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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!

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.

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.

Can you change the way you think? Of course you can!

If you go into a task thinking you can’t do it, you won’t. However, if you go in to every task with a positive attitude, believing you can do it, it increases your chances of success sevenfold.

So change your I can’ts into I cans, and you can achieve so much more!

Be positive! I can’t. I can.

Nothing we say or do in life can take us out of God’s reach. He has plans for each one of us – those plans may include people and situations we never expected, it may also exclude people or places we thought would be part of our life forever.

When we accept God as our saviour, God will make sure our life will follow the plan he has made for us, whatever and wherever that may take us.

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ~ Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

We can sometimes wonder why God doesn’t always give us what we ask for. But we just need to remind ourselves that in every situation and circumstance, God knows best. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it and will provide it in His time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

So when you question God’s decisions, remind yourself of the words in this picture, because God knows us better than we know ourselves, so He does know what is best for us, so trust Him.

No this blog post has nothing to do with Brexit – which I hope you find reassuring.

Instead it’s about how to improve yourself – As the following words remind us, if we keep on doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome, nothing will change – In other words the outcome will be consistent.

However, if after trying something and finding it doesn’t work, you do something differently the next time, it may work out as you want, but it might now – but even then, you stop and have a rethink before having another go, changing what you’re doing again. and so you carry on like this until you succeed – That is called being persistent, and that is how you can improve yourself, by being persistent.

Have you ever stopped for a minute and wondered, what would I be grateful for next week, next month or next year?

Maybe you haven’t ever wondered that but, I bet you are now!

So today I urge you to not only have a think about what you could do today that will benefit you in the future, but also do it!

Good luck!

That’s true isn’t it, because if you don’t recognise the things you are not so good at, or the things you can’t do, how can you ever hope to improvement on them?

Therefore take some time to fully examine all you do, identify the areas of your life that you’re not so proud of, or know you can do better at, and then make them the areas you concentrate on to improve. You can improve everything in your life, if you understand firstly what’s not quite right about it, and then make a plan to improve on it.

Good luck!