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Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions in our lives – sometimes they can make us question ourself and our beliefs, or even question our love from someone.

However just because you have to make a difficult decision, doesn’t mean it’s not the right decision.

Making the right decision should be of more concern to us than how difficult the decision is for us to make. When we love someone, making a decision that can affect their future or your relationship with them, can be the hardest thing ever.

Remember as long as the decision you make is the right one, that’s all that matters.

 

Where is God in your list of priorities?

Is he up there with your family and friends, or is he an after-thought that you just consider when you’re not busy, or at your wit’s end?

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again

God gave us life, he loves us unconditionally, he sacrificed His Son for us – doesn’t He deserve to be to high on your priority list? I’d suggest he deserves to be top of your priority list, as you are top of his!

The First and the Last

You are the first and the last
Beginning and the end
The promise of wonders to come
The future is in your hands
Caught in the light
With all the earth we will sing

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again
Caught in the love
With all we are let us sing

God our hope
And our salvation
Worthy of all the praise
Be our light everlasting
Great is your name
Jesus the first and the last

Show us the way of your love
Lead us toward the truth
Stir up the fire in us
To live out this life for you
Caught in your name
Jesus forever we’ll sing

Every heart
Every nation will hear the sound
As your light breaks through the darkness
And your name rings out
Every distant horizon will meet as one
Singing holy is your name
We sing holy is your name

Sitting in an empty room. Silence, apart from the ticking of the clock on the wall. It’s getting dark outside, but you don’t have the energy to stand up and put the light on. you’re actually enjoying the silence and the fact that no-one knows you’re there – No-one knows you’re sitting in the corner of a darkening room, enjoying the silence and the darkness.

Emptiness. Silence. They seem to go so well together. You don’t want the emptiness and the silence to end.

But then you realise just how dark the room has become, and the clock has moved on an hour since you were last aware of the time. You realise you’ve a million and one things you should be doing instead of just sitting in the darkness.

Question: Is there anything wrong with spending some time by yourself, sitting in the darkness, emptying your mind of all your worries and stresses?

Answer: I would have to say it sounds like a great thing to do – As it would free us from distractions around us, while giving us time to relax and refocus on what’s important to us. I’d also suggest it would be a good time to spend some quality time with God.

We can so often these days be so busy focusing on all the things on the periphery of our life, rather than concentrating on the important stuff. So if you find yourself on your own, in a darkening room, enjoy the emptiness and the quietness.

Ever got to a point with something, or someone, where you feel like you’re getting no-where, not getting the respect or recognition you feel you are worthy of, or you feel no-one would even notice if you didn’t turn up any more? Do you feel like quitting the task, event or even life, when you feel like this?

Even if this is how you feel, the good news is, that…

Our quitting point is God’s beginning point. ~ Woodrow Kroll

No matter how bad or how low we may feel, God is still there for us, and He will get us out of our darkest times, we simply must believe.

I really should have shared this song by Rend Collective earlier this year, as the song is set to the tune Auld Lang Syne.

For all that You have done, for us
For every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that You have done
But will we? We can often take God and all he does for us for granted, so today let’s take this opportunity to thank God for all he has done for us…and for all he continues to do for us.
In unity we’ll stand as one
As family we’ll go
Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand
Into the great unknown
When we remember God is with us, we can do anything, and that means everything God wants us to do is achievable, we just need to stand together with Him and other believers and we will achieve our goals.

Does time change how we see and feel things? Of course it does!

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. ~ Blaise Pascal

As time passes, our memory events change; we can start ‘making up’ bits of the event subconsciously, so that it either becomes far worse of much less difficult than it actually was at the time.

Time is a healer, so whatever quarrels or griefs you’re struggling with today, be assured that through time, the grief will be easier to cope with.

 

I came across the following quote by Joyce Meyer – What better words can there be to start a new year with:

God wants you to break free from your past and set your face toward your future with hope, courage, and expectation. And the best way I know to never give up on your future is to refuse to be trapped in your past.

We all have said and done things which we’re not proud of, and wish we could take back, but fortunately when it comes to God, He willingly forgives us, and wants us to look forward rather than back.

So at the start of this new year, no matter what previous years brought your way, look forward to 2018 and beyond with hope and expectation, knowing that your faith can help you break free from your past and start a new future with God this year.

You hold the future in your hands
You know my dreams and you have a plan
And as you light my way, I’ll follow you
My eyes on all of the above
My soul secure in all you’ve done
My minds made up
And you are the only one for me
Jesus, savior, in my life you are everything
My future decided, I will praise your name
And I know that I am, I am yours
Yeah, I know that I am, I am yours

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed 2018!

Thank you for following my blog, I pray that in this coming year I may challenge and inspire you, as well as giving you a laugh sometimes. Thank you for your support.

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2018 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all, both from your family and your friends, but even more so from God.

A new day and a brand new year has come, bringing with it opportunities to shine.

Yes, it’s Hogmanay, or new year’s eve, and it’s at this time of year  we look back over the year that is about to end, and also look forward to a brand new year. We look back at the past year of highs and lows, commit them to the past, and move forward into a brand new year, promising to make a new start, making changes in our lives to make a better future for ourselves.

This got me thinking about how this is almost what we do when we accept Christ as our Saviour and friend – We give all our past failures and sins to Him, and as we look forward to a life with Christ, we ask Him to be at the centre of all we do by letting Him not our hearts.

So this year as you look back over your life in 2017, consider whether there have been parts of it that you kept from God. If so, make a commitment to God today to let Him be at the centre of your life from now on. Let’s make 2018 the year we truly give our all to Christ.

How are you? Have you survived your Christmas Day?

Have a look around you, is there wrapping paper everywhere, toys scattered over the house, a pile of dirty dishes stacked in the sink and the bin full to overflowing?

Yes, in the excitement and busyness of Christmas Day, we can often discard things with the intention of clearing them up later. We then get up the following day, and wish we’d cleared up the previous night don’t we!

Just because Christmas Day and the celebrations associated with this special day are over, I pray we don’t discard Christ in the same way we discard the leftover wrapping paper and food. Christmas may be the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, but it’s also the day we celebrate the start of Jesus’ life, a life which he later sacrificed for us.

So although Christmas Day is now over, don’t let Christ fall out of your life, because His legacy is not just for you at Christmas, but for all of us throughout the whole year.