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If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be the most expensive thing you would buy?

Some things are invaluable, and not because they are worth huge amounts of money, but maybe  because of who gave you them or how much sacrifice the giver had to make to get the gift.

Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary. You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God! ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (The Passion Translation)

God spent a fortune on each one of us, not in monetary terms but because of the sacrifice he gave for each of us. The gift of Jesus was the ultimate gift God gave the world. He was also the biggest sacrifice too, as He paid the biggest price for us, as Jesus died to that each of us could be free and forgiven.

That was an expensive price God paid for us. My question to you is, how much will you willing repay God for the love he gives us?

Questions and uncertainty

It can sometimes feel like we’re inundated with questions and uncertainty day after day. So in these circumstances where do you turn? Who do you turn to?

If your questions are about a specific subject or topic, I’m sure there are experts around who can assist. For example if you have a problem with your laptop or mobile phone, there are many shops and companies around who have technical experts who can help solve your technology issue.

If you questions are about life’s problems, maybe you turns to your parents or other family or friends.

If you feel your future is uncertain and you’re struggling to know how to see a positive outcome, who better to turn to than God. In fact, whether you have questions about life in general, problems with life, or feel life is getting on top of you, God is the the one to turn to. He alone can give you direction and guidance which always has your best interests at heart.

There’s no need to stress about your future, instead take all your questions or concerns to God, and He will answer your questions and guide you into the best future for you.

…who do you turn to?

…who do you choose?

Friends and family may do their best to support and help us when we struggle with life issues, but they never really know or understand just how we feel unless they have been through the exact same experiences as us.

God however knows every part of us – he knows our thoughts and our feelings even before we know or comprehend them ourselves. Therefore, God is the only person we can confidently say we can rely on to understand our every feeling and emotion. So choose God as your confidant, as he will love and support you through every difficult life situation.

When at school no matter how good I was at sports, I was always one of the last people to picked to be in a team during the sports lessons (though I was picked in the school teams). I never quite got that at the time, as I was always quite good at racket sports, football, volleyball etc, but still never got picked until there was nobody else left. Looking back these days, I now realise that while maybe my focus would have been on picking people to help my team win, others were simply picking their friends to be in their team, and that explains why I was always left to the end!

While I may not have been chosen to be part of a team chosen by my so-called fiends, and that hurt, I do know that I have still been chosen.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (The Message)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

God has chosen me to be me. He’s chosen me to be part of his family. He doesn’t care what I’ve done in the past. All he wants is for me to seek Him as my friend and saviour. I’ve done that and the good news is, He has also chosen you – All you have to do is seek him.

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!

How many time has someone said to something like, “You wouldn’t know what it’s like to suffer, as you’re a Christian”? Just because we believe in God, doesn’t mean we are immune from facing problems or difficulties in our lives. In fact, we’re just the same as everyone else, we can experience hurt, bereavement, ill-health, depression, abuse etc.

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him ~ Philippians 1:29 (NIV)

Just because we’re Christians, doesn’t mean we’ll have an easy life where every relationship will be great, or our health will never fail us, or others won’t hurt us. But, because we believe in God, we are assured that we never have to face any problem on our own, because He will give us the strength to get through every difficulty we face.

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.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling so good, or feeling low, emotional or alone, I just want to hide from the world and everyone in it. The last thing I want to do is run to someone for help, I prefer to be on my own, and cope with whatever I face by myself.

I know I don’t ever need to face anything on my own, as God is always with me, and will always help me. But when it comes to interacting with the world and the people in it, sometimes I just don’t want to, especially when it feels like no-one even notices when I’m not around.

At those times, that’s when I do run to God, because He’s the only one who truly knows and understand me, and how I feel. He gives me peace and hides me under His wings.

Hide Myself by Michael W Smith

I’ve heard the thunder before
I’m not a stranger to storms
Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

I’ve had to wait in the dark
And hold the truth in my heart
Even in the night
Still You open wide
Your faithful arms

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

You are the refuge that stands
You hold my world in Your hands
The quiet in the noise
The stillness of Your voice
Will be enough

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

And it’s Your presence alone
That changes all that I know
‘Til all that I know
Is just Your presence alone
I’m safe in Your shadow

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with a theme, Music!

So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Plastic bag
  2. Chicken
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Quote
  5. Thermometer
  6. Coach
  7. Gas
  8. Tablet
  9. Magnify
  10. Speaker

wordsSo how did you get on with those words? 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. 5p
  2. Chinese
  3. Red
  4. Insurance
  5. Different
  6. Travel
  7. Condemned
  8. Mum
  9. Sight
  10. Loud

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!

Have a look around you. Look at the people you see. How many are on their phones, not necessarily talking to anyone, but simply on some social media site ‘chatting’ with friends or family?

Next time you’re outside, do the same, look around and see what many around are doing. Again I suspect you’ll find the majority are probably using their mobile phone.

We’re probably all guilty of being ‘on’ our phones far more these days than we should be, so I’m sure we all make sure we never get into a situation where we get the dreaded ‘low battery’ message.

But consider this

We try to do so much these days, running around from one thing to another, keeping going because we don’t want to let anyone down. We put on a ‘public face’ so others won’t see how much we’re struggling with life, even when we’re exhausted and find we’ve no energy to carry on with life.

We’re guilty of taking better care of our phones than we do ourselves sometimes, aren’t we? So please stop, have a think about what percentage you’d say your own personal battery would register at. If you’d say your battery would say ‘low battery’, it’s time for you to take a time out from life, and look after yourself, your health and your well-being, because you need a break.