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Some more thoughts for those who have lost loved ones in the Clutha bar tragedy last Friday…

You painted me a picture of tomorrow
A place where you and I walked hand in hand
A world without despair and without shadows
But things just didn’t turn out how we’d planned
Now you’re gone

And I believe that there is somewhere
Where the angels fill the sky
And I believe we’ll live forever
You and I, you and I
Will never die

I wonder if you knew that you were leaving
I thought that I saw something in your eyes
You painted me a picture of believing
I’ll see you there on the other side
And I’ll be there

And I believe that there is somewhere
Where the angels fill the sky
And I believe we’ll live forever
You and I, you and I
Will never die

Life may not have worked out as you expected in these last few days, but be assured that your loved ones who have passed away are looking down on you now. They will live forever in your hearts and minds.

We can live forever because of God, and that I pray will give you hope for today and for the future.

Regardless of whether we mean to or not, I’m sure we are all sometimes guilty of judging others based on their appearance.

Why is that though? Is it because we live in an ages when so many seem to value their physical appearance? Is it because we can’t see past people s’ outward appearance and see what’s within them?

Thankfully, God doesn’t judge us by what we look like, as he sees cares about what’s within our heart.

How about you, do you take the time to see what’s within a person’s heart before you judge them, or do you simply go on someone’s outward appearance?

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Following on from yesterday’s blog post where I talked about how I’m beginning to dislike lying in bed trying to sleep, I have been reminded of the following song:

Out of my darkness God called me,
Out of the death of my night,
Out of the shadows of sorrow,
Into the life of his light.
 
Out of my darkness he called me,
Out of my doubt, my despair,
Out of the wastes of my winter,
Into the spring of his care.
 
Out of my darkness he called me
Into his sunshining day,
Out of my gloom to his glory;
What could I do but obey?
 
Out of your darkness he calls you,
Out of your doubt, your despair,
Out of the wastes of your winter,
Into the spring of his care.
by John Gowans

I pray regularly that God will give me the strength to get through these days, and although I may still be finding it difficult to not get upset because my Dad has passed away, I believe I would be finding this even more difficult if God wasn’t supporting me.

Therefore, I urge you to talk to God about all that concerns, worries or upsets you, as He, and He alone can truly give you the strength and the encouragement to face each day.

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Are you afraid of the dark?

I’m definitely not afraid of the dark, however I am finding that when the darkness surrounds me when I’m lying in bed trying to sleep, it’s then my mind seems to want to do nothing but think about my Dad!

Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t want to remember my Dad, because I will always remember him, but why every night when I go to bed? What makes it worse is that when I start thinking about Dad then, I get very emotional, get myself in a state and then can’t sleep!

So while I’ll not afraid of the dark, I don’t particularly look forward to lying in bed trying to sleep, as these days that seems to mean lots of tears and lack of sleep.

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The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart ~ Helen Keller

How beautiful and true is that!

When something touches your heart, it can be difficult to describe, however it is always beautiful to experience.

So open your heart today, and let the beautiful things of life truly touch your heart. I can recommend it, it is great therapy particularly when you’re going through some tough times.

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When you think of pain, what do you think of?

Do you think when someone is in pain it is always visible to others?invisible pain

Don’t be fooled by a common misconception that someone’s pain is always visible. In fact I would like to point out that there are many people who go through each and every day in severe pain, but because they don’t show it on their face or don’t vocalise their pain to others, it is invisible to everyone but the sufferer.

Not all scars show.
Not all wounds heal.
Sometimes, you can’t always see the pain someone feels.

 

Therefore, do not judge others or assume you know how they are feeling, just because “they look ok” – looks can often be deceptive!

I recently came across the following, and it touched me, so I wanted to share it will you all:

Mary is loved and thought of by everyone…

Just today her daughter thought about taking her to the doctor, her old friend thought about taking her shopping, her granddaughter almost stopped by for a visit, and her neighbour almost took her dinner.

Mary almost got that much needed doctor’s visit…she almost got some much needed groceries…she almost had the first visitor in months…and she almost had a hot meal.

Mary almost knew how much everyone loved and thought about her before she passed away…alone.

Make sure you don’t “almost” do thing…because it may be “almost too late”.

I’ve tended to steer away from the subject of death in my blog posts, but having attended a funeral last week of yet another of my husband’s relatives that has been killed prematurely by cancer, I felt I wanted to say a few words today about how we remember those who have died.

I recently read the following statement by Pericles:

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

Isn’t that a lovely thought?

I know I personally remember those who were close to me, but have died, are remembered for what they did and what they achieved during their short time here on earth. I for one, have completely forgotten what was written on their gravestones. This just goes to confirm that after we’re gone, it’s what we’ve done during our life that people will remember us for, rather than what’s on our gravestone.

So live your life to the full today, because we know the day, the hour or the second that we may take our last breath.

Due to various events and conversations in the last couple of days, I’ve been vividly reminds that although at times in these last few years I’ve felt like my troubles are never-ending and overwhelming, compared to so many others, I am having a very wonderful and trouble-free life!

Sometimes I think we (I mean me!) get so caught up in our own circumstances and problems, that we forget about all the blessings we have in our lives, and how well off we are compared with so many others.

Just a couple of days ago we were shocked to hear of the passing of one of my hubby’s cousins who was only 50 years old. She’d been battling against cancer, but following completion of a course of chemotherapy had seemed to be doing ok. I’ve lost count now of the number of people in my hubby’s family who have died prematurely from cancer (this includes his Dad and his younger sister), so when I even consider this I realise how fortunate I am to still have all my immediate family here with me, albeit many with their own health issues.

So today, although I type this with a heavy heart as my mind is constantly thinking of our cousin’s family as they mourn the death of a wife and mother, I thank God for all the wonderful blessings He gives me each day. I pray that I will never take God’s love for me for granted and that I may take a few minutes every day just to thank Him for all the wonderful things He does for me and those I love.

Let’s not get caught up in our own lives. Let’s thank God for the love He shows us each day. Let’s remember all those who are facing difficulties in their lives and remember that there’s always someone worse off than ourselves.

I’ve been reminded all too often in the last year or so, how easy it can be to miss and/or ignore the signs of a heart attack…particularly if you are a female. From what I’ve been told, and what I’ve read. some of the symptoms experienced by women when they are having a heart attack can can different from the more familiar symptoms which men suffer.

I therefore thought it would useful to remind you females, what signs and symptoms you should look out for, as recognising the signs of a heart attack in either yourself or someone you know, could save a life!

So here’s some heart attack symptoms women should look out for:

  • Heavy pressure on the chest, not necessarily pain, but like there’s a heavy weight on the centre of left side of your chest. It may come and go and can be mistaken for indigestion.
  • Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly when you haven’t exerted any energy. Struggling to take breaths combined with discomfort in your chest is a definite sign to get checked out.
  • Nausea and vomiting – This is far more common for women than men and is often hard to link to the idea of a heart attack.
  • Sudden fatigue, which is easy to ignore as it can last for a few days or come and go – This can also combine with weak or tired muscles.
  • Dizziness and feeling light-headed.
  • Sharp pains in your torso or arms – Women are also more likely to report stabbing pains in the back, shoulder, neck or jaw.
  • Cold sweats or unexplained or extreme sweating.

So those are the symptoms to look out for, but what should you do if you or someone you’re with experiences any of the above?:

  • If you have one or more of the above symptoms for longer than five minutes, call an ambulance – quick treatment is lifesaving.
  • Even if the symptoms go away quickly, it’s still worth getting checked out by a doctor as it could be a sign that a heart attack is on the horizon and you may be able to prevent it.

In summary, if you’re in any doubt whether you/they may be having a heart attack or not, don’t delay, call an ambulance or get yourself to A&E immediately and get checked out. After all it’s better to get checked out immediately and find there’s nothing wrong than to hold off and suffer what could be a life-threatening heart attack.

Please remember these signs to look for, and most importantly take action fast as doing so may safe a life…your life!