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I’ve shared the following picture with you before, however I’d completely forgotten about it until I came across it yesterday while searching for something else. It’s picture which to me, sums up our relationship with God – He’s always contactable, he’s still my friend even if I don’t talk to him for ages, and because of all that, I follow him.

following gods plan

We rely so much these days on social media to communicate with others, sometimes too much in my opinion. God however doesn’t need to be on social media for us to be able to communicate with him. God hears our prayers without us having to say a word, or typing a post or tweet onto social media, all because He knows what’s in our hearts.

We don’t need to press a big ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ button to become followers of God, we simply have to give Him our heart.

For love

Posted: October 18, 2019 in life, love, music, prayer, religion, sin, words
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All for love

All for love the Father gave
For only love could make a way
All for love the heavens cried
For love was crucified
Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me
Everything I need is You
My beginning, my forever
Everything I need is You
Let me sing all for love
I will join the angels song
Ever holy is the Lord
King of Glory
King of all
All for a love a Saviour prayed
Abba Father have Your way
Though they know not what they do
Let the Cross draw man to You

 

I can really relate to the words of this song, particularly these ones

Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me

It’s because God loves us so much, that I can confidently say that no matter how many times I fail God, when I ask Him for forgiveness, He still forgives me, over and over again. That’s why we must continually pray that God will come close to us. Only when we let God fully into our hearts and lives, will we be able to live the life God has planned for us.

Because God loves you, let him draw near to you today.

Let’s be honest, it can be really difficult at times to believe God is still listening to your prayers. And even more difficult to believe he will answer them when he doesn’t answer them when or how you want.

When we go through difficult times in our life, that’s when we trust God more than ever. However because we are human, we do doubt him, and doubt his plans for us.

I love the song Don’t Doubt Him Now, not just the beautiful melody, but also because I can really relate the words. The message is clear, don’t doubt him now, instead trust in God’s love and turn your care to gladness.

Don’t doubt Him now
Don’t lift your heart to sorrow
Though all around seems in such disarray
God’s love is sure, sustaining through tomorrow
Dispelling doubt that only brings despair
Don’t doubt Him now, don’t doubt Him now.

Trust in God’s love to turn your care to gladness
Prove for yourself the merits of His grace
Find in His strength the will to shake off sadness
Discover too the warmth of His embrace
Trust in God’s love, don’t doubt Him now.

Your faith in Him will gladden every morning
The days ahead will more His goodness show
Your heart with trust fulfils the Father’s longings
And in return His love He will bestow
Have faith in Him, don’t doubt Him now.

 

Have you noticed, I’ve spoken a lot about time in my blog posts over the last week?

There is a reason for that – In the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of ‘anniversaries’ in my life, some worth celebrating, others I grieve over. That said, even if it hadn’t been for all these anniversaries in my life, I’d still consider time to be very important. Here’s why

If we don’t make sure we allow ourselves to spend quality time with God each day, our life cannot be complete. It would mean we’re going through each day in our own strength, rather than seeking God’s guidance for the day.

Ultimately spending quality time with God will enhance our lives, so I encourage you to make sure you set aside time to spend it in God’s presence on a daily basis.

Can you remember, exactly where and what you were doing at this time last year?

There’s not a lot of dates and times in my life I can tell you with certainty where and what I was doing at that time, but I know exactly where I was at this time last year – I was in hospital, in ICU (intensive care unit), having had life saving surgery earlier in the day.

From about 7/7.30 am that morning when I was wheeled into pre-theatre and anaesthetised, I actually have no recollection of anything, other than a few weird dreams, until 2 days later! I’m told I was awake and had conversations with the medical staff and my husband later on the day of my surgery and the following days, although as I said I have no recollection of any of this until 2 days after my op.

It’s been a very difficult year physically as it’s taken a lot of very hard work to get me to where I am today in my recovery. The surgery has definitely made a difference to me, as I now feel much better than I have done for a while, but I still have to remember that my body is still recovering from the trauma of the surgery.

Emotionally it’s been odd, as both in the lead up to my op and even the morning of my op, I was quite surprised how calm and at peace I felt. However in the lead up to this first anniversary, it seems to have really hit me the enormity of what I’ve been through. I’m just grateful that God still had plans for me this time last year, and just pray I make the most of this added time He has given me.

In the last few weeks a particular song going through my mind a lot in the last few months – It is well performed by Philippa Hanna. The words of one of the verses in particular important to me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

We all get fed up with things at times – work, friends, neighbours, family, our ill-health etc. And sometimes we even get fed up with God when He doesn’t answer our prayers when we want, or in the way we want.

Could it be in those situations, that we have lost our faith and trust in God?

Maybe it’s then that we need to re-energise ourselves and our faith, and the the best way to do that is to pray to God and ask him to help reignite our love for Him.

Please don’t let your love for God die when you go through difficult times, when you think God doesn’t care about you. Instead trust God because He does care about you and will never leave you. We must trust God, and never give up on Him, because will never give up on us, even when we our faith falters.

Don’t let our love grow cold
‘Cause I’m calling out
Light the fire again
Don’t let our vision die
I’m calling out
Light the fire again

You know my heart, my deeds
I’m calling out
Light the fire again
I need your discipline
I’m calling out

Light the fire again

I am here to buy gold
Refined in the fire, naked and poor
Wretched and blind I come
Clothe me in white
So I won’t be ashamed
Lord, light the fire again

What type of person are you?

  1. Are you the kind of person who gets up hours before you have to be anywhere just so you can take things at a leisurely pace without needing to rush?
  2. Or are you the kind of person who has everything planned so you have just enough time to get up get ready, and get to wherever you need to be?
  3. Or are you the person who puts the alarm on snooze one too many times in the morning, so you end up rushing around trying to get yourself ready so you can just about make it to wherever you’re meant to be?

Whichever person you are, did you stop for just a few minutes to pray? If we want God to be part of every minute of our lives, we must start the day by asking God to be with us and guide us through each day, whatever that may bring.

Keith and Kristyn Getty have a song called Before You I Kneel (A Worker’s Prayer), which I find is a great prayer to use at the start of each day. Why not use this yourself to start each day?

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

True colours

Posted: September 9, 2019 in life, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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If we show our true Christians colours, not only will Christ see them, but so will others. When others look at us or talk to us, if we live our lives as a true Christian, they will see something different in us – Hopefully that difference will be they see Christ!

I pray that I start each day by asking God to help me live my life as a true Christian. By doing that, I hope that others will see Christ through me, and see something that makes them want to seek Christ for themselves.