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Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~ Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

How can we expect other sot come to God, if they don’t see God in our actions?

People who don’t know God, don’t see us in church, they see how we act and talk outside of church, in our everyday lives. Our words and actions should be the same whether we are in church or not, but sadly for many they are like two different people.

I pray today that my life will be a reflection of Christ, regardless of whether I’m at church or elsewhere.

If you’ve ever felt as if your life feels hopeless and you feel all alone, you’ll understand just how low life can feel at times. I’ve been there, and I felt so isolated, so alone – It felt like everyone else’s lives were going so well, and that I wasn’t part of anyone’s plans, no-one seemed to care how I felt.

It felt as if even God had deserted me as I couldn’t pray, and found God wasn’t fixing everything the way I wanted. The reality was, it was me who deserted God because I stopped praying, I stopped believing God was there or even cared about me. How wrong was I!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Even although I knew this verse in the bible, and I believed in God, I doubted God at a time when I needed Him most. The good news is, even when we desert God, He never deserts us!

And I’ve been down the other road
Where fear and doubt
They take control
And I won’t go there anymore

I got through that time of feeling hopeless, and I believe I got through it because God was with me. Yes, I suffered, yes I was scared, but God was with me. Somewhere deep inside me my faith kept me going even when I didn’t realise it. Without my faith, without God who knows how my life would have turned out when I hit rock bottom.

Without God there is no hope, but with Him we have the promise of eternal life!

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve found myself thinking about my life now, and how that compares to what my life was like when I was much younger.

In doing that, I’ve wondered, if I was able to give my younger self some advice or information to help them, what would that be. So today I want to share with you another three bits of advise I’d want to give my younger self:

  1. Don’t let work rule your life, there are far more important things in life.
  2. Don’t let others tell you what to do or say, they don’t own you or rule your life.
  3. Pray, pray and pray some more – even when it feels as if God has deserted you

How about you, what advise would you give your younger self?

Wait

Posted: April 30, 2019 in faith, life, prayer, quotes, religion
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We’re told God always answers our prayers. We’re told that even though God will always answers our prayers, He may not do so in the way we want, or even when we want.

Sometimes it can seem like God has forgotten us, because we get no answers to our prayers. That doesn’t mean God’s forgotten us, or our prayer, He’s simply decided now is not the best time to answer your prayer.

This means that God knows where we are just now is where we need to be.

 

Easter words

Posted: April 20, 2019 in belief, bible, cross, death, Easter, prayer, religion, words
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I’m sure over the years we’ve all heard lots of words to describe Easter. I’m not going to repeat any of these to you again today, but instead I’m going to tell you some words which describe what Easter means to me.

Rather than just randomly list of the few words that are meaning for me at Easter time, I thought I’d go with giving you a words for each letter in the words Easter. So here are words that are significant to me when it comes to Easter:

E = everyone

Easter isn’t just for those who believe in God. Jesus died for each of us, so Easter is for everyone, regardless of who or what they believe in.

A = alive

I’ve chosen the word ‘alive’, as I believe Christ is alive, and is living in me. I just pray I can be more like Christ each day to try to repay all he sacrificed for me at Calvary.

S = sin

Because of the cross, ours sins have been forgiven – And that means all our sins, not just some. So no matter what we’ve done in the past, we have been forgiven, because Christ paid for our sins.

T = tomb

One of the most significant images for me about Easter, is when Mary Magdalene discovered the stone had been removed from the entrance to Jesus’ tomb. Can you imagine how she must have felt, discovering that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb he had been laid in? The significance of the empty tomb becomes even greater when she realises that Jesus is actually alive – He’s risen from the dead! That for me is the reason I chose the word ‘tomb’, but maybe more specifically it should have been ’empty tomb’.

E = eternal life

We have been promised eternal life if we believe in God, because of Christ’s resurrection.

R = responsibility

Every Christian has a responsibility to make sure Christ didn’t die for nothing. We must do all we can to tell others that Christ died for each of them.

 

What words are significant to you about Easter? Would you use any of the same words as me?

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, Why?, I talked about how we all have times when we question God. We question Him when we feel we face problem and problem, or when we feel we can’t face any further difficulties in our life.

I know if you wanted to you could wave your hand
Spare me this heartache and change your plan
And I know when he said that you could take my pain away
But even if you don’t I pray

But even when we’re struggling with difficult times in our life, I found putting them to one side, even just for a few minutes at a time, and offering help and support to others who are also struggling.

So when you feel you want relief from your troubles remember it does help you when you help others.

Help me want the healer more than the healing
Help me want the savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you Jesus more than anything

Negative thoughts may try to convince you that God will never rescue you. Prayer rinses these plaguing doubts from your mind. As you cry out to God, He answers you. He shields you with His presence.  ~ Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler

Negativity and negative thoughts can be one of the worst things you ave to cope with, especially when the negativity comes from within you. So if your life is filled with self-doubt, pray. If your life is filled with negative thoughts, pray.

In other words, pray, as prayer is the one thing that can bring you the positivity that only God’s presence can bring to your life. God alone can shield you and help fill your mind with all things good. So go on, don’t doubt God, instead trust Him.

The difficult times come, praising God can feel like the last thing you want to do. However if we don’t trust God through the difficult times, can we be sure we can survive the storm?

Life storms often come one after another making feel more and more like they will never end. When that happens that is often a time of great challenge, and questioning God why he’s let this happen to us, and even why he’s not stopping this from happening.

Without going through storms, would our faith ever truly be tested or challenged? In turn could we ever be sure our faith is secure enough to survive a storm?

Storms whether weather or life related are not the nicest thing to go through, however whenever I doubt whether I can get through a storm, I remind myself that a few years ago I believed there was no point in carrying on, but I survived and I now realised that even in those darkest of days, God was with me, he hadn’t deserted me, as I thought he had. God never gave up on me, even when I felt like I’d given up on myself and on him.

So even when you seem to be facing never-ending storms in life, don’t give up, just keep on believing, because God is with you, and will get you through those days.

Praise You In This StormThunderstorms

I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say, “Amen” and it’s still raining

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry, You raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on if I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as You mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I was young, my gran used to beckon me to “come close so I can…”. I would get all excited when she said that to me, as often it was to give me a some sweets or some coins from her purse. It maybe doesn’t sound like much now, but at that time, and at that age, it really meant something to me.

There is another person who beckoned to me to “come close” many years ago, and I responded, and that is God. God continues to call me to Him after all these years, because He knows that sometimes I just need reminded to go to Him when I’m in trouble.

As you come close to God in prayer, He brings purpose even from the brokenness of your life. You can’t remain downcast when you turn your face upward to God. He reaches down to your lowest pit, but He doesn’t leave you there. Women Who Move Mountains – @SueDetweiler

This is the recipe I follow for life – Just like a recipe for baking or making food, even if you follow a recipe to the letter, it doesn’t always turn out as you expect. The difference with the life recipe is that even when it doesn’t work out as expected, God is always at the centre of everything that happens, so he continues to guide and teach me through every aspect of life.

This is the best recipe you will ever have for life, and it’s free! So I share it with you today so you too can experience life at it’s best.