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Wouldn’t it be great if, no matter what was happening in our life, we could be 100% sure what the outcome would be?

Well, while we may not know exactly how events will turn out, we can be sure that Christ is there with us.

Ever feel like you don’t really belong?

Ever thought that you are in the right place, that you are where God wants you to be?

So when you feel like giving up
Cause you don’t fit in down here
Fear is crashing in, close your eyes and take my hand yeah.

We can be the kings and queens of anything if we believe.
It’s written in the stars that shine above
A world where you and I belong
Where faith and love will keep us strong
Exactly who we are is just enough
Exactly who we are is just enough
There’s a place for us

Remember there is a place for each and every one of us!

Did you go to church today?

If so did you go ready and willing to hear God speak to you, or did you go with your mind full of the events of the past week, or were you thinking about what lies ahead for you this coming week?

If we go to church but aren’t open and willing to hear God’s message, why do we go? Out of habit, to meet our friends or family, out of duty or something else?

Go to church, be open to God’s message and then live church every day of your life.

Words are not one of my strong points (you may have noticed this!) – I struggle to find the right words sometimes to express how I feel or how to comfort or encourage others or even myself! However I have found that even when I can’t find any words, music can often comfort and encourage me, so I’m sure finding the right music can help anyone in whatever situation or circumstances they find themselves.

Here’s one of my ‘go to’ songs when I need some encouragement:

No healing

Posted: November 16, 2017 in depression, Health, life, love, music, religion, words
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Just because we pray for healing from illness for ourselves, friends or family, doesn’t mean God will grant that prayer. That doesn’t mean we won’t receive blessings from what becomes our new ‘normal’.

Even in our darkest times, we can still receive blessings from God, sometimes from the most surprising sources.

There are thousands and thousands of words in the English language, but isn’t it funny how we still can’t find the right ones sometimes.

If a friend is hurt or upset by someone else it’s not easy to know how to make them feel better about themselves.

When someone is bereaved it can be hard to know what to say to them, not because we don’t care, but because we understand their pain and heartache.

Likewise, when struggling with life in general, telling someone just to ‘give themselves a shake’ or ‘snap out of it’ is not helpful, however it doesn’t make finding the right words any easier either.

When we are that person I described above who’s in need of help or support, it can difficult for us also to find words to explain how we feel. Unfortunately others can’t fully understand our feelings/emotions or what’s in our heart if we can find the words to express them. However God can!

Even when we are silent and find we have no words of prayer to say to God, He knows and understands what’s in our heart and on our minds. He will therefore take those unspoken prayers and answer them in His own way and in His own time.

Here’s a song which expresses all those thoughts/feelings perfectly:

I know when I’m told to do something, it depends who tells me, and how they tell, whether I’m likely to do what they’ve asked or not. Likewise I’m sure just like everyone else,  I was probably more likely not to do what my parents asked me to do when I was young.

I grew up being taken to the Salvation Army, being taught right from wrong, learning about God and reading the bible. So how come I didn’t rebel against the things I was being told about God?

I know the answer to that one! It’s because while initially I just went along with what I was being told as that was what was expected of me, I did experience God working in my life.

When I was uncertain and felt God wasn’t there, God showed me the way. When I turned away from Him, He waited for me to realise I was lost and then turned back to Him. When I needed comfort, He was always there to comfort me.

I’m not a Christian because anyone ever told me too, I’m a Christian because I’ve experienced God’s presence in my life. I am grateful for all those who taught me about God and started me on my Christian journey when I was a young child.

Ever closed your eyes and tried to find your way round your own house without bumping into anything or hurting yourself?

If not, give it a go just now…no cheating, so keep your eyes shut!

 

So now you’ve tried keeping your eyes shut – How did you get on? I suspect you did as badly as I did, and bumped into countless things, and hopefully didn’t hurt yourself too much!

How did it feel? I bet you were nervous, anxious, scared, alone, isolated…

This must be how it feels to go through difficult times when you don’t believe and trust God. I however believe and trust in God, so no matter how dark life may be, my faith is firmly in God to get me through those days.

I recent heard My Prayer For You by Alisa Turner for the first time, and the words and the music really touched me. So please just sit back and listen to the beautiful words and music of this song:

For anyone who’s prayed a thousand prayers
And still can’t find the answer anywhere
Fighting off the lie that no one cares
For anyone who’s out there losing hope
Feeling you’re forsaken and alone
Clinging to the last strands of your rope

May God give you eyes to see, He’s still greater
Courage to rise and believe He’s able
May God be your peace in the fire you’re walking through
This is my prayer now
This is my prayer for you

For all of those with tired and weary souls
But still have faith to ask for miracles
Choosing to believe He’s in control

May God give you eyes to see, He’s still greater
Courage to rise and believe He’s able
May God be your peace in the fire you’re walking through
This is my prayer now
This is my prayer

Jesus was always willing to help others no matter who they were or where they were. If you see someone in need, how willing are you to stop and help?

I suspect you’re probably thinking about what you’d do if you were walking along a street and came across someone in need of help. However what about those who are sitting right beside you just now, have you taken a minute to consider whether they are in need?

I don’t necessarily mean are they in need of food or shelter – but are they in need of support…someone to talk to…someone to give them a hug…

It can often be those closest to us that are most in need. But it can also be those closest to us that we are least likely to notice that something is wrong.

However, when we do look after the physical or emotional needs of others, we can consider it valuable work.

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me ~ Matthew 25:40