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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!

When someone promises never to leave you, it can be hard to believe that they really mean it, especially because we don’t know what lies ahead. However, we can rely on God to be with us forever.

No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. ~ Joshua 1:5 (New living translation)

Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9 (Living bible)

At the start each day, it’s important thank God for another day, and ask Him to be with us throughout our day. No matter what we face each day, if we go into it in the knowledge that God is by our side, we can be confident that we can get through anything!

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

When you need help with a burst pipe in your house, you can a plumber.

When you feel ill and need medical help, you go to a doctor or a hospital.

When you’re car breaks down and you need help fixing it, you take your car to a garage.

How about when you’re going through some difficult times in your life, who do you call?

God alone can give us the strength we need to face each day, and face each trouble head on.

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.

How many times have you delayed doing something because there appears to be no urgency to do anything?

How many times having not done anything, have you then regretted taking no action?

We don’t know what the future holds for us or those around us, so don’t put of doing something today just because you think you’ll still be able to do it tomorrow. Tomorrow may be too late, and then you’ll spend your life regretting your lack of action.

The same applies to our relationship with God, don’t delay in giving your life to Him, because when  you give him your life, you will get the reassurance that He will give you everlasting life. What greater reward could we ever want!

 

An old one but just as true today as it was when I first saw it many years ago:

One of these days customers will be able to explain in Plain English what they actually want. And maybe on that day, the analyst might understand Plain English, so they build a usable solution that the customer actually wanted and still needs.

Happy designing 🙂