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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Preparation definitely is important for everything we do

  • Would you sit your driving test without first having driving lessons?
  • Would you go on stage as a concert pianist without learning to play the piano, and spending hours and hours practicing?
  • Would you rewire our house without being trained as an electrician?

Just as we must prepare or train so we can be successful in the tasks we undertake, so we must prepare ourselves so we are receptive to God. We cannot be true Christians without preparing our heart for God.

To do that we must clear out our hearts and minds of all thoughts, words and deeds that do not reflect God. We must give all our worries and stresses to God and leave them with Him. Only then will be truly be ready for God to be at the centre of all we do. So if you life is not ready for God today, start preparing your life and your heart today.

I saw this on Facebook a few days ago, and it stuck with me, so decided to share it with you.

The name of my blog site isn’t a coincidence, I acknowledge that we are all different, both physically and in our characteristics. There is therefore no point in trying to compare ourselves with others, because we will never be the same as anyone else, as we are all individuals, unique and distinct, just the way God made us.

For love

Posted: October 18, 2019 in life, love, music, prayer, religion, sin, words
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All for love

All for love the Father gave
For only love could make a way
All for love the heavens cried
For love was crucified
Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me
Everything I need is You
My beginning, my forever
Everything I need is You
Let me sing all for love
I will join the angels song
Ever holy is the Lord
King of Glory
King of all
All for a love a Saviour prayed
Abba Father have Your way
Though they know not what they do
Let the Cross draw man to You

 

I can really relate to the words of this song, particularly these ones

Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me

It’s because God loves us so much, that I can confidently say that no matter how many times I fail God, when I ask Him for forgiveness, He still forgives me, over and over again. That’s why we must continually pray that God will come close to us. Only when we let God fully into our hearts and lives, will we be able to live the life God has planned for us.

Because God loves you, let him draw near to you today.

Why do we do the things we do
How can we sing when there seems no reason to
How do we smile when there’s not much to smile about
When the world is down who are we to stand and shout
They wonder why we do the things we do

These are questions I’ve often pondered. Questions which really only have one answer…

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ~ John 3:16 (The message)

 

It’s all because of this
It’s all because of this
We’ve tasted love, tasted hope, tasted holiness

Into Your hands
I commit again
With all I am, for You, Lord
You hold my world
In the palm of Your hand
And I am Yours forever

Everything I am is because of God.

Everything I’ve failed to be, is because God has a greater plan for me, or I have thought I’ve known better and gone my own way.

Everything I can be, is only achievable when I put my whole trust in him

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing
With all I am

I believe, do you?

I’m sure I’ve told you before, but for those who haven’t been reading my blog for long, I am a perfectionist. As such, no matter how well or otherwise, I do something, I always think I could do better. I know it’s always good to challenge ourselves to improve ourselves, however it is important to always remind ourselves that we are not perfect, and never will be!

It took me a lot of years before I came to realise this, and then started being kinder to myself, in the knowledge that just because I don’t do something perfectly, doesn’t make me a failure.

In fact it’s only when I accepted that I can never be perfect I realised that it is actually ok not to be perfect, because even when I do fail, God will take care of me.

We’re not perfect, so if like me, you’re a perfectionist, remind yourself that it is in fact ok not to be perfect. God loves us just the way we are, and when we seek his guidance, he will help us improve ourselves. We will never be perfect, but that’s ok because God accepts us just the way we are.

Trust him

Posted: October 14, 2019 in belief, bible, faith, friendship, life, love, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Trust normally comes from a relationship with them, as trusting someone is not something that can suddenly happen overnight. That may be why it can be so hard for us to put our trust fully in God.

Believing in something we haven’t seen or experienced can be difficult if not impossible, but if we let God show us how much he loves us, i.e. trust him, he will show us just how much he loves us.

Trust God and he will always be there for you, no matter how difficult life may be.

When we trust someone, we believe in them. We believe they won’t let us down, and will always be there for us.

Sadly, when we put our trust in others, they often let us down. They turn out not to be the reliable, faithful friend we thought they were.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Passion Translation)

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.

As we’re told in Proverbs, God is the one we should be putting our trust in. He can always rely on Him, because He’s always by our side.

Trust in Him, always.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Football (soccer)
  2. American football
  3. Cricket
  4. Darts
  5. Golf
  6. Pool
  7. Tennis
  8. Hockey
  9. Basketball
  10. Swimming

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Rangers
  2. Confusing
  3. Boring
  4. Dark
  5. Walking
  6. Green
  7. Wimbledon
  8. Ouch
  9. Tall
  10. Loud

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Psalm 66:9 (The Passion Translation)

There’s no doubt about it; God holds our lives safely in his hands. He’s the one who keeps us faithfully following him.

We’re reminded in this verse in Psalms that God has promised to look after us always.

Imagine you promise your your best friend something, but they continually keep asking you to confirm that you’re still going to keep your promise to them. That feels like they don’t really trust you doesn’t it? So when we doubt God, we’re really questioning the promise God has made to each one of us!

There is a possibility that even our best friends will not keep promises they have made us, however there should be no doubt in our mind that God will always keep his promise to always be there for us, and look after us.