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The Lord gives strength to his people: the Lord blesses his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

Finding peace in the midst of our busy lives can seem unlikely, but that’s not the kind of peace that the Psalmist refers to in the above verse – This refers to us gaining inner peace from God, so that He can give us the strength and guidance to face our busy and hectic life.

Give God the chance to help you find inner peace today.

If ever we need a reminder that God has promised to love us always, we can find it in Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

The question is, are you repaying God’s faith in you by loving Him?

Crying out

Posted: February 19, 2017 in bible, depression, life, music, quotes, religion, stress
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Whatever we need, whenever you need it, God will be there when you cry out to Him, when you need help.

God can and will heal all your wounds and take away all your worries.

My God

Posted: February 7, 2017 in blogging, life, religion, trust, words
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Sometimes a picture can say more than lots of words

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ~ Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

These are words from Isaiah that I’m sure we’ve all heard many times before. I reread this passage several times in the last couple of days.

In this passage of scripture there’s no suggestion that Isaiah hesitated before he responded to God when he asked who he would send. That says so much about his faith and trust in God doesn’t it, that Isaiah didn’t stop to consider what he was ‘signing-up for’ before volunteering, because he trusted God and knew God wouldn’t ask him to do something he wouldn’t be able to do.

As I’ve reread these words in Isaiah, I have to accept that I am not always as willing to accept the plans God has for my life. I have to put my trust fully in God so that I have no hesitation when he assigns a task to me.

How about you, are you as quick to respond to God’s requests of you, as Isaiah was?

 

 

Lo, he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

So Christmas has arrived!

Today we celebrate the triumphant arrival of Christ to earth all those years ago.

The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball celebrates Christ triumphant arrival. The music has three main sections entitled: ‘Vision of Judgment’, ‘Remembrance of the First Advent’ and ‘Vision of the Second Advent’.

So as you celebrate Christmas Day with your family and friends, today, please remember the first advent and that birth of our Lord and Saviour, and look forward to the second advent!

Merry Christmas!

There one particular song that we sing at Christmas that has always intrigued me, both why it was written and also what it’s really about, and that’s The Twelve Days of Christmas.

I know the Twelve Days of Christmas start with Christmas Day and end with the eve of Epiphany on January 5th, but what do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

So I did a bit of digging around and found the following detailed meaning of this song:

 

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.12 Days of Christmas Carol

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So hopefully this has been helpful to you, and helped you learn something today.

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I don’t know about you, but I worry about the state of our world. God created for us a beautiful place for us to grow and learn, but many have turned from God and therefore seem to be doing all they can to destroy everything and everyone around them.

It is the responsibility of those of us who believe in God to try to ensure the future of this world, God’s world, is safe, because at present it seems far from that.

God has placed the future of His world in our hands, so it’s up to us to be His beacon of light in this dark world, so that His light and His love fall afresh on those who currently do not acknowledge Him as Lord.

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I think we’re all guilty of thinking we don’t need God sometimes, as we can cope on our own.

Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

God remains by our side and always there for us, so whether things are going well or we’re struggling, put your trust in Him, because He will get you through, and help you do His work.

Hopefully if you read yesterday’s post, Wherever, you’ll have realised that there is no reason why we should be afraid…

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Put your trust in God, because He will look after you every moment of every day.

Do not be afraid.