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I’ve shared the following picture with you before, however I’d completely forgotten about it until I came across it yesterday while searching for something else. It’s picture which to me, sums up our relationship with God – He’s always contactable, he’s still my friend even if I don’t talk to him for ages, and because of all that, I follow him.

following gods plan

We rely so much these days on social media to communicate with others, sometimes too much in my opinion. God however doesn’t need to be on social media for us to be able to communicate with him. God hears our prayers without us having to say a word, or typing a post or tweet onto social media, all because He knows what’s in our hearts.

We don’t need to press a big ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ button to become followers of God, we simply have to give Him our heart.

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.

Do you still send postcards when you go in holiday?

I guess most people probably don’t send postcards anymore when they’re on holiday as there is a much quicker and easier way to show your friends and family how your holiday is going, and that’s via social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to name but a few.

Now that we share photos and info about our holidays immediately with our friends and family, so we still have the same sentiment of wishing they were ‘here’ with us?

I suspect while we might be happy for some of our friends and family to be with us, we actually enjoy our time away from everyone, and away from our everyday lives. We would miss our friends and family if they weren’t with us, so I’m sure in reality, in our everyday lives, we do wish our friends and family to be with us.

I came across the following on Twitter a few days ago, and it struck me how apt it was, give recent events. We’ve seen the emergency services work continuously in horrendous circumstances, for hours and days. We’ve seen communities working together despite their differences, and despite the difficult circumstances they themselves may be facing.

Strong people do what’s right and show up to help others. They may be tired and going through a tough time, but they find a way to be there.

When it comes down to it, I believe that in the worst of circumstances that is when the best of us will show itself. What would you do if you found yourself in the midst of some kind of disaster, such as those that have happened in the UK in the last few weeks?

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Disconnect from your smart phone, tablet and laptop

Have you noticed how we all depend so much on “talking” to and communicating with others via social media and the internet, rather than in person? Sometimes I think we get so caught up on wondering what this person or that person is doing or saying about an event that we forgot about those who are right beside us, our family, our friends, our neighbours.

So for one day, I suggest you disconnect from social media and the internet by turning off your smart phones, tablets and laptops, just so you can reconnect with those closest to you, and take some time for you! Having done this myself a few times, I can tell you it brightened my day, as I focused on those who are important to me, instead of checking up what those I hardly know, have been up to.

Brighten your day by disconnecting from social media and the internet and focus on those who are important to you, including yourself! 

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Did you know it was the Salvation Army’s 150th birthday this last week?

To celebrate their birthday, from 1st to 5th July 2015, the Salvation Army are holding celebratory meetings from 1st to 5th July at the O2 in London, under the theme Boundless.

Boundless 2015

Thousands of Salvationists from many countries, from different backgrounds and speaking different languages, have come to London to take part in/attend these celebratory meetings. Many of the sessions are being streamed live on-line so that those who cannot attend in person, can still be part of the celebrations by viewing on-line. Everyone has also been encouraged to post comments on social media with the hashtag #boundless2015.

So after 150 years of history the Salvation Army is still going strong, that’s amazing isn’t? Each and every one of those who have gathered in London for the celebrations, or who have watched on-line, are part of that history, and every single person who has ever attended a meeting/service,  a social event or lunch club organised by the Salvation Army, or been helped by a member of the Salvation Army, are all part of the Salvation Army’s 150 year history because all these things have been done under God’s guidance and direction.

For me, I’ve not been able to go to London for the celebrations, and so far have not been able to watch any of the events on-line live, but I have read a lot of the comment son social media, and it sounds like everyone is having a fabulous and blessed time. I’m disappointed not to have been able to share in the celebrations myself, but I am pleased to have been, and continuing to be, just a small part of the Salvation Army’s history, past, present and future.

In closing I just want to leave with you an extract from the Boundless 2015 website :

It is our sincere prayer that at the conclusion of our five days together in the East End of London, that every Salvationist – regardless of what language they speak or in which corner of the earth they serve – would make the words of the Founder’s Song their heart’s prayer and their life’s anthem:

And now, hallelujah, the rest of my days;
Shall gladly be spent in promoting his praise.
Who opened his bosom to pour out this sea;
Of Boundless salvation for you and for me.

We live in a time where so many use social media on a daily basis to share with their friends everything that they do and feel. When I say “share with their friends”, I use the word “friend” loosely, as so many have people in their friends-list who are not their friends, as they have never actually met them or spoken to them, some will have “friends” who are simply just strangers who have no-one and nothing in common with them, who have sent them a friend request.

unfriendWhether you are one of these people who send/accept friend requests to/from people you don’t know, or whether you only send/accept friend requests to/from people you know, I’m sure we’ve all at some point or another “unfriended” someone on social media.

How easy it is to throw away a virtual friendship, as simply by clicking one button we can delete someone from our friends list. I don’t know about you, but I actually find that quite sad, even although many of these friendships may simply distant acquaintances, it’s still quite sad that it’s so easy to delete someone from your life.

I’m just glad my friendship with God doesn’t have a delete button, as regardless of my flaws and my failures, He still wants to be my friend. God has sent each of us a friend request, the question is have you accepted His friend request or have you rejected His friend request?

A word of warning, even if you deleted God’s friend request or rejected it, He has automatically sent you another friend request, and He will continue to do so  until you accept Him into your life.

Yesterday in God Is Bigger I spoke about how God is bigger than any social media channel or mobile phone company as He doesn’t need either of them to let us follow Him. Today me reminder is this, that while social media is important these days and can give us another medium in which to tell others of God’s love, it’s not the social media channel that God wants, it’s us!

There can be hundreds or thousands of social media channels, however if none of us follow God, or believe in Him, what use is social media to God? Ultimately it’s our hearts God wants, not a social media channel.

Let God into your heart today, and then use social media to tell others about Christ, don’t do it the other way round.

Came across this yesterday, and loved it, so wanted to share it with you:

following gods plan

We rely so much these days on the various methods of communication, from mobile phone, to facebook, from twitter to tumblr, but God doesn’t require any of these communication streams to be available for us to talk to Him, as He hears our prayers without us uttering or writing/typing a single word because He knows what’s in our hearts.

God doesn’t have a big Follow button that we have to press just to let us follow Him and let others know we follow Him. We simply have to give Him our heart.

Our God is bigger than any social media channel.

Our God is more reliable than any mobile phone network.

Our God is my friend and I have promised to follow Him for the rest of my life – How about you?

In the last little while I’ve noticed there are a number of things which many of us will put in the category of either “love them” or “hate them”. So today I thought I’d share with you some more of my love or hate things and see if you can guess which category they fall into for me:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Black pudding
  3. New car smell
  4. Smoking
  5. Christmas shopping
  6. Facebook
  7. Indian food
  8. Twitter
  9. Packing to go on holiday
  10. Ironing

A bit of a mixed bag of things there isn’t it, but I wonder how many of them you correctly worked out that I love or hate, and how many we have in common…scroll down to find out my answers…

  1. Love
  2. Hate
  3. Love
  4. Hate
  5. Hate
  6. Love
  7. Love
  8. Love
  9. Hate
  10. Hate

So there you go, how many of my answers matched yours?

“Love” and “hate” are two very strong and very different emotions and if we are honest with ourselves I think we will probably find that rather than “loving” or “hating” the items I listed above, we really just “like” or “strongly dislike” them – Does that sound about right?.