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I often find it strange, but reassuring, when, just when I need it, a particular song pops onto the radio, or is randomly chosen by my iPod. So this week the song that kept ‘appearing’ was a song performed by Kari Jobe called I Am Not Alone.

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that…

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

I came across the following on Twitter a few days ago, and it struck me how apt it was, give recent events. We’ve seen the emergency services work continuously in horrendous circumstances, for hours and days. We’ve seen communities working together despite their differences, and despite the difficult circumstances they themselves may be facing.

Strong people do what’s right and show up to help others. They may be tired and going through a tough time, but they find a way to be there.

When it comes down to it, I believe that in the worst of circumstances that is when the best of us will show itself. What would you do if you found yourself in the midst of some kind of disaster, such as those that have happened in the UK in the last few weeks?

Outcomes are described as:

  • the way a thing turns out;
  • a consequence.

Whatever we are facing, we can rest in the assurance that the outcome does not depend upon our strength, but on God’s. ~ @RichStearns

As the above quotes says, we can change the outcome or consequences of all we do, by letting God be at the centre of all be do. Give God your all, and He will give you strength.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace 

Sticking plaster

Posted: June 16, 2017 in Health, life, music, religion, words
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If only it was as easy as putting a sticking plaster on the world, to fix its issues and problems.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Do you want to live in a world where:

  • We shut ourselves away from friends and neighbours because we too frightened to go outside;
  • We would rather cross the road and ignore someone in need, rather than reach out and them because we don’t want to get involved;
  • Men kill other men simply because of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • God has been forgotten, and only the minority still believe in Him.

Or do you want to live in a world where:

  • Where everyone automatically reaches out to help others in need, without a second thought for themselves;
  • Everyone lives in peace, tolerant of other’s beliefs – where we all get on with one another, regardless of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • We feel safe to be out of our homes, on our own, no matter the time of day or night;
  • War and conflict are words from a past life, and are no longer needed in the world we now live in;
  • Everyone believes in God’s existence and there is hope for the future of this world.

I’m sure the second scenario is much more appealing to us all than the first one, but what can we do to make the second scenario become reality?

In 1 Chronicles 1:18 we read

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

So it’s up to us folks, we need to proclaim His name so that we tell everyone we meet how great God is; how much He loves and cares for each of us; how we can always rely on God to be with us, even through very tough times.

We can seek healing for many things: physical illness or injury, spiritual brokenness, emotional frailty etc. But do we seek healing from the correct source?

No matter what part of our life is in need of healing, if we ask God to help us, He will reach out to us and helps, and heals us.

So reach out to God today, and He will heal you of all your ills, physical, emotional or spiritual. Just trust Him.

When we are physically injured or ill, we go and see our GP or go to the hospital to be healed.

When we are injured, hurt or spiritually broken, where should we go, and who should we seek?

God is the one who an heal the broken and give the lost direction. While we can seek God anywhere, we must tell the people in our communities that

Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing. ~ Nicky Gumbel

None of us are perfect, and therefore we are all in need of a place, a church, where we can find healing.

Have you found your church?

That moment when after waiting for weeks for your school or university exam results, the postman finally delivers them, but you’re too scared to open them!

Yes that was me when I was waiting for my school and university exam results. On each occasion I had convinced myself I had done really badly, even though at the time I knew I had studied well, and on the days of the exams, I’d understood and remembered most of what I needed to on the day.

But when you’ve had weeks to reflect on the questions asked in the exams and consider how you answered each question, I found I convinced myself each time that I had failed to provide critical information or made incorrect calculations for each questions, which in turn got me really doubting whether I had done enough to pass each exam.

When the letters finally popped through the door – each time several hours after some of my friends had received theirs and already contacted me to tell me how they had done – I insisted on taking the letter up to my bedroom. I then sat on my bed staring at it for what at the time seemed like ages, before I finally plucked up the courage to open it. I think I was so scared to open the letter for two reasons, firstly, I knew I should have passed, as out with exam conditions I knew I would have done more than enough to pass; Secondly, I knew my Mum and Dad would be disappointed if I didn’t do well – Not that they wouldn’t have been supportive regardless of what my results were, but I knew they expected me to do well based on my performance during the school/university year.

So when I finally did open the letters, I needn’t have worried, I had done ok – On a couple of exams, maybe not as well as I’d hoped, but the results still satisfied the grades I required each time.

My panic over opening these letters was unfounded. Sadly since then I can think of a number of situations where I’ve convinced myself I’ve not done well at something, and got all stressed and worried, only to find again that my fears were unfounded. I’m obviously just a worrier!

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” ~ John 8:12 (The Message)

Even when it seems all hope is lost we will have light in our life, if Christ is part of our life.

That’s why even in the darkest days, we can still find our way, because Jesus has promised to provide all the light we need to live in.

When it seems darkness is surrounding us, don’t despair, because no matter how bad life is, or how low we feel, we can find light in the darkness.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:5 (NIV)

Even when there seems to be no hope, be assured that even where there is the smallest light, that light can overcome the darkness – Just as good can overcome evil.