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Just breathe

Posted: July 10, 2019 in belief, faith, Health, life, music, religion, words
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I googled breathing to get an idea of how many breaths we each take in a single day – Would you believe that an average person takes about 23,000 breaths in a day.

I wonder, do we make the best use of every breath we take? Do we use every moment we have here on earth to honour and praise God? Do we take every opportunity to share our faith with others who don’t profess to know God?

Are you desperate for you to work in your life, to use you to do His work?

Let’s make the best use we can of our every breath, by letting God use us to tell others of His love for us and for them.

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me
And I I’m desperate for you
And I I’m lost without you

Ageless, continuing, eternal, everlasting, immortal, imperishable, lasting, perennial, perpetual, timeless, undying – Just a few alternative words for ‘enduring’.

God will never give up on you. He is always there for you. He endures every difficulty with you. He loves you. ~ Nicky Gumble

For me, the word ‘enduring’ is an excellent word to describe God’s love for us, because His love is everlasting, and it no matter what we do or what happens in our life, God’s love transcends it all.

 

Bring them back

Posted: July 8, 2019 in disciple, faith, life, quotes, religion
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We can’t fix this broken world on our own, but we can help those we meet to find peace, by sharing with them God’s message of love. Bringing others to God is the best thing we can do to help them.

It may seem at times that God has forgotten us, but he hasn’t

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

There are certain situations where you have to put your full trust in someone because your life depends on it. Here’s a very examples of varying levels of severity

  • Flying – we put our trust in the pilots that they have been trained well, and are competent at their job.
  • Climbing – we rely on those at the other end of the rope to hold tight in case you lose your footing.
  • Surgeons – when we need an operation, regardless of how minor it is, we put our trust in the surgeon and the theatre staff to take care of you and make sure you get through your operation without any complications.

Each of these situations could end on tragedy if the person you’ve put your trust in is not 100% competent in the job they are doing.

It can be difficult sometimes to know who to trust, particularly when we’re in a stressful or life-threatening situation. But be reassured, there is always one person you can trust to be there for you in every situation – God will always be right there with you because He has promised to never let go of us. So let Him help you be strong, whatever happens.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. ~ Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

You won’t let go by Michael W. Smith

No shadow comes without the light making a way
No raging storm can ever defy one word of faith
My heart remains sure in the wind, sure in the waves

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go

No valley low, changes the truth
So I’m not afraid
You hold me close
You lead me through and light up the way

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go
You won’t let go

Neither life, neither death,
The highest high, the deepest depth
Nothing can
Nothing can separate
Neither tears, neither trials
Certain as the sun will rise
Nothing can
Nothing can separate

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go

All around

Posted: July 1, 2019 in faith, prayer, religion, words
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If ever you forget just where God is, or if he’s by your side, this song reminds us

Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
Whoa, whoa
Christ be all around me

Christ is all around us! He is always with, no matter where or what we are doing. I pray that I will never forget those words, and that I will always trust God in every situation or circumstance I find myself in.

I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.

Is your faith in God true?

What do I mean by that – well, has it survived difficult times, or have you ever been through a time when you felt God had deserted you only to realise later that God was right there with you every step of the way?

Faith is not a simple, easy thing. True faith grows through trials and testing.

Cross-Cultural Partnerships – Navigating the Complexities of Money & Mission – Mary T Lederleitner

Every day you believe in God, your faith in Him can grow. Every situation and experience that you go through, God is with you, so if you stay strong, and keep believing your faith in God will prove to be well founded.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling so good, or feeling low, emotional or alone, I just want to hide from the world and everyone in it. The last thing I want to do is run to someone for help, I prefer to be on my own, and cope with whatever I face by myself.

I know I don’t ever need to face anything on my own, as God is always with me, and will always help me. But when it comes to interacting with the world and the people in it, sometimes I just don’t want to, especially when it feels like no-one even notices when I’m not around.

At those times, that’s when I do run to God, because He’s the only one who truly knows and understand me, and how I feel. He gives me peace and hides me under His wings.

Hide Myself by Michael W Smith

I’ve heard the thunder before
I’m not a stranger to storms
Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

I’ve had to wait in the dark
And hold the truth in my heart
Even in the night
Still You open wide
Your faithful arms

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

You are the refuge that stands
You hold my world in Your hands
The quiet in the noise
The stillness of Your voice
Will be enough

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

And it’s Your presence alone
That changes all that I know
‘Til all that I know
Is just Your presence alone
I’m safe in Your shadow

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

When life gets tough it can seem like nothing is possible. However we can often find more strength than we knew we possessed during those times, to overcome adversity.

God is with us during our happiest of times, but he’s also with us through our darkest times. Even when don’t feel God is with us, He is. And it’s Him who gives us our greatest strength to face every situation we face in life.

Always remember, it’s during those tough times, that we grow the most, because those situations give us real-life experience allowing us to grow and learn. That’s probably not how it feels when we’re going through those difficult times, but when you look back on them once you’re in a happier place, I’m sure you’ll realise then how much strength God gave you to get through those difficult days.