Posts Tagged ‘Point of Grace’

Psalm 66:9 (The Passion Translation)

There’s no doubt about it; God holds our lives safely in his hands. He’s the one who keeps us faithfully following him.

We’re reminded in this verse in Psalms that God has promised to look after us always.

Imagine you promise your your best friend something, but they continually keep asking you to confirm that you’re still going to keep your promise to them. That feels like they don’t really trust you doesn’t it? So when we doubt God, we’re really questioning the promise God has made to each one of us!

There is a possibility that even our best friends will not keep promises they have made us, however there should be no doubt in our mind that God will always keep his promise to always be there for us, and look after us.

I’ve been reminded a number of times over the last year that only time can heal our physical wounds. But it’s not just our physical wounds that need time to heal, our emotional wounds also need time to heal.

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. ~ Blaise Pascal

As time passes, our memory of events can change because of how they made, and still make us feel. We don’t mean to do this, it’s just one of those things that happens in our subconscious as time passes.

Time really heal both our physical and emotional wounds. So whatever quarrels or griefs or quarrels  you’re struggling with today, be assured that over time the wounds they have left you with will heal.

Chosen to be a soldier,
Chosen by God;
Chosen to be a soldier,
Washed in his blood;
Chosen to be a soldier,
Lost ones to save,
Chosen to be a soldier
In the Army brave

Edward Henry Joy

I believe God chose me, and He has chosen you too!

Ephesians 1:4 (The Passion Translation)

And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.

Accept God into your life today, because He loves you and chose you to be part of his family, long before you were even born.

Washing

Posted: July 28, 2019 in bible, clothing, life, love, music, religion, sin, words
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Have you got a favourite piece of clothing that is your ‘go to’ thing to wear? I have a few things which I always wear much more than other things, so as a result they get washed much more frequently than other items of clothing that I only wear occasionally.

I noticed earlier this week, when I was hanging one of my ‘go to’ tops on the clothes line, that some of the colours in the top were beginning to fade a bit because the top has been washed so much.

As items of clothing are washed more and more, the colours fade and the material can become stretched or thin as it wears out.

One of the phrases you may hear a lot of is the ‘God can wash away your sin’. God loves us and will wash away our sins, time after time. He won’t put a limit on the number of times he will forgive us, as he loves us too much not to forgive us!

Hebrews 10:10-12 (NLV)

Our sins are washed away and we are made clean because Christ gave His own body as a gift to God. He did this once for all time.

Unlike our clothes, the quality of our life does not deteriorate the more times God washes our sins away. In fact, each time God washes us, the our lives are renewed as he cleanses our hearts and minds.

So next time you wash your ‘go to’ clothes remember that although they may begin to fade and wear, God’s love for us will never fade, and therefore he will continue to wash our sins away.

How many times have you heard someone say they are “taking one day at a time”? This statement is often used when someone is going through a difficult time, either health or life issues, and is said to indicate that the person is just trying to get through and survive the coming day.

God has planned out our lives before we take our first breath, so even when we take one day at a time, we can still follow his plan for us. God is with us through every situation and circumstance we find ourselves in. But if we put our trust in Him, he will guide us through each day, supporting and guiding us.

So take one day at a time when you need to, but take it with God.

When you see people at their most vulnerable, you realise each and every one of us, no matter their background or lifestyle, are just the same – they each have to rely on someone else to save them.

I recently watched a medical programme on TV where one of the doctors said those words. They were such powerful words I had to write them down when I heard them so I didn’t forget them.

When we are at our most vulnerable we really need those who love us and who can do something to help us, to be there with us – After all if you came across a building on fire, you wouldn’t call the coastguard to put out the fire would you, you’d call the fire brigade.

So when we’re feeling vulnerable we should turn to God, as he is the only one who can provide us with the love, support and help we need at that time – His answer may be to send us a friend to share our worries with; or give us direction when we there seems too many choices ahead of us. Whatever we face, God is the answer, so should be the one we turn to in our time of need.

When you’re going through a tough period of time, it really can feel like you are completely on your on – Not necessarily that there’s no one living with you or around you day-to-day, but no one really understands how you feel, or even seems to care how you feel.

Maybe you’re being told to “give yourself a shake” or “things aren’t that bad”, but both those statements (plus others) are not helpful when you feel at rock bottom.

I have found in those situations that even at night when I tried to sleep, my mind was constantly active reiterating to me how hopeless things were, or how bad things looked. This usually resulted in me not getting much sleep, which in turn made it more difficult to concentrate on standard everyday tasks, again making it feel like I couldn’t do anything right anymore.

Hang on in there though, as even through those difficult times, God is still by your side. It may not feel like he is, but I can assure you he is always there, and will help you during those days. You probably won’t realise during those times that God is helping you, but believe me when you get through that time, you’ll look back and you’ll see God’s part your survival.

So keep on believing God is with you, as he will help you through your storm.

Keep the Candle Burning by Point of Grace

You think you’re alone there in your silent storm
But I’ve seen the tears you’ve cried falling down and trying to drown
The flame of hope inside
Let me tell you now, tell you now
When you’re walking in the dead of night
And your soul is churning
When your hope seems out of sight
Keep the candle burning
All it takes is one steady heart in a world that’s turning
Shine a light and pierce the dark
Keep the candle burning
Keep the candle burning
When you’re down and you’re discouraged
When the darkness clouds your view
You’ve got to gather up your courage
You know the lord is gonna see you through
Let me tell you now
Tell you now
One ray of light always breaks through
Follow wherever he takes you
Wherever he takes you

 

under-the-weatherWhen you’re feeling ill or unwell, you seek medical advice, by either going to see your doctor or attending hospital.

But what about when you’re struggling with life or struggling spiritually?

Funny how when we’re struggling, God is often not the person we turn to even although he is “The Great Physician”

Mark 2:17 (NIV)

Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”

So if you’re feeling under the weather, always remember Jesus is there for you.

At some point in our lives I’m sure we’ve all felt as if we’re worthless and no use to anyone, but have come to realise that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you are felling worthless just now, please consider this:

To the world you may just be one person but to one person you may just be the world

I personally have found this to be true, even during my darkest moments. Sometimes just befriending someone, or giving them a hug can be all someone needs to let them know someone is thinking of them. Therefore, just keep being you, and I’m sure you will “be the world to someone” even although you may never know how much your actions or words meant to them.

We can all make a difference in other people’s lives, even through simple actions, so don’t ever think you are worthless. You are not worthless to God, so you certainly aren’t worthless to those around you.

How many people do you know who will be there for you in your goods and your bad days; Who don’t judge you because of your foolish decisions or the things you keep secret; But who still love you despite all this?

There’s not many who will stick by us through everything is there? However there’s one who will, God.

God knows your good days, your bad days, your foolish decisions, and all your secrets. And He still loves you!