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What do you do when either you realise someone is struggling or going through a difficult time, or they tell you they’re finding life difficult?

I hope you don’t try and make a quick escape, but instead, speak to the person, and try and reassure them they are not on their own. The person may or may not be willing and/or able to speak to you about what is troubling them, but if they are, we need to be able to recognise when we’re out of our depth.

While we must be willing and able to offer our support to those in difficulty, we must be aware that if we try to give help or advice about something we have little or know knowledge of, we can actually do more harm than good. So be willing to recognise when you are out of our depth – maybe the person is troubled by something we know nothing about or have no personal experience of. In those circumstances, don’t just tell the person you can’t help and then walk off and leave them, instead reassure them that you want to help them but feel you don’t have the knowledge or expertise required to help them. Always either introduce the person  to someone else who you know might be able can help them, or direct them to an organisation or company that can help them. Never leave them thinking they are on their own and no-one cares or understands their situation or how they feel. Remember reassurance and suggested sources of help, are always welcomed by those who are in need of help.

Never let someone drown in their own difficulties, instead help them and reassure them, even if that means you need to direct them to someone else to give them the help they need.

When I think about the word ‘pieces’, I think of a jigsaw puzzle, or something broken into lots of individual parts. Our lives can sometimes feels as though it’s broken into many pieces when we’re having to deal with concerns or troubles in different areas of our lives. For example, maybe we’re having problems getting a job, or faces redundancy; maybe you or family members have health concerns; maybe you are struggling to pay your bills or find enough money to buy food for yourself and your family.

Whatever the issues or concerns you face, God keeps his promise to us to never turn his back on us, and to always love us. So give him all the pieces of your life, and God will accept them all, and help you with every part of your life.

Uncontrolled, uncontained, you love is a fire
Burning bright for me
It’s not just a spark , its not just a flame your love is a light
That all the world will see

Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

Restore us, O God, and cause Your face to shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 80:3

Shine on us

Lord, let Your light
Light of Your face
Shine on us (repeat)

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let your light shine on us

Lord, let your grace
Grace from Your hand
Come over us (repeat)

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let Your grace come over us

Lord, let Your love
Love with no end
Come over us (repeat)

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let Your love come over us
Let your grace fall on us
Let Your light shine on us

Shine on us, O Lord

When we’re lost, a light can be all we need to guide us to safety. When we’ve lost all hope, a light can be all we need to reassure us that there is hope for us.

Let God shine on us, today and every future day.

Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Psalm 18:28 (KJV)

A burning candle can light even the darkest of rooms. It can not just light a darkened room but can show those in the room what is around them, and can guide them to a place of safety and security.

God’s love is just like that – His love can brighten even the darkest of times. And if we trust him, he will guide us through those times to a place of safety in his loving arms.

Shine His light

Posted: November 20, 2019 in belief, bible, faith, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 13:47 (NIV)

When you’re at school, if a teacher asks you to do something, you should do it.

When you’re working and your line manager asks you to do a task, you should do it.

If you’re in a club and the person in charge asks you to do something, you should follow their directions.

God has given us an instruction in the above bible verse, to tell others about the love and peace that can be theirs if they give their heart to God. So just as we should do what other leaders in our lives, ask us to do, so we should follow God’s instructions to share His message with those we’re in contact with.

Are you shining God’s light to those around you?

Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV)

You wouldn’t turn a light on in your house and then cover it with a thick blanket to stop the light from shining throughout the room. Therefore, when we know just how much God loves us, we shouldn’t hide that away either. Instead we should be sharing that knowledge with those around us. i.e. We need to shine God’s light in this dark world.

Have you ever been in a situation where you honestly thought your life was at an end, that you were going to die? If you have, you will know how utterly terrifying that experience can be.

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with serious health condition or illness that means you must undergo major surgery, to try and save your life, you will have experienced a situation where your future seems uncertain. In those circumstances we put our lives in the hands of the surgeon and medical staff.

From a health perspective, there are many who have experienced the life saving skills of medical professionals the world over. But what about your spiritual future, have you been saved?

God is a true life saver, because he loves each of us unconditionally, and can save our lives. He can guarantee our future, when we freely give our lives to him.

In this world there are health professionals who save physical lives on a daily basis. However in order to save our future life, God is our health professional, as when we give Him our lives, our heart our all, He saves our lives, and guarantees our future with Him.

Today I give thanks not just for those health professionals who have saved my life, but also God, as I have accepted Him as my Lord, and know He will look after me always.

Blinded

Posted: November 15, 2019 in depression, Health, hope, love, music, religion, words
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Have you ever looked up and found yourself looking straight into an extra bright light, one which, even after you look away, still blinds you for a few minutes?

But did you see the flares in the sky?
Were you blinded by the light?
Did you see the sparks filled with hope?
You are not alone
‘Cause someone’s out there, sending out flares

When there’s darkness all around us, any kind of light can seem extra bright. That’s why even in our darkest days, God’s love shines through the darkness – We simply need to reach out and take hold of God’s light of love.

I want to be blinded by God’s love – not so I don’t see and appreciate everything and everyone around me, but simply so I keep my focus on God, and keep him at the centre of all I do.

Pieces

Posted: November 11, 2019 in bible, faith, Health, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Your love not fractured, its not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
Its not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It’s hang on every word we say
Love keeps it promises
It keeps its word
It honours what’s sacred
Cause its vows are good
Your love not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love not selfish
You love is pure

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When we give God every part of our lives we will experience true love. God’s love is pure.

I’ve shared the following picture with you before, however I’d completely forgotten about it until I came across it yesterday while searching for something else. It’s picture which to me, sums up our relationship with God – He’s always contactable, he’s still my friend even if I don’t talk to him for ages, and because of all that, I follow him.

following gods plan

We rely so much these days on social media to communicate with others, sometimes too much in my opinion. God however doesn’t need to be on social media for us to be able to communicate with him. God hears our prayers without us having to say a word, or typing a post or tweet onto social media, all because He knows what’s in our hearts.

We don’t need to press a big ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ button to become followers of God, we simply have to give Him our heart.