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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:

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!

Watching

Posted: September 6, 2018 in bible, faith, life, music, pets, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Ever feel like you’re being watched?

When we used to have a cat I used to get that feeling quite often – Our cat used to sit in places where he could see you, though sometimes it wasn’t obvious, and he’s watch or stare at you!

You could be in bed and get that eerie feeling someone was watching you, only to find the cat was sitting on the chest of drawers staring! It was a bit disconcerting but also quite funny how he could sit there for ages just staring…and often purring too.

So our cat used to watch us, but there is someone always watches over us, and looks out for us…God.

It may seem at times that God isn’t with us but that is far from the truth, as he has promised to be with us always, and he is, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Yesterday in Spread Love I asked that we all try to spread some love, because it could make a huge difference to someone’s day.

In a similar vein, we should always be kind to others, as kindness costs the giver nothing, but may be the lifeline the receiver is desperately in need of.

2 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)

May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favour because you have done this.

Kindness encourages kindness, and kindness makes other’s lives brighter, so be spread some kindness each day.

There’s not much better advice than this is there?

Love is stronger than anything else, so do everything with love, and with God at the centre, and all will be well.

Journey

Posted: July 20, 2018 in faith, holiday, life, quotes, religion, Travel
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Journeys can be exciting things, particularly if you’re off on holiday, going to see someone you’ve not seen in a while, or maybe start a new chapter in your life. That may also mean that a journey can be slightly scary, making you apprehensive about reaching your destination.

There’s one journey we’re all on that we need not be apprehensive about, and that’s our journey through life. We need not be afraid during life’s journey as God is with us, always!

Our life is not about finding God, it is about journeying through life with God by our side.