Posts Tagged ‘Timothy’

When you’re alone with someone, whether you know them or not, how does it feel if there are a few minutes of complete silence when neither of you say a word?

Time is one of those strange things that although every second passes the same for each of us, one person may feel time has stood still another may feel as if it’s going by extra quickly.

Here’s a quote a came across from Henry Van Dyke which illustrates this:

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read:

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

I’m sure we’ve all heard people say things such as:

  • You’ll be my friend forever
  • I’ll be eternally grateful if you could…
  • I’ll remember what you’ve done forever
  • I’ll always be there for you

I’m sure when those words are said, the person saying them has meant them. In reality though we are all human, after a period of time we often do not remember those statements that we said we’d keep forever and therefore we break them.

I’m sure we’ve also all had someone say to us that they know exactly how we feel, when we’re going though a tough time. But is it really possible for another person to truly know exactly how we feel?! I don’t know what your circumstances are at present, but here’s some words someone once said to me when I was going through a difficult time – “If you’re going through a tough or difficult time, don’t stop, just keep going“.

Tough times are temporary so no matter how difficult we may be finding life, we must always keep going. Remember, God put us on this earth for a reason, he planned out our life before we were born. And he knows what or how we’re feeling or thinking even before we know ourselves.

Sometimes it takes a brush with eternity – a crash, an illness, some shock to the system – to get you really thinking about what you want to do with your limited time here, and why you’re living on this wobbling dirt cloud in the first place. ~ Hampton Sides

Our time on this earth may be limited, but we god has planned our life out for us, we just need to follow his direction and he will stay by our side both in this life and for eternity.

2 Timothy 1:9

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

While we can’t always rely on others keeping promises to be there for us, or remember us forever, however God will. God’s love for us will stand the test of time and His love will last for time and eternity, all we need to do is trust Him.

I hope you enjoy listening to Bellshill Salvation Army band featuring Alex Ramsay on cornet and Chris Shanks on euphonium, playing Time and Eternity:

How many are there in your immediate family?

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Well, as some of will know, I don’t have any brothers or sisters so I’m an only child. I therefore have no idea what it’s like to have grown up with brothers or sisters – to play with, fight with, confide in and of course love.

When I was growing up, nearly all my friends had brothers or sisters. So I felt different because I never experienced the same childhood relationships with siblings that my friends did. These days I still sometimes wish I had brothers or sisters so I had someone to confide in, someone to talk to, particularly now my Mum and Dad are no longer here.

As I have no brothers or sisters, I’m also never going to be an aunt to anyone – I would have loved that, as I know from my own experience with my Aunt Mae, how special a relationship an aunt can have with their niece or nephew.

So for those of you who do have brothers or sisters, remember how lucky you are – even although you may argue and fight with your siblings and you may lead very different lives from your siblings – they are still your family so I’m sure you all still love one another, even if you wouldn’t openly say that to one another!

1 Timothy 5:5 (NIV)

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

The love between you and your brothers and sisters should be everlasting, because they are your family!

Spirit

Posted: January 29, 2018 in bible, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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“He/she has great spirit” – I’m sure we’ve all heard that said of someone. I’m never quite sure what is meant by that.

However, when it refers to our relationship with God, I do know what it means:

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

So don’t be afraid of anything or anyone, because God has given us the power of love, and love can overcome anything.

Sometimes

Posted: September 28, 2016 in bible, life, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Sometimes this is all we need to remember…

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength ~ 2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)

There can be times in our lives when strength to face another day can seem a million miles away – it’s during those times in particular that we must always remember that God will give us strength.

1 Timothy 4:14-16

Be sure to use the abilities God has given you…keep a close watch on all you do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others.

In these last few weeks I’ve found I’ve had to remind myself a lot of the gifts God has blessed me with, as I’ve found myself going off and doing things without God’s approval or direction. Funnily enough, I made a mess of them! Thinking about it now I realize this was God’s way of reminding me that I should use the gifts He has blessed me with for Him, and not for myself.

I’ve learned my lesson, and pray God will continue to use me to help those He wants me to help. I hope you too will always trust God to use you the way He desires.

You’ve started reading the bible and you’re trying to understand what it says, but you’re finding it hard to understand just what God is trying to tell you through His word…don’t despair, this is only natural. God does not expect us to understand everything He is trying to tell us, He expects us to need guidance from Him. So, I thought I’d give you a few more pointers on how to study the bible, based on my own experiences.

Pray for Guidance

I’m sure like me, you’ll read verses in the bible which don’t make any sense to you. Just because you don’t understand them does not mean they these verses are not relevant to you. In fact from my own experience, I’ve often found it’s the verses I don’t understand, that in time, come to be those that speak most to me.

 To understand the bible, we can’t do it alone, we need to ask God for guidance. In other words, we must pray.

John 16:13 (NKJV)
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Although me must pray, we must not expect God to respond to our request immediately, we must be patient.

…and there’s the important part, “we must be patient“. He may not answer our request, immediately, or even today or tomorrow, ir may be weeks before He gives you the guidance you requested. The thing to remember thought, is that even when God answers our request for guidance, He may do so in a way we are not even aware. e.g. Through a conversation someone has with us, a situation or event that happens etc. However, at the end of the day, we can always be assured that God will answer our request for guidance and understanding of His word.

God Will Speak To You

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The bible was written by people inspired by God. It is God’s word. It is God’s instruction book for living. It is God’s personal instruction book for each one of us.

As I’ve said in many previous blog posts, prayer is a critical and essential part of our Christian life, and so is the bible. Use it as your personal guide to life. Your personal instruction book from God.

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

If you have, do you get on with them? Did you get on well with them when you were kids?

I don’t have any brothers or sisters, I’m an only child, so I obviously don’t know what it’s like to have brothers or sisters to fight with, play with and love. I know when I was much younger I often wished I had a brother or sister but that was probably more because all my friends had brothers or sisters so I was “different” from everyone else. Now as I’ve got older and thought about brothers or sisters, I’ve wished I had a brother or sister so I had someone to confide in, someone to talk to that wasn’t part of my everyday life.

I also feel at times that I’m missing on out on something else, and that’s the possibility to be an aunt to anyone – I have no brothers or sisters so there’s no chance of that from my side of the family and from my husband’s side that is not possible either as his sister died a number of years ago.

Anyone else out there an only child having the same thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts about brothers and sisters.

For those of you with brothers or sisters, you are so lucky in many ways, you may argue and fight with them, you may be very different people living very different lives, but you’re still family and as such I’m sure you all still love one another, even if just a tiny wee bit!

1 Timothy 5:5 (NIV)

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

The love between you and your brothers and sisters must be everlasting,because they are your family!

Faith

Posted: April 29, 2009 in life, pray, religion
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Bible Reading – 2 Timothy 2:13
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us. For he cannot disown us who are part of himself and he always will carry out his promises.


During out darkest times our faith is often tested to extremes and we can often find it difficult, if not impossible to pray. But God does not give up on us. He will continue to watch over us and guide us even when we cannot find the words to talk to God.

If your faith is wavering or you’re struggling to understand what God wants you to do, keep hold of your faith, however small you feel it may be, because God will get you through – He’d not have put you in the situation if He didn’t think you could cope with it!

Faith transforms the earth into a paradise.
By it our hearts are raised with the joy of our nearness to heaven.
Every moment reveals God to us.
Faith is our light in this life.
By it we know the truth without seeing it, we are put in touch with what we cannot feel, recognize what we cannot see, and view the world stripped of all its outer shell.
Faith unlocks God’s treasury.
It is the key to all the vastness of His wisdom.
The emptiness of all created things is disclosed by faith, and it is by faith that God reveals Himself…
With faith,
All that is dark becomes light, and what is bitter becomes sweet.
Faith transforms ugliness into beauty, and malice into kindness.
Faith is the mother of tenderness, trust, and joy…
There is nothing faith cannot overcome;
It passes beyond all shadows and through the darkest clouds to reach the truth, which it embraces and can never be parted from.