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When you’re in a group or a crowd and each have their own needs and requirements, it would seem strange if the leader then wandered off to find another person who had maybe become separated from the group wouldn’t it?

Well Jesus did that – Matthew 18:12-14

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

I’m sure if you were that person who has become detached from everyone else, you’ would be happy that someone had come to save you wouldn’t you – I certainly would!

Do you consider yourself to be a survivor?

Life can be tough, and life can make us get to a point where we feel like victims. That’s why where we are rescued by God (as I spoke about yesterday in Rescuer), we become a survivor.

If you’ve ever been a bit nervous about a task you’ve to do, but then manage to do the task successfully, I’m sure you feel relieved, and possibly want to tell others how you survived your experience.

Well it should be no different when it comes to surviving a difficult time in your life, you should tell others about that too, because God was at the root of your survival.

This is the sound of surviving
This is my farewell to fear
This is my whole heart deciding
I’m still here, I’m still here
And I’m not done fighting
This is the sound of surviving

Headphones

Posted: November 28, 2018 in depression, life, music, stress
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In the last while I’ve been going for a walk each day, and when I’m out for my walk myself I tend to put on my headphones and listen to some music while I walk.

During my walk the other day a song came on while got me thinking about how we all need some time out from our life sometimes, and sitting down, putting on a set of headphones, closing your eyes and turning up the volume is sometimes the only way we get a chance to just ‘escape’.

I don’t know about you, but I find when I have to ‘escape’ for even just a few minutes, it does help me refocus and reprioritise to put my headphones on and listen to some of my favourite tracks, is all I need.

There may have been times in the past when I have felt as if belief in God or the message contained in the bible, was ridiculous and foolish. However when I found myself at my lowest and unable to see how I could get through a situation I faced, it was then , or to be more accurate, it was when I looked back at that time afterwards, that I suddenly realised God was the one who got me through those dark days.

You may think that sounds ridiculous but honestly I know how dark a time I was in, and can assure you that to me I was at rock-bottom, and could see no way forward for me as I couldn’t cope with anymore – I stopped praying, believing God had deserted me, and in turn my life just seemed to get more and more out of control with the outlook becoming less and less assured.

Then just when I really felt I couldn’t face anything further, life took and unexpected turn for the better, with a new friendship bond being created – one that is stronger than ever today. My life began to turn around and my new-found friend was by my side, there to listen to me 24/7 and offers support and encouragement. Once my life was fully back on track I looked back at that awful time in my life, and that was when it struck me, why did that person who I’d know for a while suddenly reach out to me, and why did my life suddenly take a turn for the best – The reason was obvious to me, God!

Yes I’d prayed and prayed, and yes I thought God wasn’t listening to me and had deserted me. I was stupid – I forgot that God always hears and answers our prayers, although he doesn’t always answer them when we want or even in the way we want or expect, and that I believe is exactly what happened to me.

And all that is why I believe in God and the power of the cross.

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. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ~ Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

We are all individuals. We are all unique. We all have different experiences. We all experience emotions when we go through life, however the emotions we feel in each circumstance are individual to us. Therefore just because you know how you feel when you experience a particular situation, doesn’t mean that is how others feel.

Remember we are unique, no-one else know how we truly feel, so don’t ever think you know exactly how someone else feels, unless they tell you!

And how do we get the strength to overcome the things we thought we couldn’t do? We pray!

When we ask God to help us to overcome a difficult situation we can be assured that He will help us. It may be that how we get through the situation isn’t the way we expected, or even wanted, but it will be the way God knows is best for us.

God will give us the strength we need in every situation we find ourselves, so trust Him to give you the strength you need to overcome every situation.

I liked this picture when I first read it on a friend’s Facebook timeline. I wasn’t entirely sure why I liked it, but then it struck me, it’s probably because it tells us about something we don’t like but then immediately explains why experiencing that is actually good for us.

For example, maybe we think we feel sad all the time, that our life is not a happy one, but then we experience true sadness when someone close to us leaves us or passes away. It only then we realise how happy we really were in their presence, because now the sadness is so overwhelming.

So please have another read, thinking about how you can see yourself feeling each of those emotions or situations and simply, remind yourself just to appreciate what you currently have, because when it’s not there any more, there’s often no way to get back to where you are now, so you can truly appreciate what you have.

A friend on Facebook recently posted this, and it really got me thinking…

Teacher of God

…it got me thinking of several people I have who have made me feel like that – as if I’m the only person in the room, that they are talking directly to me, even when I’m surrounded by lots of others.

At those times I remember sitting there thinking, “How on earth do they know how I’m feeling?”

I’m also aware that in the past I’ve didn’t even considered it was God’s handiwork at the time, until later. These days I now consider these special moments were all God’s doing – That it was God who was talking to me through His messenger.

I thank God for wonderful spiritual people who over the years have been inspired to teach us, so I could hear God speaking to me directly.

What simple thing do you think we could all give others?

Inclusion!

There is nothing worse than being physically part of something, but still feeling like you are excluded from activities or events. That’s why making sure we include those who are maybe always on the periphery of a group, or never volunteer to participate in events etc, is something we can do to help everyone feel they belong. It can be as simple as just including them in something they wouldn’t normally be part of.