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Many of us have an irrational fear of something.

  • Spiders
  • Flying
  • Open spaces
  • Sailing
  • Losing control of your emotions
  • A particular animal such as cat or dog

When we get scared of something we often try to hide away so we don’t have to face our fears. What about if we feel God isn’t there for us anymore, are we embarrassed or frightened to bring those feelings to God? That’s an irrational fear isn’t it, as God will always welcome us to Him, no matter what we’ve said or how we feel, He simply wants us to remember He always loves us.

We’re not alone, even when we feel everyone, including God has deserted us, because God loves us and will never leave us.

You are not alone
There’s a place where fear
Has to face the God you know
One more day
He will make a way
Let Him show you how
You can lay this down
‘Cause you’re not alone

Take all your fears to God, even if that fear is that God has deserted you. He will find a way to calm your fears no matter what they may be.

As I’ve said many times before in my blog posts, life can be hard at times. It is even harder when doing the same thing can mean you’re either courageous or stupid! So how on earth are we supposed to be clever enough to work out when taking an action is courageous or whether it’s stupid?

Answer: We’re not! Sometimes it’s just luck whether an action turns our to be courageous or stupid. One thing is certain though, if we seek God’s guidance in everything we do, He will help us make the right decisions and hopefully help our actions to be courageous rather than stupid.

What is the purpose or aim of our time here on earth?

Are we here to simply get by, or only do things which we can see will benefit ourselves?

I hope and pray that I can be the kind of person described in this picture

Let’s all try and add value to every situation we find ourselves in by being or doing just what those around you need you to be.

At your feet

Posted: July 4, 2019 in cross, music, prayer, religion
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When we lay down before the cross, at the feet of Christ, we are submissive to God.

When we’re submissive to God’s will, we surrender our all to Him, and desire to do all He will ask of us.

I’ve knelt at God’s feet and surrendered my all to Him. I still fail Him every day, but I know that if I continue to pray for His help and guidance, He will help me to do all he wants me to do.

Have you knelt at the foot of the cross and given Him your all?

All around

Posted: July 1, 2019 in faith, prayer, religion, words
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If ever you forget just where God is, or if he’s by your side, this song reminds us

Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
Above and below me
Before and behind me
In every eye that sees me
Christ be all around me
Whoa, whoa
Christ be all around me

Christ is all around us! He is always with, no matter where or what we are doing. I pray that I will never forget those words, and that I will always trust God in every situation or circumstance I find myself in.

I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.

The time we spend with God should be precious, it should calm our hearts and minds, and should let us focus  solely on God.

When we’re doing things that aren’t directly involving God, such as working, parenting, driving etc, have you noticed how the devil is as evident during those times?

However when you want to sit down and spend some quiet time with God, that’s when we can so easily find ourselves procrastinating, and doing all sorts of things that in reality, could have waited until later. That’s because that’s when the devil is at his worst, trying to distract us from God.

So keep focuses, don’t procrastinate, but instead spend quality time with God.

Prayer is as natural as breathing. Prayer should not be restricted to certain times of the day or week when we have a quiet time. Prayer is living and active.

Women Who Move Mountains – @SueDetweiler

I love this quote as it totally sums up what prayer should really be about. It also reminds us that there are no restrictions on when we can pray.

God is ready and waiting to hear our prayers whenever we pray. He also doesn’t care where we are when we pray, or even if we close our eyes or not, because if we offer a prayer sincerely, that’s all he asks. So lift your prayer restrictions, and pray whenever and wherever you can, because God is always listening.

Ever walked into a church you don’t usually attend, where you don’t know anyone?

How did the people there make you feel? Did they welcome you, or did they treat you as if you were an outsider?

Now think about your own church, and how those in your church, including you, treat those who come to your church for the first time. If a person walks into your church smartly dressed and well-presented are they treat the same as when a drunk or homeless person comes in?

Imagine being treated like this

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

I pray that I will never judge someone because of their outward looks, good or bad, but welcome every person into God’s house when they want to enter. We don’t know what others are going through, but God does. He brings people to His church when they are their lowest, in greatest need, so it’s our responsibility as Christians, to welcome them, just as Jesus would.

The song Somebody like me by The Martins, from which the above lyrics are an excerpt, is a great song, and a remind that someone like us needs to step up, and reach out to everyone who seeks shelter, or solace in God’s house.

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

Chorus

You’d think somebody would put their arm around him
You’d think somebody would hit a knee
Pull him in, say a prayer, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there
You’d think somebody would practice what they’re preaching
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Well he’s got problems nobody wants a part of
When he got up and slipped, nobody stood up
They don’t wanna make a scene, they let him walk out of there
Ooh, without a prayer

Chorus

You’d think somebody would do something different
You’d think somebody would go against the grain
Be the one to run him down
Bring him back and turn him around
You’d think somebody would want to make a difference
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Oh, can I get a witness (somebody, somebody), Ooh, Ooh

Important

Posted: June 6, 2019 in bible, life, prayer, quotes, religion
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“Thank you for calling, your call is important to us. You are currently number 4 in the queue.” – How many times have you heard that when you’ve called a business or organisation?

Imagine when we prayed, if God replied, “Thank you for praying. Your prayer is important to me. You are call number 8 million in the queue.”

I doubt that would be very pleasing. It wouldn’t make us feel particularly important to God if we were constantly way down the queue for Him to hear our prayer.

Fortunately that’s not how God work – Our prayers are important to Him, i.e. no need to wait around in a queue for Him to hear our prayer.

1 John 5:15 – “And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”