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When someone has no hope, they are at their lowest possible point. Sadly the world contains many people these days who, if asked, would say they have no hope, either for themselves or for this world.

For those of us who believe in God and believe that Christ died for us, we know there is hope for this world, if the world can find Jesus. It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell the world that there is hope, and that that hope comes from Jesus.

Jesus is our Living Hope.

When you’re alone with someone, whether you know them or not, how does it feel if there are a few minutes of complete silence when neither of you say a word?

Time is one of those strange things that although every second passes the same for each of us, one person may feel time has stood still another may feel as if it’s going by extra quickly.

Here’s a quote a came across from Henry Van Dyke which illustrates this:

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read:

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.

I’m sure we’ve all heard people say things such as:

  • You’ll be my friend forever
  • I’ll be eternally grateful if you could…
  • I’ll remember what you’ve done forever
  • I’ll always be there for you

I’m sure when those words are said, the person saying them has meant them. In reality though we are all human, after a period of time we often do not remember those statements that we said we’d keep forever and therefore we break them.

I’m sure we’ve also all had someone say to us that they know exactly how we feel, when we’re going though a tough time. But is it really possible for another person to truly know exactly how we feel?! I don’t know what your circumstances are at present, but here’s some words someone once said to me when I was going through a difficult time – “If you’re going through a tough or difficult time, don’t stop, just keep going“.

Tough times are temporary so no matter how difficult we may be finding life, we must always keep going. Remember, God put us on this earth for a reason, he planned out our life before we were born. And he knows what or how we’re feeling or thinking even before we know ourselves.

Sometimes it takes a brush with eternity – a crash, an illness, some shock to the system – to get you really thinking about what you want to do with your limited time here, and why you’re living on this wobbling dirt cloud in the first place. ~ Hampton Sides

Our time on this earth may be limited, but we god has planned our life out for us, we just need to follow his direction and he will stay by our side both in this life and for eternity.

2 Timothy 1:9

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

While we can’t always rely on others keeping promises to be there for us, or remember us forever, however God will. God’s love for us will stand the test of time and His love will last for time and eternity, all we need to do is trust Him.

I hope you enjoy listening to Bellshill Salvation Army band featuring Alex Ramsay on cornet and Chris Shanks on euphonium, playing Time and Eternity:

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

When I was 8 years old and my little sister was a baby, my father gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera. Maybe he wanted to give me something to keep me constructively occupied, or maybe he knew something about me that I didn’t yet know about myself. At any rate, that one gift changed my life. I photographed everything. It started my passion for measuring and engaging with my world ― something that defines me even to this day.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple gift can completely change someone’s life for the better. This person ended up finding their passion because of the gift. What a great gift!

Psalm 138:3 (Living bible) ~ When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.

God’s strength is perfect. He gives us encouragement when we can see only darkness. He gives us strength when we are weak. He gives us everything we need, even during our darkest of days.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind,
I will listen and
I will be here when the laughter turns to cryin’
Through the winning, losing and tryin’
We’ll be together ’cause I will be here

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

I once had such an epic fight with one of my best friends that we didn’t speak for years. Then we found each other again, and all has been well in the decade since. But the stupidity of that rift always pained me, and I guess it bothered him, too: For Christmas a few years after we made up, he gave me a silver box containing an old typewriter’s backspace key— he’d pried it off his vintage Underwood—and a note that said, ‘If only it worked on everything.’ 

Isn’t that a beautiful story about such a thoughtful gift from one friend to another all because they had lost contact for a number of years. It just shows that some friendships, even if you don’t talk or see one another for years, can still be just as strong many years later.

Yesterday in Perfect Timing I reminded you that God answers all our praise, in His time, because His timing is perfect.

Because God’s timing is perfect, it can seem as if He doesn’t answer our prayers just because He doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect or want Him to.

We must always remember that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and therefore He knows better than us what is best for us. So trust God, because is timing and His answers are always perfect.

People will come and go from our lives, particularly during the difficult times. But thankfully, God stays with us always, and loves us always.

Even when it feels as if God isn’t answering our questions or helping us through our difficulties, God is helping us by loving us throughout every day.

In a world where so many awful things happen all over the world on a daily basis, is it any wonder we don’t feel safe. But as Christians we have no need to fear:

We are in God’s presence always, so as long as we believe in Him we need not fear what lies ahead for us or our family and friends.

How many times have you heard someone say, “If they could see me now…”? – I even asked that question just a few weeks ago in See Me!

When it comes to God, we don’t need to think about that question, as God see us all the time, and knows everything we do or think, long before we even know ourselves.

We must always remember God is watching over us, he sees the small indiscretions that we think no-one will know about, he hears the unkind word uttered in anger behind a closed-door, he knows the temptations we face. That makes it even more important that we acknowledge all the things we say or do that we shouldn’t, and seek God’s forgiveness.

God can see us, and knows and understand everything we face.

Do you feel as if you belong?

That might seem a strange question, but for some they never really feel as if they truly belong anywhere. They don’t feel accepted wherever they are or by whoever they are with.

Whether you know it or not, and whether you feel it or not, we all belong to God’s family. God loves each and every one of us, so in His family, we are all equal. God is reaching out to each of us, so let Him reach out to you and help you feel like you belong to His family.