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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:

Sing at the top of your voice in your car!                                                                                                                                                

Maybe you already sing along with your radio/CD/ipod player in your car, however today I want to suggest that when you stop at red lights you turn up the volume on your radio/CD player and sing along at the top of your voice – Sing  like no-one is listening.If you feel like dancing along too, go ahead!

When anyone looks at you, look straight at them, smile and carry on singing/dancing, I guarantee you’ll bring a smile to their face as well as your own!

 

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Have you ever wondered why coincidences seem to happen? Why a specific piece of music that means so much to you, happened to come on the radio or your ipod, just when you need a lift; Why a specific person who always knows how to cheer your heart, calls or visits you just when you’re needing a lift; Why the preacher at church happens to talk on a subject that is relevant to you just at that time…

I could go on with lots of other coincidences, but hopefully you see where I’m going with this – That there aren’t really any coincidences when it comes to the important things in life, because all things happens because God has planned them…that piece of music just when you needed it; that friend who visits; the message from the preacher.

So the next time you’re tempted to say “that’s a coincidence”, remember it’s no coincidence, it all part of God’s plan.

 

clockEver find that you are too busy to spend some quiet time with God?

Why do we not have time for God?

Could it be because we’re too busy doing our own thing rather than doing what God wants us to do? Could it be we make so much “noise” doing our own thing that we can’t hear God talking to us?

Our friends wouldn’t be too happy if we always expected them to be there for us, but we were never there for them in return. God is no different in that He wants us to spend time with Him, listening to Him, just as we expect Him to be there for us when we need Him.

So don’t be too busy to talk to God, and more importantly, don’t be so busy that you stop listening to what God is saying to you.

 

 

There seems to have been a theme to my thoughts this week, and also to the random music selection on my ipod at times!

Between yesterday’s blog post, Wrong Place, Wrong Time, when I was reminded of the song Just As I Am, and circumstances which led me to putting my ipod on the other day and it randomly choosing to play Come Just As You Are, I think God is trying to remind me of something…

God loves each one of us, warts and all! We all have our failings and while we are all guilty of pointing out one another’s failings sometimes, God is still willing to accept us, just as we are.

So whether you think you’ve nothing to offer God, or whether you think you’ve everything to offer Him; whether you’ve a few faults or whether you feel you have more faults than plus points, God wants you…in fact He wants you to come just as you are…

The other day in the office I was listening to my iPod while I read through some documentation. As is normally the case when I’m listening to my iPod in the office, it’s more of a background noise than me actually listening to the words and music.

Having said that though, at one point that day I suddenly realised my emotions where taking over and the tears were about to start streaming down my face!

Why? The words and music of the song that was playing on my ipod Draw Me Close by Kathy Troccoli had touched me subconsciously and I think if I hadn’t been sitting at my desk in the office I would have fallen to my knees!

I found I had to stop what I was doing and just listen to the rest of the song, with my hand firmly hiding my tar filled eyes from the others around me. I think with all that’s been going on in my life in the last while, between my Dad being in hospital, finding it tough being patient with my Mum and hubby not being very well, I’ve forgotten that God is all I need, and that He is always with me.

If you’ve been to caught up in life recently, and forgotten that God is always with you and will always provide for you, please join me in kneeling before Him and asking God to draw us close to Him.

Draw Me Close

Draw me close to you
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear you say that I’m your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause nothing else can take your place
To feel the warmth of your embrace

Help me find the way
Bring me back to you

You’re all I want
You’re all I’ve ever needed
You’re all I want
Help me know you are near

(repeat)

a newspaper!

Why of why, I hear you asking, is she posting a blog about the life of a newspaper! Well here’s my reason…

Earlier this week my husband had a hospital appointment which I attended with him. We got to the hospital about 15 minutes early for his appointment, so joined the other folk already sitting in the waiting area, waiting to be called for their appointment. As is often the case at these places, despite the number of people in the waiting area, it was still quite quiet there.

So I did what I think many of us do in these situations, I looked around the waiting area at the various characters…

I noticed one guy sitting in the corner flicking through a newspaper, without seeming to spend enough time on any page to read any of the stories. A few minutes later he chucked the newspaper onto the small table in front of him and sat back in his chair with arms folded.

Within a few seconds, another man came into the waiting area, and as he went to sit down, he picked up the recently discarded newspaper. He immediately turned to the back page of the paper and started reading through the various sports pages.

A few minutes later my husband got called for his appointment, so I was left myself to observe (and listen to my ipod!).

When the guy who was currently reading the newspaper (sports pages) was called for his appointment, the newspaper got thrown back on the table again. Within a few seconds, a woman who was already in the waiting area, picked up the paper. So what bit of the paper did she start reading first?

She started with the front page and then when she read that, went to the back page!

Once she discarded the paper, it was a young guy who picked up the paper next. He seemed to be in the same situation as me, there waiting for someone else, so it was probably no great surprise that he seemed to settle down to read the whole paper, starting with the sports pages and then going to the front page and working through the paper from there.

By the time my husband returned from his appointment, this young guy was still reading the paper, so who knows how many more people picked up and discarded the paper during the rest of the day!

So what is my point of telling you all this about the newspaper in the hospital waiting area? Well it got me thinking about a just how many people one small newspaper came into contact with in just one hour. i.e. the different personalities, the various personal circumstances and situations, problems and issues being dealt with by each person.

It also got me thinking about how reading the stories in the paper may have affected or influenced the people who read them. i.e. Maybe some of the stories where about something the liked, maybe they were about a subject/event they have personally been affected/involved with.

In summary, this short time in the hospital waiting area, just reminded me how different we all are – we all read newspapers in different way (i.e. some start at the front, others the middle and others at the back); we all have different personalities reflect in the way we read the newspaper; we all have personal lives which are unknown to others, i.e. you can’t tell by looking at most people what difficulties they may be trying to cope with in their personal lives.

Don’t judge others on what you can see, as you never know what struggles they may be having to cope with in their personal life.

What week this has been! Unfortunately on all fronts it has been a week full of mostly lows, but the odd high in amongst it.

The week started off badly at work when I got told the project I’ve been working on for the last 15 months has basically been put on hold and then in the afternoon had a very negative meeting – Monday was such a demotivating day (Read all about it in Demotivation).

Tuesday I was only at work in the morning. That sounds good but the whole morning was taken up with another meeting which I thought would end up being a negative and argumentative meeting, however I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be an ok meeting after all – all thanks I think to the meeting facilitator, who did an excellent job!

Tuesday afternoon saw me at the hospital with hubby. He’s been off work for a few weeks and so we were hoping for answers or solutions, however it seems there’s no quick fix, so an increase in meds was prescribed. Tuesday night was the fist night of the increased meds, and unfortunately since then, hubby seems to be as unwell as he was when he was first off. This is getting both of us down and I must admit I’m finding it quick stressful as I’ve not really been feeling to good myself but have had to keep going for hubby’s sake.

Wednesday at work was a strange day, I was feeling quite sore when I got to work, only to discover we had a team meeting to go to…they are always such a highlight in everyone’s diary…not! Meeting over and still not feeling great. Had a good chat with a colleague and offered support and someone to listen if ever it was needed – Hopefully I am able to support my colleague through a time of difficulty. I pray God will help me to be what my colleagues need me to be. The rest of the day seemed to take about 2 days to pass – The work I was doing was not exactly inspiring so I suspect that had something to do with the clock seeming to be on a go slow!

Thursday feeling better but tired after hubby had a particularly restless night, but made it to work happy that it was the last working day of the week. Got a phone call about midday from home to tell me our iPad had arrived! Woohoo! But I still had another half day to go at work 😦

One of my colleagues kept trying to convince me to go home at lunchtime and get the iPad and then bring it into office in the afternoon. I declined as I pointed out if I went home at lunchtime I wouldn’t come back in the afternoon! I was just going to have to wait a few more hours to get home to my new iPad.

Thursday night was iPad night…what an amazing bit of technology! We both already have iPod Touch’s, however the iPad was just so much better. Great size, not too heavy, fantastic graphics and screen resolution, speedy internet connectivity, wonderful interface, and finally some great apps to put on it! All in all, definitely worth the money – I’m sure the iPad will become the “in-thing” in Apple products just like the iPhone has.

Thursday night saw hubby being really unwell again, so neither of us got much sleep. So when the alarm when off this morning, guess what I did? I reset it and went back to sleep for another hour! N.B. No work today, it’s a bank holiday here 🙂

Once I finally got up, I did some housework and then headed over to Mum and Dad’s before I went to the hairdressers. Another low point of the week, Dad seems to be getting worse each time I see or talk to him and is getting more arguemental with us, particularly my Mum which just isn’t my Dad. In addition his memory seems to be deteriorating quickly and he just seems to want to sleep all the time. It’s so sad to see. Mum’s putting on a brave face but it must be so very hard for her. I really wish I could do more.

It now Friday night and I’m totally shattered…but not too tired to have another play with the iPad!

I hope your week has been full of more highs than lows. If not, remember whatever you’re problems, God is with you!

Best Friend

Posted: February 16, 2010 in friendship, music, religion
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Do you have someone you consider to be your “best friend”?

I’m sure we’ve all at some stage in our lives, had someone we’ve considered to our closest or best friend. Let me ask you this, what made you consider that person to be your “best friend”, to be a better friend than any other?

In my blog post on the 12th of February 2010, entitled Bad Day, I spoke of my disappointment and upset due to my feeling of lack of friendship/care from people I considered friends. I also spoke in that blog post of my continued belief that God and Jesus are the only true friends we will ever have.

Having just struggled through another day when I’ve felt very low and emotional and found myself focusing in on the negatives in my life, I got home tonight and while waiting for the dinner to cook I put on my ipod to listen to some music just to try and take my mind off today. Well I put my ipod on and having no specific music I wanted to listen to, put it on shuffle – I truly believe God had a hand in the first song that was played…

I hope you enjoyed My Best Friend by Twila Paris. It’s a very simple song, but one which really brought home to me today how much I need to put my trust in my best friend, Jesus, to help me on a daily basis.

I trust that as you read the words below of this song by Twila Paris, you will acknowledge Jesus as your own Best Friend, and trust Him to help you in the days ahead.

My Best Friend by Twila Paris
Jesus is my best friend
I will always go to Him
Tell Him everything I’ve thinking of
My friend Jesus whom I love