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Singing

Posted: October 19, 2018 in love, music, life, religion, prayer, words, belief
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Is your soul singing about God?

My soul sings
My soul sings
My soul sings
How I love you

God is love, and therefore we must celebrate His love for us. We do that by singing all about God’s love for us. So join us today in singing about God’s love for us.

Open the page and see
The wonderful history of love, love
I start and end with you
I’m pulled to the gravity of love, love, love

Are you the type of person who likes to turn the tv or radio on as soon as you get out of bed and chat to the rest of your household or do you like quiet and time to ‘come to’ slowly and peacefully?

I’m definitely the later, I hate noise or talking when I get up in the morning, and by that I mean for about the first hour of two after I get out of bed!

Are there specific things you like or want to include in your morning routine? For me having some quiet time after I awake gives me that time to just be, to think about the day ahead, to pray for the day ahead and the other people or situations on my prayer list.

So even if you like your noise in the morning, make sure you still find some quiet time with God, making him not just part of your every day, but the centre of your day.

A few days ago I came across a t-shirt I’d bought at a concert, and on the back of it it said, “I’ve been waiting…for so long””.

My first question is, do you know what concert I’d have bought that t-shirt at?

Secondly I want to ask you, what are you waiting for?

We spend a lot of time waiting don’t we, in queue, for someone to arrive or depart, for something to start or finish, maybe wait for someone to tell us how they feel about us, exam results, or wait for news of a loved one… the list is endless.

What about God? Have you waiting for him to answer your prayers? Are you still waiting for him to answer your prayers?

If you haven’t already accepted God into your life, it’s not too late, because he is still waiting for you. God waits for each one of us to turn to him, and he will wait forever if that’s how long it takes us to acknowledge him as our Lord.

What simple thing do you think we could all give others?

Inclusion!

There is nothing worse than being physically part of something, but still feeling like you are excluded from activities or events. That’s why making sure we include those who are maybe always on the periphery of a group, or never volunteer to participate in events etc, is something we can do to help everyone feel they belong. It can be as simple as just including them in something they wouldn’t normally be part of.

Doors

Posted: October 14, 2018 in faith, friendship, life, music, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Doors…they can be used to keep people out, or keep people in, it just depends what side of the door you’re on when it’s shut!

Sometimes when we want to open a door, we can’t because we either don’t have a key to open the door, or we can’t find the key. Either way the door stays shut until a later time.

Some doors have glass in them so you can see who or what is on the other side, while other doors are solid wood or pvc, so who or what is on the other side remains a mystery. Sometimes not knowing what’s on the other side of door, makes it more mystical and mysterious making us want to know even more who or what is behind the door!

Even our relationship with God, and what he does or does not do can be related to doors. Here’s a great way of looking at how and when God answers our prayers.

After seeing the photo I shared in yesterday’s blog post (Faith of a child), I have found myself looking at the bible for instances where the ‘faith of a child’ is mentioned or inferred. So I want to share a few of these with you over the next few days.

Matthew 19:14 (TPT)

Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones like these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of heaven unless he becomes like one of these!”

This is a bible verse I’m sure we’ve all heard a number of times, so I hope you still realise how important it is. The disciples scolded the people who tried to bring children to Christ, claiming Jesus didn’t want to be bothered. It seems the disciples never actually asked Jesus if he was ok to see the children, before scolding those who brought them. I wonder what made them think Jesus wouldn’t want to welcome the children?

Jesus was always willing to welcome anyone who wanted to come to him. We must we welcoming to those who want to seek God, so let’s make sure our church is open and welcoming to all who come through the door, regardless of their need, their background or indeed their past.

Have you ever stopped and thought what it would be like to be completely on your own, with all your family and friends have passed away?

That sounds such an awfully lonely place doesn’t it?

Well sadly there are many people in our world who find themselves in exactly those circumstances today. I wonder, what can we do to help them, so that they realise they are not on their own, and in fact are loved?

There are in fact many ways we can help people in our local communities who feel alone – Here’s a few suggestions:

  • We can become a volunteer in an organisation which helps the lonely and vulnerable people in your area.
  • We can give monetary donations to charities whose aim is to help or befriend those who feel alone.
  • We can pop in and visit people we know who are at risk of feeling alone – the elderly, those who have been bereaved of their life partner, single parents etc

As well as these suggestions, we can pray, because I believe praying for someone is the best thing we can do for someone.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

Do you remember the advert for Interflora, where the tag line was “Say it with flowers”?

This phrase came to mind a few days ago for some reason, though I’m not quite sure why. Anyway, it got me thinking again, not about flowers, but the things we do to tell others what they mean to us, or tell them how we feel, without actually saying anything.

So how would you tell someone what they mean to you, or how you feel about them?

  • Text
  • Messenger
  • Facebook
  • Music
  • Card
  • Email
  • Flowers
  • Cake
  • Photo

At the end of the day, does it really matter what method we use to tell someone what they mean to us, because the important thing is that we tell them!

We don’t know how many more chances we’ll have to tell someone how we feel about them, so tell them how you feel – tell them now, and tell them often.

There is no greater love than that of a Mother or Father for their child, and so here’s God’s love letter to us.