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A couple of days ago in Vulnerable, I spoke about how we shouldn’t let ourselves become spiritually vulnerable, because God is always there for us. But maybe we need to look a bit more closely at what being vulnerable means – Here’s the dictionary definition:

Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Emotionally vulnerable…

That’s a phrase that sends a cold shiver down my spine, as that’s something I really find difficult to cope with, even though I know God is always with me.

I’ve never been comfortable showing my emotions publicly. In fact I’d go as far as saying it’s one of my worst nightmares, to fall apart in public! Therefore, when I’m feeling emotional, I feel vulnerable, and when I feel vulnerable, I feel more emotional…a vicious circle.

I know I’m not the only person who doesn’t like feeling vulnerable. So I’m guessing I’m not alone feeling isolated, alone and embarrassed when I’m emotional and vulnerable.

When we feel vulnerable we must remind ourselves that we are never ever alone, even when it feels like the world is ignoring us, because God is always at our side. We simply need to trust Him…I just need to remember to take my own advice!

Whether you play or watch sports, I’m sure you’ve heard players or teams talking about finding and targeting their opponent’s weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Yes players and team target their opponents vulnerabilities in an attempt to gain an advantage over them, so they can beat them.

Just as our sporting opponents target our weaknesses, so the devil targets our vulnerabilities. He sees when we are weak and places doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us.

The devil is good at targeting our weaknesses, but we must always remember God is even better at helping us to learn from our weaknesses and in doing so become stronger in our faith.

 

When we hope for something, it can be just a pipe-dream, or it can be because it’s something that we truly believe will become reality.

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:114 NIV

When we have hope, it makes life easier to cope with doesn’t it.

If it’s God we place our hope and trust in, we will never be disappointed, because He will never let us down, because He loves us and gives us hope for the future.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

Personality

Posted: August 3, 2017 in life, personnel characteristics, religion, words
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Have you ever heard someone say, “That person has no personality”?

But that can’t really be true can it, because we each have our individually personalities. Maybe some of the words in the picture below describe you?

Are any of those personality traits contradictions if they’re found in the same person?

We may not have very appealing personality traits, or may have personality traits we wish we didn’t have, but each and every one of us has a personality.

If your personality isn’t what you want it to be, it is possible to change the person you are.

Be the person you want to be.

Be the person God wants you to be.

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt out of place? It can find it awkward and difficult to know what to do and say to try to fit it.

Have you ever been in a situation where not only did you feel out of place, but you weren’t accepted at all? That can be very difficult and upsetting to cope with.

It may be hard to believe, but Jesus experienced that. He wasn’t accepted by ‘his own people’! But what we must remember is that those that did accept Jesus are saved. In the same way, if we accept Jesus, we too can be saved.

Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God. ~ John 1:12-13 The Living Bible

Sometimes the people you want to be friends with, just aren’t the ones you’ll ever be friends with.

Sometimes the ones who want to be your friend when everyone ;gets you down, are the ones you least expected to be your friend.

That’s why there’s no point trying to force friendships to happen, because only when a friendship is right, will it work and real lasting friendships be formed.

I may not be the most outgoing of people. I may not share my feelings or emotions. I may not share what I’m thinking. None of those things mean I am blind or deaf to what is going on around me.

 

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. ~ Hebrews 11:1 (The Living Bible)

It can be hard to have faith in someone or something even when we can see them, so surely it’s harder to have faith in someone we cannot see, God? We maybe cannot see the person God, but we can see His creation, the results of His actions, the result of others having faith in Him, we read of others faith in Him in the bible…between all these things, that must be more than enough to encourage us have faith in God, isn’t it?

What does it mean to have faith in God?

Here’s what it says in Hebrews 11:3 (The living bible):

By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen.

Do you believe in “things that can’t be seen”? Is your faith in God strong enough to get you through all life is throwing your way?

Have faith, because God will always be with you.

You’ve just been on holiday from work for over 2 weeks, it’s the night before you’re due back in the office, how do you feel?

Well this was me last night, Sunday night, and my main feeling was, “Do I have to go back to work tomorrow?” Why is it that just like weekends, time off work, always seems to fly in, but the weekdays when you are working seem to take forever?

It’s on days like this that I wish I could just decide not to go back to work again, but unfortunately that for me, like many of you, is not an option.

During my time off, I’ve managed to completely forget about work, and all the things that are outstanding, or that I have to sort out or organise when I go back to work. Even now (Sunday night), I’m still trying my best not to think about the hundreds of emails that’ll be sitting in my inbox when I login in the morning, or how many of them I need to respond to, and how many meetings have been added to my calendar in my absence etc etc.

Oh I’m not looking forward to going back to work, not because I don’t like the work I do, because I do, but because I’ve been enjoying spending some quality time with hubby. It’s been good not to have any pressing engagements or things to do, and just being able to decide on a daily basis what we wanted to do that day…I could get used to that!

Anyway, by the time you’re reading this I will hopefully have survived my first day back at work; my two weeks off will now seem like weeks ago already; and I’ll already be counting down to next weekend already!

Hope you all have a great week, whatever and wherever you find yourselves.