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One word #11

Posted: April 26, 2017 in life, prayer, words
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When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. What’s the first thing you do when you get up each morning?
  2. What’s the last thing you do at night before you go to bed?
  3. How many alarms go off in your house each morning?
  4. How would you describe prayer?
  5. How many times on average do you pray each day?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Do you believe prayer is powerful? Mahatma Gandhi did, I do, many others around the world do.

God can and will answer prayer, so use the power!

 

Is there such a thing as a perfect prayer?

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power. ~ Amit Ray

I’m not sure I’d call any prayer a ‘perfect prayer’, however I would say that any prayer that is uttered from the heart, is worthy of being called perfect. God wants us to give our hearts to Him, so if our prayers come from the depth of our heart, they are perfect to Him.

Are you the kind of person who loves others unconditionally?

How about yourself – Do you love yourself? I don’t mean in a conceited way or anything, but simply that you respect yourself and will do all you can to look after yourself.

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

So show some unconditional to everyone you come into contact with, but just as importantly, love yourself unconditionally too.

When you ask someone a question or give someone some information – face-to-face, text, messenger, WhatsApp, email, or phone etc – is it realistic to expect a response?

Personally I think it is right to expect a response, after all, how else do you know the receiver has heard/received the question or information?

Having said that, that doesn’t mean you should expect a response immediately but certainly you should expect a response in my view. When the person you were ‘speaking to’ does respond, it doesn’t mean they will necessarily answer or respond to the question/information you gave to them, but at least if they respond you’ll have got an acknowledgement they received your communication.

I know everyone is busy rushing around from one thing to another these days, so please, if someone ‘speaks’ to you, or asks you something, please acknowledge the communication, even if you don’t directly respond to the message.

When you delay responding to someone, they may feel their words were pointless and meant nothing to you, or may even feel that they are invisible or worthless. Similarly they may have the same feelings if you don’t respond to the communication immediately, but instead wait a few hours or days, apologise for the delay in responding, however in this instance I suspect your response may brighten day.

So please don’t ignore others when they ‘speak’ to you, regardless of communication channel, as everyone deserves to be heard and be answered.

Recharging #5

Posted: April 21, 2017 in bible, blogging, Health, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

You can do this by renewing your mindset by getting your head together, focusing on what matters and don’t get caught up in the things that don’t really matter in life.

How many times have you celebrated Easter over the years?

Did you learn anything new this Easter, or did you simply hear about the betrayal of Christ, his crucifixion, and his subsequent resurrection in the same way you’ve heard it for many years?

Have you ever considered that maybe it is not down to how we are told about the events of that first Easter that make it the same old story each year, but maybe it’s down to how receptive we are to hearing about that first Easter, as if each year is the first year we have heard about events on Good Friday all those years ago.

Maybe it’s time to put aside all the things we’ve previously heard about God and about Christ, and listen afresh each time we hear God’s message. If we do that we might find we get a whole new perspective on God and his teaching, as we’ll be hearing his message for ‘the first time’ again!

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Do you feel you are missing thing in your life?
  2. Are you missing someone in your life?
  3. What do you worry about most?
  4. When did you last do a random act of kindness?
  5. When was the last time you told someone you love them?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Easter weekend and the associated celebrations are over, so does that mean Easter is over, we can stop celebrating Christ until Christmas comes round again?

We definitely should not stop celebrating Christ just because Easter is over. After all Christ paid for our sins by giving his life, so how can we ever repay him? We will never manage to repay him for giving himself for us, but we can everything Easter is really about is just as true today and everyday, as it was during the celebrations.

 

Seeking solace in his downturned eyes,
such agonising pain betraying,
Hiding heartache through their stifled cries,
with wordless weeping, silent praying,
Beneath the bloodied,
wretched wraith,
faithful friends,
constrained or driven,
keep their vigil,
hold hard to faith,
and hear his whispered word:
Forgiven
by Stephen Pearson

Christ thought of us as he gave his life for us, so let’s make sure we think of him each and every day of the year. Let’s think of others who don’t know Him, and bring them to Him.

Our world is in an awful state at present, but can you imagine what it would be like if Jesus had never been born or if he hadn’t died at Calvary?

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Maybe I’ve read it somewhere, or someone has told me, but I seem to think I’ve heard that the resurrection of Jesus has been investigated and examined more times that many other events in history.

For years, people have investigated the facts of the resurrection. Now that tells me that people are either  desperate to prove conclusively to the unbelievers that Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or that they are keen to prove us believers that the resurrection was simply a huge hoax.

I don’t know which of these categories of people you fall into, but anything that gives us believers the opportunity to discuss the facts of that first Easter, and tell others why we believe in Christ’s resurrection, has to be positive doesn’t it, as if we don’t talk about the really meaning of Easter, how will the rest of the world know that Christ died at Calvary just so we could be forgiven.

Hank Hanegraaff said:

You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

How true is that!

If Jesus hadn’t been born; if Jesus hadn’t been crucified; if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave…just think what sort of state this world would be in now!