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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ~ Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

We are all individuals. We are all unique. We all have different experiences. We all experience emotions when we go through life, however the emotions we feel in each circumstance are individual to us. Therefore just because you know how you feel when you experience a particular situation, doesn’t mean that is how others feel.

Remember we are unique, no-one else know how we truly feel, so don’t ever think you know exactly how someone else feels, unless they tell you!

And how do we get the strength to overcome the things we thought we couldn’t do? We pray!

When we ask God to help us to overcome a difficult situation we can be assured that He will help us. It may be that how we get through the situation isn’t the way we expected, or even wanted, but it will be the way God knows is best for us.

God will give us the strength we need in every situation we find ourselves, so trust Him to give you the strength you need to overcome every situation.

I liked this picture when I first read it on a friend’s Facebook timeline. I wasn’t entirely sure why I liked it, but then it struck me, it’s probably because it tells us about something we don’t like but then immediately explains why experiencing that is actually good for us.

For example, maybe we think we feel sad all the time, that our life is not a happy one, but then we experience true sadness when someone close to us leaves us or passes away. It only then we realise how happy we really were in their presence, because now the sadness is so overwhelming.

So please have another read, thinking about how you can see yourself feeling each of those emotions or situations and simply, remind yourself just to appreciate what you currently have, because when it’s not there any more, there’s often no way to get back to where you are now, so you can truly appreciate what you have.

A friend on Facebook recently posted this, and it really got me thinking…

Teacher of God

…it got me thinking of several people I have who have made me feel like that – as if I’m the only person in the room, that they are talking directly to me, even when I’m surrounded by lots of others.

At those times I remember sitting there thinking, “How on earth do they know how I’m feeling?”

I’m also aware that in the past I’ve didn’t even considered it was God’s handiwork at the time, until later. These days I now consider these special moments were all God’s doing – That it was God who was talking to me through His messenger.

I thank God for wonderful spiritual people who over the years have been inspired to teach us, so I could hear God speaking to me directly.

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Posted: October 17, 2018 in belief, bible, Internet, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
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Have you ever been waiting for something to be delivered, and become very impatient when it doesn’t arrive when expected? In these days when we can order things on-line for delivery later that same day, I suspect we’ve all found ourselves in that situation, but hopefully not too often!

Just as we can become impatient when deliveries do not arrive when we expect them, so we can become frustrated with God when he doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect Him to, or in the way we want him to.

Shame on us for thinking that though, as God will always answer our prayers:

Mark 11:24 (The Passion translation)

This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

Whenever we ask God for anything, we simply need to believe He will answer our request, and God will deliver in His time – which may or may not be in the timescale we were expecting.

How many times have you found yourself in this scenario?

Once again today, I want to remind you how much we need to be like children in our daily life – quickly forgetting conflicts so we can just forgive and move on. Don’t be stubborn, be forgiving and don’t stay sitting back to back.

A friend shared this photo on Facebook recently, and it really touched me, and has been in my mind since – Here’s the words that were posted on Facebook with the photo:

No words needed, just sit and think about it! She doesn’t know it’s a statue, or the story of Christ. She just sees suffering and wants to help! …. Why can’t we be like this child ?????

Maybe we need to remind ourselves and the world that we need to have the faith of a child. So don’t just walk past when you see a person in need, even if you don’t know them. Instead ,do as this child did, and reach out and help them!

Have you ever stopped and thought what it would be like to be completely on your own, with all your family and friends have passed away?

That sounds such an awfully lonely place doesn’t it?

Well sadly there are many people in our world who find themselves in exactly those circumstances today. I wonder, what can we do to help them, so that they realise they are not on their own, and in fact are loved?

There are in fact many ways we can help people in our local communities who feel alone – Here’s a few suggestions:

  • We can become a volunteer in an organisation which helps the lonely and vulnerable people in your area.
  • We can give monetary donations to charities whose aim is to help or befriend those who feel alone.
  • We can pop in and visit people we know who are at risk of feeling alone – the elderly, those who have been bereaved of their life partner, single parents etc

As well as these suggestions, we can pray, because I believe praying for someone is the best thing we can do for someone.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!