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Rule

  • One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity.
  • Control of or dominion over an area or people.

Let’s take a closer look at the second definition – control of or dominion over an area or people.

How is your life? Is your life controlled by others, say your kids, or your work?

When it comes to our relationship with God, He is always in control. And if we’ve given every part of our life to God, we have given him control of our life, so he can use us as He needs to tell others about His unconditional love for every one of us.

So let God rule your life, because that’s the only way we will ever experience true happiness, when He is at the centre of all we do.

All you need

Posted: February 14, 2019 in family, friendship, love, music, Relationships, religion, words
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All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Do you think that true, is all we need, love?

Love is certainly a good start, as when we love one another, all sorts of good things start to happen.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)

God loves each of us unconditionally, regardless of anything we may have said or done in the past. So do the same, love your friends, neighbours, work colleagues, team mates, family etc unconditionally, expecting and wanting nothing in return, that way you will honour God, and his love for you.

How many times have you heard or been told that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family?

If you were given that option, would you choose the family you have? And secondly, do you think your family choose you?

When in comes to God’s family, we are all chosen. God made every one of us individually and uniquely in his image, so it’s no surprise God will always choose us. The question is, based on our words and our actions, do we deserve to be chosen by God?

Let’s do all we can do to deserve God’s unconditional love. And just as God loves us unconditionally, let’s make sure we everyone we meet unconditionally.

Aftermath

Posted: February 12, 2019 in cross, death, Health, life, love, music, religion, words
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Devastation, destruction, chaos, uncertainty – just a few words you might think of when you read the title of today’s blog post.

Do you think those words would have applied after Christ died on the cross?

In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

The aftermath of Christ’s death is forgiveness for each of us, no matter how huge or insignificant our sins may be. What a wonderful aftermath! However it came at a cost for God, as he had to sacrifice his only son for us.

Aftermath by Hillsong

[Verse 1:]
The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

[Chorus 1:]
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

[Verse 2:]
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

[Chorus 2 :]
In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

[Bridge:]
And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

[Chorus 3:]
Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

When you see people at their most vulnerable, you realise each and every one of us, no matter their background or lifestyle, are just the same – they each have to rely on someone else to save them.

I recently watched a medical programme on TV where one of the doctors said those words. They were such powerful words I had to write them down when I heard them so I didn’t forget them.

When we are at our most vulnerable we really need those who love us and who can do something to help us, to be there with us – After all if you came across a building on fire, you wouldn’t call the coastguard to put out the fire would you, you’d call the fire brigade.

So when we’re feeling vulnerable we should turn to God, as he is the only one who can provide us with the love, support and help we need at that time – His answer may be to send us a friend to share our worries with; or give us direction when we there seems too many choices ahead of us. Whatever we face, God is the answer, so should be the one we turn to in our time of need.

In God we can find everything we need to cope with this tough world. God can give us hope for the future if we just reach out to Him.

It seems these days that we experience more and more storms now than we did in the past. Maybe it just seems this way because they have started naming our storms, whereas in the past, we just said we were having windy/wet weather and just got on with it?!

When it comes to storms or difficult times in our life, do you find you are experiencing more or less storms now than you did in the past?

Personally I’d say I am experiencing far more storms in my life now, as until a number of years ago I’m not sure I could really class any of the difficulties I experienced as storms, as looking back on them they were definitely just damp days! The difference now is that my faith is stronger now than it has ever been, and that is all because when I was at my lowest a number of years ago, I know God looked out for me, and He kept me going, and kept me fighting until I came through the storm.

Maybe you’re feeling on top of the world just now, maybe you’re at our lowest point. Whichever you find yourself in, just remember God is always with you, even when you find it hard to believe you’re still struggling through a storm of life.

Opinions

Posted: January 23, 2019 in belief, faith, life, love, music, quotes, religion, trust
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There are people we come across in our lives will tell us our beliefs and opinions are wrong. Should we be upset or annoyed by this?

I believe we shouldn’t be, however I realise that makes it sound as if it’s very easy to ignore other people’s opinions of us, when in fact it can be very difficult particularly when they hurt and upset us.

God is crazy about you. He made you . He made you the unique person you are today. So believe Him when he says he’ll always be there for you because he loves you.

As I said yesterday, some people may think we’re crazy because we believe in God. It’s ok to be crazy about God, because he’s actually crazy about us too!

When you love someone, what do you do? Do you keep a picture of them on your phone, and give them gifts to show how much you love them? Well image God did the same kind of things so show us how much he loves us.

Remember God has shown us just how much he loves us…

In the last week, I’ve noticed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that number of friends have taken on the ’10 year challenge’ which requires the person to post a photo themselves as they are now, and one from 10 years ago. It’s been interesting to see the difference (or not) between the two photographs, but it also got me thinking about how when we think of ageing and the changes it brings to us, we tend to think about the external or visible changes, rather than how the person has changed on the inside.

When I look back at myself 10 years ago, I see a different person looking back at me from the one I see in the mirror today – The difference is not just in how I look but in who I am today. I’ve experienced many different events and emotions over the last 10 years which have changed my perspective on life, and also the kind of person I am.

How about you, how have you changed over the last 10 years? Are you more loving, empathetic, relaxed, positive or more grumpy, cynical, critical, negative?

I simply pray today that we don’t concentrate so much on our outward appearance that we forget to see the beauty within ourselves and others.