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How many time has someone said to something like, “You wouldn’t know what it’s like to suffer, as you’re a Christian”? Just because we believe in God, doesn’t mean we are immune from facing problems or difficulties in our lives. In fact, we’re just the same as everyone else, we can experience hurt, bereavement, ill-health, depression, abuse etc.

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him ~ Philippians 1:29 (NIV)

Just because we’re Christians, doesn’t mean we’ll have an easy life where every relationship will be great, or our health will never fail us, or others won’t hurt us. But, because we believe in God, we are assured that we never have to face any problem on our own, because He will give us the strength to get through every difficulty we face.

Wounds can cause severe pain. When they start to heal the pain normally tends to subside. However that is normally only true for physical wounds.

Not everyone suffers severe physical wounds during their lifetime, but everyone suffers severe emotional or psychological trauma during their lifetime. Its those wounds which often never really heal – The severe pain may dull over time, but the emotional distress or trauma never really goes away.

Many physical wounds or the consequences of them can be seen by others in the way someone walks or moves. However emotional wounds are often not visible to others, and often not even known by others. We can all be good at putting on our public face, and ‘hiding’ how we really feel from others. In doing so that can often stop our emotional wounds from healing, as often sharing our pain or wounds with others, can help us – It never stops the wounds from hurting, but just knowing someone else knows how we feels, and cares about us, can be enough to help our emotional wounds heal just a little bit.

 

It’s not about trying to change everyone and everything, as there’s no way we can achieve all that, even with God’s help. However we can make a difference in individual lives – When we change one life for the better, we have done a good job.

Go on change a life today by making someones day, then do the same tomorrow, and then the same the next day, and the next again. We can make a difference!

 

Yes, I’ve been called a lot of things over the years, some I couldn’t repeat on here, but these words are true, and I would never deny it, I am bonkers!

Why you think I’m bonkers may vary from one person to the next – but one thing is for sure, I’m still me!

If you recognise that I am bonkers, maybe you see a bit of me in you, so maybe you’re bonkers too! 

As I’ve said many times before in my blog posts, life can be hard at times. It is even harder when doing the same thing can mean you’re either courageous or stupid! So how on earth are we supposed to be clever enough to work out when taking an action is courageous or whether it’s stupid?

Answer: We’re not! Sometimes it’s just luck whether an action turns our to be courageous or stupid. One thing is certain though, if we seek God’s guidance in everything we do, He will help us make the right decisions and hopefully help our actions to be courageous rather than stupid.

What is the purpose or aim of our time here on earth?

Are we here to simply get by, or only do things which we can see will benefit ourselves?

I hope and pray that I can be the kind of person described in this picture

Let’s all try and add value to every situation we find ourselves in by being or doing just what those around you need you to be.

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.

My first-grade teacher, Mr. Applebaum, noticed that I liked to draw more than the typical 7-year-old, so one day he gave me a blue three-ring binder full of blank loose-leaf paper. It was the first sketchbook I ever owned. More than 30 years later, I’ve filled hundreds of them. Sure, it was just a bunch of paper, but what he really gave me was the idea that my passion for drawing was worth pursuing. I’m a cartoonist today, and I might not have been without that encouragement. Thanks, Mr. Applebaum, wherever you are.  ~ Dan Meth (illustrator)

Sometimes a gift may be a just what you need to start you on what ultimately becomes your career. When that happens, you know your gift has come from someone special!

Freak!

Posted: July 3, 2019 in life, music, personnel characteristics, religion, words
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Two descriptions of a freak

  • Sometime a person is referred to as a freak when their behaviour or attitude is very different from that of the majority of people; or
  • A person that is extremely unusual and not like any other person.

If someone called you a ‘Jesus freak’ would you take it as a compliment?

These days the use of the word ‘freak’ is normally considered to be a degrading, but based on the two definitions I gave of a ‘freak’, I would consider being called a ‘Jesus freak’, a compliment! How about you?

 

“Don’t worry”, easy words to say, but ones that can be particularly difficult to put into action. Even when we believe God is with us through everything, those words, “Don’t worry”, can still be hard to accept.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Talk to God about it, tell Him how difficult you find it not to worry. He can ease your stress by calming your heart and mind and giving your inner peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19-20 NIV

We seem to live life at 100 miles an hour these days. We get up in the morning, rush to get ready and out the house, then rush from one place to another, from one task to another, until we reach the end of the day and finally lay down to sleep.

Maybe it’s because we rush around so much, that it feels like we no longer want to stop and listen to what others say, but instead we’re quick to pass judgement on others without knowing the facts.

It’s time to slow down. It’s time to make time for others.

It’s time to listen to what others want to say – you may be the only person they feel they can confide in.

It’s time to listen to what God wants to say to you – He’s been trying to talk to you but you’ve been too busy to listen.

It’s time to speak words of comfort and encourage to others – they may be just the words someone needs to hear to make feel their life is worth living.

It’s time to keep our temper, and not get angry or annoyed with others, just because they don’t say or do what you expect or want.

Be patience, be understanding, be who and what God desires.