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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!

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.

As we go through life, we grow-up and realise our prioritise in life need to change. We change our thoughts and opinions of others. But all these things happen gradually over time, so that’s why it can feel as if nothing has changed around us, until we stop and look back at how things used to be.

Life does change us, and we can change life for ourselves and those around us too. So never think life is the same as it’s always been, because if we are living our lives we should be changing our lives.

I pray I’m changing my life to be more like Christ, how about you?

Do you believe we can affect the future?

If regret over the past leads us to prayer in the present, then the future will be changed. ~ Susan Lenzkes

Prayer can change the future, because when we pray for forgiveness for our past words or behaviour, it changes who we are. This in turn can change who we are, meaning we can change the future.

So let’s make the future a better place to live, by seeking God’s forgiveness for our sins, so that we can become the people God wants us to be.

Crisis

Posted: March 7, 2018 in depression, life, music, prayer, Relationships, religion, stress
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I have always found it quite frustrating how prayer can be a standard part of our daily life. That is until we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis…then prayer seems to be the last thing we want to do.

Sadly, when we are most in need of God, we have a habit of turning away from Him, thinking we can go it on our own.

So here’s a warning for you, when you find yourself in a crisis or at rock bottom, don’t forget about God. In fact make God your priority, because with Him by your side during a crisis, it will be that little bit easier to get through that crisis.

I was involved in a conversation a few weeks ago, where a number of us were talking about our own churches. As the conversation continued it became apparent that a couple of the people involved in the conversation were far from happy with their church leader (i.e. their church minister/pastor/officer/priest).

While this conversation was going on, I didn’t say much, as I was trying to remember a quote which sums up what we should do when we’re unhappy with our church leader – Well I remembered it, and when I shared it with the group, the conversation came to a sudden stop. Here’s the quote I shared:

 

If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

I think sometimes we can forget that our leaders are human, just like us; they have their own faults and failings, just like us; and they have their own strengths and weakness, just like us.

So whenever you’re disappointed or unhappy with how someone is leading your church, do the best thing you can for them, pray!

Single words have meaning, but don’t necessarily give context or clarity. However when we put words together and utter a prayer to God, that’s when words become more than words because of the power they then have.

When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives more than we imagine – in His own time and in His own way. ~ Nicky Gumbel

I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to put into words what I want to say, particularly when it comes to prayer. So isn’t it great that even when we can’t vocalise our prayers, God knows and understands what we are wanting to say.

What is home?

Posted: February 12, 2018 in Food, homeless, life, poverty, prayer
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When we think of home, I guess most of think of the following:

  • A roof over our head
  • A place where we can eat
  • Electricity
  • A bed where we can sleep
  • Heat
  • A place of safety
  • A place of love

These may be things we can take for granted sometimes, so today, can I urge you to stop and pray for a few minutes, and thank God for each of these things which together make our house our home.

Sadly for many these days, some of these things may be missing from their house – maybe they can’t afford to heat their home, or buy food; maybe there are those that live in their home who frighten or hurt them, so it’s not a place of love.

So please pray for those less fortunate than use – For those who live in a home where there is no love, or pain and suffering is just part of daily life for them. They need our prayers.

Where are we?

Posted: February 7, 2018 in church, life, prayer, quotes, religion
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Church

Do you consider it is a place? A place you go to maybe one, two, three times a week.

Or, is it what defines who you are, because of the way you live?

I pray that as we attend church on a weekly basis, we do not just attend church, but we live it 24/7. Because church isn’t just about what we do or where we go on a Sunday – It’s about how we lead our lives every hour of every day.