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For love

Posted: October 18, 2019 in life, love, music, prayer, religion, sin, words
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All for love

All for love the Father gave
For only love could make a way
All for love the heavens cried
For love was crucified
Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me
Everything I need is You
My beginning, my forever
Everything I need is You
Let me sing all for love
I will join the angels song
Ever holy is the Lord
King of Glory
King of all
All for a love a Saviour prayed
Abba Father have Your way
Though they know not what they do
Let the Cross draw man to You

 

I can really relate to the words of this song, particularly these ones

Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me

It’s because God loves us so much, that I can confidently say that no matter how many times I fail God, when I ask Him for forgiveness, He still forgives me, over and over again. That’s why we must continually pray that God will come close to us. Only when we let God fully into our hearts and lives, will we be able to live the life God has planned for us.

Because God loves you, let him draw near to you today.

When we trust someone, we believe in them. We believe they won’t let us down, and will always be there for us.

Sadly, when we put our trust in others, they often let us down. They turn out not to be the reliable, faithful friend we thought they were.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Passion Translation)

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.

As we’re told in Proverbs, God is the one we should be putting our trust in. He can always rely on Him, because He’s always by our side.

Trust in Him, always.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with the theme ‘Sports’! I’m sure we all have our favourite sports, or ones we’re not so keen on, or maybe even ones we don’t understand. As usual I’ll throw the names of some sports at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of the sport.

So here goes…

  1. Football (soccer)
  2. American football
  3. Cricket
  4. Darts
  5. Golf
  6. Pool
  7. Tennis
  8. Hockey
  9. Basketball
  10. Swimming

wordsSo how did you get on with those sports? 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. Rangers
  2. Confusing
  3. Boring
  4. Dark
  5. Walking
  6. Green
  7. Wimbledon
  8. Ouch
  9. Tall
  10. Loud

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!

Psalm 66:9 (The Passion Translation)

There’s no doubt about it; God holds our lives safely in his hands. He’s the one who keeps us faithfully following him.

We’re reminded in this verse in Psalms that God has promised to look after us always.

Imagine you promise your your best friend something, but they continually keep asking you to confirm that you’re still going to keep your promise to them. That feels like they don’t really trust you doesn’t it? So when we doubt God, we’re really questioning the promise God has made to each one of us!

There is a possibility that even our best friends will not keep promises they have made us, however there should be no doubt in our mind that God will always keep his promise to always be there for us, and look after us.

Yesterday I spoke about how we should never doubt God’s love for us, especially when we are going through difficult times in our life.

So, with that in mind, how much do we need God?

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.

Psalm 46:1 (The Passion Translation)

Don’t ever doubt that He’s not there for you, or that He doesn’t care about what you’re walking through. He loves you more than you could ever imagine, and promises to be with you, always.

Jesus.

The One who sets us free.

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My Jesus, Lord I need you

Let’s be honest, it can be really difficult at times to believe God is still listening to your prayers. And even more difficult to believe he will answer them when he doesn’t answer them when or how you want.

When we go through difficult times in our life, that’s when we trust God more than ever. However because we are human, we do doubt him, and doubt his plans for us.

I love the song Don’t Doubt Him Now, not just the beautiful melody, but also because I can really relate the words. The message is clear, don’t doubt him now, instead trust in God’s love and turn your care to gladness.

Don’t doubt Him now
Don’t lift your heart to sorrow
Though all around seems in such disarray
God’s love is sure, sustaining through tomorrow
Dispelling doubt that only brings despair
Don’t doubt Him now, don’t doubt Him now.

Trust in God’s love to turn your care to gladness
Prove for yourself the merits of His grace
Find in His strength the will to shake off sadness
Discover too the warmth of His embrace
Trust in God’s love, don’t doubt Him now.

Your faith in Him will gladden every morning
The days ahead will more His goodness show
Your heart with trust fulfils the Father’s longings
And in return His love He will bestow
Have faith in Him, don’t doubt Him now.

When we’re not confident about ourselves, our looks, our personality, our ability to do our job etc we can let the most innocent of comments really affect us.

Sometimes we even let those comments nag at us until we can blow the comment out of proportion and let it make us feel worthless.

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, remember you are amazing!

God made each one of us. He planned our life before us. He planned how we look, our personality, our abilities, our spiritual gifts. So never listen to those who doubt you, because God knows what he’s doing, and has made you the amazing individual you are today.

Believe in God, and believe in his plan for you.

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

When did you last look in the mirror and think, “I’m happy being the person I am”?

We can all be guilty of wishing we were better at this, or looked more like that person; had family or friends like the next person, or had achieved what person a had managed.

But what good does it do us? We are who we are, and so can never be those other people. Imagine how boring a world we’d live in if we were all the same, we all looked the same, acted the same, had the same family and friendship circles.

So take a moment to remind yourself of this you are amazing – Yes, we’re all different, with different personalities and that’s because God created each one of us individually. He gave us amazing personalities and amazing prospects for our future, so be amazing for God each and every day!

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

I am amazing by Philippa Hanna

I don’t wanna waste anymore time in the mirror
Watching my face never change I don’t feel beautiful today
I don’t waste anymore hard earned cash on these ‘miracles’
That never change the way I feel, don’t make me beautiful today
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise…

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change
I’m gonna stay just the way God made me

I’m not gonna take
Anymore of these lies they’ve been feeding me
Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today
With my feet on solid ground
I’m gonna turn it all around
Because it’s time I realised I’m truly beautiful inside
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise…

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change
I’m gonna stay just the way God made me

And who am I to say that I could do a better job than him?

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today

Enduring love

Posted: October 6, 2019 in belief, church, life, love, music, religion, words
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When you go to church out of habit, but find for yourself that God really does care about you, you realise that God really does love you.

You are love
Here in this place of worship
You draw me close again
All of my weakness is laid here
You cover them all in your strength

God has always loved us, and has promised to love us forever. That’s why we should never doubt Him because His love endures forever.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with a theme ‘Animals’! I’m sure we all have our favourite animals, or ones we’re not so keen on, so as today I’ll throw the names of some animals at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read the name of that animal.

So here goes…

  1. Mouse
  2. Polar bear
  3. Fox
  4. Lion
  5. Giraffe
  6. Scorpion
  7. Cow
  8. Crocodile
  9. Penguin
  10. Panda

wordsSo how did you get on with those animals? 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. Run
  2. Cold
  3. Howl
  4. Sleep
  5. Tall
  6. Sting
  7. Food
  8. Teeth
  9. Dinner suit
  10. Cudly

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!