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What do you do when you’re going through the hardest of times:

  • Hide away from others;
  • Sit in a darkened room alone;
  • Think God has deserted you;
  • Stop communicating with others;
  • Become short-tempered with everyone;

While some or all of those things may be what you want to do when you’re going through a very tough time, here’s what you should do:

Somethings we face in life can seem like immovable mountains. However that doesn’t mean that they are impassable, after all even the highest of mountains in the world have been conquered by man.

Just as the highest of mountains can now be scaled and passed when you have the right equipment and support team, so even the biggest of life challenges can be overcome when we trust God to give us the support we need.

Why you?

Posted: September 16, 2018 in life, love, personnel characteristics, quotes, Relationships, religion
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How many times have you asked yourself, ‘Why me?’, when bad things happen? But have you ever asked yourself, ‘Why me?’, when great things happen to you?

I guess for me, I probably don’t have a ‘Why me’ moment when good things happen, because I know they happen because God is in control. Therefore when someone questions you about God, and why he loves them, make sure you tell let them know God loves every single one of us:

If anyone ever questions why God would save you, tell them he’d save you for the same reason he’d save them…because he loves you.

In the last couple of days I’ve been talking about how we need to shine our light in this dark world. In order for a light to shine, it needs to get its power or energy from somewhere, so where do we get our energy from to shine our light?

The answer can be found in John 8:12:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

To make sure we have the power/energy to shine our light we must trust God. When we follow Him, he will give us the strength and guidance to shine our light.

Make sure you have the power to shine your light, so trust God and in return He will give you the light of life.

Here’s one of my favourite Salvation Army band pieces called The Light of the World (Dean Goffin). It features the hymn tune Aurelia which in this piece of music we associate with the following words:

O Jesus, Thou art standing, outside the fast closed door,
In lowly patience waiting to pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us, to keep Him standing there!

O Jesus, Thou art knocking; and lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle, and tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge, so patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal, so fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, Thou art pleading in accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children, and will you treat Me so?”
O Lord, with shame and sorrow we open now the door;
Dear Saviour, enter, enter, and leave us nevermore.

Shine again

Posted: September 13, 2018 in faith, life, music, religion, self improvement, words
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Did you catch the words of the song Shine by the Newsboys that I’ve shared here?

Shine.
Make ’em wonder whatcha got.
Make ’em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored.
Shine.
Let it shine before all men.
Let em see good works and then
Let em glorify the Lord.

Are you shining for God? Can others see Christ in you?

If others can’t see Christ in you, how will they ever know or understand how much God loves them?

Has your light for God gone our recently, is it time to relight your faith, and let Christ back into your life?

If so, Christ will forgive you for leaving him and will welcome you with open arms, so let your light shine bright for God once again.

The other week in our morning worship we were challenged to go outside our church and shine our light in this dark world, so others will know Christ is at the centre of all we do. We were challenged to consider how we could shine our light and this got me thinking…

  1. Do others see Christ in me, or do they see something else?
  2. Am I swinging my light for Christ?
  3. Am I sharing my faith with those I come into contact with?

Some challenging questions there, some that have been going round in my head since we were challenged to shine our light.

I know I’m far from perfect. I know I’m not very good at vocalising my faith. I started the blog a few years ago because I felt it was what I wanted to do – I intended my blog to be about me, the things I did in life, my observations, maybe even my challenges. However God had other ideas, as within a short time of started to blog, I found I was blogging every day, and most of my posts were about my faith, being a Christian, or the challenges we face in life as Christians.

So my blog hasn’t turned out to as I planned it to be, but I pray it has trued out as God wanted it to be, a way for me to shine my light for God through my posts.

Today’s blog post is a follow-up from yesterday’s blog post Shared Scars. Today is about how we get some of those scars – from our life experiences, both joyful and challenging.

I’ve found myself in the past that when I thought I was doing ok, and kind of put God into the background of my life instead of keeping him in at the centre of my life, that was when the most challenging part of my life began!

God knew I had moved away from me, and even when I went through the darkest of times in my life, instead of turning back to him, I simply thought he’d deserted me, so continued to ignore him. Now looking back on that time I realises that during that time I went through this experience

When I came out the other side of that very dark time in my life, I began to realise that it wasn’t me who got me through that time, it wasn’t my friends or family, it was God. He hadn’t deserted me during that time, instead he’d been at my side the whole time, and had in fact lead me through those dark days, and led me to the light.

I learned from that time in my life. I learned that I can’t live my life without God at the centre of it. I now know that even when I have some difficult times, God is still with me, and will guide me through those each days.

I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made in my life, have you?

Do you think it’s important to share your life experiences with others?

Do you think it’s important to share your Christian experiences with others?

The answer, in my opinion, to both those questions is, of course it is, how else to others learn from our mistakes and our rewarding moments!

If by sharing something of my experiences through my blog, I can stop one person from making the same mistakes I’ve made in life, my blogging has been worthwhile.

Or if through something I say in my blog posts, just one person is challenged to find God for themselves, my blogging has been worthwhile.

Big

Posted: September 9, 2018 in depression, faith, life, quotes, religion, stress, words
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How big is your faith?

If you were to print the word faith in the size of your faith, how big would it be?

 

Did you choose one?

Does the size of the word you chose really represent the size of your faith? For me it doesn’t, as my faith is strong now than it’s ever been, so no size of lettering could represent how strong my faith is.

Having said all that, no matter how strong your faith is, it doesn’t mean we’ll have an easy life. In fact it couldn’t be further from the truth, just ask any Christian!

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.

Sometimes a gift may be a just what we always wanted.

Sometimes that always wanted gift will be the only always wanted gift you’ll ever receive, so cherish it and keep that memory special.