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So we’re nearly at the end of 2018. It’s a time when we look forward to the new year, and also a time when we look back over this last year.

As we look forward to the start of a new year, we often think of it being a time for making changes in our lives, for starting new things to try to build a better future for ourselves and those we love. As we look back over this past year there’s probably been some things we’d all rather forget about, things we wished had never happened, and others that were so amazing they will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

But how was your 2018 from a Christian perspective? Was it a year where you were God was completely at the centre of everything you did, did you keep Him out of your life altogether, or was it somewhere in between those two where you let God into part of your life, but not all of it?

When we accept Christ as our Saviour and friend, we promise to give all our past failures and sins to Him, and ask Him to be at the centre of all we do by giving Him our heart.

So as 2018 comes to a close tomorrow, please consider whether there have been parts of your life that you’ve kept from God this year. Make a commitment now before the new year starts to make God be at the centre of all you do.

They say having a child changes everything – I personally cannot comment on that as I don’t have any children, however I have seen how a child has changed the lives of family and friends when they have had children. They tell me that no matter how much you prepare for becoming a parent, you’re never fully prepared, as you don’t get an instruction manual with your child when they are born.

The birth of a child is the start of a new life not just for the child but for the parents as they adapt to having a new addition to their family. Just as the birth of a child is the start of a new life for the parents, so the birth of Jesus all those years ago, offered us the chance of a new life in Christ.

As we near the end of 2018, and look forward to the start of a new year, take advantage of Christ’s offer of new life by giving your heart to God today.

O Come Be Born Again by Jennifer Martin

Baby born in Bethlehem
Come be born in me again
Since You don’t mind dirty stables
Here’s my heart not fit or able
To receive such majesty
Still, You humbly come to me

Chosen One who chose to be
Suff’ring Savior, Servant King
Since You don’t despise the broken
Here’s my life laid bare and open
To receive Your mercy
As Your Spirit calls to me

All who struggle, all who sin
Come and become born again
Come and lay your heavy burdens
At the cross where all’s forgiven
At His feet new life begins
Come, O sinner, enter in

When it comes to Christmas, it seems more and more people seem to think it’s all about giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family and over eating.

Those of us who believe in Jesus, His birth and His resurrection, know what Christmas is really all about…it’s about Jesus. It’s about Jesus, and we can ensure that others know this is our belief if we have let Christ into our heart. With Christ in our heart His love will shine through us for other to see.

The song All In The Heart by Steven Curtis Chapman is one I really like , as it reminds us exactly what Christmas is all about…

No, it’s not in the snow that may or may not fall
And it’s not in the gifts around the tree
It’s in the love heaven gave, the night our Saviour came
And that same love can still be found wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all in the heart
And the joy can still be found, wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all, all in the heart It’s all in the heart

Christmas shouldn’t be about how many presents we get or how much we’ve spent on presents or others, how our homes are decorated or even how much we eat or drink, it should always be about Christ!

So make sure Christ is in your heart this Christmas!

Make room

Posted: December 21, 2018 in belief, Christmas, heart, music, religion, words
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Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart?
Is there room in your heart
For God to write His story?

No matter how many Christmases you listen to carols, it’s all worthless if you don’t make room in your heart for God to write His story. This year, make sure there’s room for God.

There are things we all fear, but there are also things specific to each of us, that we fear. For example:

  • fear of failure;
  • fear of growing old;
  • fear of making a fool of yourself;
  • fear of being alone.

Whatever your specific fears, don’t let them overwhelm you! Instead focus on your dreams, and believe you can achieve them. Positive thoughts, make positive results, so be led by the dreams in your heart.

Some things are easy to say, but difficult to put into practice. For me, the statement in this picture are some of those.

There is one part of this statement that I find far more difficult than the rest – can you guess which part that is?

I suspect you’ll not be surprised when I tell you, “A heart that forgives the worst” is what I find the most difficult. I’m human, have many flaws, and yes, when someone really hurts me or those I love, it can be very difficult to forgive them. However I believe forgiving them is what I must do, and so I do try to forgive, though if I’m honest, I do still struggle with this at times.

I pray that we may each be able to say the above prayer sincerely, knowing that God will help us to achieve the goals stated in this prayer.

As many of you will be aware I’ve been off work on sick leave for a number of weeks. As I’ve been unable to do very much I’ve found myself watching TV programmes which I wouldn’t normally watch. What I’ve noticed though in the last two or three weeks is that the focus of the adverts in between programmes has changed – Not only it is now adverts about Christmas, Black Friday deals and bargains but nearly every second advert is one highlighting either people or animals in need of our help by giving a donation to their charity.

While I understand that charities need the public to donate to them so they can continue their work, but really, does there need to be quite so many of these adverts on all day, it really is very depressing. Please don’t think I don’t care about these charities, as that’s not the case – it’s depressing for two reasons:

  • No matter how much I may want to give to each and every charity, there’s no way I can support them all, but they all have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty if I don’t donate!
  • The adverts highlight just how much need there is in this world, and how many awful people there are who are cruel or abusive to people and animals.

Each of these adverts show shocking images of children, adults and animals who’ve been abused or neglected – All designed to pull at our heart-strings and persuade us to donate to their cause. How I wish this world was a better place where no one is abused, homeless, alone, or hungry.

So while these charity adverts are a hard watch, and make me feel guilty, it does remind me of all those who are far less fortunate than I am.

If each of us could give what we can to the charities/causes that we feel are most in need of our help, we can make a difference, and help make this world a better place.

Blessed

Posted: November 19, 2018 in faith, heart, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Maybe you’re wondering what you need to do to ‘be a blessing’. It’s actually quite easy, as all you need to do is give your heart and your all to God, and He will then put you in the situations and places where you are needed, where He needs you – He will then help you and guide you to say and do what is needed to bless those who need you.

You’ve probably heard it said many times before that God will always give you what you need to do what He need you to do, and this is true when you are doing His work.

So get out there and bless others, but just as importantly, be blessed too!

In the previous parts of this blog post (At the heart of life #1 and At the heart of life #2) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning and then how the heart is at the centre of our relationship with God. Today it’s all about love, ahh!

When you fall in love, there are your heart is physically affected in a few ways:

  1. When we first realise we‘re attracted to someone, there is a chemical reaction starts in your body, which pumps through your body by your heart, making you more alert. When you show affection to one another this apparently lowers your cholesterol level because hormones are released which is good for your heart.
  2. When we fall in love it triggers a ‘fight or flight’ reaction in us, which in turn makes our heart beat faster which is why we get that feeling of our heart pumping when we’re attracted to someone. This also means blood gets diverted to our essential organs, like our heart, and explains why sometimes we lose our appetite at these times as well.
  3. Lots of hormones are released when we’re in love, and this surprisingly lowers your blood pressure – Maybe it’s just me, but I would have thought it would increase your blood pressure, but apparently not! It’s actually the unhealthy relationships that increase your blood pressure!
  4. Those who are socially isolated or lonely are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems such as the hardening of the arteries and plaque formation. It also leads to raised blood pressure, which can result in a stroke or heart disease. The action of hugging helps reduce blood pressure and is an excellent reason to nurture a special relationship.

The positive physical effects on the heart and circulation when you are falling in love go way beyond a simple attraction to someone as they actually help us live healthier lifestyles.

So look after your heart, find your sole-mate, and fall in love, not only will it make you happy, it’s great for your heart too!

In the first part of this blog post (At the heart of life #1) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning. Today I want to continue to talk about the heart, but this time about how important the heart is in our relationship with God.

There are many bible verses about how our heart is so important in our relationship with God.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! ~ John 14:27 (TPT)

God wants us to give Him our heart – Yesterday we discovered that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body, so it should be no surprise to us that God considers our heart to be so important in our relationship with Him. If we don’t give him our all – all our feels and emotions, which come from our heart, how can we truly say we’ve given our all to God?

When our heart is full of God’s love, we are capable of anything because God is in control. So give God your heart and He can give you the love and strength to get through any situation or circumstances. Let God be your guide and strength by giving him your heart today.