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So which of these steps are you on?

Have you got ‘stuck’ on your current step?

When you haven’t reached even the 1st step, it can seem like there’s no point it trying to start climbing the stairs. However once you start to learn and are able to take another new step, you gain confidence; with confidence comes optimism; with optimism comes targets and goals and when you have targets/goals you aim higher and higher until you reach the top of the stairs, your goal.

So don’t feel dejected if you’ve not started onto that 1st step yet, but have confidence in your ability, and you can achieve great things.

We have 2 ears, but do we always use them to listen?

I’m sure we can all think of times when we’ve been talking to someone, but we are very aware that they aren’t really listening to us.

So what signs do they give out that tell us they’re not really listening? Looking around, but not looking at you; doing something else while you’re talking task such as typing an email, writing a note, or reading a document; saying ‘Yes’ or nodding agreement at random times without making eye contact with you.

When you are the one that’s talking, it can be annoying and frustrating when you know those you’re talking to aren’t really listening. That said, can we honestly say we always give our full attention to others when they are talking to us?

How about when you spend quiet time with God, do you listen completely to God, or are you distracted why things around you, or do your thoughts wander onto other people or things?

Just as it’s annoying tor us when others don’t listen to us when we’re talking, I’m sure God must get frustrated at us when we don’t focus 100% on Him.

So listen to others when they speak to you. Most importantly, listen to God.

When those around us dismiss God and tell us we’re crazy to believe in his existence, we must stay strong, and keep on believing in Him.

We need God’s strength and courage to help us in those situations, so stay strong.

To the ends of the earth we will go
Fill us with power
For the truth of Your word we will stand
Give us Your courage

When hope is gone, what do you do, or where do you go?

We will all have times in our life when we can feel as if there is no hope for us, or someone we love. It’s at times like these that we are most in need of the reassurance and knowledge of God’s presence in our life. Sadly though, this is often the time when to us, God seems further away.

How wrong we are! God is always with us, and is there to help and support us, we just need to believe in Him!

So when things seem hopeless, you’re struggling with pain and sorrow, remember God is the greatest healer.

When the Tears Fall by Newsboys

I’ve had questions, without answers
I’ve known sorrow, I have known pain
But there’s one thing, that I’ll cling to
You are faithful, Jesus You’re true

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

In the lone hour of my sorrow
Through the darkest night of my soul
You surround me and sustain me
My defender, forevermore

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

And I will praise You, I will praise You
When the tears fall, still I will sing to You
And I will praise You, Jesus praise You
Through the suffering still I will sing

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

Oh yes, You are good to me
You’ve always been good to me
So trustworthy

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

And I will praise You, and I will praise You
When the tears fall, still I will sing to You (I will sing to You)
I will praise You, Jesus praise You
Through the suffering still I will sing

How faithful and true
Sustain me through and through
You are hope and truth
You must bring a little water
You must bring a little water

In the lone hour of my sorrow

Who springs never fail
Be faithful and true
Like…
Like a spring it never fails
You’re my spring never fails

How many times have you heard someone say they?

In this last week, I’ve heard it said several times each day!

Is life really too short? I guess it depends whether you make the best use of your time doesn’t it?

We complain that we are too busy, that we don’t have time to do this or that, but are we really? Is it not just that we waste some of our time procrastinating, sitting about feeling sorry for ourselves or simply watching tv.

So just a gentle reminder that your life will be exactly how long it is meant to be. You can’t do anything to change how long you are here on earth, but you can change how much of an impact your words and actions have on others while you’re here.

Go on, live your life to the full because life is not too short to achieve all you have to!

What are you focusing on these days? Your job, your family, friendships, your job or maybe yourself?

So where does God fit in? Is He in your focus at all, or does He just come into your life when all other things are complete?

If we don’t focus on God each day, we will not achieve all the things we hope to achieve. We need God’s help to succeed, so focus on Him, and He will focus on you, always.

Out of sight, out of mind.

For some things this is definitely true, but when it comes to those we love, they are definitely not out of our mind when they are not around.

Whether we have loved ones who are working far from home or moved to another country, they are in our mind, even if we don’t speak to them as often as we used to do.

For those loved ones who have passed away, they too are definitely not far from our mind even although they are no longer here. If anything they are on our mind more, because we miss them, and wish we could have more time with them.

Do we feel the same when it comes to our friends, neighbours, colleagues and fellow christians? In other words, if we don’t see any of these people one day, do we just ignore that and carry  on, not bothering to check they are ok, or do we keep them in our mind, check up on them, and pray for them?

Don’t let anyone you know fall out of your thoughts just because you don’t see them as regularly as you used to.

There is only one certainty about life, and that is death.

The death of a loved one will touch us all at some time in our lives. And when it hits us, we all cope with grief in a different way, and for different lengths of time.

Grief isn’t something that can easily be described, as it’s different for everyone – some people take years to work through their grief, others take a few months, while some are able to acknowledge their loss and move on almost immediately.

Even then though, you may find times when you think you’ve worked through your grief, but the next moment it’s right there in front of you staring at you, and wrapping itself around you again.

No matter how hard you try not to let grief take over your life, it will demand you feel it and acknowledge it. There may be days when you’ve made it through the day without your grief, but then the second your head hits the pillow, your grief comes flooding back and it lies heavy on your heart all night.

Grief is natural, but have you noticed how no-one really knows what to say to you when you’re grieving, even though all you want is for someone just to hug you or hold you while you let your grief pour out.

Grief is natural, but when you’re experiencing it, it can seem like the hardest thing you’ve ever had to deal with. Grieving shows us just how deeply we care about or loved the person who has died. It may even be that it’s their death that actually makes us realise just how much they meant to you.

Don’t let another day pass without realising how much those around you truly mean to you, because when they are gone, you will never get another chance to tell them just what they mean to you.

…is it really?

When we’re going through tough times, it can take us every bit of our strength to pretend all is well. However, no matter what ‘mountain’ is right in front of us, we must keep believing all is well, because God is with us.

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Sometimes no matter how many reasons others give us, to encourage us to do something, it’s still not enough.

There are millions of reasons why we should trust God, but for me it come down to one, the fact that he sent His only son to earth to live as one of us. And then pay the ultimate price for that, by sacrificing himself for us.

Who needs 10,000 reasons when one is good enough!