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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

No regrets


Look forward with HOPE not backwards with REGRET....

Irrespective of your past, where you have been, what you have done...or how many times. Jesus is the Author of Hope. He is HOPE.
Give Him your life, start afresh.
Let today be a new beginning for you.
Let your day start with HOPE today.
Let HOPE take control.

Friday, 24 August 2012

At the end of the day

On my way to the office one morning, I heard this song on the radio and immediately fell in love with the lyrics because it captures a peace of my own heart:...
It never was about the oil dripping from my head
I never did dream beyond the pastures I could tend
It was never about the praise, not about the street parade
I didn't really need a crowd when Goliath fell down
I never meant to woo a king with simple shepherd songs
Or hide away inside a cave, safe from danger's arms
I never meant to wear a crown or try to bring armies down
It never was about me and who I hoped to be
Five little stones or a royal robe
Shepherd or king doesn't mean a thing
'Cause at the end of the day
I want to hear people say:
My heart looks like Your heart!
[Your heart from Chris Tomlin]

Friday, 17 August 2012

Believe... even if

I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining
I believe in love, even when feeling it not
I believe in God, even when He is silent

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Stages of Grief

1...ACCEPTANCE: This term is largely metaphysical in nature. It is necessary for us to get beyond this point. We must accept the reality of death and its permanence. Unfortunately the nature of death often makes it difficult to admit that a death has occurred.

2...ANGER and rage in these cases can be directed toward: Other family members, [for not reventing the death], The victim, [for dying]. Doctors, [for not saving the life of the victim]. Law enforcement agencies, [for a variety of reasons such as lack of resolution of a criminal case].

In natural death, anger is not normally so severe. Anger can be because others are not grieving enough or too much, or your loved one for leaving you, and much more.

3...DENIAL: Denial is an escape from reality. However, above all else denial, is an unconscious defense mechanism, characterized by refusal to accept the reality of death.

4...DEPRESSION: Depression is a deep sadness at the loss often accompanied by hopelessness of the occasion. Depression results from an emptiness in your life that can't be filled. Some Depression often requires professional treatment.

5...FEAR: Adolf Hitler once said that "the weapon which most readily conquers reason: terror and violence" and J. A. Fruede said "Fear is the parent of cruelty."

6...GUILT: Many of us that work with victims classify guilt as the "What if's." What if I had taken him camping with me? What if she had not been out after midnight? Guilt wears many hoods. Very few of us escape feelings of guilt. For example, I will worry for the rest of my life whether something I did or didn't do, lead to Katie's death.

7...SHOCK: As it relates to violent or natural death, is a psychological mechanism, a fog, which allows us to function sometimes even efficiently, at a very devastating time in our lives. Much of what happens during this time we will never remember. This fog will protect us for days, weeks and sometimes even months. It is my belief that shock is the ally of the griefstricken. Shock is probably the only factor that prevents the onset of more serious mental problems, later during grieving.


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Will I ever make it?

A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder. ..”Will I ever make it – arrive and drink in God’s presence?”

I am on a diet of tears – tears for breakfast, tears for supper. All day long people knock at my door, pestering… “Where is this God of yours?”
These are the things I go over and over, emptying out the pockets of my life.  I was always part of the worshipping crowd, right out in front, eager to arrive and worship, shouting praises, singing thanksgiving – celebrating God’s feast.
Why are you down in the dumps dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of You, from Jordan depths to Hermon heights, including Mount Mizar, Chaos calls to chaos… to the tune of white-water rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crush and crush me! Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night. My life is God’s prayer.
Sometimes I ask God; my rock-solid God – Why did you let me down?  “Why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?”  They’re out for the kill these tormentors with their obscenities, taunting day after day,  “Where is this God of yours?”. 

Why are you down in the dumps dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?

Fix my eyes on God ... soon ... I will be praising again.

The Message

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Blow through the caverns of my soul

Awaken my soul, come awake
to hunger, to seek, to thirst
awaken my first love, come awake
and do as You did, at first

Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
come wake me from my sleep
blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
to overflow

Awaken my soul, come awake!
to worship with all your strength
Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
come wake me from my sleep
blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
to overflow

Come and fill my soul
let Your Glory now invade
spirit come and fill my heart
let Your glory now invade
come wake me from my sleep
blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
to overflow

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