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We can often be guilty of expecting too much of ourselves or others, but are we actually guilty of expecting too much from God?

We can be guilty of taking the small, trivial things in our life to God, and ignoring some of the major situations/events/decisions in our life. But then when those more major things become real issues, we take them to God almost as a last resort.

I wonder why we do that? The simplest answer is probably because we’re human! We think we’re stronger or better than we actually are, and think we can deal with things on our own. It’s then only when things go wrong that we end up almost pleading with God to help us.

Is it because we know we should take our problems/worries to God that out of duty, we just take the small/trivial things to God rather than the big things?

This sounds like me sometimes, does it sound like you?

Why not join me today in acknowledging that we must take everything to God, big or small, because He has promised to hear all our prayers.

Have you ever felt as if God wasn’t there? That He wasn’t listening when you prayed?

When you’ve most been in need of God, have you ever tried to go it on your own, thinking you don’t need Him?

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy can’t we – So run to God instead of turning away from Him when you are struggling.

Take away the blindness
Lead me through the dark
Don’t let me fall apart
Save me from my bitterness
Show me who I am
Make me who You want me to be
I know I pushed You away
Lookin’ for someone to blame, yeah
Now I can see, I’ve been my own worst enemy

Wow! That certainly got me taking a much closer look at myself. Am I living my life in a way that others will see Christ through me? If I’m honest with you and with God, no, it doesn’t.

Today I pray that God will help me to be the person He wants me to be, so others can see Him through the way I lead my life.

How about you, can others see Christ in you?

In this last week, what have you been doing at 9am each morning?

Well like (hopefully) many others from Bellshill Salvation Army, I have spent a few minutes in prayer at 9am each morning, asking God to give both myself and my corps family, guidance in the coming days.

The last few weeks in our church, we’ve really experienced God’s presence in our meetings. God is alive and working in our lives of everyone who is part of our worship. During last Sunday’s meeting were asked to pray at 9am each morning for God’s guidance, as God told us in Exodus 6:1 “Now go and see what I will do”.

Please pray for Bellshill Salvation Army in these coming days, as we’ve been deeply challenged by God in these last weeks, and are ready to respond to God’s guidance.

When you call out to someone to get their attention, but they don’t hear you (or pretend not to hear you), it can be disappointing and/or frustrating. Similarly if you send a text/IM/email to someone, it can also be disappointing and/or frustrating if you receive no response.

I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my prayers. I will call on Him as long as I live, because He has turned His ear to me. ~ Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

God never frustrates us, He is always with us, and always listens when we speak to Him. So call out to God and He will hear you, and will answer your prayers.

What’s the best thing you have ever witnessed?

I’m sure we’ve all thought of at least one situation/event that you would consider to be the best thing you’ve ever witnessed. I suspect based on our age and our life experiences, we’ll all have thoughts of a variety of events.

A few weeks ago I read the following quote on Twitter, and having favourited it, it’s kept coming into my mind quite often.

Watching someone receive Christ maybe the best thing to witness this side of heaven.

Where would you rate this in your list of best things you’ve ever witnessed? It is a wonderful feeling to witness someone accepting Christ into their life for the first time, particularly if the person is someone you are close with.

Is there anyone in your life you would love to be in your best things you’ve witnessed by accepting Christ into their life? Get praying, because it can happen!

What we want and what is good for us can sometimes be two completely different things. Sometimes the things we want are not things that are part of God’s plan for our lives.

This is why we must ask God to help protect us, and the following prayer is one I pray we can share in.

Do you spend your time focusing on the bad parts of your life, or do you always look on the bright side of everything?

Do you sometimes wish you had more, even although you probably already have more than you really need?

Do you take time to thank God for all He has provided for you, or do you ask Him for more?

Take time today to say thank you to God for all He has provided for you.

Are you the kind of person who sees the best in people, or are you wary of people until you get to know them and only then trusts them?

Just like others, I know I don’t always give others the benefit of the doubt, or forgives and forgets, but I pray daily that God will help me to be the person described in this picture.

Take a few minutes to consider the people who have been part of your life at any time, now or in the past, who have brought you blessings…

Now take another few minutes to think about those who came into your life, but instead of being a blessing,  ended up teaching you a life lesson…

Which made you feel better, thinking of those who brought you blessing, or those who taught you a life lesson?

I hope and pray that I treat every person who comes into my life the same, regardless of how they treat me. It may be hard at times, but I know with God’s help I can treat everyone equally.