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In the run up to Christmas each year millions of pounds are spent on gifts. So in the last few weeks I, like many of you will have started to think about what gifts to buy my family and friends for Christmas this year. So out of curiosity I wondered how much on average we spend on Christmas presents each year, in the UK. It turns out that the figure varies dramatically depending on who you ask or where you look, but the average seems to range from between £350 to just under £1000!

Whether we are planning on spending anything like those amounts of money on gifts this year, or our budget is much less, the gifts we buy can still be fantastic and memorable for the receiver.

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 or memories. So I wonder what was the most memorable or best gift you have ever received for Christmas?

I decided to ask some of friends what was the best gift they ever received for Christmas. Here’s some of the answers I got.

  1. I would say for me it has to be between the laptop I got last year or the ps4 I got two years ago.
  2. I was given a gift bag filled with little stuff (a cd, stud earrings, a little book etc) that probably wasn’t worth much to anyone else. But each gift had a little post it note explaining why they’d brought that or what it was about the thing that had made them think of me. It was so thoughtful and made me feel special.
  3. A Levi red tab denim jacket I got when I was 12.  We didn’t buy or wear “things that had labels”. I remember sleeping in it in case my parents decided to return it. We also didn’t have masses of money and I had an idea that it must have been quite expensive. Honestly, best present ever – I still have it and I’m now 40! My nieces now fight over who gets to wear it as it’s now ‘vintage’.
  4. The huge big teddy bear I got when I was 7 – it was almost bigger than me – I still have him.
  5. A few years ago in my last job I had a really tough year because of a serious health problem but carried on working when I could. When I was in the office some of the guys would put bits of paper on my desk with positive quotes, and I loved that. Then that Christmas, one of them sent me a Happy Box – It’s a box containing lots of bits of paper with lots of positive quotes. So now whenever I am feeling low, I just open the box and take out one of the. And yes, it’s not solving my health problems but at least I always end up with a smile on my face.

Have you thought of the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

The real message of Christmas is not the gifts that we give to each other. Instead it is a reminder of the gift that God has given to each of us, the gift of Jesus. There is one final ‘best gift’ story from a friends that I want to share with you

  • My mother-in-law gave my family a stocking with the name “JESUS” written across it. Each year on Christmas morning my family writes a letter to Jesus and puts it into the stocking.
  • This is a tradition my husband and his family have been doing since he was little. They have yet to open and read any of these letters, but they are a constant reminder each year as we begin to decorate our tree and wrap our presents, that the greatest gift we have is Jesus.
  • This gift has guaranteed my family will take time to focus on the Lord during the festive season.

I was really touched this – the way they start each festive season by focusing on Jesus is such a great way to ensure they never forget the reason we celebrate Christmas.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (TPT)

Praise God for his astonishing gift, which is far too great for words!

The best Christmas gift we will ever receive isn’t a gift someone placed under a Christmas tree for us, but was a gift of great sacrifice, the best gift from God, of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came into this world in the simplest and humblest of surroundings.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 5:11 (NIV)

This is the true testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son.

This year as we look forward to opening the gifts we’ve received from our friends and family on Christmas morning, remember that no matter how great or meaningful those gifts may be, they will never be comparable to the best gift we can ever receive – God’s gift to us of his Son. So next time you’re asked what the greatest gift you’ve ever received is, I hope like me your answer is

‘Tis the Lord, O wondrous story!
‘Tis the Lord, the King of glory;
at his feet, we humbly fall,
crown him, crown him Lord of all!

It can be confusing trying to understand what the difference is between all the different coffees that are available in our coffee shops these days.

So when I came across the following picture, I realised I had to share it with you as it might just help clarify for you the difference between all the different coffees.

I hope this helps you!

 

Do you have people in your life who, no matter how much you try to like them, seem to always do things which make it so difficult for you to like them?

We all make snap judgements about others within the first few seconds of meeting them, however those initial judgements are based on nothing more than looks and what others have told us. That’s probably why it can be hard to like someone when our initial impression of them is not a favourable one.

Having said that, basic courtesy tells me that we should be pleasant to others even if we don’t know them, or we do know them but are not friends with them. It can be particularly difficult to like someone when you continually try to be friendly toward them, maybe smiling at them when you see them or saying ‘good morning’ or just ‘hi’ when you meet them.

So when someone continually ignores your efforts to be pleasant or courteous towards them, it can be very frustrating. So much so we can question ourselves, and why we even bother to be pleasant to these people, but how long should we keep trying?

My answer – forever!

Forever is a long time, so you’re probably wondering why you should try for that long! Remember you have no idea what may be going on in those peoples’ lives just now, just as they don’t know what’s going on in yours. They may be going through a tough time so are focusing all their efforts on trying to ‘keep it together’ in public. So no matter how frustrating it might be to continue being pleasant and welcoming towards someone who continually ignores or blanks you, keep smiling at them, and keep saying ‘good morning’ or ‘hi’. By doing so, you may just convince them that they do matter, and so you may yet get an acknowledgement or response from them, one day!

Imagine your life was in real danger, and just when you thought all hope of survival had gone, someone found you and rescued you from the danger you faced. You would be grateful to the person or people who saved you wouldn’t you?

It’s not just when your life is in physical danger that we can be in need of a rescuer, because let’s face it, life can get on top of us these days. I have been there. I’ve had some very dark times and felt I couldn’t face another day physically or emotionally, but someone kept telling me to keep going. God kept telling me to hang on because he was there for me, through it all. I may be in a better place these days, but I still have days when I find it physically and emotionally difficult, but the difference now is I have no doubts that God is with me. I know he is my rescuer and has saved me.

Came to My Rescue
Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek Your face
Lord all I am is is Yours

My whole life
I place in Your hands
God of mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at Your throne

I called You answered
And You came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where You are

In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high

What do you do when either you realise someone is struggling or going through a difficult time, or they tell you they’re finding life difficult?

I hope you don’t try and make a quick escape, but instead, speak to the person, and try and reassure them they are not on their own. The person may or may not be willing and/or able to speak to you about what is troubling them, but if they are, we need to be able to recognise when we’re out of our depth.

While we must be willing and able to offer our support to those in difficulty, we must be aware that if we try to give help or advice about something we have little or know knowledge of, we can actually do more harm than good. So be willing to recognise when you are out of our depth – maybe the person is troubled by something we know nothing about or have no personal experience of. In those circumstances, don’t just tell the person you can’t help and then walk off and leave them, instead reassure them that you want to help them but feel you don’t have the knowledge or expertise required to help them. Always either introduce the person  to someone else who you know might be able can help them, or direct them to an organisation or company that can help them. Never leave them thinking they are on their own and no-one cares or understands their situation or how they feel. Remember reassurance and suggested sources of help, are always welcomed by those who are in need of help.

Never let someone drown in their own difficulties, instead help them and reassure them, even if that means you need to direct them to someone else to give them the help they need.

unnecessary-friendships

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want a bit of peace and quiet, with no interruptions from anyone or anything. It doesn’t mean i don’t care about anyone but myself, it’s just an indication that I’ve exhausted my own physical or mental strength.

The very fact I can can recognise when I need that break is a step forward for me as in the past I’d have carried on pushing myself until I was almost at breaking point – until I was no longer able to put on my public face anymore.

Maybe putting on a public facing papers over the cracks and helps us (and others) think we’re ok, even although we’re not. In these days where mental health is talked about more openly than it’s previously been, not putting on our public face may be the best thing we can do for ourselves, as then others will truly see us as we actually rather than the false public face they usually see of us.

Showing my true feelings and emotions publicly with those around me scares the living daylights out of me as I am not someone who likes anyone to see my raw emotional times. Maybe it’s time for me to open up and show that side to others, maybe then others will really understand me.

When I think about the word ‘pieces’, I think of a jigsaw puzzle, or something broken into lots of individual parts. Our lives can sometimes feels as though it’s broken into many pieces when we’re having to deal with concerns or troubles in different areas of our lives. For example, maybe we’re having problems getting a job, or faces redundancy; maybe you or family members have health concerns; maybe you are struggling to pay your bills or find enough money to buy food for yourself and your family.

Whatever the issues or concerns you face, God keeps his promise to us to never turn his back on us, and to always love us. So give him all the pieces of your life, and God will accept them all, and help you with every part of your life.

Uncontrolled, uncontained, you love is a fire
Burning bright for me
It’s not just a spark , its not just a flame your love is a light
That all the world will see

The seasons are changing.

The long dark days have arrived.

The dark morning commutes and the end of work commutes make it seem like work has lasted 12 hours.

The temperature has dropped and it’s cold outside.

The house should be warm, but the heating’s not come on.

The boiler needs reset but will it come on?

The reset clears the error message but after the 15 minutes reset phase it still doesn’t come on.

This is a nightmare, the house is cold.

The maintenance guys are contacted and will come soon.

Then we realise the house is heating up after all so contact the maintenance guys and they agree all looks ok to them now too so cancel call-out.

The house the warm, it cold outside.

The best place to stay is at home 🙂

Faith to believe

Posted: November 18, 2019 in belief, bible, depression, faith, life, religion, stress, trust, words
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Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

This bible verse is all about faith. Faith to believe that God will look after us, no matter what problems or circumstances we may face.

Do you trust God to look out for you in every situation? If not, maybe your faith isn’t as strong as you think it is. I encourage you to put your faith and trust firmly in God, because he alone can guide and strengthen you.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one.

So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. App
  2. Tie
  3. Ears
  4. Mini
  5. Hole
  6. Cable
  7. Glass
  8. Card
  9. Slip
  10. Date

wordsSo how did you get on with those words? 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. Phone
  2. Bow
  3. Big
  4. Car
  5. Dig
  6. Laptop
  7. Shatter
  8. New
  9. Break
  10. Calendar

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!