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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ~ Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

Catch

Posted: November 15, 2018 in bible, life, love, mercy, religion, trust, words
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We can find in a lot of things these days that thing that seems too good to be true, usually are. i.e. When it sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a catch!

While many things offered to us by others can often come with a catch, there is one thing in life that comes with no catch…God’s love!

Here’s some very well-known words from 1 John 4:16 which remind us that God loves us:

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

No matter your past, no matter your current life, God loves you and can help you make your future.

We can sometimes wonder why God doesn’t always give us what we ask for. But we just need to remind ourselves that in every situation and circumstance, God knows best. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it and will provide it in His time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

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.

So when you question God’s decisions, remind yourself of the words in this picture, because God knows us better than we know ourselves, so He does know what is best for us, so trust Him.

I’m do not profess to be a marriage expert, but I’m sure like many, I have heard many descriptions of what marriage means, and what makes a marriage work. This photo is probably one of the best I’ve seen for some time, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the quote is from the bible.

 

Doing everything

Posted: November 1, 2018 in bible, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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We can do all we want, but if don’t appreciate what we’re doing or why we’re doing it, are we really “doing everything”?

Yes, we need to live our life how God wants us to. However if we don’t do it willingly, or don’t understand why we’re doing it, we really aren’t doing what God wants us to do – We need to enjoy living our life for God, and in doing so we will automatically find we are thanking God for his love and direction in our life.

In the first part of this blog post (At the heart of life #1) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning. Today I want to continue to talk about the heart, but this time about how important the heart is in our relationship with God.

There are many bible verses about how our heart is so important in our relationship with God.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! ~ John 14:27 (TPT)

God wants us to give Him our heart – Yesterday we discovered that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body, so it should be no surprise to us that God considers our heart to be so important in our relationship with Him. If we don’t give him our all – all our feels and emotions, which come from our heart, how can we truly say we’ve given our all to God?

When our heart is full of God’s love, we are capable of anything because God is in control. So give God your heart and He can give you the love and strength to get through any situation or circumstances. Let God be your guide and strength by giving him your heart today.

Receive

Posted: October 17, 2018 in belief, bible, Internet, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
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Have you ever been waiting for something to be delivered, and become very impatient when it doesn’t arrive when expected? In these days when we can order things on-line for delivery later that same day, I suspect we’ve all found ourselves in that situation, but hopefully not too often!

Just as we can become impatient when deliveries do not arrive when we expect them, so we can become frustrated with God when he doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect Him to, or in the way we want him to.

Shame on us for thinking that though, as God will always answer our prayers:

Mark 11:24 (The Passion translation)

This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

Whenever we ask God for anything, we simply need to believe He will answer our request, and God will deliver in His time – which may or may not be in the timescale we were expecting.

Have you noticed how whenever there are young children about, they always seem to be at the centre of everyone’s attention. We all want a cuddle from the child, or the child to reach out to us for help or guidance.

So maybe today’s bible verses that relate to the ‘faith of a child’, are more about our faith than actually the faith of a child. Today’s verses are from Mark 9:36-37 (TPT)

He wrapped the child in his arms and said to them, “Whoever welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes not only me, but the one who sent me.”

We we can’t accept the innocence of a child with open arms, how can we accept other who have life experiences behind them, and therefore have their failures and flaws. So we are expected to treat everyone as a child, in other words, accept them unconditionally, ignoring anything that may distract us from accepting them.

I want to look at another verse from scripture today that relates to the ‘faith of a child’.

 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life ~ 1 Peter 2 (TPT)

Babies need nourish of milk from their mothers to flourish and grow physically. So comparing how we grow spiritually, to how babies need nourishment is such a great way to remind us that just as a baby must receive nourishment to grow, so we must receive spiritual nourishment so our faith will grow.

Also what better time to learn about God than when we are young children. When we learn young, these life lessons and directions are more likely to stay with us throughout our life, so again we need to have the ‘faith of a child’.

Once again today, I want to look at another verse from scripture that relates to the ‘faith of a child’. Today’s verse is from Proverbs 22:6 (TPT):

Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go, and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.

We sometimes forget that children see and hear everything we do, and that they learn from that. Therefore we must be sure that what say and do is appropriate for our children, and does teach them the values and a of life we want them to follow. After all, as this verse from Proverbs says, what we teach our children is what sticks with them, so make sure what they see and hear is what we want to stick with them!