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When we’re not confident about ourselves, our looks, our personality, our ability to do our job etc we can let the most innocent of comments really affect us.

Sometimes we even let those comments nag at us until we can blow the comment out of proportion and let it make us feel worthless.

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, remember you are amazing!

God made each one of us. He planned our life before us. He planned how we look, our personality, our abilities, our spiritual gifts. So never listen to those who doubt you, because God knows what he’s doing, and has made you the amazing individual you are today.

Believe in God, and believe in his plan for you.

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

I did, at one point in my life, wonder if there really was any reason to carry on living. There seemed to be one problem or issue after another in every aspect of my life, that I just could see how I would ever get through that time.

Having got through that very difficult time, I realised that those days when I should have let God take full control of my life, were the days when I completely ignored God, because it seemed to me as if he had forgotten me. I really should have known better, after all I’d heard so many time before how God is always with us and has a plan for each of us. I forgot God’s timing wasn’t necessarily my desired timing, and so instead of trusting God, I turned away from him.

My faith is now stronger than ever as I know now I only got through those difficult days because God did not desert me. I also am now confident that God really does have a plan for me, and therefore I want to fulfil his plan for my life – I therefore have a reason to live because I believe in God.

So believe in God because He alone gives us a reason to live!

In many sports it’s clear that a team or player deliberately target what they feel are their opponent’s vulnerabilities or weaknesses. It’s clear why they do that, as in sport it all about the win isn’t it?

Vulnerabilities don’t just exist when a sport is being played, they exist in our every aspect of our lives. None of us are perfect, we all have weakness, and that is why in our lives we often find ourselves being targeted by the devil. The devil sees when we are weak and puts doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us. He’s great at targeting our weaknesses, but we can overcome the devil’s attack on us by putting our faith firmly in God, and letting Him take away all our burdens and strengthen our weaknesses. God will help us become better and stronger people by helping us learn from our weaknesses and become stronger in our faith.

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!

There are things we all fear, but there are also things specific to each of us, that we fear. For example:

  • fear of failure;
  • fear of growing old;
  • fear of making a fool of yourself;
  • fear of being alone.

Whatever your specific fears, don’t let them overwhelm you! Instead focus on your dreams, and believe you can achieve them. Positive thoughts, make positive results, so be led by the dreams in your heart.

Chaos – The word normally makes us think of unwanted disorganisation or confusion.

Are you the kind of person who likes or enjoys chaos, or do you prefer everything to be planned and scheduled so you always know what and when things will happen?

While I admit to being someone who like to be organised, and have a plan or list of tasks, I also must admit I like a little bit of chaos sometimes…but just a little bit! There’s something kind of invigorating and refreshing about not knowing what’s going to happen next, or even when it’s going to happen. However for me, it’s got to still be a ‘controlled’ chaos, particularly if it’s chaos in an area or subject matter I am involved in.

Why? Because I’m a perfectionist, and so I like order, planning and someone to be in control.

I will admit that a little bit of chaos is probably good for me sometimes, as it takes me out of my comfort zone, and make me deal with or cope with a situation or circumstances I’m not comfortable with. Getting outside our comfort zone, can be good for us all sometimes. I just hope I don’t have to cope with too many chaotic situations though!

How many times when you were younger did your parents shout to you, “Are you ready to go?”

Throughout our lives we have to get ourselves ready for time for specific events or meetings. Are you the kind of person who likes to be ready on time, or are you someone who rushes around at the last minutes, or are you the person who always turns up a few minutes late?

When I was younger I used to always be running at the last-minute to get to events or meetings, but these days I’m the complete opposite as I always try to be early for everything I’m expected to attend.

However, just because I like to be ready in time for events, doesn’t always mean I’m fully prepared! I might have got myself to the events or meeting place on time, but it doesn’t mean I’ve done all the preparatory work I should have done. When this happens, I never quite get out the event or meeting what I hoped, and that is the lesson I’ve learned…that I need to make sure I’m fully prepared.

Are you trying to achieve big things?

No matter how big or small the changes you’re trying to make, there’s no point in trying to change lots of things at the same time. If you did that it would just cause chaos, and you wouldn’t know what worked and what didn’t.

So instead start by changing one small thing at a time, then another and another. Before you know it you’ll have made a huge different by making significant changes, one small step at a time.

The future 

Posted: December 4, 2017 in life, music, planning, religion
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Ever wondered what lies ahead for you?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d like to know what lies ahead, especially if it was something negative. I know there are people who say they can see into, or predict the future, but do we really want to know what the future holds for us?

God has already planned our future, so I for one am happy to leave the future in His hands.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Lunch
  2. Notebook
  3. Agenda
  4. Pouch
  5. Stand
  6. Frame
  7. Thermometer
  8. Rice
  9. Duck
  10. Castlewords

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Ladies
  2. Design
  3. Plan
  4. Music
  5. Sore feet
  6. Photo
  7. Heating
  8. Chinese
  9. Swim
  10. Capital

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!