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Some things in our lives can’t be predicted: exactly when we’ll be born, or exactly when we’ll die. Even what happens to us in between those two life events isn’t really predictable as it’s only as we grow and learn that our personality is shaped, and we make choice that then start to define where and what our future will hold.

I must when I’m starting something, I like to know what the possible outcomes are, as I’m not very comfortable with uncertainty. Which is odd isn’t it because the whole of life is filled with uncertainty!

Maybe it’s because for me, the uncertainty about life and what lies ahead seems different from the uncertainty about taking on a task, because I know my future is already known to God, and so my future is already planned. Therefore no matter what lies ahead, I know God is already prepared for it, and is ready to help and guide me through whatever storms I may face.

Life may not be predictable, but God’s presence and His love for us is!

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10 

It can be scary when we don’t know how the future will turn out. It can be scary in the present as well, when our circumstances change and we’re suddenly left having to deal with new circumstances or news.

But as we’re told in Isaiah, we really shouldn’t get dismayed when life is difficult, as God has promised to give us the strength to get through anything. We’re only human though, so we do worry, and we do get scared, so we just need to remind ourselves that God is always by our side, and if we trust Him, we can face anything!

Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation. ~ Hebrews 9:28 (The message)

Are you ready to greet Jesus when he next appears on earth?

Are you ready to receive salvation – deliverance from sin and its consequences? If you have faith in Christ, you are well prepared for Christ’s second coming.

When someone promises never to leave you, it can be hard to believe that they really mean it, especially because we don’t know what lies ahead. However, we can rely on God to be with us forever.

No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. ~ Joshua 1:5 (New living translation)

As I was leaving a building the other day, I encountered someone carrying several bags about to try to enter. I obviously held the door open for them to save them having to try to juggle the things they were carrying so they could open the door themselves.

As I held the door, I commented to the person that they had timed it perfectly for me to help them, they thanked me and agreed.

This got me thinking about timing and how, simply by accident or luck, I had managed to time something perfectly. While my perfect timing was simply by accident or sheer luck, God’s timing is planned and is always perfect.

So no matter how long you feel you’ve been waiting for an answer to a request, from God, remember He hasn’t forgotten you, He’s simply still planning his perfect moment to help you.

Between us

Posted: April 24, 2018 in bible, faith, friendship, life, music, religion, words
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I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. ~ Romans 3:38-39 (The Message)

When we’re young we have friendships that we feel will last forever. But for many of us, those relationships which we thought were solid, turn out to be just passing friendships.

Unlike those friendships which don’t last forever, God has promised to love us forever – It’s fantastic to know that no matter what happens, God is there for us.

Your journey #5

Posted: April 19, 2018 in belief, depression, life, music, stress, trust
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It might not seem like the tough times in your life are helpful, but they are. In times of difficulty we learn and we grow. If we put our trust in God during difficult time, we grow spiritually too.

So even though your journey may at times seem difficult, stay strong, and keep trusting God, and He will get you through those tough times.

what we thanked god for yesterday

This statement get’s you thinking doesn’t it?

If I was put into that situation today, I’m not sure I’d actually have very much today. How about you, how much would you have?

Two small words – thank you – but words which we can often take for granted, and if we’re honest, we can forget to say to those who mean the most to us, and that includes God.

I’m grateful to God for all He does for me on a daily basis, particular when I’m struggling. I know I really should say thank you to Him each day for everything He does for me. We can be quick to ask others, including God for things we want, but are we as quick to say, “Thank you”?

Please join me in making a commitment to ensure we thank God each day for all He does for us each day.

Did you know today is the start Holy Week?

Holy week is the week leading up to Easter. It starts the Sunday before Easter, called Palm Sunday. It is the week when Christians remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

Palm Sunday is the day we remember Christ assuming into Jerusalem.

In John 12:12-13 (NLT) we read:

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LordHail to the King of Israel!”

While this sounds like everyone was a huge supporter of Jesus, the sad thing was that later in that same week many of the same people who were in the crowd who welcomes Christ into Jerusalem, were the same ones who shouted that Jesus should be executed.

That’s why today in many churches we will have been asked to think about the strength of our own faith. We may have been asked to remember times when we have been unfaithful to Christ, or have been hypocritical by claiming we follow Christ.

So today is a day to be honest. As we celebrate the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, let us promise to be honest with ourselves and with Christ, by being faithful to Him from now on.

Do you believe we can affect the future?

If regret over the past leads us to prayer in the present, then the future will be changed. ~ Susan Lenzkes

Prayer can change the future, because when we pray for forgiveness for our past words or behaviour, it changes who we are. This in turn can change who we are, meaning we can change the future.

So let’s make the future a better place to live, by seeking God’s forgiveness for our sins, so that we can become the people God wants us to be.