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Can you remember, exactly where and what you were doing at this time last year?

There’s not a lot of dates and times in my life I can tell you with certainty where and what I was doing at that time, but I know exactly where I was at this time last year – I was in hospital, in ICU (intensive care unit), having had life saving surgery earlier in the day.

From about 7/7.30 am that morning when I was wheeled into pre-theatre and anaesthetised, I actually have no recollection of anything, other than a few weird dreams, until 2 days later! I’m told I was awake and had conversations with the medical staff and my husband later on the day of my surgery and the following days, although as I said I have no recollection of any of this until 2 days after my op.

It’s been a very difficult year physically as it’s taken a lot of very hard work to get me to where I am today in my recovery. The surgery has definitely made a difference to me, as I now feel much better than I have done for a while, but I still have to remember that my body is still recovering from the trauma of the surgery.

Emotionally it’s been odd, as both in the lead up to my op and even the morning of my op, I was quite surprised how calm and at peace I felt. However in the lead up to this first anniversary, it seems to have really hit me the enormity of what I’ve been through. I’m just grateful that God still had plans for me this time last year, and just pray I make the most of this added time He has given me.

In the last few weeks a particular song going through my mind a lot in the last few months – It is well performed by Philippa Hanna. The words of one of the verses in particular important to me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

I’ve found myself using the phrase, ‘In the new world’, quite frequently in the last few weeks. There’s a lot of change going on in life just now so trying to accept and prepare for how things may be in the future, hence my ‘in the new world’ phrase, can be difficult.

That’s why I’m very grateful for God’s presence in my life in these days. As although life ‘In the new world’ and what that may mean for me, is still very uncertain, I do feel reassured that God has my future under control, because I know he has already planned my future.

If we trust in God, whatever our ‘new world’ or future holds, we can be assured that we are in His hands.

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.