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When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Do you feel you are missing thing in your life?
  2. Are you missing someone in your life?
  3. What do you worry about most?
  4. When did you last do a random act of kindness?
  5. When was the last time you told someone you love them?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Easter weekend and the associated celebrations are over, so does that mean Easter is over, we can stop celebrating Christ until Christmas comes round again?

We definitely should not stop celebrating Christ just because Easter is over. After all Christ paid for our sins by giving his life, so how can we ever repay him? We will never manage to repay him for giving himself for us, but we can everything Easter is really about is just as true today and everyday, as it was during the celebrations.

 

Seeking solace in his downturned eyes,
such agonising pain betraying,
Hiding heartache through their stifled cries,
with wordless weeping, silent praying,
Beneath the bloodied,
wretched wraith,
faithful friends,
constrained or driven,
keep their vigil,
hold hard to faith,
and hear his whispered word:
Forgiven
by Stephen Pearson

Christ thought of us as he gave his life for us, so let’s make sure we think of him each and every day of the year. Let’s think of others who don’t know Him, and bring them to Him.

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

For this reason, I bow my knees and pray to the Father. It is from Him that every family in heaven and on earth has its name. I pray that because of the riches of His shining-greatness, He will make you strong with power in your hearts through the Holy Spirit. I pray that Christ may live in your hearts by faith. I pray that you will be filled with love. I pray that you will be able to understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep His love is. I pray that you will know the love of Christ. His love goes beyond anything we can understand. I pray that you will be filled with God Himself.

~ Ephesians 3:14-19 (NLV)

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

You can do this by looking after yourself physically – by making sure we exercise and sleep well and eat a balanced diet. In other words, look after your spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Sometimes when we try to spend some quality time with our friends or family, other events or circumstances have a way of disrupting our plans so that we end up not managing to spend the quality time we had wanted with those we love.

It can be the same in our Christian lives too, because when we try to spend quality time with God, that’s when satan will do his best to try to distract us, and keep us from focusing on God.

So stay focused on God, and stop all the things around you that may try to intrude on your time with Him, from distracting you from Him.

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

Because of this, I am kneeling down before the father, the one who gives the name of ‘family’ to every family that there is, in heaven and on earth. My prayer is this: that he will lay out all the riches of his glory to give you strength and power, through his spirit, in your inner being; that the king may make his home in your hearts, through faith; that love may be your root, your firm foundation; and that you may be strong enough (with all God’s holy ones) to grasp the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the king’s love – though actually it’s so deep that nobody can really know it! So may God fill you with all his fullness.

~ Ephesians 3:14-19 (NTE)

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

So start today by reconnecting with the people you love. We all need a friend, a confidant, a sounding board, a counsellor, so reconnect with yours today, because they will help you recharge your batteries.

Be a beacon.

Be a friend.

Be whatever those around you need you to be.

Being an example.

Being honest.

Being supportive.

Become the person you dream of being.

Become the person God wants you to be.

Be you!

 

 

 

Spending time with good friends restores the soul, renews your energy and refills your emotional tank. ~ Nicky Gumbel

When you spend time with good friends, and they help refill your emotional tank, do you tell them? Our friends may not realise just how much you have needed time with them, so make sure you let them know just how much you appreciate the time and support they have given you.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who inspires you?
  2. Are you a morning person?
  3. Who is your best friend?
  4. Who is your biggest encourager?
  5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the areas of your life you need to change.

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Everyone is different; Everyone has different hopes and dreams; Everyone reacts differently to every situation and feels different emotions.

Just as we are all different, so are the reasons people feel lonely.

Some go through their life constantly feeling lonely – A loneliness that doesn’t seem to be related to any other events or circumstances. Why some people feel lonely and others don’t, is difficult to determine but here are a few circumstances/reasons that may contribute to their feelings of loneliness:

  • They have no self-esteem and lack confidence.
  • They don’t like themselves so feel no-one else can like them either.
  • They may feel that when they were a child, they weren’t loved, and therefore when they become adults they continue to feel alone and unloved in all relationships

i hate feeling aloneWhen people feel lonely they may cut themselves off from friends/family and may stop socialising or attending gathering whether they will be forced to face many people, so that they don’t have to face a world of people they feel unconnected to.

Others may react completely differently, and can try to avoid being on their own, by always trying to have someone in their company, so they are not on their own. They can even make a point of , and will seek out other people to avoid having to face their own company.

If you find you are hiding away from others, avoiding social activities, please remember that you are not the only one who feels like this, many others feel the same way. There are understanding people and organisations that you can talk to. They can help you overcome these feelings of loneliness so you can get back to getting on with your life.

Get living!

During depression, the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. One’s real state of mind is a source of shame. So one is necessarily silent about it, leaving nothing else for subject matter.

Kate Millett, The Loony Bin Trip

Everyone is different; Everyone has different hopes and dreams; Everyone reacts differently to every situation and feels different emotions.

Just as we are all different, so are the reasons people feel lonely.

Are you aware of anyone in your friendship group who seems quieter than usual, who’s maybe not socialising with the group as they used to do? Is it possible they may be feeling lonely?

Don’t think just because someone is always surrounded by other people that they can’t possibly feel lonely, because as I’ve said before, it is definitely possible to feel lonely in a crowd!

Make today the day you reach out and help someone who is suffering from feelings of loneliness.reach-out