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Does time change how we see and feel things? Of course it does!

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. ~ Blaise Pascal

As time passes, our memory events change; we can start ‘making up’ bits of the event subconsciously, so that it either becomes far worse of much less difficult than it actually was at the time.

Time is a healer, so whatever quarrels or griefs you’re struggling with today, be assured that through time, the grief will be easier to cope with.

Do you know where you are going?

Strange question I guess since you’re currently reading this blog, but just to clarify, I’m not really asking about a location or a place you are travelling to, but rather, where you are going in your Christian experience or journey.

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading ~ Oswald Chambers

Just as this quote reminds us, we don’t need to know where we’re going as long as we have faith that God will take us where He needs us to be.

So have faith in His leading, because he will lead you to where He needs you to be, to do what He wants you to do.

 

I came across the following quote by Joyce Meyer – What better words can there be to start a new year with:

God wants you to break free from your past and set your face toward your future with hope, courage, and expectation. And the best way I know to never give up on your future is to refuse to be trapped in your past.

We all have said and done things which we’re not proud of, and wish we could take back, but fortunately when it comes to God, He willingly forgives us, and wants us to look forward rather than back.

So at the start of this new year, no matter what previous years brought your way, look forward to 2018 and beyond with hope and expectation, knowing that your faith can help you break free from your past and start a new future with God this year.

You hold the future in your hands
You know my dreams and you have a plan
And as you light my way, I’ll follow you
My eyes on all of the above
My soul secure in all you’ve done
My minds made up
And you are the only one for me
Jesus, savior, in my life you are everything
My future decided, I will praise your name
And I know that I am, I am yours
Yeah, I know that I am, I am yours

Yes, it’s Hogmanay, or new year’s eve, and it’s at this time of year  we look back over the year that is about to end, and also look forward to a brand new year. We look back at the past year of highs and lows, commit them to the past, and move forward into a brand new year, promising to make a new start, making changes in our lives to make a better future for ourselves.

This got me thinking about how this is almost what we do when we accept Christ as our Saviour and friend – We give all our past failures and sins to Him, and as we look forward to a life with Christ, we ask Him to be at the centre of all we do by letting Him not our hearts.

So this year as you look back over your life in 2017, consider whether there have been parts of it that you kept from God. If so, make a commitment to God today to let Him be at the centre of your life from now on. Let’s make 2018 the year we truly give our all to Christ.

Do you believe God is big enough, powerful enough and loving enough to care about everything you do?

He definitely is – He loves each and every one of us, therefore there really is not reason why we should worry about anything. However we are human, so we do worry.

Maybe we just need to remind ourselves that God is there for us, by asking ourselves this:

 

Wouldn’t it be great if, no matter what was happening in our life, we could be 100% sure what the outcome would be?

Well, while we may not know exactly how events will turn out, we can be sure that Christ is there with us.

I know when I’m told to do something, it depends who tells me, and how they tell, whether I’m likely to do what they’ve asked or not. Likewise I’m sure just like everyone else,  I was probably more likely not to do what my parents asked me to do when I was young.

I grew up being taken to the Salvation Army, being taught right from wrong, learning about God and reading the bible. So how come I didn’t rebel against the things I was being told about God?

I know the answer to that one! It’s because while initially I just went along with what I was being told as that was what was expected of me, I did experience God working in my life.

When I was uncertain and felt God wasn’t there, God showed me the way. When I turned away from Him, He waited for me to realise I was lost and then turned back to Him. When I needed comfort, He was always there to comfort me.

I’m not a Christian because anyone ever told me too, I’m a Christian because I’ve experienced God’s presence in my life. I am grateful for all those who taught me about God and started me on my Christian journey when I was a young child.

Ever closed your eyes and tried to find your way round your own house without bumping into anything or hurting yourself?

If not, give it a go just now…no cheating, so keep your eyes shut!

 

So now you’ve tried keeping your eyes shut – How did you get on? I suspect you did as badly as I did, and bumped into countless things, and hopefully didn’t hurt yourself too much!

How did it feel? I bet you were nervous, anxious, scared, alone, isolated…

This must be how it feels to go through difficult times when you don’t believe and trust God. I however believe and trust in God, so no matter how dark life may be, my faith is firmly in God to get me through those days.

Come all you weary
Come and find
His yoke is easy
His burden light
He is able, He will restore
At the table of the Lord

When we approach God’s table, we are seeking His strength, forgiveness, hope and assurance that all will be well.

No matter how broken or tired we are, God can make us strong again. Strong enough to face whatever life throws our way.

God will provide all we need.

What more applicable words can there be in these times of uncertainty and fear, than these ones:

Dear lord and father of mankind forgive our foolish ways

With all the horrific events that have occurred around the world in recent times, all because man cannot live in peace with our fellow man, mean we are living in dark times. It’s the foolishness of man that has got this world into this state, not God’s.

Sadly though there are many who blame God for all these horrendous events questioning why he can let them happen. It’s up to us to inform these people that God is just as upset about what our fellow man is doing, as we are. So what can we do?

As we can do in any and all situations in life, we can pray – we can pray for our world, that despite the turmoil and uncertainty we see all around, God is still here, and He does still love each and every one of us. With God’s help we can change this world into a loving and caring world!