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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

If someone is strong enough to bring you down, show them you are strong enough to get up. — Unknown

Sometimes when someone hurts you and brings you down in front of others, it can be crushing. You just want to give up or hide away. But isn’t that just letting these people win?

It’s time to take control. Don’t let other people’s opinions and thoughts about you discourage you…that’s the devil working through them. Be strong, keep going, as God is directing you in the way He wants you to go, and will get you through whatever anyone else will say or do to you.

Be strong!

So which of these steps are you on?

Have you got ‘stuck’ on your current step?

When you haven’t reached even the 1st step, it can seem like there’s no point it trying to start climbing the stairs. However once you start to learn and are able to take another new step, you gain confidence; with confidence comes optimism; with optimism comes targets and goals and when you have targets/goals you aim higher and higher until you reach the top of the stairs, your goal.

So don’t feel dejected if you’ve not started onto that 1st step yet, but have confidence in your ability, and you can achieve great things.

How many times have you heard someone say they?

In this last week, I’ve heard it said several times each day!

Is life really too short? I guess it depends whether you make the best use of your time doesn’t it?

We complain that we are too busy, that we don’t have time to do this or that, but are we really? Is it not just that we waste some of our time procrastinating, sitting about feeling sorry for ourselves or simply watching tv.

So just a gentle reminder that your life will be exactly how long it is meant to be. You can’t do anything to change how long you are here on earth, but you can change how much of an impact your words and actions have on others while you’re here.

Go on, live your life to the full because life is not too short to achieve all you have to!

Whether you play or watch sports, I’m sure you’ve heard players or teams talking about finding and targeting their opponent’s weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Yes players and team target their opponents vulnerabilities in an attempt to gain an advantage over them, so they can beat them.

Just as our sporting opponents target our weaknesses, so the devil targets our vulnerabilities. He sees when we are weak and places doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us.

The devil is good at targeting our weaknesses, but we must always remember God is even better at helping us to learn from our weaknesses and in doing so become stronger in our faith.

 

I may not be the most outgoing of people. I may not share my feelings or emotions. I may not share what I’m thinking. None of those things mean I am blind or deaf to what is going on around me.

 

That moment when you receive a phone call to offer you your very first job!

For me, I’d had a lot of job interviews before I was finally successful and offered a job. It had been getting quite depressing how many times I’d had no replies to job applications, been called for interview and then heard nothing further or got the dreaded ‘Dear John’ letter.

The job I eventually got was one I really didn’t expect to get as they had been looking for someone with some specific experience, which I didn’t haven’t. Some how though I obviously impressed (or at least did enough for them to have faith in my abilities), and as you can imagine was absolutely delighted when I got that phone call offering me the post.

How was you’re first job offer – Was it a job really wanted, or one you weren’t really wanting?

Whatever your first job, I’m sure you were happy to get the job offer, as at the very least, it meant you were going to earn some money!

You’ve just been on holiday from work for over 2 weeks, it’s the night before you’re due back in the office, how do you feel?

Well this was me last night, Sunday night, and my main feeling was, “Do I have to go back to work tomorrow?” Why is it that just like weekends, time off work, always seems to fly in, but the weekdays when you are working seem to take forever?

It’s on days like this that I wish I could just decide not to go back to work again, but unfortunately that for me, like many of you, is not an option.

During my time off, I’ve managed to completely forget about work, and all the things that are outstanding, or that I have to sort out or organise when I go back to work. Even now (Sunday night), I’m still trying my best not to think about the hundreds of emails that’ll be sitting in my inbox when I login in the morning, or how many of them I need to respond to, and how many meetings have been added to my calendar in my absence etc etc.

Oh I’m not looking forward to going back to work, not because I don’t like the work I do, because I do, but because I’ve been enjoying spending some quality time with hubby. It’s been good not to have any pressing engagements or things to do, and just being able to decide on a daily basis what we wanted to do that day…I could get used to that!

Anyway, by the time you’re reading this I will hopefully have survived my first day back at work; my two weeks off will now seem like weeks ago already; and I’ll already be counting down to next weekend already!

Hope you all have a great week, whatever and wherever you find yourselves.

Life can be so busy that we fill it with everything and everyone but the one person who should be at the centre of our life…God!

Maybe we just need to let God interrupt us on days when we try to get through it without Him. Because when we let God into our everyday, He will become our everything.

When you face choices in your life, do you:

  1. Think things through on your own before making a decision
  2. Talk the choices though with your family and make a joint decision
  3. Take the situation to God, and wait for Him to direct you

We probably all try to do a bit of all these options if we’re honest, but as Christians we must always go for option 3. Remember God will never ask you to do something you’re not capable of – You may just not realise you are capable of it before you start!

So leave your life choices to God, and He will do the best for you.