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What better way to describe Christmas night than as a Holy Night. Maybe that’s why O Holy Night is another of my favourite carols, as it simply reminds us of the wonder that is Christmas:

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

We do live in ‘a weary world’ these days don’t we, so did you ‘fall on your knees’ before God this Christmas, and promise to help tell the world of God’s love in this coming year?

I pray that we can help remind this world that we can share in a ‘new and glorious morn‘ where ‘all oppression shall cease‘ and we ‘love one another‘ if we put our trust in God.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed 2016!

Thank you for following my blog, I pray that in this coming year I may challenge and inspire you, as well as giving you a laugh sometimes. Thank you for your support.

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2016 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all from your family and friends, but even more so from God.

A new day and a brand new year has come, bringing with it opportunities to shine.

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed 2015!

Thank you for following my blog, I pray that in this coming year I may challenge and inspire you, as well as giving you a laugh sometimes. Thank you for your support.

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2015 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all from your family and friends, but even more so from God.

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Yesterday, I urged you to make a new start with God at this start of this new year (A New Year and a New Start), but I know for some of you that may be difficult because of things that have happened in your past where maybe you’ve questioned God’s reason for letting something to happen, or maybe the complete opposite, maybe you feel God let you down by not being there for you when you needed him most, or maybe you were let down by people who said they were Christians but in fact acted in a completely un-Christlike manner towards you.

hands reaching to each otherWhatever your past history with God, God is still waiting for you to turn to Him and is reaching out to you to take His hand. Even if you thought God deserted you in the past, I can assure you that He did not because God always answers our prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, or even in the way we wanted Him to, or expected Him to, but He will answer our prayers, and He is always by our side.

I have felt in the past that God has deserted me, and so I turned away from Him, but after struggling about on my own for a while, God answered the prayers I had voiced over a year in the past, not in the way I expected, but He did answer them. I can therefore assure you that even if you think God has forgotten you, He hasn’t, just wait for Him, just as He is now waiting for you.

Forget your past and make God your present and your future, His waiting for you today.

So that’s Christmas and New Year over, and everything is beginning to get back to normal…whatever normal might be!

We’ve probably all spent too much money on Christmas presents and eaten far too much food, that we’re all making new year resolutions to change this thing or that thing in our life, to save money and/or lose weight, but what about your spiritual life? Have you stopped to consider what you need to do to make a new start with God this year?

Maybe you’ve never truly believed in God, maybe you believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart…whatever state your spiritual life may be in, why not make a new start with God and give Him your heart for 2014, and forever more.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
Come, come and know, know me now

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed 2014!

Thank you for following my blog, I pray that in this coming year I may challenge and inspire you, as well as giving you a laugh sometimes. Thank you for your support.

We may not know what lies ahead of us this year, but whatever 2014 may bring our way, I pray you will find the love, strength and support to face it all from your family and friends, but even more so from God.

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Some things in life just aren’t important in the grand scheme of things and over these last few days, I’ve been reminded again how important it is to make sure the things that are important to you stay top od your priority list.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (in It Might Be New Year But…) that this year, 2013, hasn’t been the best for me so far. I think it’s for the reasons listed in that blog post, that I’ve reminded myself several times this year already, that I shouldn’t get too bogged down in things that in the grand scheme of things, really aren’t important.

Sometimes I think we’re all guilty of paying too much attention to what others think of us, how much (or how little) we enjoy certain activities, and of course the one that cripples us all at times, timescales and deadlines!

reality-checkHere are some things to consider – I’d suggest you consider the order you would currently put these tasks, review that order, and then place them in the priority you would rally want these items to be in your life:

  • Work – including overtime, timescales, deadlines
  • Children – looking after them and sending quality time with them
  • Religion – attend meetings and gatherings, spend “you-time” with God
  • Learning – enhancing your skills so you can go further in your employment
  • Possessions – constantly the wanting to be one of the first with the best items available
  • Family – care and provide for them and look after them when they are ill
  • Relax – spend quality time relaxing and recharging with friends/family or by yourself
  • “You time” – spend time yourself doing whatever you want

I’m sure even at a quick look we can all put these items in a current priority order. But are you happy with that order?

Some of the things in the above list are not essential to achieve all you can achieve, therefore why not remove those unneeded tasks and focus only on those which will help you achieve what God wants you to achieve.

Why not make this year a year to concentrate on the important things in life and not get bogged down in trivial things, but lets keep God at the centre of all we do and out family and friends next. SO keep focused on what’s important in your life and don’t get distracted by other things.

…2013 seems to be bringing more of the same for me so far. 😦

Firstly, I thought as it was the start of a new year, a time for new beginnings, I would once again make the first move to try to reconcile with brokenfriendshipseveral people who were once very close friends and confidants, but sadly for various reasons those relationships have broken down to such an extent in the last few years that not only to these folk ignore me and sometimes my husband too, but are often downright rude and cruel towards us – I certainly did not think any broken relationship merited such awful treatment, especially from people who would openly tell you they are Christians!

To be honest, I wish I hadn’t bothered again (I’ve reached out several times before to these folk), because the various people concerned either completely ignored me again, or responded in an obnoxious manner questioning why I thought I “had the right to expect them to speak to me” – At no time did I ever tell anyone I expected them to speak to me, so I was deeply hurt again.

So much for new beginnings and putting the past behind us and moving on!

I do wonder what kind of Christian does that make these folk? I’m definitely not saying I’m perfect, far from it, but I’ve felt right from the time these folk started to ignore us that things were taken out of context and exaggerated out of all proportion, and surely as Christians we should be able to rise above these disagreements, put them aside, forgive and move on…sadly not all seem to agree with me.

Secondly, health concerns for my hubby started again on New Year‘s Day again as we had to postpone our new year’s day dinner with my Mum as hubby wasn’t well enough to leave the house.

Thirdly, my own health problems seem to have peaked again since last Wednesday/Thursday although I think some of this may be down to all the other issues that have arisen since the start of the year!

hospital2Lastly, my Dad’s health has deteriorated considerably in the last week and a half as although he was previously sitting with his eyes closed all the time, he was at least responding to us when we spoke to him and was opening his eyes. However it got to the stage where he was no longer opening his eyes at all or speaking to us at all and he was also refusing to eat, drink or take any of his medication. So much so that last Friday he was admitted to hospital because he was badly dehydrated – That was a long day in itself, as the GP saw him about 3.45pm and decided he should go to hospital, although we later discovered he hadn’t bothered to order the ambulance until 5.30pm!

Meanwhile Mum and me waited at the nursing home with Dad for the ambulance as Mum was keen to ensure Dad got settled ok at hospital. What a long wait that ended up being…the ambulance didn’t turn up at the nursing home until almost 11pm. It was then about 12.20am before the doctor first spoke to us at the hospital and then about 2.40am before Dad finally got settled into a ward. By the time I dropped Mum back home and got myself home it was about 3.30am!

It turned out Dad has a chest infection and id apparently can often cause added confusion for dementia sufferers and cause then to be more sleepy and less willing to eat/drink than normal. Dad’s now being treated in hospital for his chest infection and he is beginning to become a little it more responsive when we speak to him  (not that much of what he says makes any sense), so hopefully he’ll get back to being able (and willing) to eat and drink by himself again soon.

So we’re only 8 days into 2013, but already I’d say I’m really not liking this year so far. So one thing is for certain, 2013 can really only get better, can’t it?!

What are your choices?  Whom are your choices for? Not just for yourself.  Chose now whom you will serve, and that choice is going to affect the next generation, and the next generation, and the next. Choice never affects just one person alone.  It goes on and on and the effect goes out into geography and history.  You are part of history and your choices become part of history.

Edith Schaeffer

Sometimes it can feel as though we have no choices in life, because the outcomes of any choice we have have already been decided for us by someone else or by circumstances. That however is not true of every choice we have in life…there is one choice in our life that we can only make for ourselves, because even if someone else tries to make that decision for us it means nothing unless we make that choice too.

Any ideas what choice I’m talking about?

The decision to believe in God and give your heart to Him.

Having said that, just like any other choice in life, whether we choose to follow Christ or not, that decision will affect our future and the future of those we encounter during our life. Therefore, at the start of this new year, I again would like to urge you to make the right choice in your life, by letting God into your life and giving Him your heart.

Give God your heart and reap the benefits in your life and see the impact and change you can have on other’s lives too.

In my blog post on the last day of 2012, where I reviewed how I got on with the aims I’d made at the start of 2012 (in My Aims 2012 – Review of the Year), I spoke about how I have tried (and failed often) to be more patient with others. So although I haven’t made patience a specific aim for this new year, I do intend to try to be more patient.

As patience is something I know many of us find difficult to attain and retain, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on patience with you today.

Before we go any further, can I ask you to close your eyes for 30 seconds…
Closed-eyes

Did that feel like ages?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a very patient person. If someone is doing something for me, I expect it to be done now. If I get something new, I want to use it now. If someone does something wrong I get frustrated.

Maybe that’s why I find it so hard to wait for God‘s answers to my questions and my prayers!

…and yet I know God will always answer my prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, maybe not in the way I wanted on expected, but He will answer them.

So why not join me today in pledging to be more patient, not just with others but also with God.