Posts Tagged ‘journey’

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?

Last week I caught a little bit of a phone-in on the radio during my journey into work – The topic of the phone-in that day was “Things to do during a long car journey”.

worship-prayerIf I’m honest I wasn’t really paying too much attention to what was being said during the phone-in until they read out a text message that someone had sent in with a suggestion about what to do during a long car journey…The suggestion was to pray.

That in itself wasn’t what caught my attention, but the response given by the phone-in host, as they said praying would be an idea plausible suggestion, “but not when you’re driving!”. I’m not sure why she felt you shouldn’t pray when you’re driving, so I don’t know whether it was because she thought you have to close your eyes to pray, or whether she felt you can’t pray and drive at the same time because you need your full attention on the road.

I understand that it is definitely not advisable to close your eyes when you’re driving, however it is not necessary to close your eyes to pray. I also understand that when driving our focus must be on our driving, however is praying by talking to God really any different to talking to your passengers in the car?

I was brought up to believe that we can, and should pray whenever we need to, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. because God is always there with us, and will always listen when we talk to Him.

So don’t be put off from praying just because of where you are or what you are doing, because your prayers matter, and more importantly, they matter to God. However praying when we’re busy doing other things is not ideal as we aren’t giving God our full attention, so make sure you still put time aside each day to spend quality time alone with God when you have no other distractions around you.

Yesterday in Change Your Plans I spoke about how when we give our lives fully to God we must be willing to change our plans for our life. Today I want to clarify this as it may have sounded as though God is inflexible and will only accept us if we completely change our lives…that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Yes, God may require us to change our plans for our life because they may not be fitting for a Christian, however wherever you are on your Christian journey, God has a plan for you. i.e. God will meet you where you are, and He has a plan just for you.

So wherever we are in our Christian journey – taking our first tentative steps or life-long Christian taking our final breath, God still has a plan for us.

You may think that God cannot possibly have any explicit tasks for you, but He has.

You may not think that you can achieve anything God wants you to do, but you can.

All these things you can do because God loves you unconditionally, and He will help you in every situation you find yourself in – So trust God’s plans for you!

Please watch this video of Michael W. Smith‘s song I’m Waiting For You:

God is waiting for you to “yes” to Him.

Say “yes” to God today and you will never ever be alone again. He will show you the way forward and will lead you through your journey called life.

Say “yes” to God today.

I’m Waiting For You

I walked this road
So very long ago
To show the way
So you would know
I walked the road
With holes in my hands in feet
To make the way
Come follow me

No, you are not alone
You will be free indeed
The journey begins and ends
With me
One million miles
It starts with a step or two
What are you waiting for?
I’m waiting for you

You run the race
Thinking you’ve almost won
Then you may find
You’ve only begun

You’re on the road
Thinking you’re far from here
And suddenly find
You’re very near

No, you are not alone
You will be free indeed
The journey begins and ends
With me
One million miles
It starts with a step or two
What are you waiting for?
I’m waiting for you

Avoidance

Posted: August 25, 2010 in life, religion
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Have you ever spent your time trying to avoid someone or something? If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have found the more you try to avoid something, the more you “bumped” into it!

Should that tell us something?! Maybe we shouldn’t try to avoid the things we don’t want to face. After all, all that does is just stretch things out even more, because inevitably some day, at some time we will have to face what we have been avoiding.

Do you try your best to avoid God and all he stands for? Why? Are you a non-believer? Or a believer who has fallen along life’s journey?

Do you think you can avoid God forever?

It’s impossible, because God is all around us everyday, everywhere we go. God can make a huge difference in your life – He can lift you up when you’re at your lowest, and He can direct you when you’re not sure which of life’s paths to take. Whenever you need a friend or someone to listen to you, God is there.

Don’t carry on avoiding God, just reach out and He will take your hand.

Dying To Reach You by Point of Grace

He looked through temples of time
To see you right where you stand
He emptied all of Himself
So He could reach out His hand
To give hope and meaning
To the wasted away
And you are one of the ones
That He was dying to save

(Chorus)

He was dying to reach you
Trying to meet you
Where you need Him most
You’ve been living in search of
The whole truth and real love
Your whole life through
You can open your heart
‘Cause He’s dying to reach you

He’s standing there at the door
You can hear Him call you by name
He simply waits to forgive
All of the guilt and the shame
He gave up His own life
And He still bears the scars
He only wants to receive you
So come as you are

(Chorus)

Oh, He has waited time and time before
You must be still and know that He is Lord

Your Pilot By William J Shannon

If your way is dark and full of doubt
Let Jesus be your pilot,
He will surely bring you out
Your path may be steep and narrow,
But Jesus waits to welcome you home.

There a robe of white is waiting
And a crown that you will wear;
Where sorrow never enters
And our Pilot never parts.

We can all make the most of each opportunity which comes our way, though sometimes we can find it’s outwith our own reach, but these are the times we must fully rely on our Pilot, Jesus.

Even when we haven’t been presented with an opportunity to move forward, we can still need help from out Pilot because life can be very tough to cope with a times – Situations and people come our way which can cause us to question ourselves, our decisions, our future, and sometimes even our faith or beliefs. These are times we must put our full faith in our Pilot, because he is always by our side, to guide us through the journey known as life.

Guide Me Home

Now the wind has lost my sail
Now the scent has left my trail
Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Where is my star in heaven’s bough
Where is my strength, I need it now
Who can save me, lead me to my destiny
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

How can I go on?
How can I go on this way

What should have been a simple 20 minute journey home after work today ended up being one I’m not likely to forget for some time…

While driving along I suddenly realised that a few hundred yards ahead of me on the pavement a woman on her own had suddenly collapsed in a heap and did not get back up again. Although there were a few other cars about, there was only one other pedestrian on the other side of the road, so I stopped to see if I could help.

To be honest I didn’t really think about what I was doing, I just went into auto pilot. By the time I’d stopped the car and got out, the guy that had been walking along the other side of the road had reaching the lady, who we discovered was unconscious. I called an ambulance and within a couple of minutes the police arrived followed a couple of minutes later by an ambulance and paramedic car!

The result of all that was by the time they got the lady into the ambulance she’d regained consciousness which hopefully was a good sign. They told us the lady had probably suffered a heart attack. I don’t even know what the lady’s name was, but I hope she is OK.

I pray God will be with this lady and her family and help her to make a full recovery.

Looking back on these events, what saddened me most was that although there was other drivers in the area who must have seen the lady collapse, I was the only one who stopped. Having said that, at last one person other than myself, came to help, the guy who was walking on the other side of the road. It’s a sad reflection of the society we live in these days that people are not willing to help a strange in need.

Since returning home tonight, I’ve found myself thinking about The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). So even if you are familiar with this bible story, I invite you to read it again, but this time think about what you would do if faced with a similar situation.

Tonight, as well as praying for the lady who took ill, have spent time praying that our world might become a more loving and caring place once again. Where we are all more aware of those around us and are particularly conscious of their needs and more willing to help one another when we are in need.