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I often listen to music in my car from on usb drive. It’s got thousands of music tracks on it, and I tend to just play things randomly so I never really can predict what I’m going to hear next.

Last week on my way to work the song The best is yet to come by Mike and the Mechanics, came on, and although it’s not a Christian song, I felt as though the words of the song were God himself talking to me. It’s an upbeat song, and as it was on my way to work I heard this, I found it actually raised my spirits and really set me up for the day.

I hope you too will find the song and these words uplifting – Just listen to the song and imagine God is speaking the words to you.

Are there days when you’re feeling
Days when you’re feeling down?
And you’re looking for hope but
Hope can not that be found?
Are there nights when you’re falling
Nights when you’re falling fast?
Can you take a hold of my hand
Let go of the past?
Can I take a hold of your heart?
That’s all I ask

And if you say yeah
You give it one more chance
You see, the best is yet to come
And if you say yeah
The future’s in your hands
The best is yet to come

If there’re times you’re the winner
Times you’re the loser too
Are there times when you question
Everything you knew?
I don’t want you to give up
Don’t you give up now
Gotta keep your feet on the ground
And your head in the clouds
Can you just be true to yourself
And make me proud?

And if you say yeah
You give it one more chance
You see, the best is yet to come
And if you say yeah
The future’s in your hands
The best is yet to come

Have you ever had a time at work where week after week, something happens that means you get diverted from the tasks that you planned to do, to do something else? Over the last month or so, that seems to be happening to me every week. Not only that, but the task I get diverted onto, are never quite as straightforward as they first seem, and so end up taking up much more of my time than anyone imagined.

What’s not helped for me, is that between annual leave and sickness absence in my team, there’s only ever been me and one of my team members working each day, for the last month. This has just meant that no matter how hard we try, we’ve not really managed to get through the work that I’d planned for us to do in June or July.

Even on Friday something which on the face of it looked like a task that would take an afternoon to do at the most, ended up uncovering another issue, which will need further analysis before deciding the best way to fix it.

There is good news though, as this week my team are back to three, as one of my team will be back from their summer holiday. So here’s hoping there’s no more unexpected issues, and we can finally get on with the work that I’d planned for us to do!

Stuck!

Posted: July 27, 2019 in Employment, Food, stress
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Well yesterday at work I got stuck in one of our lifts for about half an hour!

I had been out for a walk at lunch time and on my return to our building felt a little tired so thought I’d get the lift rather than walking up three flights of stairs. I got in the lift and pressed the button for floor three, the lift went up to the third floor, but then the doors didn’t open. I tried going to each of the other floors again but still the doors wouldn’t open. I phoned one of my colleagues in my office and the started events to get the engineer to come and get me out.

When I did get out the lift, I was told I was very calm, which I was. It wasn’t the biggest of lifts and was absolutely roasting, but I’m not bothered by enclosed spaces, and ultimately knew I was in no danger etc. I was glad I was returning from my lunch and had a bottle of fruit juice with me, as I ended up drinking nearly all of it in the lift because it was so hot!

It’s funny I never really thought about what it would be like to be stuck in a lift before, but it was actually ok. Mind you, as one of my colleagues said it might not have ok if the lift had been full. Yeah stuck in a full lift with no room to move, does not sound like fun and would have been incredibly hot, as it was bad enough today with just me in the lift!

Well that’s one more thing I can I have now experienced, being stuck in a lift!

Some more programming humour today.

Programmers can build loads of useful things, but sometimes we’ve just got to admit it’s not our job

 

The time we spend with God should be precious, it should calm our hearts and minds, and should let us focus  solely on God.

When we’re doing things that aren’t directly involving God, such as working, parenting, driving etc, have you noticed how the devil is as evident during those times?

However when you want to sit down and spend some quiet time with God, that’s when we can so easily find ourselves procrastinating, and doing all sorts of things that in reality, could have waited until later. That’s because that’s when the devil is at his worst, trying to distract us from God.

So keep focuses, don’t procrastinate, but instead spend quality time with God.

Came across this quote tonight and it resonated with me. A couple of days ago at work we discovered an issue with a process that was implemented a few months ago. We’ve therefore had several conversations in the last few days about how we all make mistakes sometimes.

The situation at work, proved we all make mistakes, and then make more mistakes, as the problem that was discovered was originally found at the end of last year, and was documented as having been fixed. Unfortunately a fix had been put in place which resolved one issue, but it appeared the fix wasn’t fully tested, meaning it wasn’t noticed that the whole issue hadn’t been resolved.

In life, even when we mess up God forgives, restores and blesses us again. And when we then mess up again, God forgives, restores and blesses us again. And when we mess up again God forgives, restores and blesses us again, etc etc.

Thank goodness God forgives, restores and blesses us again and again because as humans we mess up so often.

How good are you at waiting?

For me and possibly you too, it probably depends what you’re waiting for.

  • If you’ve got a hospital appointment and you’re waiting to be seen, you’re probably anxious or nervous.
  • If you’re waiting for delivery of a new TV, you’re probably desperate for it to be delivered, anticipating how great the picture and sound are going to be.
  • If you’re waiting for a letter to confirm a job offer, you may be anxiously looking out the window for the postman.

How about when you’ve prayed to God about something specific and are waiting for Him to answer your prayer – Are you eager to find out how God is going to answer your prayer, or anxious that he won’t answer your prayer in the way you want?

However and whenever God answers our prayers, there’s no need to be anxious or afraid, because He will answer our prayers in the way that He deems is best for us.

Other than going to work or school, is there anywhere else you go regularly? e.g. social club, church, fitness class etc.

If you fail to turn up at work or school without letting anyone know you’ll be absent, they get in touch to make sure you’re ok and find out why you failed to turn up when you were supposed to.

How about those other activities you do regularly – If you miss one of them, would anyone notice you weren’t there? Would they be concerned for your well-being? Would someone contact you to make sure you’re ok?

If no-one checks up on you when you don’t attend something you’re supposed to, it can leave you feeling alone and invisible. But let me reassure you, you are definitely not alone, because God is always with you, and He always cares about you.

Money

Posted: May 7, 2019 in Employment, finance, LinkedIn
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I received an email from LinkedIn a few weeks ago entitled, “Where you’ll earn most money”. The title of the email was a little annoying as I certainly don’t consider myself someone who changes jobs for the sake of getting more money…if I did, I doubt I’d have been in my current job so long!

Is money really what working is about?

Yes, money is what pays the bills and allows us to buy goods which help improve our lifestyle. However money, to me, isn’t the main reason I would take on a particular job or role. For me, the job has got to be something I feel I can do to the best of my ability, and it’s got be something where I can see how it’ll help others. Flexibility and benefits that go with a job are also high on my priority list.

I actually didn’t open that email from LinkedIn as I wasn’t intestered in where I’d earn more money. What are your drivers for a job?

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve found myself thinking about my life now, and how that compares to what my life was like when I was much younger.

In doing that, I’ve wondered, if I was able to give my younger self some advice or information to help them, what would that be. So today I want to share with you another three bits of advise I’d want to give my younger self:

  1. Don’t let work rule your life, there are far more important things in life.
  2. Don’t let others tell you what to do or say, they don’t own you or rule your life.
  3. Pray, pray and pray some more – even when it feels as if God has deserted you

How about you, what advise would you give your younger self?