Posts Tagged ‘David Phelps’

Do you go to church each week?

If so, do you go because you want to go, or do you go out of habit?

Do you go to church to worship or to receive from God?

Church is not a one day a week thing. It also is not for one reason in isolation. I read the following description of church somewhere recently, which seems to sum up what church should be about:

Church is not just about the weekly gathering to worship and hear the Word. Church is 7 days a week because the people are the true Church. The Sunday thing is to gather, empower and send out. Then we need to go and ‘be’ Church in our community.

Are you ‘being’ church in your community, or are you lives just as a Sunday christian?

Be the church for God.

How often do you put yourself down, or reprimand yourself for something you’ve done, or not done?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll do that on a daily basis! I know I’m a perfectionist and therefore always expect myself to do everything perfectly. Thankfully as I’ve got older, I’ve come to realise that while I should always strive to do my best, I should not expect perfection from myself at all time, as that simply is not achievable.

This means I now try my best not to get annoyed at myself when I do not achieve perfection…after all who can achieve perfection except God?

Make an agreement with God to never again speak negative thinks about yourself ~ Joyce Meyer

I therefore pray that I may accept myself for who I am, failures and imperfections as well as my achievements and successes, because God accepts me for being me, so why shouldn’t I!

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:

Stop criticising yourself

Give yourself a break! None of us are perfect so don’t get mad at yourself when you get things wrong, just learn from your mistakes and move on.

Remember that God loves you just the way you are, imperfections and all – All He asks is that you do your best, and continue to learn from Him each day, so don’t be overly critical of yourself.

In yesterday’s blog post Helping Isn’t Always Easy I spoke about a situation I’ve been in recently where I been finding it quite difficult to help someone in need. So I wondered, was it just coincidence that today I came across the following quote?

Stop talking about what everybody has done to you and start talking about what you can do for somebody else.

Life isn’t about the past and what has happened in it, it’s about living in the present and looking to the future. Therefore forgive those who have hurt you in the past, move on, and find things you can do to help others. After all there are so many people in need in this world it’s not difficult to find someone who needs your help!

Helping isn’t always easy however there are plenty of people in this world in need of help so don’t be put off just because some may not react in the manner you’d expect when you try to help them.

Ever wondered if you can rely on God in all situations and in all circumstances?

Well I can answer that for you…God is most definitely the most reliable person you will ever come across.

God’s love for us is unconditional for each and every one of us. God cares for us in every aspect of our lives in which He is part, but as God cares able every part of our life, His care for us is always reliable.

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8 NIV)

Ever come across someone who appears to listen to you but later shows they really haven’t listened to a single word you’ve said?

I would guess we all know someone like that! I would also guess that they are not particularly caring people when it comes to others, am I right?

J Clarke once said

One who cares is one who listens.

and that kind of sums up what I was saying doesn’t it.

Of course there is one person who we can all talk to who I guarantee will always listen to every word you say, and will show is love and compassion for you on a daily basis. Do you know who I’m talking about?

GOD!

Don’t ever stop caring about others. Be Christ-like and listen to what others say to you and saw you care about them.

It’s only human nature, but we I’m sure we all find ourselves comparing ourselves to others at some time or another. However there is no need to compare ourselves with anyone other than Jesus

Don’t live life comparing yourself to everyone else. God has created you to be you and you are free to be yourself! – Joyce Meyer

God wants us to be ourself!

We may not be perfect, we may not be able to do all the things we would like to be able to do, however God can help us be just who and what He wants us to be…ourself!

Do you think people’s background’s are important?

I don’t, and neither does God!

It’s all about who/what that person is today and who/what they will be tomorrow that is important.

God doesn’t care whether you’ve lived a perfect life, or one in which you’ve committed serious crimes; whether you’re rich or poor; black or white. God doesn’t care…we’re all the same in, but unique, in His eyes.

Because God sees us as individuals and loves us in spite of, or despite our flaws, we too must do all we can to love others, regardless of their background.

Reinforcing this message is David Phelps singing Just As I Am:

It can be tough when you’re struggling to cope with what life is throwing your way, people you have to work with or things in general just don’t seem to be going your way. However it’s during times of difficulty that your true faith in God will shine through…

1 Peter 2:20 (The Message)

You who are servants, be good servants to your masters—not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.

Maybe in life we’re never rewarded for our good deeds or our good works, but don’t despair, God notices. God cares that you continue to do good during times of difficulty, so have patience, and your relationship with God will flourish even during the darkest of times.

Today is Saturday 21st May 2011, and today, according to some preachers in New York, the world will come to an end…

So is there any point in me writing today’s blog post? The world might have ended before it is published at 19.30! Then again if it hasn’t, I might disappoint my usual readers by failing to post anything today! So on I write…

If today is your last day on earth, how do you feel? Have you lived a good life? Have you any regrets? Are there things you wish you’d had a chance to say or do?

Although I doubt that today is the end of the world, maybe this is just the kind of thing we all need to remind us that we should take every opportunity we get to tell those we love how we feel, make peace with those whom we’ve fallen out with, take a chance and do the things you keep putting off for another time…after all you never know when today is going to be your last one.

In conclusion I want to leave you with the words of Mark 13:32-33 (NIV)

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.