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You see your neighbours out in their garden, or in the street. You see your work colleagues in the office. You see your friends in your house or theirs. But do you really know any of them?

We can all be very judgemental of others at times simply because of what we see when we look at them. However what we see of people in public is often just a small part of them, so remember what you see of someone is probably not the “real” person.

Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Struggles in life can be hard at the time, but they definitely make us stronger people, and make us the people we are today. Don’t judge someone by what you see, as they may be fighting a battle behind closed doors that you know nothing about.

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Yesterday I spoke about the postcards we used to send our family and friends when we went on holiday, and how many times they would tell them “wish you were here”.

There are of course other times when we say “wish you were here”, and sadly at those times, that wish will never come true. When someone we love dies, it is of course a very emotional and difficult time, and so we may find ourselves saying we wish they were still here with us.

While we may wish those we love and care about will be with us forever, in reality it isn’t going to happen, because the only certain thing about life is that we will all die at some point. I don’t mean to make this a really morbid post, so I simply want to remind you that even through the hurt and heartache of losing someone we love, we must hold onto the precious moments we have spent with them. It won’t take away our heartache, but it will help you remember them just the way you loved them.

So yes, we wish our loved ones were still here with us, but if we keep focused on our memories, when we close our eyes, they will almost be here with us again.

Is it just a coincidence that “do not be afraid” is written in the bible 365 times?

I would doubt it – every message in the bible is a direct message from God. So to tell us something 365 times, suggests to me that God wants us to remember that He is with us every day, no matter what each day brings, therefore there’s no reason for us to fear what lies ahead, for us or for those we love.

Is today, “Just another day” for you?

Can I suggest that everyday should never be “Just another day”.

Maybe we go through the same routine everyday. e.g. get up, breakfast, shower, get dressed, drive to work, work, drive home, make dinner, watch tv, go to bed and then repeat. But just because every day we do the same things, still doesn’t make every day “Just another day”.

While we may do the same routine each day, those we meet and interact with may vary, and even if some of them are the same, how each of those people feel each day, may vary widely, and that’s what make every day, not just another day.

Each day we must consider those around us, how they are feeling, what issues they may be dealing with which we know nothing about. So be considerate and compassionate at all times, because we do not know what anyone else is going through.

When you’re at your lowest, what raises your spirits and helps you see a future you want to be part of?

For me, when I’ve been at my lowest I had someone who gave me the strength and reassurance to get me through.

Today I want to share another post I shared with my Facebook friends a few days ago.

If you’re struggling with some issues, crying all the time, but people just keep telling you to “stop crying”, you’ll understand that these suggestions would be far more helpful!

If you have a family member or friend who’s going through a tough time, and you find they are crying all the time, here’s some suggestions of what to say to them instead of just telling them to “stop crying”.

Do you know one of these?

If anyone is qualified to make this statement, Christopher Reeve is! On May 27, 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia, in the USA. He now requires to use a wheelchair and a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.

But heroes don’t always come with such obvious obstacles to overcome, or appear to have the strength required to overcome what seem like insurmountable challenges. Heroes can be people like you and me. Heroes can be the person who says hello to a lonely neighbour; the friend you calls late at night just to check you’re ok; the stranger who stops and gives a homeless person food and water.

Anyone who makes a difference in someone else’s life is a true real-life hero. Are you being a hero to someone today?

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

I am focusing on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Sometimes it can be hard to forget things or situations that have happened in the past, especially if we’ve been physically or emotionally hurt. That’s why it makes complete sense that in Philippians we’re told to forget the past and simply focus on the future.

Prayer is an important part of every Christian’s life.

We must put aside quality time each day to not only talk to God, but listen to him as well. However for many when life is going well, their prayer life can become less of a necessity, and more of a chore, meaning we end up missing our prayer time more and more.

But when life is tough, isn’t that when we often turn to God to plead with him to help us? Yes, prayer time can come easily when life is difficult, but that shouldn’t be the case.

Prayer must be first and last and everything in between, each and every day, no matter how well or how badly we are finding daily life.

Do you ever feel like you just want to scream, to cry out as loud as you possibly can?

Sometimes life can make us feel like we want to scream out, but if we do, does it achieve anything?

But instead of physically screaming out loud when life is difficult, scream to God, because He will hear you – He will understand and He will help you.