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I read this on a friends Facebook timeline, and it really hit home to me. I wonder how many people go to their church simply because it’s the church they’ve always gone to, or it’s the one their friends go to?

So consider these statements…

If Jesus isnt preached in your church…
If there is no opportunity for people to respond to Him in your church worship services…
If the major thing isnt HIM…
If the Bible is compromised or watered down…

It might be the time to find a new church. 😳😩

Or at least challenge the one you are in

There are a lot of things that matter in this world. But the thing that matters most, is getting people connected to Jesus Christ and saved for eternity by Him. Everything else is secondary to that, so if found when you read the above statements that your conclusion was “at least challenge the [church] you are in”, then maybe the church you attend is not the right church for you.

Just because you’ve always done something or gone to the same place, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

I think a number of us who attended Symphony Sounds at Birmingham on Saturday (1 June) were really blessed by the song The First Step by Joy Webb sung by FourHymn during evening finale. The word and music seemed to touch a number of us, particularly as it wasn’t a song we’d heard before.

Since then we tried find a recording of it, and thanks to Gaz Rose on soundcloud we found a recording of it sung by Roger Cobb. I hope you enjoy this and are blessed as much as we were.

Have a look around you. Look at the people you see. How many are on their phones, not necessarily talking to anyone, but simply on some social media site ‘chatting’ with friends or family?

Next time you’re outside, do the same, look around and see what many around are doing. Again I suspect you’ll find the majority are probably using their mobile phone.

We’re probably all guilty of being ‘on’ our phones far more these days than we should be, so I’m sure we all make sure we never get into a situation where we get the dreaded ‘low battery’ message.

But consider this

We try to do so much these days, running around from one thing to another, keeping going because we don’t want to let anyone down. We put on a ‘public face’ so others won’t see how much we’re struggling with life, even when we’re exhausted and find we’ve no energy to carry on with life.

We’re guilty of taking better care of our phones than we do ourselves sometimes, aren’t we? So please stop, have a think about what percentage you’d say your own personal battery would register at. If you’d say your battery would say ‘low battery’, it’s time for you to take a time out from life, and look after yourself, your health and your well-being, because you need a break.

Money

Posted: May 7, 2019 in Employment, finance, LinkedIn
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I received an email from LinkedIn a few weeks ago entitled, “Where you’ll earn most money”. The title of the email was a little annoying as I certainly don’t consider myself someone who changes jobs for the sake of getting more money…if I did, I doubt I’d have been in my current job so long!

Is money really what working is about?

Yes, money is what pays the bills and allows us to buy goods which help improve our lifestyle. However money, to me, isn’t the main reason I would take on a particular job or role. For me, the job has got to be something I feel I can do to the best of my ability, and it’s got be something where I can see how it’ll help others. Flexibility and benefits that go with a job are also high on my priority list.

I actually didn’t open that email from LinkedIn as I wasn’t intestered in where I’d earn more money. What are your drivers for a job?

I saw a post on Facebook which read,

Having a daughter is God’s way of saying “Here I thought you could do with a lifelong friend”

The post went on to say they loved their daughter and to share the post if you agreed.

It’s great saying you love your daughter, but to me, the post got me questioning, can you

  1. only get a lifelong friend by having a daughter?
  2. only have a daughter if you need a lifelong friend?

Personally thought this post was a bit inconsiderate and even a bit hurtful to those who, for whatever reason, do not have children.

It also felt as if it completely dismissed those who have no real friends so would love to have even one friend, never mind a lifelong friend.

There are many people in this world who are on their own, and have no-one they can call a friend – If the statement is true, do they not deserve a lifelong friend because they don’t have a daughter?

Similarly, there are many people in this world who would love to have a daughter, but for many reasons do not have one – If the statement is true, do they not have a daughter because they don’t deserve a lifelong friend?

I’ve noticed on many occasions, how insensitive others can be towards those who don’t have children – They can be treated like lepers, even although it’s not through choice that many don’t have children. So be sensitive in your words and actions when it comes to comments about people without children, because you probably have it completely wrong about why they don’t have any.

In the last week, I’ve noticed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that number of friends have taken on the ’10 year challenge’ which requires the person to post a photo themselves as they are now, and one from 10 years ago. It’s been interesting to see the difference (or not) between the two photographs, but it also got me thinking about how when we think of ageing and the changes it brings to us, we tend to think about the external or visible changes, rather than how the person has changed on the inside.

When I look back at myself 10 years ago, I see a different person looking back at me from the one I see in the mirror today – The difference is not just in how I look but in who I am today. I’ve experienced many different events and emotions over the last 10 years which have changed my perspective on life, and also the kind of person I am.

How about you, how have you changed over the last 10 years? Are you more loving, empathetic, relaxed, positive or more grumpy, cynical, critical, negative?

I simply pray today that we don’t concentrate so much on our outward appearance that we forget to see the beauty within ourselves and others.

Smaller

Posted: December 22, 2018 in Christmas, Facebook, family, friendship, life, love, quotes, Relationships
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I saw this on someone’s Facebook timeline, and it struck a chord with me, so I had to share it with you.

I know from my own experience that these words are so very true. So as you share this Christmas with all your family and friends, be grateful for them, tell them how much they mean to you, as sadly they will not all be with you for every future Christmas.

I liked this picture when I first read it on a friend’s Facebook timeline. I wasn’t entirely sure why I liked it, but then it struck me, it’s probably because it tells us about something we don’t like but then immediately explains why experiencing that is actually good for us.

For example, maybe we think we feel sad all the time, that our life is not a happy one, but then we experience true sadness when someone close to us leaves us or passes away. It only then we realise how happy we really were in their presence, because now the sadness is so overwhelming.

So please have another read, thinking about how you can see yourself feeling each of those emotions or situations and simply, remind yourself just to appreciate what you currently have, because when it’s not there any more, there’s often no way to get back to where you are now, so you can truly appreciate what you have.

A friend on Facebook recently posted this, and it really got me thinking…

Teacher of God

…it got me thinking of several people I have who have made me feel like that – as if I’m the only person in the room, that they are talking directly to me, even when I’m surrounded by lots of others.

At those times I remember sitting there thinking, “How on earth do they know how I’m feeling?”

I’m also aware that in the past I’ve didn’t even considered it was God’s handiwork at the time, until later. These days I now consider these special moments were all God’s doing – That it was God who was talking to me through His messenger.

I thank God for wonderful spiritual people who over the years have been inspired to teach us, so I could hear God speaking to me directly.

This picture was shared on Facebook by Nicky Gumbel, but I wanted to share it here so that those of you who haven’t seen it, get the chance to see this.

The question from this statement is how do we stay ‘Calm in your heart’ when you’re in the midst of noise or trouble?

There is only one way to achieve calm at all times, and that is by giving everything you fear, everything you face, all your troubles, to God, and leave them with Him. In doing that we can be assured that He will look after us, and help and guide us through any challenges or troubles we may face.

So when you need to calm your heart, turn to God.