Praise God in ALL things

It is one thing to praise God when things are going well, but to focus on heaven when things fall apart brings a challenge that only a heart that is after God can fulfill. The Psalmist reminds us that praise is not conditioned upon our circumstances. It is so easy to try to use techniques with the underlying intent of getting something back. But God will test our hearts and, in his mercy, purify our motives to the point that our only agenda is to know Him. Make a decision to praise God in ALL things.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 43:5 (NIV)

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I am after all created in the image of God

Do you believe that every little part of you is magical? Because I don’t. Some parts perhaps but definitely not all of me.  If magical means extraordinary, remarkable, exceptional, outstanding, incredible, amazing, stunning, breathtaking, and the rest of all those wonderful adjectives, I might really need to excuse myself. How am I going to use those pretty things to describe myself when I know exactly where my flaws lie and what my insecurities are? How am I going to call myself remarkable when past mistakes and regrets still haunt me today? It’s incredibly challenging, right?

But because I’m created according to the image and likeness of our Almighty God, every little part of me becomes magical. Yes, even the parts that hurt, even the ones that are feeling disease right now. In spite of the awful stuff I think I’ve got, I’m still capable of a lot of things. I have the capacity to love and forgive. I have the capacity to think, reason out, make decisions, organise my thoughts and write them down, and even appreciate beauty. I can list them all down here but that will take me forever.

So whenever you feel like you’re of no value just cling onto the passage that you are made in the image of God. Remember, despite your physical flaws or sorrows, or doubts, you have some of the same attributes that God has.  You’re the only you there has ever been or ever will be.

It is alright to love what is in pain.
More than alright, that’s exactly where your love is needed the most.
So why not touch that part that hurts and smile at it, at yourself through it, and whisper: “I love you”.

Standards.

It’s not okay for people to disrespect you.

It’s not okay for people to talk about you.

It’s not okay for people to use you.

It’s not okay for people to belittle you.

Standards are  a sign of respect. Respect yourself enough to have standards in every aspect of your life. We are all damaged. Do not let your past hurts hinder your future. Change is possible. Healing is possible. Healthy friendships and relationships are possible. It all starts with you. Take care of you and everything else will follow.

Cristal Clear

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Change is hard.

Staying sober is hard.

Transforming yourself is hard.

This is hard.

Staying away from alcohol is the easy part, dealing with life is the hard part. When you’re always drunk you’re living in fantasy land. You drink to not face reality, people, emotions, “real life”. Everything is tolerable when you are drunk. All that changes when you get sober.

Everything changes.

When you get sober, it’s not about just putting the bottle down. You are changing your whole life. My life was once based around alcohol, everything I ever did was revolved around alcohol, now my life is based on growth, learning, and consistency. Life before sobriety was filled with chaos, fake conversations, fake friendships, drama, toxic relationships, and everything else you can think of that’s self sabotaging. Drunk me didn’t mind being around certain people,  everyone is tolerable when you are intoxicated. The sad part is that I…

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Parents – Unite 

“When we stand together, support each other and let the world know the ups, downs and the hardships of being a parent in todays society, and share the moments that make us proud to be who we are, then we might just begin to spread the love to other parents across the globe and have a real effect on people’s lives.”

Thousands of Parents out there are putting pen to paper and I think it’s bloody brilliant.
So many of us are doing it all over the world.

yoga lovers, wine drinkers, shopaholics, vegans, football fans, netflix junkies, potty mouths, supermodels, teachers, house wives, builders, baking enthusiasts, business owners, singers, the couple down the road, doctors, lawyers, those who knit, the good the bad and the ugly!

The list is endless.

We are all so different. We aren’t defined by parenthood. We have our own passions and quirky lives. But parenthood is what unites us.

What do we stand for?

Well that is a good question…

We aren’t just a bunch of insta wankers posting cute pics of our kids and the occasional glass of vino to show we can have fun too, we are normalising 21st century parenting.

We are showing the world there is no wrong and right way…

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Be More Than An “I Love You”

“Respect one another because you each deserve the other’s respect. Treat each other the way you wish to be treated as you express opinions, thoughts, dreams and desires ~ make these matter as much to you as it does to the other.”

Savoring Sixty and Beyond

What does it mean to love someone or to be loved by someone?  Maybe it is the security of knowing that we occupy a place in someone else’s heart or the significance we hold in someone’s life.

Maybe it means that in spite of our silly oddities, our looks, and our imperfections someone can see us for who we are and they love us anyway.

We are someone who matters to somebody else.

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Once in a while the words “I love you” can be just that ~ words.  Over the years I have learned (sometimes the hard way) about love and relationships.  Not just in the romantic sense like the love I share with my spouse, but also the love I share with all my children and grandchildren, my BFF, and my extended family. The most important thing I have learned is: It is the ACTION taken…

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The paradoxical nature of life

What is light? The opposite of darkness or the absence of it? What is beauty? The opposite of ugliness? But what about strength and weakness? Wealth and poverty? Health and sickness?

Our philosophy pretty much makes use of opposites. We like to name, define, describe, and measure. Everything has a price. Nothing seems to have any value.

If you are this, then you can’t be that. Either this, either that…

Someone is beautiful, rich, famous, kind, patient…

Someone else is exactly the opposite.

This seems a bit wrong to me.

I come from suffering. I come from pain and sickness. A great deal of discomfort. If it’s not about me, then it’s about the world around me. Their pain and suffering causes me to suffer as well. Injustice makes me angry. So does cruelty. I go to bed and fall asleep thinking of ways to end these things. So I can stop being angry.

But I am also happy. When I listen to a song I love on repeat. When I workout. When I write. When I help out someone. When I give people advice.

How can this be?

We are all paradoxical.

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5 Ways To Feel Complete When You Are Feeling Empty

Emptiness is not a good emotion but it does happen to many of us from time to time. It’s natural for us humans to feel empty. After all, feelings of emptiness, sadness, or loneliness are what make us truly human. It’s a part of the human condition. Whether we like it or not, most of us will encounter such emotion at one point in our lives, though others may encounter it too many times in the course of life.

We experience emptiness in several ways. Loss of a loved one can cause us to feel empty. Broken relationships with people we deeply adore can make us feel empty. Unfulfilled dreams and goals can lead to feelings of emptiness. And in many circumstances, when after we’ve tried everything and still we can’t find our real purpose in life, we feel incomplete, useless and empty.

Without a deep satisfaction, achieving a thorough, fulfilling contentment will be a perpetual struggle. But because God is a God of promise and truth, even if we lack a sense of purpose, fulfillment or contentment, our faith in the Good News can combat the emptiness and help us find fulfillment in Christ. So, today let me share 5 ways from Faith in the News blog on how you can feel complete even when emotions of emptiness fill you up. Continue reading “5 Ways To Feel Complete When You Are Feeling Empty”