Your Love Never Fails

I’ve put this one in a previous post because I love this song to absolute pieces.  Now I’m no musician, I used to sing a bit but I’ve basically stopped.  But this song, whatever I do makes me stop and sing and tap my feet and shout to the Lord.  Continue reading

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Motivation

A lot of people ask me, ‘How do  you motivate yourself through tough times?’.  I tell them bluntly, that my faith pushes me through.  Short bible verses make a massive difference to me.  If I’m feeling particularly disillusioned, I will put a bible verse on the lock screen of my phone.  A particular favourite of mine is Romans 15: 13;

May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

Romans 15: 13

But what do you do if you feel that God isn’t with you?  I’d recommend that you meet up with Church friends,  talk to them, listen to them and let them pray for you.  You won’t want to but trust me you’ll feel so much better afterwards.  If you can’t make it to church then just call a friend, I have a close friend from church and we call fairly regularly.  And although its rarely because we feel distant from God, it’s really nice to be able to talk about him outside church (more on that later!).  And what that’s done, because we often talk about God, it motivates both of us to think about him more because he’s at the forefront of our minds.

But personally, little things that make me think about God are motivation enough.  Even coming home everyday and writing this blog makes me feel empowered and closer to him.  Obviously this isn’t for everyone, but I’d suggest finding something that you’ll do everyday that makes you think of God and realise how absolutely amazing he is.

Todays been a short one… so sorry if you like the posts being a bit longer, but please let me know what you think in the comments below!

God bless

Friends

Friends for me, as with everyone is a massive part of my life, particularly my friends at church.  I’m not sure why but I end up helping all my church friends through life, sometimes in big ways, sometimes in small ways but I find that this is the most rewarding type of friendship, when you can clearly see Jesus working in their lives.

Sometimes this is in really, really small things.  For example when I went to a Christian camp this summer, my friend lost her purse.  So naturally she asked me to pray for it as we went to the main service.  I was in a bit of a jokey mood so my prayer was: ‘Dear Lord, please let us find ******’s purse, and preferably shine a big light on it, so we can find it better’.  For which i got a jab in the ribs.  After the service it was dark but we all trooped to the tent and proceeded to look around, to no avail despite me holding the biggest torch I have ever seen (it was basically a mobile sun).  However it was when someone mentioned that it could be in the wrong tent that we split up and looked in others.  To our surprise when I blasted the mobile sun into another tent, there it was!

So that was a bit long and waffley, but hopefully you get the gist.  The purse was lost and then it was found, like the lost son (almost).   But what struck us was the fact that it seemed to fit so well, it was only by chance that we got the mobile sun, was there some higher intervention?  Some will argue that it’s just coincidence, that all of that was down to chance.  And sometimes some of my friends feel disillusioned with God, they text me or call me and say what can I do I feel God has left me.

What I do is simple.  Ask them about the last time they felt Jesus was truly, truly with them.  And ask them what do they think they’ve done since then that could have displeased God.  Then I say pray about it, I give them bible verses and I pray for them.  But being there for your friends is one of the most important things in life.  Because there is times when they go through loneliness etc, but for them (and me I’ve experienced this) having someone there who knows God and knows you really well makes all the difference.  So if there are people in your church that you don’t really know, talk to them, make friends with them, meet up with them, go shopping go to the cinema because these people will understand about God and what the Bible says more than your friends from the office or from school

I have my own testimony that I might share at a later date, but I can’t stress the importance of my church friends on my life.  I have a friend, whose parents I get on really well with, and at church I walked up to them and I said: ‘Guys, I just want to let you know that I’m praying for you and you guys mean a lot to me’.  And they said they felt the same way and it wasn’t at all awkward.  But the best bit for me was when they got home, and they said to my friend: ‘You’ve got a good friend there, and we hope you guys stay friends for years’.  And that hit me in such a way because that wasn’t said to me, that’s their own opinion of me, and its great to know that people think of you and say ‘yes, that’s a good bloke’.

todays has been a bit rambly so sorry about that, I might do a sequel at some point, I’ll see how it goes, but if you want to let me know what you thought or if you want advice about how to handle a situation, please comment below, and I will reply!

God Bless

Verse of the month- November 2015

So in my post about reading the Bible, I suggested finding a new verse for every month and reflecting on it.  This is something I do personally and I think that by putting out what I’m doing, it will inspire others.

So this is this month’s verse:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

What this verse is basically saying is; stop whatever is worrying you.  Because God is there and he is all-powerful and all-knowing, he wants the best for you.  The example I always use to explain this verse to people is, imagine you broke up with a boyfriend/ girlfriend.  You loved them and wanted to spend the rest of your life with them.  But God knows them better than you will ever know them, and he has written their life plan and he knows what’s going to happen to them and he doesn’t want you to go through that, because what he’s doing is making you as happy as you can be, but you have to be patient.

But don’t mistake patience for absence.  God is always with you, as shown in the poem on yesterday’s post (here’s the link in case you missed it: https://gibbensblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/can-i-lose-my-faith).  Remembering that can be hard especially if you’re struggling.  But you need to stand up, be bold and strong and trust in him, spend time with people you love, not people who are ‘just there’.  But also listen to God, he will send you signs about what is right and what is wrong.  You need to listen to these but also don’t confuse them with what isn’t really there.

What I am going to encourage you to do now is, go and open a Bible, on your phone or on paper, and read this verse again and again.  Find some relaxing worship music and just pray about what God wants to communicate to you through this verse.

If you have any questions about what I have said or if you want to suggest a verse for next month, please comment!