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Matthew 6:25 (The Passion Translation)

This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

What do you focus on in your life? Is your life centred around possessions and goods, or is there more to your life than that?

There is definitely more to life than our possessions – possessions may provide short term happiness, but they don’t provide the peace and contentment that I’m sure we all desire.

The peace and contentment we all desire can only be found in God. God is more than everything we need. He offers us really peace, contentment and happiness, if we simply trust Him.

When you’re in the middle of difficult times, it can seem like there is no end, that you’re troubles will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (The Passion Translation)

We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.

Always remember that, although it may not feel like it, our troubles are only temporary. It is important we always remember that. It’s even more important though that we remember to continue to trust God during times of difficulty.

Pray to God, give him all your worries, all your fears, focus on Him, and He will look after us forever.

Sorted!

Posted: August 14, 2019 in bible, depression, Health, life, music, quotes, religion, stress, trust
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Sometimes our lives be turned upside down by events or circumstances. That’s when we often question our future, and question whether God is still there.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

The good news is, as long as we don’t try and do everything our own, but instead trust God, He will guide and direct us. In other words, our future will be sorted out by God.

Sometimes life can seem hopeless.

Sometimes your situation, or the situation of someone you love can seem hopeless.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone who you knew would always come and rescue you, no matter the time of day or night?

God is our rescuer – He’s always there for us, even in the darkest night. Even when there seems no hope for you, God is there and will rescue you.

Life is never hopeless when we put our faith and trust in God.

Rescue by Lauren Daigle

You are not hidden
There’s never been a moment
You were forgotten
You are not hopeless
Though you have been broken
Your innocence stolen

I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS

I will send out an army
To find you in the middle of darkest night
It’s true
I will rescue you

There is no distance
That cannot be covered
Over and over
You’re not defenseless
I’ll be your shelter
I’ll be your armor

I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS

I will send out an army
To find you in the middle of darkest night
It’s true
I will rescue you
I will never stop marching
To reach you in the middle of the hardest fight
It’s true
I will rescue you

I hear the whisper underneath your breath
I hear you whisper you have nothing left

I often listen to music in my car from on usb drive. It’s got thousands of music tracks on it, and I tend to just play things randomly so I never really can predict what I’m going to hear next.

Last week on my way to work the song The best is yet to come by Mike and the Mechanics, came on, and although it’s not a Christian song, I felt as though the words of the song were God himself talking to me. It’s an upbeat song, and as it was on my way to work I heard this, I found it actually raised my spirits and really set me up for the day.

I hope you too will find the song and these words uplifting – Just listen to the song and imagine God is speaking the words to you.

Are there days when you’re feeling
Days when you’re feeling down?
And you’re looking for hope but
Hope can not that be found?
Are there nights when you’re falling
Nights when you’re falling fast?
Can you take a hold of my hand
Let go of the past?
Can I take a hold of your heart?
That’s all I ask

And if you say yeah
You give it one more chance
You see, the best is yet to come
And if you say yeah
The future’s in your hands
The best is yet to come

If there’re times you’re the winner
Times you’re the loser too
Are there times when you question
Everything you knew?
I don’t want you to give up
Don’t you give up now
Gotta keep your feet on the ground
And your head in the clouds
Can you just be true to yourself
And make me proud?

And if you say yeah
You give it one more chance
You see, the best is yet to come
And if you say yeah
The future’s in your hands
The best is yet to come

For many, their gifts can be obvious – great public speakers, fantastic singer, inspirational teacher, Great musician, to name but a few examples. However for many of us, our gifts from God, our spiritual gifts may be less obvious, and in fact may we may not even know what our spiritual gifts are.

Every Christian has a dominant spiritual gift and many possess more than one. Spiritual gifts are not rewards, are not natural talents, are not a place of service, are not an age-group ministry, and are not a specialty ministry. They express themselves through various ministries which, in turn, accomplish a variety of results. Spiritual gifts are tools for building the church. They are a source of joy in your Christian life and influence your motives. A spiritual gift is a divine calling with a divine responsibility, because what God has gifted you to do, He has called you to do, and what He has called you to do, He has gifted you to do.

If you don’t already what your spiritual gifts are, how do you find out?

There are a number of surveys, tests you can do that will help you identify your gifts, just search for “spiritual gifts test” and you’ll find various online tests you can take which will help you identify your gifts.

Carry on

Posted: August 9, 2019 in cross, depression, Health, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, stress, trust
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It can be difficult to move on with your life sometimes when things you’d hope for don’t happen, or life-events send your life on a downward spiral. It’s during those times we all find life extra difficult, but it’s also during those times that we must never turn away from God.

When we put our trust in God, He will walk with us through life. Therefore always look forward with God, and never stop trusting God by turning back.

We often talk talk about how, as Christians, we must forgive others when they hurt or upset us.

Colossians 3:13 (The Passion Translation)

Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.

But forgiveness isn’t just something we need to offer to others. It can sometimes be easier to forgive others for what they do/say, than for us to forgive ourselves for our mistakes. It’s probably just because we feel we should be more in control of ourselves, our words and our actions, that we have higher expectations of ourselves. However we must treat ourselves just as well as we treat other, by showing ourselves forgiveness.

 

Change your heart

Posted: August 7, 2019 in faith, Health, life, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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We’re only human, imperfect and in need of help and direction from the only One who is able to help each one of us in every situation.

Because we’re only human, we do make mistakes. That’s why in every difficult situation we find ourselves, it’s not always somebody else who needs to change, we are sometimes the ones who need to admit we’ve got it wrong, and need to change ourselves.

I pray that God will help and guide me through life. I pray that when I get things wrong, I will willing admit my mistakes, seek His forgiveness, and listen and follow God’s guidance to us.

So let God help change you, because only then can be be the people God needs/wants us to be.

Yesterday in God Knows I spoke about how, when life gets tough, we often find ourselves thinking we know what’s best for us, rather than trusting God. It can be tough to understand what is happening when life is tough, and it can be even harder to fully trust God to get us through those days.

It seems strange saying that it can be harder to trust God when that’s what I know I should be doing in every situation. However when you’re in the middle of a tough situation, you just want it to finish there and then, with a good outcome. Sadly not every tough situation can be resolved quickly, nor can every one come to a happy conclusion, and that’s what makes it so difficult to continue to have faith that God does know what’s best for us.

So when tough times come, remember it’s up to you whether you place your trust in God and drop your faith anchor, or whether you let fear take hold by letting it drop anchor. I pray that whatever I may face I will always put my faith in God, and not let fear take hold of my life, because God will never stop caring for me.