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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

Have you ever had a time at work where week after week, something happens that means you get diverted from the tasks that you planned to do, to do something else? Over the last month or so, that seems to be happening to me every week. Not only that, but the task I get diverted onto, are never quite as straightforward as they first seem, and so end up taking up much more of my time than anyone imagined.

What’s not helped for me, is that between annual leave and sickness absence in my team, there’s only ever been me and one of my team members working each day, for the last month. This has just meant that no matter how hard we try, we’ve not really managed to get through the work that I’d planned for us to do in June or July.

Even on Friday something which on the face of it looked like a task that would take an afternoon to do at the most, ended up uncovering another issue, which will need further analysis before deciding the best way to fix it.

There is good news though, as this week my team are back to three, as one of my team will be back from their summer holiday. So here’s hoping there’s no more unexpected issues, and we can finally get on with the work that I’d planned for us to do!

When you’re really struggling because you’ve hit rock bottom, have you noticed that many either don’t notice you’re struggling, or pretend they haven’t noticed and just walk by you?

It’s at those times you discover, if you have any real friends, and if so, who they are. Take care of your friends.

How many times have you heard someone say they are “taking one day at a time”? This statement is often used when someone is going through a difficult time, either health or life issues, and is said to indicate that the person is just trying to get through and survive the coming day.

God has planned out our lives before we take our first breath, so even when we take one day at a time, we can still follow his plan for us. God is with us through every situation and circumstance we find ourselves in. But if we put our trust in Him, he will guide us through each day, supporting and guiding us.

So take one day at a time when you need to, but take it with God.

I recently had to pass on some information to someone, which in itself is not unusual. However I was unsure how they were going to respond to what I had to tell them – I expected them to be concerned or worried about what this would mean for them.

Well the reaction I got took me completely by surprise – They were surprised and excited by what I told them! How wrong was I about how they would feel about what I had to tell them!

That’s often the case though isn’t it – The things we stress and worry about can often turn out to be not nearly as bad we had imaged. Sometimes however they do turn out to be as difficult or as bad as we imagines. In all circumstances, that’s why we must take all our problems and our worries to God and leave them in His hands, as He will help you through.

This is the recipe I follow for life – Just like a recipe for baking or making food, even if you follow a recipe to the letter, it doesn’t always turn out as you expect. The difference with the life recipe is that even when it doesn’t work out as expected, God is always at the centre of everything that happens, so he continues to guide and teach me through every aspect of life.

This is the best recipe you will ever have for life, and it’s free! So I share it with you today so you too can experience life at it’s best.

How many times have you been on a training course or attended a conference, where at the end you are asked to complete a feedback form? These feedback forms often ask us to rate between 1 and 10, how useful we found the course/conference, or what part of the day we found most helpful, as well as what changes we think might improve the course for those who attend it in the future.

Image if we had to fill in a feedback form every time God did something for us, or he taught us something! We’d end up spending all our lives filling in feedback forms!

The point is not really the feedback forms, it’s about our reaction to what God does for us on a daily basis – Do we give him feedback? Do we pray? Do we thank him for all he does for us?

We may not fill in a feedback form each day for all God does for us, but we can pray daily and tell him how grateful we are, even when he doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we hoped – He always answers our prayers, and he answers them in the way he knows is best for us.

As some of you will know, I’m a big football fan, so if I’m home and there’s football in the telly, you’ll find I usually watch it. Well as few days ago I was watching a match involving Manchester City, and part way through the second half they made a substitution, where they brought on Gabriel Jesus. When Jesus came onto the park, the commentator said, “Maybe Jesus can change the fortunes of City tonight”.

This caught my attention as it reminded that just as Manchester City hoped Gabriel Jesus could help change the fortunes of their team when they brought him onto the pitch, so we can change our fortunes if we accept Jesus Christ into our lives.

We all have times in our life when we face challenges. e.g. the death of a loved one, unemployment, serious illness. Based on some of the things I’ve learned about myself and from talking to others, I want to share with you some things to think about when you’re facing some tough situations. I hope you find this helpful:

Admit you’re struggling

You may not realise just how much you’re struggling. However I’m sure your family or friends will have noticed a difference in you. So if someone asks you if you’re ok, don’t just say ‘yes’ really look at yourself, and be honest with yourself. After all, if you don’t know you’re struggling or in trouble, how can you start to help yourself?

Don’t hide

When you’re struggling you’ll probably feel like you want to hide away from everyone in a darkened room or in a corner. That is one of the worst things you could do! The best way to keep your emotions under control when you’re struggling is actually to keep busy. When you’re busy there’s more chance you’ll focus on the task in hand instead of continually thinking about all your problems, as that will bring you down even more.

Say ‘No’

Are you the kind of person who always says ‘yes’ when someone asks you to do something? If you are, this one might be very difficult for you, but please consider it as I believe it really is quite uplifting to say ‘No’ sometimes. You may be struggling to do everything you’re already trying to do. So remember you do not need to do everything you’re asked to do. So say ‘No’, and use that extra time to take control of your life and your emotions.

Help

You probably think I’m just suggesting you seek help for yourself from either a friend or a help care professional, however I’m also suggesting you also help others too. One of the times I was struggling, I discovered a friend was also going through a really tough time and I definitely found that by talking with them, and trying to help them, it helped me focus on someone else’s problems instead of my own. Being able to offer support and help to someone else raised my spirits, as it showed me I was still useful and helpful to someone. So speak to others about how you’re feeling, as you may be surprised to find they too may be going through a difficult time and would be grateful for your support too.

Trust

This may be my final suggestion, but it is in fact the most important one – Trust God! God is with us all the time even when we ignore him or forget him. God will always answer your prayers – Maybe not today or tomorrow, but he’ll answer them. Maybe not in the way you wanted or expected, but he will answer your prayer. So trust Him! Believe in God!

In order to play a musical instrument, you must practice. By practicing you improve and gain experience. In a work environment you gain experience and knowledge by learning from those around you and being put in situations where you learn.

Life is similar – To learning how to get through life you must experience a difficult situation so that you learn from them. They then give you the strength and encouragement to know that you can face any difficult situation in the future, and you will get through it.

So even if you’re experiencing an earthquake in your life just now, be strong, and remember God is with you through it all and will help make you stronger.