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Jane Peterson once said:

Many believers are “rabbit hole” Christians. In the morning they pop out of their safe Christian homes, hold their breath at work, scurry home to their families and then off to their Bible studies, and finally end the day praying for the unbelievers they safely avoided all day.

Does the above describe you?

I hope not! God needs and wants us to be Christians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, not just a few minutes each day jammed in at the start and end of our day.

Become a Christian…Believe as a Christian…Live as a Christian.

faith-living-a-christian-life

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find that when I try to spend time with God in prayer, I am easily distracted by noises and people around me. Therefore, I’d suggest that in order to ensure that we are fully focused on God, find yourself a quiet place with no distractions, so you can talk freely with God, and also be attentive when He speaks to you.

In this quite moment
Still before your throne
Conscious of your presence
Knowing I am yours
In this quiet moment
Set my spirit free
In this quiet moment
Make a better me

As these words say, if we give God time to work in us, He can make us better people, so make sure you find some quiet time to spend to God each day.

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Since then, at the end of each month this year, I’ve given you an update on how I’m doing. So here’s my update for November…

  • Eat healthier
    • Done ok with this ones I’m managing to continue to eat reasonably healthily while I’ve been at work, and not too bad when at home.
    • Hope in the next few weeks, before we get right into the Christmas season, that I can continue to each healthier, so that with all the eating that usually goes on at Christmas I don’t put on too much weight!
  • Lose some weight
    • Failed completely this month as I’ve put on a pound! Really not sure how I’ve managed that as I thought I’d been doing reasonably well this last month
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • A bit better this month as have actually managed to spend some time reading my bible
    • Although I’ve managed to read my bible this last month, I’m still struggling to find the time and energy to do this.
    • I’ve said this for the last few months, but maybe next month I’ll manage it!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • Bit of a better month as far as pain levels are concerned, as although I continued to have daily pain, most days it’s not been quite as severe as in previous months.
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Not managed this yet and given this is now the end of November and although my tennis club is open year round, there’s less people playing these days, so I’m guessing I’ll probably get right through this year without getting back to playing tennis…but you never know as there’s still another month to go!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Managed to spend more “quiet-time” with God in this last month.
    • Due to family bereavements during th month and some family health issues again, there were a few occasions again where my quiet time with God ended up being my crying-time with God!
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Although I haven’t actually played the piano again yet, steps have been taken to change this!
    • I’m afraid though I’m not going to let you in on what that progress is yet…you’ll have to wait till my end of year review!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress with this.
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • I really do hate doing housework, and ironing is definitely my least favourite chore
    • It’s should therefore be no surprise that I’m still failing miserably at this one.
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Still finding this incredibly difficult!
    • I really do need to continue to pray for patience.
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Most of the time I’m doing ok with this, but I’m sure like everyone else, I do have my moments!

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s stalled a bit in the last few months, but overall, given recent circumstances, I’m reasonably happy with my progress even though I could do so much better!

There’s only one month left in 2012, so I’ve not got  much time left to achieve my aims, but I’m still hopefully still got time to achieve some more of them before the end of this year!

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of each month I’ve given you my monthly update on how I’m doing. So now it’s time for my June update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Much better month again, as back to eating nice healthy foods at work again and drinking loads of water. Huge improvement on last month!
  • Lose some weight
    • Yay! I’ve lost the few pounds I put on last month again, plus a wee bit extra.
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • A little bit of an improvement in this last month, although could still do so much better.
    • It’s been a tough few weeks for various reasons, so I must admit that I’ve found it difficult to even want to read my bible!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • These last couple of weeks have been some of the worst I’ve had for a while, but I’ve managed to keep going and haven’t allowed pain to rule me.
    • All the same it’s been very difficult even moving in the last couple of weeks, so it really has been very hard to keep going.
  • Get back to playing tennisas stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Not managed this yet this last month as life’s just been a bit too tough to bother about tennis
    • Also as my pain levels were so high it really would have been daft to even think about attempting to try to play tennis while in so much pain.
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Yes, I’ve managed to spend a minimum of 5 minutes each day in quiet time with God
    • However, on many occasions my quiet time with God has ended up being crying time, which if I’m honest has been more me feeling sorry for myself than me giving it all to God.
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Continuing not to make any progress with this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • I’m afraid I’m failing miserably at this one again.
    • As I’ve said, it’s been a tough few weeks physically and emotionally and that just means I put things like housework on the back burner.
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • I definitely still need to be more patient, although I feel I have made a little progress so far.
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Doing ok with this one still.

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK, as in general, I’m still heading in the right direction with most of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress with to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

When you travel on holiday to a place you’ve never been to before or don’t know well, it can be a good idea to take a travel guide with you to help you find your way around. The guide book will help you find you way around, highlight places of interest that you may want to visit, as well as giving you some background information about people and the location.

Ever wished you had a guide book for life? Well we do…the bible!

Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

The bible gives us guidance on every area of our life, covering every kind of emotion we may be feeling. Here’s some examples:

These are just a few of the “life” topics you’ll find covered in the bible, so whatever your need, whatever you situation, turn to God’s word, the bible, you will find direction and inspiration there.

An intimate message from God to you…

My Child,You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3  

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31  

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27  

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28   

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28   

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5   

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12   

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16  

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26   

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14   

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13   

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6  

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
John 8:41-44  

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16   

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1   

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1  

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11   

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48   

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17  

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33   

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11   

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3   

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18  

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17   

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40   

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5   

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41   

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3   

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29   

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4   

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13   

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20   

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17  

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4   

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18   

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11   

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4   

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4   

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23   

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26  

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3   

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31   

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19  

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19   

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10  

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32   

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23  

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39  

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7   

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15   

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13   

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God