. Why? Not because there’s nothing about my life I want to change this year, but because I don’t need the start of a new year to be determined to make these changes. Also what may be my targets or aims for this new year may change during the year because of circumstances, so where would that leave a resolution I made at the start of a year when circumstances were potentially different, so would never achieve them.

Yes I still  make a new start each year, but I make my targets and aims as I go through the year and I find this works best for me. It allows me to focus on what is important to me at the time, rather than focusing on goals set a number of month previously.

How about you, have you set new year resolutions? How achievable do you think your resolutions are?

You may already have seen or heard about this but it’s so lovely I wanted to share it with you all incase you hadn’t seen it.

A story appeared on the BBC website a few weeks ago about a primary school teacher who loves Christmas. However this year she’s asked her pupil not to give her any gifts, but instead asked that a donation could be made towards supplies for the local food bank.

The teacher said she was always “totally overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful gifts” from her pupils, but feels gifts were unnecessary. There’s a huge demand on the local food bank particularly during the winter months, so isn’t it fantastic that she’s asked that any money parents would have spent on a gift for her, be put towards supplies for the food bank. She also has spoken to the children to explain to them why she’s asking for donations for the food bank – “I sat down and chatted to the pupils about it and explained that Christmas is a time for giving and said it would be nice to do something for somebody else.” – What a great thing to do!

This is such a great reminder to us all that this time of year is not just about receiving gifts, but also giving to others, particularly those in need.

Here’s the link to the full story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46399857

 

Just today, there’s another news item on BBC about a school in Wales where they’ve made a request that no gift are given to teachers, but instead a donation is made to a charity:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46489219

Have you heard the following quote before?

It’s a quote I’ve seen and read a number of times in the past, but today I’ve found an added dimension to this when I found the following image

Yes, to change the world we must love our family, but to love them we must truly live as God wants us to. Therefore we must live as we’re instructed to do by God, and once we start treating our family as we should, we can them start working with and treating our friends and neighbours as we should; Then our community and so on, until we reach the world!

How long is it since you rode a bike?

How long is it since you last went for swim, and not just on holiday but actually do some lengths of pool?

Even if it’s been a while since you last did either of those things, once you start again, I’m sure you’ll it’ll feel as if you never stopped doing them. i.e. you’ll ride a bike as easily as you did and remember your swim strokes as if you’ve been practicing daily.

In the same way, even it’s been a while since you knelt before God and ask for his forgiveness, so it is just easy for us to kneel before God today. So if it’s been a while since you sought God, don’t think God will have forgotten you, or you’ll not know what to say to God, as God will always welcome you, and so will make it easy for you to come to Him.

A friend on Facebook recently posted this, and it really got me thinking…

Teacher of God

…it got me thinking of several people I have who have made me feel like that – as if I’m the only person in the room, that they are talking directly to me, even when I’m surrounded by lots of others.

At those times I remember sitting there thinking, “How on earth do they know how I’m feeling?”

I’m also aware that in the past I’ve didn’t even considered it was God’s handiwork at the time, until later. These days I now consider these special moments were all God’s doing – That it was God who was talking to me through His messenger.

I thank God for wonderful spiritual people who over the years have been inspired to teach us, so I could hear God speaking to me directly.

Once again today, I want to look at another verse from scripture that relates to the ‘faith of a child’. Today’s verse is from Proverbs 22:6 (TPT):

Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go, and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.

We sometimes forget that children see and hear everything we do, and that they learn from that. Therefore we must be sure that what say and do is appropriate for our children, and does teach them the values and a of life we want them to follow. After all, as this verse from Proverbs says, what we teach our children is what sticks with them, so make sure what they see and hear is what we want to stick with them!

God is our heavenly Father, and just as any Father would, he loves us unconditionally. Even when we fail or disappoint Him, God still loves us.

Just as God loves us unconditionally, we too should love others “just because”. So let’s try to show unconditional love to others.

Today’s blog post is a follow-up from yesterday’s blog post Shared Scars. Today is about how we get some of those scars – from our life experiences, both joyful and challenging.

I’ve found myself in the past that when I thought I was doing ok, and kind of put God into the background of my life instead of keeping him in at the centre of my life, that was when the most challenging part of my life began!

God knew I had moved away from me, and even when I went through the darkest of times in my life, instead of turning back to him, I simply thought he’d deserted me, so continued to ignore him. Now looking back on that time I realises that during that time I went through this experience

When I came out the other side of that very dark time in my life, I began to realise that it wasn’t me who got me through that time, it wasn’t my friends or family, it was God. He hadn’t deserted me during that time, instead he’d been at my side the whole time, and had in fact lead me through those dark days, and led me to the light.

I learned from that time in my life. I learned that I can’t live my life without God at the centre of it. I now know that even when I have some difficult times, God is still with me, and will guide me through those each days.

I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made in my life, have you?