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There are certain situations where you have to put your full trust in someone because your life depends on it. Here’s a very examples of varying levels of severity

  • Flying – we put our trust in the pilots that they have been trained well, and are competent at their job.
  • Climbing – we rely on those at the other end of the rope to hold tight in case you lose your footing.
  • Surgeons – when we need an operation, regardless of how minor it is, we put our trust in the surgeon and the theatre staff to take care of you and make sure you get through your operation without any complications.

Each of these situations could end on tragedy if the person you’ve put your trust in is not 100% competent in the job they are doing.

It can be difficult sometimes to know who to trust, particularly when we’re in a stressful or life-threatening situation. But be reassured, there is always one person you can trust to be there for you in every situation – God will always be right there with you because He has promised to never let go of us. So let Him help you be strong, whatever happens.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. ~ Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

You won’t let go by Michael W. Smith

No shadow comes without the light making a way
No raging storm can ever defy one word of faith
My heart remains sure in the wind, sure in the waves

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go

No valley low, changes the truth
So I’m not afraid
You hold me close
You lead me through and light up the way

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go
You won’t let go

Neither life, neither death,
The highest high, the deepest depth
Nothing can
Nothing can separate
Neither tears, neither trials
Certain as the sun will rise
Nothing can
Nothing can separate

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go

“Don’t worry”, easy words to say, but ones that can be particularly difficult to put into action. Even when we believe God is with us through everything, those words, “Don’t worry”, can still be hard to accept.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Talk to God about it, tell Him how difficult you find it not to worry. He can ease your stress by calming your heart and mind and giving your inner peace.

If you see someone in need, do you stop and help or do you walk past, or look the other way and keep walking?

Maybe you feel you’re too busy to stop and help others, but what if we all consider ourselves ‘too busy’ to help? We can’t assume someone else will take the time to stop and help, so we need to make the time to help.

Stopping to help someone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have to give up loads of your time, as it can be the simple act of asking someone if they’re ok that helps someone; or carrying a bag of shopping to for an older person, to their car; or giving a homeless person a sandwich and a hot drink.

We need to stop rushing around at 100 miles an hour, and take time out to look around ourselves, and really see those who are in need. We can then take time to make a difference, by helping those who need help.

Have you ever thought someone was avoiding you? Or maybe you’ve been the person that’s avoiding others?

Well maybe this might help you understand what might be going on.

I’d say I could say “Yes, that’s me”, to each of the 5 scenarios in this quote – Although some seem to have been full-time for a while.

The bottom line is, we never really know what others are going through, so don’t assume you know why someone is acting the way they are. Instead ask them if they’re ok, and when they tell you they’re fine, ask them again is they are ok. If they still tell you they’re fine, tell them you want to help them and ask them again if they’re ok.

Admitting openly to someone that you’re struggling, if often the hardest thing, even although you could do with the emotional support others may be able to offer you.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling so good, or feeling low, emotional or alone, I just want to hide from the world and everyone in it. The last thing I want to do is run to someone for help, I prefer to be on my own, and cope with whatever I face by myself.

I know I don’t ever need to face anything on my own, as God is always with me, and will always help me. But when it comes to interacting with the world and the people in it, sometimes I just don’t want to, especially when it feels like no-one even notices when I’m not around.

At those times, that’s when I do run to God, because He’s the only one who truly knows and understand me, and how I feel. He gives me peace and hides me under His wings.

Hide Myself by Michael W Smith

I’ve heard the thunder before
I’m not a stranger to storms
Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

I’ve had to wait in the dark
And hold the truth in my heart
Even in the night
Still You open wide
Your faithful arms

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

You are the refuge that stands
You hold my world in Your hands
The quiet in the noise
The stillness of Your voice
Will be enough

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

And it’s Your presence alone
That changes all that I know
‘Til all that I know
Is just Your presence alone
I’m safe in Your shadow

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

When life gets tough it can seem like nothing is possible. However we can often find more strength than we knew we possessed during those times, to overcome adversity.

God is with us during our happiest of times, but he’s also with us through our darkest times. Even when don’t feel God is with us, He is. And it’s Him who gives us our greatest strength to face every situation we face in life.

Always remember, it’s during those tough times, that we grow the most, because those situations give us real-life experience allowing us to grow and learn. That’s probably not how it feels when we’re going through those difficult times, but when you look back on them once you’re in a happier place, I’m sure you’ll realise then how much strength God gave you to get through those difficult days.

How good are you at waiting?

For me and possibly you too, it probably depends what you’re waiting for.

  • If you’ve got a hospital appointment and you’re waiting to be seen, you’re probably anxious or nervous.
  • If you’re waiting for delivery of a new TV, you’re probably desperate for it to be delivered, anticipating how great the picture and sound are going to be.
  • If you’re waiting for a letter to confirm a job offer, you may be anxiously looking out the window for the postman.

How about when you’ve prayed to God about something specific and are waiting for Him to answer your prayer – Are you eager to find out how God is going to answer your prayer, or anxious that he won’t answer your prayer in the way you want?

However and whenever God answers our prayers, there’s no need to be anxious or afraid, because He will answer our prayers in the way that He deems is best for us.

Just because what’s going on in your life right now doesn’t feel good, doesn’t mean God’s not working. ~ Joyce Meyer

It can be tough to believe things will get better for you when you’re in the middle of a difficult time in your life. But even during those times God is with you. Remember that God will always answer your prayers, maybe not when you want or how you want, but he will answer your prayers.

Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you ~ 1 Peter 5 (TPT)

This verse from 1 Peter reminds us that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, God cares for us.

It’s all well and good telling someone that God cares for them, but would those words alone make someone believe God cares for them? I suspect not. However that doesn’t stop God caring for everyone.

Maybe when we’re going through those tough times, we don’t recognise God’s presence with us, but I’m sure that later, when we look back on that time, we’ll realise God was there for us, and got us through those tough days.

So don’t try and cope with all your worries and concerns on your own, take them to God and let Him take them from you.

When you feel alone you can feel isolated which can be frightening. But even we really have nothing to fear, because God has promised to be there for us and strengthen us at all times. All we need to do is trust Him.

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. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)