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I’m sure many of us have said at some point, “This is hopeless”, many when we’ve trying to do something for while but despite your best attempts you haven’t succeeded and you’re getting frustrated. Our use of the word “hopeless” in those types of situations isn’t really what I want us to think about today.

Sadly there are many people in the world for whom life itself seems hopeless – maybe because they  have no money, no food, limited clothing, no job, maybe they are seriously ill, suffered a bereavement, a broken relationship, maybe they are lonely…the possibilities are endless.

When someone else looks at the lives of someone who feels hopeless, the chances are they won’t see someone without hope, but instead they will see someone who’s maybe down on their luck just now, and simply needs a break.

Jesus sees hope in every situation, and in every life. So if you feel life is hopeless, remember Jesus, because He alone can bring hope to broken lives.

Time to shop

Posted: January 27, 2018 in computing, finance, Shopping
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Are you someone who likes or hates shopping?

 

Maybe it depends what you’re shopping for, or whether you’re shopping online or in person?

When it comes to shopping in person, I can’t say I’m a fan. I just want to get to shop find what I’m looking for as quickly as possible and get out of there! And that includes food shopping, clothes shopping and any other kind of shopping.

It’s food shopping I hate doing most. All that wandering up and down aisles, getting blocked by, or bumped by other people’s’ trolleys – I really do detest that!

When it comes to online shopping, that’s a different story – I browse from wherever, for however long I want, without worrying about whether it’s going to rain and I’ll get soaked, or whether it’s cold outside.

So for me, if I really must shop, I’d rather do it online. How about you?

 

In a world where people are scared to reach out and help others in case someone gets the wrong idea; where people don’t trust anyone they don’t know; and  where people don’t trust anyone who doesn’t share the same beliefs or religion as them; I want you to think about whether you would stop and help, or run and ignore in the following situations:

  1. You’re driving along a road in your car. There’s a couple of other cars about and you see only one or pedestrians at most. Then you notice a pedestrian walking along the pavement suddenly collapses to the ground for no apparent reason…What do you do stop and help or run and ignore?
  2. You’re in a busy supermarket at the checkout. There’s a young mother in front of you with a child who seems to be pushing the mother’s patience to it limits. When the checkout assistant tells the mother how much her shopping comes to, she realises she’s £2’s short of the money she needs… Do you offer to pay the £2 for her, or do you pretend you didn’t here the conversation the mother was having with the checkout assistant?
  3. You’re walking through a busy shopping area and come across a young child crying their eyes out, and they seem  to be on their own…Do you approach the child and ask them if they are ok, or if they’ve lost their mum or dad, do you go find an official from one of the shops to come and help, or do you just keep walking sure that the child ‘will be ok’?
  4. A homeless person sitting on a local street asks you if you can spare some money for some food…Do you give them some money, go buy them some food and take it back to them, or just ignore them and keep walking?
  5. You find a £20 note lying in an aisle of a shop…Do you hand it into the customer service desk in the shop, or do you pocket the money hoping no-one saw you?

What were your answers? Were they honest answers?

If you’re answers aren’t what they should be, I hope that next time you find yourself in that situation, you stop and think for a moment, and then make what is ‘the right’ decision.

Smashed

Posted: October 14, 2017 in children, finance, friendship, life, mobile phone
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The other week during one of my usual lunchtime walks, I was walking through an area where there were some benches at either side of the pathway. There were quite a few people around, and as I got a few meters away from one of the benches, I was aware that there were three children – one about 10 or 11, the other two about 14 or 15 – climbing and jumping over the bench and attempting to get onto the wall that was immediately behind the bench.

As I got closer I realised two of the kids had mobiles in their hands and seemed to be struggling to keep their balance as they climbed/jumped from bench to wall. Then as I was passing them, I heard the girl saying to the two boys, “Don’t worry I’ll take it on my phone ’cause if I smash it Mum will just need to buy me a new one”!

I carried on walking, shocked by the statement the young girl had made. To be honest it shocked me that these kids didn’t seem to value their phones. i.e. They seemed to think a broken phone was easily replaced, because they didn’t appreciate how much a replacement phone would cost their parents.

While some will find that purchasing a replacement mobile phone is not a bank breaking expense, there are many who will! Money is not unlimited to the majority of us, so we take responsibility for our belongings – we take care of them and try not to damage them.

Are we losing the ability to appreciate how much items/belongings are worth? Do our children simply see that when something breaks or they want something, the money is available to purchase it, regardless of cost?

Yes, I was saddened by what I heard these children say, but I was probably more disappointed that they hadn’t been taught to value and look after their belonging.

A few months ago I did a series of posts called ‘Slogans’. Today it’s time for another one!

In my previous “Slogans” posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Taste the rainbow
  2. Get more out of now
  3. Bread wi’ nowt taken out
  4. Think different
  5. The world’s local bank
  6. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers
  7. Beyond precision
  8. Power style
  9. Let’s make excellent happen
  10. What’s in your wallet?

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

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So here’s the answers…

  1. Skittles
  2. Dell
  3. Allinson’s bread
  4. Apple
  5. HSBC
  6. Radio shack
  7. Citizen
  8. Fila
  9. New balance
  10. Capital One

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

Yes, know last Friday was Black Friday not today…or was it?

Well I guess if we’re talking about commerce, shopping and savings, yes, last Friday was definitely Black Friday. However there is another Black Friday which comes round once a year…but this one is not a Christmas time…

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Eternal savings! Wow! That’s a fantastic offer isn’t, but what must we give in return?

Christ gave his all for us on Black Friday, Easter Friday, and simply asks that we give Him our all in return.

My mum used to use a phrase quite often which when I was younger I didn’t really understand. Like so many other things my Mum told me when I was younger, the older I’ve got, the more these things seem to make sense to me.

The phrase I’m referring to is one I’m sure many of you will have come across, it is

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

I’ve certainly found in many aspects of my life that this phrase is definitely true, because regardless of how much you may be able to contribute to something with knowledge, finance, support etc, it all means nothing if you don’t know the “right” people!

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. CD or download
  2. Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton
  3. Bacon roll or roll and sausage
  4. Bacon roll with red sauce or brown sauce
  5. Windows or android phone
  6. Android or apple phone
  7. Indoors or outdoors
  8. Introvert or extrovert
  9. Visa or Mastercard
  10. Biro or rollerball

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Download
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Bacon roll
  4. Brown sauce
  5. Android
  6. Android (though I’ve never actually had an Apple phone!)
  7. Outdoors
  8. Introvert
  9. Mastercard
  10. Rollerball

I was reminded by someone this week that only a few years ago in 2000, we didn’t have such things as iPods…how did we survive!

This got me thinking about some of the other things which are now part of modern life these days, but which have only been available in recent years. So let’s see if you can remember life before the following items were available:

  1. Wifi
  2. Satellite tv
  3. Internet
  4. Keyless entry cars
  5. Satnav
  6. Smart phones
  7. credit cards
  8. DVDs
  9. 24/7 shops
  10. Cordless vacuum cleaners

It’s hard to remember how life was before some of the above items now isn’t it? But is life better or worse now?

Central heating is great when it’s working.

heating-repairCentral heating not working means it’s cold inside in winter.

Cold makes us shiver and snivel.

Cold means we put extra layers of clothing on.

Can the heating be fixed?

Could it be costly?

Can we face another day in the cold?

 

Consider those who never have central heating or even a home.

Cold all the time, no roof over their head to call a home.

Change your thoughts from your own broken heating and instead pray for those who don’t have no place they can call home.

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