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Devotion

Posted: September 17, 2019 in faith, Health, heart, life, music, religion, words
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Devotion

love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.

Who or what are you devoted to?

Those who are Christians should be devoted fully to God. We God everything we have, so in return we should give Him our heart, our life, our all, our devotion.

All my world
All I’ve lost
The wrecks I’ve made here
The lives it cost
Your hand restores
Your works make whole
With all my soul
I thank You
I owe You
All my
Devotion
All that I have to give
Here’s my devotion
You’re all that it means to live

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Men and women, boys and girls, never knowing unconditional love, never feeling their future is secure.

Messages of turmoil, disasters, hatred fill our news and social media streams.

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Millions have turned from God thinking He doesn’t exist or doesn’t care for them.

Millions are wrong, God is always there for them, they just need to have faith to believe in God.

My prayer is that those of us who believe in God, do all we can to show those we come into contact with, that we are different, and live our lives differently, because we believe in God.

May we then be examples of Christ’s love to others, showing love and compassion to everyone.

Life and eternity

Posted: September 13, 2019 in faith, life, prayer, quotes, religion, self improvement
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Are you too busy trying to live each day, that you’re not preparing for your future?

Life is only too short if we haven’t prepared ourselves for eternity. I want to send eternity with God, therefore I have given my life to God. I pray that each day I live here on tis earth, that I will do my best, with God’s help, to lead the life He wants me to live.

Are you preparing for your eternal life with God, or are you too busy living your life here on earth? Enjoy life, but don’t leave it too late to sort our your eternity

I did, at one point in my life, wonder if there really was any reason to carry on living. There seemed to be one problem or issue after another in every aspect of my life, that I just could see how I would ever get through that time.

Having got through that very difficult time, I realised that those days when I should have let God take full control of my life, were the days when I completely ignored God, because it seemed to me as if he had forgotten me. I really should have known better, after all I’d heard so many time before how God is always with us and has a plan for each of us. I forgot God’s timing wasn’t necessarily my desired timing, and so instead of trusting God, I turned away from him.

My faith is now stronger than ever as I know now I only got through those difficult days because God did not desert me. I also am now confident that God really does have a plan for me, and therefore I want to fulfil his plan for my life – I therefore have a reason to live because I believe in God.

So believe in God because He alone gives us a reason to live!

Have you ever come across a quote or a picture, which you feel describes you perfectly? Well I came across this picture a few days ago, and it struck a chord with me – I know I have made mistakes in the past which I truly regret, and as I said Spotlight yesterday, I wish I could just delete some of these mistakes from my past, but I can’t.

I know there are those who do treat me in a way that suggests they still hold my past mistakes against me, even though some may have happened a number of years ago. In the last 15 years my life I have faced some life changing situations, and because of that my faith had become stronger than it’s ever been. And because of that I know I am a completely different person now than I was 15 years ago and most definitely a different person than I was 30 years ago. Maybe that’s why this picture struck a chord with me!

Time passes, people change, so forgive those who have hurt you or made mistakes that have affected you in the past. Have a look at yourself, I’m sure you’re not the same person today as you were 10 or 20 years ago, so I’m sure you wouldn’t want others to hold your past mistakes against you, so don’t hold other’s past mistakes against them, forgive and move on.

I shared some thoughts about how critical we are of ourselves a couple of week’s ago, in my blog post called Critic – please have a read of that too.

If someone put a spotlight on you and you had to give them details of every part of your life, would you be comfortable? Or would you be happier if you could delete or omit parts of your life that you’re not proud of, maybe because you’ve said/not said or done/not done something?

No matter how much we wish we could delete parts of our lives that we’re not proud of, we can’t! No matter what these things are, even though we may successfully ‘hide’ them from our others around us, we can never hide them from God.

God doesn’t care what we’ve done in our past, because be cares about us so much that he simply cares about our present and our future. Therefore if God can forgive us of our past indiscretions, we should forgive ourselves, and when we do that the burden of carrying those indiscretions/wrongs is lifted from us.

So let God’s spotlight fall on you, and leave your indiscretions with Him.

When we are in trouble or struggling with life, that’s when we are most in need of God. Sadly though, that is often the time when we’re most likely to think God has deserted us.

Why do we think during our most difficult times that God has deserted us when the rest of the time we fully believe God is always with us? Probably because we’re human, and during those times we’re most vulnerable, so the devil finds it easier to get into our lives and our minds.

Keep on believing in God, even through the difficult days.

Perfect church

Posted: August 25, 2019 in church, faith, life, quotes, religion
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Is there such a thing as a perfect church?

I believe there is no such thing as a perfect church – Why? Well every one of us is imperfect, so how can a church be perfect as long as there are imperfect people attending it!

The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it. – Charles Spurgeon

There may be no such thing as a “perfect church”, but each of us can find a church where we feel “at home” and feel we can grow in our faith. I hope you’ve found your church “home” – If not I hope you find it soon – You will know when you’ve found it!

We can all be critics sometimes can’t we? We’re all have opinions about what is good or bad, right or wrong for someone to do or say in specific situations or circumstances.

When it comes to our own lives, our thoughts and actions, are we as critical of ourselves as we are of others? I guess that depends on the type of person we are – I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a perfectionist, and so I admit it, I am my own worst critic. I expect myself to do and say everything to the high standards I expect of myself, however in reality my expectations of myself are usually far too high, and so I end up giving myself a hard time because in my eyes I have failed.

 

Why am I my worst critic? I know I set my expectations of myself way to high – That in itself is fine as it’s great to aim high, however I know I shouldn’t give myself such a hard time when I don’t live up to my own expectations.

If I don’t live up to my own expectations of myself, how can I ever live up to God’s expectations! The difference is God is realistic about what I can do and will only expect we to do what He knows I’m capable of with His help.

If like me you’re you own worst critic, give yourself some slack, you’re human, you’re not perfect. However if we put our faith and trust in God, He can help us become more like Him, and in doing so we will become better people.

In many sports it’s clear that a team or player deliberately target what they feel are their opponent’s vulnerabilities or weaknesses. It’s clear why they do that, as in sport it all about the win isn’t it?

Vulnerabilities don’t just exist when a sport is being played, they exist in our every aspect of our lives. None of us are perfect, we all have weakness, and that is why in our lives we often find ourselves being targeted by the devil. The devil sees when we are weak and puts doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us. He’s great at targeting our weaknesses, but we can overcome the devil’s attack on us by putting our faith firmly in God, and letting Him take away all our burdens and strengthen our weaknesses. God will help us become better and stronger people by helping us learn from our weaknesses and become stronger in our faith.