Thoughts for this week

When you are anxious

‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.’

Philippians 4:6-7

Excessive worry undermines our peace of mind and threatens our appreciation of God’s blessings in our lives. Advice for this week; pray more – worry less!

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Accepted By God

‘He made us accepted in the Beloved.’

Ephesians 1:6 NKJV

There’s no pain worse than rejection and no pleasure greater than acceptance, which helps explain the length some people go to in order to avoid rejection and earn acceptance. But the good news is, with God you’re already accepted. JB Phillips translates Ephesians 1:6 like this: ‘He...

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When your grief seems too much to bear

'The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed'.

Psalm 34:18

When you are overcome with grief, draw close to God and seek His presence, He will strengthen and comfort you in your hour of need.

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Stop Beating Yourself Up

‘We all stumble in many ways.’

James 3:2 NIV

When you sin, God’s Spirit will convict you of your need to repent and change your ways. But until you get your glorified body in Heaven, you’re always going to deal with sin. The apostle James wrote, ‘We all stumble in many ways.’ But falling down isn’t what makes you a failure...

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Be His delight!

‘Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.’

Galatians 1:10

Stop chasing after the approval of those around you, stop striving to be a ‘people pleaser’, there’s only One we should seek to please. Above all else, commit your life, your desires and your plans to Him.

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This Year Ask God For His Plan

‘I know the plans I have for you.’

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you…plans to give you hope and a future…pray to Me, and I will listen to you.’ (Jeremiah 29:11–12 NIV) This year ask God for His plan. It’s miserable playing a part for which you’re ill–suited. It’s like walkin...

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Good News!

‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation.’

Isaiah 52:7

Look for opportunities to share the Good News of The Gospel with others; don’t be tempted to think that it’s someone else’s responsibility. When you ask God for opportunities to speak, take holy boldness as He opens doors for you.

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The Best Gift Ever

‘…Good news…for all the people.’

Luke 2:10 NIV

For many people Christmas is a sad time. Author Jon Walker writes: ‘I’m sitting in a fast food restaurant observing a young girl celebrating an early Christmas with her mother. Her presents are spread out across the booth and she just said, I miss you, Mommy. I miss you too, baby, her ...

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Find somewhere quiet

‘Be still, and know that I am God!’

Psalm 46:10

When life gets too busy, take time out to listen for God in the stillness, He’s there waiting for you to reach out to Him.

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Practise Humility

‘They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest.’

Mark 9:34

When Jesus asked His disciples, ‘“What were you arguing about along the way?” They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and so they did not answer… He said, “If you want the place of honour, you must…serve others!”’ (Mark 9:33–35 CEV) If, after livin...

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