So be content with who you are, and don't put on false personas. God's strong hand is powerfully on you and he will promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.He Gets the Last Word. Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is ready to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones who have to suffer with these hard times. It's the same with people all over the world. So hold strong to your faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great, eternal and glorious plans for us in Christ will have you put together and on your feet for good. For he gets the final word.
"resentment is a little bit like drinking poision, and then really hoping that it will hurt somebody else instead"
and for some reason this really spoke to me. i was so aware of times when i have felt resentment, and i noticed that these times have never really helped in anyway, they have only worsened the pain in situations and made things harder for me. so i wonder if i ever do this in the rest of my life, are there times when, rather than doing what i intend to do, all that actually happens, is i end up hurting myself... i hope not.
project 365: is a photography project, designed to document the course of a year in the life of a person. the basic idea of it is that you take one photo. per day. every day. for 365 days in a row. the idea is that life in the modern day and age, lives at such a fast pace, i frequently find myself wondering just where the time has gone. so. with this in mind, taking a photo of every single day of my life, would alow me to then look back on the photos and give myself a flashbulb memory straight back to a place, an event, a time in my life, that i might otherwise forget. a blog, it would seem to me is a perfect place to document this project. so that is what i will do. everyday, i will take a photo (i may not upload every day, but i will shoot every day) and through this, i should be able to recall events in my life far better.
during a meeting today, the prayer of St Francis of Assisi was read out:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
i loved the way that it spoke into my life and really challenged me to live my life less for me, and more for the glory of Gods kindgom.
I recently came across this video while stumbling around the internet on a lazy saturday afternoon, and I was truely blown away. The simplicity of both the music, and its accompanying video was a perfect combination which had me mesmerised from the first note. And although as far as I am aware neither the piece of music, nor it's video have any sort of christian slant to them, I found myself drifting into a state of calm thoughtfulness, I found that words of praise and or joy were coming to the forefront of my mind as I let the music wash over me. As I sat, I was drawn to a passage in 1 chronicles which reads:
Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
I was really struck by how much this song had spoken to me, and it amazed me that through something so small and unasuming as a video on youtube, I was able to connect with God in a real and amazing way. and it made me stop and think how many ways every day does God try to connect with me and speak to me and i just brush him aside, thinking nothing of the ways in which he speaks. God works in and through everything. and I know, that I for one, am far too quick to forget this. I challenge you, that in the future, try to notice God in everything, you never know what he might be saying.
so have a look at this video, maybe it will speak to you, maybe not, either was, have it as a reminder, that God does speak to us in real and amazing ways.