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Psalm 66:9 (The Passion Translation)

There’s no doubt about it; God holds our lives safely in his hands. He’s the one who keeps us faithfully following him.

We’re reminded in this verse in Psalms that God has promised to look after us always.

Imagine you promise your your best friend something, but they continually keep asking you to confirm that you’re still going to keep your promise to them. That feels like they don’t really trust you doesn’t it? So when we doubt God, we’re really questioning the promise God has made to each one of us!

There is a possibility that even our best friends will not keep promises they have made us, however there should be no doubt in our mind that God will always keep his promise to always be there for us, and look after us.

Yesterday I spoke about how we should never doubt God’s love for us, especially when we are going through difficult times in our life.

So, with that in mind, how much do we need God?

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.

Psalm 46:1 (The Passion Translation)

Don’t ever doubt that He’s not there for you, or that He doesn’t care about what you’re walking through. He loves you more than you could ever imagine, and promises to be with you, always.

Jesus.

The One who sets us free.

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My Jesus, Lord I need you

Let’s be honest, it can be really difficult at times to believe God is still listening to your prayers. And even more difficult to believe he will answer them when he doesn’t answer them when or how you want.

When we go through difficult times in our life, that’s when we trust God more than ever. However because we are human, we do doubt him, and doubt his plans for us.

I love the song Don’t Doubt Him Now, not just the beautiful melody, but also because I can really relate the words. The message is clear, don’t doubt him now, instead trust in God’s love and turn your care to gladness.

Don’t doubt Him now
Don’t lift your heart to sorrow
Though all around seems in such disarray
God’s love is sure, sustaining through tomorrow
Dispelling doubt that only brings despair
Don’t doubt Him now, don’t doubt Him now.

Trust in God’s love to turn your care to gladness
Prove for yourself the merits of His grace
Find in His strength the will to shake off sadness
Discover too the warmth of His embrace
Trust in God’s love, don’t doubt Him now.

Your faith in Him will gladden every morning
The days ahead will more His goodness show
Your heart with trust fulfils the Father’s longings
And in return His love He will bestow
Have faith in Him, don’t doubt Him now.

I’ve been reminded a number of times over the last year that only time can heal our physical wounds. But it’s not just our physical wounds that need time to heal, our emotional wounds also need time to heal.

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. ~ Blaise Pascal

As time passes, our memory of events can change because of how they made, and still make us feel. We don’t mean to do this, it’s just one of those things that happens in our subconscious as time passes.

Time really heal both our physical and emotional wounds. So whatever quarrels or griefs or quarrels  you’re struggling with today, be assured that over time the wounds they have left you with will heal.

I’ve found myself using the phrase, ‘In the new world’, quite frequently in the last few weeks. There’s a lot of change going on in life just now so trying to accept and prepare for how things may be in the future, hence my ‘in the new world’ phrase, can be difficult.

That’s why I’m very grateful for God’s presence in my life in these days. As although life ‘In the new world’ and what that may mean for me, is still very uncertain, I do feel reassured that God has my future under control, because I know he has already planned my future.

If we trust in God, whatever our ‘new world’ or future holds, we can be assured that we are in His hands.

3 John 1:11 (The Passion Translation)

Delightfully loved ones, don’t imitate what is evil, but imitate that which is good. Whoever does good is of God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Yesterday I spoke about how we must imitate, or act, as God would. Today it’s about reinforcing that message.

If we do good, we are doing what God would do, but when we’re fail to do good, we’re not doing God’s work.

So when you see someone in need, do good, stop and help them.

When you see someone upset, do good, stop and hug them.

When you see someone by themselves and alone, do good, go and talk to them.

If you’re going through a tough time, and someone asks you if you’re really ok, so you say you’re ok, or do you tell them the truth?

I guess it depends on your relationships with the person who’s asking doesn’t it? Even if the person asking is someone you know well, and trust, that still doesn’t mean you are definitely going to tell someone how you really feel, does it?

Maybe it’s because when we’re going through tough times, it can take us every bit of strength we have, to keep it together and not completely fall apart.

Even when we can’t tell those closest to us just how much we’re struggling or finding life difficult, we can still take it all to God. God is always will us, so no matter what we are facing or going through, we must trust God. Because when we trust God, we can be assured that all will be well.

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

People can think what they want about me, but I know I am not the strong unemotional person many seem to think I am. Here’s why

And as I found the strength to face each day, I found a way to ‘put on’ a public face that gives the illusion that I’m a strong individual who is in control of their life and their emotions. If you remember nothing else, remember looks can be deceiving!

While writing yesterday’s blog post A Reason To Live, I Googled “A reason to live” – Here’s the results I got

It got wondering how many people have Googled exactly the same thing as me, but who have Googled that phrase because they are in dire need as they are considering suicide.

I then found the report for the Samaritans in Scotland in 2018 – Samaritans_Scotland_Impact_Report_2018

It is sober reading – So many lives lost to suicide, so many people in desperate need to someone to listen to them, and understand how they feel. What really touched me most was this statement

Research by Samaritans found that nearly 2 in 3 Scots have first-hand experience of suicide – whether through their own experience of suicidal thoughts or from supporting someone with suicidal feelings or the loss of a friend or family member.

That’s some statistic isn’t it! In a room of 6 people, 4 of them will have been affected by a suicide or considered suicide themselves. Multiplying that out, 400 out of every 600 people will have been affected by a suicide or considered suicide. I certainly wasn’t aware suicide affected so many lives.

I’m not quoting these figures to you just for affect but to highlight the scale of the problem.

The good news is suicide is preventable, and we can all help. So I encourage you to reach out to a friend, a neighbour, a family member who seems to be struggling with life, and just ask them if they are ok – Remember just because someone says they’re ok doesn’t mean they really are, so trust yourself when you feel there is something wrong – Just be there for someone when they are at their lowest point, and support them.

I did, at one point in my life, wonder if there really was any reason to carry on living. There seemed to be one problem or issue after another in every aspect of my life, that I just could see how I would ever get through that time.

Having got through that very difficult time, I realised that those days when I should have let God take full control of my life, were the days when I completely ignored God, because it seemed to me as if he had forgotten me. I really should have known better, after all I’d heard so many time before how God is always with us and has a plan for each of us. I forgot God’s timing wasn’t necessarily my desired timing, and so instead of trusting God, I turned away from him.

My faith is now stronger than ever as I know now I only got through those difficult days because God did not desert me. I also am now confident that God really does have a plan for me, and therefore I want to fulfil his plan for my life – I therefore have a reason to live because I believe in God.

So believe in God because He alone gives us a reason to live!