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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Cycling
  2. Archery
  3. Boxing
  4. Judo
  5. Formula 1
  6. Netball
  7. Rowing
  8. Volleyball
  9. Basketball
  10. Hurling

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? 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. Speed
  2. Gold
  3. Danger
  4. Floor
  5. Crash
  6. Centre
  7. Cambridge
  8. Great
  9. Tall
  10. Limited

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!

In a recent conversation with someone we were talking about our frustrations at trying to get some specific tasks completed. During that conversation the person spoke about how they had agreed to take on the task because they felt they would be able to make a difference in other people’s lives by doing so.

Unfortunately that person has now found out that there are so many constraints on what they’re allowed to do, that they’re now questioning their decision agree to do the task. I felt so sorry for this person as you could see the passion and drive that they had when they first agreed to do the task, had slowly been drained from them. They were now questioning why they were still even trying to do the task.

The sad thing is, I know this person would, and could make a huge difference in others lives if they were allowed to get on with the task in hand without others unjustly putting obstacles in their way. Oh how the devil likes to wear us down doesn’t he?

We can be stronger than the devil when we’re challenged or frustrated by putting our trust firmly in God. If we give God all our frustrations, and all our challenges, God will help us get His work done by guiding us through those difficult times.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Croquet
  2. Rugby
  3. Badminton
  4. Squash
  5. Skiing
  6. 10 pin bowling
  7. Athletics
  8. Baseball
  9. Curling
  10. Gymnastics

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? 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. England
  2. Muddy
  3. Roof
  4. Wall
  5. Broken
  6. Chicken
  7. Speed
  8. Rounders
  9. Scotland
  10. Balance

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!

When we trust someone, we believe in them. We believe they won’t let us down, and will always be there for us.

Sadly, when we put our trust in others, they often let us down. They turn out not to be the reliable, faithful friend we thought they were.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Passion Translation)

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.

As we’re told in Proverbs, God is the one we should be putting our trust in. He can always rely on Him, because He’s always by our side.

Trust in Him, always.

I recently read an article on the BBC website about Professor Karim Brohi. He is the clinical director of the London Trauma System, which oversees the trauma care at 30 hospitals across London. It was a very insightful article, as it highlighted the huge number of trauma cases the trauma teams have to deal with on a daily basis. But not only that, it highlighted just how many of those trauma cases are actually young men and women who are the victims of stabbings.

Here’s an extract from the article (you can read the whole article on the BBC website).

The surgeon believes violence is increasing not just on London’s streets, but across the country.

“We do our best to save lives. But to really save a life – and make one that’s worth living – takes a whole community.

“We need to look again at our society, our culture and our values if we are to live in a world where children can be children, and mothers can be mothers, without ever having to sit in a hospital waiting room.”

It could be just that we have better access to information about the number of violent crimes than we used to have. However it definitely seems as if there’s been a huge increase in the amount of violence in our cities over the last few years.

Professor Brohi’s words really hit a chord thought don’t they? Our whole world seems to have lost sight of what should be important to each one us, our family, our friends, our neighbours, our community. In fact our world has sadly forgotten, or more accurately decided to turn away from God. God and God alone can bring peace back to this world, where man lives in harmony and peace with his fellow man.

God and God alone reveals the truth of all we call unknown
and the best and worst of man wont change the Master’s plan it’s God’s and God’s alone

When you’re in the middle of difficult times, it can seem like there is no end, that you’re troubles will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (The Passion Translation)

We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.

Always remember that, although it may not feel like it, our troubles are only temporary. It is important we always remember that. It’s even more important though that we remember to continue to trust God during times of difficulty.

Pray to God, give him all your worries, all your fears, focus on Him, and He will look after us forever.

So the new English Premier League got underway last night. Who’s going to be there or thereabouts for the title this year? Is it going to be the same two teams fighting for the title or is someone else going to step up?

Who do you think will win the premier title this year? Select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

I have found the music and words of a particular song going through my mind constantly for the last few days.

O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

Tune: St. Margaret

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about my Mum in these last few days, so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that this song has being going round my head. Just as God promised to love me unconditionally, so I am reminded that Mum and Dad always loved me.

It is because of the love and guidance I received as a youngster that I came to believe in God, and having grown up in the Salvation Army, I ultimately gave him my all when I was enrolled as a senior soldier of Rutherglen Salvation Army when a teenager.

Yes, that was a while ago now, and yes I’ve questioned and doubted God on many occasions, however God has never let me go, and has always stayed by my side and guided and strengthened me, even when at the time, it didn’t feel like it.

O Joy, that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.

Don’t ever let go of God, because He will never let go of you!

I think a number of us who attended Symphony Sounds at Birmingham on Saturday (1 June) were really blessed by the song The First Step by Joy Webb sung by FourHymn during evening finale. The word and music seemed to touch a number of us, particularly as it wasn’t a song we’d heard before.

Since then we tried find a recording of it, and thanks to Gaz Rose on soundcloud we found a recording of it sung by Roger Cobb. I hope you enjoy this and are blessed as much as we were.

Have you ever had something planned, and when the time comes for that event, you’re all good to go, but then something happens that completely changes your plans?

Well I’ve just had one of those weekends! I was meant to be going to Coventry with Bellshill Salvation Army Band, where we were leading worship there on Saturday night and Sunday morning and afternoon. I had been uncertain for a while whether I’d be well enough to go to the Coventry with the band, but decided a few weeks ago I should be well enough.

So I had to get up early on Saturday to get myself ready to go with the band. When we got up my husband mentioned he wasn’t feeling great. However it wasn’t until I had put all my stuff into my car and was almost ready to leave that I realised how unwell he was.

To cut a long story short, I realised I couldn’t go with the band. So I had to make a phone call I really hadn’t expected to have to make, at least I’d thought if I’d had to make that call, it would have been because I wasn’t well.

So what was going to be a very long and tiring weekend for me away with the band, turned out quite different for me. It was a really emotional weekend for me between my husband being unwell, plus I’d got myself worked up about going with the band as I hadn’t been 100% sure how well I would feel by the end of the weekend. I was really upset about missing the weekend, particularly as it had taken me a while to realise I’d be well enough to go, and then at the last minute, not being able to go. I prayed and prayed some more, I was struggling to cope with what was happening. Thankfully by Sunday my husband was feeling a bit better; the band had a fantastic weekend in Coventry – If you’re interested you can read reports of the weekend, and watch the meetings from our band Facebook page.

When unexpected things happen, we all react differently, and even that depends what has actually happened. After all not all unexpected events are bad ones!

So whenever you have to deal with something unexpected, pray and God will provide all you need.