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This picture was shared on Facebook by Nicky Gumbel, but I wanted to share it here so that those of you who haven’t seen it, get the chance to see this.

The question from this statement is how do we stay ‘Calm in your heart’ when you’re in the midst of noise or trouble?

There is only one way to achieve calm at all times, and that is by giving everything you fear, everything you face, all your troubles, to God, and leave them with Him. In doing that we can be assured that He will look after us, and help and guide us through any challenges or troubles we may face.

So when you need to calm your heart, turn to God.

Singing

Posted: October 19, 2018 in belief, life, love, music, prayer, religion, words
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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

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.

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?

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.

After seeing the photo I shared in yesterday’s blog post (Faith of a child), I have found myself looking at the bible for instances where the ‘faith of a child’ is mentioned or inferred. So I want to share a few of these with you over the next few days.

Matthew 19:14 (TPT)

Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones like these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of heaven unless he becomes like one of these!”

This is a bible verse I’m sure we’ve all heard a number of times, so I hope you still realise how important it is. The disciples scolded the people who tried to bring children to Christ, claiming Jesus didn’t want to be bothered. It seems the disciples never actually asked Jesus if he was ok to see the children, before scolding those who brought them. I wonder what made them think Jesus wouldn’t want to welcome the children?

Jesus was always willing to welcome anyone who wanted to come to him. We must we welcoming to those who want to seek God, so let’s make sure our church is open and welcoming to all who come through the door, regardless of their need, their background or indeed their past.

From the chaos

Posted: October 5, 2018 in bible, clothing, faith, life, love, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Do you ever feel as if you life is chaotic, as you spend what seems like all your ‘free’ time rushing from one place/activity to another, simply stopping occasionally to eat and sleep.

Even in this chaos, God can change us so we can be what he wants us to be. He can help us help others and show them what God can do for them.

We’re reminded of this in Psalm 51:7-15 where we firstly read about  what we would like God to do for us. It then goes on to remind us what the outcome will be when we let God give us what we need to do His work:

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.

It’s all quite descriptive language isn’t it, but because of that it really is clear what we can achieve for God when we give Him our all.

Let’s not be silent about our faith and our relationship with God, instead let God give us the words and the desire to tell others about God’s love for them.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

Do you remember the advert for Interflora, where the tag line was “Say it with flowers”?

This phrase came to mind a few days ago for some reason, though I’m not quite sure why. Anyway, it got me thinking again, not about flowers, but the things we do to tell others what they mean to us, or tell them how we feel, without actually saying anything.

So how would you tell someone what they mean to you, or how you feel about them?

  • Text
  • Messenger
  • Facebook
  • Music
  • Card
  • Email
  • Flowers
  • Cake
  • Photo

At the end of the day, does it really matter what method we use to tell someone what they mean to us, because the important thing is that we tell them!

We don’t know how many more chances we’ll have to tell someone how we feel about them, so tell them how you feel – tell them now, and tell them often.

God is our heavenly Father, and just as any Father would, he loves us unconditionally. Even when we fail or disappoint Him, God still loves us.

Just as God loves us unconditionally, we too should love others “just because”. So let’s try to show unconditional love to others.