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Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions in our lives – sometimes they can make us question ourself and our beliefs, or even question our love from someone.

However just because you have to make a difficult decision, doesn’t mean it’s not the right decision.

Making the right decision should be of more concern to us than how difficult the decision is for us to make. When we love someone, making a decision that can affect their future or your relationship with them, can be the hardest thing ever.

Remember as long as the decision you make is the right one, that’s all that matters.

 

Ever got to a point with something, or someone, where you feel like you’re getting no-where, not getting the respect or recognition you feel you are worthy of, or you feel no-one would even notice if you didn’t turn up any more? Do you feel like quitting the task, event or even life, when you feel like this?

Even if this is how you feel, the good news is, that…

Our quitting point is God’s beginning point. ~ Woodrow Kroll

No matter how bad or how low we may feel, God is still there for us, and He will get us out of our darkest times, we simply must believe.

Does time change how we see and feel things? Of course it does!

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 events change; we can start ‘making up’ bits of the event subconsciously, so that it either becomes far worse of much less difficult than it actually was at the time.

Time is a healer, so whatever quarrels or griefs you’re struggling with today, be assured that through time, the grief will be easier to cope with.

Ever had a day when you seem need to be reminded that no matter what comes your way, God is there for you. Some days it can feel like every worry, every stress is foremost in your mind and no matter what you do, you just can’t shake those feelings which bring darkness to your life.

When days like these come, just remember you are in God’s hands, and whatever the future holds, He is there with you.

Whatever Comes by Rend Collective 

Lord, whatever comes
Make me steadfast, make me rooted
A cedar planted firm, deeply grounded in Your goodness
Whatever comes

Lord, whatever comes
Be my bedrock, keep me steady
Loyal to Your throne, whatever stands against me
Whatever comes
 
Be my bravery when I am trembling
Be my courage when my heart is caving in
Be the fireside when I am wandering
Be my Father, whatever comes
 
Lord, whatever comes
Be my soul, be strong as iron
Bending only when, when I kneel before the “I Am”
Whatever comes
 
Be my bravery when I am trembling
Be my courage when my heart is caving in
Be the fireside when I am wandering
Be my Father, whatever comes

 

If ever you want to remind yourself what you need to do to be more like God, this photo should remind you.

Make it your aim each day, to be more like God.

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.

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.

Imagine we lived in a world where rather than talk about others behind their back, we talked to them!

Imagine a world where rather than fighting those who have different beliefs from us, we talked to them!

Maybe we can change the world, simply by talking to one another

A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other. ~ Nicky Gumbel

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.

When someone hurts you, is it easy to forgive them?

Sometimes it can be easy to forgive someone when it’s obvious they are genuinely sorry for whatever they have said or done to hurt you.

What about when the person who hurt you isn’t sorry?

God forgives us when we do or say things which hurt Him, and so must we – be the bigger person and forgive those who hurt you.