Posts Tagged ‘peace’

God is always watching over us, and looking out for us, but rather than just wandering or faltering maybe we need to take the initiative sometime, and approach him when we’re struggling.

God alone can calm our fears and give us peace, because only he can take away all our problems and worries. So let God give you rest.

Santa’s prayer

Posted: December 24, 2017 in belief, birthday, Christmas, grace, heart, life, love, religion, words
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Ever wondered what Santa thinks about the real reason we celebrate Christmas? Well here’s a prayer from Santa about just that, it’s beautiful.

My dear precious Jesus, I did not mean to take your place,
I only bring toys and things and you bring love and grace.
People give me lists of wishes and hope that they came true;
But you hear prayers of the heart and promise your will to do.
Children try to be good and not to cry when I am coming to town;
But you love them unconditionally and that love will abound.
I leave only a bag of toys and temporary joy for a season;
But you leave a heart of love, full of purpose and reasons.
I have a lot of believers and what one might call fame;
But I never healed the blind or tried to help the lame.
I have rosy cheeks and a voice full of laughter;
But no nail—scarred hands or a promise of the hereafter.
You may find several of me in town or at a mall;
But there is only one omnipotent you, to answer a sinner’s call.
And so, my dear precious Jesus, I kneel here to pray;
To worship and adore you on this, your holy birthday.

So celebrate this night when Santa comes to visit, but also remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but as you’ll see from the title this is another Christmas word association today. It may be a Christmas edition word association, but it’s the same format, so I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsElf
  2. Christmas card
  3. Winter
  4. Bauble
  5. Carolling
  6. Present
  7. Sack
  8. Sweets
  9. Candle
  10. Love

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Mischief
  2. Stamps
  3. Ice and snow
  4. Memories
  5. Salvation Army band
  6. Decisions
  7. Santa
  8. Overeating
  9. Peace
  10. Jesus

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Outcomes are described as:

  • the way a thing turns out;
  • a consequence.

Whatever we are facing, we can rest in the assurance that the outcome does not depend upon our strength, but on God’s. ~ @RichStearns

As the above quotes says, we can change the outcome or consequences of all we do, by letting God be at the centre of all be do. Give God your all, and He will give you strength.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace 

Do you think there will ever be a time again when we can feel safe and secure in this world? Sadly I’m not sure there will ever be.

All we hear about these days is physical or emotional violence against someone or something all around the world. Are we living in the beginning of ‘end times’?

The bible tells us of many signs of end times, and the persecution of Christians around the world, is just one such sign. Personally it scares me that we may be living in end times, but at the same time it’s also quite exciting. Exciting because I believe Jesus is coming again, and that means He will judge each of us based on how we’ve lived our lives.

So at the end of time, if Jesus will judge each of us, isn’t it the case that we don’t have to judge any of our fellow human beings, no matter how what they may have done in their life.

 

It’s down to us as Christians to remind the world that Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, and spread his message of love and hope. God wants us to live in peace so let us each show love, compassion and mercy to everyone.

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Whether we consider ourselves successful depends how we measure success. As the Dalai Lama suggests though, maybe our success should be measured by whether we are trying to be peacemakers, help heal and others, gifted storytellers, or love every one.

So are you successful? If not what do you need to do to become successful?

rushing-around

We’re in that time of year when we’re all so busy rushing around trying to get organised for Christmas that finding some “quiet time” can seem like an impossibility. So as suggested in the above quote, it’s impossible to find peace and quiet if we are continually rushing around, therefore if we want some quiet time, we must stop rushing around, pause, and just be at peace for a short time.

Even just having a few minutes peace and quiet in a busy day, can be the difference between struggling through and day or getting a few minutes to recharge ready to face the rest of your day.

So give yourself a rest, and pause…even if just for a few minutes.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Peace seems a long way off as all we hear about in the news is fighting and conflicts all over the world. God has promised to be with us always because in giving His Son for us, He has overcome the world.

The world needs God, and God needs us to be His voice in this dark world. So let’s keep praying for our world, that conflicts will cease and all people will live in peace and harmony with one another, because I believe God can overcome the evil in this world.

 

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Wake up twenty minutes earlier

 

It may seem counter intuitive as if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to sleep for as long as possible. So please just trust me on this one…

The first hour of your day sets the mood for your whole day. So if you start your day rushing to wherever you’re going, I’m sure that your day will carry on going downhill from there on.

Instead start your day off slowly by getting up 20 minutes earlier so you can  get yourself dressed and eat your breakfast without having to rush around or gulp down your food.

If you have a peaceful start to your day, it will go a long way to helping the rest your day to continue peacefully.

Young woman lying in bed in the morning. She is waking up with alarm clock.

 

We all need to simply ask God for help, because when we do His grace will provide all that we need. Please share with me in the following prayer

enlighten me