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A gift with no words

Posted: December 17, 2018 in Christmas, faith, life, music, prayer, quotes, religion, words
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This is not specifically a Christmas post, but as we’re thinking about presents and gifts a lot at this time of year, it seemed applicable to share this photo.

Many times I’ve found myself unable to find the words I want, when I pray. However I can always find some music which perfectly fits both my mood, and expresses the words I am unable to say.

Don’t dismiss music as a means of worship or a means or prayer, because music can so often express what’s in our hearts, even when we’re unable to vocalise those words.

Here’s one of my favourite Christmas songs, Hallelujah (Light Has Come) by Barlowgirl

Just to expand on yesterday’s post Lonely #1, I want to give you another example of when people can feel particularly lonely.

doesn't care

When you are struggling and someone you care about doesn’t seem to notice or even care that you’re in need, can be heartbreaking and can make you feel particularly lonely.

So again today, remember to reach out to those in need, as you may just be the lift they need to get them through the day.

We’re taught from a very early age to say sorry when we say or do things which we shouldn’t. When we say sorry as a child, do you think we truly understand what saying sorry means and how we should feel when we say sorry?

How about now? As an adult do you say sorry to others out of habit or simply because you think it’s the right thing to say, or because it’s what the other person wants to hear, or is it because you really feel remorseful and sorry for your words or actions?

It’s the same when we ask God for forgiveness, there’s no point just going through the motions of asking for forgiveness, we must be prepared to accept God’s forgiveness. Are you ready?

He has come!

Posted: December 27, 2015 in Christmas, life, music, religion
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Hallelujah! Jesus, the light of the world has come!

Jesus came to the world.

He lived as one of us.

He died so that we could be forgiven.

Jesus HAS come, and he is the light of the world!

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:

Take hold of your negative thoughts

Have you noticed how destructive negative thoughts and negative thinking can be, they can be like a cancer, eating away at you, making you focus on things that you would normal consider unchristlike. So when you find yourself giving negative thoughts time in your life, stop yourself and put those thoughts out your mind by thinking positive thoughts.

Replace your negative thoughts with uplifting thoughts that bring you comfort and peace.

Thoughts of You by Barlowgirl

Thoughts of You
And how You’ve changed me, fill my mind
Without You where would I be?

So even though I’ve tried to express my thanks
It never comes out how I hoped
I want to say so much more
So with these simple words, I’ll try

I love You
My heart is Yours, only Yours
I long to give You all of me
My everything, my everything

God, I never could repay You
You gave everything
Without You where would I be?

You still loved me even when I
Pushed You away
You stood there and waited
Till the day I’d return

So even though I’ve tried to express my thanks
It never comes out
I want to say so much more
So with these simple words, I’ll try

I love You
My heart is Yours, only Yours Jesus
I want to give You all of me

I love You, I love You
My, my heart is Yours, only Yours
I long to give You all of me
My everything, my everything

Thoughts of You
And how You’ve changed me, fill my mind

 

In Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

According to the Bible we can boldly go before the throne of God through Jesus Christ and receive grace (pardon for our sins). We only need to have the will to confess our sins to God and the desire to receive His pardon, and God will forgive us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NKJV)

 

 

The first step to recommitting your life to God is to confess your sins to Him.

In 1 John 1:9 (Living bible) we read:

But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.

How can we truly recommit our lives to God if we hold onto some parts of our lives? To fully give our lives to Him we must acknowledge everything we have done which was wrong, admit those wrongs, those sins, to God and repent, as only He can take those sins and wash them away, and forgive us…all because Jesus died to save us.

It’s two days to Christmas, and I’m sure we’re all trying frantically to make sure our homes are ready for Christmas and all the family who will descend on us. But have you stopped to think of those who have family members who won’t be home for Christmas this year, and how empty their home feels to them this Christmas:

  • Some may have family who are serving in the armed forces somewhere;
  • Some may live hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their families;
  • Some may have lost a loved one to illness or old age in this last year, so may be alone;
  • Some may simply have no family to share Christmas with.

So spare a thought this Christmas for those who may not be finding Christmas such a joyous occasion, as for them Christmas may just be reminding them of their loneliness.

For those of you awaiting the arrival of loved ones this Christmas, cherish them and enjoy your celebrations together, as you are fortunate to have family to share this special time with.

Ever felt like you you’re on your own…even when you’re in a crowd?

It’s not a nice feeling is it?

Having felt like this on a number of occasions over the years, is it any wonder I often feel like an outsider even when I’m with people I’ve known for years.

Despite that (even though at times it’s taken a lot to remind myself) it is so reassuring to know that I am in fact never alone, because God is always with me.

Psalm 62:2 (NLT)

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

 

We cannot separate
You’re part of me
And though You’re invisible
I’ll trust the unseen

The Mind of God Toward You

There is never a time
when you’re not in His thoughts,
never a time without grace,
never a time when He turns away
from any need you face.

There is never a time
when you’re not in His heart,
never a time without love,
never a time when you’re not blessed
with good things from above!

Excerpt from the devotional gift bookAlways Loved” by Roy Lessin.

God is with us always. His cares for us always. Even though we may sometimes feel as if God has deserted us, He hasn’t He is waiting for just the right opportunity to help us.

I am thankful for God’s love to me. He is patient and thoughtful in all He does. Thank you Lord.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Psalm 139:17-18 (NIV)