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We can often be guilty of expecting too much of ourselves or others, but are we actually guilty of expecting too much from God?

We can be guilty of taking the small, trivial things in our life to God, and ignoring some of the major situations/events/decisions in our life. But then when those more major things become real issues, we take them to God almost as a last resort.

I wonder why we do that? The simplest answer is probably because we’re human! We think we’re stronger or better than we actually are, and think we can deal with things on our own. It’s then only when things go wrong that we end up almost pleading with God to help us.

Is it because we know we should take our problems/worries to God that out of duty, we just take the small/trivial things to God rather than the big things?

This sounds like me sometimes, does it sound like you?

Why not join me today in acknowledging that we must take everything to God, big or small, because He has promised to hear all our prayers.

What more applicable words can there be in these times of uncertainty and fear, than these ones:

Dear lord and father of mankind forgive our foolish ways

With all the horrific events that have occurred around the world in recent times, all because man cannot live in peace with our fellow man, mean we are living in dark times. It’s the foolishness of man that has got this world into this state, not God’s.

Sadly though there are many who blame God for all these horrendous events questioning why he can let them happen. It’s up to us to inform these people that God is just as upset about what our fellow man is doing, as we are. So what can we do?

As we can do in any and all situations in life, we can pray – we can pray for our world, that despite the turmoil and uncertainty we see all around, God is still here, and He does still love each and every one of us. With God’s help we can change this world into a loving and caring world!

In spite of us, God manages to make some good in all of us

We may thing we make a positive contribution in all we do, but do we really?

God has plans for us, but sometimes we think we know better and do what we want to do instead of what He wants.

Have you noticed that when we go our own way, that’s when things don’t normally work out well. Yet God puts up with our stubbornness, and continues to find the good in us, despite our best attempts to sabotage His plans for us.

Imagine we were left to our own devices with no belief or knowledge of God…do you think you’d be half the person you are today?

Looking back on my life, there have been several times in my life when I could have completely turned away from God and gone my own way. However I’m pleased I stuck with God and allowed Him to mould my life further, as I believe I would never have achieved what I have without God by my side.

I’d urge you today, work with God, not against Him as He will help us find the good in ourselves.

Fear of failure – A scary feeling, but what causes us to be scared of failing?

There can be multiple reasons why we feel afraid of failure – Some may be because of something thing which happened in our childhood, or maybe an event which has happened more recently, in our adult life.

Is there something in your past that you can identify as your trigger which has subsequently caused you to be afraid of failure? There may not be a single event, but a series of events or situations that together cause you to fear failure.

Whatever our mistakes in our past that have triggered these feelings in us, we need to move on, wipe the slate clean, and remember we can make a new future full of positivity and confidence. We can choose to be afraid, or we can choose not to be.

How many times have you asked yourself that question?

I guess your answer to that question depends on the context because while we may not feel we are good enough, we are always good enough for God. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t want us to continue to be more like Him, it simply means God accepts us, just the way we are, faults and all – He doesn’t care that we have our faults and failings, because He still loves us.

Do you realise you are capable to perform a miracle today and every day?

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Posted: October 12, 2017 in life, love, music, Relationships, religion, words
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When the oceans rise and thunders roar, what do you do?

In times of difficulty and struggles, one thing which always helps is when someone we love puts their arms around us and hugs us. Imagine how it would feel if Jesus wrapped His arms around us and held us close to Him, wouldn’t that be so reassuring and comforting?

Nicky Gumbel recently shared this photo on social media:

I think in all the running around we do these days, going from one task to another, we can easily forget we’re here for a reason – God placed you just where you are to make an impact.

Matthew 5:16 ~ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Today I’m following up on from Saturday’s blog post (Volunteers) where I asked you to support and encourage those who volunteer in our communities and churches.

Everyone in a leadership role in our communities or churches, whether volunteering or employed, have to make decisions about the group or community they are responsible for. That in itself can be difficult, as just like in any walk of life, not everyone will agree with decisions they make. However that doesn’t give us the right to challenge or confront the leader, as just as I said on Saturday, they are the one that has been approved to have the leadership role, and therefore their decisions should be respected.

For example when it comes to leadership of a music group, the leader may want the group to sing/play a piece of music at a faster or slower speed than the music indicates, or maybe they want it played quieter or louder than the music states – Does that make the leader wrong?

Of course it doesn’t! The leader hasn’t simply decided to lead the piece of music in a particular way for no reason, they feel their interpretation of the music will add to the performance, and therefore their the group should accept their leader’s guidance.

Respect your leaders, regardless of whether they are paid or volunteers, because they do a difficult job, and therefore need your support and encouragement.

I don’t think most of us realise how amazing we are – We focus on all the things about ourselves that we don’t like, and would want to change; We see the negatives and ignore all the positives about ourselves.

For me, as a perfectionist, and therefore expect me to do everything perfectly all the time, or I am disappointed and annoyed at myself. Having recognised this a while ago, I’m not nearly as hard on myself as I used to be, however I still do not considered myself to be amazing, as I continue to see all my imperfections.

How about you, how do you see yourself? Amazing, imperfect, a work in progress…

A much as we are all different, with different personalities, underneath we’re all the same – God created each of us individually, with amazing personalities and amazing prospects for our future!

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

Let’s celebrate how amazing we are today!

I am amazing by Philippa Hanna

I don’t wanna waste anymore time in the mirror
Watching my face never change I don’t feel beautiful today
I don’t waste anymore hard earned cash on these ‘miracles’
That never change the way I feel, don’t make me beautiful today
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise…

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change
I’m gonna stay just the way God made me

I’m not gonna take
Anymore of these lies they’ve been feeding me
Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today
With my feet on solid ground
I’m gonna turn it all around
Because it’s time I realised I’m truly beautiful inside
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise…

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change
I’m gonna stay just the way God made me

And who am I to say that I could do a better job than him?

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

Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today