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Some things in our lives can’t be predicted: exactly when we’ll be born, or exactly when we’ll die. Even what happens to us in between those two life events isn’t really predictable as it’s only as we grow and learn that our personality is shaped, and we make choice that then start to define where and what our future will hold.

I must when I’m starting something, I like to know what the possible outcomes are, as I’m not very comfortable with uncertainty. Which is odd isn’t it because the whole of life is filled with uncertainty!

Maybe it’s because for me, the uncertainty about life and what lies ahead seems different from the uncertainty about taking on a task, because I know my future is already known to God, and so my future is already planned. Therefore no matter what lies ahead, I know God is already prepared for it, and is ready to help and guide me through whatever storms I may face.

Life may not be predictable, but God’s presence and His love for us is!

Go to sleep

Posted: June 15, 2018 in depression, life, quotes, religion, stress
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Whatever is troubling you when you god to bed at night…

Because, only then will you find true rest.

No matter what your troubles, God really can release you from the stresses of these troubles. So give every part of your life to Him, and He will give you rest.

Who am I?

I am
Holding onto you
I am
Holding onto you
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on
I am!

He is God

and I am His.

Man seems to have been fascinated by the future for a long time, we just need to look back at the numerous movies that have been made over the years, all set in a world imagined to be ‘the future’.

  • 1984
  • 2001: A space odyssey
  • Alien
  • Avatar
  • Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure
  • I, Robot
  • Intersellar
  • Lost in space
  • Planet of the apes
  • Etc…

Some of those films were set in a time that is actually now in the past. E.g. 1984. I think it’s fair to say the film version of the future has never really turned out to be particularly accurate, has it!

I know a few people who visit psychics to find out a little of what their future holds for them. I don’t know about you, but I know I wouldn’t want to know what lies ahead for me.

At a member of the Salvation Army, a Salvationist, I made promises to God to serve him not just today and tomorrow, but in our future days. I always seem to end up with the words of a particular song going through my mind when I think about the promises I’ve made to God.

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

This song doesn’t just remind me my promises, but as it was a special song to some of my family, it remind me that they made those same promises to God, and they did keep them in their future, right ‘to the end’.

Our future is not just about us keep our promises to God, but Him also keeping his promises to us, as that’s where we get our reassurance that no matter what we face God is with us:

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 41:10 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

As you’ve probably gathered I’ve been thinking a lot about the future, and have prayed  that I will stay true to God no matter what the future holds for me. There will be times of great joy ahead, but also some challenging times too, but I know I can face them with confidence if I remember these words:

There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
He is Jesus, Jesus
—JESUS—

I’m not sure that when in the middle of a struggle I would agree that ‘I strengthen’. However having said that I know that when you look back on times when you’ve found it hard to see a way through, it’s then you realise just how strong you really were!

In doing that, you then understand yourself and what you truly believe better than you ever could if you never experienced any difficulties in life.

So even if you’re struggling just now, try to stay positive, as you can find the strength to get through these days because you are a strong person, and God is always with you.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10 

It can be scary when we don’t know how the future will turn out. It can be scary in the present as well, when our circumstances change and we’re suddenly left having to deal with new circumstances or news.

But as we’re told in Isaiah, we really shouldn’t get dismayed when life is difficult, as God has promised to give us the strength to get through anything. We’re only human though, so we do worry, and we do get scared, so we just need to remind ourselves that God is always by our side, and if we trust Him, we can face anything!

January, the first month of the year. Jumpers and jackets needed as it’s a cold month where we have mornings and evenings making January a dark moth for weather and for mood.

Just about half way through the year now we’re into moth six. June brings hopefully some warmer summer weather where jumpers and jackets are not required.

January to June, five full months from start of January to start of June. Just as a lot of days have passed in that time, so I’m sure a lot has happened in your life during that time. Joy or pain, delight or tears I’m sure we’ve each experienced it all.

Joy of a new year in January can often turn to fear as life events throw things at you that you don’t expect, and certainly don’t want. Just as the days of the year keep going by, so we must keep going, whatever life throws our way.

Just keep going, we can face whatever the rest of this year throws our way.

Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do? ~ Psalm 56:4 (The Message)

How often have you felt like others are trying to beat you up either physically or emotionally, every day?

The good news is, as this verse from Psalm says, if we trust God, we can be fearless. So be strong, and trust God.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place we could go to to find answers to every problem we face. Well here’s the good news, there is!

I found this quote from Ronald Reagan that tells us exactly where we can find all those answers.

The world seems to be becoming a darker and more desperate place by the week. Not a week seems to go by without us hearing about a shooting, stabbing or an act of terrorism.

I wonder how this world has got into such an awful state, but then I remind myself that I know why – The world has forgotten or dismissed Jesus as not relevant anymore.

Because of the state the world is in just now, Jesus is in fact even more relevant that he ever was, because He is the hope this world needs.

The world needs Jesus, so let’s take the message of Jesus to the world, and show the world that there is hope.