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We can often be guilty of expecting too much of ourselves or others, but are we actually guilty of expecting too much from God?

We can be guilty of taking the small, trivial things in our life to God, and ignoring some of the major situations/events/decisions in our life. But then when those more major things become real issues, we take them to God almost as a last resort.

I wonder why we do that? The simplest answer is probably because we’re human! We think we’re stronger or better than we actually are, and think we can deal with things on our own. It’s then only when things go wrong that we end up almost pleading with God to help us.

Is it because we know we should take our problems/worries to God that out of duty, we just take the small/trivial things to God rather than the big things?

This sounds like me sometimes, does it sound like you?

Why not join me today in acknowledging that we must take everything to God, big or small, because He has promised to hear all our prayers.

What more applicable words can there be in these times of uncertainty and fear, than these ones:

Dear lord and father of mankind forgive our foolish ways

With all the horrific events that have occurred around the world in recent times, all because man cannot live in peace with our fellow man, mean we are living in dark times. It’s the foolishness of man that has got this world into this state, not God’s.

Sadly though there are many who blame God for all these horrendous events questioning why he can let them happen. It’s up to us to inform these people that God is just as upset about what our fellow man is doing, as we are. So what can we do?

As we can do in any and all situations in life, we can pray – we can pray for our world, that despite the turmoil and uncertainty we see all around, God is still here, and He does still love each and every one of us. With God’s help we can change this world into a loving and caring world!

In spite of us, God manages to make some good in all of us

We may thing we make a positive contribution in all we do, but do we really?

God has plans for us, but sometimes we think we know better and do what we want to do instead of what He wants.

Have you noticed that when we go our own way, that’s when things don’t normally work out well. Yet God puts up with our stubbornness, and continues to find the good in us, despite our best attempts to sabotage His plans for us.

Imagine we were left to our own devices with no belief or knowledge of God…do you think you’d be half the person you are today?

Looking back on my life, there have been several times in my life when I could have completely turned away from God and gone my own way. However I’m pleased I stuck with God and allowed Him to mould my life further, as I believe I would never have achieved what I have without God by my side.

I’d urge you today, work with God, not against Him as He will help us find the good in ourselves.

The last couple of days I’ve been talking about the fear of failure that affects so many people. Having talked about why some fear failure, I now want to focus on some possible ways to help overcome a fear of failure.

It’s all about goals and targets!

Start by setting small achievable goals that will help you build your confidence. Having set a goal, start thinking about all the possible outcomes, positive and negative, and rationally consider what may happen, developing contingency plans as you go. As you go through these possible outcomes you’ll hopefully find answers/solutions to all possible negative scenarios, in turn helping you thinking positively.

Repeat these steps by setting another goal, and then another goal. By moving forward slowly and steadily, you’ll begin to overcome your fear of failure.

Good luck!

Fear of failure – A scary feeling, but what causes us to be scared of failing?

There can be multiple reasons why we feel afraid of failure – Some may be because of something thing which happened in our childhood, or maybe an event which has happened more recently, in our adult life.

Is there something in your past that you can identify as your trigger which has subsequently caused you to be afraid of failure? There may not be a single event, but a series of events or situations that together cause you to fear failure.

Whatever our mistakes in our past that have triggered these feelings in us, we need to move on, wipe the slate clean, and remember we can make a new future full of positivity and confidence. We can choose to be afraid, or we can choose not to be.

Have you ever been so afraid of failing at something that you decided not to do it at all?

Have you ever felt that you’ve subconsciously undermined your own efforts, simply because you’ve been trying to avoid a failure on an even greater scale?

I certainly can answer yes to both those questions! How about you?

Without even realising, we can find the fear of failing stops us in our tracks, causing us to do nothing. When we let that happen we stop ourselves from being able to move our life forward, meaning we can miss out on opportunities to learn and grow.

We mustn’t let our fear of failure stop us from moving forward. We can choose to be afraid, or we can choose not to be. Which do you choose?

How many times have you asked yourself that question?

I guess your answer to that question depends on the context because while we may not feel we are good enough, we are always good enough for God. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t want us to continue to be more like Him, it simply means God accepts us, just the way we are, faults and all – He doesn’t care that we have our faults and failings, because He still loves us.

Smashed

Posted: October 14, 2017 in children, finance, friendship, life, mobile phone
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The other week during one of my usual lunchtime walks, I was walking through an area where there were some benches at either side of the pathway. There were quite a few people around, and as I got a few meters away from one of the benches, I was aware that there were three children – one about 10 or 11, the other two about 14 or 15 – climbing and jumping over the bench and attempting to get onto the wall that was immediately behind the bench.

As I got closer I realised two of the kids had mobiles in their hands and seemed to be struggling to keep their balance as they climbed/jumped from bench to wall. Then as I was passing them, I heard the girl saying to the two boys, “Don’t worry I’ll take it on my phone ’cause if I smash it Mum will just need to buy me a new one”!

I carried on walking, shocked by the statement the young girl had made. To be honest it shocked me that these kids didn’t seem to value their phones. i.e. They seemed to think a broken phone was easily replaced, because they didn’t appreciate how much a replacement phone would cost their parents.

While some will find that purchasing a replacement mobile phone is not a bank breaking expense, there are many who will! Money is not unlimited to the majority of us, so we take responsibility for our belongings – we take care of them and try not to damage them.

Are we losing the ability to appreciate how much items/belongings are worth? Do our children simply see that when something breaks or they want something, the money is available to purchase it, regardless of cost?

Yes, I was saddened by what I heard these children say, but I was probably more disappointed that they hadn’t been taught to value and look after their belonging.

Do you realise you are capable to perform a miracle today and every day?

Hug

Posted: October 12, 2017 in life, love, music, Relationships, religion, words
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When the oceans rise and thunders roar, what do you do?

In times of difficulty and struggles, one thing which always helps is when someone we love puts their arms around us and hugs us. Imagine how it would feel if Jesus wrapped His arms around us and held us close to Him, wouldn’t that be so reassuring and comforting?