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Yesterday in Celebrate! I encouraged you to celebrate your own life, because you alone know the challenges and difficulties you’ve had to go through to get to where you are now.

Today I want to suggest that having celebrated our own lives yesterday, we celebrate God today, as he was the one who gave us life. Not only did he give us live, he lives each moment of it with us. He guides and directs us, He forgives us and comforts us, and provides everything we need.

Thank you God for giving us life.

Thank you for sacrificing your only son.

Thank you for loving us unconditionally.

Thank you for forgiving us.

Thank you for being the one we can always rely on to help and guide us in every situation.

Help us to be who you made us to be.

Help us to praise you and to celebrate your love for us so that others will always see you in us.

Thank you God for everything.

Today in the UK it is Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday. It is always celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, exactly 3 weeks before Easter.

Although these days today is seen as a day for celebrating our mothers and all they do for us. It was traditionally a day when people returned to their ‘mother’ church. The place they were baptised, or the parish where they grew up and were nurtured in faith and where people cared for them as they grew up.

I wonder who those people were for you? A family member, a member of your church, maybe your mother.

For those whose mothers have passed away, Mother’s Day can be a difficult day. While for those who have children, it can be a joyful occasion where their family celebrate all mother does for them.

I must admit, while it’s great to celebrate the life of our mothers, there always seems to me to be little consideration given to those whose mother’s have passed away, those mother’s who have lost a child, and those who would love to be mothers but it either has never happened for them, or other reasons have prevented them from having a family.

However you feel about celebrating Mother’s Day today, I pray that whether it be celebrating with your mother, celebrating with your family, or simply remembering your mother or child who have passed away, that you find some joy from your time with family, or remembering those loved ones who are no longer with us.

Do you celebrate your relationships?

Do you celebrate your relationships with God?

So if God really is your all, remember to celebrate God’s love, and thank God for loving you unconditionally.

I don’t think most of us realise how amazing we are – We focus on all the things about ourselves that we don’t like, and would want to change; We see the negatives and ignore all the positives about ourselves.

For me, as a perfectionist, and therefore expect me to do everything perfectly all the time, or I am disappointed and annoyed at myself. Having recognised this a while ago, I’m not nearly as hard on myself as I used to be, however I still do not considered myself to be amazing, as I continue to see all my imperfections.

How about you, how do you see yourself? Amazing, imperfect, a work in progress…

A much as we are all different, with different personalities, underneath we’re all the same – God created each of us individually, with amazing personalities and amazing prospects for our future!

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

Let’s celebrate how amazing we are today!

I am amazing by Philippa Hanna

I don’t wanna waste anymore time in the mirror
Watching my face never change I don’t feel beautiful today
I don’t waste anymore hard earned cash on these ‘miracles’
That never change the way I feel, don’t make me beautiful today
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise…

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change
I’m gonna stay just the way God made me

I’m not gonna take
Anymore of these lies they’ve been feeding me
Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today
With my feet on solid ground
I’m gonna turn it all around
Because it’s time I realised I’m truly beautiful inside
How long can I hide-away beneath this disguise?
And what drastic measure do I have to take to realise…

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see,
When I look at myself wishing I could be anyone other than me
Cos I was created
With everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change
I’m gonna stay just the way God made me

And who am I to say that I could do a better job than him?

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me

Not gonna listen to the voices of my enemies today

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:

Celebrate small wins

When you are going through difficult times, it can seem like a long time between good events or wins. That’s while, when you’re going through difficult times, it’s extra important to celebrate even small wins or successes – maybe completing a task, getting good feedback, accepting negative feedback in a positive way etc.

So look for small wins in the midst of difficult circumstances, because in noting even the smallest of successes it will raise your spirits and nourish your soul.

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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:

Remember your successes

 

We are all guilty at times of focusing on situations/events when things didn’t quite go as we’d hoped or planned. While it’s good to review these times and learn from them, it is just as important to remind ourselves of our successes and all the handwork and effort we put into achieving those successes.

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Now that Christmas is past and many folk are back at work, I’d like you to review your Christmas.

For each of the following rate it between 0 and 5, 0 being the lowest score and 5 being the best score:

  • How much did you enjoy Christmas Day?
  • Did you like your Christmas presents?
  • Did you get the presents you wanted?
  • Was your Christmas centered around celebrating Christ‘s birth?
  • Were you able to spend Christmas with the people you love?
  • Was this the best Christmas you’ve ever had?
  • How many things about your Christmas Day would you have changed?

I don’t want to know how you scored each of these questions, I simply wanted to get you thinking about how you spent your Christmas: your thoughts and feelings, the people you were with, and your focus for the day.

For me some of my questions scored the highest points while others the lowest. So for me some things about my Christmas, such as the presents I received, were excellent, while some of the other things, such as the health and availability of some of my immediate family meant this Christmas wasn’t quite what we may have hoped for.

Having said that, I am thankful for the family I have, and the love and support we share with one another throughout the year.

I can also say with assurance that for me, Christ was most definitely part of my Christmas celebrations.

I hope you had a great Christmas with those you love and that you found time to celebrate the reason for the season…the birth of Jesus.

 

Two weeks today will be Christmas Day, so on that day, what will you be celebrating?

The giving and receiving of presents? A family feast? The birth of Jesus Christ?

First and foremost Christmas is about the birth of Jesus all those years ago, so while I will hopefully be giving and receiving some presents and eating too much food, I will definitely be thanking God for sending His son Jesus to earth.

As a Christian, I’ve been really annoyed and frustrated and the “campaign by some to stop us from calling Christmas, Christmas but instead just all it a holiday. Yes most of us do get a few days holiday at Christmas time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a celebration of Christ‘s birth too!

I believe that we should all be free to celebrate the religious festivals applicable to our religion, and in doing so should not be dictated to what we actually call them. Therefore let us keep Christ in Christmas. After all without Christ there would never have been a Christmas!

Jesus truly is the reason for the season…”Christ”mas!

Yesterday was Father’s Day, when we celebrated the love and affection we receive from our dad and as such I talked about my Dad in my blog post yesterday (For Dad).

But today I want to talk about our Heavenly Father, God. We do not celebrate God on any specific day of the year, although there are times such as Christmas and Easter when we as Christian, celebrate specific events in the Christian calendar. We should however celebrate God every day of the year.

God is the greatest person we could ever wish or hope to know, but do we treat Him as such? we fail Him many times during our lifetime but still he loves us and helps us. Say thank you to God our Father for His unending love for each of us, each day.

Thank you God for being my Heavenly Father.

A fabulous song and words that I know to be truth.  Do you know these words to be true too?



That was the Sydney Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing a wonderful arrangement of Revelation 19.

Revelation 19 contains words of praise and worship and encourages us to celebrate God’s wonderful love for us each and every day. We so often take God’s love for us for granted, so why not listen to the Songsters sing Revelation 19 again, and then share a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for all he’s done for you today and for all He will do in the future.

The Message version of the bible says the following in Revelation 19:1-10 under the heading of The Sound of Hallelujahs:

I heard a sound like massed choirs in Heaven singing, Hallelujah!
The salvation and glory and power are God’s—
his judgments true, his judgments just.
He judged the great Whore who corrupted the earth with her lust.
He avenged on her the blood of his servants.
Then, more singing:
Hallelujah!
The smoke from her burning billows up to high Heaven forever and ever and ever.


The Twenty-four Elders and the Four Animals fell to their knees and worshiped God on his Throne, praising,
Amen! Yes! Hallelujah!

From the Throne came a shout, a command:
Praise our God, all you his servants,
All you who fear him, small and great!

Then I heard the sound of massed choirs, the sound of a mighty cataract, the sound of strong thunder:
Hallelujah!
The Master reigns, our God, the Sovereign-Strong!
Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory!
The Marriage of the Lamb has come; his Wife has made herself ready.
She was given a bridal gown of bright and shining linen.
The linen is the righteousness of the saints.

The Angel said to me, “Write this: ‘Blessed are those invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.'” He added, “These are the true words of God!”


I fell at his feet to worship him, but he wouldn’t let me. “Don’t do that,” he said. “I’m a servant just like you, and like your brothers and sisters who hold to the witness of Jesus. The witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”