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The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

When I was 8 years old and my little sister was a baby, my father gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera. Maybe he wanted to give me something to keep me constructively occupied, or maybe he knew something about me that I didn’t yet know about myself. At any rate, that one gift changed my life. I photographed everything. It started my passion for measuring and engaging with my world ― something that defines me even to this day.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple gift can completely change someone’s life for the better. This person ended up finding their passion because of the gift. What a great gift!

Psalm 138:3 (Living bible) ~ When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.

God’s strength is perfect. He gives us encouragement when we can see only darkness. He gives us strength when we are weak. He gives us everything we need, even during our darkest of days.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind,
I will listen and
I will be here when the laughter turns to cryin’
Through the winning, losing and tryin’
We’ll be together ’cause I will be here

When you need help with a burst pipe in your house, you can a plumber.

When you feel ill and need medical help, you go to a doctor or a hospital.

When you’re car breaks down and you need help fixing it, you take your car to a garage.

How about when you’re going through some difficult times in your life, who do you call?

God alone can give us the strength we need to face each day, and face each trouble head on.

The present

Posted: May 13, 2018 in belief, life, quotes, religion
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Is there any better gift from God today, than the gift of life today!

Let’s repay God’s gift of today, by making the most of the day.

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

I once had such an epic fight with one of my best friends that we didn’t speak for years. Then we found each other again, and all has been well in the decade since. But the stupidity of that rift always pained me, and I guess it bothered him, too: For Christmas a few years after we made up, he gave me a silver box containing an old typewriter’s backspace key— he’d pried it off his vintage Underwood—and a note that said, ‘If only it worked on everything.’ 

Isn’t that a beautiful story about such a thoughtful gift from one friend to another all because they had lost contact for a number of years. It just shows that some friendships, even if you don’t talk or see one another for years, can still be just as strong many years later.

Gift from God

Posted: May 11, 2018 in children, family, friendship, life, quotes, religion
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From a young age we get excited when we receive gifts or presents from other. Maybe that childlike excitement dies down as we get older, but our pleasure and thankfulness doesn’t subside.

In our life we can come to own different things or spend money on other items – home, car, holiday, clothes etc. Have you ever considered that all the things you own are actually gifts from God?

God gave us the gift of life, and planned every detail of our life before we were even born. Therefore isn’t it logical to then realise all we have is from God?

In Greatest Gifts yesterday I mentioned that I thought unanswered prayer is actually a gift from God.

Today, it’s about another gift from God to us, and that is simply the our lives.

If it wasn’t for God, we wouldn’t have life, so life is definitely a gift from God.

When we get a gift from anyone, a friend or family member, we always try to repay them for their kind gift to us. So isn’t it only natural that we should try to repay God for giving us the wonderful gift of life!

Yesterday in Perfect Timing I reminded you that God answers all our praise, in His time, because His timing is perfect.

Because God’s timing is perfect, it can seem as if He doesn’t answer our prayers just because He doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect or want Him to.

We must always remember that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and therefore He knows better than us what is best for us. So trust God, because is timing and His answers are always perfect.

As I was leaving a building the other day, I encountered someone carrying several bags about to try to enter. I obviously held the door open for them to save them having to try to juggle the things they were carrying so they could open the door themselves.

As I held the door, I commented to the person that they had timed it perfectly for me to help them, they thanked me and agreed.

This got me thinking about timing and how, simply by accident or luck, I had managed to time something perfectly. While my perfect timing was simply by accident or sheer luck, God’s timing is planned and is always perfect.

So no matter how long you feel you’ve been waiting for an answer to a request, from God, remember He hasn’t forgotten you, He’s simply still planning his perfect moment to help you.

People will come and go from our lives, particularly during the difficult times. But thankfully, God stays with us always, and loves us always.

Even when it feels as if God isn’t answering our questions or helping us through our difficulties, God is helping us by loving us throughout every day.