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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you, and today, as the title of this post suggests, this word association is all about New Year and what it means to each of us. 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. Hogmanay
  2. Resolution
  3. End
  4. January
  5. Holidays
  6. Shortbread
  7. Ceilidh
  8. Christmas tree
  9. Food
  10. Work

So 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. 31 December
  2. Broken
  3. New start
  4. Winter
  5. Over
  6. Scotland
  7. Social
  8. Away
  9. Fat
  10. Sad

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

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?

I chose some words we probably all associate with New Year as well as some that I suspect if you’re not Scottish, you won’t understand (including some of my answers), maybe it’s time to find out a bit more about our Scottish New Year traditions!

A common new year resolution that I’m sure we’ve either made for this year, or have made in the past, is to go on a diet.

I’m sure have read my last sentence you’ve immediately thought about food, haven’t you!

Well consider the following picture, which reminds us that our diet is not just about what food we eat or what physical exercise we do.

How you as a person feel physically, emotionally and spiritually is based on everything you experience via all your senses, and how strong your relationship is with God. So take care of your whole self, as your physical well-being is important, but so is your emotional and spiritual well-being.

Yesterday I asked you whether you made any new year resolutions, and explained why, for the last number of years I have not made any resolutions.

Let me ask you a question about your resolutions or aims for this year – Is your relationship with God included in any of them?

Maybe God’s never been part of your life; maybe you used to believe in Him but events or people have made you doubt and turn away from Him; or maybe you still believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart.

So today whatever your current relationship is with God (if any), why not make a new start with God this year and give Him your heart today.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

 So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
  Come, come and know, know me now

So that’s it, after all that preparation Christmas Day 2018 is now in the past!

My Mum used to always say that it always seemed to take so long to buy and wrap Christmas presents and just a couple of minutes to pull off the wrapping to reveal the surprise; and day to cook and bake the Christmas dinner and less than an hour to eat it all – Despite saying this, my Mum always enjoyed Christmas, and so I hope although you may have been extra busy, and found it stressful getting everything ready, you had a fantastic Christmas Day.

So how do you feel today – shattered, exhausted, stuffed? Do you still remember who gave you what present, or even all the presents you received?

While we may have already forgotten some gifts we received as to us they weren’t important, I pray we don’t forget about Jesus just because Christmas Day is over. Christmas Day 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 don’t forget Christ because His legacy is not just relevant at Christmas, but for the whole year.

What is Christmas really all about? It’s about amazing love, and a child, a Saviour, who came to save humanity.

The message of Christmas is told in the fabulous song Noel, by Chris Tomlin featuring Lauren Daigle.

Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel
Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

If Christmas for you has always been about presents, family and food, and not about Jesus, please make time this year to come and find out all about the Light of the world, Jesus…the One who was born on that first Christmas morn.

You may already have seen or heard about this but it’s so lovely I wanted to share it with you all incase you hadn’t seen it.

A story appeared on the BBC website a few weeks ago about a primary school teacher who loves Christmas. However this year she’s asked her pupil not to give her any gifts, but instead asked that a donation could be made towards supplies for the local food bank.

The teacher said she was always “totally overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful gifts” from her pupils, but feels gifts were unnecessary. There’s a huge demand on the local food bank particularly during the winter months, so isn’t it fantastic that she’s asked that any money parents would have spent on a gift for her, be put towards supplies for the food bank. She also has spoken to the children to explain to them why she’s asking for donations for the food bank – “I sat down and chatted to the pupils about it and explained that Christmas is a time for giving and said it would be nice to do something for somebody else.” – What a great thing to do!

This is such a great reminder to us all that this time of year is not just about receiving gifts, but also giving to others, particularly those in need.

Here’s the link to the full story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46399857

 

Just today, there’s another news item on BBC about a school in Wales where they’ve made a request that no gift are given to teachers, but instead a donation is made to a charity:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46489219

When you’re arranging to meet someone for a meal or a coffee, what is your response if they ask you where you want to meet?

I often say, “Wherever suits you” and basically pass the decision-making back to the other person. When the person then decides on a location, am I always happy about it? To be honest, no I’m not! However having told the person to pick a location, can I really be unhappy with their choice!

This got me thinking about God and how we say to God, “Here am I, send me”. We don’t say, “Here am I, send me to a or b”. Instead by saying, “Here I am, send me”, we imply we’re happy to go wherever God wants us to go.

I’ll leave you thinking about this question…are you really ready and willing to go wherever God needs you?

As many of you will be aware I’ve been off work on sick leave for a number of weeks. As I’ve been unable to do very much I’ve found myself watching TV programmes which I wouldn’t normally watch. What I’ve noticed though in the last two or three weeks is that the focus of the adverts in between programmes has changed – Not only it is now adverts about Christmas, Black Friday deals and bargains but nearly every second advert is one highlighting either people or animals in need of our help by giving a donation to their charity.

While I understand that charities need the public to donate to them so they can continue their work, but really, does there need to be quite so many of these adverts on all day, it really is very depressing. Please don’t think I don’t care about these charities, as that’s not the case – it’s depressing for two reasons:

  • No matter how much I may want to give to each and every charity, there’s no way I can support them all, but they all have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty if I don’t donate!
  • The adverts highlight just how much need there is in this world, and how many awful people there are who are cruel or abusive to people and animals.

Each of these adverts show shocking images of children, adults and animals who’ve been abused or neglected – All designed to pull at our heart-strings and persuade us to donate to their cause. How I wish this world was a better place where no one is abused, homeless, alone, or hungry.

So while these charity adverts are a hard watch, and make me feel guilty, it does remind me of all those who are far less fortunate than I am.

If each of us could give what we can to the charities/causes that we feel are most in need of our help, we can make a difference, and help make this world a better place.

Counting

Posted: November 23, 2018 in flowers, Food, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, Travel, words
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I wonder on a daily basis, how many things we count. For example

  • Minutes until going home time!
  • Potatoes to boil for the dinner
  • Can of juice in the fridge
  • Miles until you reach your destination
  • Steps to enter a building
  • Flowers blooming in your garden

Did you notice there was something missing from my list of suggestions – God wasn’t included in any of my suggestions.

I may not have included God in my list of suggestions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing about God we should count each day. Do you count the number of blessings you receive from God each day?

It may be that when you first think about how many blessings you’ve received from God today you think there will be very few. But I guarantee when you actually sit down and think about it God’s blessings  will far outnumber all those other things I’ve suggested, and many of them will be things that we normally just take for granted.

I thank God today for the countless blessings he gives to me each day.

I want to look at another verse from scripture today that relates to the ‘faith of a child’.

 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life ~ 1 Peter 2 (TPT)

Babies need nourish of milk from their mothers to flourish and grow physically. So comparing how we grow spiritually, to how babies need nourishment is such a great way to remind us that just as a baby must receive nourishment to grow, so we must receive spiritual nourishment so our faith will grow.

Also what better time to learn about God than when we are young children. When we learn young, these life lessons and directions are more likely to stay with us throughout our life, so again we need to have the ‘faith of a child’.