Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Water for the soul

Posted: October 19, 2016 in depression, life, quotes
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Flowers need water as well as sunlight to flourish. Likewise so our soul needs water as well, so shedding a few tears should help make us feel better.

let your tears come

Sometimes all we can do is cry…

Do you think people change when they accept God into their life?

Do you know people change when they accept God into their life?

Do you believe people must change when they accept God into their life?

faith-in-god

You will become a new person when you accept God into your life because you will make Him the centre of all you do.

So today, let God into your life, and let Him change everything, and change you!

wanderingHave you ever had one of those days when lots of different things go wrong?

Well I had one of those days yesterday! Firstly at work several things “broke”, then didn’t get home from work until about an hour later than I intended to which then meant I had no time for any food before heading out to a concert with Bellshill Salvation Army Band…even getting ready to out with the band ended in problems, as the heel of one of the shoes fell off! I’m just glad that happened before I left the house!

When I then got to the concert with the band, I must be honest and say my mind was not on the concert and why we were there, to spread God’s message through our music, but instead I was still thinking about all the things that had gone wrong during my day, and all the things I was going to have to do when I got home etc etc.

Strangely enough my mind was refocused on why I was there, when during the Songs of Praise part of the service, the song Since Jesus Came Into My Heart… the words of the second verse of this song are particularly apt:

I have ceased from my wand’ring and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And my sins which were many are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

What a day! Yes, my mind wandered from God and why I was playing in the band, but God soon  reminded that Since He came into my heart, floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll, Since Jesus came into my heart.

When you believe He’s all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in His light
Trusting Him completely
That will be, that will be your defining moment
 
 

Have you had that defining moment in your life yet, when you realise God is real, and that if you simply believe in Him and give Him your all, He will lead the way?

If you haven’t, it’s not too late to make your decision today, to believe in God and believe that He is all you need.

There comes a time in every heart
A time of real decision
When we reach the point of choosing
How we will live our lives

All our hopes, all our dreams
Will rise up from that moment
The moment we surrender
And choose to fallow Christ

He’s been waiting all our lives to hear us say
“I am Yours, Lord, take my hand and lead the way”

When you believe He’s all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in His light
Trusting Him completely
That will be, that will be your defining moment

All I have, all I am is resting in His promise
The promise that He’ll make me everything that I should be
I will live, I will die, for the cause He set before me
To take this love in side my heart for all the world to see

All of heaven celebrates when they hear someone say
“I am Yours, Lord, take my hand and lead the way”

When you believe He’s all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in His light
Trusting Him completely
That will be, that will be your defining moment

His amazing grace is such a mystery
How in an instant it can make your life complete

When you believe He’s all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in His light
Trusting Him completely

When you believe He’s all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in His light
Trusting Him completely
That will be, that will be your defining moment

Your defining moment
Your defining moment

Do you sometimes find it difficult to pray, or more specifically, do you sometimes find it difficult the words you want to say to God when you pray?

I certainly do! I’m not the best at putting my general thoughts and feelings into words generally so it’s not really a great surprise to me that I find it difficult to find the words to say to God. Thankfully, God doesn’t really care about how we vocalise our prayers, because He already knows what’s in our heart – He knows our thoughts, our feelings, our joys our sorrows.

Even when we find it difficult to pray, God still understands what we are trying to say to Him, and will answer our prayers in ways far better for us than we could ever imagine.

God’s answers are wiser than our prayers ~ Author Unknown

Look into the depths of another’s soul and listen, not only with our ears, but with our hearts and imagination, and our silent love – Joyce Kanelakos

Understanding what someone is saying to you isn’t just about listening to their words, but seeing their actions and reactions to your interaction with them, looking them in the eye and seeing into their heart and soul, and understanding their deepest feelings and emotions. i.e. Showing them love, silent love.

There are many who find it difficult to express their true feeling and emotions outwardly, but who long for someone to reach out to them, hold them and listen to them as they share their deepest emotions and fears. i.e. Show them love, silent love.

God wants us to love and supports those around us. Are you showing those around you who are in need of someone, the love that they need?

 

God's LoveDo you love you family and friends? Of course you do, but do you love the people who dislike or hurt you or who you consider to be their enemy? I’m obviously not talking about love in an intimate way, but love them as a friend – showing them compassion, friendship, support and understanding, where you are there for them in their hour of need regardless of what time of the day or night it might be.

Those who aren’t loving don’t know God, because God is love – 1 John 4:8

Do you know God? Do you show your love and compassion for others?

If your answer to either of those questions is “No”, you can talk to God right now and change your “No” to a “Yes” by asking God into your heart today.

I’ve heard the following song, He Sought Me, several times in these last few weeks – our songsters sang it last week, and when I’ve been listening to my ipod on a few occasions, various recordings of this song have come on.

A powerful song, with powerful words. Words which I find so  very reassuring.

Having had this song on my mind a lot recently, I’ve found myself thinking about the message behind the words. This was when I realised that the message it actual very simple…normally when we lose something we spent hours, sometimes even days trying to find it again. When we “lose” or ignore God, he doesn’t sit about waiting for us to find Him again, He comes looking for us, and He doesn’t give up until he find us again and we give our lives back to Him…If only everything we lost could come looking for us again!

Don’t be lost to God, find Him and give your heart to Him.

The Saviour sought and found me,
Far from the narrow way;
He made my blinded eyes to see
On that wonderful, wonderful day!
 
Chorus
He sought me, he sought me,
When I was wandering far away;
He found me, he found me,
O what a wonderful day!
 
He lifted sin’s great burden,
He saw my deep dismay,
And graciously he pardoned me
On that wonderful, wonderful day.
 
My sin was red like crimson,
He washed it all away;
He filled my heart with melody
On that wonderful, wonderful day.

Aunt Mae (Aug 2011)Today, the 23rd October, is another sad day for us, as today would have been my Aunt Mae’s 91st birthday.

It’s now just over 6 months since my Aunt Mae passed away, but just typing these words have started my tears flowing again. In many ways it seems like just yesterday Aunt Mae passed away, just 6 weeks after my Dad died. However in many other ways it seems like an eternity since both Aunt Mae and Dad were here with us.

I have thought of my Aunt Mae every day since she died.

I have shed many tears every day since Aunt Mae died.

I have missed my Aunt Mae every day since she died.

As Aunt Mae’s dementia worsened, she, just like my Dad, failed to recognised us or acknowledge that she knew us and latterly her personality completely changed, as she went from being a loving caring person to someone who was angry and aggressive…that just wasn’t my Aunt Mae. Having said that, during her final few days in the hospital, she did seem to have a the odd moment of clarity, as at one point when Mum apparently told her I was on my way in to see her she smiled and tried to say my name…

I am in no way saying there was no bond between Aunt Mae and the rest of my family, but I know there was always a special place in her heart for me, after all I was named after her as Mum and Dad gave me her name as my middle name, Mary.

These have been incredibly difficult months for my family, and my Mum in particular – Mum’s struggled to come to terms with the death of first my Dad and then Aunt Mae, but she’s getting there, as am I. I would however ask that today, as we remember my Aunt Mae in particular, on what would have been her birthday, that you continue to pray for us as we continue to grieve the death of two much-loved members of our family, my Aunt Mae and my Dad.

I love you Aunt Mae, and I miss you so much. You’ll always be in my thoughts and firmly in my heart. Dorothy xxx

There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying. ~ John G. Lake

It’s true, there is a huge difference between going through the motions of praying, by just saying words you’ve said many times before, or heard other say, and truly opening up your heart to God and talking to Him about your deepest needs and thanking Him for all He has done for you.

Do you regularly just go through the motions of prayer, or do you earnestly speak to God from the bottom of your heart?

Prayers which are not sincere are as worthless as not saying a prayer at all, so don’t let your prayer life become a chore or a time or reciting often said prayers, make sure they are always times when you talk to talk from your heart, about all that’s on your mind.

worship-prayerI Often Say My Prayers by John Burton
 
I often say my prayers
But do I ever pray?
And do the wishes of my heart
Go with the words I say?
 
I may as well kneel down
And worship gods of stone
As offer to the living God
A prayer of words alone.
 
For words without the heart
The Lord will never hear,
Nor will He to those lips attend
Whose prayers are not sincere.
 
Lord teach me what I need,
And teach me how to pray;
Nor let me ask Thy grace,
Not feeling what I say.