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When you face choices in your life, do you:

  1. Think things through on your own before making a decision
  2. Talk the choices though with your family and make a joint decision
  3. Take the situation to God, and wait for Him to direct you

We probably all try to do a bit of all these options if we’re honest, but as Christians we must always go for option 3. Remember God will never ask you to do something you’re not capable of – You may just not realise you are capable of it before you start!

So leave your life choices to God, and He will do the best for you.

Touch my mind – I’ll remember today; touch my heart – I’ll never forget.

We all have many relationships in our lives, some with people where we challenge one another on a work/employment level; some where we’re challenged physically, through taking part in a sport together; some where we support one another emotionally; some we’re lucky enough to find challenge us in more than one of these areas.

It’s true though, it’s those who reach out and touch our hearts, maybe because they support us or are a confidant, that we never forget.

Think about it, look back over your life, how many people who touched your heart at some point, are still either part of your life, or are still on your mind regularly?

What about those who maybe challenged your brain power, maybe a teacher/lecturer, I suspect you’ll either struggle to remember those in this category or if you can remember them, I doubt they’re people you think about very often.

That moment when you’ve set off in the car on your holidays, and then about an hour into the journey the words “I’m not sure I remembered to lock the back door” echo round the car!

When I was younger, this or similar phrases were uttered not long into the start of our annual car journey south at the start of our summer holidays. Mum always had second or third thoughts about whether she’d turned this or that off, or lock a door or something along those thins.

If I remember correctly, I don’t think we ever turned round and went back home to check anything, although I think a couple of times we maybe stopped and phoned my aunt, who had spare keys for the house, to ask her to check everything was ok. Other times I recall Dad and I both convincing Mum that whatever it was she thought she’d forgotten to do, we had checked and it was ok.

No matter how we ended Mum worrying about something she thought she’d forgotten, there was never an occasion where it turned out Mum had forgotten to do something! How many times have we all done that, gone out, and thought you’ve forgotten something, but in reality you very rarely have?

So whether you’ve had you’re moment of thinking you’ve forgotten something when you head off on holiday this summer, or you’ve still to go on holiday, be assured that it’s more than likely that you haven’t forgotten to do something important before you head out your house on holiday.

That moment when you pass your driving test!

Were you nervous when you sat your driving test? Did you pass first time?

I remember feeling quite nervous when I sat my driving test. I think I put more pressure on myself when I sat my test as well because I’d already bought my first car the previous week, and was due to go and pick it up the day after my driving test…so I had to pass or we were going to need someone else to come with my Dad and me to drive my car home!

On the day of my test it was wet, and during my test when I had to do a reverse round a corner, and while in the middle of doing this the rear wiper on the car stopped working, so added pressure!

By the time my test finished I wasn’t sure if I’d passed or not but was feeling optimistic. It turned out to be well-founded as I passed my driving test 1st time! Woohoo! I’d passed my test and the following day was going to become a car owner…I was growing up!

That moment when after waiting for weeks for your school or university exam results, the postman finally delivers them, but you’re too scared to open them!

Yes that was me when I was waiting for my school and university exam results. On each occasion I had convinced myself I had done really badly, even though at the time I knew I had studied well, and on the days of the exams, I’d understood and remembered most of what I needed to on the day.

But when you’ve had weeks to reflect on the questions asked in the exams and consider how you answered each question, I found I convinced myself each time that I had failed to provide critical information or made incorrect calculations for each questions, which in turn got me really doubting whether I had done enough to pass each exam.

When the letters finally popped through the door – each time several hours after some of my friends had received theirs and already contacted me to tell me how they had done – I insisted on taking the letter up to my bedroom. I then sat on my bed staring at it for what at the time seemed like ages, before I finally plucked up the courage to open it. I think I was so scared to open the letter for two reasons, firstly, I knew I should have passed, as out with exam conditions I knew I would have done more than enough to pass; Secondly, I knew my Mum and Dad would be disappointed if I didn’t do well – Not that they wouldn’t have been supportive regardless of what my results were, but I knew they expected me to do well based on my performance during the school/university year.

So when I finally did open the letters, I needn’t have worried, I had done ok – On a couple of exams, maybe not as well as I’d hoped, but the results still satisfied the grades I required each time.

My panic over opening these letters was unfounded. Sadly since then I can think of a number of situations where I’ve convinced myself I’ve not done well at something, and got all stressed and worried, only to find again that my fears were unfounded. I’m obviously just a worrier!

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.