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I’m sure many of us have said at some point, “This is hopeless”, many when we’ve trying to do something for while but despite your best attempts you haven’t succeeded and you’re getting frustrated. Our use of the word “hopeless” in those types of situations isn’t really what I want us to think about today.

Sadly there are many people in the world for whom life itself seems hopeless – maybe because they  have no money, no food, limited clothing, no job, maybe they are seriously ill, suffered a bereavement, a broken relationship, maybe they are lonely…the possibilities are endless.

When someone else looks at the lives of someone who feels hopeless, the chances are they won’t see someone without hope, but instead they will see someone who’s maybe down on their luck just now, and simply needs a break.

Jesus sees hope in every situation, and in every life. So if you feel life is hopeless, remember Jesus, because He alone can bring hope to broken lives.

Full of hope

Posted: May 24, 2018 in cross, death, hope, life, love, quotes
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If I were to ask you what one thing represents hope to you, what would you say?

For me it comes back to the cross, and more specifically, the empty cross – Because of Jesus we have hope for a brighter tomorrow where our sins have been washed away and we all believe that God loves each one of us.

Does the cross mean anything to you?

Does the empty cross mean anything to you?

It gives hope and means the world to me.

We can sometimes feel as if we’re drowning with all that’s expected of us these days. It can be difficult to keep your head above water at times, but if we believe in hope, and believe in Jesus, we can get through.

Just keep believing in Jesus!

When someone has no hope, they are at their lowest possible point. Sadly the world contains many people these days who, if asked, would say they have no hope, either for themselves or for this world.

For those of us who believe in God and believe that Christ died for us, we know there is hope for this world, if the world can find Jesus. It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell the world that there is hope, and that that hope comes from Jesus.

Jesus is our Living Hope.

When you’re alone with someone, whether you know them or not, how does it feel if there are a few minutes of complete silence when neither of you say a word?

Time is one of those strange things that although every second passes the same for each of us, one person may feel time has stood still another may feel as if it’s going by extra quickly.

Here’s a quote a came across from Henry Van Dyke which illustrates this:

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read:

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

I’m sure we’ve all heard people say things such as:

  • You’ll be my friend forever
  • I’ll be eternally grateful if you could…
  • I’ll remember what you’ve done forever
  • I’ll always be there for you

I’m sure when those words are said, the person saying them has meant them. In reality though we are all human, after a period of time we often do not remember those statements that we said we’d keep forever and therefore we break them.

I’m sure we’ve also all had someone say to us that they know exactly how we feel, when we’re going though a tough time. But is it really possible for another person to truly know exactly how we feel?! I don’t know what your circumstances are at present, but here’s some words someone once said to me when I was going through a difficult time – “If you’re going through a tough or difficult time, don’t stop, just keep going“.

Tough times are temporary so no matter how difficult we may be finding life, we must always keep going. Remember, God put us on this earth for a reason, he planned out our life before we were born. And he knows what or how we’re feeling or thinking even before we know ourselves.

Sometimes it takes a brush with eternity – a crash, an illness, some shock to the system – to get you really thinking about what you want to do with your limited time here, and why you’re living on this wobbling dirt cloud in the first place. ~ Hampton Sides

Our time on this earth may be limited, but we god has planned our life out for us, we just need to follow his direction and he will stay by our side both in this life and for eternity.

2 Timothy 1:9

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

While we can’t always rely on others keeping promises to be there for us, or remember us forever, however God will. God’s love for us will stand the test of time and His love will last for time and eternity, all we need to do is trust Him.

I hope you enjoy listening to Bellshill Salvation Army band featuring Alex Ramsay on cornet and Chris Shanks on euphonium, playing Time and Eternity:

Boldly

Posted: May 20, 2018 in life, music, religion, words
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When we do something boldly, we do it without fear, but with confidence and courage, showing a willingness to take risks.

We know God has forgiven us of all our sins, so I think we have the right to be able to boldly approach Him because of that.

This is the art of celebration
Knowing we’re free from condemnation
Oh praise the One, praise the One
Who made an end to all my sin

So let’s be bold today, and be welcomed into God’s open arms.

Calm my fears

Posted: May 18, 2018 in depression, life, music, religion, stress, trust, words
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It’s hard to talk when I feel that you are near,
When all is quiet it’s the beauty that I hear,
This hidden place where I know that you calm my fears
I know that you’ve washed my tears

Whatever you are going through, whatever you are feeling, God is there for you.

God can calm your mind and soul and give you the strength to face your deepest fears.

Trust in God because He alone can calm your fears.

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