Posts Tagged ‘New International Version’

 ‘There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you…..When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am'” ~ John 14:2-4

I can be difficult to cope when our loved ones pass away, however I believe that they pass away when God is ready for them to take their place with Him. Life is about living for Him, doing things He needs us to do in His time, and therefore it should be no great surprise that even death takes place in His time.

Shed a tear when your loved ones leave this world, that’s only natural, but be assured that God has prepared a place for them, with Him.

 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

When we are struggling and everything and everyone seems to be against us, stand firm in God’s love, because He is with you. Always be assured of His love because He is the guardian of your soul.

AdvertisingAre you an advertising agent? No?

Well are you a Christian? Yes?

Then you should be an advertising agent…here’s why:

What advertising agencies do for their clients, we are called to do for Christ

Advertising agents are responsible for promoting the products and services provided by their clients, with the aim of getting you and me, the viewer/listener/reader to purchase or utilise their product/services. Similarly, God requires us to promote His message of peace, love and forgiveness.

Mark 16:15 (NIV)

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”

So get out there and advertise for God!

We probably all cope/react differently to the death of a loved one. However there are some things everyone can do to help manage our grief, so today I’m starting a series of blog posts about some of the things we can do to manage grief.

Today is all about the reminding ourselves of the timeless promises contained in the bible to provide comfort for our sorrow, healing from our hurts, and peace in place of pain.

Isaiah 40:29 and 31 (NIV)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 34:18 (The Voice)

When someone is hurting or broken-hearted, the Eternal moves in close and revives him in his pain.

Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.

I pray that as you have read the above bible passages, you will have felt the Lord surrounding you with His love. I have found great comfort in these verses in the last few weeks and I hope that they will also help remember that God will help you find the strength to face each new day.

check listAt 7.13am last Thursday morning, about 15 minutes before my alarm was due to go off, our phone rang – Phone calls at that time in the morning are never good news, and sure enough this particular phone call was to let me know that just a couple of minutes earlier, my Dad had passed away.

So it’s now one week one since that phone call we all dread, and to be honest, I’m only now beginning the grieving process having spent most of the last week supporting Mum, letting people know about Dad’s passing and when the funeral was, as well as actually getting everything sorted for the funeral. So this last week has really been a bit of a blur leading up to yesterday, Dad’s funeral, so it’s probably no surprise that today I’ve been feeling very emotional, shedding a lot of tears, and thinking about Dad a lot.

As I said in Stress and Strain a couple of days ago, Dad professed no faith, however he was always supportive of Mum and me as we attended the Salvation Army. I have certainly found great strength from my faith in these last days, and can only reiterate to you words which I have said many time before…God is more than just enough to get us through everything.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Please listen closely to the beautiful words of the song More Than Just Enough by Sara Luneack:

Life can be difficult at time, and it’s often during those times that we find it hardest to be still and wait on the Lord. The thing is, if only we took the time to stop and wait on Him, we would find the reassurance and help we need.

Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Don’t be afraid of the silence, it’s during the silence that we can hear God more clearly when all around us is in turmoil.

Be Still For the Presence of the Lord by David J Evans

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found,
We stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
Our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him,
In faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

Comfortable is something I think we all wish to be, whether that be financially, emotionally, in our friendships or in your home. But have you ever considered using the word “comfortable” when it comes to your spiritual welfare?

Comfortable is not a word I think you’ll find many Christians using to describe their spiritual journey, as we all still experience difficulties in life whether we believe in Christ or not. Therefore I liked the following statement by Francis Chan:

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

This is all backed up my scriptures where again we are reminded that we will face difficulties, but God will be there by our side, throughout these times, and guide us through.

Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

So just because you may have accepted Christ in your life, don’t expect your Christian journey to be a comfortable one. However be assured that God will always comfort you.

Ever felt like you you’re on your own…even when you’re in a crowd?

It’s not a nice feeling is it?

Having felt like this on a number of occasions over the years, is it any wonder I often feel like an outsider even when I’m with people I’ve known for years.

Despite that (even though at times it’s taken a lot to remind myself) it is so reassuring to know that I am in fact never alone, because God is always with me.

Psalm 62:2 (NLT)

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

 

We cannot separate
You’re part of me
And though You’re invisible
I’ll trust the unseen

Earlier in the week, in Don’t Forget The Blessings, I talked about how we can often get caught up in life and all its problems and so forget about the many blessings we receive each day. So it’s no great surprise that after writing that blog post, the following quote came into my mind:
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength ~ Corrie ten Boom
 It’s true isn’t it, we can often focus so much on how we’re going to cope and deal with our problems tomorrow, that we forget to live today!
Don’t keep your worries to yourself, take them all to God and leave the with Him, because He can lighten your load and help you live for today knowing that God will help you cope with tomorrow.

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

My whole being will exclaim, ‘Who is like you, Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.’ ~ Psalm 35:10 (NIV)

There is no-one in this world who we can totally rely on to the same extent as we can God. Yes, our family and close friends may be very good to us and be there for us in most situations, but ultimately they will never be able to be there for us all the time.

We try our best for our family and friends, to support them and be there for them whenever they need us, but what about those who have no family or friends, who is there for them?

God of course is there for them, just as He is always there for us. However as Christians it’s our responsibility to try to help everyone we come into contact with, and that includes those with no family and friends.

So let’s try to be like God, and be there for those in need, supporting them and helping them in any way we can.

 

Just love them like Jesus, carry them to Him
His yoke is easy, His burden is light
You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions
Just know that He loves them and stay by their side
Love them like Jesus