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When you think of the advent season, what do you think about?

  • Christmas Day
  • The birth of Christ
  • God’s love
  • Those less fortunate than you

Mother Teresa summed up the advent season well when she said this

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.

Yes during advent we must love others, can I ask you to extend that period, so that all year round others.

There are things we all fear, but there are also things specific to each of us, that we fear. For example:

  • fear of failure;
  • fear of growing old;
  • fear of making a fool of yourself;
  • fear of being alone.

Whatever your specific fears, don’t let them overwhelm you! Instead focus on your dreams, and believe you can achieve them. Positive thoughts, make positive results, so be led by the dreams in your heart.

Can you change the way you think? Of course you can!

If you go into a task thinking you can’t do it, you won’t. However, if you go in to every task with a positive attitude, believing you can do it, it increases your chances of success sevenfold.

So change your I can’ts into I cans, and you can achieve so much more!

Be positive! I can’t. I can.

Are you short of self-confidence, or need reassurance that what you’re doing is right?

Do you hate the way you look, and try all sorts of potions and lotions to try to improve your looks?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to either of these questions, you probably will understand why I mean when I say, you can get ‘enemy voices’ in your head telling you you’re not good enough, or not pretty enough. But let me remind you that you are amazing, just the way you are!

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see
When I look at myself, wishing I could be anyone other than me
‘Cause 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

Stupid

Posted: December 11, 2018 in bible, faith, life, personnel characteristics, quotes, religion, trust
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How many times have you said or done something which makes you feel really stupid? You don’t actually need to answer that question, as I suspect, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been in that situation more times than you want to remember!

Think about the situation where you felt the most stupid…now think about Noah and how he must have felt being told to go and build an ark because great flood were coming, when all seemed calm and no sign of rain never mind the floods which God told him were coming!

What faith Noah had to trust God that the floods were coming, is your faith that strong?

It’s Monday, so as we start another week, I urge you to remember that whatever you may have had to deal with last week, is now in the past, and this is now a new week. So whether we had a great week or a rotten week last week, be assured that this is a new week and so we have the opportunity to try again.

Make the most of your second chance, as that can make the difference between this new week being an OK week and a great week.

When you’re in a group or a crowd and each have their own needs and requirements, it would seem strange if the leader then wandered off to find another person who had maybe become separated from the group wouldn’t it?

Well Jesus did that – Matthew 18:12-14

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

I’m sure if you were that person who has become detached from everyone else, you’ would be happy that someone had come to save you wouldn’t you – I certainly would!

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.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

“I was in my 30s when I accidentally found out I was adopted—a discovery that left me feeling somewhat angry and lost. After six months of searching, I found my birth mother in England and eventually flew over to meet her and my two half sisters. As nice as all that was, there was so much I didn’t know. Then one of my sisters sent me a beautiful scrapbook with a picture of four women on the cover. It was filled with photos and information about our Scottish lineage, our grandparents and uncles. Each page had a wonderfully detailed letter describing each person’s personality. That priceless object was a dose of healing when I needed it most.”  ~ Lorna Little, West Hartford, Connecticut

Sometimes a gift may be a just what we need to lift our spirits when we’ve been going through a tough time. When that happens, you know your gift has come from someone special!

Some things are easy to say, but difficult to put into practice. For me, the statement in this picture are some of those.

There is one part of this statement that I find far more difficult than the rest – can you guess which part that is?

I suspect you’ll not be surprised when I tell you, “A heart that forgives the worst” is what I find the most difficult. I’m human, have many flaws, and yes, when someone really hurts me or those I love, it can be very difficult to forgive them. However I believe forgiving them is what I must do, and so I do try to forgive, though if I’m honest, I do still struggle with this at times.

I pray that we may each be able to say the above prayer sincerely, knowing that God will help us to achieve the goals stated in this prayer.

Over the last few days I’ve been talking about how we need to live a Christ-like life so others will be able to see God through our words and our actions.

I don’t know about you, but when I think about spreading God’s message, I tend to think about people I don’t know, rather than family and friends who don’t believe in God. I know that’s wrong, as the people I’m closest to, who see and interact with me on a regular basis, are far more likely to see the real me and how I act and talk on a daily basis than someone I don’t know but our paths cross once or twice over a period of time.

My challenge for me and for you today, is to make sure those I love know I love God, and what He means to me, and what He can do for them. Because if I don’t tell them and show them, how can I expect someone else to convince them?!