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Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9 (Living bible)

At the start each day, it’s important thank God for another day, and ask Him to be with us throughout our day. No matter what we face each day, if we go into it in the knowledge that God is by our side, we can be confident that we can get through anything!

Psalm 138:3 (Living bible) ~ When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.

God’s strength is perfect. He gives us encouragement when we can see only darkness. He gives us strength when we are weak. He gives us everything we need, even during our darkest of days.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind,
I will listen and
I will be here when the laughter turns to cryin’
Through the winning, losing and tryin’
We’ll be together ’cause I will be here

When you need help with a burst pipe in your house, you can a plumber.

When you feel ill and need medical help, you go to a doctor or a hospital.

When you’re car breaks down and you need help fixing it, you take your car to a garage.

How about when you’re going through some difficult times in your life, who do you call?

God alone can give us the strength we need to face each day, and face each trouble head on.

Yesterday in Perfect Timing I reminded you that God answers all our praise, in His time, because His timing is perfect.

Because God’s timing is perfect, it can seem as if He doesn’t answer our prayers just because He doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect or want Him to.

We must always remember that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and therefore He knows better than us what is best for us. So trust God, because is timing and His answers are always perfect.

As I was leaving a building the other day, I encountered someone carrying several bags about to try to enter. I obviously held the door open for them to save them having to try to juggle the things they were carrying so they could open the door themselves.

As I held the door, I commented to the person that they had timed it perfectly for me to help them, they thanked me and agreed.

This got me thinking about timing and how, simply by accident or luck, I had managed to time something perfectly. While my perfect timing was simply by accident or sheer luck, God’s timing is planned and is always perfect.

So no matter how long you feel you’ve been waiting for an answer to a request, from God, remember He hasn’t forgotten you, He’s simply still planning his perfect moment to help you.

Between us

Posted: April 24, 2018 in bible, faith, friendship, life, music, religion, words
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I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. ~ Romans 3:38-39 (The Message)

When we’re young we have friendships that we feel will last forever. But for many of us, those relationships which we thought were solid, turn out to be just passing friendships.

Unlike those friendships which don’t last forever, God has promised to love us forever – It’s fantastic to know that no matter what happens, God is there for us.

Walking by faith means you have the courage to stand up for everyone – the hurting, the broken, and the down-trodden – to face death yourself for the good of others.

If you agree to do this you’ll need to be willing to get out of your comfort zone. You must be willing to let God take your world and turn it upside down, and start all over again. You must be willing to let God change how you see Him, and change how you life by letting Him use you the way that He sees fit.

Maybe God will ask you to do something you never dreamed you would ever do like foster or adopt children, leave your job and become a church minister, trade in all your worldly goods for God’s service…

Maybe God will challenge you. For example, how would you respond when life throws some devastating events at you – divorce, addiction, death of a child or sibling – all events that hurt like nothing else.

I don’t know how God may want to use you, but I do know that if you give your all to God, and allow Him to change your life, He will honour your request. He will take you on a journey, your journey by teaching you to walk by faith, and trust you with some of life’s most treasured moments with Him by your side.

In this last week I’ve spoken about ‘walking by faith’ a couple of times. When you are ‘walking by faith’ you need to have a strong determination to follow God’s plan, regardless what life throws your way.

God teaches us to trust him so he can do something bigger and better than we ever dreamed possible. He wants us to let go and trust him with our all – our heart, our soul, our life.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

We can do more and more through us if we simply trust Him each and every day. God is trying to make us into someone who can be his beacon of light and hope in a world which desperately needs to see Jesus.

No matter where we are in our journey of walking by faith, we must surrender our all to God. That way we can let God take our life, our pain, our loss and use them all for his glory. Pray to God, and ask Him to do amazing work in you so he can do an amazing work through you.

Some words from 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) that you’ve probably heard or read many times:

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post Walk By Faith, today I want to think further about our walk through life. When it’s dark around us we can stumble around getting nowhere if we have no guiding light. Likewise, when we are blinded either temporarily by a bright light or something in our eyes, or permanently blind, we can also find ourselves getting nowhere in the darkness unless we have a guide.

These are exactly the circumstances when those words from Corinthians can be most applicable. After all when we can’t see around us, we really are walking or moving about in faith aren’t we – Faith that we’ll find a safe route or path out of the darkness.

Our faith must be strong enough to get us through those dark day, otherwise we put ourselves in real danger of not getting through those dark days unscathed.

Walk by faith

Posted: April 11, 2018 in belief, depression, faith, life, music, quotes, Salvation Army, stress
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Imagine sitting in the dark, with no electricity or power of any kind…you hear a noise, but can’t see anything…you’re not sure who or what is there. Do you be brave and go and investigate or just stay put and wait until the power comes back on?

Life can be a bit like sitting in the dark, as sometimes when we’re going through a difficult period in our life, it can feel like we’re stumbling around in the dark, unsure of what lies ahead. But for those of us who trust in God, that’s when our faith should see us through.

God is with us always, we just have to trust Him even when we’re in the darkest of days and can see no positives in life.