Posts Tagged ‘michael w smith’

When we’re children we go to school, where we are taught to read and write, and as we progress through school we taught about other subjects. I’m sure most of us, if not all, didn’t really like going to school, and in particular did not like doing our homework. However, in hindsight, I guess following up the teaching at school with homework to reinforce the learning from during the day, so that we remember at least some of what we’ve learned.

Homework may not have been something any of us liked having to do, but it did form a huge part of our learning process.

You’re probably wondering why I’m suddenly thinking about homework when it’s been a few years since I was at school or university, but I got thinking about how we go to church on a Sunday where we are taught about God and challenged to give our lives to Him, but we don’t get any homework do we?

Does this mean we only have to learn about God and the bible when we’re at church?

Far from it, just as when we were at school and had to follow-up our daily learning by doing homework, we must carry on learning about God, by praying and reading the bible in our own time, away from church.

Our relationship with God is a personal thing, individual to us, so we must spend quality time with God on a daily basis, and by doing this our relationship with God will grow, so carry on doing your homework and learning more about God.

2016 is almost over – For me for a change it’s been a year of no specific highs or lows!

Let’s have a look back over this year:

As far world events are concerned there’s been a lot of major tragedies, with many losing their lives. There have also been many celebrities from the world of tv/film and music who have passed away, causing much comment around the world about the number of celebs that 2016 has lost. For me it is sad how many celebs have died, but I’m not quite getting the huge outcry about it, as there are many friends and family who have also been devastated by the death of loved ones, and so my heart goes out to everyone who this year have lost a loved one.

What about from a spiritual perspective, how has 2016 been for you?

  • Relationship_with_GodHas it been a year where your relationship with God has grown or declined?
  • Have you prayed regularly?
  • Have you listened to what God has to say to you in this last year?
  • Have you said “yes” to all God has asked you to do this year?
  • When difficult times have come along during, did you turn to God for help immediately, or wait until turning to God was your last resort?
  • Have you done your best to tell others about Jesus?
  • Has God been at the centre of all you’ve done in 2016?
  • If you’ve answered “Yes” to all of the above questions, well done, you’re obviously doing the best you can to be a good example of Christ to those you encounter.

Sadly, I guess if we’re honest with ourselves, many of us, including me, will find we did not answer “Yes” to all those questions, but answered either “No” or “Sometimes” to at least one or two of these questions.

The good news is, no matter what we answered to those questions, we can make 2017 the year we answer “Yes” to all these questions by simply by trusting God to help us in every part of our life, not just the parts we’re choose to let Him into.

So as 2017 draws near, draw closer to God and let Him into every part of your life.

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

Romans 8:18

The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare the to joy that’s coming.

Do you believe that?

Sometimes we can be so caught up in what’s going on in our lives just now, that we forget there is a tomorrow, and with God there is the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

So whatever is happening just now, stay positive, because you will find joy in your life again.

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

It can feel at times as if our troubles are unending. That’s when we must remember that God is faithful and will be with us always.

When we suffer sorrows and pain it can seem unbearable. During these times God can be our comfort and our strength.

God is faithful to us always, but are you always faithful to Him?

Inspiration and direction are things I need every day, but sometimes I just don’t seem to be able to find any inspiration, so what then?

We can find inspiration in anything – something someone says to you or does for you, something you see in the world around you…

There is however one person in whom who should always be able to find inspiration, God!

Is it not inspiring that God sacrificed his only son, Jesus, just so we could live?

Is it not inspiring that no matter what we’ve done or what we done, we can find forgiveness in Him?

Is it not inspiring that if we give our all to God, He promises us eternal life?

Yes, God inspires me, does He inspire you?


How many times do you try something before you admit you can’t do it, and give up?

Do you give up when others tell you you should, so do you keep going until you know you have nothing more to try or to give?

Well, I just want to remind you today, not to listen to what others tell you, because it’s up to you when to give up. So if you feel you have other things to try or you could do better, keep going, keep trying, and you will achieve your goals.

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time”.

You may or may not agree with me but I believe that

I’m not a great example of Christianity but I am a much improved version of who I used to be

I’m not sure where I came across that quote, but it has really stuck with me, and has also challenged me to contemplate how much more I need to improve as a Christian.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past and said and done a lot of things I’m not proud of, but I know over the years my relationship with God has grown stronger, as has my faith and trust that He is with me always, guiding and helping me through each day.

I simply pray that God will continue to help me become a better example of Christianity, so that others will see Him through my words and actions.


The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?

The above verse is from Psalm 27:1 and gives us a great reassurance that no matter what we may be facing in our life, God is there with us. He will protect us, and keep us strong so that we can face whatever lies ahead, safe in the knowledge that we face it with Him.

As you may have gathered from some of my blog posts this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationships with those in my family who sadly are no longer here, particularly my Mum. I’ve been listening to a lot of music this week too and came across the following song by Michael W Smith, which really summed up the day I said my final farewell to my Mum just a few months ago.

Welcome Home by Michael W Smith

I can’t believe that I’m here
Having to say goodbye.
And I can barely see you through
These tears I cry.
I close my eyes.

I can hear the sound
As angels gather ’round
Saying this is where you belong
Welcome Home!

There are the days that my heart aches
wishing you were here.
But I know where you are
The hurt and the pain disappear.
There’s no more tears.


Welcome Home!


What a lovely sound
Angels all around
Saying this is where you belong
Welcome Home!
Welcome Home!
Welcome Home!



Just like yesterday, I’ve another quote for you from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross – again it’s about acknowledging we should not focus on when and how our live on earth will end, but instead focus on making the most of our time while we are alive!

It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I guess when our lives are touched by the death of someone very close to us, we do spend time thinking about our own mortality, and, dare I say, we forget to make the most our of life. Don’t get me wrong, we all need to grieve when we lose someone dear to us, but we must be careful not to let that grief consume us so that we stop living…after all I’m sure those who have passed away wouldn’t have wanted us to stop living our life because they have passed away, would they?

So yes, grieve for those you love when they pass away, but don’t let that grief take over your life so you forget to live yourself.

Live Forever by Michael W Smith

You painted me a picture of tomorrow
A place where you and I walked hand in hand
A world without despair and without shadows
But things just didn’t turn out how we’d planned
Now you’re gone

And I believe that there is somewhere
Where the angels fill the sky
And I believe we’ll live forever
You and I, you and I
Will never die

I wonder if you knew that you were leaving
I thought that I saw something in your eyes
You painted me a picture of believing
I’ll see you there on the other side
And I’ll be there