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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.

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?

Even when Jesus came to earth He considered he was entering a dark world:

Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness

Jesus gave up all for us when he came to earth. Aren’t we always saying that people can never know how it feels to be in a particular situation, unless you’ve been there yourself…and that is exactly why Jesus came to earth to become one of us.

Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

Don’t let Jesus’ sacrifice be for nothing, bow down before Him today.

I often find it strange, but reassuring, when, just when I need it, a particular song pops onto the radio, or is randomly chosen by my iPod. So this week the song that kept ‘appearing’ was a song performed by Kari Jobe called I Am Not Alone.

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that…

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

Another week, another tragedy in the UK. When will it end?

We just seem to be hearing about one terrible situation after another these days. No wonder many are asking ‘why’, and questioning where God is in all of this.

God is still here, and He is still there for us. However in a world where people are killing others because of misguided beliefs, and horrendous accidents/tragedies are happening all too frequently, we must still seek God, because He alone can get us through these dark times.

Sticking plaster

Posted: June 16, 2017 in Health, life, music, religion, words
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If only it was as easy as putting a sticking plaster on the world, to fix its issues and problems.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Do you want to live in a world where:

  • We shut ourselves away from friends and neighbours because we too frightened to go outside;
  • We would rather cross the road and ignore someone in need, rather than reach out and them because we don’t want to get involved;
  • Men kill other men simply because of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • God has been forgotten, and only the minority still believe in Him.

Or do you want to live in a world where:

  • Where everyone automatically reaches out to help others in need, without a second thought for themselves;
  • Everyone lives in peace, tolerant of other’s beliefs – where we all get on with one another, regardless of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • We feel safe to be out of our homes, on our own, no matter the time of day or night;
  • War and conflict are words from a past life, and are no longer needed in the world we now live in;
  • Everyone believes in God’s existence and there is hope for the future of this world.

I’m sure the second scenario is much more appealing to us all than the first one, but what can we do to make the second scenario become reality?

In 1 Chronicles 1:18 we read

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

So it’s up to us folks, we need to proclaim His name so that we tell everyone we meet how great God is; how much He loves and cares for each of us; how we can always rely on God to be with us, even through very tough times.