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When we’re young, I’m we all were read stories by our parents at bedtime. When we go to school, we’re given stories to read ourselves and encouraged to read more stories ourselves.

I love reading, I always have, I think it was the fictional stories I was told or read that really caught my imagination and made me want to read more.

Were you inspired by the stories you read as youngster? Did you ever think you could write a bestseller or maybe I should ask did you ever wish you could write a bestseller?

I said the stories I read as  youngster, were fictional stories, and they are still my favourite – I like crime/detective stories best.

But stories don’t have to be fictional to be best sellers. In fact the best-selling books ever was not fictional, the bible! You may find some lists of best sellers do not include the bible, which I don’t understand, as if it’s not a book what is it!

Stories of love, hatred, instructions for life, adversity, parenting, deceit, war, life lessons, miracles…you name it, the bible has a story about it! So if you’ve never read the best-selling book of all time (or even if you have), why not start reading it today. Don’t be put of by the language in the bible, as many of the versions that are now available read just as stories, so you’d never realise you were even reading the bible if it wasn’t for all bible characters being mentioned!

The future 

Posted: December 4, 2017 in life, music, planning, religion
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Ever wondered what lies ahead for you?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d like to know what lies ahead, especially if it was something negative. I know there are people who say they can see into, or predict the future, but do we really want to know what the future holds for us?

God has already planned our future, so I for one am happy to leave the future in His hands.

Imagine

Posted: December 14, 2014 in baby, Christmas, friendship, life, music, Relationships, religion
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Can you imagine how Mary must have felt knowing she was to give birth to God’s son?

In the song Breath of Heaven we get a little bit of an insight into how Mary felt, and how she truly believed God would help her to be strong.

Overwhelmed, terrified, scared, lonely, inadequate but probably also excited about the Christ’s immanent arrival on earth. It’s not surprising Mary felt as she did about the huge responsibility that God had placed on her, but just like us these days, I‘m sure she came to realise that God would not have asked her to bear His son if he didn’t think she could handle the responsibility and pressure that put on her. She would feel so alone, because in those days, a woman who was pregnant out-of-wedlock was seen as something disgraceful, so she would have felt lonely  and outcast by her neighbours and friends. But she was wrong, as Joseph stood by her despite how others would see her.

How many of us would have done that if the penalty for doing so was to be spurned by those around you?

Breath of Heaven

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father, You have come
And chosen me now to carry Your Son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now, be with me now

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven

Yes, I know today’s blog post title is almost the same as yesterday’s In the middle, and there is a very good reason for that, the message today is the same as yesterday…God must be at the centre of all we do.

By becoming a Christian and entering into a relationships with God, we are asking Him to enter our hearts, the very centre of our being. When we acknowledge God is in our lives, at the centre of all we do, it can be quite therapeutic, as it means we have recognised that we are only answerable to one person, God!

So don’t be answerable to anyone apart from God, give your life to Him and let God be the centre of your world. 

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should  have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me
 
Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy

God has a plan for each us. What God has planned for us, we can achieve, even if it seems impossible. We simply have to let Him help us, as He can lighten our darkness, and help keep us strong.

Breath of Heaven, help me

I see your hardships and I care about your suffering ~ Psalm 31:7

Hard times come to us all at some point in our lives. Some experience few hardships in their life, others can experience what seems like unending hardships. In either circumstance it can be difficult at times to remember that God does still care about us, particularly when we suffer sudden loses or hardships. However it’s during these times that God cares for us even more than we can imagine.

Yes, God loves us and cares for us everyday, but when we’re hurting, He hurts too. He hurts because we are His children.

Due to several events in the last few weeks, I’ve been very abruptly reminded how important it is to share three little words with those we love:

We never know when we may be spending our last few minutes with those we love, so tell them how much they mean to you on a regular basis. You don;t want to end up living in regret because you just never got around to telling them how much you love them, do you?

Three small words, but they usually mean the world to the person we say them to.

Go on, let your loved one just how much them mean to you, tell them you love them.

 

When life gets you down and you can’t think of anything to do, just close your eyes and say “Lord Have Mercy“, and God will guide you through.

Lord Have Mercy by Michael W. Smith

Jesus, I’ve forgotten the words that You have spoken
Promises that burned within my heart have now grown dim
With a doubting heart I follow the paths of earthly wisdom
Forgive me for my unbelief
Renew the fire again

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

I have built an altar where I worship things of men
I have taken journeys that have drawn me far from You
Now I am returning to Your mercies ever flowing
Pardon my transgressions
Help me love You again

I have longed to know You and Your tender mercies
Like a river of forgiveness ever flowing without end
I bow my heart before You in the goodness of Your presence
Your grace forever shining
Like a beacon in the night

Mercy

  • Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one’s power; clemency.
  • A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
  • Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
  • Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. (Elisabeth Foley)
When you have a true friend, have you noticed that you can go for days, even weeks on end without speaking to one another, but when you next speak/meet, it’s as if you’ve never been apart. That truly is a sign a of good friendship.
 
Do you have any friendships like this?
 
I hope you don’t take these friendships for granted as some people are not as fortunately as us to have someone they can call a true friend in their life.
 
Pray for your friends regularly, pray for your friendships/relationships with them, because if God is part of your friendship it will be a friendship to cherish forever.
 
 

Mercy is one of those words we often hear about at church or on situations of conflict, but do we really understand what mercy really is?

Firstly here’s the dictionary definition of mercy:

  • Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one’s power; clemency.
  • A disposition to be kind and forgiving: e.g. a heart full of mercy.
  • Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: e.g. It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
  • Alleviation of distress; relief: e.g. Taking in the refugees for an act of mercy.

So there’s the official definition of mercy. Now here’s another definition I heard someone use the other day, one which I personally prefer:

Mercy is the love given to another when the wound they caused is still bleeding.

No the challenge…are you merciful towards others? It’s not always easy to have mercy for others particularly towards those who have hurt us in the past. But through the power of God‘s great mercy for us, He is able to help us have mercy for other too – All you need to do is ask for His help.