With all the junk that we get sent on the internet, occassionally we receive something like this, that is just too good not to share.
Many thanks to the person who sent me this! x
Remember the story of the burning bush? It burned, but it didn't burn out. Some people who once burned for God have burned out. Loyal workers in the church for years; suddenly they vanish. Herbert J. Freudenberger, a psychologist, describes burnout as 'fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause that failed to produce the expected reward'.
So how can you avoid burnout? First, seek God's input. 'If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault...' (James 1:5 NIV). God is an expert; consult Him. Secondly, realign your priorities. Too many irons in the fire mean none of them gets adequate attention. Learn to say no. Your family will appreciate it, even if others don't. Thirdly, practise the art of thanksgiving. Freudenberger says, 'Get into the habit of noticing - and nurturing - the unspectacular good things that happen to you.' Next, learn the art of physical relaxation. Take ten or twenty minutes at the end of the day to sit in a comfortable chair and enjoy a good stretch. Coax your body and mind to relax. Imagine yourself basking on a warm beach. How about exercising? It's one of the best antibiotics for burnout.
But pick what works for you, not what stresses you. You could develop your own relief devices; take a walk; read a good book; try a little creative loafing. As James Thurber quipped, 'It's better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all.' Finally, find someone to share with. Shutting yourself off increases the problem rather than solving it. Find someone you trust to talk with.
Whenever God shines his light on me
Opens up my eyes so I can see
When I look up in the darkest night
I know everythings going to be alright
In deep confusion, in great despair
When I reach out for him he is there
When I am lonely as I can be
I know that God shines his light on me
Reach out for him, hell be there
With him your troubles you can share
If you live the life you love
You get the blessing from above
He heals the sick and heals the lame
Says you can do it too in jesus name
Hell lift you up and turn you around
And put your feet back on higher ground
Reach out for him, hell be there
With him your troubles you can share
You can use his higher power
In every day and any hour
He heals the sick and heals the lame
Says you can do it too in jesus name
Hell lift you up and turn you around
And put your feet back on higher ground.
Partygoers worked desperately to keep an 18-year-old stab victim alive last night after a fight at a party in East Auckland.This is just up the road from where i live.
Their efforts were in vain and today the teenager's body still lay in the middle of a Pakuranga street today as police began a homicide inquiry.
Police were called to the party in Greenhill Crescent shortly after 11pm after ambulance officers refused to go in, saying it was too dangerous.
After police arrived, paramedics found the body of the 18-year-old in the street.
Police were called after reports of a fight on the street, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Glossop of Counties Manukau Police said.
When they arrived the teenager was dead in the middle of the road, he said.
"Witnesses were still trying to administer first aid."
Police are talking to partygoers about what happened.
A preliminary examination showed the teenager had several stab wounds, Mr Glossop said.
Police had notified the deceased's immediate family but were giving them time to advise other family members before his name could be released, he said.
Mr Glossop said a formal identification also needed to be carried out before the deceased's identity could be revealed.
Imagine your life is over and you're standing in front of a big DVD player. God inserts a disc with your name on it labelled: 'What might have been'. It details everything He wanted to accomplish through you: how He wanted to bless you financially, but you were afraid to sow into His Kingdom and be generous with others; how He wanted to use your gifts, but you lacked the discipline to develop them and the courage to use them; how He gave you great relationships, but you weren't truthful and loving enough to maintain them; how He longed to reproduce in you the character of Christ, but you refused to deal with your sin, resist temptation, and pursue spiritual growth.It is never too late to be who you might have been. That is a quote that i wish i had remembered while having a conversation with Mr T this morning. I wish i had said it to him.
John Greenleaf Whittier said, 'Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these - it might have been.' But there's a bright side. As long as you're still breathing, you can close the gap between what is and what can be. So stop and ask yourself, 'What can I do now to live without regrets later?' Here's what: start renewing your mind each day with God's Word instead of filling it with junk. Use your talents and your treasures to build His Kingdom instead of your own. If you do, you'll discover that God gives '...seed to the sower...' (2 Corinthians 9:10 NIV). The more seed you sow, the more seed God will give you. And how about making time to disciple somebody? That way your legacy will be greater than your lifespan.
It's not too late to become the person you might have been - if you're willing to start today.
Jesus knew exactly why He lived: 'For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.' That's what He thought about, prayed about, planned for, worked towards, sacrificed for, died and rose again for, and finally accomplished. By fulfilling His destiny He changed the world for ever.
So, do you know your destiny? What are you doing to achieve it? 'We are created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do' (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). Does that sound like a life of aimless wandering with no known destination? The Bible says, 'A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps' (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV). Plan well, but always stay open to God's direction.
'...All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be' (Psalm 139:16 NIV). God's plan for your life was set before you were a twinkle in your parents' eyes! If you fail to follow His path you'll miss His best for your life.
The Bible is full of examples of people who crashed and burned at some point. King Saul is a great example. Recalling it, David his successor prayed, first, 'I desire to do Your will...' (Psalm 40:8 NIV). Your desires are the driving force in life, so make sure they're in harmony with God. Secondly, he prayed, 'Teach me to do Your will...' (Psalm 143:10 NIV). When it comes to doing God's will, the Psalmist acknowledged he needed God's help. You do too.
|Anni and I in 1985|
I just read your latest entry about Mr T and I am so gutted for you.
I'm not religious at all,but I believe that someone or something out
there has great things in store for you,all of which will be worth
waiting for and that will make these bad situations worth it in the
end. You've already shown so much strength by accepting his decision
and not turning into a psycho woman who chases after him! He's let a
good thing go,maybe he realises that as hes making his decision,maybe
he'll realise a lot later.
Tomorrow is a new day,and an opportunity to start over and move on. I
sincerely hope its better than today.
When you recall God's faithfulness to you it causes hope to rise in your soul. It enables you to face the future with confidence and say, '...He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who...keep His commands' (Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV).I have good news. I have made it through to the third interview for that job. I am excited about that.
Looking back and remembering is a Scriptural principle that works. 'Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with [God]'; 'Joshua set up twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan...' (Joshua 4:9 NIV); 'Samuel took a stone...set it up...and called [it]...Ebenezer, saying, '..."Thus far the Lord has helped us"' (1 Samuel 7:12 NKJV). The Bible says, 'No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God...will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but...will also provide the way out...' (1 Corinthians 10:13 NRS). Going back through Scripture and remembering the ups and downs of God's people and how He consistently came through for them, lends fresh perspective to your own situation and enables you to see a bigger picture.
In Psalm 22:2 NCV David starts out saying, 'God...I call to you...but you do not answer.' But as soon as he starts remembering God's faithfulness he does a 180-degree turn around and says, 'Our ancestors trusted you...and you saved them. They called to you for help and...were not disappointed' (Psalm 22:4-5 NCV).
When you're in a spiritual free fall, stop dwelling on yourself and your disappointment and begin to focus on God. '...Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave...' (1 Kings 8:56 NIV). He's still the same; He hasn't changed.
Here's a simple but effective formula for handling a spiritual slump. Praise your way out! David starts Psalm 22 by asking, 'God, why have You forsaken me?' and goes on, '...You...dwell...[where]...praises...[are offered]' (Psalm 22:3 AMP). You won't always feel like praising God - that's why it's called '...the sacrifice of praise...' (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV). But when you're in a slump you need the discipline of praise more than ever. It brings a sense of God's power and presence like nothing else does. That's why the Psalmist wrote, 'I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth' (Psalm 34:1 NKJV).
By praising God in advance for the victory, you open a channel for Him to intervene in your circumstances, hope rises in your soul, and it's impossible to stay down and defeated. And praise fits every personality, so you've no excuse! You can clap and shout (Psalm 47:1), use music and dance (Psalm 150:4), sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19), make a joyful noise (Psalm 98:4), lift your hands (Psalm 134:2), be still and silent before God (Psalm 4:4), you can kneel (Psalm 95:6) and you can even be loud (Psalm 33:3)! Your praises thwart the enemy's best-laid plan! When the Israelites were outnumbered, they prayed and God told them the battle was His and that He would do the fighting. Judah (which means 'praise') went out ahead of the army, and 'As soon as they began singing, the Lord confused the enemy...and...they turned against each other'.
The minute you start praising God He releases His power to start working on your behalf.
I can see your dilemma! If it were me, (I'm a softy where love is concerned, but also a lot like you, got to take a firm line sometimes) I'd be giving him a second chance, very understandable what he's been going through - and with you two being a new relationship, it's human nature to just see how it goes, and hope for the best.
A teenager who'd just obtained his driver's licence told his parents he was meeting his friends at a local restaurant. But this particular restaurant had several locations and his friends were at one 100 km away. They say, 'What you don't expose will expose you.' Unfortunately, his parents went shopping in that area the same evening. Imagine his thoughts when he stopped at an intersection, looked over, and saw his mum giving him that 'look' parents reserve for the worst offences!
We need to set '...forth the truth plainly [so] we commend ourselves to every...conscience in the sight of God' (2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV); speak the plain, unembellished truth, so people know '...there is nothing written between the lines...' (2 Corinthians 1:13 NLT). There are statements we instinctively disbelieve, like: 'The cheque is in the post... the puppy won't be any trouble... I won't tell anybody.' Then there are '...lies so clever they sound like the truth' (Ephesians 4:14 NLT). For example, we want to be the good guy, so we leave out information that might put us in a bad light. Or to avoid upsetting somebody we stretch the truth.
One Bible teacher writes, 'Solving problems in a relationship is one of the most important skills you'll ever learn. It makes for a successful family life, career, education, and social life. Unless we have these skills we'll never be truly happy. When you have a problem with someone, state it in a gentle, positive way. If you don't start right you'll have little hope of ending right.' So, '...hold to the truth in love'.
If you're wise you'll stop frequently and think about how you're spending your time.
Charles Swindoll writes, 'In a book I read, The Time Trap, I came upon a list of the most popular time wasters. It helped to pinpoint some specific areas of inefficiency I must watch. Who hasn't heard the true story of Charles M. Schwab and Ivy Lee? Schwab was president of Bethlehem Steel. Lee, a consultant, was given the unusual challenge, "Show me a way to get more things done with my time." Schwab agreed to pay him "anything within reason" if Lee's suggestions worked. Lee later handed the executive a sheet of paper with the plan: "Write down the most important tasks you have to do tomorrow. Number them in order of importance. When you arrive in the morning, begin at once on number one and stay on it until it is completed. Recheck your priorities, then begin with number two, then number three. Make this a habit every working day. Pass it on to those under you. Try it as long as you like, then send me your cheque for what you think it's worth."' That one idea turned Bethlehem Steel Corporation into the biggest independent steel producer in the world within five years. How much did Schwab pay his consultant? Several weeks after he received the note, he sent Lee a cheque for $25,000, admitting it was the most profitable lesson he had ever learned. Try it for yourself. If it works, great. But don't send me any money for the idea. I'd just blow it on another time-management book...which I don't have time to read.'
Jesus didn't see people as losers, but as potential winners who'd lost their way. He '...was moved with compassion for them...' (Mark 6:34 NKJV). He saw them through God's eyes: not weeds, but potential roses. And His perspective, which is often different from ours, brought out the best in them.
Where others saw a woman with five failed marriages, He saw a restored sinner who could reach others in Samaria. They saw a blind man; He envisioned someone who could see. They saw a cripple; He pictured a man picking up his mat and walking away. They saw Matthew as a reviled tax collector; He saw a future disciple. They dismissed Zacchaeus as a crook; Jesus recognised a searching heart. When His disciples saw costly perfume and unnecessary expense, Jesus recognised the sacrifice of a grateful heart. Others saw an impulsive fisherman; Jesus saw a leader who could build His church. Onlookers watched Roman soldiers mocking as they pounded nails into human flesh; Jesus saw blind men who didn't know what they were doing. 'Lord, help us to see!' Paul says, '...think of what you were when you were called. Not many...were wise by human standards; not many were influential...[or] of noble birth' (1 Corinthians 1:26 NIV).
Face it, you weren't so wonderful before God turned you around, so stop judging others from your limited perspective and try to see them as God saw you. Work to bring out the best in them. Introduce them to the One who came to bring '...great joy to all the people' (Luke 2:10 NCV) - no exceptions!
Amy Winehouse has been told to quit drinking or die.
The 27-year-old singer - who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse - checked in to London's The Priory clinic last week and has reportedly been warned by doctors that she won't have long to live if she doesn't dramatically change her lifestyle.
A source said: "It's the last chance saloon for Amy. Doctors have come down hard on her because of the severity of her situation. It's a harsh reality but she had to hear it."
If you think you may have made mistakes, you are probably on the right track. That means you’re doing things even though you’re not perfect at them, which is the only way to learn and grow.
If you think you may have looked stupid, you are probably on the right track. That means you’re letting yourself be vulnerable, which is the only way to fully experience something new.
If you think you may have said the wrong thing, you are probably on the right track. That means you’re talking to people you don’t feel completely comfortable around, which opens you up to new relationships and possibilities.
If you think you may have failed, you are probably on the right track. That means you put yourself out there, instead of waiting for the perfect time, which doesn’t actually exist.
If you think you may have blown your one opportunity, you are probably wrong.
This is what keeps us from taking risks: the fear that we may somehow suffer for trying and doing poorly. Not just that we’ll experience uncomfortable feelings, but that we’ll ruin our only chance.
We’ll have countless chances in our lives, if we’re willing to take them. We’ll have limitless possibilities to seize, if we remember all those uncomfortable feelings are worth the possible rewards.
Today if you find you feel scared, embarrassed, hurt, or vulnerable, remember: feelings eventually fade, but what you create in spite of them can change your life forever.
God will speak to you through relationships. Sometimes He will give you direct revelation, but often He will speak to you through relationships. His Word says, 'Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you...' (Hebrews 13:7 NIV). Who speaks into your life? To whom are you submitted? Without good input you will live unprotected and undirected.
God will speak to you through your gifts. 'A man's gift makes room for him...' (Proverbs 18:16 NAS). When God is directing your steps you won't need to kick the door open or force your way in. Your gift will bring a solution and meet a need; therefore, you'll be welcomed, valued and rewarded.
He'll speak to you through your thoughts. '...we have the mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV). When our minds are renewed by His Word and lined up with His will, God actually thinks through us. Consider what an advantage that is!
God will speak through open doors. Paul wrote, 'For a great and effective door is opened to me, and there are many adversaries' (1 Corinthians 16:9 NKJV). God will open doors for you, but you must remember that with every opportunity He gives, challenges come too. That's what builds your faith and strengthens you for the future.
He will speak through 'a word' of confirmation. 'Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it"' (Isaiah 30:21 NKJV). Note the word 'behind'. This word comes after you obey God, letting you know you've made a good decision and that you're on the right track.
Yes, you can be led by God. His Word says, 'The Lord watches over the path of the godly.'
Why is restoration necessary? To preserve their life. '...Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death...' (James 5:20 NIV). When someone you love is sinning, they're literally killing themselves. If you care, you won't be able to stand by and watch.
Restoration is necessary to preserve the church. Paul writes, '...admonish the unruly...' (1 Thessalonians 5:14 NAS). When sin is tolerated and rationalised, members become angry and leave, and others are wounded. A church's reputation and climate are hurt by those who sin and don't make amends. It's vital to preserve God's reputation. When Nathan spoke to David about his sin with Bathsheba, he said, '...you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt...' (2 Samuel 12:14 NIV).
When we condemn in the world what we condone in ourselves, our message falls on deaf ears. So Paul writes, 'If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.' We are to approach them the right way! We must not confront someone about sin when we have the same problem ourselves. We must approach them with the purpose and expectation of restoring. This isn't a witch hunt, it's a lamb search. It's to bring them back into fellowship, and we must get rid of our 'holier than thou' attitude.
Be honest; it's only by God's grace that you're not caught in the same trespass, right? Tell the one you're dealing with that you recognise this. Assure them that whatever the sin, it's not unforgivable. There's a way back to spiritual health.
What is the 'spirit' in which we are to restore someone? The spirit of gentleness. 'If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.' More than likely, the person is already hurting and as fragile as glass; condemnation will only worsen their plight. Understanding and acceptance-not agreement-are what's needed here. The spirit of humility. 'Each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.'
We're all cut from the same bolt of cloth; we're all capable of blowing it. Remember, Peter said to Christ, Lord, others may deny you but not me (Matthew 26:33)! And he meant it; he didn't believe it could happen to him! We must be careful about our own lives, examining ourselves, knowing that we too are vulnerable to all types of temptation and sin. Finally, the spirit of love and empathy. Paul writes, 'Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfil the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:2 NAS). In this passage the word 'burden' means 'a heavy load'. It means being willing to walk with them, weep with them and work with them until they've been restored.
If the hurting cannot find grace, love and healing in the family of God, where can they go to find it? Dr Charles Stanley writes, 'It should be clear from the Scriptures that we have a responsibility to restore a fallen brother or sister. It should also be clear that this sensitive, delicate issue must be handled with great care, lest we greatly damage our witness to an unbelieving world.'
Most living things belong to a particular soul group and are born knowing their purpose in life. An animal will spend its day foraging for food, taking care of itself and its young, and creating a home. No one tells an animal to do this, yet it instinctively knows how. Humans, for the most part, are not born consciously knowing what their purpose is.
Purpose gives our life meaning. When you discover your purpose, you can live your life with intention and make choices that serve your objective for why you are here on the planet. Finding your purpose is not always easy. You must embrace life wholeheartedly, explore many different pathways, and allow yourself to grow. Your purpose is as unique as you are and will evolve as you move through life. You don’t need anyone’s permission to fulfill your purpose, and no one can tell you what that purpose is. Finding and fulfilling your purpose can be a lifelong endeavor. To figure out what your purpose is, ask yourself what drives you – not what forces you out of bed in the morning, but what makes you glad to be alive. Make a list of activities that you wish you were involved in or think about a career path that you would love to embark upon. These are the endeavors that can help you fulfill your purpose and bring you the most satisfaction.
Picture yourself working on projects that don’t interest you or fulfill your purpose, yet they help satisfy your basic survival needs. Imagine how living this way each day would make you feel. Next, picture yourself devoting your time to projects that spark your imagination, inspire, excite, and satisfy you. More often than not, these activities are some of the ways that you can fulfill your life purpose. Time spent on these endeavors will never feel like a waste. Live your life with purpose, and you will feel significant and capable because every action you take and each choice you make will have meaning to it. ~ The Daily OM
Paul writes, 'If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.' Note the word 'caught'. Most of us who stumble thought at one time, 'That will never happen to me.' But it did. In a moment of weakness we yielded to evil. When this happens to someone in God's family we have a responsibility to restore them, regardless of the nature of the sin. In this Scripture this word 'restore' has medical overtones. It pictures a doctor resetting a broken limb
To restore someone Scripturally, we must help them in several ways. First, we must help them to acknowledge their failure. After his affair with Bathsheba, David prayed, '...[I have] sinned and done what is evil in your sight...' (Psalm 51:4 NIV). Secondly, we should help them to accept responsibility for their sin. Even though someone else may have been a contributing factor, we are still accountable to God. Thirdly, we must help them to repent. Repentance involves deep remorse, turning away from our sin, and moving in a new direction. Then, we must help them to make restitution. For example, someone who has done wrong needs to make amends when possible. We can help them to grow stronger through it.
Through failure, God teaches us lessons that keep us from wandering into similar situations in the future. We can help them to respond to God's correction with gratitude. Granted, this is not easy, but when a person comprehends God's purpose in such discipline - that we might '...share in His holiness' (Hebrews 12:10 NIV) - they begin to thank their heavenly Father for His loving correction. Indeed, it protects them from any root of bitterness springing up in the aftermath of sin.