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We cannot love people if we are afraid of being hurt or taken advantage of. Perfect love casts out fear! ~ Joyce Meyer
Life can be tough sometimes can’t it? We make friends, we get into relationships, we become good friends, but then something happens which leaves us feeling hurt or taken advantage of. In turn this makes us reluctant to get into future relationships because we’re scared we will get hurt all over again.

True love however can help us overcome any fears we may have of being hurt again. The purest love is that given to us by God, and therefore His love can help us overcome any of our fears.

We should all love one another – How many times have you been told that?

When someone lets you to do something, how likely are you to do it? If someone demands that you do something, how likely are you to do it then?

In John 15:17 Jesus said

I demand that you love each other, for you get enough hate from the world! (The living bible)

So Jesus didn’t just ask us to love one another, he actually demanded that we love one another, so it must be critical that we love one another.

Crisis! A word that strikes fear and alarm when we hear it.

However as this quote from JFK states, even in a crisis, we need to remember that there is still time for opportunity.

So whenever you face a crisis in your life, be alert, stay safe, but also remember to reach out and grab the opportunity that the crisis presents to you.

 

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

 

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:14-19 (The Message)

We all have to recharge our spiritual batteries occasionally, so it’s worth reminding ourselves that God will always strengthen and guide us during times when our spiritual strength has gone.

The older I get the more I come to value and recognise the foundational influence of my parents and other Christians.

When we’re growing up, we are all guilty of taking many things for granted, especially the great advice and influence that our family can give/have on us. It’s only as we mature in our Christian experience, that we begin to recognise the people who have taught us about God and help guide us in our Christian journey.

Appreciate those who have influence your Christian experience, and tell them how much they mean to you. Don’t leave it until it’s too late to tell them how much you appreciate them nurturing you.

No the title of this blog post is not a typo, I did mean to type “weak” rather than “week”!

Let me explain…

A week can seem a short time sometimes, but there times it can seem like an eternity. That’s why when I was recently reminded of the following statement:

Seven days without prayer, makes one weak.

When it’s a week without prayer, without God, is a week can seem like an eternity because don’t we need the strength and guidance that God provides us with through prayer to get us through each day?

When life gets tough, don’t turn away from prayer, but immediately turn to prayer as God will give you the strength required to face what lies ahead.

Life can be tough sometimes, and sometimes it can feel like everything is going against you. What do you when you feel like that?

It can be difficult to get through tough times on our own, but we are never really on our own are we?

gods still working

God is always with us, even if it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Just trust Him, He will get you through.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5

Saw this on a friend’s timeline on Facebook recently, and it really hit home with me

only mistakes

It’s a sad indictment on our society these days that many are more interested in pointing out others flaws and mistakes rather than noticing that their mistakes maybe down to some underlying sadness or pain.

Let’s try and see past others mistakes and see what’s going on behind their tears. Be the difference in someone’s life today.

Sometimes I think we all need a little reminder that none of us are perfect

failing

So when you fail, don’t think God doesn’t want you or has deserted you, because you are exactly the person He wants!

Goodness

Posted: April 12, 2016 in children, life, music, quotes, religion, words
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Children copy those around them – They copy our good and our bad habits don’t they! So just as children copy the words and actions of those around them, so we must ensure our lives reflect Christ so that not only do people see Christ in us, but they are willing to hear us when we point them to Christ.

Don’t just tell people to be good. Point them to Jesus – his goodness alone can cover them.