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Come in

Posted: August 17, 2017 in love, music, life, religion, bible, depression, Relationships
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“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:14 and 20 (NIV)

It’s difficult to comprehend sometimes that God, the One who created all things, cares about each one of us, individually. So much so that He will stand beside each of us in our time of need. And when we turn from Him, He will keep asking to come into our lives because He doesn’t want to lose us.

Vulnerable

Posted: August 14, 2017 in Crime, cross, depression, life, love, music, Relationships, religion, words
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We often hear on the news of concerns being raised for ‘a vulnerable person’ who is missing. When they talk about someone being vulnerable in these circumstances, they mean the person is in danger of being harmed either by themselves or by someone else.

So when we talk about someone being vulnerable we think of it as being a situation or feeling we don’t want to experience. However this isn’t the only way we can be vulnerable…we can be vulnerable in our faith. When we wonder where God is or doubt He cares we let ourselves become vulnerable to the messages the devil tries to give us, making us doubt God.

So be strong, be positive, don’t let the devil convince you that God doesn’t care.

It starts with the cross, continues with Jesus, and lasts forever because of God’s love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Long before the world was made, God chose Christ to be given to you in these last days. Because of Christ, you have put your trust in God. He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great honor. So now your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1 Peter 1:20-21 (New life version)

When was the last time you thanked God for giving Christ for us?

Our faith and our hope in God is built on how much God loves us, and how willingly he sacrificed His Son so we could be forgiven. God had faith that we would love Him when He gave Christ to the world. So now it’s time for us fully repay God, by putting all our faith and trust in Him.

We’re not the only ones who sometimes need to be reminded that we must keep our hope in God…

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For there is loving-kindness with the Lord. With Him we are saved for sure. ~ Psalm 130:7 (New Life Version)

God loves us unconditionally, so why wouldn’t you put all your hope in Him?

When we hope for something, it can be just a pipe-dream, or it can be because it’s something that we truly believe will become reality.

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:114 NIV

When we have hope, it makes life easier to cope with doesn’t it.

If it’s God we place our hope and trust in, we will never be disappointed, because He will never let us down, because He loves us and gives us hope for the future.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

We should all love one another – How many times have you been told that?

When someone lets you to do something, how likely are you to do it? If someone demands that you do something, how likely are you to do it then?

In John 15:17 Jesus said

I demand that you love each other, for you get enough hate from the world! (The living bible)

So Jesus didn’t just ask us to love one another, he actually demanded that we love one another, so it must be critical that we love one another.

What’s the best thing you have ever witnessed?

I’m sure we’ve all thought of at least one situation/event that you would consider to be the best thing you’ve ever witnessed. I suspect based on our age and our life experiences, we’ll all have thoughts of a variety of events.

A few weeks ago I read the following quote on Twitter, and having favourited it, it’s kept coming into my mind quite often.

Watching someone receive Christ maybe the best thing to witness this side of heaven.

Where would you rate this in your list of best things you’ve ever witnessed? It is a wonderful feeling to witness someone accepting Christ into their life for the first time, particularly if the person is someone you are close with.

Is there anyone in your life you would love to be in your best things you’ve witnessed by accepting Christ into their life? Get praying, because it can happen!

That moment when you have to agree it’s time to say goodbye to your family pet.

When I was growing up we had a cat who was 1 year older than me…yes, my Mum and Dad got a cat before I came along. Most of my childhood we had that same cat, as I was 15 before that cat had to be put to sleep because she wasn’t well.

When I got married, we got a cat on our 1st wedding anniversary, and so that cat became a huge part of our married life. After having that cat for almost 20 years, we finally had to make that heart wrenching decision to put him down as he was so unwell.

It was awful. There was a huge emptiness in our home, as other than the first year of our marriage, the cat had been part of our married life. It was a big change for us not having a cat around the house anymore.

Some of you who have never owned a pet, will probably think we were daft getting all upset when we had to say goodbye to our furry family friends. However those of you who have had a pet at some time, will totally understand that our pets just become another member of our family. Therefore, when our pets die, it is ok that we get upset, just as we do when a person we love dies.

Do you spend your time focusing on the bad parts of your life, or do you always look on the bright side of everything?

Do you sometimes wish you had more, even although you probably already have more than you really need?

Do you take time to thank God for all He has provided for you, or do you ask Him for more?

Take time today to say thank you to God for all He has provided for you.