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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Preparation definitely is important for everything we do

  • Would you sit your driving test without first having driving lessons?
  • Would you go on stage as a concert pianist without learning to play the piano, and spending hours and hours practicing?
  • Would you rewire our house without being trained as an electrician?

Just as we must prepare or train so we can be successful in the tasks we undertake, so we must prepare ourselves so we are receptive to God. We cannot be true Christians without preparing our heart for God.

To do that we must clear out our hearts and minds of all thoughts, words and deeds that do not reflect God. We must give all our worries and stresses to God and leave them with Him. Only then will be truly be ready for God to be at the centre of all we do. So if you life is not ready for God today, start preparing your life and your heart today.

Can you remember, exactly where and what you were doing at this time last year?

There’s not a lot of dates and times in my life I can tell you with certainty where and what I was doing at that time, but I know exactly where I was at this time last year – I was in hospital, in ICU (intensive care unit), having had life saving surgery earlier in the day.

From about 7/7.30 am that morning when I was wheeled into pre-theatre and anaesthetised, I actually have no recollection of anything, other than a few weird dreams, until 2 days later! I’m told I was awake and had conversations with the medical staff and my husband later on the day of my surgery and the following days, although as I said I have no recollection of any of this until 2 days after my op.

It’s been a very difficult year physically as it’s taken a lot of very hard work to get me to where I am today in my recovery. The surgery has definitely made a difference to me, as I now feel much better than I have done for a while, but I still have to remember that my body is still recovering from the trauma of the surgery.

Emotionally it’s been odd, as both in the lead up to my op and even the morning of my op, I was quite surprised how calm and at peace I felt. However in the lead up to this first anniversary, it seems to have really hit me the enormity of what I’ve been through. I’m just grateful that God still had plans for me this time last year, and just pray I make the most of this added time He has given me.

In the last few weeks a particular song going through my mind a lot in the last few months – It is well performed by Philippa Hanna. The words of one of the verses in particular important to me

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

Devotion

Posted: September 17, 2019 in faith, Health, heart, life, music, religion, words
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Devotion

love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.

Who or what are you devoted to?

Those who are Christians should be devoted fully to God. We God everything we have, so in return we should give Him our heart, our life, our all, our devotion.

All my world
All I’ve lost
The wrecks I’ve made here
The lives it cost
Your hand restores
Your works make whole
With all my soul
I thank You
I owe You
All my
Devotion
All that I have to give
Here’s my devotion
You’re all that it means to live

It’s my turn to provide the devotions at our band practice tonight, so I thought I’d share will you what I will be sharing with the band tonight…

How are you at remembering significant dates in your life?

We all have significant dates in our lives that we mark each year because they were times of great happiness or celebration or because when they happened, they caused us great sadness.

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about significant dates that have changed my life, probably because in the last few weeks I’ve had a few of those dates, and there are others in the coming weeks also

  • Early August was my birthday..
  • Then just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • The end of last week marked 4 years since my Mum died.
  • And amazingly, in a few weeks time, that will be one year since I had life saving heart surgery to fix one of the issues I’ve lived with all my life.

Yes, I’ve marked, or will mark each of those significant dates I’ve just mentioned, in some way. But do I pay as much attention to those significant dates in my Christian journey?

I have to be honest and say, the only exact date I can remember in my Christian journey, is the day I made my decision to become senior soldier as it was on my 18th birthday! I was really disappointed that I couldn’t remember the date I first knelt at the mercy seat or the date I was enrolled as a senior soldier, both at Rutherglen Salvation Army. So much so that I found myself last week looking for the Articles of War I signed on the day I was made a senior soldier, and I found it, and that anniversary is in just a few weeks!

We each celebrate or mark the important dates in our life and many of us shared those anniversaries with our friends on social media. So my question to each of you tonight is, do you put the same importance into celebrating or marking the significant dates in your Christian life as you do, other life events?

Do you remember the date on which you first gave my heart to Jesus?

Or the exact date you were enrolled as a senior soldier?

Romans 1:1 (The Passion Translation)

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvellous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

God has promised to love us always and that in itself is a reason to celebrate isn’t it. I believe I’m one of the fortunate ones as I’ve had that significant moment in my lives I accepted God into my life, and promised to serve Him until the end. So I will mark those important dates in my life, but I will also celebrate God’s love for me each day. After all I hadn’t accepted God into my heart, who knows where I would be today! And where else would I want to be on a Wednesday night, than at band practice! 🙂

 

Here’s a favourite piece of mine which features the tune associated with there words which for me, sum up one of the most significant moments in my Christian life

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.

Breathing is mandatory for us to live. So when someone stops breathing wee can attempt to breathe life back into them by resuscitating them. Our attempts to breathe life back into someone may not always be successful, but that should never stop us trying to save someone’s life.

Just as we can try to give breathe back to someone, so God can give us new life by reigniting our passion and our love for Him.

Let God reignite your passion for Him. Let Him breathe on you.

Breathe on me, breath of God
Love and life that makes me free
Breathe on me, breath of God
Fan the flame within me

Teach my heart, heal my soul
Speak the mind that in Christ we know
Take me to Your sanctuary
Breathe on me

Verbal sunshine

Posted: June 21, 2019 in heart, quotes, Relationships, weather
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“Verbal sunshine”, what a wonderful expression! But it does really give you a picture of how great words spoken as “verbal sunshine”, make someone feel.

Share some sunshine with those you meet by sharing some “verbal sunshine”, encouraging others and warming their hearts.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with a theme, Music!

So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Vase
  2. Grave
  3. Hospital
  4. Head
  5. Mask
  6. Bed
  7. Heart
  8. Moustache
  9. Balloon
  10. Bus

wordsSo how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Flowers
  2. Grief
  3. Appointment
  4. Sore
  5. Disguise
  6. Sleep
  7. Surgery
  8. Beard
  9. Bang!
  10. Band

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Now Easter is over, and we’ve celebrated Christ’s death and his resurrection, what’s next for those of us who believe that Christ is alive?

For us Easter is just the beginning, it’s the reason we now have a responsibility to tell others how much God loves them. So we must go out into our neighbourhoods and our communities and tell them how much God loves them and forgives them for all their sins.

If we do this, we can help others find true love in their life when they give their heart to God.

 

Have you noticed how when some people walk in the room, something happens. e.g.

  • the room suddenly becomes quiet; or
  • there are oh’s and ah’s and gasps of excitement.

How about the reaction to those already in the room?

God is with us wherever we go. He’s in every room with us, but sadly he’s not necessarily in the heart of everyone in the room.

That’s why God needs us to do the leg work, to tell people about Him. So that there will come a time when those people will realise God’s presence in every room with them. Maybe then they will experience  that same excitement when they accept Christ into their lives.

I encourage you to let Christ walk into you life and into your heart today.

Enter, enter right into my heart, Lord.

Enter now, enter now.

Keeper

Posted: April 5, 2019 in heart, music, religion, words
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Have you heard the phrase, “They’re a keeper”? It’s usually used to describe someone who is good for you, that you want to have in your life and want to have in your life forever.

I recently heard this song for the first time:

And the use of the word ‘keeper’ in the song really struck me. God really is the keeper of our hearts when we give them to him. He will look after and love us forever and is most definitely someone we should want in our lives.

Is God the keeper of your heart?