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Posted: April 25, 2018 in bereavement, death, education, family, friendship, life, music, words
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If they could see me now…

Words many of us will have said at some time – Maybe in relation to

  • family members who have passed away
  • teachers who told you you’d never achieve anything with your life
  • friends or colleagues that always put you down, believing they were better than you
  • friends you no longer keep in touch with

For me, I don’t really care about those from my past life who never believed I’d achieve anything with my life. I do however care that I make my Mum and Dad proud – I wish they were still here with me, but they’re not, so to me the best I can do is make them proud of me.

Just a few weeks ago as I was the cemetery after leaving flowers on a family grave, the song If you Could See Me Now by the Script was playing in the car. I think about my Mum and Dad every day as I miss them so very much, but since the day that song came on in the car, I’ve found myself thinking, if they could see me now…

 

If You Could See Me Now by The Script

It was February 14, Valentine’s Day
The roses came but they took you away
Tattooed on my arm is a charm to disarm all the harm
Gotta keep myself calm but the truth is you’re gone
And I’ll never get to show you these songs
Dad, you should see the tours that I’m on
I see you standing there next to Mom
Both singing along, yeah on and on
And there are days when I’m losing my faith
Because the man wasn’t good, he was great
He’d say “Music was the home for your pain”
And explained I was young, he would say
Take that rage, put it on a page
Take that page to the stage
Blow the roof off the place
I’m trying to make you proud
Do everything you did
I hope you’re up there with God saying “That’s my kid!”
I still look for your face in the crowd
Oh if you could see me now
(Oh if you could see me now)
Would you stand in disgrace or take a bow?
Oh if you could see me now
(Oh if you could see me now)
 

Contained

Posted: April 22, 2018 in children, holiday, music, religion, words
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When we’re looking forward to something, for example a holiday, a wedding, the birth of your child, it can be difficult to contain you excitement. Our excitement can be compared to an overflowing cup, where our excitement is greater than the cup so is overflowing from the cup.

Just as we can get excited about things, so God is excited about His love for us. God has always told us He loves each one of us, so has more than enough love for each of us. He has so much love that it continually flows from Him to us because it cannot be contained.

If my heart is a cup
Your love is an ocean
You fill me up
Like rivers overflowing

So hold our your cup and accept God’s love that is flowing freely to you.

We all have things which annoy us, some trivial, some quite serious. So today I want to share with you some of the trivial things that annoy me…they’re listed in no particular order:

  1. People who treat you like a child just because you’re younger than them.
  2. Those who park on double-yellow lines just to save themselves have to walk a few extra meters to the nearest parking space.
  3. When less qualified or experienced individuals thinks they know better than you, even although you’ve been there and done something many times before.
  4. When the weather forecasters say we’re going to have fantastic dry warm weather, but then discover they’re actually talking about the south of England, and our weather is actually going to be the complete opposite!
  5. Individuals who drop litter rather than put it in a litter bin that’s only a few meters away.

Do any of these annoyances sound familiar to you?

Yes, all the above things annoy me, but most of time I manage to stay quiet when they happen and just observe and say or do nothing as I know it’s just me being me!

Walking by faith means you have the courage to stand up for everyone – the hurting, the broken, and the down-trodden – to face death yourself for the good of others.

If you agree to do this you’ll need to be willing to get out of your comfort zone. You must be willing to let God take your world and turn it upside down, and start all over again. You must be willing to let God change how you see Him, and change how you life by letting Him use you the way that He sees fit.

Maybe God will ask you to do something you never dreamed you would ever do like foster or adopt children, leave your job and become a church minister, trade in all your worldly goods for God’s service…

Maybe God will challenge you. For example, how would you respond when life throws some devastating events at you – divorce, addiction, death of a child or sibling – all events that hurt like nothing else.

I don’t know how God may want to use you, but I do know that if you give your all to God, and allow Him to change your life, He will honour your request. He will take you on a journey, your journey by teaching you to walk by faith, and trust you with some of life’s most treasured moments with Him by your side.

what we thanked god for yesterday

This statement get’s you thinking doesn’t it?

If I was put into that situation today, I’m not sure I’d actually have very much today. How about you, how much would you have?

Two small words – thank you – but words which we can often take for granted, and if we’re honest, we can forget to say to those who mean the most to us, and that includes God.

I’m grateful to God for all He does for me on a daily basis, particular when I’m struggling. I know I really should say thank you to Him each day for everything He does for me. We can be quick to ask others, including God for things we want, but are we as quick to say, “Thank you”?

Please join me in making a commitment to ensure we thank God each day for all He does for us each day.

When we think about the sun, we think of bright sunshine, and possibly shade to get out of the sun as well!

What about when we think about Jesus, what do we think of? Here’s a great description I heard:

With the Son in front of us we cast a great shadow, however with the Son behind us there is no shadow.

That’s a great quote isn’t, it’s as if we’re talking about the sun or sunshine as it refers to shadows. However it’s about Jesus and how when you acknowledge Christ as Saviour, there are no shadows or dark places in your life, because He is always with you no matter where or what you are going through.

Words can be so hurtful. They can tear friendships and families apart. Sometimes because of a single word that has been misunderstood or misinterpreted by those to hear the words.

Words can be hurtful in their own right, but when added to by some form of physical attack as well, they can be devastating.

Whatever the form of attack, verbal and/or physical, it is an unnecessary and unacceptable feature of today’s world. That’s why I’m calling on each of us to help stop any form of verbal or physical attacks or abuse that we witness or are aware of.

Let’s stop verbal and physical abuse in their tracks now, today!

No matter how many family and friends you have around you, there are still times in everyone’s life when you can feel so very alone.

Have you felt like you can’t be strong?

Have you felt like you can’t go on?

Well let me reassure you, you are never alone, God is always with you. Because even if you think he has deserted you, He hasn’t – You are not alone!

You’ll Never Be Alone by Anastacia

The world is changing
And time is spinning fast
It’s so amazing how you came into my life
I know it seems all hope is gone
I know you feel you can’t be strong
And once again the story ends with you and I
And anytime you feel like you just can’t go on
Just hold on to my love
And you’ll never be alone
Hold on
We can make it through the fire
And my love
I’m forever by your side
And you know
If you should ever call my name
I’ll be right there
You’ll never be alone
Hopeless to describe
The way I feel for you
No matter how I try
Words would never do
I looked into your eyes to find
As long as love is alive
There ain’t nothing we can’t make it through
Anytime, or only for a while
Don’t worry
Make a wish
I’ll be there to see you smile
Ooh
Hold on
We can

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?