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Singing

Posted: October 19, 2018 in love, music, life, religion, prayer, words, belief
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Is your soul singing about God?

My soul sings
My soul sings
My soul sings
How I love you

God is love, and therefore we must celebrate His love for us. We do that by singing all about God’s love for us. So join us today in singing about God’s love for us.

Open the page and see
The wonderful history of love, love
I start and end with you
I’m pulled to the gravity of love, love, love

Are you the type of person who likes to turn the tv or radio on as soon as you get out of bed and chat to the rest of your household or do you like quiet and time to ‘come to’ slowly and peacefully?

I’m definitely the later, I hate noise or talking when I get up in the morning, and by that I mean for about the first hour of two after I get out of bed!

Are there specific things you like or want to include in your morning routine? For me having some quiet time after I awake gives me that time to just be, to think about the day ahead, to pray for the day ahead and the other people or situations on my prayer list.

So even if you like your noise in the morning, make sure you still find some quiet time with God, making him not just part of your every day, but the centre of your day.

Receive

Posted: October 17, 2018 in belief, bible, Internet, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
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Have you ever been waiting for something to be delivered, and become very impatient when it doesn’t arrive when expected? In these days when we can order things on-line for delivery later that same day, I suspect we’ve all found ourselves in that situation, but hopefully not too often!

Just as we can become impatient when deliveries do not arrive when we expect them, so we can become frustrated with God when he doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect Him to, or in the way we want him to.

Shame on us for thinking that though, as God will always answer our prayers:

Mark 11:24 (The Passion translation)

This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

Whenever we ask God for anything, we simply need to believe He will answer our request, and God will deliver in His time – which may or may not be in the timescale we were expecting.

A few days ago I came across a t-shirt I’d bought at a concert, and on the back of it it said, “I’ve been waiting…for so long””.

My first question is, do you know what concert I’d have bought that t-shirt at?

Secondly I want to ask you, what are you waiting for?

We spend a lot of time waiting don’t we, in queue, for someone to arrive or depart, for something to start or finish, maybe wait for someone to tell us how they feel about us, exam results, or wait for news of a loved one… the list is endless.

What about God? Have you waiting for him to answer your prayers? Are you still waiting for him to answer your prayers?

If you haven’t already accepted God into your life, it’s not too late, because he is still waiting for you. God waits for each one of us to turn to him, and he will wait forever if that’s how long it takes us to acknowledge him as our Lord.

What simple thing do you think we could all give others?

Inclusion!

There is nothing worse than being physically part of something, but still feeling like you are excluded from activities or events. That’s why making sure we include those who are maybe always on the periphery of a group, or never volunteer to participate in events etc, is something we can do to help everyone feel they belong. It can be as simple as just including them in something they wouldn’t normally be part of.

Doors

Posted: October 14, 2018 in faith, friendship, life, music, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Doors…they can be used to keep people out, or keep people in, it just depends what side of the door you’re on when it’s shut!

Sometimes when we want to open a door, we can’t because we either don’t have a key to open the door, or we can’t find the key. Either way the door stays shut until a later time.

Some doors have glass in them so you can see who or what is on the other side, while other doors are solid wood or pvc, so who or what is on the other side remains a mystery. Sometimes not knowing what’s on the other side of door, makes it more mystical and mysterious making us want to know even more who or what is behind the door!

Even our relationship with God, and what he does or does not do can be related to doors. Here’s a great way of looking at how and when God answers our prayers.

We all like or want to be happy don’t we? But is our own happiness the most important thing to us?

When we truly love someone maybe our own happiness is no longer the most important thing to us.

What would you do, or how far would you go to ensure someone else’s happiness over your own?

How many times have you found yourself in this scenario?

Once again today, I want to remind you how much we need to be like children in our daily life – quickly forgetting conflicts so we can just forgive and move on. Don’t be stubborn, be forgiving and don’t stay sitting back to back.

Have you noticed how whenever there are young children about, they always seem to be at the centre of everyone’s attention. We all want a cuddle from the child, or the child to reach out to us for help or guidance.

So maybe today’s bible verses that relate to the ‘faith of a child’, are more about our faith than actually the faith of a child. Today’s verses are from Mark 9:36-37 (TPT)

He wrapped the child in his arms and said to them, “Whoever welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes not only me, but the one who sent me.”

We we can’t accept the innocence of a child with open arms, how can we accept other who have life experiences behind them, and therefore have their failures and flaws. So we are expected to treat everyone as a child, in other words, accept them unconditionally, ignoring anything that may distract us from accepting them.

I want to look at another verse from scripture today that relates to the ‘faith of a child’.

 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life ~ 1 Peter 2 (TPT)

Babies need nourish of milk from their mothers to flourish and grow physically. So comparing how we grow spiritually, to how babies need nourishment is such a great way to remind us that just as a baby must receive nourishment to grow, so we must receive spiritual nourishment so our faith will grow.

Also what better time to learn about God than when we are young children. When we learn young, these life lessons and directions are more likely to stay with us throughout our life, so again we need to have the ‘faith of a child’.