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There are times when each of us find ourselves in need of help or rescuing, so we probably call one of the following:

  • Police
  • Ambulance or doctor
  • Fire brigade
  • Coastguard or lifeboat
  • Car breakdown service

We put our lives and our future in their hands, in the knowledge that they will do what is best for us.

When it comes to God we shouldn’t wait until we’re in trouble before we turn to Him, instead we should be letting Him rescue us before we even get into trouble.

This song by Rend Collective sums this up really well – here’s them singing Rescuer

There is good news for the captive, good news for the shamed
There is good news for the one who walked away
There is good news for the doubter, the one religion failed
For the Good Lord has come to seek and save

He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

He is beauty for the blind man, riches for the poor
He is friendship for the one the world ignores
He is pasture for the weary, rest for those who strive
For the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life
Yes the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life (Hey!)

He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary
So come and be chainless (Come and be chainless)
Come and be fearless (Come and be fearless)
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction (For every affliction)
Here at the foot of Calvary

Oh He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore (We are free indeed)
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today, it’s time for another one. So as usual 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. wordsDesperate
  2. OneNote
  3. Clock
  4. Table
  5. Countryside
  6. Bins
  7. Samsung
  8. Wedding
  9. Sale
  10. Police

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. Hopeless
  2. Thoughts
  3. Time
  4. Chair
  5. Remote
  6. Recycling
  7. Phone
  8. Twenty
  9. Bargain
  10. Emergency

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!

On a day when many in Glasgow will be questioning why events of Friday night happened, and why their loved ones were the ones injured or killed in the incident, all I can offer is reassurance that many will be praying for you and your loved ones.

Glasgow helicopter crashFor those of you who do not know, at approximately 10.25pm on Friday night a police helicopter with 2 police officers and a civilian pilot crashed onto the roof of the busy Clutha pub in Glasgow city centre, injuring many and killing 8.

Some may think praying is not much to offer at a time of deep sorrow and disbelief, however for me although prayer may be all I can do, I believe it is the best we can all do.

It’s amazing what prayer can do. It comforts you, makes you feel whole inside, and gives you hope.

Through the pain and sorrow of these days, God will comfort those who mourn. The future may seem hopeless just now for some, but God can give them hope again.

To all those bereaved by this tragedy I offer my sincere condolences and pray that they may feel God’s love surrounding them at this time. To those injured, I pray that your physical and emotional scars from these events will heal quickly.

To all those in the emergency services who responded to the emergency call, I thank you for your dedication and commitment to help those in need. To you, my fellow Glaswegians who unselfishly tried to help and assist those caught up in the tragedy, I say well done for looking out for your fellow citizens.

I pray that God will comfort those who mourn tonight and surround all other affected by this tragedy with His love, providing hope for tomorrow.

 

Have you ever been robbed? I’m pleased to say that I personally have never been robbed in a monetary sense…however there have certainly been a few tennis matches that I’ve played in in the past where I’ve definitely felt robbed due to some dodgy line calls!

But in a spiritual sense, have you robbed yourself of God‘s faithfulness?

Don’t let the problems you perceive rob you from God’s promise that you hold. God is faithful!

Just the other week I got myself all worked up and annoyed about something I heard someone say because I thought their comments were directed at me. The following day, during a conversation with someone else about something completely different I discussed the comments I’d had thought were directed at me, were in fact a statement by the person about themself! How foolish I felt, but also thankful that I have kept my feelings and anger to myself instead of “going off on one”!

Just as I proved the other week that we can often “see” problems where there are none, so we can often to that when it come to doing God’s will. Don’t ever forget God will be with you and support you in all you do for Him.

Here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing I Confess My Trust:

“…a prison officer?”

That was the question I was asked on Saturday night. You’re probably wondering why I was asked this. Well on my way home from our Harvest festival at Bellshill Salvation Army, I went to the drive-thru at McDonalds with my Salvation Army uniform on!

I placed my order and drove round to the first window to pay for my order, got some strange looks from the guy that served me. After paying I continued onto the next window to pick up my order.

The guy in serving me brought over our drinks, did a bit of a double take on me when he noticed my uniform, and then went off again to get our food. After a minute he returned, without any food, and asked me the question, “What are you, a prison officer?”.

When folk had seen me in my Army uniform, I’ve been asked many things, been mistaken for a policewoman but never before a prison officer!

I told the guy that I was wearing a Salvation Army uniform as I’d just been at a meeting in Bellshill. He seemed surprised and thought about this for a few seconds before telling he read somewhere that if you were in the Salvation Army you couldn’t drink, and he then asked me if this was true. I told him this was true for those who chose to be members of the Salvation Army, however if you weren’t a member/soldier this rule did not apply.

His next question took me aback as I wasn’t expect it…He thought it must be very difficult not to drink alcohol so did I really not drink at all. This conversation was getting serious and so I hoped God would help me provide answers to this chap that would help him understand why I, and many other would choose to become members of the Salvation Army.

Usually when I get questioned like this I find myself stumbling for answers and giving very weak answers that do nothing but make the listener think I’m daft, but I believe God really guided me this time, as I found myself explaining to this guy why members of the Salvation Army do not drink, smoke or take non prescribed drugs. I also told him why I had chosen to abide by those rules when I become a Salvationist when I was eighteen.

I’m not quite sure how long I was actually chatting to this chap for, but it must have been about 5 minutes, as he’s already told me I’d need to wait 5 minutes for my order to be made up! When my order was ready and I was ready to leave, the guy told me it had been good to talk to me and that I’d given him something to think about!

Wow! What an amazing 5 minutes! Have I made a difference?

It just shows you never know where and when we may be able to be a witness for God. I just hope I did God and the Salvation Army justice. I will probably never know, however I’ve prayed for this guy since then, and I’d ask that you do the same, as I feel he was searching for something/someone to make a difference in his life, and I hope and pray that person may be God.

Here’s The International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing And You Will Be My Witnesses, I hope you enjoy it:

Salvation Army soldiers (members) adopt a lifestyle free from alcohol and tobacco. They also abstain from addictive drugs except when medically prescribed.

Alcohol, like other addictive drugs, can be harmful to individuals, families and society. Salvationists are mindful that, while certain lifestyle choices may be legally and socially acceptable, some choices may be neither helpful to the person concerned, nor to those likely to be influenced by their actions.

Today at work I realised I was 8 weeks behind in my timsheets – Oops! Mind you as well as noticing this I also realised that the “timesheet police” haven’t been after me yet, which is most unusual – They usually descend on you if you get more than a few weeks behind.

So having noticed how far behind I was, did I immediately catch up in my timesheets? Of course not! I hate filling in timesheets, and as I decided what difference is one more day behind going to make! It’s a task I usually do first thing in the morning before my brain is completely in gear, so will tackle this task tomorrow I suppose. Roll on tomorrow…not!

Anyway, all these thoughts about timesheets and how I’ve been spending my time, got me thinking a bit more generally about my time management…

  • times of boredom
  • times of joy
  • times of despair
  • times of learning
  • times of reflection
  • times of worry
  • times of work
  • times of relaxation

Where in all that is my “time for God”? I have got a bit of a reputation at work of being a very organised person (yes I know those of you who know me outside of work may be astounded by that but it’s true!), but that doesn’t seem to be reflected in my time management of my “time for God”. Also, look at my list again…how many of those “times of…” could be lessened id only I look them at to God in prayer!

Fitting in with today’s thoughts, please listen to the song For Such A Time As This

Do you manage your time with God the way God expects and wants you to? Why not take a step back today and reevaluate whether you spend enough “quiet time” with God each day.

Make today your “My Time Management for God” day.

Wasted Hours
So many hours are spent in
Pursuing our earthly desires
Without asking what God’s plans are
Or what, from us, He requires
 
We struggle so hard to fill
The emptiness and the boredom
We look unto earthly pleasures
To fill the void within
 
But so much time is wasted
In things that have no worth
Things that seem to take the place
Of what we know should be first
 
Like our relationship with God
And our faith in Jesus Christ
For He’s the only one to fulfil
The emptiness we have inside
 
Our hope of eternal glory
With Jesus Christ our Lord
This should be our only focus
For nothing in life is worth more
 
© By M.S.Lowndes

Yesterday morning when I left my house to head to work I didn’t get very far before my journey came to an abrupt stop. Right outside the entrance to our estate there had been what looked to be a serious accident – there was a car half on the pavement which was pretty smashed up at the front, the barrier at the edge of the pavement was gone and the traffic lights beside the car were mangled too. It appeared there had only been one car involved in the accident however I couldn’t tell if any pedestrians had been involved or not. There were two police vans and an ambulance there and they all still had their blue lights still on. The police were directing the traffic as they were having to send all the traffic along one side of the road as the other side of the road was blocked by the accident, There were long queues beginning to form in both directions when I got there, but I was lucky enough that when the traffic going in the direction I wanted to go, started moving, someone let me join the traffic almost immediately.

So having got past the accident outside our estate, I headed towards the motorway to go to work. I got as far as the junction where I would join the motorway when I realised there was an ambulance coming towards me so I stopped and let it past before continuing onto the motorway.

I continued my journey to work along the motorway. I got only a few miles along the motorway when I had to move over a lane to let another emergency vehicle past – a police car this time.

Surely that must be my last encounter with emergency vehicles in that journey? You would think so wouldn’t you? But it wasn’t, when I left the motorway and started the final part of my journey to work, I heard more sirens! This time coming towards me from the opposite direction were two fire engines.

Finally, as I was waiting to turn into the street where I park, I heard yet more sirens. A few seconds later there it was, another police car speeding past me!

What a morning! I couldn’t believe how many encounters I had with the emergency services in one journey!

If that’s how busy the emergency services were at that time in the morning (I got to work just after 8am!), I hate to think how busy they were the rest of the day! My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who required the services of one or more of the emergency services yesterday, I hope everyone was ok.

Let’s not take our emergency services for granted – they do a great job, often in horrendous circumstances and under extreme stress – they risk their lives to try to save others. What a fantastic job they do!