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When something is broken, it can be heartbreaking.

When we are part of a broken relationship, it can take us to breaking point.

Thankfully, broken things (including relationships) can be mended. If we let God do the mending, these broken relationships can can become blessings – they can become some of the strongest and closest relationships we ever have.

So let God do the mending.

When you drive a car, what characteristics do you need? You need to be alert, in control, aware of others around you (people, vehicles and other objects).

What about in life, what characteristics do we need to make our life the success that God wants it to be?

She of the characteristics we need when driving are the same ones we need in life. However, there is one which only applies partially when talking about life, and that is ‘in control’.

We may be a person who likes to be ‘in control’ of everything that’s going on, but in reality it’s God who we should let be ‘in control’ of our life. However we may still have parts of our life that we want to show others we are ‘in control’ of, such as emotions, relationships etc, but to bring this back to driving, we do need to let God drive our lives, as only He knows the future.

 

Life can be so busy that we fill it with everything and everyone but the one person who should be at the centre of our life…God!

Maybe we just need to let God interrupt us on days when we try to get through it without Him. Because when we let God into our everyday, He will become our everything.

When you face choices in your life, do you:

  1. Think things through on your own before making a decision
  2. Talk the choices though with your family and make a joint decision
  3. Take the situation to God, and wait for Him to direct you

We probably all try to do a bit of all these options if we’re honest, but as Christians we must always go for option 3. Remember God will never ask you to do something you’re not capable of – You may just not realise you are capable of it before you start!

So leave your life choices to God, and He will do the best for you.

Touch my mind – I’ll remember today; touch my heart – I’ll never forget.

We all have many relationships in our lives, some with people where we challenge one another on a work/employment level; some where we’re challenged physically, through taking part in a sport together; some where we support one another emotionally; some we’re lucky enough to find challenge us in more than one of these areas.

It’s true though, it’s those who reach out and touch our hearts, maybe because they support us or are a confidant, that we never forget.

Think about it, look back over your life, how many people who touched your heart at some point, are still either part of your life, or are still on your mind regularly?

What about those who maybe challenged your brain power, maybe a teacher/lecturer, I suspect you’ll either struggle to remember those in this category or if you can remember them, I doubt they’re people you think about very often.

That moment when you’ve set off in the car on your holidays, and then about an hour into the journey the words “I’m not sure I remembered to lock the back door” echo round the car!

When I was younger, this or similar phrases were uttered not long into the start of our annual car journey south at the start of our summer holidays. Mum always had second or third thoughts about whether she’d turned this or that off, or lock a door or something along those thins.

If I remember correctly, I don’t think we ever turned round and went back home to check anything, although I think a couple of times we maybe stopped and phoned my aunt, who had spare keys for the house, to ask her to check everything was ok. Other times I recall Dad and I both convincing Mum that whatever it was she thought she’d forgotten to do, we had checked and it was ok.

No matter how we ended Mum worrying about something she thought she’d forgotten, there was never an occasion where it turned out Mum had forgotten to do something! How many times have we all done that, gone out, and thought you’ve forgotten something, but in reality you very rarely have?

So whether you’ve had you’re moment of thinking you’ve forgotten something when you head off on holiday this summer, or you’ve still to go on holiday, be assured that it’s more than likely that you haven’t forgotten to do something important before you head out your house on holiday.

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can change is how you react to it ~ Nicky Gumbel

When people treat you badly, say things about you or to you which are hurtful or untrue, it can be so very easy to react in anger.

When you’re emotions get the better of you, we can all be guilty of saying or doing things we regret, either immediately or later once we’ve calmed down. However it’s usually more helpful to both ourselves and the others involved if we all just take a few moments to calm down and reassess the situation before you get dragged into a shouting or slagging match.

So be the bigger person, stay calm and stay in control of your emotions and your reaction, and more than anything, think before you respond.

RSVP #2

Posted: July 13, 2017 in communication, life, Relationships, religion, words
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Yesterday I told you how I’ve always found ‘RSVP’ a strange thing to write on invitations. However having thought about this a little more, maybe by RSVPing to an invitation it shows the sender that we have acknowledged their invitation, rather than just ignoring it one way or another.

Maybe there is one RSVP in particular we all really need to respond to today, and that is God’s invitation to give our heart and our all to Him. Have you RSVP’d to God?

RSVP #1

Posted: July 12, 2017 in communication, friendship, life, words
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RSVP is a term I’ve always found a little confusing as it’s usual used in conjunction with invitations to a social event. It is the initials of the French phrase ‘Repondez s’il vous plait‘ which means ‘Please respond’ – in other words asking you to confirm your attendance at the event you’ve been invited to.

What always got me about RSVPs is that if someone invites you to an event, isn’t it common courtesy to let the person who invited you know whether you can make the event or not, so why do we need to write RSVP on invitations?

Also why not just write, ‘Please respond’ or ‘Please reply’ instead of going for the initials of a French phrase?

Ever felt like this?

We’ve probably all had days like this. I guess this usually happens when  there’s something or someone on our mind which causes our mind to focus on that/them rather than on where and what we’re meant to be doing.

Have you ever been caught out during one of these times? Maybe someone asked you a question which you didn’t really hear because your mind was elsewhere, but you were aware you’ve been asked something!

Sometimes we probably should not be where we physically are, as we should be with the person or situation our thought are focused on, as they are obviously in need of us. Make sure you make the right decisions to be where and with who you need to be, forget where or what other expect you to do, do what you need to do.