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Rule

  • One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity.
  • Control of or dominion over an area or people.

Let’s take a closer look at the second definition – control of or dominion over an area or people.

How is your life? Is your life controlled by others, say your kids, or your work?

When it comes to our relationship with God, He is always in control. And if we’ve given every part of our life to God, we have given him control of our life, so he can use us as He needs to tell others about His unconditional love for every one of us.

So let God rule your life, because that’s the only way we will ever experience true happiness, when He is at the centre of all we do.

All you need

Posted: February 14, 2019 in family, friendship, love, music, Relationships, religion, words
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All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Do you think that true, is all we need, love?

Love is certainly a good start, as when we love one another, all sorts of good things start to happen.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)

God loves each of us unconditionally, regardless of anything we may have said or done in the past. So do the same, love your friends, neighbours, work colleagues, team mates, family etc unconditionally, expecting and wanting nothing in return, that way you will honour God, and his love for you.

How many times have you heard or been told that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family?

If you were given that option, would you choose the family you have? And secondly, do you think your family choose you?

When in comes to God’s family, we are all chosen. God made every one of us individually and uniquely in his image, so it’s no surprise God will always choose us. The question is, based on our words and our actions, do we deserve to be chosen by God?

Let’s do all we can do to deserve God’s unconditional love. And just as God loves us unconditionally, let’s make sure we everyone we meet unconditionally.

Aftermath

Posted: February 12, 2019 in cross, death, Health, life, love, music, religion, words
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Devastation, destruction, chaos, uncertainty – just a few words you might think of when you read the title of today’s blog post.

Do you think those words would have applied after Christ died on the cross?

In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

The aftermath of Christ’s death is forgiveness for each of us, no matter how huge or insignificant our sins may be. What a wonderful aftermath! However it came at a cost for God, as he had to sacrifice his only son for us.

Aftermath by Hillsong

[Verse 1:]
The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

[Chorus 1:]
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

[Verse 2:]
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

[Chorus 2 :]
In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

[Bridge:]
And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

[Chorus 3:]
Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

How many times have you been on a training course or attended a conference, where at the end you are asked to complete a feedback form? These feedback forms often ask us to rate between 1 and 10, how useful we found the course/conference, or what part of the day we found most helpful, as well as what changes we think might improve the course for those who attend it in the future.

Image if we had to fill in a feedback form every time God did something for us, or he taught us something! We’d end up spending all our lives filling in feedback forms!

The point is not really the feedback forms, it’s about our reaction to what God does for us on a daily basis – Do we give him feedback? Do we pray? Do we thank him for all he does for us?

We may not fill in a feedback form each day for all God does for us, but we can pray daily and tell him how grateful we are, even when he doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we hoped – He always answers our prayers, and he answers them in the way he knows is best for us.

You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding.

Psalm 139:5-6 (Good News translation)

Yesterday I shared verses 1-6 of Psalm 139, where we are reminded that God knows absolutely everything about us, even before we’ve thought or done it ourselves.

It’s amazing to know there is someone who knows us so well isn’t it? It’s even more amazing when we acknowledge that not only does God know everything about us, He’s also there with us through every step of our life, protecting us and guiding us.

We can only truly experience that wonderful protection and guidance from God when we fully accept Him as our Lord. Only then will we understand just how much He loves us. So I urge you today, let Him be your everything.

There will be those in your life who know you well, and there will be those who know little about you other than in the context they know you. e.g. your work colleagues, your friends from the gym or sports club etc.

Even those who know you well will not know every single detail about you, as we all have experiences, thoughts or emotions which we have never shared with another human being. In other words no-one really knows everything about you…or do they?

Each one of us has one person who knows us better than we know ourselves, and we can read about this in Psalm 139. Here’s verses 1-5 taken from the Passion translation:

Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.
You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.
You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.
With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.

When you’re going through a tough period of time, it really can feel like you are completely on your on – Not necessarily that there’s no one living with you or around you day-to-day, but no one really understands how you feel, or even seems to care how you feel.

Maybe you’re being told to “give yourself a shake” or “things aren’t that bad”, but both those statements (plus others) are not helpful when you feel at rock bottom.

I have found in those situations that even at night when I tried to sleep, my mind was constantly active reiterating to me how hopeless things were, or how bad things looked. This usually resulted in me not getting much sleep, which in turn made it more difficult to concentrate on standard everyday tasks, again making it feel like I couldn’t do anything right anymore.

Hang on in there though, as even through those difficult times, God is still by your side. It may not feel like he is, but I can assure you he is always there, and will help you during those days. You probably won’t realise during those times that God is helping you, but believe me when you get through that time, you’ll look back and you’ll see God’s part your survival.

So keep on believing God is with you, as he will help you through your storm.

Keep the Candle Burning by Point of Grace

You think you’re alone there in your silent storm
But I’ve seen the tears you’ve cried falling down and trying to drown
The flame of hope inside
Let me tell you now, tell you now
When you’re walking in the dead of night
And your soul is churning
When your hope seems out of sight
Keep the candle burning
All it takes is one steady heart in a world that’s turning
Shine a light and pierce the dark
Keep the candle burning
Keep the candle burning
When you’re down and you’re discouraged
When the darkness clouds your view
You’ve got to gather up your courage
You know the lord is gonna see you through
Let me tell you now
Tell you now
One ray of light always breaks through
Follow wherever he takes you
Wherever he takes 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. Patrol
  2. Word
  3. Perfect
  4. Belief
  5. Fish
  6. Ocean
  7. Hair
  8. Glass
  9. Orchid
  10. Heater

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. Police
  2. Dictionary
  3. Mistake
  4. God
  5. Chippy
  6. Disaster
  7. Colour
  8. Eyes
  9. Christmas
  10. Gas

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!

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. Burglar
  2. Random
  3. Patrol
  4. District
  5. Rose
  6. Irn Bru
  7. Heater
  8. Book
  9. Shopping
  10. Punctuation

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. Police
  2. Sweets
  3. Snow
  4. Area
  5. Red
  6. Original
  7. Winter
  8. Kindle
  9. Amazon
  10. Check

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!