Posts Tagged ‘talk’

too-busy

We can be too busy to notice what’s going on round about us at times. We can even be too busy to notice that those around us are struggling and in need of your support.

Are we too busy find time to talk to God?

No matter how busy we are, we must always make time to talk to Him because He is the One who  will provide all we need.

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

depression

Maybe we all need to stop for a minute and look at those around us properly…are they struggling…do they look like they need a hug…do they need someone to talk to?

Often people will not ask for help when they really need it, so it’s up to the rest of us to look out for them and look after them.

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:

Talk to yourself at the start of each day!

You probably think I’ve lost it as why would I tell you to talk to yourself! Well I don’t think I’ve lost it, but I do think it’s a good idea to remind yourself at the start of the day, the kind of person you want to be. e.g. Remind yourself to be patience and understanding with those who try your patience; reach out and show love and compassion to someone in need.

Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget what our targets and plans for ourselves are and can lapse into old, bad habits. So start each day by looking in the mirror, and reminding yourself of the kind of person you want to be, that will reinforce your aims and maybe just remind you of those aims later in the day.

talking to yourself

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

In the last couple of weeks 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:

Make it a habit to talk to God at the start of every day.

At the start of every day, make time for God – Get up a little earlier than usual, make yourself tea in your favourite mug, light a candle and sit looking out onto the garden. Then write down questions you have for God and all the things you want to talk to Him about: things that are troubling you; people and situations that are worrying you. Most importantly though, take time to listen to God’s answers to you, and write those down too.

Do this every morning, make it a habit, and you’ll find starting your day this way each day will set the tune for you each day…that you are walking with God through each day.

 

Last week I caught a little bit of a phone-in on the radio during my journey into work – The topic of the phone-in that day was “Things to do during a long car journey”.

worship-prayerIf I’m honest I wasn’t really paying too much attention to what was being said during the phone-in until they read out a text message that someone had sent in with a suggestion about what to do during a long car journey…The suggestion was to pray.

That in itself wasn’t what caught my attention, but the response given by the phone-in host, as they said praying would be an idea plausible suggestion, “but not when you’re driving!”. I’m not sure why she felt you shouldn’t pray when you’re driving, so I don’t know whether it was because she thought you have to close your eyes to pray, or whether she felt you can’t pray and drive at the same time because you need your full attention on the road.

I understand that it is definitely not advisable to close your eyes when you’re driving, however it is not necessary to close your eyes to pray. I also understand that when driving our focus must be on our driving, however is praying by talking to God really any different to talking to your passengers in the car?

I was brought up to believe that we can, and should pray whenever we need to, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. because God is always there with us, and will always listen when we talk to Him.

So don’t be put off from praying just because of where you are or what you are doing, because your prayers matter, and more importantly, they matter to God. However praying when we’re busy doing other things is not ideal as we aren’t giving God our full attention, so make sure you still put time aside each day to spend quality time alone with God when you have no other distractions around you.

Have you ever noticed how everyone notices those who have a lot to say for themselves and/or are quite vocal?

Have you ever noticed how that those who are less “in-your-face” tend to be better listeners?

Does one of the above statements describe you, or are you someone who can be quite vocal but listens too? Do you think others would agree with your description of yourself?

In my experience, those who are good listeners, are often the ones who don’t even recognise that ability in themselves, as they just see it as something that they naturally do rather than something they have to make an active decision to do.

Listeners are some of the most underrated people, but in my opinion the world would be a far worse place without listeners!

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We’re all guilty of talking too much at times aren’t we? However some of the best relationships and friendships are based on being interested in what others, your friend, has to say, and listening intently to them. It may be you can’t physically help your friend in any way, however I’ve found from experience that often just really listening to what someone has to say is all someone needs sometimes…I still find that sometimes, all I need is someone to truly listen to me, and how I’m feeling…that is often more than just enough for me…

In our prayers, we talk to God, in our Bible study, God talks to us, and we had better let God do most of the talking. ~ D.L. Moody

So let’s not be guilty of talking so much that we fail to listen to what God has to say to us, because He is always More Than Just Enough (Sara Luneack):

Are you one of those people who gets nervous during uncomfortable silences?

Or are you one of those people who tells everyone around you everything you’re doing or have done?

Silence isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it give others the chance to evaluate and consider what is being said or done. This is reflected in a quote I read recently from Henry J. Kaiser:

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt!

When we’re good at what we do, it shouldn’t always be necessary for us to back up our actions with words, so be careful you don’t distract others from your good work by interrupting and talking constantly.

Let me start today by asking you a question – Do you talk to yourself?

Let me take you back to a blog I posted a few weeks ago entitles What Are You Doing? where I wondered how many times each day God must wonder what I’m doing, as I often ask myself that very same question! Yes, when I do or say stupid things which are not what God would want me to do, I often “talk” to myself, and give myself a telling off for what I’ve said/done.

I know that probably sounds really weird and has probably confirmed to you how strange I am, but I truly believe that some of the best talks we will ever have, are those we have with ourselves!

If we can’t talk to ourselves, who can we talk to!

Focus On God

Posted: March 15, 2010 in religion
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Psalm 42:5 – The Message

 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
      Why are you crying the blues?
   Fix my eyes on God—
      soon I’ll be praising again.
   He puts a smile on my face.
      He’s my God.

God will help you get through your struggle – all you have to do is keep focusing on Him, praying and believing in Him.

You might feel as if things will never get better for you. However if you put your trust in God, God will help you through your struggle – maybe not in the way you want Him to, but he will answer your prayers.

Take time to thank God for all His help and guidance. He alone is the one we must praise and thank for His unconditional love.

Point of Grace sing You Are The Answer:

They line the wailing wall
The masses fill up st. peter’s square
Confessions, emotions
Spill out of desperate prayer
I know they’re not alone
They’ve come to face penitence stone
I hear the voices, the souls in need of you, ’cause

(chorus)
You are the answer
And the meaning of life
To hearts in darkness
You’re the source of light
As we walk this human road
Every question will find
You are the answer

Across the playground yard
Another future society
Living and learning
The way it’s suppose to be
The days of truth grow dim
Your hand must reach and write them
The message of hope that can only be found in you, ’cause

(repeat chorus)

You shined your light in me
When I had no way
Rescued my dying heart
That I could not save
And not just for me but for the world today

(repeat chorus)