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Ever felt like you are surplus to requirements? Like no-one is there for you?

There is reassurance from God if this is how you feel:

John 14:1-4 (NLT)
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.”

God loves each and every one of us. He has time for each of us, and has promised to always be these for each of us, whenever we need him.

 

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

My most meaningful Christmas gift was when I received my Jesus stocking. My mother-in-love gave my family a stocking with the name “JESUS” written across the length of it. Each year on Christmas morning my family writes a letter to Jesus and puts it into the stocking. This is a tradition my husband and his family have been doing since he was a little guy. They have yet to open and read any of these letters, but they are a constant reminder each year as we begin to decorate our tree and wrap our presents that the greatest gift we have is Jesus. This gift has guaranteed my family will take time to focus on the Lord during the holiday season.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple gift can completely change someone’s life for the better. This person ended up finding their passion because of the gift. What a great gift!

There are some things in life that are difficult, but loving those hurt us or our families physically or emotionally, is definitely one of the toughest.

While we can say we love those that hurt us, but if we don’t really mean it, our words are worthless.

So let your words be sincere, let you love flow freely, and good will overcome evil.

When you’re alone with someone, whether you know them or not, how does it feel if there are a few minutes of complete silence when neither of you say a word?

Time is one of those strange things that although every second passes the same for each of us, one person may feel time has stood still another may feel as if it’s going by extra quickly.

Here’s a quote a came across from Henry Van Dyke which illustrates this:

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read:

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

I’m sure we’ve all heard people say things such as:

  • You’ll be my friend forever
  • I’ll be eternally grateful if you could…
  • I’ll remember what you’ve done forever
  • I’ll always be there for you

I’m sure when those words are said, the person saying them has meant them. In reality though we are all human, after a period of time we often do not remember those statements that we said we’d keep forever and therefore we break them.

I’m sure we’ve also all had someone say to us that they know exactly how we feel, when we’re going though a tough time. But is it really possible for another person to truly know exactly how we feel?! I don’t know what your circumstances are at present, but here’s some words someone once said to me when I was going through a difficult time – “If you’re going through a tough or difficult time, don’t stop, just keep going“.

Tough times are temporary so no matter how difficult we may be finding life, we must always keep going. Remember, God put us on this earth for a reason, he planned out our life before we were born. And he knows what or how we’re feeling or thinking even before we know ourselves.

Sometimes it takes a brush with eternity – a crash, an illness, some shock to the system – to get you really thinking about what you want to do with your limited time here, and why you’re living on this wobbling dirt cloud in the first place. ~ Hampton Sides

Our time on this earth may be limited, but we god has planned our life out for us, we just need to follow his direction and he will stay by our side both in this life and for eternity.

2 Timothy 1:9

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

While we can’t always rely on others keeping promises to be there for us, or remember us forever, however God will. God’s love for us will stand the test of time and His love will last for time and eternity, all we need to do is trust Him.

I hope you enjoy listening to Bellshill Salvation Army band featuring Alex Ramsay on cornet and Chris Shanks on euphonium, playing Time and Eternity:

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

When I was 8 years old and my little sister was a baby, my father gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera. Maybe he wanted to give me something to keep me constructively occupied, or maybe he knew something about me that I didn’t yet know about myself. At any rate, that one gift changed my life. I photographed everything. It started my passion for measuring and engaging with my world ― something that defines me even to this day.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple gift can completely change someone’s life for the better. This person ended up finding their passion because of the gift. What a great gift!

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

I once had such an epic fight with one of my best friends that we didn’t speak for years. Then we found each other again, and all has been well in the decade since. But the stupidity of that rift always pained me, and I guess it bothered him, too: For Christmas a few years after we made up, he gave me a silver box containing an old typewriter’s backspace key— he’d pried it off his vintage Underwood—and a note that said, ‘If only it worked on everything.’ 

Isn’t that a beautiful story about such a thoughtful gift from one friend to another all because they had lost contact for a number of years. It just shows that some friendships, even if you don’t talk or see one another for years, can still be just as strong many years later.

Gift from God

Posted: May 11, 2018 in children, family, friendship, life, quotes, religion
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From a young age we get excited when we receive gifts or presents from other. Maybe that childlike excitement dies down as we get older, but our pleasure and thankfulness doesn’t subside.

In our life we can come to own different things or spend money on other items – home, car, holiday, clothes etc. Have you ever considered that all the things you own are actually gifts from God?

God gave us the gift of life, and planned every detail of our life before we were even born. Therefore isn’t it logical to then realise all we have is from God?

In Greatest Gifts yesterday I mentioned that I thought unanswered prayer is actually a gift from God.

Today, it’s about another gift from God to us, and that is simply the our lives.

If it wasn’t for God, we wouldn’t have life, so life is definitely a gift from God.

When we get a gift from anyone, a friend or family member, we always try to repay them for their kind gift to us. So isn’t it only natural that we should try to repay God for giving us the wonderful gift of life!

In a world where so many awful things happen all over the world on a daily basis, is it any wonder we don’t feel safe. But as Christians we have no need to fear:

We are in God’s presence always, so as long as we believe in Him we need not fear what lies ahead for us or our family and friends.

Do you feel as if you belong?

That might seem a strange question, but for some they never really feel as if they truly belong anywhere. They don’t feel accepted wherever they are or by whoever they are with.

Whether you know it or not, and whether you feel it or not, we all belong to God’s family. God loves each and every one of us, so in His family, we are all equal. God is reaching out to each of us, so let Him reach out to you and help you feel like you belong to His family.