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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?

Yesterday, in Only One, I asked you if you how many brothers or sisters, and then spoke about relationships with our family and siblings.

A similar question today – Do you consider your Christian friends to be your brothers and sisters in Christ?

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (1 John 4:20-21)

If we truly love God, we must not make up any reasons why we cannot love our brothers and sisters in Christ. Having said that, we are only human, so we do find it difficult to love everyone. We must therefore ask God to give us understanding and patience in all our relationships so that we can be the kind of person He wants us to be – The kind of person who loves everyone, even those who would do their best to be our enemies.

How many are there in your immediate family?

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Well, as some of will know, I don’t have any brothers or sisters so I’m an only child. I therefore have no idea what it’s like to have grown up with brothers or sisters – to play with, fight with, confide in and of course love.

When I was growing up, nearly all my friends had brothers or sisters. So I felt different because I never experienced the same childhood relationships with siblings that my friends did. These days I still sometimes wish I had brothers or sisters so I had someone to confide in, someone to talk to, particularly now my Mum and Dad are no longer here.

As I have no brothers or sisters, I’m also never going to be an aunt to anyone – I would have loved that, as I know from my own experience with my Aunt Mae, how special a relationship an aunt can have with their niece or nephew.

So for those of you who do have brothers or sisters, remember how lucky you are – even although you may argue and fight with your siblings and you may lead very different lives from your siblings – they are still your family so I’m sure you all still love one another, even if you wouldn’t openly say that to one another!

1 Timothy 5:5 (NIV)

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

The love between you and your brothers and sisters should be everlasting, because they are your family!

When was the last time you heard someone boasting?

When we boast about something, we talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about your own (or someone close to you) achievements, possessions, or abilities.

Boasting isn’t necessarily something that is well received by the listener as it can sound like you are trying to out-do them, or make them feel inferior – both of which I’m sure you’d agree is not a good thing.

In Galatians 6:14 (The Message) we read:

For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ.

Chris Tomlin sings I Will Boast which is based on these words. Please listen to this song, and reflect on whether you boast only about Christ, and the cross.

I will boast only in the cross
Where my Savior died for me
Nothing else, no other love,
Goes so far and runs so deep
I will boast only in the cross
See His head, His hands, and feet
Scars of grace, scars that heal
He broke the curse and set me free
Only One took the nails
Only One tore the veil
Only One spotless Lamb
I will boast only in the cross
I will boast only in the cross
The Father’s love at Calvary
My sin erased, my debt He paid
This is my hope, the song I sing
This is my hope, the song I sing
Only One

Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions in our lives – sometimes they can make us question ourself and our beliefs, or even question our love from someone.

However just because you have to make a difficult decision, doesn’t mean it’s not the right decision.

Making the right decision should be of more concern to us than how difficult the decision is for us to make. When we love someone, making a decision that can affect their future or your relationship with them, can be the hardest thing ever.

Remember as long as the decision you make is the right one, that’s all that matters.

 

Where is God in your list of priorities?

Is he up there with your family and friends, or is he an after-thought that you just consider when you’re not busy, or at your wit’s end?

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again

God gave us life, he loves us unconditionally, he sacrificed His Son for us – doesn’t He deserve to be to high on your priority list? I’d suggest he deserves to be top of your priority list, as you are top of his!

The First and the Last

You are the first and the last
Beginning and the end
The promise of wonders to come
The future is in your hands
Caught in the light
With all the earth we will sing

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again
Caught in the love
With all we are let us sing

God our hope
And our salvation
Worthy of all the praise
Be our light everlasting
Great is your name
Jesus the first and the last

Show us the way of your love
Lead us toward the truth
Stir up the fire in us
To live out this life for you
Caught in your name
Jesus forever we’ll sing

Every heart
Every nation will hear the sound
As your light breaks through the darkness
And your name rings out
Every distant horizon will meet as one
Singing holy is your name
We sing holy is your name

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed 2018!

Thank you for following my blog, I pray that in this coming year I may challenge and inspire you, as well as giving you a laugh sometimes. Thank you for your support.

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2018 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all, both from your family and your friends, but even more so from God.

A new day and a brand new year has come, bringing with it opportunities to shine.

When a child is born, it’s the beginning of a new life, both for the child itself and also for its parents as they adapt to their new family life. But just as the knowledge and belief that Christ was born on Christmas day can allow us to find new life in Him, it can also let us start a new life, be born again, any time.

So this Christmas, as we look forward to the future and next year, why not give your heart to Him today and be born again.

O Come Be Born Again by Jennifer Martin

Baby born in Bethlehem
Come be born in me again
Since You don’t mind dirty stables
Here’s my heart not fit or able
To receive such majesty
Still, You humbly come to me

Chosen One who chose to be
Suff’ring Savior, Servant King
Since You don’t despise the broken
Here’s my life laid bare and open
To receive Your mercy
As Your Spirit calls to me

All who struggle, all who sin
Come and become born again
Come and lay your heavy burdens
At the cross where all’s forgiven
At His feet new life begins
Come, O sinner, enter in

How are you? Have you survived your Christmas Day?

Have a look around you, is there wrapping paper everywhere, toys scattered over the house, a pile of dirty dishes stacked in the sink and the bin full to overflowing?

Yes, in the excitement and busyness of Christmas Day, we can often discard things with the intention of clearing them up later. We then get up the following day, and wish we’d cleared up the previous night don’t we!

Just because Christmas Day and the celebrations associated with this special day are over, I pray we don’t discard Christ in the same way we discard the leftover wrapping paper and food. Christmas may be the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, but it’s also the day we celebrate the start of Jesus’ life, a life which he later sacrificed for us.

So although Christmas Day is now over, don’t let Christ fall out of your life, because His legacy is not just for you at Christmas, but for all of us throughout the whole year.

MerryChristmas

I’m not sure how many people will read this blog post as it’s Christmas day and most will busy with your family, eating, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating Christmas. But if you are reading this let me wish you a very happy and blessed Christmas!

Christmas is time for family and friends, joy and celebration, but is it that for everyone? Sadly there will be many today who are alone, mourning the loss of a love one who have passed away or homeless. There are also those who may have thire family with them, but didn’t have enough money to buy any gifts or even buy a meal for them today.

So today as you celebrate, I ask you to take a few minutes out from your celebrations and pray for those who are finding today very difficult.

Enjoy your Christmas, and enjoy making new memories with your family today.

Merry Christmas!