Posts Tagged ‘Kutless’

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt out of place? It can find it awkward and difficult to know what to do and say to try to fit it.

Have you ever been in a situation where not only did you feel out of place, but you weren’t accepted at all? That can be very difficult and upsetting to cope with.

It may be hard to believe, but Jesus experienced that. He wasn’t accepted by ‘his own people’! But what we must remember is that those that did accept Jesus are saved. In the same way, if we accept Jesus, we too can be saved.

Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God. ~ John 1:12-13 The Living Bible

God will not be absent when His people are on trial; he will stand in court as their advocate, to plead on their behalf.  – Charles Spurgeon

Isn’t it reassuring to know that no matter what we face in life, God will stand up for us, and support and guide us.

So trust God, because He will always be there for you.

Is there such a thing as a perfect prayer?

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power. ~ Amit Ray

I’m not sure I’d call any prayer a ‘perfect prayer’, however I would say that any prayer that is uttered from the heart, is worthy of being called perfect. God wants us to give our hearts to Him, so if our prayers come from the depth of our heart, they are perfect to Him.

Yes, know last Friday was Black Friday not today…or was it?

Well I guess if we’re talking about commerce, shopping and savings, yes, last Friday was definitely Black Friday. However there is another Black Friday which comes round once a year…but this one is not a Christmas time…

black-friday

Eternal savings! Wow! That’s a fantastic offer isn’t, but what must we give in return?

Christ gave his all for us on Black Friday, Easter Friday, and simply asks that we give Him our all in return.

Have you ever wondered what your walk looks like to others?

Would your walk look like it belongs to the Ministry of Silly Walks?

ministry of silly walks

Our walks may be different at different times depending on how we’re feeling or what shoes we’re wearing. Similarly our walk through life can have it’s funny times and it’s more difficult times. How about your walk through life with others? Are you there for others when they need you? Do you focus your attention on those who are strong and not in need of support?

walk with the broken

Look around you, and be there for those who need you.

 

I had a strange experience earlier, which when i tell you about it, you’ll either think I’m mad (or maybe confirm to you that I’m mad!) or you’ll think it was a lovely thing to experience. So where do I start to explain this…

As you may know my Mum passed away last year and a few months later we moved to my Mum’s house. I’ve struggled a lot since my Mum passed away particularly since she passed away just over 2 years after my Dad. As part of moving to my Mum and Dad’s house we had the task of going through things in the house and sorting out some of the things we definitely want to keep as well as deciding on and some we don’t. Some of the things of Mum’s that we have kept were some of the towels as some were almost new and had hardly been used.

This morning when I got up I had my usual shower and afterwards I pulled my towel round me and as I did so I realised the fresh towels I’d put out last night were some of my Mum’s. As arms of loveI stood there with the towel wrapped round me I had the feeling of my Mum holding me tight in her arms…I crumbled…the tears streamed down my face, I was unable to move.

Many of you will think this was all just part of my imagination, but for me, I believe even although my Mum and Dad are no longer here with me, they are still watching over me, and Mum knew I needed a hug today, just as she’s known every other day.

Mum and Dad I love you and I miss you both so very much. I just want others to know and see the huge inspiration you were to me and how much you influence and me and moulded me into the person I am today. I just hope I make you proud.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, Lonely #3, I want to consider how other people’s behaviour affects how we feel. More specifically, how other’s negative behaviour can add to our feelings of loneliness and feeling like a nobody.

Sadly there are people in this world who seem to be intent on getting through life any way they can, even if that means trampling over others, overlooking and ignoring anyone who obstructs their attempts to achieve their personal goals. The trail of destruction and rejection these folks leave behind themselves is full of people who feel like a nobody.

It hurts when you feel like a nobody, but even when we’re in that darkest of places, God is still there:

” I don’t view you that way “….. ” I know your pain, I know what you feel, I know your mistakes, your  feeling of inadequacy, rejection and loneliness and I care about you more than you will ever know,and more than anyone else will ever know “

It’s just as well isn’t it that in a world that sometimes makes you feel like you are a nobody, God sees us as a somebody.

Carry on

Posted: January 19, 2016 in depression, life, love, music, quotes, religion, stress
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There can be days that are difficult to face.

There can be days you’re not sure how you’re going find the strength to get through them.

I am just glad that when I face days like those, I face them in the knowledge that God is with me, and He will give me the strength and courage to get through them.

Lord help me carry on

Consciously or not, we are all on a quest for answers, trying to learn the lessons of life. We grapple with fear and guilt. We search for meaning, love, and power. We try to understand fear, loss, and time. We seek to discover who we are and how we can become truly happy.

by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

All those feelings listed in the above quote, are all feelings I’m sure we’ve all felt, and all struggled with at times. However even during those times when we struggle to understand why those we love have been taken from us, or difficult situations have occurred, or we’re scared about what the future holds for us or our loved ones, we can grow and learn as individuals. As we become more aware of our own failings and shortcomings, we accept that it is only through God’s help and guidance that we can reach our potential and be truly happy.

In so many ways I wish this wasn’t the end of 2015, as once again I find myself looking back over the last year with great sadness.

Mum 70thWhile 2014 had not been great as Mum was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, she had coped well with the chemotherapy so I had certainly started 2015 full of hope that 2015 would bring good news for Mum. Sadly my hopes were dashed early on, as we got the news in January that while Mum’s treatment had helped to a certain extent, the lymphoma had continued to progress so were told they no longer hoped to cure Mum, but still hoped to get her illness under control for as long as possible.

Despite a course of radiotherapy and then starting a course of oral chemotherapy, it was clear in July, Mum’s illness was progressing, and so Mum was admitted to hospital for further tests/treatment. after further scans/test we were summoned to meet with the doctors and Mum, and were told there no further treatment they could offer Mum as her illness was continuing to progress quite aggressively. After a few days of discussion with Mum and the palliative care nurse, Mum agreed to go to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, initially just for a couple of weeks so we could all be sure she was going to be able to be safe if she went home. Sadly though, Mum never got home, as on the 6th on September she passed away peacefully in the hospice.

TiggerMum wasn’t the only member of my family to pass away this year, as in April we also had to get our cat of almost 20 years, Tigger, put down. We got Tigger as a wedding present on our 1st wedding anniversary, so he would have been 20 years old this July. There was a huge emptiness in our home after Tigger died as other than the first year of our marriage, he was part of our married life, so it was a big change for us not having Tigger around the house anymore.

That wasn’t the end of things either as another member of my family passed away from dementia/Alzheimer’s – my Aunt Vida, passed away in August less than 3 weeks before my Mum died.

I’m not quite sure how I’ve got through these last few months, particularly as this included clearing out my Mum’s house, which had not only my Mum’s belonging, but also many of my Dad and my Aunt Mae’s things too (they both died in 2013) – This was one of the hardest and most upsetting things I’ve ever had to do. I feel that in these last few weeks, that Mum’s death has really hit me hard, as prior to that I was so busy clearing her house and getting organised for hubby and I moving to my Mum and Dad’s house, I don’t think I really had much quiet or alone time to stop and think about all that’s happened this year. One thing I do know though is that my world fell apart when Mum passed away. Other than my hubby, Mum was the last of my immediate family who remained, so now Mum’s gone I feel so very alone – Mum knew how I was going to feel when she passed away as I remember her saying to me just a few weeks before she died, that she wasn’t ready to go yet as she wanted to be here for me. I really wish Mum was still here for me, but sadly her time here on earth was up, however I am reassured in the knowledge that Mum will now be with her Lord and Saviour, and that we will be reunited one day.

Just as in previous years, it’s not only been the bereavements that have been on my mind this year, as there have also been several other ongoing life issues to cope with this year which have added to the stresses and strains of 2015.

I’m finding life quite tough just now, as I really miss my Mum and continue to miss my Dad too. After my Dad and my Aunt Mae passed away 2 years ago there was one song that stuck in my head for a few months as it reminded me that no matter what I’m facing, and how bad life seems, God is there for me and He will always be there for me, and that song has once been going through my head again – so here is Kutless with Promise of a Lifetime:

So as you can see 2015 has been an awful year for me. I really hope and pray 2016 is a happier year for me and my family!

I hope 2015 has been a far happier year for you than it was for me, however if it wasn’t, I hope you have had the love and support of family and friends to help you through the year.

I pray that as we look ahead to 2016 you may go forward with confidence knowing that whatever situations you have to deal with, God is by your side not just during this Christmas season, but all year-long.

The Promise of a Lifetime by Kutless
 
I have fallen to my knees
As I sing a lullaby of pain
I’m feeling broken in my melody
As I sing to help the tears go away Then I remember the pledge you made to me  I know you’re always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime Will you help me fall apart
Pick me up, take me in your arms
Find my way back from the storm
And you show me how to grow
Through the change I still remember the pledge you made to me
I know you’re always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime  I am holding on to the hope I have inside
With you I will stay through every day
Putting my understanding aside I am comforted
To know your always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime.
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime I know you’re always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I’m clinging to the promise of a lifetime
Looking back at me
I know that you can see
My heart is open to the promise of a lifetime