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When I think about the word ‘pieces’, I think of a jigsaw puzzle, or something broken into lots of individual parts. Our lives can sometimes feels as though it’s broken into many pieces when we’re having to deal with concerns or troubles in different areas of our lives. For example, maybe we’re having problems getting a job, or faces redundancy; maybe you or family members have health concerns; maybe you are struggling to pay your bills or find enough money to buy food for yourself and your family.

Whatever the issues or concerns you face, God keeps his promise to us to never turn his back on us, and to always love us. So give him all the pieces of your life, and God will accept them all, and help you with every part of your life.

Uncontrolled, uncontained, you love is a fire
Burning bright for me
It’s not just a spark , its not just a flame your love is a light
That all the world will see

Not much

Posted: October 30, 2019 in belief, clothing, faith, finance, Food, friendship, life, love, music, religion
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What do we really need in life?

Food, water, air, clothes, a roof over our head, money, love, a friend?

Some of those things are necessities for us to live, but some are not essential they are just things that would make life a little easier or happier for us.

Maybe all we really need is God!

Maybe all we really need is to believe!

Do you have a purpose for living?

Many focus their attentions on making sure they have the biggest and newest items/posessions that money can buy. Others focus on the people in their lives and the community in which they live or work. Which kind of person are you?


There are those who always try want to be in the company of those with influence or power, possibly because they think they will benefit from that person.

There are those who will always make time to be with those who are need of some kind of support, and they will do so without a second thought for themselves.

Of those two types of people, who do you think are the richer?

The first type of person may rise through the ranks of employment/career and earn huge sums of money as they do so. However for me, I’d rather be the the second type of person, because aren’t they the kind of person you’d want to have if you ever find yourself in need of help or support from someone?

Let’s sit with the broken, and support the needy, as doing that is what Christ would do, and that’s what we should each be striving to do.

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?

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!

Money

Posted: May 7, 2019 in Employment, finance, LinkedIn
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I received an email from LinkedIn a few weeks ago entitled, “Where you’ll earn most money”. The title of the email was a little annoying as I certainly don’t consider myself someone who changes jobs for the sake of getting more money…if I did, I doubt I’d have been in my current job so long!

Is money really what working is about?

Yes, money is what pays the bills and allows us to buy goods which help improve our lifestyle. However money, to me, isn’t the main reason I would take on a particular job or role. For me, the job has got to be something I feel I can do to the best of my ability, and it’s got be something where I can see how it’ll help others. Flexibility and benefits that go with a job are also high on my priority list.

I actually didn’t open that email from LinkedIn as I wasn’t intestered in where I’d earn more money. What are your drivers for a job?

When we think of debts I think we’re all likely to think of financial debts. For those who find themselves in financial debt, it can be a very stressful time when they realise they don’t have the funds or income to pay their debts.

When you find you can’t pay your debts you can fear that the bailiffs will come to repossess your belongs, and the bank/building society may repossess your home, your car. You may even find yourself with no home, no belongs, no money…

Can you imagine what a relief if you found yourself in debt, but someone you know offered to repay all your debts, without asking you to repay them?

Well that’s exactly what Christ did for us when He paid the ultimate price for all our sins. Because of that we have been forgiven of ours debt we could never pay.

Calvary

Posted: April 19, 2019 in belief, cross, death, Easter, finance, life, music, religion, words
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When a friend or family member pays a debt on your behalf, maybe even a relief that you don’t need to worry about a debt any more.

The same applies to us when we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, because on that first Good Friday, Christ paid the ultimate price for our debts, death! Because of Calvary our debt to God has not only been paid, but has allowed us to be forgiven of our sins and promised eternal life with God.

Calvary has paid our debt, because Christ paid the ultimate price for us.

The Saviour alone carried the cross
For all of my debts, He paid the cost
Salvation complete now forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

No power on Earth
Not even the grave
Could separate us from mercy and grace
He is faithful to save, oh His blood never fails
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

No one but Jesus
Can make us pure as snow
We stand in Your freedom
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

Imagine you had no constraints. i.e. Money is no issue, you have no time constraints, no responsibilities, no health issues. In other words you can go where you want, what you want, when you want. So what would you do, where would you go?

Would you go on holiday?

Perhaps you’d buy yourself a new car or a new house?

Maybe you’d learn to do something you’ve never had the time or the money to do before, such as learning to fly a plane?

Even if you have unlimited resources, it doesn’t mean they will last forever. So whether you have little money or lots of money, have lots of health concerns or as healthy as you could be, have family or work responsibilities or on your own and unemployed, we still need to look after what we have.

We need to take care of ourselves, our possessions, our friends and family, and make sure we use our time wisely.