Posts Tagged ‘word’

Ever come across someone who appears to listen to you but later shows they really haven’t listened to a single word you’ve said?

I would guess we all know someone like that! I would also guess that they are not particularly caring people when it comes to others, am I right?

J Clarke once said

One who cares is one who listens.

and that kind of sums up what I was saying doesn’t it.

Of course there is one person who we can all talk to who I guarantee will always listen to every word you say, and will show is love and compassion for you on a daily basis. Do you know who I’m talking about?

GOD!

Don’t ever stop caring about others. Be Christ-like and listen to what others say to you and saw you care about them.

Have you ever had a day when you’re writing/typing and when you look at a words that you’ve written you think it’s spelt wrong, however the more you try to think how the word should actually be spelt, the more confused you become about how the words should be spelt?

For me it’s never the long or unusual words I seem to have that problem with, it’s the simply everyday words! The other day for example my unspellable word was “knowledge”.

Do you ever have days like this? If so what, if anything, do you do to get round the problem?

For me I tend to just use the spell checker on my pc/laptop which nearly always seems to work out words I’ve been unable to spell! At least I make good use of my  computer for something useful!

Faithful God, faithful God,
All-sufficient one,
I worship you.
Shalom my peace,
My strong deliverer
I lift you up,
Faithful God.

This last week I’ve found these words have been very much in the forefront of my mind ever since I hear of the sudden passing of a friend, Hazel Ferguson. At first I didn’t understand why this song kept going round and round in my head, but I soon came to realise that God was reminding me of several things…

Firstly, regardless of the feelings and emotions we may be experiencing, God is there with us because He is faithful, and can supply all we need in every situation.

Secondly, and probably most importantly at this time, that my friend is now with her Saviour, the One she has served for many years through the Salvation Army,

Today I attended Hazel’s funeral, so like many other day’s this week, I found myself thinking about some of the times I’ve spent with Hazel…

I’ve known Hazel for many years, as I gre up attended Rutherglen Salvation Army where Hazel and her family attended. I became much closer to Hazel during her time as Songster Leader at Rutherglen as she had the faith and trust in my to convince me to firstly become accompanist for the songsters, and then a few years later her deputy as leader.

Hazel was one of the members of the Harmony Trio and I was privileged to travelled with them to various churches and other Salvation Army corps, to play clarinet solos and then a few years later as their accompanist. These were also interesting times, not just because of the message the group portrayed to the listeners, but also the car journeys to and from the venue! As was mentioned at Hazel’s funeral she was a scary driver! But for me, my memory of car journeys with Hazel is the fact that we never ever came home from somewhere the same way we had gone…een although we intended to! We got lost countless times, but to be honest all this all just become part of the fun at travelling with Hazel!

In these last few years since we both moved from Rutherglen Salvation Army to other corps, Hazel and I maybe didn’t see each other very often, however it didn’t stop us continuing out friendship by email and text.

Hazel was Mum to someone I grew up with and am friends with, but the age difference between Hazel and I definitely didn’t stop us becoming good friends. Over the years we shared some hilarious moments (many prolonged by Hazel’s infectious giggling), and we also shared in some emotional and tearful moments. However, no matter the situation one thing always shone through and that was Hazel’s deep love of God, and for that reason I can say with confidence that she is now with God.

Rest in peace my friend.

’Mid all the traffic of the ways,
Turmoils without, within,
Make in my heart a quiet place,
And come and dwell therein.

A little shrine of quietness,
All sacred to Thyself,
Where Thou shalt all my soul possess,
And I may find myself.

A little shelter from life’s stress,
Where I may lay me prone,
And bare my soul in loneliness,
And know as I am known.

A little place of mystic grace,
Of self and sin swept bare,
Where I may look upon Thy face,
And talk with Thee in prayer.

As children at primary school, we were taught the Lord’s Prayerbut did we understand  what it meant?

As children at primary school we had to learn to recite the Lord’s Prayer…but did we understand the words we were learning?

As adults we recite the Lord’s Prayer on instruction at church…but do we actually believe the words we are reciting?

How many times in your life have you recited the Lord’s Prayer?

How many times when you were reciting it did you actually consider the words you were repeating, and believe them?

I suspect like me, you may find there are very few times when you’ve said the Lord’s Prayer, when you have actually said the words with sincerity and belief. Isn’t that sad. This is the prayer our Lord taught us, yet we treat is like a poem or words of a song that we just recite without thought or consideration.

Next time you say the Lord’s Prayer, please think about the words as you say them, and more importantly, believe and act on them!

As It Is In Heaven by Michael W Smith

Luke 11:1-4 (New Living Translation)

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:

   “Father, may your name be kept holy.
      May your Kingdom come soon.
   Give us each day the food we need,
   and forgive us our sins,
      as we forgive those who sin against us.
   And don’t let us yield to temptation.”

Yesterday in Tears, I spoke about some of the situation and events that made me shed a few tears in the last few weeks. Today I want to continue thinking about the things that upset us, and make us cry.

There are two things which I reckon are the most common reasons why we cry – One I touched on yesterday, death of a friend or family member, and secondly hurtful words spoken to us or received in a letter/email/text.

Unfortunately, death is one of the inevitable things about life, because it comes to us all eventually. That however doesn’t make it any less painful for us when a loved one or a friends dies, particularly when it happens unexpectedly.

Hurtful words however are something which we can do something about, we can be careful and considerate in everything we say or write so that we do not hurt someone’s feelings or cause offence.

Yes, I’ve been talking about hurtful words and how they can upset us, however on the opposite end of the scale, words can often be the thing that provides comfort and reassurance to us when we are upset. i.e. Words are one of our main means of communication with one another, either verbally or in written format, and that’s why words can mean the world to someone or mean hurt, pain and resentment to others.

Be careful what you say, be careful what you write, as you could change someone’s life for the worse by saying a wrong word. Try to say things that will mean the world to someone, your words could make a massive positive difference in their life.

Last night I went to play at ny first band practice in nearly year (Bellshill Salvation Army Band). I was a little apprehensive about going, firstly at the thought of taking that first step back through the door again, and secondly as I wasn’t sure whether I’d cope physically with playing.

My fears were unfounded though, as it turned out to be far easier than I’d imagined to take “that first step” and also as physically I survived, albeit with some pain, but not too severe thankfully.

During the practice we played one of my favourite pieces called “His Guardian Care“. The words of one of the melodies from that piece, which incidentally is the trombone quartet (it’s just coincidence honestly!), has stuck with me today:

God is with us all the time,
In the morning when joybells chime,
In the evening when lights are low;
Our God is will us everywhere we go.

Do you believe those words?

I do! I believe if God had not been with me every minute of every day, particularly during these last few years, I would no longer believe in Him. During some of my darkest moments I questions God, wondering why He was letting me go through what I was, but every time I questioned Him, He answered me…sometimes by directing me to a particular song or piece of music, words from a friend or indeed words of comfort from someone I hardly knew!

God has proved to me He is always with me, regardless of whether I’m going through tough times or whether everything is going right for me. God can do the same for you…God is doing the same for you because He is right beside right now, whether you’re aware of Him or not!

I hope you enjoy Michael Olson singing the well known worship song God is With Us

The Word by Sara Groves

I’ve done every devotional
Been every place emotional
Trying to hear a new word from God
And I think it’s very odd,
that while I attempt to help myself
My Bible sits upon my shelf
With every promise
I could ever need

Chorus:
And the Word was
And the Word is
And the Word will be
The old Word is the new Word is
The old Word is the new Word is…

People are getting fit for Truth
Like they’re buying a new tailored suit
Does it fit across the shoulders
Will it fade when it gets older
We throw ideas that aren’t in style
In the Salvation Army pile
And search for something more to meet our needs

Bridge:
I think it’s time I rediscover
All the ground that I have covered, like
Seek Ye first (what a verse)
We are pressed but not crushed,
perplexed but don’t despair.
We are persecuted but not abandoned
We are no longer slaves
we are daughters and sons,
and when we are weak
we are very strong

And neither death nor life
nor present nor future
nor depth nor height
can keep us from the love of Christ
And the Word I need
is the Word that was
who put on flesh to dwell with us.
In the beginning….

What a blessing this song is. It puts everything so simply – The word was, is, and will be, forever!

It has reminded me again of just how easy it is for each of us to love our Saviour Jesus Christ each and every day. And what’s more, He will love you unconditionally in return, no matter what you have done in your past, currently or even what you may do in the future.

Be assured that Jesus will love you, forever!

Your Word

Your Word, O Lord
Is wisdom and truth
And we need to know this
When in our youth

To have it embedded
Deep in our hearts
To never give it up
And never let it part

We need to know
The truth there in
That will lead us to life
And free us from sin

Your Word, O Lord
Is faithful and just
And in your Word
We must put our trust

By M. S. Lowndes

The bible holds so much information for us. We must trust God to help us understand His message to us, in His word.

This above poem talks about how we must know the wisdom and truth of God’s word in our youth, but it’s referring to the youth of our relationship with God, not of our life – otherwise it would be saying if we don’t know the truth of God’s word in our childhood, we never will, which certainly is not true – we can find God at any time in our life.

Do you know the truth of God’s word today? If not, now is the time to ask God to help you discover it in His book, the bible.