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When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who is your role model?
  2. Are you more like your Mum or your Dad?
  3. If you could buy any car, what car would it be?
  4. What makes you cry?
  5. When was the last time someone told you they loved you?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Sometimes actions speak louder than any words ever could.

For me, Easter is a true example of that, as any picture of Christ on a cross, says more about God’s love for us than any words ever could.

Ever more than 2000 years on, the cross still has a message for each one of us – It still shows us just how much God loves each of us; so much so that he willingly sacrificed his only son, Jesus, just so we could be forever forgiven.

What words could ever describe Easter better than a picture of Christ on the cross?

The Cross Has Said It All by Matt Redman

The cross has said it all
The cross has said it all
I can’t deny what You have shown
The cross speaks of a God of love
There displayed for all to see
Jesus Christ our only hope
The message of the Father’s heart
Come my children, come on home

As high as the heavens are above the earth
So high is the measure of Your great love
As far as the east is from the west
So far You’ve taken our sins from us

The cross has said it all
The cross has said it all
I never recognized Your touch
Until I met You at the cross
We are fallen, dust to dust
How could You do this for us?
Son of God, shed precious blood
Who can comprehend this love?

How high, how wide, how deep
How high…

If God called you home today, do you think you’d be ready to go?

I guess for many, regardless of when we are ultimately called to be with our Maker, it may always feel just a little bit too soon for us. e.g. Maybe we don’t want to leave our family, maybe there are tasks we still want to achieve, or some other things we want to still do.

I wonder if Jesus felt it was too soon for Him to be going home that first Easter – Whether he wished he could have stayed longer. Even if Jesus would have preferred to have stayed on earth longer, He still willingly went to the cross because he knew it was His time. It was His time to save the world!

Just as when Jesus died that first Easter, it was the ‘right time’ for Him, it will be the ‘right time’ for us when we are called, because it’ll be God who has called us home.

I love the following song, Ready To Go Home, here performed by Morten Harket, which is about being ready to go home to God.

Ready To Go Home

On the street below these walls
Where I used to walk
Now I can barely crawl
All this darkness rising tall

Lord, shine a light for me
I’m waiting to be called

I’m ready to go home
I’m ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I’m ready to begin

Take this river to the sea
Where the delta flows
The tide is washing over me
Take this soul to heaven’s door

Show me where tomorrow lies
I’m waiting to be born

I’m ready to lay down
I’m ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I’m ready to go home

So tired, I lay down with these
Memories
I breathe shallow deep inside of me
If time has run its course with me…

I’m ready to go home
I’m ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I’m ready to begin

I’m ready to lay down
I’m ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I’m ready to go home

Sometimes when we try to spend some quality time with our friends or family, other events or circumstances have a way of disrupting our plans so that we end up not managing to spend the quality time we had wanted with those we love.

It can be the same in our Christian lives too, because when we try to spend quality time with God, that’s when satan will do his best to try to distract us, and keep us from focusing on God.

So stay focused on God, and stop all the things around you that may try to intrude on your time with Him, from distracting you from Him.

I do believe!

Posted: March 27, 2017 in belief, bible, family, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” ~ Mark 9:24 (NIV)

How about you, did you have that eureka moment in your life when you suddenly realised that you do believe in God? Or have you always known God was there and so have believed in Him for as long as you remember?

However, and whenever you told God you truly believed in Him, doesn’t really matter, as ultimately the fact that you do believe is all God asked of you.

In the UK, today is Mother’s Day, so for many today is day to say thank you to our Mum’s for all they have done/do for us, and just generally spoil them for at least today!

For those of us whose mother’s have passed away, the lead up to Mother’s Day with all the adverts on TV can be difficult, nevermind Mother’s Day itself when all around there are people celebrating with their Mums. It can also be a difficult day for those who have wanted children but who for whatever result, have been unable to have children.

A couple of months ago we went to the Liv On concert with Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Olivia Newton-John. Here’s some of what their website tells us about this project:

The LIV ON Project and CD came to fruition the way many of the best collaborations do…via a series of conversations between friends about what matters most in life: Love, loss, hope and healing.

All three had endured profound, life-altering losses and yet each remained committed to one thing: a desire to transform individual grief into healing via music… for all.

This very special collection of songs will help lift the hearts of others going through their own hardship, whatever the cause.

The songs on the “LIV ON” CD take the listener on a journey of remembrance, toward one of inspiration and hope.

As well, the three mega-stars have created several brand new songs, including the title track, “Live On,” which born of their own exploration into the pain of loss, the growth that follows and eventually, the journey toward renewed joy.

“We found that any time we shared a vulnerable part of us, we felt such an overwhelming feeling of kinship and relief… that we were not alone with our pain. We hope these songs that came from the depths of us, will offer a place of comfort to others.” ~ Olivia Newton-John

I found the words and the music of all the songs presented at the concert very inspiring, so I just wanted to share with you today the title track from the Liv On CD, entitled Live On:

Live On by Amy, Olivia and Beth

I’m waking up this morning
Grateful for the gift of one more day
The light of hope is dawning
It fills my heart and lifts my fears away
Sometimes there’s a miracle just beyond the pain
When you can see the rainbow in the rain

Live on, live on
Brighter skies will come again
Cry the tears you cry and then live on, live on
Love is all we leave when we are gone live on

We’ve shared so much together
Think of all the mountains we have climbed
Sorrow joy and laughter
Woven through the tapestry of time
Even as we’re letting go we will not lose faith
All the precious memories we make

Live on, live on
In the hearts of those we touch
All the dreams inside of us live on, live on
Love is all we leave when we are gone live on

Live on, live on
More than just survive my friend
We learn how to thrive and then live on, live on
Shining like the words inside this song, live on

Love is all we leave when we are gone live on
In every heart of those we touch
In every dream that means so much
Yes I believe that all of us live on

If ever we need a reminder that God has promised to love us always, we can find it in Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

The question is, are you repaying God’s faith in you by loving Him?

Everyone is different; Everyone has different hopes and dreams; Everyone reacts differently to every situation and feels different emotions.

Just as we are all different, so are the reasons people feel lonely.

Some go through their life constantly feeling lonely – A loneliness that doesn’t seem to be related to any other events or circumstances. Why some people feel lonely and others don’t, is difficult to determine but here are a few circumstances/reasons that may contribute to their feelings of loneliness:

  • They have no self-esteem and lack confidence.
  • They don’t like themselves so feel no-one else can like them either.
  • They may feel that when they were a child, they weren’t loved, and therefore when they become adults they continue to feel alone and unloved in all relationships

i hate feeling aloneWhen people feel lonely they may cut themselves off from friends/family and may stop socialising or attending gathering whether they will be forced to face many people, so that they don’t have to face a world of people they feel unconnected to.

Others may react completely differently, and can try to avoid being on their own, by always trying to have someone in their company, so they are not on their own. They can even make a point of , and will seek out other people to avoid having to face their own company.

If you find you are hiding away from others, avoiding social activities, please remember that you are not the only one who feels like this, many others feel the same way. There are understanding people and organisations that you can talk to. They can help you overcome these feelings of loneliness so you can get back to getting on with your life.

Get living!

Thursday 2nd March was world book day 2017. IF I’m honest, when I first hear it was world book day I didn’t really know what that meant, but once I found out more I realised this was such a great idea to try to get kids interested in books and reading more.

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So what is world book day?

World book day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of authors, books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

2017 is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day. In the UK the main aim of world book day is to “encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own”.

As part of this schools and nurseries that registered for world book day were sent packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs which contained ideas, activities and display material about how to get involved in World Book Day.

The children then take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of a new and exclusive book free, or they can get £1 off any book or audio book costing.

When I was in the car on Thursday they were interviewing someone from World Book Day, and was saddened to hear that from many children World Book Day was the only way they actually got a book of their own.

Reading and access to books should be a standard part of every kid’s childhood. After all if they don’t grow up reading and loving books, how will they ever get into reading?

So well done to all schools and nurseries that took part in this year’s World Book Day, I hope once again it got kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and let them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.

Everyone is different; Everyone has different hopes and dreams; Everyone reacts differently to every situation and feels different emotions.

Just as we are all different, so are the reasons people feel lonely.

aloneFrom an early age we start learning/understanding that we need time on our own, just as much as we need intimate/quality time with those we love. We start to realise quite quickly how difficult it can be to balance time with our loved ones against time for ourselves.

At various stages in life, we reach milestones in life, that often accentuate these needs and make us vulnerable to our feelings and emotions making us feel insecure or lonely: adolescence; adulthood; thirty-something; mid-life crisis; menopause; and old age are often all linked with changes we feel to both our physical and emotional being.

Remember each of these phases will pass, and while it can feel painful and scary at the time, it can also be an opportunity to become more self-aware giving us a change to improve our overall wellbeing as a result.